Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:54:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Goats In The Pulpit; SBC & FBC Orlando Promote Apostasy (Part 1) http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/23/goats-in-the-pulpit-sbc-fbc-orlando-promote-apostasy-part-1/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:54:37 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65082 Continue reading ]]> Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen begins with a quote from Justin Peters:

Goats heading to churchWhat happened at First Baptist Church Orlando the night of June 14 was the theological equivalent of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a day of infamy. It was the day that a flagship church of the Southern Baptist Convention, quite literally, sold its soul to the devil and “trampled under foot the Son of God.”

In this hard-hitting series, Ahlheim demonstrates that FBC Pastor David Uth is apostate. What egregious act did the pastor commit to bring this charge from Peters, Ahlheim and others?  In part 2, Ahlheim reveals that the shepherd of the sheep invited “Pulse nightclub survivors, friends and relatives of those killed, and the ‘persecuted LGBTQ community’ at large to a prayer service.  Pay particular attention to this point … he hosted a prayer service … not for them … but with them.”

Moreover,

An array of guest speakers – some pastors, others lay leaders – from Orlando area churches were invited to take turns at the pulpit of First Baptist Orlando to offer spiritual encouragement to the “LGBTQ community,” offer a (Gospel-void) message of hope, and to pray with them for healing, hope, and peace.  And that they did, to a large audience gathered in FBC’s 4,500 seat main sanctuary, an audience comprised largely of members of that unregenerate “community.”

Justin Peters aptly noted that what Uth did in defiance to clear Scriptural commands, especially one that should be known and obeyed by a pastor of Uth’s prominence, was nothing less than “an absolute capitulation to today’s culture.”

With this background in mind, following is part 1 of Ahlheim’s piece.

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How “Pokemon GO” is taking tech into dangerous, uncharted waters http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/23/how-pokemon-go-is-taking-tech-into-dangerous-uncharted-waters/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:56:15 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65076 Continue reading ]]> According to Fox News:

Pokemon Go“Pokemon GO” may have taken the world by storm, but amid reports of the first fatal incident related to the craze, experts warn the game is taking tech into hazardous new terrain.

“Most people, apparently, are having a good time and nothing bad is happening to them, but I do think that it creates a lot of opportunity bad things to happen,” Roger Kay, president of tech research firm Endpoint Technologies, told FoxNews.com.

The free augmented reality game lets players ‘capture’ Pokemon, or digital creatures, at real locations using their smartphones, but has fueled fears over distracted pedestrians, dangerous trespassing and criminals preying on unsuspecting gamers. The “Pokemon GO” craze reportedly claimed its first fatal victim when an 18-year-old playing the game was ambushed in Guatemala. The teenager died after being shot, according to news reports. There have also been multiple reports of “Pokemon GO” players falling victim to robberies and assaults.

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The Difference Between Privacy Rights in Abortion and Same-Sex Locker Rooms Cases http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/23/the-difference-between-privacy-rights-in-abortion-and-same-sex-locker-rooms-cases/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:24:31 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65074 Continue reading ]]> According to The Daily Signal:

When most Americans consider the right to privacy they think about the privacy they enjoy in their homes and person. They don’t think about killing unborn children in the womb.

But that is not true of liberal activists. To them, the right to privacy is all about abortion because seemingly everything is about abortion on demand: a non-negotiable doctrine of the secular-political faith.

So it comes as no surprise that ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser sees Alliance Defending Freedom’s simultaneous defense of young boys’ and girls’ right to privacy in school showers and locker rooms and strong and unwavering opposition to abortion as hypocritical.

But he misses the mark completely.

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First-Ever Human Gene Editing Trial To Commence In China http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/22/first-ever-human-gene-editing-trial-to-commence-in-china/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:51:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65071 Continue reading ]]> Abigal Abrams of Time reports on CRISPR-Cas9  which is a “new method of genetic engineering that allows scientists to edit DNA with precision and relative ease.”

DNAA group of Chinese scientists will be the first in the world to use the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology on humns in a clinical trial set to begin next month.

The team plans to start by testing cells in people with lung cancer, the science journal Nature reported. The trial received approval from the ethical review board at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital in Chengdu on July 6.

CRISPR is a powerful technology that has the potential to change human lives by allowing scientists to remove or edit genetic mutations responsible for incurable diseases.

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The Republican Party Was Redefined on Thursday http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/22/the-republican-party-was-redefined-on-thursday/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:40:16 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65067 Continue reading ]]> Breitbart reports:

Donald Trump 3On the Friday broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” Daily Caller editor and “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Tucker Carlson said Thursday’s Republican National Convention “completely redefined” the GOP on Thursday.

According to Carlson, the Republican Party is now a nationalist party that is focused on the middle class.

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Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: “There Is No Gay Gene” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/22/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-there-is-no-gay-gene/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:07:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65063 Continue reading ]]> CNSNews reports:

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist–in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, who has studied sexuality for 40 years, said it is a scientific fact that “there is no gay gene.”

“Environment,” however, “is very important,” said Dr. McHugh, author of The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry. He also explained that the permissive sexual culture in the United States today has confused “desire” with “love,” and that homosexuality is a false or “erroneous desire.”

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At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/22/at-the-root-of-hypocrisy-is-pride-the-antithesis-of-humility/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:49:39 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65061 Continue reading ]]>

18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18 NASB)

At the root of hypocrisy is pride the antithesis of humility, which is exemplified for us by Paul’s attitude to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 3:8. On the other hand, pride is absolutely never portrayed in the Bible in a positive way. Never is pride tolerated. Never is it praised as it is today. However, in the visible church in our time don’t we hear sermons and read teachings about “positive pride” and the building up of self or the searching inside to find the real “you” that God is deeply in love with and only wants you to find it so He can show you what a fantastic you that you really are? Well, I have a Greek word for that, σκύβαλον. In any case, let’s look at the Greek words in the New Testament translated as “pride,” “proud,” and “puffed up.” View article →

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TBN’s Holy Land Experience to unload furniture, statues amid financial turmoil http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/21/tbns-holy-land-experience-to-unload-furniture-statues-amid-financial-turmoil/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:49:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65050 Continue reading ]]> Holy Land ExperienceNot surprisingly, Word of Faith prosperity teacher Jan Crouch, who started Trinity Broadcasting Network with husband Paul, had amassed a fortune.  News reports reveal that Mrs. Crouch was worth $50 million at the time of her death in May.  Now her Newport Beach house is on the market for $4.6 million. “Dubbed ‘Villa Cielo,’ the four-bedroom house sits on an ocean-view hilltop in guard-gated Harbor Ridge, and boasts Calacatta marble, two kitchens and a ‘secret room.'”

According to Orlando Sentinel, the Crouch’s theme park, Holy Land Experience, is “struggling with a sea of red ink in recent financial reports.” As a result, “hundreds of ornate couches, thrones, nativity statues, costumes — and even a Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” are up for sale.  Moreover, the Crouch family are also in the process of closing gift stores in Tennessee and California.

An attorney for the network, John Casoria, said in an email that the not-for-profit companies have experienced a drop in revenue as TBN voluntarily ended the practice of live telethons to raise money in 2012.

“We have had to do some belt-tightening as well, which gives rise to the auctions and the closing of unprofitable gift stores,” Casoria wrote.

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Trump calls Cruz non-endorsement “no big deal,” senator defends decision http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/21/trump-calls-cruz-non-endorsement-no-big-deal-senator-defends-decision/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:44:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65047 Continue reading ]]> During his speech on Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz chose not to endorse Donald Trump for president and was booed by the crowd.  This morning Cruz, who is a professing Christian, defended himself at a breakfast with Texas delegates.  According to reports, he admitted that he still holds a grudge against Trump for “maligning” his wife and father.  Fox News has the story:

Donald Trump mostly brushed off the furor over Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech Wednesday night, calling the snub “no big deal” even as the senator himself doubled down – though the Republican standard-bearer used the dispute to warn voters that if Democrats win in November, their justices “will destroy us all.”

Trump blasted out a pair of tweets responding to the Cruz speech backlash.

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California Board of Education Votes to Include Homosexuality in Lessons Second Grade and Up http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/21/california-board-of-education-votes-to-include-homosexuality-in-lessons-second-grade-and-up/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:16:53 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65043 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian News Network:

Child blowing bubblesThe California Board of Education has voted unanimously to comply with a state law requiring homosexuality to be incorporated into history and social studies lessons from the second grade and up.

In 2012, California lawmakers passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, which requires the inclusion of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” in history lessons, along with people groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, disabled persons and others.

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