Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:21:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Pastor Fights Against Government Restrictions on Political Sermons http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/25/a-pastor-fights-against-government-restrictions-on-political-sermons/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:21:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65110 Continue reading ]]> The Daily Signal reports:

When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed.

“We wanted to go to court,” Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “This is the First Amendment vs. the IRS code. One standard of the law would win.”

The IRS has almost never fully enforced the Johnson Amendment, which the new Republican Party platform calls for getting rid of. The language of the platform is:

Places of worship for the first time in our history have reason to fear the loss of tax-exempt status merely for espousing and practicing traditional religious beliefs that have been held across the world for thousands of years, and for almost four centuries in America. We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

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HERE IT IS=> Detailed List of Findings in Wikileaks DNC Document Dump http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/25/here-it-is-detailed-list-of-findings-in-wikileaks-dnc-document-dump/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:05:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65107 Continue reading ]]> Gateway Pundit has published the findings:

DonkeyOn Friday Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 hacked emails it says are from the accounts of Democratic National Committee officials.

The documents were released just days before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

The hacked emails revealed the DNC’s hatred for Bernie Sanders and his movement. The documents reveal the party’s hidden ties with the liberal media. The emails reveal the heights of dishonesty of the party infrastructure.

Now there is a list of a few of the most shocking emails released by Wikileaks.

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6,726 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. So Far in FY16–But Only 23 Are Christians http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/25/6726-syrian-refugees-admitted-to-u-s-so-far-in-fy16-but-only-23-are-christians/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:37:45 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65105 Continue reading ]]> CNSNews reports:

With ten weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, the Obama administration continues to admit Syrian refugees at an accelerated pace, and has now exceeded two-thirds of President Obama’s target of 10,000 by September 30.

The proportion of Christians among those resettled continues to languish below half of one percent, while other non-Sunnis account for just over one percent.

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The new birth in Christ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/25/the-new-birth-in-christ/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:20:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65099 Continue reading ]]>

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:6-8 (NASB) 

I grew up as a Southern Baptist. Much of the memories from my childhood have something to do with being at church each and every Sunday morning and evening. One thing I remember was an annual event in our church called a ‘Revival.’ The Pastor and his staff would plan it for a certain range of dates, put those dates in every church bulletin leading up to it, put signs up in front of the church advertising it, and make announcement after announcement from the pulpit to remember the upcoming ‘Revival.’ The speaker for these revival meetings was usually some evangelist I had never seen before or a Pastor from another SBC church. One time we had a group of brothers come in and ‘do the revival.’ One preached, one played various instruments, while the other sang solo. That was my concept of ‘Revival.’ Is it possible for people in one place to plan for a certain date and time on the calendar to be the time and place God moves, pouring out His spirit on a local body of believers? The emphasis in those ‘Revivals’ I witnessed were on a pragmatic form of evangelism instead of a moving of God to bring about repentance and a rededication of a group of people to live for God instead of self. View article →

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Robots to outnumber humans as “swarms” of machines are unleashed http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/24/robots-to-outnumber-humans-as-swarms-of-machines-are-unleashed/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:24:29 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65096 Continue reading ]]> According to Jasper Hamill of The Sun, “researchers said the number of machines is likely to grow so large that humans will need to command armies of them.”  Hamill writes:

Human beings are set to be “outnumbered” by robots as massive armies of intelligent machines move into the home and workplace.

That’s the claim from leading American robotics experts, who are trying to work out how humans can control the vast numbers of intelligent machines which are expected to be unleashed in the coming years.

A team based at the University of Texas have unveiled a system which allows them to use “any device with a web browser to access and control a humanoid robot” – which means machines designed to act like real people.

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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Dropped From Convention After WikiLeaks Scandal http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/24/dnc-chair-debbie-wasserman-schultz-dropped-from-convention-after-wikileaks-scandal/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:53:49 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65090 Continue reading ]]> Breitbart reports:

Debbie-Wasserman-SchultzDebbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee has been dropped from the party’s lineup of convention speakersfollowing WikiLeaks’ release of explosive DNC emails showing members of the organization actively working against the Bernie Sanders campaign.

A Democratic insider told CNN that Schultz has been dropped from the lineup to “keep the peace” within the party, amid calls from Sanders’ campaign manager for someone at the DNC to be “held accountable” for the anti-Sanders collusion seen in the leaked emails.

 

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/07/24/therefore-having-been-justified-by-faith-we-have-peace-with-god-through-our-lord-jesus-christ/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:33:40 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=65087 Continue reading ]]>

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB)

The growing apostasy in the Church in our time is actually the culmination of decades of poor, man-centered doctrine within our churches and ministries coupled with relentless assaults of liberalism by unbelieving believers bent on remaking Christianity into a politically correct social institution. Those people behind this see Christianity as just another religion. Since these people have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power, their motives for this could not be to partake of what they are denying, therefore, we must assume that they see the fulfillment of their spiritual journey elsewhere. They refuse to say that Jesus is Lord in the context that we mean it. They may call Him Lord, but they are referring to another Jesus of their own making who is totally lined up with their spiritual agenda. Our enemy is working quite hard in attempting to discourage those of us who see the truth. Therefore, we must seek the one who is our only source of comfort; He can override the bleakness of this time in our hearts with His peace and joy. View article →

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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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