Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Hudson’s Bay stores have same bathroom policy as Target http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/29/starbucks-barnes-noble-hudsons-bay-stores-have-same-bathroom-policy-as-target/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:35:57 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63759 Continue reading ]]> Thus far more than 700,000 people have pledged to boycott Target over their bathroom policy that permits men who say they identify as women to use the store’s ladies room and changing rooms.  Now we discover that Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and Hudson Bay has the same transgender policy as Target.  But what’s going on with Sears, Walmart, Macy’s, Whole Foods and shopping malls across the country? USA Today has the story:

Transgender bathroom policy

Many women feel unsafe when a man occupies a stall or changing room next to them.

Retailers are weighing in on the question of transgender rights as momentum builds against Target, whose stance on which bathroom transgender customers and employees can use in stores has sparked major backlash from customers who say they’re going to stop shopping there.

Starbucks, Hudson’s Bay Co. — parent company to Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue — and Barnes & Noble all told USA TODAY that employees and customers in their stores are welcome to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

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We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/29/we-all-lie-scientists-say-but-politicians-even-more-so/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:43:54 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63755 Continue reading ]]> Deception starts early.  One researcher says that children learn to lie around 3 years old, “often when they realize that other people don’t know what they are thinking.”  Not surprisingly lying comes naturally to youngsters.  According to Seth Borenstein of The Associated Press, it takes more energy to lie than to tell the truth. He writes:

Pinocchio We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump routinely calls rival Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Cruz retorts: “Falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie and something Donald does daily.”

News organizations such as The Associated Press and PolitiFact dedicate enormous resources to separating candidates’ truthful wheat from their dishonest chaff.

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The deception and heresy of Christian Universalism http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/29/the-deception-and-heresy-of-christian-universalism/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:25:53 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63750 Continue reading ]]>

8 Therefore it says, “When HE ascended on high, HE led captive A host of captives, And HE gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:8-10 NASB)

I have always taught here that the Bible very clearly refutes universalism, which denies the existence or permanence of the Lake of Fire or Hell. What prompted this study was two separate encounters with professing Christians who disagreed with our understanding of the Gospel, God, Man, and Eternity claiming that they had a better more correct ‘vision’ that was given to them by God Himself.  These visions stated that our teaching of the Gospel was wrong and contaminated by churchianity and was , therefore, not the genuine Gospel as taught by Christ and the Apostles. View article →

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Robots with human vision on the horizon after scientists crack brain’s “Enigma code” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/28/robots-with-human-vision-on-the-horizon-after-scientists-crack-brains-enigma-code/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:59:16 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63747 According to Technocracy News:

Obama’s Brain Initiative is paying off big dividends for advocates of Transhumanism. A big key for robot development is vision – how do they interpret the environment around them? This breakthrough may provide that technology.

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Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight “ethical problem” of climate change http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/28/denmark-ethics-council-calls-for-tax-on-red-meat-to-fight-ethical-problem-of-climate-change/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:45:57 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63745 Continue reading ]]> The Independent reports:

Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”.

The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. It said that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact.

The council voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government.

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Emotional manipulators: The truth must die http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/28/emotional-manipulators-the-truth-must-die/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:44:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63733 Continue reading ]]> Heads up, brethren!  Amy Spreeman of Berean Research has some disturbing news to report.  She writes:

I’m about to share complete blasphemy with you, wrapped and bound snugly in the heartstrings of emotionalism and self esteem. Before you see this in your youth group, in your women’s Bible study, on your timeline, or even from the Jumbotron at your church, I hope you see it here first.

I post this story as a preemptive strike against those who will perpetuate the lies of the enemy of our souls. Thy do it beautifully, with skilled manipulation cloaked in tears. If a wolf cries real tears, then what they are saying must be true, right? After all, God judges the heart, and this wolf’s heart is humble.

If that sounds harsh, I don’t mean it to be. You see, the battle for truth is very real, and very wicked. The enemy’s tactics are as old as “Hath God really said?”

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Congratulations, Target: You’re The First Company I’ve Ever Boycotted http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/28/congratulations-target-youre-the-first-company-ive-ever-boycotted/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:17 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63730 Continue reading ]]> After thinking about Target’s new policy for a few days, Christine Pack of Sola Sisters has decided to boycott Target.  “What can I say?” states Christine.  “There is a first time for everything. I’m boycotting not because I hate homosexuals or those who identify as transgender. I don’t hate them. In fact, God’s love and mercy and forgiveness is extended to them, and I am deeply burdened that they have been encouraged by this perverse culture to embrace their sexually immoral desires.”  Pack is boycotting for safety reasons. “I don’t want to be in a dressing room or bathroom where a 200 pound man built like a linebacker might decide that he is going to take advantage of Target’s liberal new policy, and say ‘Today, I identify as a woman,’ after which he would be able to walk into the bathroom with me, and attack me.”

Christine’s piece includes Target’s public bathroom statement.

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Christian character in light of God’s Sovereignty and the pressure to comply to Political Correctness http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/28/christian-character-in-light-of-gods-sovereignty-and-the-pressure-to-comply-to-political-correctness/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:47:34 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63740 Continue reading ]]>

18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19 And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:18-21 NASB)

Is the term ‘honor’ as a descriptive term for a human being out of place in our day and time? If we look up ‘honor’ in our dictionaries we will find that its chief synonym is ‘integrity.’ Before we begin to determine the lack of this characteristic in the current body of Christian believers, especially among its leadership, let us define what we mean. Integrity describes one who has an uncompromising adherence to moral and ethical principles. It describes one who possesses soundness of character. There are many more definitions, but this is enough for now. A honorable person is a man or woman of principle. He or she puts principle ahead of personal gain. Also, they do not compromise their principles. That would mean that once they grasp the truth they would never let go, no matter the cost. View article →

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Cruz announces Fiorina as choice for running mate http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/27/cruz-announces-fiorina-as-choice-for-running-mate/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:14:39 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63737 Continue reading ]]> Fox News reports:

 Ted Cruz, looking for a shake-up in the 2016 race as Donald Trump moves steadily closer to the Republican nomination, on Wednesday announced former GOP primary rival Carly Fiorina as his choice for running mate should he win the party nod.

The move was immediately dismissed as an act of “desperation” by the Trump team, but Cruz – while acknowledging it is “unusual” to announce a running mate so early – defended the decision. He claimed “nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates,” the number needed to clinch the nomination, and voters should “know what [they] will get.”

“After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina,” Cruz said.

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China on course to become “world’s most Christian nation” within 15 years http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/04/27/china-on-course-to-become-worlds-most-christian-nation-within-15-years/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:56:04 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=63721 Continue reading ]]> The Telegraph reports that by 2030 the number of churchgoers in China could surpass those who worship in America, which shows the powerful of the Gospel. According to Tom Phillips:

It is said to be China’s biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross.

The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a “miracle that such a small town was able to build such a grand church”.

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