Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Tue, 31 May 2016 17:20:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/31/tech-giants-vow-to-tackle-online-hate-speech-within-24-hours/ Tue, 31 May 2016 17:20:58 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64242 Continue reading ]]> Stephanie Bodoni of Bloomberg has the story:

U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.

Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is a need to ensure such activity by Internet users is “expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,” the companies and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

The code of conduct arrives as Europe comes to terms with the bloody attacks in Paris and Brussels by Islamic State, which has used the Web and social media to spread its message of hate against its enemies. The companies said it remains a “challenge” to strike the right balance between freedom of expression and hate speech in the self-generated content on online platforms.

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Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder Jan Crouch Dies at 78 After Suffering Massive Stroke http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/31/trinity-broadcasting-network-co-founder-jan-crouch-dies-at-78-after-suffering-massive-stroke/ Tue, 31 May 2016 16:08:21 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64238 Continue reading ]]> “Christian” Post reports that Jan Crouch has died.  No one would know by reading this piece that Jan and her late husband Paul heavily promoted the false Word of Faith/Prosperity gospel on TBN, which is the largest “Christian” owned cable station. Both Jan and Paul Crouch were false teachers.

Jan CrouchTrinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Jan Crouch, who had been in the hospital after suffering a massive stroke last week, has died at the age of 78, the family announced early Tuesday.

“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward,” Jan Crouch’s son Mat and other family members announced early Tuesday. “Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.”

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Bruce Jenner’s “I Am Cait” Show Banned Across All Of Africa Following Nigerian Complaints http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/31/bruce-jenners-i-am-cait-show-banned-across-all-of-africa-following-nigerian-complaints/ Tue, 31 May 2016 15:37:29 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64229 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

Bruce Jenner’s reality TV show “I Am Cait” has been dropped across the entire African Continent, reports the BBC.

“I Am Cait” depicts Jenner’s transition into a woman, and this subject matter did not sit well with some viewers.

Multichoice decided they would drop “I Am Cait” after the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) made an official request. According to the Nigerian publication The Whistler, Nigerian parents complained that they did not think that Jenner’s show was good for their children to watch.

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Discernment, obedience and terror http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/31/discernment-obedience-and-terror/ Tue, 31 May 2016 06:11:22 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64222 Continue reading ]]>

12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (1 Peter 3:12-17 NASB)

I remember when I first began this ministry at Possessing the Treasure that there would be times when the ugliness of the attacks from those who opposed God’s Truth that we presented here would cause me a level of anguish that seemed to be about to overwhelm me. The very fact that a group of people was bound and determined to shut this blog down and silence me would nearly paralyze me. However, as God taught me, over time, how to work through these things in total dependence on Him, I was able to see that the anguish or fear or whatever it was, was really part of the attack coming from our enemy. When I would tell the truth then endure the attacks the fear would always be part of that. However, when I went through them while being led by the Spirit in total dependence on my Lord for His wisdom and discernment in the midst of the fiery trial, I was able to then look back on those events after the fact and wonder at why I was so fearful. It was then that God gave me the wisdom to see that everything was being blown out of proportion the more I was focused on me and what the outcome would be for me and this ministry, but when I was focused on His Truth and the fact that what I was doing was for His glory alone the attacks became meaningless to me. I was willing to endure anything for my Lord’s glory and was able to bear it all in the power of the Holy Spirit. View article →

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Remembering Those Who Never Came Home http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/30/remembering-those-who-never-came-home/ Mon, 30 May 2016 16:45:42 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64215 Continue reading ]]> Memorial DayThe Daily Signal has a piece by Peter Brookes commemorating our brave men and women who serve in the armed forces.  He reminds us that,

Whether you’re spiritual or not, it’s right for this country to take this day to remember those who have fallen, those who have returned, those who are hurting and suffering wounds both visible and invisible, and those who are serving today.

Amen.

Brookes begins his piece:

During the mid-2000s, I attended my son’s graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, in a ceremony where the commencement address was given by then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates.

Like many who attend graduations, I have no recall of what Gates said to the collective students, faculty, and families that day. I do recall that it came at a very difficult time overseas for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The other thing I remember: More than 50 percent of that Virginia Military Institute class stood up to be commissioned into the armed forces of the United States.

As they stood, I could feel myself start to well up. I turned away from my wife so she wouldn’t see, but she knew—and felt the same surge of patriotism I did.

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Portland Public School Board Bans Climate-change Denying Material http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/30/portland-public-school-board-bans-climate-change-denying-material/ Mon, 30 May 2016 15:55:46 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64211 Continue reading ]]> According to Portland Tribune, environmental extremists have succeeded in stifling the voices of anyone who does not share their view on so-called climate change:

Polar bearIn a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

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Oregon Woman Concerned After Man Who Identifies as Woman Admitted at Women’s Shelter http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/30/oregon-woman-concerned-after-man-who-identifies-as-woman-admitted-at-womens-shelter/ Mon, 30 May 2016 15:33:42 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64208 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

In the midst of discussion about transgender restroom issues, an Oregon woman is speaking out to tell her story after a man who identifies as a woman was permitted to share sleeping and restroom space with women at an all-women’s shelter.

Malka Davis, a formerly homeless woman, recently penned an op-ed for the Oregonian, in which she explained why she believes it was wrong for the shelter to allow the man to live at the facility among dozens of females.

The incident occurred in 2014 as Davis was seeking to put her life back together. She recounted that a few weeks into her stay that some of the other women seemed to be in distress, and came to find out that it was because a man who “self-identified” as a woman was in their midst. One woman even left altogether.

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Are we supposed to pray for the wolves? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/29/are-we-supposed-to-pray-for-the-wolves/ Sun, 29 May 2016 17:15:12 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64202 Continue reading ]]> In answer to this question, some Christians say yes while others say no and they’ll offer all sorts of reasons for the view they hold.  So, what does the Bible teach?   According to Pilgrim over at Defending. Contending,” I found nowhere in Scripture that we are directly or expressly commanded to pray for those who seek to shipwreck our faith and damn our souls to Hell for eternity. The argument in favor of praying for the wolves is commonly couched in our command to love and pray for our enemies, but are false teachers what Jesus was referring to when He said this? Do they fit in the context of His use of the word “enemies” in that text?”

Pilgrim answers these question in the blog post:

Wolf - Little Red Riding HoodImagine if you will, the following scenario:

A shepherd guarding his sheep observes a wolf among the flock cloaked in sheepskin. He stands up and yells “Wolf! Wolf! Run! Run!” And immediately the sheep begin to scatter, but not all. A small group turn to the sheep dog and, with an arrogant smirk plastered across their faces, respond, “But did you pray for the wolf?”

Bewildered as to why these sheep were ignoring his warning, the shepherd reiterates the danger of the wolf’s presence with an even more impassioned plea for the sheep to escape the impending doom that’s about to befall them. However, they stand firm and go back to their grazing on the plush green grass beneath their feet.

Mumblings of,”Who is he to judge?” and, “As for me I’ll be praying for the wolf” can be heard among them as they reassure themselves of their peace and safety while the wolf takes them out one by one until there are none left.

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43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama’s Transgender Agenda http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/29/43-republicans-join-democrats-to-support-obamas-transgender-agenda/ Sun, 29 May 2016 15:46:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64200 Continue reading ]]> The Daily Signal reports:

On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda.

Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal—known as the Maloney amendment—last night they voted to ratify Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies.

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Concerns Raised as Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Praises Oprah Winfrey After Appearance on Super Soul Sunday http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2016/05/29/concerns-raised-as-hillsongs-carl-lentz-praises-oprah-winfrey-after-appearance-on-super-soul-sunday/ Sun, 29 May 2016 15:09:28 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=64198 Continue reading ]]> Christian News Network reports:

Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz has drawn concerns over the past week after he posted a photograph on social media announcing his upcoming appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” television broadcast.

“I really enjoyed my time with @oprah filming for her Super Soul Sunday show,” he wrote on May 18. “She is truly a special woman and a culture changer. To come from absolute poverty in Mississippi and reach the point where she became the first African American multi-billionaire takes a passion and drive that is exceptional and tireless.”

He continued to praise the talk show host, and said that others should emulate Oprah’s practice of thanking Jesus with each new day.

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