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-Missouri: Reversal of Discrimination Against Faith Organizations

by Dr. D ~ April 13th, 2017

Missouri Gov. Greitens:

“People of faith are under attack. We’re standing up for religious liberty here in Missouri.”

Response: Increasingly faith organizations are being discriminated against by federal, state, and local governments. It has been open season on people of faith in the last 8 years. Elections are very important and it is fortunate for those of us living in Missouri that we now have a governor who is concerned about religious liberty.

We are hoping that the federal government under the Trump administration will also reverse some of the policies of the Obama administration which was the worst ever historically when it comes to freedom of religion.                 *Top

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-Wright On The Resurrection of Jesus

by Dr. D ~ April 12th, 2017

Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection of Jesus (2:23).

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-Libya: Migrants Being Sold As Slaves Thanks to Radical Islam

by Dr. D ~ April 11th, 2017

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The treatment of migrants in the USA has become a controversy since Trump became President. But the treatment of African migrants traveling through Libya trying to reach Europe is medieval or worse.

Since radical Islamists (including ISIS) dominate Libya after the downfall of Gaddafi (Thanks to the USA, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and European allies) slave markets are flourishing once more in that country and the current victims are poor African migrants. Here’s the story from International Business Times:

Migrants from West Africa are being openly traded in "public slave markets" across Libya.

As a departure point for refugees trying to get to Europe, migrants arriving in Libya from sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of money and little in the way of documentation.

Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.

Read the whole article

Response: The dirty little secret that Muslim organizations in America (Like CAIR) don’t want you to know is that slavery is still acceptable within the religion of Islam and flourishes today wherever radical Islamists like ISIS or Boko Haram are in charge and a radical form of sharia law is in effect. Not only that, the radical Islamists use the selling of slaves to help fund their military and terrorist causes.                  *Top

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-Egypt: Palm Sunday Church Bombings Kill 45

by Dr. D ~ April 10th, 2017

Two Coptic Christian churches were bombed on Palm Sunday killing 45 and injuring over a hundred. ISIS took credit for the acts of terror. Incredibly one of the churches was Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, which was bombed during a mass being conducted by Coptic Pope Tawadros who was not injured. Here’s the story from Reuters:

At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians…

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured more than 100 people and occurred a week before Coptic Easter, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit Egypt later this month.

The assault is the latest on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants, and a challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has pledged to protect them as part of his campaign against extremism.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Another show of violence and intolerance from adherents of the so-called ‘religion of peace.’ This happening during the holiest week of the year for Christians.

Acts like this against churches and the Christian community have become common place in Nigeria due to the radical attacks by the Boko Haram who claim to have their own Islamic state in the works. Now ISIS is targeting Christians and churches in a similar way in Egypt.

The ISIS radicals have officially declared war on the Christians in Egypt with the following statement:

"Crusaders and their apostate allies should know the bill between us and them is very big and they will pay it with rivers of blood from their children, god willing. Wait for us, for we will wait for you…"

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi responded by putting the country on a three-month state of emergency. He also pledged to protect Egyptian  churches from future attacks.

Egypt has the largest community of Christians (9 million) left in the Middle East. Coptic Christians have been under increasing persecution and violence from radical Muslims over the last 10 years or so. This latest challenge from ISIS is the worst since there is no end in sight. Plus the Coptic Pope and church headquarters itself was targeted.               *Top

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-About Jesus: Christian Student vs. Muslim Professor

by Dr. D ~ April 7th, 2017

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A Muslim college professor insisted in class that it was an ‘academic fact’ that Jesus wasn’t crucified and was never considered to be divine by his disciples. This is what is taught about Jesus in the Quran so it is quite natural that a Muslim teacher would assert that belief but a Christian student took exception it.

Later when the student received a low grade in the class he complained and received a suspension from the college. Fortunately he has been reinstated. But the story does not end there, the Muslim professor actually sued the student claiming that she was being stalked. From the Christian Post:

According to the Central Florida Post, Rollins College professor Areeje Zufari’s lawsuit asking for a temporary injunction against student Marshall Polston for protection against stalking was dismissed by a, Orange County circuit judge after she filed a motion to drop the case on Tuesday.

Polston, a student in Zufari’s Middle Eastern humanities class, has maintained that there is no evidence of him stalking Zufari and insists that she has made up the charges against him.

Read all three articles for the the complete story:

Islamic Professor vs. Christian Student at Florida’s Oldest College

Florida College Exonerates Christian Student Suspended Over Muslim Professor’s Complaints

Muslim Prof.’s Lawsuit Against Christian Student Dismissed by Florida Judge

Response: This is just one case that demonstrates what many Christian students are going through in colleges and universities all across America.

Beyond that, this situation also introduces a general teaching about Jesus that is currently being asserted in most mainline protestant seminaries in America and Europe and accepted in most academic circles. Students in most liberal seminaries today are taught that the New Testament gospels do not necessarily reflect the ‘real’ teaching and beliefs of the historical Jesus and his followers.

For example. during the 1990’s many of the top New Testament scholars in America got together and voted on what they considered to be the most likely real words and teaching of Jesus. Nearly the entire Gospel of John was voted out including John 3:16. These supposed scholars discounted every statement that indicated any kind of  divine nature and origin of Jesus. They also voted against the resurrection and all appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion.

If you wonder why the more liberal churches find it easy to pick and choose what scriptures that they will follow it all starts in the seminaries where their ministers are being trained. A whole generation of pastors, who no longer believe in the traditional teaching of the Christianity, have been raised up to lead the mainline protestant churches.

I bring all of this up because some of their beliefs about Jesus are closer to the teaching of the Quran than the New Testament. In the future I  can easily predict that  many of these liberal ‘Christian’ ministers will suggest that the more divisive teachings about Jesus be left behind in order to secure a lasting world peace with Muslims.

That formula is already being tossed around in academic and progressive political circles. Rather than blame Islamists for their intolerance and their tendency to force folks to join them in worshipping Allah, they view conservative Christians and their insistence on following the Bible and on worshipping Jesus as the real problem and threat to world peace. I look for the ‘one world government’ folks to push some derivative of Islam as the best hope for one world religion and peace.                   *Top

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-United Methodist Church: ‘Mexit’ For Sexual/Theological Dissenters?

by Dr. D ~ April 1st, 2017

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One major UMC theologian is proposing that progressive dissenters that oppose the traditional theological and sexual policies of the church should be encouraged and allowed to exit the denomination for the sake of unity. Here’s the story from juicyecumenism:

William Abraham of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas proposed Mexit at a conference of 28 theologians addressing United Methodism’s debates over sexuality, hosted by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry on March 9-12 in Atlanta.  The event was called “Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.”

But Abraham, with some others present, did not think church unity possible with dissenters openly defying church teaching and law, including last year’s election by the church’s small Western Jurisdiction of an openly lesbian and partnered bishop.

“I think that the way ahead lies with an exit plan for those who cannot accept the canonical teaching and practice of the church rather than a plan for division,” Abraham announced, coining the term “Mexit” for this Methodist departure.

<Read the whole article>

Response: The controversy in the UMC has continued since 1972. Prof. Abraham points out that with the increasing numbers of members in Africa that are substantially conservative, the official policy of the UMC toward ordaining homosexuals and same-sex marriage will not be changing and the battle is actually over. The conservatives have more votes at the denominational conferences and that will continue to be the case in the future.

Nevertheless, rebellion in some American jurisdictions continues to cause disunity and trouble in the denomination. Abraham’s answer to resolving this problem in the church is what he calls, ‘Mexit.’ His idea is to define an exit policy that allows those who disagree with the current policies to leave the denomination without battling over property and membership.

Sounds good and it would be nice for any church to avoid the type of legal battles going on in the Episcopal Church and those starting to happen in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. It probably will not happen but it should.                 *Top

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