Archive for the Church Category
A broad coalition of Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish leaders joined by civic and business leaders from around the nation have signed an open letter to the U.S. Supreme Court vowing they will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court that would force them to violate the biblical understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The letter was published in an ad in the Washington Post and was signed by many prominent pastors and Christian leaders, many from Texas, including: Pastor Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Church Dallas, Pastor Robert Morris at Gateway Church in Southlake, Pastor Charles Hagee at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Pastor Gregg Matte at Houston’s First Baptist Church, and Pastor Steve Riggle at Grace Church in Houston.
Here is a portion of the letter:
We are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian pastors, clergy, lay leaders and Jewish leaders, who collectively represent millions of people in our specific churches, parishes, denominations, synagogues and media ministry outreaches. Marriage transcends our various theological differences and unites us together in one voice.
We affirm that any judicial opinion which purports to redefine marriage will constitute an unjust law, as Martin Luther King Jr. described such laws in his letter from the Birmingham Jail.
We are Christians who love America and who respect the legitimate rule of law.
However, we will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.
The letter is sponsored by the non-profit Common Good Foundation.
Only days ago the national news media descended on McKinney, Texas following an incident which occurred with police after several teens crashed a pool party in the city and police were called to the scene.
The incident attracted vocal statements from all sides with some claiming the police were too rough on specifically Black teenagers.
Video of the event went viral after a McKinney police officer threw a teen girl to the ground, kneeling into her back in what appeared to be an over aggressive manner. The officer resigned shortly after the incident.
Today, we woke up to the news that a young white man went into an historically African American church in Charleston, South Carolina and in cold-blood gunned down nine Black churchgoers.
It was that topic that led WBAP radio talk show host, Chris Krok, in Dallas, Texas to have a discussion on his program Thursday evening.
Krok described the Christians at the AME Church in South Carolina as acting like Christ by welcoming in the man who would later kill them.
Chris Krok then took a call from a McKinney pastor who said that he had just returned from a city wide pastor’s meeting planned as a result of the pool party incident days earlier.
The Pastor, who said his first name was Charlie, told Krok that last week over 100 clergy members met with the chief of police to dialogue about the incident. He said they laid their hands on him and prayed for him.
“Last week when all this broke loose and the protests hit our city, one hundred of us clergymen gathered with the Mayor and the Chief of Police behind closed doors and no reporters. It was a two and a half – two hour meeting and it culminated in all the clergy laying hands on the pastor [ he meant mayor] and the Chief of Police praying over them. From that, we have begun a dialogue to deal with issues in our city,” the pastor said.
He also commended the Black pastors on how they “tapped down” violence as groups like the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam went to McKinney to protest.
“And, I want to commend the African American pastors of McKinney who really did their best to tamp down the hatred side of the protest when the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers came into our city.
“These guys worked through their influence to keep them from becoming violent. And, this is the story that the media is not reporting. It’s the reason that this thing ended so smoothly was because of the influence if the spiritual leadership of our city.”
He then told Krok about the meeting that took place this evening.
“Six African American pastors all made the same statement. They said that racism is a demonic attack against the Body of Christ to divide the Church.”
“They said that this attack in South Carolina was demonic. That this was one of the things that the enemy is using to destroy the Body of Christ.
“One Black pastor said this: that – that man [Roof] has a soul. And, we need to pray for his salvation.”
The Pastor, who is White said that he was amazed at what the Black pastors said and he was not shocked by their love, for the alleged White racist shooter, saying, “This man needs to be saved, this is a spiritual issue,” he said.
He also said one of the points the Black pastors made was that, “This is not a skin problem – this is a sin problem.”
“And, that’s the point that the clergy’s bringing up. And because it doesn’t fit the political narrative – there’s no coverage over this,” the pastor commented.
“I really think that if we would lay down denominational lines and political lines and if clergy would come together because clergy still has strong influence across communities, if they would come together and say we’re here for a solution that it goes beyond politics and goes beyond skin and race. We’re here as a Body of Christ. I believe that we could begin to see some better things happen across our communities,” he concluded.
Listen to the full call here.
A woman whose mom works at FPA abortion clinic told a pro-lifer that she believes that her mom knows Jesus.
The conversation shows how watered down the Gospel of Jesus Christ which commands us to “take up our cross and follow Him daily” has become to some people who do not read it in the fear of God.
In the video the driver is asked by the pro-lifer, “Do you know Jesus?”
“I know Jesus,” she replies.
“And, your mamma works at an abortion clinic,” she is asked.
And here is her answer:
“You know what, its a way of living for her. But she knows Jesus too. But it’s just a way of living for her. I mean, she’s trying to make money doing it, unfortunately, you know, when you work. We’re in a sinful world. You can’t live above sin because we’re living in sin. So, not that I support whatever this place is doing, but, you know what I mean? We’re all living in sin.”
“You know, on judgement day because no sin is greater than the other one. We God decide, you know what I mean?”
Sadly, this way of thinking is antithetical to scripture where Jesus tells us to “go and sin no more.”
He never tells us to make excuses for “living in sin” because we “live in a sinful world”
Quite the contrary, Jesus, who this woman is supposed to know, died for this world. He calls us to lay our lives down for it as well. Scripture is clear that we are in the world but “not of it.”
As for judgement day, that is a day where He will decide and a healthy Christian will seek scriptures on how that could possibly go down:
Matthew 7:22, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'”And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
The woman continues, “So, I’m sure she goes home and repents every night.”
All I have to say is that maybe her mother is “making a living” the same way the slave owners did it or the guards in the Nazi concentration camps or even the employees of Kermit Gosnell who stated over and over again that they were just doing their job.
I encourage this woman and her mother to read: Abortion just like the Nazi Holocaust is the “Sin of the Innocent Bystander”
In the words of this woman, “If you don’t know Jesus you better get to know him.” Start today by leaving this child killing center and repenting and giving your life completely to Jesus.
Please pray for this woman and her mother the abortion clinic worker that she meets the real Jesus.
UK’s The Mirror is reporting that a Norfolk church is at the centre of a hate crime investigation after putting up a poster suggesting non-believers will burn in hell.
Police say Pastor John Rose agreed to take the sign down after being spoken to by officers.
A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “Norfolk Constabulary received a report regarding a poster outside a church which was deemed offensive by the complainant.
“National guidance required us to investigate the circumstances and the matter has been recorded as a hate incident.”
The Rev Simon Ward, of the Diocese of Norwich, said: “I guess they are trying to open a conversation and cause people to think.
“However, I think there are more positive conversations that you could have and more positive reasons for coming to church.”
According to several reports, Chris Oyakhilome, who is pastor of the multinational Christ Embassy International Church in Lagos, Nigeria, believes that it would be unfair for a woman who had been raped and became pregnant to then be forced to carry that unborn child to term. He also believes that there is nothing against what he suggests in the Bible and therefore would not be going against the law of God.
Apparently, during a question and answer session this month about Biblical principles at his church, Oyakhilome said that the Bible does not mention anything about it being compulsory for a woman who is forced into intercourse to continue to have that child. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome posted the message above on his Facebook page on Sunday, March, 2014.
The senior pastor of Christ Embassy answering the question ‘Can a baby that is a product of rape be aborted?’ said the decision is left for the woman to make.
However, since the Nigerian pastor’s comments have gotten around, an online debate about his teaching has popped up on Facebook.
Recently pro-lifers were outraged when a Pastor called children conceived in rape, a Demon Seed ( read here)