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Below is a compilation of christian related news, articles, opinions and others for March 2021 - February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020

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Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christian town overrun by ISIS: Death never has the 'last word'

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christian town overrun by ISIS: Death never has the 'last word'
Pope Francis visited the ruins of Mosul and a Christian community damaged by the Islamic State during the third day of his historic visit to Iraq Sunday. The day earlier, the pontiff visited the birthplace of Abraham, met with a prominent Shia cleric and gave a sermon in Baghdad.

“How cruel it is that this country, the cradle of civilization, should have been afflicted by so barbarous a blow, with ancient places of worship destroyed,” the 84-year-old pope said Sunday, according to Reuters, as he met with Muslim and Christian residents in a destroyed portion of Mosul Sunday.

Pope Francis flew into Mosul by helicopter and saw the ruins of homes and churches in a part of a town that used to thrive before the Islamic State’s takeover in 2014. Thousands were killed and millions were displaced by the brutal terror group. The Islamic State was accused of genocide against religious minorities and occupied...More

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Nigerian pastor freed by Boko Haram hours before execution: ‘I thank God’

Nigerian pastor freed by Boko Haram hours before execution: ‘I thank God’
Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria freed a Christian pastor on Wednesday evening who had been held captive since Christmas Eve, just hours before the ransom deadline expired and he was to be executed.

Security sources told the Nigerian online newspaper Premium Times that Pastor Bulus Yikura, who was abducted during an attack in the Chibok local government area of the Borno state on Dec. 24, has been released. A Premium Times reporter claimed to have seen the pastor being transported to a state security office around 6:15 p.m. local time.

Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, released a video on Feb. 24 where Yikura pleaded with the Nigerian government and the Christian Association of Nigeria to rescue him before he was...More

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British doctors order 'do no resuscitate' those with mental disabilities

British doctors order 'do no resuscitate' those with mental disabilities
On a cultural level, COVID-19 did not create as many problems and challenges as it revealed and escalated. Like the medical co-morbidities that made the virus more dangerous and more deadly for individuals, cultural pre-existing conditions only worsened during the pandemic. Social distancing and lockdowns, for example, made our pre-existing cultural problem of loneliness that much worse for many.

In the same way, the general, widespread disregard for the those with intellectual disabilities in our culture made their mistreatment during the pandemic easier as well. For example, during the first wave of the pandemic in Great Britain, various facilities that care for people with intellectual disabilities, what the Brits call “learning disabilities,” issued blanket “Do Not Resuscitate” orders. These orders came, according to one source, directly from doctors, without consulting the patients or their families.

In December, following public outcry, Britain’s Care Quality Commission investigated and found that the orders were, in their words, “inappropriate” and should be rescinded. That was not, however, the...More

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America's Largest Christian Adoption Agency Will Now Work with LGBTQ Parents: The Peril of Separating Values from Actions

America's Largest Christian Adoption Agency Will Now Work with LGBTQ Parents: The Peril of Separating Values from Actions
Bethany Christian Services is the largest Christian adoption agency in the United States. This week, the organization announced that it would begin providing its services to LGBTQ parents nationwide. Their decision is in response to requirements from various states that agencies serve such couples to maintain their governmental contracts.

In 2007, the organization specified that “God’s design for the family is a covenant and lifelong marriage of one man and one woman.” However, two years ago, the Michigan chapter changed its policy to begin placing foster children with same-sex couples.

At the time, the CEO wrote: “At Bethany, we believe the Bible is the living Word of God, and we still believe in God’s plan for marriage and family as it is outlined in the Scriptures. At the same time, it is clear to us that Bethany cannot cede the foster care space completely to the secular world and leave children without the opportunity to experience Jesus through our loving care.” (As we will note below, numerous Christian ministries do not believe this to be a binary choice and are continuing to be faithful to their biblical mission in the face of...More

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Exposing 3 church weaknesses causing moral decline

Exposing 3 church weaknesses causing moral decline
The blurring of the lines between good and evil has become commonplace among "self-identified" Christians, especially among millennials and Gen Z. In an extensive study with Barna Group, Dr. Tracy Munsil, Executive Director at The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, concluded her research by stating, "Belief in absolute moral truth rooted in God's word is rapidly eroding among all American adults. This includes those who are both churched and unchurched, those belonging to every political segment, and from every age group. Even among those who do identify God as the source of truth, there is substantial rejection of any absolute standard of morality in American culture."

For this reason, I want to expose three areas in the church that are in moral decline due to the erosion of God's truth and how you can combat each one.

The first area to combat is the weakening of theology in the church. With the rise of secularization and progressivism in the church, there are many talking heads who preach against the Bible as God's Word. One progressive pastor, in recent weeks, vocalized his view of the Bible to his inclusive congregation by asserting, "The Bible, isn't: the Word of God, self-interpreting, a science book, an answer/rule book, inerrant or infallible." Rather, it is: "a product of...More

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Court to Decide: Can Obamacare Force Christian Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery?

Court to Decide: Can Obamacare Force Christian Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery?
A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard arguments in a major religious liberty case that could determine whether Christian doctors and religious hospitals can be forced to perform sex-reassignment surgery and treat gender dysphoria under Obamacare.

At issue is a 2016 Obama-era interpretation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that prohibits doctors and healthcare facilities from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, which is defined as an individual’s “internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.” Under the rule, doctors and healthcare facilities are required to treat gender dysphoria and perform gender-transition procedures in children and adults or be liable for discrimination.

The rule applies to any doctor or healthcare facility that is “receiving...More

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'God's Will Is No Concern of This Congress,' NY Rep. Jerry Nadler Says during Equality Act Debate

'God's Will Is No Concern of This Congress,' NY Rep. Jerry Nadler Says during Equality Act Debate
During last Thursday's House Debate over the Equality Act, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York asserted that “God's will is no concern of this Congress,” after a fellow Congressman opposed the measure by pointing to God and the Bible.

According to The Christian Post, Rep. Greg Stuebe (R-FL), asserted during his remarks on the House floor that the Equality Act, which the House later passed, is contradictory to the Bible.

Stuebe noted that “the gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s...More

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Pastor who told women to keep slim, be sexually available in marriage is seeking counseling after backlash

Pastor who told women to keep slim, be sexually available in marriage is seeking counseling after backlash
A Missouri pastor who told women in his congregation to keep slim, wear makeup and be sexually available for their husbands to keep their marriages healthy is now under investigation by his denomination and is “seeking professional counseling” after backlash over his advice.

First General Baptist Church in Malden announced Tuesday that their embattled Pastor, Stewart-Allen Clark, has also “taken a leave of absence” in the wake of the controversial statements he made in a Feb. 21 sermon.

“As of March 2, 2021, Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark has taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional counseling,” a statement on the church’s website said.

First General Baptist Church is a member of the General Baptist denomination, which announced in a statement on Monday that Clarke’s message was not...More

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Bible Reading Has Boosted Mental Health of Christians During Pandemic, New Poll Says

Bible Reading Has Boosted Mental Health of Christians During Pandemic, New Poll Says
Reading the Bible during the pandemic has improved the mental health of a large segment of Christians and also eased their anxiety about the future, according to a new United Kingdom survey.

The poll of 1,123 practicing Christians who attend church and read the Bible at least monthly found that 33 percent say reading the Bible has improved their mental health during the pandemic, while 28 percent say it has increased their confidence in the future. Another 42 percent say it has boosted their hope in God. Most in the survey say reading the Bible has allowed their mental health and their beliefs about the future and God to remain the same, rather than decreasing.

The survey was conducted by Christian Research for...More

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This is what idolatry looks like

This is what idolatry looks like
I write these words on Sunday afternoon, February 28. This is just hours before former President Trump is scheduled to address CPAC, where he will likely receive a hero’s welcome and be recognized as the de facto face of the Republican Party.

Earlier in the week, attendees were stunned to see a 200 pound, golden Trump statue wheeled into the CPAC convention, sparking a flurry of stories and headlines, including this one, today, from the New York Times: “At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump.”

Many others were quick to compare the golden statue of Trump with the golden calf that the Israelites worshiped. (Ironically, in synagogues around the world this week, religious Jews will read that very account of Israel...More

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Venezuelan Christians forced to eat pages of the Bible, have 'crosses' etched into their bodies

Venezuelan Christians forced to eat pages of the Bible, have 'crosses' etched into their bodies
At least four Christian men recently suffered serious injuries after they were stabbed, forced to eat pages of the Bible, and had “crosses” etched into their skin by eight hooded men, according to a persecution watchdog organization.

The attack by men suspected to be criminals from a drug gang took place at Restoration House in the city of Libertador on Feb. 16, Open Doors reported Friday. Restoration House is a church-led drug rehabilitation center in Venezuela’s Mérida State.

The charity, which works with persecuted churches in over 60 nations, explained that Christians, who deter people from criminal lifestyles, are often seen as a threat to the illegal activities of drug gangs in...More

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Student Suspended from New York-Based University for Opposing Transgenderism

Student Suspended from New York-Based University for Opposing Transgenderism
A student from a university in New York has reportedly been suspended for asserting that ‘a man is a man, a woman is a woman’.

Owen Stevens of State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo was reportedly suspended from the school’s field teaching program due to his outspoken conservative views on biological sex in multiple videos on his Instagram account.

“A man is a man, a woman is a woman,” Stevens said in one video last November. “A man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man.”

“Let me be VERY clear, Facts don’t care about your feelings,” he wrote in...More

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Two keys to understanding God and evil

Two keys to understanding God and evil
It’s the number one intellectual reason people use to stiff-arm God. Scottish skeptic David Hume articulates the issue this way:

“Is He willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is impotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Whence then is evil?”

Hume definitely isn’t alone in his reasoning. Nobody seems to have a problem with having a God who ensures only good things happen, but nearly everyone chokes on the idea that God and bad things can exist together.

The Bible, however, says otherwise in an unapologetic fashion. And it does so for...More

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Why Doesn't Success Satisfy the Soul?

Why Doesn't Success Satisfy the Soul?
In celebration of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday some years back, ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson spent some time with M.J. Thompson gives the sense that Jordan isn't happy. “I would give up everything now to go back and play the game of basketball,” Jordan laments. When asked how he copes with the devastating fact that he will never be who he was, Jordan states, “You don't. You learn to live with it.”

FAME AND GLORY ARE FLEETING
Thompson continues, “Jordan might have stopped playing basketball, but the rage is still there. The fire remains, which is why he searches for release ... the man has left the court, but the addictions won't leave the man.”

“Most people live anonymous lives, and when they grow old and die, any record of their existence is blown away. They're forgotten, some more slowly than others, but eventually, it happens to virtually everyone. Yet for the few people in each generation who reach the very pinnacle of fame and achievement, a mirage flickers: immortality. They come to believe in it. Even after Jordan is gone, he knows people will remember him. Here lies the greatest basketball player of all time. That's his...More

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Managing anger in your marriage

Managing anger in your marriage
It would be nice if all conflicts were as insignificant as which way the toilet tissue is supposed to hang. But many offenses in marriage are far from trivial. Few couples escape the conflicts that result from differences in family backgrounds, personalities, or perspectives. No matter how our marriages grow in maturity, we always seem to find ways to hurt each other, either intentionally or unintentionally. And with every offense comes pain.

Hurt leaves us wide open and upsets our equilibrium. We feel as if our hearts have been torn out and our spirits brutalized. Sometimes we don’t recognize the inner pain right away; other times, we just try to hide it. We don’t tell our spouses when they have wounded us because we don’t want to appear vulnerable; we suppress the hurt and act as if nothing happened.

Just as it can be difficult for us to recognize hurt, it can also be difficult to spot anger. As long as you deny that you feel angry over your unresolved disappointment and hurts, you won’t deal with the problem. Where there has been an offense, there was hurt. And where there is unexpressed and unresolved hurt, there is...More

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear $100 Million Property Dispute between The Episcopal Church, Diocese of Fort Worth

Supreme Court Declines to Hear $100 Million Property Dispute between The Episcopal Church, Diocese of Fort Worth
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the combined property dispute cases between The Episcopal Church and a breakaway Anglican diocese, the Diocese of Fort Worth and All Saints' Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

According to the lawsuit and its ruling, after a denominational schism in 2008 over the increased acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community in leadership positions, a majority of the Fort Worth diocesan leadership voted to break off from The Episcopal Church. This led to a slew of legal disputes over $100 million in properties owned by the diocese. After years of litigation, in 2020, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Diocese of Fort Worth leading The Episcopal Church to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of the United States.

According to The Christian Post, The Episcopal Church voiced its disappointment over the decision in a Monday statement with Bishop Scott Mayer writing, “I know this is a disappointment to us all, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we...More

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Retailers Will Be Fined $1,000 for Having Separate Boys, Girls Sections under New California Bill

Retailers Will Be Fined $1,000 for Having Separate Boys, Girls Sections under New California Bill
California lawmakers have introduced a new bill that, if passed, would fine retailers $1,000 for having separate sections for boys and girls instead of putting all of their products together, Faithwire reports.

The legislation, which was introduced by Democrat Assembly members Evan Low and Cristina Garcia last week, seeks to push for inclusivity by having all toys, clothing, and other kid-oriented products arranged in a “gender-neutral” manner.

Despite the requirement, retailers will still be able to sell their current products, but they would have to put all of the gender-based products together instead of separate sections because of...More

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Britney Spears Is Not a Thing (She's a Person)

Britney Spears Is Not a Thing (She's a Person)
Last summer, outside a California courtroom, a group of protestors gathered, marched, chanted, took lots of selfies, and held signs that read, “Free Britney.” Footage from that day now comprises the opening scene of a newly released New York Times documentary about Britney Spears, the pop music star who rose to fame as barely a teenager in the early 2000s.

Spears is now in the middle of a legal battle over control of her financial estate. Her genuinely tragic story begins with her parents’ insistence on making Britney a star at an extremely young age. Having achieved that goal, her innocent “bubble gum pop” persona turned into something far less innocent. After spending much of her career attempting to outdo her previous sexual explicitness, Britney Spears has spiraled into ongoing and severe mental health issues, worsened by broken relationships, and constantly being stalked by paparazzi.

Objectifying others is not only a sin itself, it leads to other sins. Pride, contempt, jealousy, adultery, murder, sexual predation, even self-harming behaviors like drug abuse and sexual promiscuity are all rooted in...More

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