Religious Right Tells Pastors Christianity Being Suppressed

www.rightwingwatch.org Coral Ridge Ministries broadcast a special called “Pastors, Pulpits, and Politics” to encourage pastors to involve their churches in this year’s elections. The strategy of encouragement seemed to revolve around convincing pastors that Christianity itself is under attack by liberals and “militant homosexuals,” who supposedly harbor “totalitarian” intentions towards “suppressing” Christians a la Hitler or Stalin. Host Jerry Newcombe, Coral Ridge Left-to-right: Gary DeMar, American Vision Jordan Lorence, Alliance Defense Fund Tony Perkins, Family Research Council Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel 4/19/08
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New Online Church Aims to Reach Those with No Experience of God, Christianity or Church

Ripon, England, (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

Holy Trinity Church Ripon has launched an online ‘church’ for people who are not already engaged with the Christian faith, and who are looking for answers, but may not feel ready (or be able) to walk into a church building. Its goal is to help people discover if God is of relevance to them today, providing a safe and self-directed way to find straightforward answers to questions about Christianity. Longer-term, the goal is to encourage them to find a local church where they can feel at home.

Very few churches exist purely online, and Church on the Net (www.church-on-the-net.com) is unique because it is evangelistic, rather than designed to serve believers or any pre-existing fellowship. The team behind the project says that as well as agnostics, atheists and seekers, however, the online church may be useful to new Christians afraid of asking ‘silly’ questions, Christians who have slipped away from an active faith, and those who find it difficult to meet together (such as the housebound, carers, and those in remote areas or who face persecution).

“As odd as it may seem to Christians, who have all the advantages of fellowship through belonging to a traditional church, there are huge numbers of people who are accustomed to being part of online communities, whose ‘friends’ they may never meet face-to-face,” says Mark Tanner, vicar of Holy Trinity Ripon. “The idea of doing things online feels safe and attractive to them, so why not introduce church into that lifestyle?”

Church on the Net is divided into three sections:

· a reference section, with 85 articles offering explanations or perspectives on many issues relating to God, church and Christianity, including common and difficult questions

· a weekly article, updated every Sunday, exploring the Christian faith and how it is lived out on a daily basis. The launch address has been provided by the Rt Revd John Packer, Bishop of Ripon & Leeds

· an interactive community area, where visitors can engage with the site and one another through forums and blogs.

Site content is provided by an editorial panel of ordained and lay people drawn from within Holy Trinity Ripon, plus guest writers.

“In an increasingly secular world, we are in danger of making assumptions about what people already know about our faith — which may not be much,” says Nicola David, project leader of Church on the Net. “This hit home when a teenager asked me if Christmas was when Jesus married Mary. So our articles try to be as clear, conversational and jargon-free as possible — particularly because we expect the majority of our audience to be outside of the UK, and won’t have English as a first language.”

40% of visitors to Holy Trinity Ripon’s own church website (www.holytrinityripon.org.uk) are overseas, and come looking for answers to spiritual questions. Most commonly, these are seekers from China, Brazil, Vietnam, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, Morocco and Israel.

“Church on the Net is one of a range of ways Christians are extending a new invitation to community, to exploration and to faith through fresh expressions of church. I warmly commend it,” says the Revd. Dr. Steven Croft, archbishops’ missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions (an initiative of the Church of England and Methodist Church).

Plans are already afoot for phases two and three of the site, which will introduce extensive new functionality and features.

Church on the Net is registered as a fresh expression of church with Fresh Expressions. It exists under the authority of Holy Trinity Ripon (a church in the Church of England) and the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. It is co-funded by Holy Trinity Ripon, the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and charitable grants.

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Why is Christianity so divided (domination wise – Methodist/Baptist/Church of Christ/Catholic)? How to choose?

Question by Cheyne185: Why is Christianity so divided (domination wise – Methodist/Baptist/Church of Christ/Catholic)? How to choose?
To be Baptized or Christened? Rituals? No music in church/music in church?
How did the foundational belief system for Christ get so messed up and separated?
How can one just find Christ and follow his path with so many distractions from (hate to say) judgmental “believers” … Sorry so long, but this is a serious problem for me.

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Answer by lordua
Cause its a bunch of BS. That’s why the science word is not divided.

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Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity

Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity

It’s not that the dignified and rarefied old Episcopal Church quit believing in God. It’s that the God you increasingly hear spoken of in Episcopal circles is infinitely tolerant and given to sudden changes of mind–not quite the divinity you thought you were reading about in the scriptures.

Episcopalians of the twenty-first century, like their counterparts in other churches of the so-called American mainline–such as Methodists and Presbyterians–seem to prefer a God that the culture would be proud of, as against a culture that God would be proud of. While they work to rebrand and reshelve orthodox Christianity for the modern market, exponents of the new thinking are busy reducing mainstream Christian witness to a shadow of its former self.

Mortal Follies is the story of the Episcopal Church’s mad dash to catch up with a secular culture fond of self-expression and blissfully relaxed as to norms and truths. An Episcopal layman, William Murchison details how leaders of his church, starting in the late 1960s, looked over the culture of liberation, liked what they saw, and went skipping along with the shifting cultural mood–especially when the culture demanded that the church account for its sins of “heterosexism” and “racism.” Episcopalians have blended so deeply into the cultural woodwork that it’s hard sometimes to remember that it all began as a divine calling to the normative and the eternal.

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Universal (Non Roman Catholic, Catholic) Christianity

Universal (Non Roman Catholic, Catholic) Christianity

Comprende? Catholic means universal, not just Roman Catholic. What makes religious adherents to various denominations feel that Jesus came to start a denomination (theirs of course), let alone ANY religion of any sort? Could it be, can your mind fathom such a thought, that Jesus came to reveal to us what true spiritual beings we really are? What a concept!

For Jesus the “ticket to heaven” was not membership in an outer religious form, but an inner state of unconditional love.

What the world needs now is LOVE, sweet love……..and a truly universal spiritual movement wherein one group is not better than another group, just different. Is different okay? For some “different” is scary and to be avoided if not  obliterated such that they don’t influence others. The sectarian and highly divisive “only Christians are going to heaven”, meaning if you’re not with us, you’re going to hell, has seen enough violence and horrible results.

Instead of trying to “convert” people to your denomination, or even your own local assembly, why not just love people- with no strings attached? Of course to do that takes the competitive fun out of it all. We need to go beyond the surface meanings of Jesus, which were hidden in parables to begin with, and into the deeper spiritual truths. The book that the early church fathers decided (along with the emperors approval of course) would be our canon wasn’t a license to kill everyone who would not take a vow to uphold such man-adopted creeds and confessions.

I don’t know how long it will take, but I feel that ultimately the Christ consciousness, without the religious exclusiveness, is the message of the Father. And, it’s not limited to Christianity- just most plainly seen, as I see it.  🙂

God is most DEFINED in Jesus, but not CONFINED to Jesus!

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.

10-11 Church of Christ -VS- Christianity – Debate on Baptism

TO PLAY Dr. Robert Morey’s Lecture on The Doctrinal Errors of the Church of Christ Concerning Baptism and its Relationship to Salvation. TAP ON BELOW LINK www.youtube.com TAP ON LINK BELOW FOR ARTICLES ON BAPTISM www.spiritualabuse.org www.gospeloutreach.net —————————————- —- Is Baptism Essential For Salvation ? Representatives of Classic Christianity Debate with Dr. James Bjornstad & Rev. David Kingdon affirm that: Remission of sins is obtained by Faith Alone before and apart from Baptism. Church of Christ Representatives : A Penitent believer must be baptized in order to receive remission of his sins.
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8-11 Church of Christ -VS- Christianity – Debate on Baptism

TO PLAY Dr. Robert Morey’s Lecture on The Doctrinal Errors of the Church of Christ Concerning Baptism and its Relationship to Salvation. TAP ON BELOW LINK www.youtube.com TAP ON LINK BELOW FOR ARTICLES ON BAPTISM www.spiritualabuse.org www.gospeloutreach.net —————————————- —- Is Baptism Essential For Salvation ? Representatives of Classic Christianity Debate with Dr. James Bjornstad & Rev. David Kingdon affirm that: Remission of sins is obtained by Faith Alone before and apart from Baptism. Church of Christ Representatives : A Penitent believer must be baptized in order to receive remission of his sins.

11-11 Church of Christ -VS- Christianity – Debate on Baptism

TO PLAY Dr. Robert Morey’s Lecture on The Doctrinal Errors of the Church of Christ Concerning Baptism and its Relationship to Salvation. TAP ON BELOW LINK www.youtube.com TAP ON LINK BELOW FOR ARTICLES ON BAPTISM www.spiritualabuse.org —————————————- —- Is Baptism Essential For Salvation ? Representatives of Classic Christianity Debate with Dr. James Bjornstad & Rev. David Kingdon affirm that: Remission of sins is obtained by Faith Alone before and apart from Baptism. Church of Christ Representatives : A Penitent believer must be baptized in order to receive remission of his sins.
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6-11 Church of Christ -VS- Christianity – Debate on Baptism

TO PLAY Dr. Robert Morey’s Lecture on The Doctrinal Errors of the Church of Christ Concerning Baptism and its Relationship to Salvation. TAP ON BELOW LINK www.youtube.com TAP ON LINK BELOW FOR ARTICLES ON BAPTISM www.spiritualabuse.org www.gospeloutreach.net —————————————- —- Is Baptism Essential For Salvation ? Representatives of Classic Christianity Debate with Dr. James Bjornstad & Rev. David Kingdon affirm that: Remission of sins is obtained by Faith Alone before and apart from Baptism. Church of Christ Representatives : A Penitent believer must be baptized in order to receive remission of his sins.