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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Study: Fastest-growing churches have modern worship, teach literal interpretation of Bible

A Canadian study has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster.

The Canadian researchers who authored the study, "Theology Matters: Comparing the Traits of Growing and Declining Mainline Protestant Church Attendees and Clergy," surveyed 2,225 churchgoers in Ontario, Canada, and interviewed 29 clergy and 195 congregants. The study will be published in next month's issue of the Review of Religious Research.


"This study was important because it quantified empirically something that evangelical renewalists have been saying for decades — theology matters," said the Rev. Tom Lambrecht, vice president and general manager of Good News Magazine, a United Methodist publication, in an interview with The Christian Post.

Lambrecht, who served for 29 years as a United Methodist minister in Wisconsin, told CP that people who are interested in the things of God "want spiritual substance, not just a feel-good message or the opportunity to engage in community service." The Church, he said, has to to be distinct from and offer more than local civic associations and charities.


A solidly Orthodox Gospel that motivates churches to adapt their worship life and ministries to engage the next generation more effectively will be one where the message remains the same, but the means of delivery look different.

The study also showed that services at growing "churches featured contemporary worship with drums and guitars, while declining churches favoured traditional styles of worship with organ and choir."

"The use of contemporary Christian worship music is an example of that adaptation," Lambrecht said. "It has been around for over 40 years, yet some churches still resist making that adaptation." He added, however, that he's seen examples of churches that have more traditional styles of worship that are also yielding growth.

Pastor John Daffern who leads a Southern Baptist congregation in Columbus, Mississippi, calls himself "an apologist for the modern church."

"I pastor a church that fits that mold," said Daffern, who leads MTV Church, in a recent interview with CP after he read some of the study's findings.

"We are theologically conservative, according to that study, and yet we are unashamedly modern and we are in a sustained period of growth in our church, and that is in direct contrast to many of the Mainline churches and even some evangelical churches.

"And I think the wisdom of that study is the two parts. There does need to be a modern sense of an expression of the faith while at the same time a conservative, Orthodox view of Christianity," he added.
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Former Pastor Allegedly Kills Daughter

A former university and Air Force chaplain bought a shotgun after completing treatment for substance abuse and drove to the home of his estranged family, where he killed his adult daughter and then himself, police said Friday.

A neighbor discovered the bodies of Daniel Randall, 56, and Claire Randall, 27, on Thursday in Hebron. Police said Daniel Randall shot and killed Claire Randall in the bathroom. They believe he then killed himself. His body was found on a porch with a shotgun nearby.

Daniel Randall had broken into the house through a garage door, police said. They said he had just completed substance abuse treatment in Portland when he left Thursday, bought a shotgun, drove to the home and committed the shootings.

Police said Randall spray-painted messages to his family on the walls of five rooms of the house before shooting himself. They did not immediately disclose what the messages said.

Claire Randall had recently moved from Rhode Island to stay with her mother and teenage brother. Neither the mother nor brother was home at the time of the shootings, police said.

From 2009 to 2012, Roger Williams University paid Daniel Randall as a vendor to be an affiliated chaplain. Randallwas also a former pastor at First Congregational Church in Bristol, Rhode Island, WJAR-TV reported.

Police in Maine said Randall also once served as a chaplain in the Air Force.
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a person who forsakes his religion
One who has abandoned one's religious faith

apostasia "defection, desertion, rebellion," from apostenai "to defect,"
lit. "to stand off," from apo- "away from"

deserter, ratter, recreant, renegade, turncoat


the rejection in word or deed of their former religion.


Apostate is used outside of Christianity also.
I believe the Church today is apostate.  Very few churches in America today
resemble in any way the church of Acts.
The underground church in China is closer to the LORD than in USA!

A person or church is apostate when he / she / they no longer believe and follow - OBEY - the written Word of GOD.

Very few pastors today preach SIN and HELLFIRE from the pulpit today.
Consequently few are saved from HELL.
There is nothing wrong with fearing HELLFIRE!

Remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you,
In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”

These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,
waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
And have mercy on some, who are doubting, save others, snatching them out of the fire,
and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
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I've witnessed this up close in recent years - and no, I'm not talking about some Freemasonic-infiltrated SBC church yoking with Emergent...I'm talking about those I've crossed paths with who I THOUGHT were truely contending for the faith, but eventually their true colors came out! (ie, they deny biblical repentance, push hyper-dispensationalism, flat earth, and other doctrines of devils)

I mean you have no idea how many that appeared to be seriously contending for the faith, only to go knee deep in worldliness now (ie, going after filthy lucre).

I miss people like Dave Hunt, who were ferociously warning everyone every where he went to turn from the wrath to come!
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Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone because of Me,
but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort
with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:2

People are not enduring, not standing firm.
They are caving to what the lost call - correct

Even when you dont LIKE it!

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Divinity Schools: Stop Using ‘He’ or ‘Him’ to Refer to God

Guidelines at two top U.S. divinity schools have recommended professors use “inclusive” gender-neutral language—including for God, according to documents from both Duke and Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt’s 2016-2017 catalog says the divinity school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism” in its teachings. “This includes consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” the divinity school catalog says.

Melissa Snarr, the associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt’s divinity school, said in an emailed statement that the 2016-2017 guidelines actually stem from a policy that dates back to 1999.

That document states that “masculine titles, pronouns, and imagery for God have served as a cornerstone for the patriarchy,” while also noting that not all of God’s names are gendered. It recommended “exploration of fresh language for God.”

Vanderbilt faculty vary in their views about how to express the divine, Snarr said. “It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” she said of the 2016-2017 guidelines.

Duke’s divinity school has a more detailed set of guidelines—but also one that applies to fewer of its students.

The “inclusive language” guidelines were created for a divinity school program geared toward people already working in the Methodist church, taking supplemental weekend or summer classes. That’s “a totally different path than matriculated students,” said a Duke spokeswoman.

Duke’s guidelines offers suggestions “as a beginning point for developing a more inclusive language about God.”

Those suggestions include avoiding gender-specific pronouns, instead using “God” and “Godself.”

The Duke guidelines also suggest professors forgo gendered metaphors for God. For instance, a professor might say “God is a parent to us all” instead of “a father.” Another option: Mixing gender in metaphors. A professor could say, for example, “God is the father who welcomes his son, but she is also the woman searching for the lost coin.”

“Referring to God in gender-neutral language can sound clumsy,” the Duke guidelines say, “but this is largely due to the fact that we are in a transitional period with our use of language. Imagination, patience, and diligence are required in order to use language that expands and enriches our understanding of God.”

Other prominent universities have also wrestled with how inclusive language policies relate to their divinity programs.

Notre Dame’s Theology Department issued a statement recognizing “the ongoing debate and conflicting views about gender-sensitive language for God.” In the end, it opted to issue no formal policy, leaving the decision to professors.

And the editors of the Harvard Theological Review took a more hardline approach, writing that “it is not always appropriate to employ inclusive language when referring to God or divine beings.”

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Many Young Adults Are Turning to Witchcraft as a Way to Rebel Against Their Conservative Christian Upbringings

Young adults in America are far less likely to identify themselves as "Christians" than previous generations of Americans, but that does not mean that they have given up on searching for spiritual meaning in their lives.

According to Wikipedia, one very popular form of witchcraft known as Wicca has been growing at a rate of more than 100 percent annually in recent years, and this has been happening at a time when Christianity has been in decline in the United States. Of course, other pagan and occult groups have been exploding in popularity as well, and as you will see below, one of the primary reasons for this is because many young adults are seeking ways to rebel against their conservative Christian upbringings.

I have written much about how young adults in this country are far more politically liberal than their parents and grandparents, and this enormous cultural shift in values has a spiritual dimension as well.

A recent Barna Group study found that only 4 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 have a biblical worldview.

Only 4 percent.

The shocking truth is that the values of most millennials fit much more easily fit into pagan spirituality than they do into most evangelical Christian churches.


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Laodicean Churches Launch Small Group Bible Study Based On ‘The Shack’ False Gospel
'The Shack' is not merely a book or a movie, it is nothing less than an all-out assault on Biblical Christianity to get you to believe in the "another Jesus" Paul warned about so many years ago. Liberal Laodicean churches across america are using 'The Shack' to teach the Bible to people - albeit a false gospel, with a false Jesus, and a message of New Age Universal salvation.


This 5-week bible study based on ‘The Shack’ contains discussion questions, personal applications, and is perfect for church small groups, family study, or individual study.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (KJV)

Last week, we published an article warning Christians about the false New Age gospel taught in ‘The Shack’ movie. Many received that warning in the spirit that it was intended, while others wrote in to say things like “it’s not teaching the Bible, it’s just a movie!”.

Well, as it turns out, liberal Laodicean churches across america are using ‘The Shack’ to teach the Bible to people – albeit a false gospel, with a false Jesus, and a message of New Age Universal salvation.
This 5-week study features five clips from the movie for a powerful small group experience.

“Based on the movie in theaters March 3, The Shack, this 5-week campaign and study are designed to help people experience the life-changing goodness, grace, and presence of God. Using engaging scenes from the film, paired with relevant Scripture, these resources are an invitation to experience the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.” source

Joel Houston, from the ultra-liberal Hillsong United church, says “Perhaps the most profound description of who God is, how He works and what faith and life is all about.”

Really, Joel, I thought the Bible gave us the “most profound description of who God is”, no?
Here is what other liberal Laodicean pastors have to say about using ‘The Shack’ to learn the Bible:

   “The most profound, beautiful and accurate portrayal of God and his relationship with us ever produced on film! I will passionately promote and recommend The Shack when it is released in theaters.”- Dan Smith, Pastor, Vineyard Community Church

   “The most accurate biblical representation of the deity of God I’ve ever seen…this movie will preach all day long! Hollywood finally got it right.”- Bishop IV Hilliard, Houston TX

   “Wow is a gross understatement! This film does the best teaching and guiding on a personal journey to forgiveness, faith and forward-driven healing that I have ever experienced. This film should be a requirement for citizenship on earth!”- Marlow Saunders, Valencia Christian Center, Sr. Pastor

   “I can’t wait to unleash this thing.”- Pastor Ray Johnston, Bayside Church

   “This film is a very worthy attempt at exploring the most mysterious truths in a way which illuminates both issues (forgiveness and the Trinity) and many other aspects of the human experience.”- Patrick Langrell, Director of Young Adult Outreach, Archdiocese of LA

Now, we have just shown you the official Laodicean small group “bible” study guide, and given you half a dozen quotes from religious leaders telling you that ‘The Shack’ is teaching people their version of the Bible.
13 glaring times where The Shack is in direct opposition to Biblical teaching:

Here are 13 ways that The Shack will teach you a false gospel if you accept the movie as being true to the Bible. Every single one of these points, made in both the book and the movie, are a lie. And who is the “father of lies”? Yep. That’s who’s behind The Shack, too.

   God the father was crucified with his Jesus.
   God is limited by his love and therefore cannot practice Justice.
   God forgave all of Humanity, whether they repent or not.
   All hierarchical structures are evil.
   God will never judge anybody for their sins.
   The Godhead has no hierarchical structure, just the circle of unity.
   God submits to human wishes and choices.
   Justice will never take place because of love.
   There is no such thing as Eternal judgement or torment in hell.
   It doesn’t matter which way you get to God, Jesus is walking with all people in their different Journeys.
   Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.
   Everyone will make it into heaven.
   The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

‘The Shack’ is not merely a book or a movie, it is nothing less than an all-out assault on Biblical Christianity to get you to believe in the “another Jesus” Paul warned about so many years ago. It teaches a false New Age gospel, and presents you with an LGBTQP version of the Trinity. It is not the Bible, does not represent the Bible, and does not present the viewer with God’s plan of salvation found in the Bible.
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'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.

In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London's Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds.

"The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to really taking action," she said.

Although not as powerful as the religious right, which has been credited with helping elect Republican presidents and boasts well-known leaders such as Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, the "religious left" is now slowly coming together as a force in U.S. politics.

This disparate group, traditionally seen as lacking clout, has been propelled into political activism by Trump's policies on immigration, healthcare and social welfare, according to clergy members, activists and academics. A key test will be how well it will be able to translate its mobilization into votes in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.

"It's one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn't done a good job of organizing," said J. Patrick Hornbeck II, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.

"It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump's election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square," Hornbeck said.

Religious progressive activism has been part of American history. Religious leaders and their followers played key roles in campaigns to abolish slavery, promote civil rights and end the Vietnam War, among others. The latest upwelling of left-leaning religious activism has accompanied the dawn of the Trump presidency.

Some in the religious left are inspired by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic leader who has been an outspoken critic of anti-immigrant policies and a champion of helping the needy.

Although support for the religious left is difficult to measure, leaders point to several examples, such as a surge of congregations offering to provide sanctuary to immigrants seeking asylum, churches urging Republicans to reconsider repealing the Obamacare health law and calls to preserve federal spending on foreign aid.

The number of churches volunteering to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers doubled to 800 in 45 of the 50 U.S. states after the election, said the Elkhart, Indiana-based Church World Service, a coalition of Christian denominations which helps refugees settle in the United States - and the number of new churches offering help has grown so quickly that the group has lost count.

"The religious community, the religious left is getting out, hitting the streets, taking action, raising their voices," said Reverend Noel Anderson, its national grassroots coordinator.

In one well-publicized case, a Quaker church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 14 took in a Honduran woman who has been living illegally in the United States for 25 years and feared she would be targeted for deportation.


Leaders of Faith in Public Life, a progressive policy group, were astounded when 300 clergy members turned out at a January rally at the U.S. Senate attempting to block confirmation of Trump's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, because of his history of controversial statements on race.

"I've never seen hundreds of clergy turning up like that to oppose a Cabinet nominee," said Reverend Jennifer Butler, the group's chief executive.

The group on Wednesday convened a Capitol Hill rally of hundreds of pastors from as far away as Ohio, North Carolina and Texas to urge Congress to ensure that no people lose their health insurance as a result of a vote to repeal Obamacare.

Financial support is also picking up. Donations to the Christian activist group Sojourners have picked up by 30 percent since Trump's election, the group said.

But some observers were skeptical that the religious left could equal the religious right politically any time soon.

"It really took decades of activism for the religious right to become the force that it is today," said Peter Ubertaccio, chairman of the political science department at Stonehill College, a Catholic school outside Boston.

But the power potential of the "religious left" is not negligible. The "Moral Mondays" movement, launched in 2013 by the North Carolina NAACP's Reverend William Barber, is credited with contributing to last year's election defeat of Republican Governor Pat McCrory by Democrat Roy Cooper.

The new political climate is also spurring new alliances, with churches, synagogues and mosques speaking out against the recent spike in bias incidents, including threats against mosques and Jewish community centers.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, which encourages alliances between Jewish and Muslim women, has tripled its number of U.S. chapters to nearly 170 since November, said founder Sheryl Olitzky.

"This is not about partisanship, but about vulnerable populations who need protection, whether it's the LGBT community, the refugee community, the undocumented community," said Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, using the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

More than 1,000 people have already signed up for the center's annual Washington meeting on political activism, about three times as many as normal, Pesner said.

Leaders of the religious right who supported Trump say they see him delivering on his promises and welcomed plans to defund Planned Parenthood, whose healthcare services for women include abortion, through the proposed repeal of Obamacare.

"We have not seen any policy proposals that run counter to our faith," said Lance Lemmonds, a spokesman for the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a nonprofit group based in Duluth, Georgia.


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