Evangelicals draw critics with ‘Nashville Statement’ on sexuality

(My Comment) No matter the Critics, Gods word in the Bible about this, still stands and He says “Not one jot or tittle shall change” of His word in any culture or era. The world may change but God and what He has said does not!


A group of evangelical leaders who released “the Nashville Statement” on Tuesday — reiterating Christian viewpoints toward same-sex marriage and transgender rights — have come under fire from Nashville’s mayor and critics on social media.

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), consisting of a number of evangelical Christian leaders, published a manifesto aimed at addressing issues of sexuality. It was endorsed by scholars, pastors and leaders at a Nashville conference Friday.

“The spirit of our age does not delight in God’s good design of male and female. Consequently, confusion reigns over some of the most basic questions of our humanity,” CBMW President Denny Burk said in the statement.

“The aim of the Nashville Statement is to shine a light into the darkness – to declare the goodness of God’s design in our sexuality and in creating us as male and female.”

Those signing the statement include at least two prominent evangelical figures who are among President Trump’s evangelical advisers: Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the Washington Post reported.

Perkins reportedly recommended to Trump to ban transgender people from military service, the New York Times reported.

The “Statement” includes 14 points on issues such as gay, lesbian and transgender rights, and marriage — rejecting what the signers describe as an attitude of “moral indifference” toward those issues.

The first point, for example, reiterates the mainstream Christian position that marriage is between a man and a woman:

“We affirm that God has designed marriage to be covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church,” reads the point, while adding that the group is against same-sex marriage.

“We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.”

The manifesto also takes a swing at transgender rights, claiming in the fifth point that “the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.”

In perhaps the most criticized point, the coalition affirms that “homosexual immorality or transgenderism” is a “departure from Christian faithfulness” and it is not an issue which “otherwise faithful Christian should agree to disagree.”

The document attracted a number of critics. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry tweeted that the document that is “poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.”

Other Twitter users denouned the statement for alleged bigoted views.

HBO’s Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani, tweeted to his 1.7 million followers: F*** the #NashvilleStatement. F*** the evil s— that people justify using religion.”

“The God I know does not support the #NashvilleStatement,” wrote Black Lives Matter leader Deray Mckesson.

Moms Demand founder Shannon Watts attacked the group that drafted the document for voting for Trump and suggesting “Jesus has been hijacked.”

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, however, pointed out that the statement’s points are merely mainstream Christian viewpoints.

 

Did I miss the part of the #NashvilleStatement where any serious Christian doctrine changed in the slightest?” he tweeted, adding “File this one under the same category as ‘Pope Condemns Abortion.’”

 

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Radical Erdogan Builds 9000 Mosques & Bans Christian Liturgy

 

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We see Radical Islam on the rise everywhere and what’s even more disturbing is that these radicals have penetrated almost every part of Europe and America.  Their clear intent is to have more kids than the women of their hosting nations.  Demographics indicate that Sweden is almost a gone case and that it has become the rape capital of Europe. England could follow a similar path in 10-20 years as Muslim women are giving birth to 4 kids on average to every 1.5 children European couples have.    The videos below illustrate how the situation is going from bad to worse.

Then we have Radical Insane Erdogan, the wannabe Sultan whose ambition it is to promote Radical Islam as far as he can. He has built the largest Mosque in the world, and it’s not in Turkey, but it has been constructed in America. Now we find out that he has built almost 9,000 new mosques in Turkey and is banning Christian liturgy.  If the Europe does not wake up to Radical Islam, there will be no Europe to wake up to in the years to come.  The only places that are actively destroying the jihadists are Russia and China

A total of 8,985 mosques were built between 2005 and 2015 by the Turkish government over the last decade in Turkey, according to statistics released by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate

While the Turkish government has built so many mosques across the country with state funds, it has banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site in Trabzon.

 

“Trabzon was settled by Greeks probably by the 7th century BC,” writes researcher Sam Topalidis for the website Pontos World. “Trabzon was the ancient capital of the Greek speaking Komnenos Byzantine Kingdom (1204–1461). It survived until 1461, eight years after the fall of Byzantine Constantinople when both localities fell to the Ottoman Turks.”

According to Topalidis, Trabzon’s Muslim population increased dramatically under the Ottoman rule due to:

Muslims moving into the city (Most of the Trabzon’s Muslims were involuntary immigrants)
Deportations of Christians out of the city, probably to Istanbul
Christians converting to Islam, probably for fear of deportation
“However, the most important reason for the conversions was probably due to the higher taxes paid by Christians (compared to Muslims), a strong economic incentive for the poorest Christians,” writes Topalidis.

The tax he refers to is the “jizya tax” — money paid by Christians and Jews in order to be allowed to survive and to keep practising their religion, according to Islamic lawFull Story

 

Radical Erdogan Builds 9000 Mosques & Bans Christian Liturgy

Washington’s Farewell: “The Voice of Prophecy, foretelling events, warning us of the evil to come.”

I would have never believed 45-50 years ago I would see this day! Back then, kids could be kids, out enjoying the fresh summer air, respecting their parents and other adult figures, respecting the flag and getting a decent education. Getting spanked was not a crime and people in my family believed in the Bible saying “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. Parents could be parents and Dads word was the rule. I believed in that because my Daddy served and I still look up to him to this day! The entire family does, hes still going strong at 80. In any case I have faith Trumps going to bring us back, if only a small part to begin with, a little of the age of Respect, Morals, and our American Values.

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Washington’s Farewell “The Voice of Prophecy, foretelling events & warning us of the evil to come.” -Pres. Andrew Jackson, 1837

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken describes man’s insatiable lust for “the Ring of Power”:

“Always remember Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.”

Power wants to concentrate.

In a real sense, George Washington held that ‘Ring of Power’ and gave it up…twice.

The first time was whenWashington resigned his commission as General of the Continental Army in 1783.

The American-born painter Benjamin West was in England painting the portrait of King George III. When the King asked what General Washington planned to do now that he had won the war.

Benjamin West replied:

“They say he will return to his farm.”

King George exclaimed:

“If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the…

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CHRISTIANS FLEEING GERMANY TO ESCAPE “AGGRESSIVE MUSLIM MIGRANTS”

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“We don’t want Muslim neighbors”

Paul Joseph WatsonAUGUST 12, 2016

More Christians are fleeing Germany for “Muslim free” countries like Hungary to escape “aggressive migrants” who have poured into their homeland.
A report by Hungary Today details how the process of “reverse migration” is beginning to unfold, with the area around Lake Balaton, where properties can be purchased for just 14,000 euros, becoming a popular retreat for German families desperate to leave.

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“People say they’ve had enough of things getting worse and worse in Germany, and they hail Orbán’s policies,” said German estate agent Ottmar Heide (pictured below), referring to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s decision to close his country’s borders to migrants last year.

According to Heide, 80 per cent of his clients are people from Germany fleeing their country to escape the consequences of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door migration policy. Around 30,000 Germans…

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Daily Audio News from Breitbart

The Liberal Progressive Democrats and Muslim Refugees coming into our America are the Hateful Violent Racist ones! This is a very good News session depicting on whats really going on out there.  I dont trust the majority of the Mainstream media but I use to trust Fox News which sadly has gone down the toilet with the Globalists agenda. I’ve been feeling like Trump is feeling like he is losing the Battle for us against all the Corrupt Politicians and World Leaders based on the fact of his recent statement that he may lose to Hillary but am praying he throws himself in the ring all the more fiercer. We cannot lose this election, we cannot give up the liberties of Conscious and our God given….not man given, rights to life, liberty and success. I will not hide my Bible around a Muslim either! I will not deny God or my faith because it offends them!  They need to leave if our way of life offends them! We need to invest not only our time, but whatever money we can donate to help Trump out. Hes our last hope!

VIDEO Trump, Pence Blast DNC Speakers ‘Not One of Them Named ISIS’ – Christians Must Stand Up To Islam – European Revolt

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Trump, Pence Blast DNC Speakers ‘Not One of Them Named ISIS’

Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence criticized the Democratic Party for not talking about the threat of terrorism and ISIS during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Monday night.

During an appearance at the VFW on Tuesday morning, Pence recalled the speakers at the DNC on Monday, saying, “It is extraordinary to think yesterday in Philadelphia, 61 speakers came to the podium and not one of them named ISIS by name.”

“This man,” Pence declared, referencing Trump, “will name our enemies without apology and he will defeat them.”

The Democratic Party chose…

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Senior Church leader warns of ‘copycat killings’ after French priest has throat slit | Christian News on Christian Today

A senior Church leader in the UK has warned the murder of a priest in Normandy could be a “sign of things to come”.

A priest was killed on Tuesday morning by two assailants as he celebrated mass in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen in northern France. Five people in the congregation were taken hostage and one was seriously wounded and left fighting for their life. The two hostage takers were shot dead by the French police.

But the Church leader, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, told Christian Today a trend of attacks on Christians was developing and he was worried more would follow.

“There needs to be a connection made between what is happening here and what has been happening in places such as Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Iraq,” the source told Christian Today.

“Suddenly we are seeing this in Europe. It could be an alarming sign of things to come.

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“There is a lot of copycat psychology in these kinds of attacks. We are hoping this does not turn into anything more serious and get out of hand, but we are concerned that it might.”

Earlier this week the head of the Coptic Church in the UK, Bishop Angaelos, described the “exponential rise in attacks against Christians and Christian property” in Egypt. He warned that if they were not addressed, the attacks would “spiral even further”.

He told Christian Today on Tuesday that “unfortunately these attacks seem to have reached Europe”. In Egypt terrorists began by targeting secular sites and areas such as markets before moving on to churches and religious buildings.

Angaelos warned that if attacks on Christians in Europe followed a similiar pattern to Egypt it would make “every church and every pastor of whatever denomination a possible target”. He told Christian Today a “pattern was emerging” where innocent people were killed.

“We’ve seen similiar attacks in places of celebration and of worship,” he said. “When people go to places of worship they are probably at their most vulnerable.”

Pope Francis condemned the “absurd violence” and “all forms of hatred”, according to his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. He said the pontiff, who is also in Poland for World Youth Day, was “horrified and shocked” by the attack.

“We are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful,” he added.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called for prayer in a tweet after the attack.

The Archbishop of Rouen, whose diocese covers the parish of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, will return from Poland where he had been participating in the World Youth Day celebrations. He said the Church “cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men”. He added the whole parish was “very much in shock”.

He urged Christians “not to give in to the violence and become apostles of the civilization of love”.

Mohammed Safiq, chief executive of the Ramadan Foundation, described the attack as a “brutal murder” and “condemned [it] in the strongest terms”.

He said Europe faced daily threats from both ISIS and from far-right extremism.

“They are two cheeks of the same backside,” he said. “They want divided communities and we must not allow them to succeed.

“Places of worship are sacred and in Islam it is forbidden to see such attacks and the brutal killing of a priest. An attack as we saw today in Normandy is an attack against all faiths and we stand together in solidarity, love and unity

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Priest murdered during Mass in terror attack on Catholic church in France 

 

Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.

The terrorists were later shot and killed by police. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State “soldiers,” Reuters reported.

“[ISIS] has declared war on us,” French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday. “We must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law — what makes us a democracy.”

The priest, identified by Sky News as Jacques Hamel, was dead at the scene, and another person, possibly a nun, was clinging to life, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

 

“Everyone knew him very well,” Claude-Albert Seguin, 68, said of Hamel. “He was very loved in the community and a kind man.”

The killing Tuesday inside the church, in the small northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, “is obviously a drama for the Catholic community, for the Christian community,” Brandet told reporters.

The church was reportedly on a “hit list” discovered at the residence of a would-be ISIS attacker in April 2015, The Sun reported. Sid Ghlam was believed to be planning “imminent attacks” in France when investigators arrested him. Officials allegedly uncovered an arsenal of weapons and found that Ghlam was talking with someone in Syria who had ordered him to strike specific churches — including the one in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

One of Tuesday’s attackers was on the radar of French police and had traveled to Turkey, said Mohammed Karabila, president of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith for Haute-Normandie.

“The person that did this odious act is known, and he has been followed by the police for at least a year and a half,” he told the AP.

Karabila said the attacker “went to Turkey and security services were alerted after this.”

The attackers, who were not immediately identified, entered through the back door of the church and took the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage during morning Mass, police said.

Police responded and later confirmed that the attackers had been “neutralized,” Sky News reported. Three hostages were rescued in good condition, while another was taken away on a stretcher, according to reports.

French prosecutors said one person had been detained in connection with the assault. That person, however, was not named and any possible role in the attack wasn’t revealed.

Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve were heading to the northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where the hostage-taking took place, Brandet said.

Brandet, speaking later on BFM TV, said the RAID special intervention force was searching the church and its perimeter for possible explosives. Terrorism investigators had been summoned, he said.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement Tuesday that the attack hits particularly hard “because this horrific violence took place in a church, a sacred place in which the love of God is announced, and the barbaric murder of a priest and the involvement of the faithful.”

Lombardi called the attack “more terrible news, that adds to a series of violence in these days that have left us upset, creating immense pain and worry.”

Pope Francis, Lombardi said, has expressed “pain and horror for this absurd violence, with the strongest condemnation for every form of hatred and prayer for those affected.”

France is currently on high alert after an attack in Nice on Bastille Day — July 14 — that killed 84 people and a string of deadly attacks last year claimed by ISIS that killed 147 victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Violence Against Egypt’s Christians Escalates At Alarming Rate

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(AFP) – Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response.

Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and politicians say the government has done little to stop it, despite Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi’s early overtures to the Coptic community and their staunch support of him.

“It is escalating in a very short time,” said Mina Thabet, programme director for minorities and vulnerable groups with the Egyptian Commission of Rights and Freedoms.

Among the assaults was one in late May on an elderly Coptic woman in Minya, who was stripped, beaten and paraded naked because of a rumour that her son was having a…

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Iraqi-American lawyer facing prison for immigration fraud claims he was targeted for aiding Christians | Fox News

In the Iraqi-American Christian community, he is revered as an activist who delivered thousands from persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists, but in the U.S. halls of justice, Robert DeKelaita is regarded as a criminal who helped clients lie to get asylum.

The 53-year-old, Iraq-born DeKelaita, who was convicted earlier this month of helping clients falsify asylum applications, faces up to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced in August. DeKelaita’s supporters insist he was targeted for speaking out about what they consider the federal government’s blind eye to Christian persecution in the Middle East.

“We are infuriated that one of our leaders was targeted for helping people escape the horrors of Iraq and Syria,” said Ramon Michael, a board member of the nonprofit Assyria Foundation. “The Assyrian community worldwide has been watching this case. What do you think our opinion of the U.S. government will be if they insist on ruining a man who has earned the utmost respect and gratitude of his people worldwide?”

DeKelaita told FoxNews.com he has helped approximately 4,000 Muslims and Christians emigrate to the U.S. in a near-20-year career, but that he focused his Chicago-based practice on Assyrians, the name for Christians in Iraq and Syria, a decade ago, amid their growing persecution by Muslim extremists.

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