God says: “You shall have no other gods before me“
However, Presbyterian seminary promotes worshiping plants
We find that Reform Charlotte reports in an 18 September 2019 article describing how an apostate seminary has started the politically-correct practice of worshiping plants.
If you want a glimpse of where the Southern Baptist Convention is heading barring a merciful hand-slap from God, just watch the liberal denominations. Recently, Reformation Charlotte reported on a liberal Presbyterian church that placed a pagan deity in their sanctuary. No doubt, idolatry and progressivism go hand-in-hand.
Union seminary — which was home to the father of modern Black Liberation Theology, James Cone — is by far one of the most downgraded seminaries in the US today. It has completely abandoned the gospel in favor of social justice. It comes, therefore, as no surprise that the seminary would abandon God in favor of idols.
What’s interesting, however, is the particular path they’ve chosen for their idolatry and their unique form of idol worship. It is peculiar, and not something we’ve seen in anything that claims Christianity — at least not in Western Civilization.
Plant and animal worship is typically unique to Eastern mysticism as well as Native American and other forms of animism. According to this definition, which I believe sums it up quite well,
Animism is the doctrine that every natural thing in the universe has a soul. If you believe in animism, you believe that ostriches, cactuses, mountains, and thunder are all spiritual beings.
(Read more at Reform Charlotte)
Even though the Church is under grace and not the law, breaking this law could be blasphemy
Because this act fits squarely in with attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to anyone else, Union Seminary‘s little politically-correct act rightly defines as blasphemy.
As any believer might attest, this worship and adoration should only go toward the members of the Trinity (Exodus 34:14; Psalm 81:9; John 4:23; Philippians 3:3; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 19:10).
Bonhoeffer knew@UNIONSeminary had lost its way theologically when he was a student there in 1930. But 89 years late… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) September 18, 2019
Hat tip to Watchman73
Not considering either Leviticus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9; or 1 Timothy 1:8-11 — “Churches” accept sexual deviation
Southern Baptist Church Now Accepting Gay Church Members
Through the reporting of Pulpit and Pen, we find that
Pastor Jim Conrad of the Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw Georgia announced the changes to the Southern Baptist Church’s polity on Sunday. The Southern Baptist Convention has been softening its tone on homosexuality since Russell Moore broke bread with homosexuals in 2014 (Albert Mohler embraced the language of ‘orientation’ and “repented” for having support ‘reparative therapy’ at the same conference). Since then, SBC employees and fellows for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) have even publicly supported the pro-gay Christian Revoice Conference.
While God calls us to minister to a lost world, we have forgotten the command to select leaders who are beyond reproach
Over the last few years, there has been a focus on the love of God (1 John 4:8). However, at the same time, there has been a seemingly willful ignorance of the holiness of God (2 Corinthians 7:1; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; and many other verses).
Similar to the way we have forgotten the justice of God, people have forgotten the high standards for leadership with the Church. Somehow the requirement that leaders “must be the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine …” (1 Timothy 3:2-3).
Therefore, although we must reach out to the lost person (Jude 1:23; Matthew 28:19; and many other verses) as they currently live and we must offer a better way.
New Jersey Catholic Church celebrates LGBT ‘Pride Mass’
Breitbart reports in a 1 July 2019 article how a New Jersey Catholic church celebrated a “Pride Mass” for the LGBT community of Hoboken.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hoboken celebrated a special “Pride Mass” on Sunday, highlighting a growing rift among the Catholic community over homosexuality.
Despite the Catholic Church’s condemnation of homosexual activity, local media reported, the Pride Mass “signifies an acknowledgement of dramatically shifting views, not only within the Catholic community but Hoboken itself.”
“Once a hardscrabble blue-collar town, decades of socioeconomic transformation have created a relatively cosmopolitan environment when compared to Hoboken’s more parochial past,” the report stated.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Although some would like to point to our Divine creation, they conveniently forget about our common fallen nature
While some might want to point out how we were “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) — those same people forget our tendency to fulfill the appetites of the flesh (Ephesians 2:3; James 1:5; and other verses) and our capacity to fall short of perfection (Romans 3:23; Romans 2:12; Psalm 51:4; and other verses).
Although we don’t need open acceptance of sin, we need open acceptance of sinners.
Not taking aggressive steps, just taking steps to observe and protect — a pastor comes under arrest
Pastor’s arrest at ‘drag queen story hour’ headed for trial
OneNewsNow reports in a 20 September 2019 article how a pastor has been denied the freedom of attending a “drag queen story hour.”
A pastor’s criminal charges are moving forward in an Oregon municipal court after a judge refused to dismiss the case against him.
Afshin Yaghtin, who is represented by the Pacific Justice Institute, is charged with obstructing justice after Spokane police officers arrested him in June outside a public library, where protesters and counter-protesters were gathered to face off over a “drag queen story hour” event.
Yaghtin claims he was not there as a protester but wanted to enter the library to observe the controversial event, which means law enforcement potentially punished him unlawfully.
OneNewsNow reported in an August story that PJI attorney Jorge Ramos was filing a motion to dismiss the case.
“This pastor didn’t do anything illegal,” says PJI attorney Brad Dacus. “He wasn’t protesting. He didn’t have a bullhorn. He didn’t have a sign. He just wanted to enter the public library to watch a public event where the public was invited to attend.”
(Read more at OneNewsNow)
If we were devoted to protecting the powerless children, there would be no corner for this to occur
Various verses command us to protect the powerless (Psalm 82:3; Isaiah 1:17; Isaiah 35:3; and many other verses). Therefore, our protection of the very young should be unquestionable. Instead, we are too mesmerized by media and too otherwise preoccupied to take a stand.
If we were devoted to one another in brotherly love, would we overlook the Islamist scourge against churches in Africa?
Islamist Mob Burns Christian Church to the Ground in Cameroon
Breitbart reports in a 19 September 2019 article of a Cameroon Islamist mob that burned a Christian church to the ground.
A mob of some 100 militants of the Islamic terror group Boko Haram raided and torched a church in the far north of Cameroon, local media reported Wednesday.
On the night of 14 to 15 September, the Boko Haram raiders attacked the local church of the Union of Evangelical Churches in the village of Krawa Mafa, burning it to the ground.
Along with the church building, the jihadists burned 50 concessions, stole some 200 goats and sheep, and slaughtered one steer, reports stated.
Though aware of the attack, the local Cameroon military did not attempt to engage the terrorists since they found themselves severely outnumbered. There has been an upsurge of jihadist activity in this border region whose local security forces are understaffed due to a reduction in personnel.
The national government has been asked to take steps to remedy this deficit but so far no action has been taken.
The kidnapping of Catholic priests has also become widespread in Cameroon’s two western regions since the outbreak of an armed conflict in 2017 that has resulted in hundreds of deaths.
(Read more at Breitbart)
If a brother needs help and all you have is platitudes, what use is that?
As we are told in James 2:15-16, our faith needs works. Although works will not save us, works give an evidence of our faith to the outside world.
Often, that becomes a key part of our method of convincing others for Christ.