The second largest Christian denomination in the USA, with roughly half of its 13million global members living in the United States, has agreed to split over the issue of same-sex marriage.The United Methodist Church, a denomination long home to a wide mix of theological opinion, has been experiencing tensions for decades. The split, which has been a long time in coming, is the inevitable outcome of long-lasting institutional reluctance to maintain doctrinal clarity. It will take formal effect after the denomination’s General Conference in May. Continue reading “MALLEABLE MODERATES OPEN DOOR TO RELENTLESS MODERNISTS”
It would be difficult to make a case for Boris Johnson being a fine upstanding example of Christian manhood. Yet the prime minister’s Christmas address was refreshingly clear with its emphasis on the birth of Christ and in his support for persecuted Christians:
‘I want us to remember those Christians around the world who are facing persecution. For them, Christmas Day will be marked in private, in secret, perhaps even in a prison cell.
‘As Prime Minister, that’s something I want to change. We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practise your faith.’
Johnson has a great deal of work to do to clear out the institutional bias within the UK Home Office against Christians. One independent report claims that when it comes to offering asylum, the UK ‘appears to discriminate in favour of Muslims.’ Continue reading “HOME OFFICE BIAS AGAINST CHRISTIANS”
The proposed appointment of Stephen Cottrell, presently Bishop of Chelmsford, to be Archbishop of York has significance not just for the Church of England but for all Christians. The Church of England is the major denomination in the UK and bishop Cottrell has made important theological and pastoral comments.
In an article in the Church Times on his proposed elevation it is reported he has warned the church that because of the biblical teaching regarding homosexuality it is ‘seen as immoral by the culture in which it is set’. The bishop’s proposed response to this is to suggest that the church should offer prayers of thanksgiving for LGBT relationships, even going so far as to say, ‘perhaps a eucharist’ should be offered. Continue reading “LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY TRIUMPHS”
Considering the worldwide persecution Christians face today, saving persecuted Christian communities from extinction is not an effort one country can take on alone. Nevertheless, whilst international bodies turn a blind eye, one government is determined not to wait for everyone else to act: Hungary is stepping out alone.
Hungary does not concern itself with such supposed dilemmas as ‘could this support we are giving possibly be perceived as favouring Christians?’ That is precisely the declared intention of the Hungarian government. Continue reading “ONE COUNTRY CARES ABOUT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS”
When we dump a Christian worldview with its standards of truth and beauty for today’s wacky world of post-modern progressivism with its relativist concepts of truth and value, we are forced to ask profound questions, such as:
Is eating a banana
b) The destruction of a work of art
c) An exercise in self-publicity
In today’s art world, which has become a spearhead of the progressive movement, the answer of course is d) All of the above.
When the church bends over backwards to please the crowd it eventually topples over into irrelevancy.
The Church of England’s new Charter for ‘faith-sensitive’ and ‘inclusive’ Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is just such a crowd pleaser.
Its standpoint is evident from its opening which quotes Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.’ Tellingly the conclusion of the verse, ‘male and female he created them’ is omitted. When it comes to discussing human sexual relationships most Christians would consider the entire verse to be crucial. Continue reading “THE CHURCH WHICH LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE BIBLE”
Your church can sponsor art events, give with astounding generosity to the poor and be generally considered by the community a ‘cool place’ to worship. Step over the line and it will be branded a church of bigotry and hate by tolerant progressives.The Crossing, a congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Missouri, has always been actively involved for the good of its community and the wider world. Last August it raised $430,000 to pay off the medical debts of 42,000 patients in Missouri; a sponsor co-operated with the church so the total of forgiven loans was in the millions. The Crossing supports many local organisations which assist those in financial need, and plans annual mission trips to partner with effective ministries in countries with great poverty. Continue reading “FROM COOL CHURCH TO HATEFUL BIGOTS IN ONE SERMON”