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By Daniel Connolly
Associated Press Writer
Former Sen. John Danforth said Wednesday that the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the Republican Party and dividing the country.
Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, commented after meeting with students at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, a graduate branch of the University of Arkansas on the grounds of the Clinton presidential library.
"I think that the Republican Party fairly recently has been taken over by the Christian conservatives, by the Christian right," he said in an interview. "I don't think that this is a permanent condition, but I think this has happened, and that it's divisive for the country."
He also said the evangelical Christian influence would be bad for the party in the long run.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Tracy Schmitt declined to comment on Danforth's remarks.
Danforth, who recently served as ambassador to the United Nations, made similar criticism of the party in an opinion article published by the New York Times in June. In that article, he called for religious moderates to take part in public life.
Danforth, considered a conservative on social issues, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and served three terms.
A new grammar rule devised in the Netherlands and Belgium stipulates the word "Christ" shall be spelled with a lowercase "c."
The rule was part of a Dutch orthography reform published in October, reported Canada Free Press.
by Ken Silva
Recently the Lord has been sending forth some clear warnings that His patience is up with the Evangelical Movement in this "One Nation Under Delusion." Dr. Alan Cairns sounded one such warning in his sermon "The Evangelical Cave-In," as he exposed the poisoned root of some of the rotten weeds that have been growing wildly in this section of His Vineyard for far too long. Even the latest issue of Christianity Today (Falling Away) features an interview with Ben Witherington III that shows just how far Satan's spiritual venom has been injected into the very bloodstream of Evangelicalism. Call it "New Evangelicalism," call it scholarship for the "increasingly postmodern setting," O call it whatever you want, it's still liberal theology and compromise in order for these man-pleasers to protect their own stature within American culture.
by Ed Vitagliano
November 15, 2005
(AgapePress) - Our youth sit in church with us week after week. If we were asked, we would not only acknowledge that they are our political and cultural future, but that they are our religious future as well.
As pollster and researcher George Barna said in Real Teens: A Contemporary Snapshot of Youth Culture, "the substance of our culture hangs in the balance with the changing of the guard every couple of decades. Why? Because once people hit their mid-20s and beyond, they are who they are, and the degree of personal change they undergo in terms of character and values is minimal."
by Pawcreek Ministries
A leader with an international following (who wears the label of "apostle") recently informed his leaders that men of God who reach his level of anointing are allowed to have more than one sexual partner. Then his own son offered his wife to his father out of a sense of spiritual obligation
Apostasy reached new heights this past week, as certain Pentecostal churches received "new revelations" from God which allowed ministers to take sexual partners not their wives, leading one Charismatic magazine to lament that "morality is irrelevant".
by Laurie Goodstein
Some of the nation's most prominent megachurches have decided not to hold worship services on the Sunday that coincides with Christmas Day, a move that is generating controversy among evangelical Christians at a time when many conservative groups are battling to "put the Christ back in Christmas."
by Jackie Alnor
Chuck Smith Jr. is back to his pulpit at Capo Beach Calvary Chapel after taking a sabbatical that included a month-long stay last October in a Catholic monastery in Big Sur. He told his congregation of his experience there and brought back the "truths" he discovered under the tutelage of a monk named Romuald - so named after the medieval founder of the hermitage called Camaldolese. Below is a major portion of that message.
by Mike Oppenheimer
John 17:15-17: "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. V. 19 "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth."
The Bible tells us that Satan rules this worlds system, it is fallen and under his jurisdiction. Yet, as believers, we are to carry the message of truth in a world filled with falsehood. This is especially important to understand when it comes to the different cultures in the world that hold to various religious/ spiritual beliefs. Some of them contain a few similarities on the surface but when more closely examined they are not similar at all. Whatever is not in agreement with the Word of God is not from Jesus Christ, is not truth, and is to be rejected for our spiritual living. This would include "inclusive evangelism."
by Mike Oppenheimer
Interviewer Danny Lehmann- ""¦now Daniel, something we touched on the other day in the book of Acts and who am I to say that the book of Acts has problems. But the problem with the book of Acts is that most all of the evangelism in the book of Acts is to Jewish based monothiestic people who understood the Bible and Moses and God in a personal relationship that Abraham had and so forth. In a precious few passages Acts 14 being very short and Acts 17 a little longer at Mars Hill Paul used the Greek name for God rather than the Hebrew name for God and he actually commended them for at least being religious and building an altar to this unknown God even though they didn't know that God and they weren't saved. And that brings us in to the application of Acts 17 how does this relate when we go Muslims for instance with their God Allah, to the Koreans, to the Japanese, to any culture who might have a name for God, or the closest AKA Don Richardson uses that term, the closest also known as that is in that culture to our Jehovah."
by Mike Oppenheimer
Premise -The Creator God of the Bible is not a foreign God of these nations- their God sent his son. This is clearly a paralogism.
Throughout the broadcast one of the more disturbing underlying themes was that we should not present God as a foreign God to the nations but as their own God.
""¦ I talked with someone whose, she grew up in Japan in a Christian family and yet she felt Jesus was a foreign God. And why did she feel that is- Everytime she would read the Bible, it be, the words would be in kanji and when it comes to the name of Jesus it would be in katakana. So its just like y'know if we read in our English Bible and then Jesus the foreign God said, this is what it says to them when they are doing it, and then the foreign God Jesus did this, and the foreign God Jesus did that. Because its in katakana it tells them that everytime they read that, he is not our God " (Word to the World interview with Daniel Kikawa, Feb.6, 2006, #1).