But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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[Jimmy Hinton] Hillsong Church, known across the globe for its worship music, has been in the spotlight recently. To be honest, I never knew much about Hillsong until 60 Minutes Australia did a special on Frank Houston’s victim, Brett Sengstock, on November 18th. What really caught my...

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As Christmas Day approaches, the familiar sight of the Salvation Army’s red kettles has once again appeared outside of retail outlets all over the United States. As Shoppers approach these stores to make their holiday purchases, Christmas gifts and Christmas dinners, the sound of ringing...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 10:41

Priest Urinates In Communion Wine, Busted for Child Porn Featured

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[The Christian Post] The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a retired Idaho priest who once claimed to have urinated in communion wine at least once at his church, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison without parole for what investigators said was the most disturbing child pornography case they...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 04:50

Harvest Bible Chapel: Mars Hill Church 2.0? Featured

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[Warren Throckmorton] From where I sit in small town PA (usually at a fast food place with good WiFi), it appears that there are some similarities between the last couple of years at Mars Hill Church and the current situation at Harvest Bible Chapel.

Elders and Leadership Style

At MHC, trouble had...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 03:49

J. Gresham Machen on Liberalism and Social Religion Featured

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 02:51

Podcast: Lines to Circles Featured

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BibleThumpingWingnut Bonus Episode December 19, 2018

On this episode BTWN plays a recorded conversation between...

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With “Reformed” Christians gradually getting less and less Reformed all the time, it’s important to set matters straight on Mary’s supposed status as “Mother of God.” While Reformed believers across the West are becoming more Catholic (celebrating Lent, for...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 10:11

Greg Locke Fires Global Vision Executive Pastor Jarrod Almond Featured

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It has been a tumultuous year for Global Vision Bible Church (GVBC) in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and internet celebrity Greg Locke, the church’s controversial pastor. The year began with the separation of Locke from his wife of two decades. That separation turned to divorce and, shortly...

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All sins are the same! Yeah, about that. No, they’re not.This myth, that “all sins are equal,” is one born out of ignorance of the Bible. And the myth has found legs in recent days, as evangelical Christians have shied away from prophetically pronouncing the wickedness of sodomy.

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The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.  – Southern Baptist Faith and Message 2000, Article X Last Things

The faith statement of the SBC specifies that the beliefs held by Rodney Reeves, Dean of Southwest Baptist University, are outside the bounds...

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[Churchwatcher] The false teachings in Word of Faith and Health & Wealth cults are nothing more than tools used by wolves to manipulate their followers into giving their loyalty and their finances to their dangerous movements.

Hillsong’s latest financial ‘pledge’ gimmick...

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[Yahoo News] Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches – more than the total number of Presbyterians. As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every...

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[New York Times] As a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood, Ta’Lisa Hairston urged pregnant women to take rest breaks at work, stay hydrated and, please, eat regular meals.

Then she got pregnant and couldn’t follow her own advice.

Last winter, Ms. Hairston told the human-resources...

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Remember back when preaching was for men who had been ordained after staring down a fierce ordination council and proving themselves capable of handling the Bible like a scholar? Good times. Good times. Fast forward to 2018, when all it takes to be given the mic at Rich Wilkerson’s Vous...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 02:55

Heresy Peddler: TGC Honors “Legacy” of Thom Rainer at Lifeway Featured

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On the day of Judgment, the typical crack-dealer on the street corner will have less wrath of God poured out upon him that Thom Rainer. What Thom Rainer has made a career selling, destroys not only the body but the soul. Lifeway ‘Christian’ Resources peddles literally every known heresy...

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SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) — If you ask the Rev. Katy Fitz Shedlock, there is something wrong with the way Mary is portrayed in most church Christmas pageants.

She’s boring.

Mary is often played as the “most perfect, most boring girl,” said Fitz Shedlock.

“She’s just a...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 01:26

Dance, Monkey. An Open Letter to John Crist, Re: Lauren Daigle Featured

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John,

You’re funny. I’ve laughed at your videos and shared them around multiple times. I’ve never looked to you as a church leader of any kind because as far as I know, your primary contribution to Christianity is to make people laugh. And that’s nice and everything, but...

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P&P has reported on the demise of James McDonald and the meltdown of Harvest Bible Church on numerous occasions, including here, here, here, here,here, and here. Most of this reporting is due to the diligent work and journalism of Julie Roys and a few other independent reporters. As a sad part...

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[Star Telegram] FORT WORTH – A Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate who resigned over the summer from the South Carolina Baptist Convention has been indicted on a charge of sexually assaulting a teenager in Arlington more than two decades ago.

Mark Edwin Aderholt, 47, wa...

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[2GB] Church choirs across the country are changing popular Christmas carols to protest the use of coal-fired power.

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARCC) has rewritten 16 traditional carols, including We Wish You A Steady Climate and­ Silent Night, Smoky...

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[LifeSite News] The Jesuit order for decades used Gonzaga University’s campus to house priests who had been removed from active service in the priesthood due to accusations of sexual abuse, according to an report recently published by the Center for Investigative Reporting and r...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:48

Photo of Pope’s Lamborghini Sets Internet on Fire Featured

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Pastor John Gray infuriated some and confused others last week when he gave his wife a 200k Lamborghini. Gray insisted that he was “fulfilling her dream” and that the money came from side-hustles and not from the offering plate. 

But Gray isn’t the only celebrity religious...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:11

Podcast: Butch Featured

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BibleThumpingWingnut Episode #330

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:59

Sermon: Sons of Abraham Featured

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This sermon is a part of the “Bewitched” sermon series and comes from Galatians 3:7-9. The message deals with the subtle but startling insult toward the Judaizers in claiming that the Gentiles were sons of Abraham and not unbelieving Jews. The topic of “replacement theology”...

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imageThe secular “congregation” celebrates Christ without any hint or reference to Christianity…except the image of Santa (Saint) Claus (Nicolaus, the early church father) being held up by the young woman. 

[Religion News Service] NASHVILLE, Tenn – The sounds of the season...

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