Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Religion

Could this Obscure Survey Be the Tipping Point in the Abortion Debate?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 22, 2019: 

Steven Andrew Jacobs, working on his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago last summer, published a survey that answered Associate Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun’s query about when life begins. Wrote Blackmun in the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973:

We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, in this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.

Thanks to Ph.D. candidate Jacobs, Blackmun (now deceased) and his majority on the Supreme Court have their answer. According to Jacobs, 95 percent of 5,500 biologists – with specialties in such various fields as anatomy, biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, and physiology – believe that “a human’s life begins at fertilization.”

More remarkable is that 89 to 97 percent of them believe it despite describing themselves as “very pro-choice,” “very liberal,” and “strong Democrats.”

What if Blackmun and his majority were given a “mulligan” – a do-over – about abortion?

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Decline in U.S. Birth Rates, Church Attendance Portends Societal Change

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 25, 2019:

There has been much hand-wringing of late over declining birth rates and church attendance (especially among young people).

Gerald Seib is one of those wringing his hands. Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Monday Seib said these two trend lines have “social and economic significance,” and he explained why.

First, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, just 29 percent of Americans say they attend religious services at least once a week, down from 41 percent in 2000. The group who say they never attend church has, over the same period, risen to 26 percent, up from 14 percent two decades ago. Seib noted that “the share of … younger Americans who never attend religious services has more than doubled, to 36 percent.”

Seib also lamented the decline in America’s birthrate, reporting that

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Jesus’ Name Lifted Up at Trump’s Reelection Rally; Media All but Silent

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 19, 2019: 

The chair of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board, Pastor Paula White, lifted up the name of Jesus in her opening prayer at the president’s reelection rally in Orlando on Tuesday. After asking the crowd, estimated to be 20,000 supporters, to hold hands, she prayed:

So right now, let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus….

 

I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy….

 

I secure his calling, I secure his purpose, I secure his family, and we secure victory in the name which is above every name — the name of Jesus Christ….

 

I declare that no weapon formed against him, his family, his calling, his purpose, this counsel, will be able to be formed.

Those “demonic networks” were all but silent. And the only one that responded claimed ignorance. Meghan Flynn, writing for the Washington Post, said that “White didn’t say what demonic networks and enemies Trump was up against.”

Instead Flynn took advantage of the opportunity to slander White by bringing up long-dead issues concerning the president’s chief spiritual advisor:

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There is a Judge Who Sits in Judgment of the Supremes When They Reconsider Roe v. Wade

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 31, 2019: 

Pro-abortion advocates are right about one thing: the Supreme Court will shortly have another opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. Several states are making certain of it.

And when they do, those judges should remember that the Judge of the universe will be looking on and holding them to the highest standard.

He not only commanded the Israelites, “Thou Shall Not Kill” – meaning murder – He instructed the psalmist to warn them specifically against murdering children and babies:

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The Firestorm Ignited by Chick-fil-A’s CEO in 2012 Still Rages Today

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 29, 2019: 

Little did Dan Cathy, the son of Chick-fil-A’s founder Truett Cathy,
suspect what a firestorm comments he made seven years ago about same-sex
marriage would ignite. The fire still rages today.

The company became a target of radical homosexuals back in June 2012 when
Cathy had the temerity to express his views regarding same-sex marriage on The Ken Coleman Show. Said Cathy:

I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist
at Him and say, “We know better than You as to what constitutes a
marriage.” I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful,
arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what
marriage is about.

Cathy doubled down a month later during an interview with Biblical Recorder during which he expanded on his beliefs:

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CHRISTIANITY’S TOP GUNS URGE ‘DAY OF PRAYER’ FOR TRUMP

This announcement appeared at WorldNetDaily on Monday, May 27, 2019: 

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has assembled a coalition of 250 key Christian leaders across the country, from James Dobson and Jerry Falwell Jr. to Mike Huckabee and Alveda King, to call for a special Day of Prayer for President Trump on Sunday, June 2.

And it’s being led by Franklin Graham, the chief of the BGEA as well as the global Samaritan’s Purse Christian ministry.

The call explains, “We believe our nation is at a crossroads, at a danger precipice. The only one who can fix our country’s problems is God Himself, and we pray that God will bless our president and our nation for His glory.”

Graham wrote, on social media,

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Texas Governor to Sign “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill into Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, May 26, 2019: 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has virtually guaranteed that he will sign into law a bill passed last week by the state’s legislature, probably later on this week. Called the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, it is designed to protect individuals and companies exercising their First Amendment rights from being discriminated against by LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer) groups.

The language — which prevents government entities from taking “adverse action” against those individuals or companies — is general in nature but is pointed specifically at the San Antonio city council. In March, in a remarkable display of hypocrisy, that council blocked the city from inking a contract with Chick-fil-A to serve airport visitors because of Chick-fil-A’s alleged past history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community. At the time, San Antonio City Councilman Robert Trevino said, “With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior…. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.”

In other words,

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Gospel Preaching Churches Staying Strong, Getting Stronger

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 24, 2019: 

The current narrative – the “secularization thesis” – that America’s churches are in terminal decline is dead wrong according to two college professors who looked into it. Professors Landon Schnabel of Indiana University and Sean Bock of Harvard published their findings atSociological Science:

Recent research argues that the United States is secularizing, that this religious change is consistent with the secularization thesis, and that American religion is not exceptional.

 

But we show that rather than religion fading into irrelevance as the secularization thesis would suggest, intense religion – strong affiliation, very frequent practice, literalism, and evangelicalism – is persistent and, in fact, only moderate religion is on the decline in the United States. (emphasis added)

 

We also show that in comparable countries, intense religion is on the decline or already at very low levels. Therefore, the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time. We conclude that intense religion in the United States is persistent and exceptional in ways that do not fit the secularization thesis.

Gallup has repeatedly expounded on that thesis. On Thursday,

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Gospel Preaching Churches Staying Strong, Getting Stronger

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 22, 2019: 

The current narrative – the “secularization thesis” – that America’s churches are in terminal decline is dead wrong according to two college professors who looked into it. Professors Landon Schnabel of Indiana University and Sean Bock of Harvard published their findings at Sociological Science:

Recent research argues that the United States is secularizing, that this religious change is consistent with the secularization thesis, and that American religion is not exceptional.

 

But we show that rather than religion fading into irrelevance as the secularization thesis would suggest, intense religion – strong affiliation, very frequent practice, literalism, and evangelicalism – is persistent and, in fact, only moderate religion is on the decline in the United States. (emphasis added)

 

We also show that in comparable countries, intense religion is on the decline or already at very low levels. Therefore, the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time. We conclude that intense religion in the United States is persistent and exceptional in ways that do not fit the secularization thesis.

Gallup has repeatedly expounded on that thesis. On Thursday, Gallup reported that since 2000 church membership in the U.S. has fallen, modestly at first but accelerating recently. Twenty years ago, 70 percent of Americans said they were members of a church or a synagogue. Today, said Gallup, that has declined by 20 points to just 50 percent. Said Gallup: “The decline in church membership is consistent with larger societal trends in declining church attendance and an increasing proportion of Americans with no religious preference.”

The decline among Millennials (born 1980-2000) was equally drastic. Twenty years ago, 62 percent of Generation Xers belonged to a church while among Millennials today just 42 percent say they belong to a church.

Gallup concluded, based on this poll, that the “United States is far less religious than it used to be,” adding:

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Gallup: Church Membership Down 20 Percent in 20 Years

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 19, 2019:  

Recent Gallup polls appear to reflect and confirm the “secularization thesis” in the United States: Church membership and religious affiliation among all demographics is falling precipitously. On Thursday Gallup reported that since 2000, church membership in the United States has fallen, modestly at first but accelerating recently. Twenty years ago, 70 percent of Americans said they were members of a church or a synagogue. Today, said Gallup, that has declined by 20 points to just 50 percent. Said Gallup: “The decline in church membership is consistent with larger societal trends in declining church attendance and an increasing proportion of Americans with no religious preference.”

The decline among Millennials (born 1980-2000) was equally drastic.

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Evolutionists Find “Evidence” of Another Human Species in the Philippines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 11, 2019: 

Nature magazine announced a new discovery on Wednesday: Paleontologists digging in a cave in the Philippines for the past three years have found evidence of a “previously unreported hominin species.” They named it after the island of Luzon, where the Callao Cave is located: Homo Luzonensis.

What French paleontologist Florent Detroit and his fellow diggers found were some hand and foot bones, part of a thigh bone, and some teeth from what they claim originally belonged to two adults and a child. Detroit celebrated the “discovery”:

We recognized [those fragments] almost immediately as hominin. The molars were so tiny, so small. The pre-molars had two or three roots.

 

I thought: Uh-oh, this is clearly a human-like something.

According to Nature,

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Nationwide Power Outages Sending Venezuela Back to the Dark Ages

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 11, 2019: 

Most of Venezuela is without power, and what little is available is unreliable and intermittent. It started last Thursday with the failure of the San Geronimo B power station that transmits electric power from the country’s enormous Guri hydroelectric power plant. Guri supplies 80 percent of the country’s power, while a smaller substation, used for backup, has been able to provide only a small percentage of what was lost on Thursday.

The country’s dictator, Marxist Nicolás Maduro, has blamed the Trump administration for the outage, calling it sabotage, the result of an “imperialist electromagnetic attack.” The New York Times reported the real cause: An uncontrolled grass fire beneath the power station burned a major trunk line, which caused one of its 10 turbines to fail, and when workers tried to restart it, others failed. After four failed attempts, workers were told to take Monday off, leaving Venezuela in the dark for the foreseeable future.

A supervisor in charge of the facility was told by his managers that the plant’s critical infrastructure was heavily damaged following an explosion at a nearby secondary power station during the fourth attempt to restart the turbines. Said Luis Aguilar, a Chicago-based expert on the Venezuelan power industry, “Every time they attempt to restart, they fail, and the disruption breaks something else in the system, destabilizing the grid yet further.”

The Times explained the breakdown in layman’s terms: “Restarting the turbines requires skilled operators who can synchronize the speed of rotation on as many as nine of Guri’s operational turbines.”

The Times explained further that the real problem is socialism that has destroyed the normal operations of a healthy economy: “Experts said the most experienced operators had long left the company because of meager wages and an atmosphere of paranoia fed by Mr. Maduro’s ever-present secret police.”

This is what socialism looks like. In Venezuela,

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Billionaire Soros Warns of Collapse of the European Union

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 12, 2019:

In a lament written for the Project Syndicate on Monday, billionaire George Soros sees the coming collapse of the European Union. It sounded like an obituary written by the EU’s godfather:

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment….

 

The next inflection point will be the elections for the European Parliament in May 2019. Unfortunately, anti-European forces will enjoy a competitive advantage in the balloting. There are several reasons for this, including the outdated party system that prevails in most European countries, the practical impossibility of treaty change, and the lack of legal tools for disciplining member states that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded.

Translation: Citizens are waking up to the personal and political liberty they lost when they traded it for the promise of an improved economy.

Soros complained that the EU had unnecessarily exposed its iron fist back in 2017:

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The “Church” Continues to Fail to Reach and Keep Young Adults

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 18, 2019:  

I love my church. My wife and I have been attending there for nearly 50 years. It is our spiritual home until He comes or takes us Home. We sing in the choir. We deliver plants to the homebound and call on those in assisted living. We tithe. We believe the Gospel – the Good News – that Jesus Christ died for our sins and nailed our account books to His cross.

But lately we’ve noticed a distinct change. Our church is trying to become more “relevant” in order to “reach young people.” The problem is demographic: half of the church’s members are 65 or older. The church’s membership is half what it was when we joined. Giving, in real terms, has declined as well.

What to do? The church changed its logo and its mission statement. The former logo showed His cross emblazoned on a field of blue. Now it’s a silly combination of the church’s name, using its first two letters. It was designed by a local PR firm which was chosen because – ready? – it was secular and “tuned in” to the local culture.

It’s mission statement? It sounds like an ad for our local utility company, which gives life and light to the city.

For years, LifeWay Resources has been tracking the decline in membership and the walking away from the church of teenagers upon graduation for decades. Its current survey, released earlier this week, confirms the national trend. LifeWay, a creation of the Southern Baptist Convention, asked 2,000 young adults between the ages of 23 and 30 (who had a history of regular church attendance while teenagers) 55 questions about their faith. Said LifeWay:

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Survey: Two Out of Three Teenagers Leave the Church as Young Adults

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 17, 2019: 

To most, LifeWay’s survey confirms what they think they already know: Young people are leaving the church once they get out of the house and onto a college campus.

LifeWay Research, a creation of the Southern Baptist Convention, asked 2,000 young adults between the ages of 23 and 30 (who had a history of regular church attendance while teenagers) 55 questions about their faith. Said LifeWay: “Two-thirds of [those] who attended a Protestant church regularly for a least a year as a teenager [said] they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.”

There was scarcely any good news in the study, said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research’s executive director: “The good news for Christian leaders is that churches don’t seem to be losing more students [today] than they were 10 years ago.” He added: “The reality is that Protestant churches continue to see the new generation walk away as young adults. Regardless of any external factors, the Protestant church is slowly shrinking from within.”

Those surveyed were asked why. A third said

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Ginsburg’s Fall Could Give Trump Another Supreme Court Appointment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 9. 2018: 

Jewish comedian Woody Allen liked to quote the Yiddish proverb, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have listened to Woody. In July she gave a not so oblique hint that she would stay on the Supreme Court as long as she could in order to keep President Trump from replacing her with a conservative: ““I’m now 85. My senior colleague Justice John Paul Stevens … he stepped down when he was 90. So I think I have about five more years.”

God may have other plans.

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Pastor Released from Turkish Prison Prays for Trump in Oval Office

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 15, 2018:

Within hours of his arrival on American soil after being held prisoner for two years in Turkey, Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release was celebrated by President Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday morning. The president quipped, “From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad!”

After the laughter died down, Pastor Brunson asked the president if he could pray for him and Trump said, “Well, I need it probably more than anyone else in this room, so that would be very nice. Thank you.”

Brunson stood up from his chair, went over to the president and knelt beside him and put his hand on the president’s shoulder. He bowed his head and asked God to “give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans You have for this country and for him. I ask that You give him wisdom on how to lead this country into righteousness.”

Brunson then added:

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The Reason Trump is “Different?” He’s a Christian, Says the Person Who Brought Him to Christ

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 15, 2018: 

In an interview with the Washington Times last Thursday, Paula White, host of the television show Paula White Today and senior pastor of the evangelical megachurch New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, said that “a lot of evangelicals have grown accustomed to feeling used by the political process. Every politician appeals to us, every one wants to hear us out during the campaign, but then things change once they get into office.” Mr. Trump, she said, is “just different.”

And just why is that?

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Iranian Protesters Blame Country’s Leaders, Not Trump, for Their Woes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 

Thanks to social media (outside press isn’t allowed to report on Iran’s internal affairs), the world is learning about the growing protests by irate citizens suffering under the country’s oppressive regime. The protests predate by months the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, and the protesters are blaming the regime and not President Trump for their troubles.

For example, in one video posted on social media on Thursday, protesters chanted “Death to inflation! Death to unemployment!” while another showed crowds leaving a soccer game at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium chanting “Death to the dictator!”, referring to the country’s President Hassan Rouhani. Still another showed protests in Kazerun, a city in southern Iran, on Sunday night chanting insults about Rouhani’s security forces. On Monday the largest demonstration took place in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, after a local opposition cleric called on them to protest the government’s failure to keep its promises.

Those promises made and not kept followed protests earlier in the year by crowds in hundreds of cities demanding restoration of clean water supplies and predictable electricity.

One of the promises broken has idled hundreds of buses, as the drivers don’t have the money to buy fuel for them. One social-media entry came from driver Raman Ghavami:

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Atheist Stephen Hawking Meets His Maker at Age 76

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 14, 2018:  

Cover of "A Brief History of Time"

Atheist Stephen Hawking met his Maker on Wednesday, March 14, at age 76. One imagines that the meeting didn’t go well for him.

For most of Hawking’s life here on Earth, he denied the existence of God, declaring himself an atheist and claiming, “There is no Heaven or afterlife.… That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” He famously declared:

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