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

Why Is Religion so Important to the Health and Strength of the American Republic?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 20, 2020: 

The answer was missing last Thursday when Trump celebrated National Religious Freedom Day by confirming and expanding those freedoms for American citizens.

The guidance issued by nine of his executive branch agencies was certainly welcome. It addressed the issue frontally, declaring that there is war against religion in the United States, and that it has, until recently, been going badly for people of faith.

The president said:

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On National Religious Freedom Day, Trump Expands Religious Freedom

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 17, 2020:

President Trump chose Thursday — National Religious Freedom Day — to announce a flurry of guidance from nine Executive Branch agencies that not only confirms Americans’ freedom to worship under the First Amendment but rolls back incursions on that freedom that occurred under previous administrations.

The guidance empowered students who want to pray at school by reaffirming their right to do so, including reading religious materials or praying during non-class periods, organizing prayer groups, and expressing their religious beliefs in their school assignments. It warned state governments not to discriminate against religious organizations and affirmed that the granting of federal funds by Executive Branch agencies likewise will not discriminate against them.

The president said:

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Gallup Says Millennials Have Lost Their Way; Louie Giglio Says No

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 3, 2020:

Gallup reported last October that Millennials (born 1980-2000) have lost their way. Twenty years ago 62 percent of them belonged to a church. Today that number has dropped to 42 percent. This was part of Gallup’s revelation that barely two thirds of all American adults describe themselves as Christian, down 12 percentage points in the last 10 years.

But Glenn Stanton, director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, say that such polls prove nothing; that instead the church of “real believers” has never been stronger:

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65,000 College Students Celebrate Jesus and New Year at Passion Conference in Atlanta

What were 65,000 college students from all 50 states and 81 foreign countries doing at the Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta this week? This twitter from the Passion Conference explains:

We [are saying] goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. Imagine what God will do through you in the new decade; what opportunities will He lead you to, what challenges will He overcome on your behalf?

 

The 20s are overflowing with possibilities, and we are ready and willing, full of expectation.

Since its founding in 1997 by Louie Giglio, pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, more than a million college students age 18 to 25 have been lifted up at his conferences. Giglio says his purpose is clear:

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In Hoc Anno Domini

The Wall Street Journal publishes this piece penned by the late Vermont Royster in 1949 every Christmas: 

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.

Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so.

But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression—for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was a man for but to serve Caesar?

There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome, disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage. And most of all, there was everywhere a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one man more or less in a crowded world?

Then, of a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.

And the voice from Galilee, which would defy Caesar, offered a new Kingdom in which each man could walk upright and bow to none but his God. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. And he sent this gospel of the Kingdom of Man into the uttermost ends of the earth.

So the light came into the world and the men who lived in darkness were afraid, and they tried to lower a curtain so that man would still believe salvation lay with the leaders.

But it came to pass for a while in divers places that the truth did set man free, although the men of darkness were offended and they tried to put out the light. The voice said, Haste ye. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you, for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

Along the road to Damascus the light shone brightly. But afterward Paul of Tarsus, too, was sore afraid. He feared that other Caesars, other prophets, might one day persuade men that man was nothing save a servant unto them, that men might yield up their birthright from God for pottage and walk no more in freedom.

Then might it come to pass that darkness would settle again over the lands and there would be a burning of books and men would think only of what they should eat and what they should wear, and would give heed only to new Caesars and to false prophets. Then might it come to pass that men would not look upward to see even a winter’s star in the East, and once more, there would be no light at all in the darkness.

And so Paul, the apostle of the Son of Man, spoke to his brethren, the Galatians, the words he would have us remember afterward in each of the years of his Lord:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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The American Bar Association Just Exposed Its Bias Against Believers

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 1, 2019: 

Despite its claim to be unbiased, the ABA exposed the canard by declaring an eminently qualified nominee as “not qualified” for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court.

The group claimed to be unbiased in its letter to Senate leaders on Tuesday concerning Lawrence VanDyke, a Trump nominee to the Ninth Circuit: “The Committee’s work is based solely on a review of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament.” Nevertheless, despite VanDyke’s impressive CV, “a majority of the Committee has determined that Mr. VanDyke is “Not Qualified” … to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.”

How is such a conclusion possible?

It didn’t matter that

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ABA Declares Trump’s 9th Circuit Court Nominee “Not Qualified”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 31, 2019:  

The American Bar Association (ABA) sent a letter to Democratic Senate leaders on Tuesday declaring President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court, Lawrence VanDyke, “not qualified” despite his evident qualifications for the position. Said the letter:

Mr. VanDyke is a highly educated lawyer with nearly 14 years of experience in appellate law, including one year as a law clerk, an associate in a law firm, and as a Solicitor General for over five-plus years, first in Montana and then Nevada, two states in the Ninth Circuit where he would serve if confirmed…

 

Mr. VanDyke’s accomplishments are offset by the assessments of interviewees that Mr. VanDyke is arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-today practice including procedural rules. There was a theme that the nominee lacks humility, has an “entitlement” temperament, does not have an open mind, and does not always have a commitment to being candid and truthful.

Accordingly, “a substantial majority of the Committee [charged with vetting nominees for the Senate] has determined that Mr. VanDyke is ‘not qualified’ … to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.”

And just who are those “interviewees” on which the committee based its conclusion? The letter doesn’t say.

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Shouldn’t the Catholic Church Excommunicate Joe Biden Over His Support for Abortion?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 20, 2019: 

The Vatican has made its position on abortion crystal clear:

Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.

 

This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.

 

Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

 

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.

 

God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves.

 

Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.

The Vatican goes further: anyone who “cooperates” in the performance of an abortion is excommunicated: “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.”

Biden should consider himself lucky that all he got was a slap on the wrist last Sunday when a Catholic priest denied him communion. While on a political junket in South Carolina over the weekend, Biden stopped by the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday morning to attend mass. The Rev. Robert E. Morey refused to serve communion to the former vice president, explaining:

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Biden Denied Communion for His Pro-abortion Stance

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 29, 2019: 

While on a political junket in South Carolina over the weekend, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden stopped by the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday morning for Mass. The Reverend Robert E. Morey refused to serve communion to the former vice president, explaining:

Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden. Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself … outside of Church teaching.

But Biden claims he agrees with the church’s teaching. He just doesn’t want to impose his views on anyone else. Said Biden in an interview in 2015: “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing [and] non-God-fearing people [who] have a different view.”

He also believes that not only is Roe v. Wade the law of the land despite the faux “right to privacy” conjured in that Supreme Court decision, he also

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Prayers for the President Continue in Washington and the White House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 23, 2019: 

From the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has encouraged prayers for himself and for the country. The TV evangelist who brought Trump to faith in Jesus Christ, Paula White, played a key role during his inauguration and then again during the president’s reelection rally in Orlando last June.

She was God’s tool in bringing Trump to faith, she explained:

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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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