Praise the Lord. I think this research underscores the importance of the means by which God ordinarily works to bless and bring salvation to His elect. I would imagine that those who still yet left the faith of Christ likely remained upright citizens. But woe to those who are given so much light and still reject the Gospel.
In the article she is quoted as saying she is not a Christian. The article also states she left her "evangelical" faith. Her lifestyle is evidence that she is not a true Christian, and so from her own confession she now denies Christ.
It is true God's elect are driven from these places. They are the Lord's and will not follow the voice of another. While these things are discouraging to see, I am not surprised by the broad way that leads to destruction. Let's examine who we are and be careful that we have taken the narrow and difficult way. The Lord's Church which He purchased with His own blood will be victorious. Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord he and his family had the courage to come forward and confess their fault. I can only assume they have also repented before the Lord and sought forgiveness. May the Lord bless them and forgive all their sins and use their confession to Hos glory and honor.
No amount of money will cause the truth of God to fail nor for His elect to fall away. Homosexuality is not a gift from God, it is a judgement. Not 8.5 million nor 8 trillion dollars can nullify the Word of God or stamp it out.
""You just canâ€™t say that, just as you canâ€™t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups," he said."
This comment the pope made concerning those who practice violence like the ISIS group, and a group within Christianity he calls "fundamentalists."
I would love to know how the pope is defining what a Christian fundamentalist is, but I think I have a good idea. Anyone who does not think like this pope, think ecumenically, espouse a social gospel, but rather teaches the Bible alone, takes it literally in all it's forms (historical, poetical, et) and other beliefs marked by the issues of the day (abortion, homosexuality, evolution) are likely to be the one branded fundamentalists.
To place such a group alongside these Muslim extremists who commit murder, rape, and robbery is both reprehensible and unjust. May the Lord protect His elect from such ignorance and tyranny.
This seems to be one of the defining issues of our day. Many positions compromise the Scripture in this regard and it seems their concern is looking foolish in the eyes of the world. I suppose Noah looked foolish when he went to building the ark and preaching righteousness. Let's be busy about preaching righteousness and building the Kingdom of God, regardless if they say we are foolish.
I don't know if others will get the same impression as me, but the progression of the changes in theology on this subject remind me of C.H. Spurgeon's Downgrade Controversy. The departure in his day from essential biblical truth became a downgrade to those churches and persons who left the biblical teachings to the point where some even denied the Lord. Here in this controversy we see well meaning believers, one here, one there, but a common theme in departure from biblical teaching and down, down the grade it seems to go until one has denied Adam even existed at all. This my brethren, I fear, will lead to a denial of the Lord Jesus. If the first Adam need not be a literal person in order to hold orthodox belief, then soon neither will the Second Adam need to be literal to hold to orthodox redemption.