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THURSDAY, NOV 1, 2007  |  12 comments
Christian pastors embrace Scientology
TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Some Christian congregations, particularly in lower income, urban areas, are turning to an unlikely source for help -- the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists do not worship God, much less Jesus Christ. The church has seen plenty of controversy and critics consider it a cult. So why are observant Christians embracing some of its teachings?

Two pastors who spoke recently with CNN explained that when it comes to religion, they still preach the core beliefs of Christianity. But when it comes to practicing what they preach in a modern world, borrowing from Scientology helps.

The Rev. Charles Kennedy, of the Glorious Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal church in Tampa, Florida, and the Rev. James McLaughlin, of the Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, are among the theological hybrids. ...


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Dorothy  Find all comments by Dorothy
If you plant nuts, you will get nuts.
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News Item11/2/07 9:28 AM
Dan | Tennessee  Find all comments by Dan
Church organizations are manmade frameworks and we can’t (and should never) put our faith in them.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name

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News Item11/2/07 7:57 AM
Christian Raas | Switzerland  Find all comments by Christian Raas
Amen Terry Evans.

Salvation is not in a church but in Christ Alone! NO church is safe from apostacy. The Swiss Reformed Church is for the most part as apostate as you can get. The word "reformed" doesn't mean anything to most people here nowadays. I know this is true for other reformed churches as well...like in the Netherlands, Scotland etc.

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News Item11/2/07 4:31 AM
Wise | Tennessee  Find all comments by Wise
Simply put they are not Christians. Christians only worship the triune God.
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News Item11/1/07 10:08 PM
Faithful Remant  Find all comments by Faithful Remant
I agree with Seaton also.
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News Item11/1/07 10:00 PM
terry evans | miramar beach fl  Contact via emailFind all comments by terry evans
Seaton wrote:
Quote 1]
""Now Kennedy uses "The Way to Happiness" as a how-to supplement to his sermons. He believes it is easier to understand and clearer to follow than ancient Scriptures taken from the Bible.""
= If you can't receive the Truth from Scripture - Then you will use and apply the alternatives. How to form a heresy has not changed down through the centuries.
Quote 2]
When asked whether Scientology's values contradict the religion of Jesus Christ, Kennedy replies, "Sometimes yes. Sometimes no." But he says his congregation can relate to "The Way to Happiness."
= Happiness in this world is precisely what Satan wants you to find. That brings you to seek outside the True Church and Biblical Doctrines. Classic cultology.
(And of course social gospel)
The fact that we see here "Pentecostal" and "Episcopalian" preachers, speaks volumes to the error of their ways.
If you require the Bible to be read and taught properly then you have to attend a Reformed Church.
Right on, if only you would have left out the last line, pride is everywhere, even in the "Reformed church", but not in the true church of Christ. Someone in the Bible said are you of Paul...
You know the story. Amen to the rest.
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News Item11/1/07 9:20 PM
romans920 | NC  Find all comments by romans920
I shy away from scientology, after all I made a B in earth science, a C in Biology, and a D in Chemistry; and even if this includes the social sciences I was bored in pyschology and sociology; don't they have a system for music lovers instead. jkiding.
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News Item11/1/07 8:07 PM
Dessie | WV  Find all comments by Dessie
"NEWS FLASH" These are NOT Christian
pastors...
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News Item11/1/07 2:18 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Information on Scientology,

http://www.xenu.net/

as I have pointed out to a Catholic visitor to our forum,"WebstersDict [1913 with example] (SYNCRETISM)

Syncretism /Syn?creútism/ (?), n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to make two parties join against a third: cf. F. syncr‚tisme.] Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other.

He is plotting a carnal syncretism, and attempting the reconcilement of Christ and Belial. ---Baxter."

Gil Rugh said or, wrote:
The Word of God is being adulterated and ideas and concepts and doctrines are being tolerated and accepted which we would not have dreamed of accepting before.
The great threat to the Evangelical Church today is from within, those masquerading as servants of the living God. Claiming to be proclaiming truth or a variation of truth and in reality it is Satan masquerading as an angel of light.
from,"The Syncretizing of the Gospel Today"

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonssource&sermonID=1080217436

and quite right John.

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News Item11/1/07 1:49 PM
John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by John
Trying to use Scientology as a means of reinforcing Christian
practice reminds me of ancient Israel's attempts to qualify
their faith by worshipping on the high places rather than in
the temple.
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News Item11/1/07 1:11 PM
Seaton  Find all comments by Seaton
Quote 1]
""Now Kennedy uses "The Way to Happiness" as a how-to supplement to his sermons. He believes it is easier to understand and clearer to follow than ancient Scriptures taken from the Bible.""

= If you can't receive the Truth from Scripture - Then you will use and apply the alternatives. How to form a heresy has not changed down through the centuries.

Quote 2]
When asked whether Scientology's values contradict the religion of Jesus Christ, Kennedy replies, "Sometimes yes. Sometimes no." But he says his congregation can relate to "The Way to Happiness."

= Happiness in this world is precisely what Satan wants you to find. That brings you to seek outside the True Church and Biblical Doctrines. Classic cultology.
(And of course social gospel)

The fact that we see here "Pentecostal" and "Episcopalian" preachers, speaks volumes to the error of their ways.

If you require the Bible to be read and taught properly then you have to attend a Reformed Church.

2

News Item11/1/07 12:43 PM
davey | finland  Find all comments by davey
This is what practical, every day, christianity comes down too...using cultic material instead of Christ´s and bibical teachings...well, I suppose, the way christianity is practiced in the States...anything goes. Terv..davey
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