It is interesting that this pastor ended up being the actual be all end all leader of the church. It is not only true for Neo-Evangelical churches but for Evangelical churches when you have a cult of the personality. See.
Dr. James Emery White wrote: What is a cult of personality?
Itâs when a person becomes the center of attention rather than Christ; an individual looms larger than a mission; a figure is given more status than the organization itself.
... consider the following ten signs, in no particular order, of a cult of personality at work in a local church:
1. The demand for special treatment, special honor, special recognition.... .... 4. If the leader were to leave, die, or fall into scandal...the entire enterprise would collapse....
5. The line between âlook at what God is doingâ and âlook at what our leader is doingâ is almost non-existent....
6. The name of the leader and the name of the church are inseparable.... .... 10.Their speaking/teaching often revolves around themselves....
William Ashbrook -- "A movement born of compromise, nurtured on the pride of intellect, growing on the appeasement of evil, and doomed by the judgment of the Word of God. ....
Francis Stiles -- "Neo-evangelicalism is a religious philosophy. It attempts to reach and minister to man through his felt needs. It seeks to commend man for his achievements and realign his energies for good. It emphasizes unity at the expense of truth and reduces the Biblical requirements of purity and separation unto God until they are obscure. Man and his present circumstances, rather than God and His eternal precepts, are the core of its concern.
David Brooks wrote: The second thing to be said is, there is a word for what defenders of Roy Moore are doing, the people who said they were vote for him nonetheless, and â well, two words. One word is idolatry, and the other word is heresy, because the people who are putting â who are going to sacrifice morality for politics are making an idol out of politics.
Theyâre saying politics is higher than morality. And no honest person can possibly believe that. And if youâre putting politics above personal morality, above the way we treat each other, above the nature of your own soul, youâre just â youâre making an idol out of it.
And that is the ultimate in heresy. And to see â I saw a tweet from Franklin Graham, Billy Grahamâs son, defending Moore, you know, sort of, oh, theyâre all a bunch of hypocrites up there.
Itâs just appalling. Itâs just â itâs almost mind-boggling that people who â especially people who have been steeped in any faith could make this kind of fundamental error, which is warned against again and again in the Bible, and to be heretics. Theyâre heretics.
President Robert Mugabe insists he is still in charge A senior member of his party told Reuters the party wanted him gone and he faces "impeachment on Tuesday" In a statement broadcast on national TV the military said it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe
It's a good thing that the folks in the Northwest made a quick right moveâ
CBS News wrote: ...Native American lawmakers in Montana sent a letter to the city requesting that it remove the fountain, which they said stood for segregation, secession and slavery. The memorial is thought to be the only Confederate monument in the upper Rockies.
BDM wrote: - In Reconstructionism, the main thrust shifts from the salvaging of lost souls in a doomed society to the reconstruction of a Christian world. The Great Commission is thus either lowered to the status of a co-equal with the cultural mandate or merged with it, confusing its real identity. "Christian" Reconstructionism is a religious kin to the "two" gospel theory (spiritual gospel/social gospel) promoted by new-evangelicals [ http://tinyurl.com/y8g2ux3 ], and has links to the secular gospel (social gospel) promulgated by the religious apostates. [God's mandate for believers in this age, however, is not the restoration of cultural dominion over the earth, but the carrying out of the Great Commission. The Scriptures predict great spiritual and moral decline, not the reverse, for the "latter days" and "last times" of this dispensation (I Timothy 4:1-2, II Timothy 3:1-6). The Biblical course of action is the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) (Sep-Oct '93, Fundamentalist Digest).]
Mike, actually the pope belongs to a fraternity the fraternity of Catholic Bishops.
Daniel Callahan wrote: ...few mavericks will slip through the tight-meshed ecclesiastical net. It is almost inconceivable that a priest who made a public name for himself as a picketer, as an imaginative innovator, as an opponent of corrupt politics, as a known advocate of "controversial" church or public policies would pass muster. The bishops might well support such a priest in all these things; they just wouldn't recommend him to Rome to be one of them....They are, as a rule, drawn from deep within the administrative structure, many in fact having spent much of their priestly lives doing office rather than pastoral work. One needs little insight into the sociology of large institutions to guess the net result: those finally appointed as bishops are likely to be highly congenial to those already in office, domesticated to traditional priorities and routines, and out of touch with grass-roots opinion, especially lay opinion. [QUOTE]--Americaâs Catholic Bishops
I would have little doubt that people pick for Bishops have much the same qualities around the world.đ
It appears that the Alabama voters are beginning to take note of what these women are saying according to the polls. I suppose we'll find out what's a judgment of the voters will be. Unfortunately though more himself doesn't call himself a Reconstructionist he certainly hangs out with that group! Continued...
John Sugg wrote: ...for all its influence, Reconstruction is almost invisible to the media and secular society. Atlanta is ground zero for most Reconstruction activityâhome office to DeMarâs publishing house and home district to movement prophet Larry McDonald, who served four terms in Congress in the 1970s and 1980sâbut the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has done only one major article on the movement. The entire Lexis-Nexis database includes only 43 articles from all of the U.S. media that make reference to Reconstruction, and only a handful of those explore the movement. âA hundred years ago, ...âEveryone knew what the Baptists believed, or the Lutherans or the Presbyterians. Thatâs no longer the case. And it has worked to the benefit of Reconstructionists as they doggedly pursued their goal.â
Reconstructionists arenât shy about what exactly it is they are pursuing: âThe long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise,â Gary North, a top Reconstruction theorist, wrote in his 1989 book, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism. âThose who refuse to submit publiclyâŠmust be denied citizenship.â
BBC wrote: hotos in the Zimbabwe Herald showed Mr Mugabe meeting army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga and the two South African envoys from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) at State House in Harare.
Alongside them was Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Roman Catholic priest known to Mr Mugabe for years who has been brought in to mediate.
Sources close to the talks say Mr Mugabe is refusing to stand down voluntarily before next year's planned elections.
Joshua Green wrote: ...In his seminal book Southern Politics the political scientist V. O. Key Jr., noting Alabamians' "wholesome contempt for authority," posited that the "picturesque quality of many southern political leaders lies in the fact that attention-attracting antics function as a substitute for party machinery." Races tend to be roiling free-for-alls that often reward the most charismatic candidate, and have produced the legends of Alabama politicsâsuch mythic populists as "Big Jim" Folsom and George Wallace. Successful politicians, Key observed, were "self-appointed and self-anointed" and "attract to themselves [followers] by favor, chance, or demagogic skill." Key was writing in 1949, so give him points for foresight. A better explanation of Moore's rise to power is hard to come by.
Watchful, try the NIV of 1984 an understandable Bible. The ESV is excellent as well. đ
Doug Kutilek wrote: ...I affirm that anything--ANYTHING--which unnecessarily puts an obstacle between the present-day Bible reader and a better understanding of the Word of God is wrong and evil. To enslave English readers to a single translation which is often archaic and obscure, occasionally wholly unintelligible and sometimes plainly inaccurate when other versions that remedy these defects are easily accessible is a monument to mere human tradition and is, as it were, to spit in the face of the very purpose of Bible translation, and to deny to the mere English reader the fuller knowledge of God and His revelation he could have if, IF such obstacles were removed by use of a revised translation which conforms to current English usage, and the infallible standard of the original text.
Not much to argue with you quiet Christian on politics.
John MacArthur wrote: ...The Crusades during the Middle Ages were waged for the purpose of regaining Christian control of the Holy Lands. Few believers today would argue that those efforts were fruitful. Even when the crusaders enjoyed military success, the church grew spiritually weaker and more worldly....
"The Old Testament may be studied. . .as an instructor in social righteousness. It exhibits the moral government of God as attested in his dealings with nations rather than with individuals; and it was their consciousness of the action and presence of God in history that made the prophets preachers, not merely to their countrymen, but to the world at large. . . .There is indeed significance in the fact that in spite of their ardent zeal for social reform they did not as a rule take part in political life or demand political reforms. They desired. . .not better institutions but better men." ---[British theologian Robert L. Ottley ]
"The U.S. bishops broke tradition this morning selecting Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, to serve as chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee. He defeated Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago on a vote of 96 to 82. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this amounted to the bishops giving the ****** to Pope Francis.
This guy somewhat close to home considering Kansas City is like a little over 100 miles from Lincoln Nebraska.
One thing that hasn't changed about the Roman Catholic Bishops in this country is the power they wield. This is an excellent, detailed, golden-oldie article on thatâ---Americaâs Catholic Bishops and is still accurate and worth reading--even if it is long.
Michael Finnegan wrote: Moore's attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui Jr., demanded that Nelson, 55, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, give the yearbook to a neutral custodian so that a handwriting expert could examine it....
Allred renewed her call for a Senate hearing on Moore's conduct toward women, saying Nelson would testify under oath that he sexually assaulted her. If a hearing takes place, Nelson would turn over the yearbook to an independent handwriting expert, she said.
It's great to be reminded how pagan Relic worship is. It should bring us back to our favorite false religion Catholicism.
David Farley wrote: While there's no scholarly consensus on when relic veneration began, many historians point to the year 156 A.D. and the death of Polycarp, then bishop of Smyrna (in modern-day Turkey). He got on the Romans' bad side by praying to Jesus instead of the Roman gods, and he was burned. After the pyre cooled, Polycarp's followers scurried over and scooped up his remains and ran off with them. With that, the cult of relics was born.