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FRONT PAGE  |  8/17/2019
THURSDAY, AUG 25, 2016  |  138 comments  |  1 commentary
Pew: Americans giving up on God, miracles

Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term "nones" left their church and religion because they "don't believe." Another 20 percent said they don't like organized religion. Other reasons included "common sense" and a lack of belief in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: more and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God. ...


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News Item8/29/16 6:53 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Yes a tract--and candy works
John MacArthur wrote:
...I’ve been engaged in writing books to try to clarify for
Christians, quote/unquote, what the gospel is, because the church has
become confused about the gospel. They’re not really sure whether
Jesus is Lord or not; whether He needs to be Lord or not. It doesn’t
seem to be important to the church anymore that people understand the
true biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone, grace alone,
in Christ alone. It doesn’t seem to be important to some people that
there’s repentance of sin and that we preach repentance. In fact,
some people think that’s some kind of an intrusion into grace.
There’s a failure to understand the doctrine of substitution and
imputation, that is the true understanding that our sins were imputed
fully to a substitute who died in our place, and that we contribute
nothing to our salvation except faith in that substitute....

...Robert Schuller and Dr. Billy Graham on the “Hour of Power.” Dr.
Schuller responded, “What I hear you saying is that it’s possible for
Jesus Christ to come into a human heart, and soul, and life, even if
they’ve been born in darkness, and have never heard, and never had
exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of wh

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News Item8/29/16 6:51 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Continued from previous message wrote:
Dr. Graham: “Yes, it is, because I believe that.I’ve met people in
various parts of the world in tribal situations. They have never seen
a Bible or heard about a Bible, have never heard of Jesus, but they’ve
believed in their hearts that there is a God, and they’ve tried to
live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in
which they lived.”

... from Aristotle to the Catholic Church into the evangelical
Protestantism. Now we have a kind of Protestant viewpoint that says
Muslims, and Hindus, and whoever, are going to be in the body of
Christ, in the Kingdom, in heaven with salvation, whether they ever
get a Bible, or whether they ever hear the gospel, or whether they
ever know about Jesus Christ.

excerpt from,
[URL=http://tinyurl.com/zvtw8m7]]]http://tinyurl.com/zvtw8m7 (The
Exclusiveness of the Gospel, Part 1)[/URL] or all the sermons about it
can be found here:
[URL=http://tinysa.com/238889]]]http://tinysa.com/238889 (The
Exclusiveness of the Gospel)[/URL]Remember [URL=http://tinyurl.com/j5cyqqc]]]http://tinyurl.com/j5cyqqc (Billy Graham [and
Franklin] Believes Catholic Doctrine of Salvation Without Bible,
Gospel, or Name of Christ)[/URL]
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News Item8/29/16 12:59 PM
SteveR | Mt Zion  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
Hey Connor
If I recall correctly you told us a while ago that you felt called to the ministry.
Let me ask you, how will you ever be able to truly minister to those who feel forsaken by friends and maybe even by the Lord, if you've never been there yourself? How will you be able to minister to those who are hurting without feeling hurt? How will you be able to help the faith of those who are sorely tried, if your faith has never been tried by fire? How will you help those who know deep disappointments if you have never experienced them yourself? You get the gist.
If however, you are able to overcome adversity by using the weapons of our warfare, then you can point others to the right way.
Consider the very many Psalms where the Psalmist agonizes over all sorts of problems and difficulties. They complain to the Lord, but you will notice too how they overcame.
E.g.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
When my flesh and my heart fail, I make God the strength of my heart and my portion.
Tough times are appointed
It's faux Christians like you that draw the masses to trust the government to care for them and not the Church

I totally understand

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News Item8/29/16 12:49 PM
Observer  Contact via emailFind all comments by Observer
Connor wrote:
Down again Chris, I don't know what I'm doing wrong, why would God allow all this to happen? ...
Hey Connor

If I recall correctly you told us a while ago that you felt called to the ministry.

Let me ask you, how will you ever be able to truly minister to those who feel forsaken by friends and maybe even by the Lord, if you've never been there yourself? How will you be able to minister to those who are hurting without feeling hurt? How will you be able to help the faith of those who are sorely tried, if your faith has never been tried by fire? How will you help those who know deep disappointments if you have never experienced them yourself? You get the gist.

If however, you are able to overcome adversity by using the weapons of our warfare, then you can point others to the right way.

Consider the very many Psalms where the Psalmist agonizes over all sorts of problems and difficulties. They complain to the Lord, but you will notice too how they overcame.

E.g.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

When my flesh and my heart fail, I make God the strength of my heart and my portion.

Tough times are appointed us to draw us close to God.

Lord bless

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News Item8/29/16 6:45 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Connor, I'm going to tell you a story today via email with the hopes of perking you up a bit, giving you some inspiration and energy, mental and spiritual. You need to know that you're far from alone and what another has been through and made it through without ever waning in faith, even though most would have.
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News Item8/29/16 4:55 AM
Shane | Socal  Find all comments by Shane
Hello Conner,

From what it sounds like, the Lord is separating you from the world. Count it all joy my brother. Always remember this about the Lord who preceded you-
Isiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
So it's no surprise that his saints would experience the same as him. For we are being conformed into his image unto sanctification daily as we walked with him.
I'll tell you what, I'd rather have this than all the "friends" in the world. One things for sure when you experience the new birth... not many others have. And it's heartbreaking when you don't find hardly anyone else with the same joy. But it taught me not to find comfort in the flesh of others.

I'll be praying for you friend.

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News Item8/28/16 5:28 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hi Connor, I finally have some time at the house so will drop you another email tonight or sometime tomorrow. Hope you're doing ok.
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News Item8/27/16 10:24 PM
Dave | oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
Well Connor how ya doing?
May God bless you with valued relationships here.
That's life, such is life, this is life.
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News Item8/27/16 5:26 PM
Dave | oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
Such is life, with or without God, no biggie really, but not atheist, just an idiot.
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News Item8/27/16 1:53 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I'm really surprised that SA didn't use the WND article though perhaps it came out after the thread was started? [URL=http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/pastors-speak-out-on-rise-of-atheist-america/]]]http://tinyurl.com/z4l755f (Pastors speak out on rise of atheist America)[/URL].

One remarked I really found profound was:

WND wrote:
According to the survey itself many are leaving the churches because of the hypocrisy of those attending, including the abuse by those who are supposed to be leading,” he told WND. “There is so much friendly fire within the churches and among the different denominations it is unbelievable! How can the church be a light to the nations when giving hope to the world when they are no different than the world?
Hopefully, someone mentioned this article--it's a good one
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News Item8/27/16 7:53 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
How does such is life translate into athiesm? I don't see the rest of the comment attached to it.
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News Item8/27/16 7:13 AM
SteveR | Mt Zion  Find all comments by SteveR
Connor wrote:
SteveR wrote: " C'est le Vie" are you an atheist?
Didn't you catch my Huguenot accent?
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News Item8/26/16 7:26 PM
Dave | oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
All the theology in the world won't help if you don't know Jesus
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News Item8/26/16 3:43 PM
Dave | oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
I see the village idiot is still about, with his mate poly chirping his two bobs worth in.
" you'd have to be crazy" to say that Jesus knows more than these clowns.
Fairdincum, God is long suffering.
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News Item8/26/16 1:53 PM
MS  Find all comments by MS
Sister ladybug brought up one of our favourite gospel preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of his truly anointed gospel sermons was:

How to become a Christian.
1114131627479

This was preached over 40 years ago but still one of the finest presentations of the gospel to be heard.

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News Item8/26/16 1:48 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hello, brick wall...how are you? Fine, but my bricks hurt a bit. Oh? why do they hurt? Why does what hurt? Your bricks, you just said they hurt. Oh yeah, I didn't mean it though. Well, why did you say it then? Say what? That your bricks hurt. Because they do, but not really. So you said your bricks hurt but you didn't really mean it? Mean what? That your bricks hurt. I never said that. Huh?

My point of this nonscense? This makes about as much sense as it does when anyone hears something come straight out of someones mouth, yet says, "Well, I don't believe they said it".

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News Item8/26/16 1:33 PM
ChristAlone | God Knows  Find all comments by ChristAlone
@kev-you are welcome. I know you probably have your own church but maybe sometime you could watch the live stream on ourcrossroads.org. I know that the service would be a blessing to you. God bless.
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News Item8/26/16 1:22 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Observer wrote:
In the excerpts I posted up Cloud didn't mention a single word about Graham's preaching. The article was about Graham's compromise with with Romanism, Modernism etc.
So what lies did Cloud write?
The fact that Graham preaches the biblical doctrine of salvation means he has not compromised in his salvation message.
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News Item8/26/16 1:11 PM
Observer  Contact via emailFind all comments by Observer
John Yuirich USA wrote:
Well the fact that Graham in every Crusade has preached the biblical doctrine of salvation that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as Savior and trusting entirely in Him alone for salvation means that what Cloud wrote about Graham's beliefs is a lie. I am Born Again because I embraced Jesus as Savior and I trust entirely in Him alone for salvation.
In the excerpts I posted up Cloud didn't mention a single word about Graham's preaching. The article was about Graham's compromise with with Romanism, Modernism etc.

So what lies did Cloud write?

Bro Kev posted up a link to a video where Graham in his own words confirms his departure from the faith by accepting Romanists and Mormons as genuine Christians. How bad does it have to get before one recognizes him as a false prophet?

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News Item8/26/16 12:46 PM
SteveR | Mt Zion  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
You want to show us all how what David Cloud wrote is a lie, when he provides all his sources? Or is that too much to ask?
I think you've got a lot of growing up to do yourself JY, but most importantly:
YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
After all these years, I can say that John Y is already there.

And you? Sodom born again into Gommorah

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