The Center For Individual Freedom (CFIF) with the aid of the reader power of HumanEvents.com are making American voters aware of the Freedom of Speech suppression of the Democratic Party.
Although she's a social conservative who opposes abortion and gay marriage, Palin signed into law a state bill giving benefits to same-sex couples. (Market Watch)
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.
First here are some quotes from the UCC about Trinity United Church of Christ.
The Rev. Steve Gray, the UCC's Indiana-Kentucky Conference Minister, describes Trinity UCC as a "jewel."
"It's everything a Christian community is supposed to be," says Gray, who has been working with Trinity UCC for the past three years to develop a new UCC congregation in Gary, Ind. "Trinity has given well over $100,000 in support of its partnership with us, and in 15 months of regular meetings with Jeremiah Wright, we always found him to be a man of gracious hospitality, humor, generosity, who paid attention to detail but also a man who does not call attention to himself."
"When you're Euro-American [*Blog Editor: PC for White], the people [at Trinity UCC] are so exceedingly gracious, warm and welcoming. They hug you and say, 'Welcome to our church!'"
Noting the church's work in health care, early childhood education and economic development, Whiten says, "The scope of their concern and outreach is extraordinary. It's really just an outstanding congregation."
Whiten, a member of Pilgrim UCC in Oak Park, Ill., is especially taken with Trinity UCC's commitment to the need and importance of quality theological education. More than 60 members of Trinity UCC are currently enrolled in seminary and pursuing masters-level degrees. Moreover, the congregation pays for students' tuition costs.
"They firmly believe in the UCC's commitment to an educated, seminary-trained clergy," Whiten said, "and they have probably had more people feeling the call to ministry than any other church in the denomination."
The Bible both unites and divides us as a church. Our spiritual ancestors have never agreed, even in the first generations of the Christian community, about the right way to read and apply Scripture. Today, views in the UCC (like all other mainline denominations) range from conservative to liberal. Scripture often quoted by all sides in the ethical conflicts that divide us as well as many other churches. The Bible is God's gift to the church, to be read for our instruction and comfort, but we often use it as a hammer to strike down the arguments of our opponents, or even to exclude each other from the Body of Christ.
Right interpretation of Scripture necessarily includes right living, that is, we cannot hear God's word in the Bible if our minds and hearts are closed to each other. These were some of the issues that were explored at Dunkirk. (UCC Authority of Scripture)
On May 6, 1998, the Massachusetts chapter of Confessing Christ sponsored a colloquy at the Acton (Mass.) Congregational Church on same-sex unions and the Christian faith. The event centered on papers presented by Andy Lang for and by Max Stackhouse against the proposition that the Christian church should support monogamous, vowed relationships between same-sex couples. We present both papers here, plus a list of links to other resources on the subject.
· The Mainstream Media is Leftist oriented and Red China is definitely a Leftwing (although becoming more fascist/socialist) Communist dictatorship.
· Red China has a booming economy in which capitalist nations and corporations are investing a big stake.
· Red China has the largest military in terms of active personnel in the world and GlobalFirePower.com gives China a global ranking of THREE behind number two Russia followed by number one America.
Terror Victims Sue Bank Of China for Ties with Hamas
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
21 Av 5768, 22 August 08 01:04
Arutz Sheva – IsraelNationalNews.com
More than 100 victims and relatives of targets of Arab terrorist attacks have filed an historic suit in Los Angeles against the Bank of China, which transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Hamas and Islamic Jihad between 2004 and 2007. The suit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, details how the bank wired money through its American branches to an account in China used by the terrorist groups.
Israeli counterterrorist personnel met with Chinese officials in 2005 to demand it cease from transferring more money, but the bank, with the approval of the Chinese government, continued to wire money for Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Among the victims and families whose attorneys filed the criminal and civil suits are the parents of four-year-old Afik Zahavi, who was killed four years ago in a Kassam rocket attack on Sderot as he returned home from a pre-school facility.
Other plaintiffs include the families of two men who were murdered in a suicide bombing at an Eilat bakery last year. Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner charged that the Bank of China "even had the chutzpah to make these funds transfers through its U.S. branches right under the nose of the Justice Department, despite the fact that Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad are designated terrorist organizations and that such wire transfers are a crime under American law. We expect the Bank of China to now pay very heavily for its support for terrorism."
I’ve had my issues with Solomon in the past, but I don’t think she or her editors have done anything here requiring an apology or any other corrective action. (A Radical Islamophobe?)
A person who fears or hates Islam or Muslims. (Wiktionary)
Islamophobe (is-slahm-o-fohb) - A non-Muslim who knows too much about Islam.
Islamophobia is a fear of losing life or liberty to Islamic rule merely because the laws, sacred texts, and modern practices of Islam demand the submission of culture, politics, religion and all social expression. It tends to afflict those most familiar with the religion, while sparing the more gullible.
In Muhammad's day, Islamophobia was treated with a practice known as beheading. Since this is now impractical outside of the Muslim world, the condition is best addressed by means of prevention. Such preventive measures include willful ignorance helped along with a strong dose of taqiyya.
The fact is that when Islam checks in, a lot of folks wind up checking out... permanently. Therefore Islamophobes are a pretty broad group known to include: READ FURTHER …
The term “Islamophobe” is fast joining “racist”, “homophobe”, et al., as a reliable tool of politically-correct argument, a way of silencing the Left’s opponents and consigning dissenters to the phobic outer darkness beyond the pale of polite discourse.
Object to Hamas? You must be Islamophobic!
Want to scrutinize speakers of Farsi or Arabic more carefully at the airport? Islamophobe!
In a word: Predictable… But, then again, being called an Islamophobe is a badge of honor in our book!
We wish to acknowledge...that since our last statement from the Fresh Fire Board of Directors, we have discovered new information revealing that Todd Bentley has entered into an unhealthy relationship on an emotional level with a female member of his staff. In light of this new information and in consultation with his leaders and advisors, Todd Bentley has agreed to step down from his position on the Board of Directors and to refrain from all public ministry for a season to receive counsel in his personal life. (Emphasis: Supernatural Blog)
Lakeland: So What Now?
Todd Bentley announced a separation from his wife this week. The blogoshere is full of "see I told you so’s" and "this proves that Lakeland was bogus" tirades including J. Lee Grady’s latest- Fire in My Bones.
So what does this mean? Are those folks that were healed now required to give back the blessing? Those who where raised from the dead around the world in response to prayer, are they now required to give up and die? All the folks that I know who received a blessing from the Lakeland Outpouring–are they now supposed to deny that it ever happened?
This is a personal tragedy for Todd and his family. What really bothers me is how gleeful and celebratory some ‘Christians’ are in response to a brother’s difficulty–no it actually make me rather sad and angry at the same time!
The old adage that "we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water" really does apply here. Let’s change the bath water so to speak and let the Revival continue.
Is Todd’s whole ministry and anointing now to be questioned? I was reminded this morning of some of the Judges in the Old Testament that had some personal problems and yet were blessed of God tremendously—particularly Samson. We haven’t heard the last of Todd Bentley and I am sure his future will include something more than just bring down the Philistine temple. My prayers go with him and his family.
(Dr. Michael G. Davis 8/14/08)
Patricia King on Todd Bentley Marriage & “Other Problems”
Thanks to ‘InlovewithJesus’ for pointing me to this new video released by Patricia King of Extreme Prophetic on the Todd Bentley situation here. Reading between the lines from what Patricia King says here, there are much worse Todd Bentley ”revelations” re: his personal life to come out over the coming days and weeks. Patricia King even warns us that such is the case: “[Todd Bentley's] … failure of the flesh - I am going to be honest - it is more than just a separation, there’s other things involved….. you’re going to be hearing some of the failure of Todd Bentley in this hour.” And what we already know for fact is bad enough.
It sounds like that at last what I saw many months ago, but could not speak of publically, will be out in the open. But it is distressing indeed - for everyone, but especially for the “innocent” concerned. There are no words really to convey the disgust and horror and upset of this situation - nor the damage it will do not just now but over the coming months and even years. And the disgust I feel for those people - leaders even - that allowed these things to be perpetuated right under their noses. But ‘touch not my anointed, right?’ Yeah, right!
Patricia King and others accuse the critics of crowing over this situation. I am not crowing, I am deeply distressed for the body of Christ being brought into such disrepute - even though Todd is evidently not part of the body, as he is a wicked man and preaches another gospel, the public will consider him as such and tarr the church with his public failures. It is no pleasure or reward to be proven right when one has seen the dreadful things for what they are before the time they are made public. What good neighbour crows when they are witnesses to a murder, and the murderer is caught and proven guilty? Most normal people only feel deep sadness afterwards. But it would be a twisted and crooked neighbour indeed who refused to speak out about the murderer, or identify him, because it would be “judgmental” and “divisive” “religious” and “unloving”.
On the video, Patricia King repeatedly refers to all the “division…. criticism… negative words…. a lot of judgment in the body of Christ” re Todd Bentley and Lakeland. She does not seem to understand the principle of the good neighbour refered to above, who speaks out for the sake of truth and righteousness as well as for the greater good. Nor does she even address WHY people have spoken out as they have - what Todd was doing that deserved the criticism he got - and more. If she can tolerate the vile acts that happened at Lakeland before the eyes of the world, and the vile acts as perpetuated by Todd under the cover of darkness, and … And there is more venom
For those who thought Todd Bentley’s problems were just about separation from his wife, you were wrong. No one has been a bigger advocate of Bentley than Patricia King. Well, it seems she is a lot smarter than people give her credit for. She released a video addressing the Bentley situation. In the video she states,
I’m gonna be honest with you, it’s more than just a separation; there are other things that are involved too. There are other issues; there always is. When man fails there’s more than just one little thing, it’s usually a combination of different things..and I’m not going to say any more than that..Except to say that we are living in an hour where we cannot tolerate sin and we cannot tolerate unrighteousness; no matter how much we love an individual and no matter how much we love what God is doing.” (The On Going War Reason 8/16/08)
Todd Bentley’s announcement that his marriage is ending has thrown our movement into a tailspin—and questions need to be answered.
It was not supposed to end like this.
Evangelist Todd Bentley had heralded the Lakeland revival as the greatest Pentecostal outpouring since Azusa Street. From his stage in a gigantic tent in Florida, Bentley preached to thousands, bringing many of them to the stage for prayer. Many claimed to be healed of deafness, blindness, heart problems, depression and dozens of other conditions in the Lakeland services, which ran for more than 100 consecutive nights. Bentley announced confidently that dozens of people had been raised from the dead during the revival.
But this week, a few days after the Canadian preacher announced the end of his visits to Lakeland, he told his staff that his marriage is ending. Without blaming the pace of the revival for Bentley’s personal problems, his board released a public statement saying that he and his wife, Shonnah, are separating. The news shocked Bentley’s adoring fans and saddened those who have questioned his credibility since the Lakeland movement erupted in early April.
“Among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: ‘This is God. Don’t question.’ ”
I’m sad. I’m disappointed. And I’m angry. Here are few of my many, many questions about this fiasco:
Why did so many people flock to Lakeland from around the world to rally behind an evangelist who had serious credibility issues from the beginning?
To put it bluntly, we’re just plain gullible.
From the first week of the Lakeland revival, many discerning Christians raised questions about Bentley’s beliefs and practices. They felt uneasy when he said he talked to an angel in his hotel room. They sensed something amiss when he wore a T-shirt with a skeleton on it. They wondered why a man of God would cover himself with tattoos. They were horrified when they heard him describe how he tackled a man and knocked his tooth out during prayer.
But among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: “This is God. Don’t question.” So before we could all say, “Sheeka Boomba” (as Bentley often prayed from his pulpit), many people went home, prayed for people and shoved them to the floor with reckless abandon, Bentley-style.
I blame this lack of discernment, partly, on raw zeal for God. We’re spiritually hungry—which can be a good thing. But sometimes, hungry people will eat anything.
Many of us would rather watch a noisy demonstration of miracles, signs and wonders than have a quiet Bible study. Yet we are faced today with the sad reality that our untempered zeal is a sign of immaturity. Our adolescent craving for … More J. Lee Grady anger