Check back every Saturday for the latest news of interest
to Christians about Christians and the Church. In the United States, Men’s News
Daily questions the leading Democrats’ weird attitude toward Christians, while
Chuck Colson asks whether conservatism is philosophically consistent with
In the separation of church and state battle front, the
Council on American Islamic Relations asks a North Carolina judge to allow the
use of the Quran in swearing an oath of truthfulness, claiming that the
exclusive use of the Bible is a state endorsement of religion. There is good
news in Baltimore, as a federal judge has ruled that a privately owned Ten
Commandments monument can remain in a Frederick city park; and good news in New
York, as the Museum of Biblical Art opens.
In the American liberals’ latest gambit to
reclaim the “red states,” a group of liberal Christians have launched a new
political movement, the ‘religious left,’ to counter the perceived power of the
‘religious right.’ (Hat tip: Glenn Beck.) Be sure to read Three Weeks in a Progressive Swamp, a
fascinating eyewitness account from a non-progressive Christian of this liberal
Christian group’s attempt to “reframe” [i.e. lie about] the progressive agenda
to make it more acceptable to the electorate [that’s you and me they are trying
to dupe, folks].
The liberal church remains in the news: the
Anglican Communion has excluded the American and Canadian Anglican church from
deliberations (hat tip to Glenn Beck again!) because they have claimed homo[s-x]ual unions should have the
same status in God’s eyes as marriage. Now some of the American Lutherans are
following in the Episcopalians’ footsteps. This willingness to accept and
elevate sin that God has clearly prohibited leads Gene Edward Veith to declare
the dominant American religion a far cry from biblical Christianity, and
American Christians are right with him, leaving liberal churches in droves.
In para-church news, a new Christian ministry
keeps prosperity gospel prophets under close surveillance, while Answers in
Genesis unveils its newly redesigned website, visited by thousands every day.
The Book of Hope has produced a digital version of its harmonized life of
Christ for children, in order to reach every child with the gospel, including
those who cannot read.
continue to need our constant prayers. In London, boys bought from Africa (yes, bought, not brought) are being murdered as human sacrifices. While this is
contemptible, what is also worth noting is the way the British media claims
these atrocities are being perpetrated by fundamentalist Christians. I seem to
remember ancient Rome’s justification of government sponsored persecutions of
Christians was their propaganda campaign that Christians practiced atrocities.
Liberal Europe still battles the pro-family
Catholic church, and Pope Benedict appears to have won the opening salvo. In
Australia, things are beginning to look bleak, as a pastor is being threatened
with jail under the 2001 Racial and Religious Intolerance Act. Russian
evangelicals are being blocked in their efforts to build churches. And
Christianity is under attack in India, by militant Hindus, and Sri Lanka, by
militant Buddhists. Why should militant Muslims have the monopoly?
Okay, there is some bad news going on in the
world. Let us keep in mind the words of Jesus, “In the world you will have
tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Amen. God is on
His throne; and may we all, as His hands and feet in this world, go about doing
good, and delivering all who are oppressed of the devil. Come, Lord Jesus.