A Form of Godliness and Departing from the Faith

Priest's pedophilia a 'disability,' gets benefits

02/26/2014 07:23
Star Tribune exclusive: Archdiocese gave pedophile salary, disability benefits, expenses and consulting work.. After the Rev. Gil Gustafson was convicted of child sex abuse 30 years ago, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made sure he was financially secure for decades to come. The church...

Church offers prayers after same-sex weddings – but bans gay priests from marrying

02/19/2014 11:47
 Gay couples who get married will be able to ask for special prayers in the Church of England after their wedding, the bishops have agreed. But priests who are themselves in same-sex relationships or even civil partnerships will be banned from getting married when it becomes legally possible...

Gay Baptist minister sues for right to wed

02/19/2014 11:16
A Kentucky Baptist minister and gay-rights activist filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard — who with his partner, Dominique James, was fined 1 cent for trespassing in November for refusing to leave a county clerk’s...

Same-Sex Marriage Causing Dispute Among United Methodists

02/10/2014 22:07
The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for...

Virginia Church Invites Members To Worship Nude

02/10/2014 21:53
A Virginia church is encouraging members to worship in the nude. Members of White Tail Chapel in Ivor, Virginia, believe the word of God is far more important than what they do or do not wear. Pastor Allen Parker, who often preaches in the nude, said the policy allows people to worship more...

Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly to Again Consider Israeli Divestment Proposal

02/10/2014 21:39
A recommendation to divest from companies that do business with the nation of Israel will be considered by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at its General Assembly this summer. The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States will again entertain a divestment proposal, after narrowly voting...

Praise the Lord and pass the beer, change is brewing among American Christians

02/10/2014 05:55
 Something is brewing among American Protestants, and it has a decidedly hoppy flavor. For much of the last century in the United States, Protestant Christianity’s relationship with beer was cold or even hostile at times. Protestant organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union...

Columnist gets voted out of Christianity

01/30/2014 06:59
Gary Dannenberg Nixa When we moved to the Springfield area a few years ago, I loved the small town atmosphere and the ability to read opinions from locals. I was regularly amused by the musings of Local Voice columnist Roger Ray. As time went on, as I found that Ray was a Christian and, even...

Birds attack peace doves freed from pope's window

01/26/2014 18:14
Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds. As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from...

More Methodists Pushing Rebellious Gay and Lesbian Envelope

01/25/2014 21:33
Almost daily, evidence mounts of defiant United Methodist clergy breaking church law on behalf of gays and lesbians as the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination struggles with what may be its most vexing rebellion in decades. Consider:     A retired seminary president, the...
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False Christs and Religions

Black Mass Planned for Oklahoma City

07/03/2014 22:31
For the second time this year, a public “Black Mass” is being planned—this time in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma City Civic Center website, the event is planned for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. The website announces: "The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's...

Better than Scientology? The new Zuckerberg-based religion

05/27/2014 07:22
If you live in the Bay Area and suddenly, momentarily, lose your self-belief, there is always a religion to pick you up. You have a choice of either the established organizations, with their ornate meeting places, or you have the more modern faiths, which might have as their foundation anything...

Wicca growing in Popularity

06/23/2013 08:46
Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King. We take a look at the often misunderstood Wiccan religion. Recently they’ve made inroads into popular acceptance, but practitioners...

Pet owners turning to psychics

06/15/2013 21:52
It's the age-old and seemingly answerless question: What in the world is my dog thinking? And one that has spawned a growing market not only of scientific research but of everything from decks of pet tarot cards to television and radio shows and books by pet psychics and animal trainers. Whether...

Hare Krishna sect is alive and well

06/03/2013 07:06
Nestled in the verdant, bucolic foothills of northeast Stokes County is a tiny religious community. It's called Hare Krishna, and a closer look at its beliefs finds more similarities than differences between it and the world's other major religions. Like Christians, the Krishnas believe in leading...

Scientology cult increasingly active on social network

05/30/2013 06:45
Not only with stalls in the cities, but also in social networking sites touting the controversial Scientology organization to members. The constitutional protection in Baden-Wuerttemberg warns is often difficult to identify who is behind the websites.   "Social...

Former IT Specialist Claims To Be Jesus Reborn

05/29/2013 21:05
A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia.   Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his home near the small town of Kingaroy in the state of...

Alien Space Cathedral Ran by Church of Scientology Discovered in New Mexico

01/02/2013 20:02
The Church of Scientology has allegedly built an alien space cathedral in a New Mexico desert. The allegation comes from BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney in his new book, "Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology." According to Sweeney, the cathedral is home to the writings of...

Warren Jeffs' Followers Preparing for End of the World; Authorities Concerned

01/01/2013 00:05
Warren Jeffs has told his followers to prepare for the end of the world, and authorities are taking his warning seriously. They are monitoring those communities that are still loyal to Jeffs in case something has been planned for a specific date. "The consensus seems to be that [Jeffs] is...

One world religion in the making?

07/15/2011 21:25
The three main pillars of the "New World Order" that the global elite want to bring about are a one world economy, a one world government and a one world religion.  A lot of attention gets paid to the development of the first two pillars, but the third pillar gets very little ...
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