What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey

Christian, What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey

American evangelicals are “deeply confused” about some core doctrines of the Christian faith—and the fourth-century heretic Arius would be pleased, according to a new survey.

For the third time, Ligonier Ministries has examined the State of Theology in the United States, conducted by LifeWay Research and based on interviews with 3,000 Americans. The survey, also conducted in 2014 and 2016, offers a detailed look at the favorite heresies of evangelicals and of Americans at large.

Ligonier wanted to know what Americans “believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible.”

“Overall, US adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs,” stated the ministry. “For example, a majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that he rose from the dead.

“However, they rejected the Bible’s teaching on (1) the gravity of man’s sin, (2) the importance of the church’s gathering together for worship, and (3) the Holy Spirit,” stated Ligonier. For example:

  • More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans disagree that the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation—and 58 percent strongly disagree. Ligonier finds this “alarming.”
  • A majority of US adults (58%) said that worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church. Only 30 percent disagree.
  • A majority of US adults (59%) say that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being.

Ligonier cites relativism for such a “casual outlook.” In the survey, 6 in 10 Americans agree that “religious belief is a matter of personal opinion [and] not about objective truth”—and 1 in 3 evangelicals (32%) say the same.

When it comes to Americans with “evangelical beliefs” [see below for LifeWay Research’s four-part definition], the survey found that a majority say:

  • Most people are basically good (52%)
  • God accepts the worship of all religions (51%)
  • Jesus was the first and greatest being created by God the Father (78%)

“However, all these beliefs are contrary to the historic Christian faith,” stated Ligonier, citing Romans 3:10 on sin, John 14:6 on God, and John 1:1 on Jesus. For example, while an overwhelming 97 percent of evangelicals do believe that “there is one true God in three persons,” 3 out of 4 of them attempt to give Jesus first-place honors even though that belief “has been rejected by the church down through the centuries.”

Ligonier noted:

Strangely, while most evangelicals strongly believe in justification by faith alone, they are confused about the person of Jesus Christ. On one hand, virtually all evangelicals express support for Trinitarian doctrine. Yet at the same time, most agree that Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God, which was a view espoused by the ancient heretic Arius.

Arius was condemned at the Council of Nicaea in 325, and again at the Council of Constantinople in 381. Yet the number of American evangelicals who agree with his view has increased from 2016, when 71 percent agreed and 23 percent disagreed, to today when 78 percent agree and 18 percent disagree.

“These results show the pressing need for Christians to be taught Christology, especially as the outcome has gotten worse since 2016,” stated Ligonier. “There is a general lack of teaching today on the person of Christ, a doctrine for which the early church fought so hard.”

(Editor George Duke commented that because of indoctrination on the accepted Trinity many are confused because it is hard for them to understand 3 seperate people sitting on one throne when the word of God is clear. If you would like to know more about the real Trinity then study his bible study on “The Apostolic Trinity vs the Accepted Trinity.”  He reveals that the Trinity is one person Body Soul and Spirit, Since God existed eternally as the supreme  Holy Spirit, the Father of creation, in order for him to pay the price for our sins he created a body to dwell in. His body being created for his Spirit was called the Son of God.  For God (Spirit) was in Christ (Body) reconciling the world unto himself. and you are complete in HIm not Them. ) Most of my books contain the teaching of the Apostolic Trinity.

      


Pastor Andrew Brunson Reveals Which Bible Passage Helped Him Endure Turkish Prison

Pastor Andrew Brunson Reveals Which Bible Passage Helped Him Endure Turkish Prison

Pastor Andrew Brunson revealed in an interview how his faith and a specific passage in the Bible got him through his two-year imprisonment in Turkey.

Pastor Brunson is an American Pastor from North Carolina who worked as a pastor and lived in Turley for 23 years before he was detained in 2016 with his wife.

Brunson’s wife, Norine, revealed in an interview with CBS This Morning that she was released after 13 days in prison, but her husband would be held for two years.

The North Carolina Pastor was officially charged with espionage and being a part of a terrorist group and earlier this month he was released on time served. Brunson adamantly denies these claims, but still following his arrest and release, he had to leave Turkey to come back to America.

The Pastor sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning to talk about his experience and time in prison.

Brunson noted that for a while he was in solitary confinement saying, “There was very little contact with the outside.”

He continued, “I could see Norine, for example, 35 minutes a week through window glass talking by phone. She actually is very strong and had to take me through this emotionally and spiritually. She was the only one I could receive truth from. So, when she would come in, she would encourage me and that is what would keep me going through the next week.”

Brunson was eventually moved to an overcrowded prison where he shared a cell for eight people with 20. 

Brunson told the hosts that it took some time before he was allowed to have any books, let alone a Bible. But, when he was finally given a Bible, he said 2 Timothy got him through the hard parts of his prison stay.

“I read 2 Timothy where Paul talks about suffering and finishing the race well,” Brunson said. “This became my prayer. I want to be faithful and endure and finish well.”

Though the experience was trying for the couple and their three kids, Brunson said, he knew God would use this experience for good. “I believe that God was involved in this for us, because I think of millions of people who prayed for Turkey during that time.”

Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Mark Wilson/Staff

Video courtesy: CBS This Morning


     

Who really launched caravan ‘invasion’ of America?

Immigrants from Central America making their way to the U.S. border (Screenshot CNN)

The media would have Americans believe that thousands of Hondurans spontaneously got together for a 2,000-mile march to the United States, where they expect jobs, social services, education and more.
But the reports leave unexplained how the “invasion,” as talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh described it, is being funded.

Rush Limbaugh described it, is being funded.

Certainly there are hot-button political issues involved, including the Democrats’ aim to make President Trump look bad if he separates illegal alien families who cross into the U.S.

Democrats, meanwhile, accuse the president of using the invasion to divert attention from their talking points on health care.

The origin of the caravan, however, likely won’t become clear until it’s revealed who is coordinating the campaign.

“They’re trying to make this look organic, but it can’t be! It can’t be organic! Something like this has to be planned,” Limbaugh said. “And so I’m asking myself, who’s behind the planning? I’ve asked the question, well, they have to eat. Well, they have to use the bathroom. Well, there’s some kids there without their parents,” he said Monday.

He said “rich Democrat donors” anxious to embarrass the president could be behind it.

“It could be that they want to demonstrate the cold-heartedness and the mean-spiritedness of Donald Trump by having him do what he said he would do, not let them in. Basically shut down the border. If the Democrats are thinking that, man, oh, man, do they not get it,” he said.

Limbaugh said that for Democrats to get a political boost from the caravan, something bad would have to happen to someone in it.

Then, he said, the media and the Democrats could blame Trump.

Otherwise, he said, the caravan is “a microcosm” of what got Trump elected.

He said Democrats may also be hoping Trump will do nothing about it.

“They might be rolling the dice that Trump isn’t gonna do anything because they think they’ve rattled Trump with their stories earlier this year about how he separated families at the border and how Trump didn’t like that narrative and didn’t want it to last so he did what he could to change it.”

No matter the politics, there is someone behind the scenes “making this happen,” he said.

“We’ve got how many? Two-thousand miles? Stop and think of this. From Honduras to the southern border of United States, Arizona, is around 2,000 miles. Seven thousand people one day just decided to start walking to the United States 2,000 miles.”

He said another possibility is that the drug cartels are involved.

“But there has to be political involvement here, too, because money has to be available. There has to be money being spent on this. So you’ve got 7,000 people who all of a sudden decide, all of a sudden, ’cause nobody saw this coming. And there was no advance word of it. Seven thousand people decide to start walking 2,000 miles.”

He described the necessary accommodations for such an entourage.

“We don’t see pictures of where they’re using the bathroom. We don’t see pictures of them gathering or getting food and eating it. I mean, look, in random video you might see some people chewing things, but we don’t see how this is being handled. We don’t see the Porta-Potties. We don’t see. … And are they just urinating in rivers and streams, and what would the environmentalist wackos think about that if that’s happening?” he wondered.

“Every time you see a caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Remember the midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

He said police south of the border apparently are unable to stop the movement and warned “Middle Easterners” may be in the mix, noting ISIS members have been caught in the region in recent years.

Megachurch Pastor James MacDonald Poses as Homeless Man

Image credit: James MacDonald/Facebook

Well-known megachurch pastor James MacDonald recently posed as a homeless man stationed outside several campuses of Harvest Bible Chapel before Sunday morning services to see just how his congregation would react to his presence.

MacDonald, who founded and leads the megachurch in the Chicagoland area, posted a video of the experiment to his Facebook page Monday. He told his congregation he was blown away by the treatment he received as he crouched next to the door of the church campuses, donning a gray, mangy beard as he leaned against a TJ Maxx shopping cart overstuffed with his life’s belongings.

“The closer a person is to us and the less common the struggle, the easier it is to love,” the pastor explained in the video. “[H]ow common is homelessness? How frequently is the homeless person someone dear to us personally? Never.”

Moments later, the undercover MacDonald is seen walking into the church sanctuary, pushing his shopping cart in front of him. When he reaches the pulpit, MacDonald removes the fake, raggedy beard and oversized coat, revealing his true identity.

“Do you know that your father in Heaven is giving the same graces to the person that is hardest for you to love? He is giving it. He doesn’t play favorites. He is giving the grace to everyone,” he said. “If we are going to love like our father in Heaven loves, we don’t get to play favorites. By favorites, I mean, so often we love the people when there is some benefit in it for us.”

The crux of MacDonald’s message — and the intention behind his brief social experiment — was to show his congregation that it’s “hardest to love when the problem is most common and the people are least known.”

Many of the interactions he had with his fellow believers, though, left him “crying inside that beard.” MacDonald then showed a highlight reel, revealing a number of congregants praying with him, bringing him food, handing him cash and inviting him inside the sanctuary.

“I dressed up as a homeless man and sat outside our church,” he said. “What I witnessed blew me away.”

The Arabs Are Coming, The Arabs Are Coming – to Congress

Editor George Duke’s comment (While Trump is in White House look what is happening? )

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim running for a House seat in Minneapolis; Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American Muslim running in Detroit; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, running in the Bronx and Queens; and Leslie Cockburn, running in Virginia, are all part of a new fragment of the Democratic party which has “dared to breach what has been an almost inviolable orthodoxy in both political parties, strong support for Israel, raising the specter of a crack in the Democratic Party that Republicans could use to attract Jewish supporters,” according to Catie Edmondson, reporting on Sunday for the New York Times (A New Wave of Democrats Tests the Party’s Blanket Support for Israel).

But These candidates are not necessarily made from the same cloth. The realities of political life in America and whom you turn to for campaign support (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), as well as the fact that 18 leading members of the Democratic caucus in Congress once stood on Mount Sinai together (the one in the Wilderness, not on Fifth Ave.), have modified considerably the positions these new wave progressives are pushing regarding the Jewish State and its relationship with the US.

Ilhan Omar, who in 2012 tweeted that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings,” and this year argued that condemning the “Israeli apartheid regime” was not a form of anti-Semitism, last summer told a candidates’ forum at a Synagogue that “It is going to be important for us to recognize Israel’s place in the Middle East and the Jewish people’s rightful place within that region,” and “I believe right now with the BDS movement, it’s not helpful in getting that two-state solution,” because “I think the particular purpose for [BDS] is to make sure that there is pressure, and I think that pressure really is counteractive. Because in order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that stops the dialogue.”

Rashida Tlaib / Photo credit: candidate’s Facebook profile image

Rashida Tlaib is a different story altogether. Having lost the support of J Street, last August she told In These Times she supported a one-state solution that would, in effect, end Israel’s unique status as a Jewish state. “It has to be one state,” she said. “Separate but equal does not work.”

According to Middle East Forum, Talib’s campaign funding—she raised more money by far than any other Democrat in the 2018 primaries, more than $1.3 million—come from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Emgage USA – Empowering Engaged Muslims, the Muslim-American Society (MAS), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Last May, Talib said on Facebook: “It cannot be our foreign policy to tolerate the killing of Palestinians. Send me to Washington and I’ll use my unique lens on this issue to be a voice for peace.” No, it doesn’t look like she’ll be a voice for peace, but her voice would be plenty anti-Israeli.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Photo credit: candidate’s Facebook profile image

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got herself into hot water in the spring, when a PBS interviewer asked her to defend her statement that condemned Israel for defending itself against rioting Arabs along the Gaza Strip border, calling it a massacre – until the candidate backed down sheepishly and admitted she was not an expert on foreign policy, and could somebody please educate her.

In August, it looked like somebody had gotten to her: Ocasio-Cortez was cheered by the crowd at an event hosted by the Immigrant Arts Coalition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where she spoke about every issue of concern to Democrats, without uttering the words “Jew” or “Israel.”

Leslie Cockburn / Photo credit: candidate’s Facebook profile image

Leslie Cockburn, not an Arab, but the author of an anti-Israel, if not worse, recent book about Israel titled “Dangerous Liaison,” about the “secret ties” between the US and Israel. We didn’t read it, but the NY Times reviewer wrote that the book, “supposedly a history of the secret ties between Israel and the United States, is largely dedicated to Israel-bashing for its own sake. Its first message is that, win or lose, smart or dumb, right or wrong, suave or boorish, Israelis are a menace. The second is that the Israeli-American connection is somewhere behind just about everything that ails us.”

So now you know.

Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, told the Times he wasn’t worried: “We’re talking about a handful of people; they’re certainly not going to move Congress’s wall-to-wall support for Israel. Could it turn into a ripple? Perhaps. You have a unique combination of forces right now.”

Habler raised a different concern, namely that Donald Trump’s friendly relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu is getting Israel’s image “caught up in the anti-Trump fervor, which is not fair to Israel.”

We’ll survive.

Or WILL WE?

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‘Deeply religious’ Chelsea Clinton: ‘Un-Christian’ to end legal abortion

To Kill your Baby or not to -That is the question?

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Self-proclaiming herself to be a “deeply religious person,” Chelsea Clinton contended in a Thursday interview that it would be “un-Christian” to end legal abortion in America.

During an interview, Signal Boost Co-host Jess McIntosh – an intersectional feminist – asked the former first daughter about how she was able to stay positive in her fight to keep abortion legal in the United States – as it has been since the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.

“How do you keep going in the hopes that your daughter doesn’t have to have this fight?” McIntosh asked Clinton in the SiriusXM interview, according to The Daily Wire.

Modern-day champion of morality?

The daughter of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton replied that her moral decision to choose right over wrong is what drives her determination to champion abortion.

“Every day, I make the moral choice to be optimistic that my efforts and my energies – particularly when I’m fortunate enough to be in partnership with fellow travelers – hopefully will make a difference,” Chelsea Clinton answered, according to The Daily Wire. “And when I think about all of the statistics – that are painful – of what women are confronting today in our country, and what even more women confronted pre-Roe [v. Wade], and how many women died and how many more women were maimed because of unsafe abortion practices, we just can’t go back to that.”

She went on to indicate that she was a devout Christian and that her religious-minded conscience drives her to make the moral commitment to make sure abortion is not ruled legal in the U.S.

“That’s unconscionable to me,” the young Clinton continued, according to Townhall. “And also, I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction – but as a deeply religious person, it’s also un-Christian to me.”

Clinton’s remarks were initially spurred at the progressive event by a line of questioning regarding the impetus behind her motivation to aggressively promote abortion while the other side of the debate passionately defends the sanctity of human life … and her response indicated that she believes pro-life advocates are on the immoral side of the argument.

“I look at my children and I have to quote [World Bank President] Jim [Yong] Kim: ‘Optimism is a moral choice,'” Clinton shared, as reported by The Washington Examiner.

Chelsea: Economic benefits of abortion

The pro-abortion Democrat continued to portray the pro-life movement in a negative light when she claimed that she received considerable backlash and hatred last month regarding her controversial comment that keeping abortion legal contributes to economic improvement.

“American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added $3.5 trillion to our economy – right?” Clinton asserted in her controversial comment at the time, according to Townhall. “The net, new entrance of women – that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973.”

She still remained unapologetic about this view on Thursday – reaffirming her argument for abortion as the superior economic choice for women.

“[O]ur ability to participate fully in our society – including economically – hinges on our ability to be able to make choices for our bodies and our families,” the abortion activist insisted.

Co-host Zerlina Maxwell banded with McIntosh and Clinton in their condemnation of the pro-life movement.

“With the feminists all in agreement, they bonded over their disdain for pro-lifers – whom they described as ugly trolls,” The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo reported.

In fact, Maxwell depicted Clinton as a victim of pro-life advocates’ sinister persecution.

“You handle the hate pretty well,” Maxwell commended Clinton, according The Daily Wire. “Anti-choice folks are really some of the ugliest – and gun lovers, too.”

Clinton basked in the sympathy while complaining about pro-life advocates’ opposition to her ultra-left abortion platform – as she tried to reason that being “Christian” means putting one’s career above the life of preborn children.

“[I’ve been] compared to slave owners and Nazis [for] having the temerity [to support abortion on demand],” Clinton informed her supportive interviewers.

Roe on fire?

The abortion debate has been rekindled ever since President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS appointee Brett Kavanaugh arrived on the scene, with Democratic leaders alarming other abortion activists that he could upturn the nation’s highest court’s infamous 45-year-old ruling, which has resulted in the terminated lives of some 60 million preborn children in America.

“Abortion rights have been thrust back into the spotlight amid Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the Examiner’s Naomi Lim recounted. “Clinton headlined a ‘Rise Up for Roe’ event in New York City last month in opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

Democrats are fearful that the left-leaning balance of SCOTUS – that pushed forward the legalization of same-sex “marriage” and numerous other pro-LGBT legal privileges – will be in great jeopardy if Kavanaugh joins the bench and leans it toward the right.

“Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court in the country would cement the conservative majority on the bench,” Lim added. “His confirmation is likely to herald an era in which the 1973 landmark opinion will be narrowly applied to cases before the court.”

 

Just a Missionary by Editor George C Duke

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Here are some pages from the book which can be purchased on www.Amazom.com/ or Kendle.comImage result for Every Member a Missionary imagesThere have been so many Missionaries that have done so much for the work of God in reaching the souls of mankind throughout the world. I want to share with you some of the Missionaries that I met while I was a Missionary in the UK. Many Missionaries pay a high price in order to obey God and their calling. Remember that a Pastor, Preacher, or even a Missionary is human just like you and I. Also many times their children suffer because of the parents calling.  We should recognize that when one becomes a missionary it is a decision that they make but their children do not always have a choice. They must go where their parents take them and many times they become the often unrecognized missionary in the family. They suffer much for that calling of God placed upon their lives because of their parents. Many times I have had to listen to my children speak about persecution in the school by teachers or other children just because they were American or a Christian. I would like to dedicate this book to my children and thank them for all the work that they did to help Carol and I to be successful Missionaries. My heart reaches out to them for their suffering and pain because God called me to be just a Missionary.  God bless each of you Mark Clifford Duke, Debra Ann Duke Dominguez, Susan Lorraine Duke Goodhall, and Rebecca Elizabeth Duke Schadt.

Baptism of Billy Graham

One Sunday night we arrived at the Conservative club Hall and found a family waiting for us to have service. It always is a thrill to have new people to attend a service. When I introduced myself to them, they told me that they were the Graham family. The man was Billy Graham and his wife and family. Later when I gave the altar call the whole family came forward and sought the Lord and after the end of the prayer at the altar, Billy asked me if he could come over and meet with me at my home. We agreed on a time and when they arrived, Billy had a note book full of questions that he wanted to speak to me about. Most of these involved Baptism in Jesus name and the gift of the Holy Ghost. He then spoke and asked me about our teaching on who Jesus Christ really was? I must have answered all his questions proper because before he left he asked me to baptize him and his family in Jesus name for the remission of their sins. On Saturday afternoon they came to our home and I was thrilled as I baptized each one of them in the name above all names.

INDEX

Song Who do you say I am

Foreword

Every Member is a Missionary

My Appointment as a Missionary

Arrival on the Field

Resurrection of Sister Barker

Missionary Roy Lindo

Missionary Hilda Allen

Irish Club

Move to the Townfield House

The Guild Hall

The Missionary Taco?

Wycliffe Bible Center

Hari Krishna Missionaries ?

The Missionary Tithe

Tithing the past the present the future

Song It’s For Me

The Baptism of Billy Graham

The U.S. Air Force

The Specialist

Overseas

I Married an Alien

The End of my Air Force Career

The British Board

Missionary Mervyn Muller

Missionary S.G. Sappleton

Missionary David Campbell

Missionary Fred Turley

4 Views of Revelation

Power point Lesson pictures

Missionary James Dallas

Missionary Leroy Francis

Trinity Reformed Church

Tent Crusade in the Park

Missionary Dennis Beedle

Missionary Michael Joules

Missionary Arlo Mohlenpah

Missionary On Deputation

The Texas Mission

Fake Tongues

The Return of the Missionary

The Attempt in Newport Wales

The Lydney Church

Missionary Helen Diamond

Missionary Fred Plumb

Missionary Paul’s Excerpt

Missionary Robert Phillips

Missionary Don Johnson

Song I can’t Complain

The Falkirk Report

Apostolic Creed

Accepted trinity Vs Apostolic Trinity

Missionary Harold and Vivian Caffee

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