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April 10 2019 By dvirtue Pete Buttigieg, Erick Erickson, and Trending #Episcopalians

ERICK ERICKSON @EWErickson: I mean if Buttigieg thinks evangelicals should be supporting him instead of Trump, he fundamentally does not understand the roots of Christianity. But then he is an Episcopalian, so he might not actually understand Christianity more than superficially.

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April 06 2019 By dvirtue When a Former Homosexual Says That They have Been Healed or Changed; What do They Mean?

Ask yourself, "Would a good God really create someone with an orientation to act in ways that He condemns and that does harm to his partners? Would a good God really create someone with an orientation that results in domestic violence rates, substance abuse rates, gay-related disease rates, and promiscuity rates that are off the charts in comparison to heterosexuals? The questions answer themselves.

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April 03 2019 By dvirtue Sowing Confusion on The Christian College Campus: A Troubling Sign from The West Coast

The use of the word "again" or "flip-flops" in the headline chronicles the topsy-turvy tale of Azusa Pacific's policy regarding same-sex relationships. Until last fall, APU had on the books a student behavior policy that upheld a biblical understanding of gender and sexuality. Late in September, the school announced a change in its policies. The new policy would, for example, allow for openly-LGBTQ romanticized relationships among students.

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April 02 2019 By dvirtue Tolerance vs. Acceptance

Full Definition of TOLERANCE
1: capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own b : the act of allowing something: toleration
3: the allowable deviation from a standard; especially: the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece

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March 22 2019 By dvirtue Why banning "conversion therapy" is more dangerous than you think

You might think it's fair enough to ban people from offering 'therapy' to try to 'cure' people from being gay, especially if you take sexual orientation to be basically fixed and attempts to alter it as psychologically harmful. Certainly there are many horror stories, particularly from early 20th century psychiatric practice -- lobotomies, electric shock therapy and the like.

The Church of England's General Synod has voted and called on the government to ban 'conversion therapy'.

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March 22 2019 By dvirtue Evangelicals Show No Decline, Despite Trump and Nones

As Tobin Grant, editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, pointed out: "Changes in religion are slow. No group gains or loses quickly." (The "nones," a popular term for the religiously unaffiliated, being an exception--gaining faster than other affiliations tend to because they pull from multiple faith groups.)

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March 12 2019 By dvirtue Time To Expose the Radical Gender Ideology

And one can see a very clear progression here. As we began tampering with heterosexual marriage and the nuclear family some 60 or more years ago, we saw one thing after another not just legalised but normalised and celebrated. Cohabitation, homosexuality, and now the transgender revolution have all followed in turn. One is rightly fearful to ask, "Just what will be next?"

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March 12 2019 By dvirtue Washington State Tells Churches: Pay for Abortions or Break the Law

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed the suit on behalf of Cedar Park Assembly of God, a Kirkland, Wash., congregation. The suit claims the law violates the congregation's constitutionally protected freedom of religion and displays hostility toward religious groups that oppose abortion.

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March 12 2019 By dvirtue Looked at internationally, what's the status of church policies on gays?

You may have read that in late February the 12.6-million-member United Methodist Church held a special General Conference in St. Louis, seeking to settle its painful conflict over the gay-and-lesbian issue and avert a split. The delegates decided by 53 percent to support and strengthen the denomination's longstanding ban against same-sex marriages and clergy living in such relationships.

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March 10 2019 By dvirtue Christophobia: Met Police arrest street preacher and confiscate his Bible

What is interesting here is not only the arresting officers' ignorance of the law (unless the street preacher is using "threatening or abusive" language [Public Order Act 1986, Section 5], it is entirely lawful), but the rudeness and unreasonableness of their response. They didn't de-escalate; they provoked and worsened the situation.

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