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August 12 2016 By dvirtue Heroes of the Faith * Kansas Bishops get Push back on Guns in Churches * ACC Sec. Gen. Blasts Western Revisionism * Gunmen attack bishop's house in Juba * New Anglican church opens in Virginia * CAPA gets new orthodox African leaders

Salvation concerns persons. To call socio-political liberation 'salvation' and to call social activism 'evangelism' - this is to be guilty of a gross theological confusion. It is to mix what Scripture keeps distinct - God the Creator and God the Redeemer, the God of the cosmos and the God of the covenant, the world and the church, common grace and saving grace, justice and justification, the reformation of society and the regeneration of men.

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August 06 2016 By dvirtue GAFCON Primates Weigh Future in Communion * Hold Your Nose and Vote, says Billy Graham * TEC Seminaries Lowest attended in Nation * High Suicide Rate Among Married Homosexuals

"For all who had hoped that attendance at the January, 2016, Primates' Gathering might restore godly order to the Communion, the results were clearly discouraging. Gafcon is fully committed to guarding the unchanging truth of the Gospel, and restoring the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion. In due course, the Gafcon Primates will take counsel and together make a decision about the wisdom of attending future meetings," said the release.

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July 29 2016 By dvirtue Sex Scandals Break out in UK, Australia * LA Bishop Bruno faces Ecclesiastical Trial * Western Mass. Diocese Appoints Rabbi * Anglican mission agency United Society will reclaim USPG * ACC and APA talk Unity

Evangelical Christianity has long been known for its emphasis on theological orthodoxy, a high view of Scripture, and an adherence to sound doctrine. Indeed, one of the defining distinctions between evangelicals and theological liberals over the past few centuries was the fact that evangelicals took the Bible seriously and saw sound doctrine as essential for the Christian life. These were distinguishing features of evangelicalism and unashamedly so. But all that is now being undone.

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July 22 2016 By dvirtue ACoC Vote on SS Marriage a Comedy of Errors * GAFCON leader urges Irish Church not to change teaching on Sexuality * TEC San Joaquin Diocese forced to sell Properties * United Methodists roll over on Gay Marriage * Episcopal Divinity School to close

The Anglican Church of Canada would be a sitcom of comedic errors if it wasn't for the fact that the destiny of souls is at stake.

As you all know the Synod of the ACoC voted last week to change its canons to include same-sex marriage, even though the Old Testament, New Testament, Jesus himself and 2,000 years of church history have never embraced the idea and would not call it marriage by any stretch of the imagination.

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July 16 2016 By dvirtue ACoC Synod Nixes then Approves Same Sex Marriage * TEC takes San Joaquin * CofE Shared Conversations deemed success by ABC * Bishop Bell Pedophile charges Upheld * Evangelicals Back Donald Trump * Church of South India Leaders examined for Fraud

"They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion" -- Psalm 84:7. This is an encouragement to finish well in life, to keep going and to believe the later years can be more fruitful than the former years --- Pippa Gumbel

These [Canadian] Anglican bishops presiding over the decrepit remnants of old liberalism's assault on their churches appear ready to hammer the last nails into their own coffin of spiritual apostasy and cultural irrelevance. --- Joe Boot

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July 08 2016 By dvirtue Polls Say News Bad for Church in America:But New Plants Thrive with True Believers * CofE faces Critical Moment at Synod over Gay Marriage: Pastoral Accommodation Considered * Kenyan Priests accused of Homosexuality * Episcopal Church home to 300 Muslims

Many of the faithful are now unfaithful: they do not come to the liturgy at all. To use the words of St John Paul II: many Christians are living in a state of "silent apostasy;" they "live as if God does not exist". Where is the unity the Council hoped to achieve? We have not yet reached it. Have we made real progress in calling the whole of mankind into the household of the Church? I do not think so. And yet we have done very much to the liturgy! --- Cardinal Robert Sarah

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July 01 2016 By dvirtue TEC Bishops fall into Gnostic Trap over Sexuality * PB Says NC Must Repeal Trannie Toilet Act * West Missouri Bishop Seeks PB Intervention. Canon III.12.10 invoked * Theologian says CofE has disordered understanding of Pastoral Care * Bishop Salmon Dies

Envy, vanity and pride. Envy is the reverse side of a coin called vanity. Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself. --- John R.W. Stott

Dear Brothers and Sisters
July 1, 2016

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June 24 2016 By dvirtue Trump Trumped by Evangelical Leaders * Dean Drapes LGBTI Flag over High Altar * CofE Seeks Third Way over Homosexuality * Votes shy of Majority needed for ACoC on Homosexual marriage * 'God is Gay' says Poet Laureate * 2018 GAFCON Conference in Jerusalem

Over 50% of gay men's relationships are sexually non-exclusive, while lesbian women are more typically wedded to serial monogamy. A Ministry of Justice response to my Freedom of Information request for same-sex divorce statistics provides an early indication of a probable trend. For every gay male couple that filed a divorce petition, 3.2 female couples did so!

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June 17 2016 By dvirtue TEC Bishops Fail to Recognize Islamic Threat in Orlando Killings * Washington Cathedral to keep Confederate Windows * Mississippi Bishop Okays Homosexual Marriage * Scottish Anglicans Face Split over SS Marriage *Tutu Nominates Palestinian for Nobel Prize

Five aspects of sin. The New Testament uses five main Greek words for sin, which together portray its various aspects, both passive and active. The commonest is *hamartia*, which depicts sin as a missing of the target, the failure to attain a goal. *Adikia* is 'unrighteousness' or 'iniquity', and *poneria* is evil of a vicious or degenerate kind. Both these terms seem to speak of an inward corruption or perversion of character.

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June 10 2016 By dvirtue GAFCON Chairman Sets Sights on CofE * CONCORD, NH: St. Paul's Faces Lawsuits from Angry Parents * TEC Exec Council Gets Financial Wake-Up Call * CofE heads for Demographic Rapids * Homosexual CofE Dean Blasted for Centurion/Servant Sodomy Claim

How can people with stained consciences draw near to God? It's relevant because there's one thing that modern life and scientific progress and psychological therapies and medical discoveries have not made the slightest advance in solving. And that is, what is God's work in this "time of reformation" and this text all about? (Heb. 9: 1-14). It is all about how people with stained consciences can draw near to God. -- John Piper

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