Professor Believes Historical Christian Martyrdom is False

A professor at Notre Dame is gaining fame for her new book in which she claims many of the stories of Christian martyrdom from the early period of the church are actually exaggerations and untrue. She claims to be a practicing Catholic and “expert in Christianity,” and that this book is not an attack on faith, but on historical inaccuracies. But it’s easy to see how something like this could minimize the persecution of historical Christians while simultaneously encouraging greater persecution of Christians world-wide. And with the amount of persecutions Christians are facing at the hands of Muslims, communists, and others world-wide presently, encouraging greater persecution is not desirable. A recent article reports:

“…advancing some bold claims, the professor holds that the so-called “Age of Martyrs” was, at least in part, fictional. This was the time-frame before Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the fourth century — a period during which many allege that believers were brutally murdered by Roman authorities. Stories are often told today of the plight that these individuals faced. But Moss believes that many of these narratives were exaggerations used to push back against heretics, to inspire believers and to gain support for church funding.” We continue to defend religious freedom in West Virginia, and seek greater freedom for Christians world-wide. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Do Evangelical Churches Talk About Homosexuality?

A new book coming out discusses the method in which evangelical churches discuss homosexuality, or don’t. A recent article describes the book: “Jeff Chu describes himself as gay, partnered, relatively politically conservative, and a member of a relatively liberal New York City congregation in a relatively conservative denomination (Reformed Church in America). He is far from his Southern Baptist upbringing but, once in a while, finds himself wondering ‘whether my homosexuality is my ticket to hell, whether Jesus would love me but for that…’”

I find this interesting because in my experience with pastors this is a topic many try to avoid. They don’t want to offend the young, liberal Christians in their congregation, or seem too “political,” so they simply avoid the topic. I find it puzzling since it is a biblical moral issue. The idea that sexuality is purely political is absurd. It was God that created man, including his sexuality, and laid guidelines for how that sexuality was to be expressed. To avoid this topic is to leave a gaping hole in the theological worldview of a congregation. At the same time, it leaves the only people talking about homosexuality as those who support it and believe it is possible to be a proud, practicing homosexual and a Christian. No wonder our churches and our society are in such a mess; the shepherds are asleep. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Atheists Distribute X-Rated Book, Young Women Targeted for Abortion on Facebook, Hope for the Gay Undergrad

Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles from the weekend you might have missed. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

ATHEISTS TO DISTRIBUTE ‘AN X-RATED BOOK’ TO PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS TO COMBAT CHRISTIANS’ BIBLE GIVE AWAY

There is a marked difference between religious people and atheists: religious people generally just want to share their beliefs with others in an attempt to cause them to pause and consider their thoughts. Atheists however, seem to just want to discredit religious people and don’t really care about “converting” anyone to their “beliefs.” For example, after religious groups were allowed to hand out Bible in public schools in Florida, a local atheist group associated with the Freedom from Religion Foundation demanded to be allowed to hand out their own materials. But is it because they want to “convert” students to atheism? Nope, they want to, according to one recent article “Our effort is to ensure the county realizes this is the wrong policy.” The group went on to say that because religious groups were making schools a “battleground” by handing out materials, they were going to counter their efforts. So, if I understand them, they are suggesting that it’s acceptable for them to push their beliefs on students, but not Christians. And, they want everyone to accept their beliefs and respect them for it, but they don’t want to offer the same courtesy to Christians. No wonder they seem so angry, they are really confused. Click here for original article.

Young Women Targeted on Facebook With Abortion Advertising

Parents, before you let your daughters have a Facebook account without oversight, consider that Facebook is now advertising abortion services. A recent article reports: “Beginning January 1, women in the UK logged into their Facebook accounts and surprisingly found targeted ads offering to help them ‘Find an abortion provider near you.’ The ads directed women to a website listing of abortionists’ offices and facilities offering abortion services. There is even a section designated for finding a late-term abortion ‘specialist.’ The site itself is biased and misleading. In the frequently asked questions section, it asks, ‘Is it dangerous to have an abortion?’ The website falsely claims that childbirth is far more dangerous than abortion. Multiple research studies have confirmed the opposite—abortion is a far greater risk to women’s health.The next time Facebook asks “how are you feeling?” tell it you are feeling “pro-life.” Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Planned Parenthood’s Bullying Tactics Subject of New Book

Former Susan G. Komen Vice President Karen Handle has written a book detailing the ordeal she and Komen endured at the hands of Planned Parenthood. Despite what the media chose to report on the Komen decision, then retraction, to end funding to the abortion business, the real story needs to be told. As one article reported:

“The firestorm started when Komen decided to review its grants to other organizations for the purpose of determining which grants were effectively used to fight breast cancer. Since Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) provided no mammogram services, the approximately $700,000 annual grant from Komen to Planned Parenthood fell into the category of non-impactful grants and was slated to be eliminated. According to Karen, when Komen reached out to Planned Parenthood and explained its position, all signs pointed to an amicable break between the organizations. Instead, Komen was completely blindsided by the wrath that was unleashed against it by the media,Hollywood, and executives at PPFA. As Karen related, Planned Parenthood offered up Komen as a sacrificial lamb to protect its abortion agenda.” Planned Parenthood is an abortion business, a bullying abortion business worthy of closed doors. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is It OK for Christians to Read “50 Shades of Grey”?

50 Shades cover photoConsidering the popularity of this book and the fact that at least two more in the series will be published, in addition to a movie, the attraction this book has for women – even Christian women – is without question. What is in question is whether it is right, good, and healthy for women, particularly Christian women seeking to live a holy life, to read such material.

If you are unfamiliar with the book, take a look at my friend Pastor Matt’s brief overview and comments. It should tell you enough to be educated on the subject. Here’s another review I found helpful.

A recent article interviewed a young Christian student about whether or not she has read or will read the book dubbed “mommy porn.” Her response:

“Some of my friends have read it but I decided not to because I just heard about the content and didn’t think it was something I should be reading…I think that it’s kind of contrary to what the Bible says about fleeing from sexual lust and temptation.”

Marissa Elliot, however, a self-described evangelical Christian, read the book about a month ago and has another opinion:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

New Book Seeks to Expose Planned Parenthood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/15/2012

If anyone knows the inside scoop on just how much of a bully Planned Parenthood is, Karen Handle, the former executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is that person. After helping to develop a grant funding strategy that sought to best use the funds Komen received, the organization announced that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive funding from Komen because they did not do mammograms. After all, Komen was sending funds to Planned Parenthood for mammograms and the abortion business doesn’t even perform the service. So it seems legitimate that Komen would send funds for mammograms to other groups that actually perform the service. What followed was nothing short of a bullying campaign by Planned Parenthood and the media. Now, after stepping aside so Komen can refocus on their mission, Handel is releasing a book that aims to set the record straight and expose Planned Parenthood for what they really are: bullies. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Religious Freedom in History: A Review of “The Harbinger”

By Tom Stark, 05/16/2012

The HarbingerAs I write this, it is literally4 a.m.and I am seriously wide awake.  I went to sleep before11 p.m.but awoke from a disturbing dream.  Is what has been happening inAmericathat far away from a bad dream?  We have drifted, no run, so far from our roots of religious freedom and our Christian roots that it is difficult to recognize the country we have become.

Did you know, for example, that the first official act of the first Congress, immediately following the first inaugural address of George Washington was to follow him in a procession from Federal Hall inNew York Cityto St. Paul’s Chapel where he led the Congress in a prayer of consecration – yes, consecration of the nation – to the work of God, and a prayer of thanks to God for His guidance and blessings on the formation of our government?

Did you know that in that first inaugural address,Washingtonwent so far as to say,

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained.”?

Religious freedom sounds quite abstract when spoken alone – without context – but carries with it an obligation when set in the surroundings of our everyday lives.  Religious freedom is what prevents the government from telling us what to believe or whom to believe in.  It does not force us to believe anything.  Rightly so, since beliefs are personal and should be voluntary in order to be meaningful and sincerely held.

We write countless articles about the many attempts to suppress religious freedom in 21st centuryAmerica.  Why, dear readers, do we think this is happening?  Is it some broad conspiracy?  Is it misguided progressives who hold humanist beliefs?  Is it all about the atheists attempting to impose their fictional “separation of church and state” on the rest of us?  I submit that while all of the above are happening, not necessarily in concert, but simultaneously, they are instrumental rather than causal.  Confused?  So was I…until…

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.