Atheist “Churches” Popping Up Around the Country

In a twist of irony I’m not sure even makes sense, atheists are seeking to start churches around the country. When a movement by two atheist comedians in the U.K. caught steam, they decided to bring their form of “religion” to the U.S. and duplicate their churches of unbelief. Now, meetings are happening in many cities around the country and some atheists are left scratching their heads. One article reports the comments of an atheist on this idea:

“The idea that you’re building an entire organization based on what you don’t believe, to me, sounds like an offense against sensibility…There’s something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism.” It seems even atheists get blasted by their own for doing things that not everyone agrees with. What is so ironic about this whole scenario is that these atheist “churches” are doing many of the same things religious churches do: sing, coffee, meet and greet, offerings; and yet they are doing from a position of non-belief.

I feel sorry for these people. They are seeking to belong to a community and engage in practices that will empower and validate them as people. Yet they never realize that their church will at some point become a hollow waste of time because it begins and ends with man, rather than placing Christ at the center. Click here for original article.

 

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Did Russell Moore Really Call for Christians to Pull Away from Politics?

Russell MooreThe Wall Street Journal recently published an article in which it seeks to advance the notion that evangelicals should “pull back from politics and the culture wars.” In order to further this idea the Wall Street Journal interviews, and badly misrepresents Dr. Russell Moore, the new head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Here is just one “quote” from the WSJ piece that seeks to send a misleading message:

“When Mr. Moore took over in June as the Southern Baptists’ top public-policy advocate, he startled some in the church by declaring as dead and gone the entire concept of the Bible Belt as a potent mix of Jesus and American boosterism. ‘Good riddance,’ he told thousands of the faithful at the group’s annual convention in Houston in June. ‘Let’s not seek to resuscitate it.’”

Such a quote outside of its context would seemingly advocate a position in which it is somehow wrong to be a Christian seeking to advance the Kingdom of God, while simultaneously living as a patriotic American seeking to advance our nation. Is that what Russell Moore was saying?

Many have their doubts that this is the message Moore is trying to send. One of those is Dr. Robert P. George, a personal friend of Moore. Dr. George made the following comment: [Read more...]

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November: A Time to Pray for the Persecuted Church

What group of people is the most widely persecuted in the world? No, it’s not women or homosexuals. Christians are the  most widely persecuted in the world. This fact won’t be talked about on the news or most radio programs, but Christian persecution is at all time highs in the world. November has been set aside as month to pray for the persecuted church as we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask for God’s divine intervention and protection.

Joe Carter, writing at the Gospel Coalition has penned an article discussing at least nine things you may have not known about the persecuted church worldwide. One of the facts Carter mentions is: “The bloodiest attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history occurred in September 2013. Two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in the old city of Peshawar. Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed. The attack left 120 people wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition.” I encourage you to read the article and spend time praying for the persecuted church. 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.

Government Seeking Pastors to Help Enroll People in ObamaCare

Wait a minute, isn’t there some “separation of church and state” thing that Mikey Wienstein, Barry Lynn and other atheists groups are always yelling about? Where are those shrill voices opposing the government’s attempt to get people to sign up for ObamaCare?

“Community organizers are joining pastors across the country to educate and help parishioners sign up for Obamacare. The coordinated initiative, called “Health Care from the Pulpit,” is being implemented by Enroll America, a non-profit with the goal of maximizing ‘the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.’ The program has already reached a number of churches across the nation. In Jacksonville, Fla, Pastor John Newman is among those who invited community organizers from the group to his church to talk about the cost of Obamacare and the enrollment process. During the event, Enroll America invited congregants to fill out cards with basic information about themselves or people they knew who might be in need of health care.”

And the reason the government is turning to pastors? as the article states it is because they know that pastors are a “trusted voice” in their communities. I guess that only applies to ObamaCare since the government vehemently opposes those same trusted voices telling their congregations about ‘political” matters like life, marriage, religious freedom, and where lawmakers stand on such matters. Hypocrisy at its finest. 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: New Effort to Celebrate Abortion Nationwide, Your Tax Dollars Supporting Abortion and Planned Parenthood, Pray for the Persecuted Church

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

Campaign seeks to eliminate stigma of abortion with personal stories

You know what we need to do? We need to have book clubs and dinner parties to celebrate our abortions. Don’t you think? Well, at least one group is calling for women to do just that. They want to “start a new conversation” about abortion that will de-stigmatize it and instead, celebrate it. A recent article states: “Across the country, pro-abortion activists are calling for women to spark a personal, “new conversation about abortion access” in an effort to de-stigmatize the practice…The campaign’s website suggests activists host a ‘casual get-together,’ a ‘dinner or dessert party,’ have a book [club] to discuss the book ‘1 in 3: These Are Our Stories,’ and/or set up a table on campus or in the community to get the conversation going.” Hey, I’m in. I want to de-stigmatize abortion as well. I want to remove the idea that it is “healthcare,” or that it’s a woman’s body and therefore her choice when there is another unique human being involved. However, the thought of thinking that abortion is no different than running errands, changing clothes, or buying a new computer is patently false and offensive. We should be appalled that anyone would want us to think nothing of the murder of innocent children. Click here for original article.

Your Tax Dollars Will Fund Abortions and Planned Parenthood Under Obamacare, Here’s How [Read more...]

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: Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret, Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ, Planned Parenthood Tells Teens Nothing Wrong With Multiple Sex Partners

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

 Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

A shocking story out of New York City happened over the weekend when police, stopping a young woman suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret store, found the body of a dead infant in her bag. The woman told police she gave birth to the child and “didn’t know what to do” so she carried the lifeless body in her shopping bag while shopping. The young woman has shown no remorse or even sense of shame for such a cruel act. But how can we expect people to care when Planned Parenthood continues to tell us that these are not babies, just non-living fetuses, or blobs of cells? A subsequent article states that the child was born alive, asphyxiated, and then carried around in a bag. While the young woman has not yet been charged with murder, it seems hypocritical to charge her with doing what abortionists do every day. What’s the difference between a doctor killing the child or the mother doing it? This is the ironic world we live in when it’s legal for one person to kill a child but illegal for another to kill the same child. Click here for original article.

Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ [Read more...]

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.

Illuminate Sunday: Standing in Defense of Life Statewide

Illuminate-GraphicImage-TextAndWeb-SocialMediaSunday, October 6th was Illuminate Sunday. It was a day set aside to pray for those harmed by abortion and ask God to intervene in our state on behalf of unborn children. Dozens of churches across the state took part in Illuminate Sunday. As pastors preached sermons on the sanctity of human life and need for defending the unborn, people prayed for women and families harmed by abortion and asked God to forgive our national sin of abortion.

We wanted to bring you comments from some of those people that took part so you can see just how far reaching this day of solidarity for the unborn was. We asked people to submit comments on their “Illuminate Sunday experience” and below is a sample of what we received. We thank all the churches and pastors that took part in this special day.

“At [my church] not only were many tears shed in the prayers offered for the victims of abortion, hearing a powerful & bold message from Pastor Scott entitled, ‘The Beauty of Life’ preached from Psalm 139, but also corporate worship of a wonderful & amazing Creator and a celebration of life in the womb.  May the Lord use the Illuminate Sunday Campaign to set WV on the move to be one of the first states in the U.S. to stop the atrocity of abortion.” – Susan, Nitro

“On Oct 6th, as part of our Illuminate Sunday participation, a first ever ‘Life Chain’ took place in Inwood in the middle of a summer-like day in our area.  We didn’t know what to expect since this was the first time an event like this was to be held in our part of the county.  I can most definitely say the Lord showed great favor as we had 5 churches participate and over 100 folks show to support this cause.  The number of youth and children that took part especially encouraged me.  While we had varying denominations with varying doctrinal leanings, all of us by virtue of our attendance agreed in the preciousness of life and to come together as one voice for the voiceless still in the womb.” – Don, Inwood [Read more...]

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.

US Army Calls Christian Group a “Hate Group”

A recent article reports: “Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading ‘No special law for f***.’ American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American service members.”

When challenged, the army instructor told the group that AFA could be considered a hate group because it calls homosexuals sinners. The group was then told that any association with the group could result in discipline. This should be shocking and angering to anyone holding to biblical values, and anyone that believes in the 1st Amendment. The army has absolutely no right to tell service members who they can and cannot affiliate with. Furthermore, the army has no right to declare a Christian organization a “hate group” for simply adhering to biblical morals. If this is the case, every Christian organization, and every bible-believing church in America is now considered a “domestic hate group” for their position on marriage. Outraged yet? Click here for original article.

Update: According to a recent post by the American Family Association: “The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or
doctrine. It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing which included info acquired from an internet search.  Info was not pulled from official Army sources, nor was it approved by senior Army leaders, senior equal opportunity counselors or judge-advocate personnel. The Soldier, after being challenged on the information, recognized that the information was incorrect.  The briefing has been updated and any reference to American Family Association has been removed. Soldiers who attended the briefing will be notified that the information regarding AFA was incorrect. I am unaware at this time about the intervention of an Army Chaplain. We consider the matter closed.”

Is anyone else worried that the military is allowing propaganda to be taught without verifying its accuracy? Glad they “corrected” the situation.

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.

The Importance of Mediation Documents for Churches

A recent article states: “In Spivey v. Teen Challenge of Florida, Inc.…a Florida state appellate court upheld a trial court’s enforcement of a Christian-based arbitration/ mediation agreement, requiring a mother to resolve her wrongful death action against a residential substance abuse program under the agreement that invoked rules of the Association of Christian Conciliation Services. The court observed that ‘private religious arbitration … is exceedingly common in our pluralistic religious society….’ Holding that the mother, as the personal representative of her deceased 19-year old son, was bound by the agreement he signed, the court rejected several constitutional challenges to enforcement of the arbitration agreement.”

This is one of the reasons we encourage all churches to use materials from the Association of Christian Conciliation or the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Such materials are designed to protect religious non-profits and churches in the event of a court case. Especially important for churches regarding how disputes with members are resolved, these documents and guidelines for procedures will create a legal protection from outside or court interference. This allows the church or ministry to conduct affairs in accordance with their biblical convictions and doctrine. 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.

Atheists Attacking Program to Lower Crime

Leave it to atheists to attack a program aimed at lowering crime. Yet, that is exactly what they are doing in Alabama because of a program to bring clergy to crime scenes to counsel people. A recent article states: “Operation Good Shepherd aims to send Christian clergy to crime scenes to counsel victims and witnesses.  The clergy are volunteers. Members of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and American Atheists oppose the program.  They say it raises constitutional concerns because it favors one belief system.”

I don’t see where the atheists have offered any alternatives, just complaints that this “might” violate the constitution. Let me help. First, it doesn’t violate the constitution for pastors to voluntarily go to a crime scene to offer help to victims. Secondly, this seems to be an outpouring of compassion – why would anyone complain about that? Last, atheists should try and find the words “separation of church and state” anywhere in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, of Declaration of Independence. If they do, they can resume their complaining, until then, leave the people trying to help and do good in the world alone. 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.