How Many Are Leaving the Faith?

It’s popular in the media to talk about how many people are leaving the faith. It seems mainstream outlets enjoy emphasizing how many people are leaving the faith in an effort to marginalize religion in our society. But does the data really support this claim? Focus on the Family sought to answer that question, and what they found might surprise you. Their recent report finds:

“Pew Research recently found that 18% of young adults leaving their faith altogether and another 20% are switching from one faith to another. This latter cohort, while leaving individual churches, are not leaving their individual faith. They might be switching to a church across town or to one near their college campus. With more young adults switching than leaving, it’s odd very few are talking about those switching. In fact, many, we suspect, have been counting them along with those who are leaving. Also interesting is the huge difference between conservative, Bible-teaching churches and mainline Protestant churches. The General Social Survey, perhaps the most academically-trusted source for demographic data back through 1972, recently noted a 2.2% decline in mainline churches and a slight 0.6% increase among conservative churches (from 1991 to 2012). Perhaps most interesting is what Pew learned about those leaving their faith. Pew asked those leaving if they ever had a strong faith as a child. Only 11% said they did. The other 89% said they never had a strong faith in the first place.”

This is useful information for those ministering in churches weekly. It’s encouraging to us all. 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: Catholic Teacher Fired After Gay Wedding, House Votes to Defund ObamaCare, Media Ignores Planned Parenthood Fraud

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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.

Catholic high school cans teacher after his big, gay wedding

In a state like California, this is sure to start some controversy. But this is an important story and the results of the events taking place could have ramifications for us all. It seems a Catholic school employed a homosexual teacher for a number of years, and knew he was gay. But then he decided to get married in a very public way and pictures were published in the local newspaper. The Catholic school then decided not to renew his contract. The school said their decision was based on doctrine: “While the school does not discriminate against teachers or other school employees based on their private lifestyle choices, public displays of behavior that are directly contrary to church teachings are inconsistent with these values.” This, to me, is a very tentative position to take. If a faith-based school is going to employ a homosexual and say that their “private life” is of no consequence to them, but then fire that same teacher for making his private life public, it seems inconsistent. Not just morally and biblically inconsistent, it seems legally inconsistent. What I am most concerned about is the possible challenge to the church’s autonomy in hiring based on adherence to doctrine for churches. The Hosanna-Tabor case has set a precedent, but as we’ve seen recently, that doesn’t seem to be an obstacle for the Obama administration and our current Supreme Court. This is one to watch. Click here for original article.

House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from enforcing ObamaCare

The House of Representatives is trying once again to defund ObamaCare and prevent government over-reach into healthcare. A recent article reports: “The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law. Members approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act in a 232-185 vote. Four Democrats supported the bill along with every Republican.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem any of the representatives from West Virginia voted for this much needed measure. Americans have overwhelmingly displayed contempt for ObamaCare and desire to see it repealed and replaced with measures that will actually benefit hard-working families. Republicans in the House have responded by trying to defund ObamaCare, which would effectively halt enforcement of the bill, but Democrats have continued to push it through despite its harming effect on health care and the economy. One has to wonder, if this bill is so great for Americans, why is Congress exempting themselves and their staff from it? It seems to me if it was truly a great bill they would set the example and be the first to follow its requirements. Actions speak louder than partisan rhetoric. Click here for original article.

Mainstream Media Ignores Massive Fraud at Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Our readers know by now how much I detest Planned Parenthood. Those who try to convince me that they “do some good” quickly get my response of “I don’t go to the garbage can to find a little ‘good food.’” Planned Parenthood has done more harm to women and children in America (and the world) than most organizations. And they are doing it with the help of President Obama and out tax dollars. Speaking of our tax dollars, Planned Parenthood is abusing our money.  You wouldn’t know that Planned Parenthood is setting fraud cases in various states because the mainstream media isn’t covering it. They love Planned Parenthood and will quickly cover for them. Not us. We are seeking to bring the abortion industry into the spotlight, fraud and all. Next time you pay your taxes, remember that Planned Parenthood will get a lot of your money and will then abuse it, the media will cover it up, and President Obama will then give them more. Click here for original article.

Majority of Americans Back 20-Week Abortion Ban, Women More Than Men

As liberals continue to claim conservatives are waging a “war on women,” a new poll shows that a majority of Americans support a ban on abortions at 20 weeks. A recent article says:  “A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit.” The best part about this new poll is that it shows the 20 week abortion ban is supported by more women than men. So if conservatives are waging a war on women, why are women supporting a 2o week abortion ban? Oh, that’s right, because people in general, but women specifically know that unborn children, not masses of tissue are growing inside them. And to subject that very real human to the torture of abortion after 20 weeks when they can feel pain, would be inhuman. Click here for original article.

New poll: Born again evangelicals by far most likely to support a child’s right-to-life

Bonus: A new poll shows that evangelicals are the group most likely to be pro-life and support restrictions on abortion. It must have something to do with recognizing that every person is made ‘in the image of God” and that whole “thou shalt not kill” thing. Click here for original article.

Public college freshmen forced to read comic book starring lesbian, child molester

Bonus: Before you send your high-school graduate to a public university, make sure you know what he or she will be reading and learning. The list of “required reading” for incoming freshmen includes books that better belong in the trash. Click here for original article.

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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.

Did You Know: 53% of Americans Oppose 99% of Abortions

A recent poll reveals that a majority of Americans oppose nearly every abortion. While the media likes to tout the “virtues” of abortion and criticize the “war on women” by pro-life advocates, once again poll results show a different story. An article at LifeNews.com shares the encouraging results:

“The poll found 47 percent of Americans identify themselves as pro-life while 49 percent say they ‘pro-choice’ on abortions. But when respondents are asked to identify exactly where they stand on abortion, using a list of six different positions, those two labels are shown as not representative of where Americans really stand on abortion. Most Americans oppose abortion for most reasons, the Polling Company survey found:

Abortion should be prohibited in all circumstances: 11%
Abortion should be legal only to save the life of the mother: 14%
Abortion should be legal only to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest: 28%”  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.

Poll: Do You Believe Homosexual Behavior is a Sin?

Life Way Poll“Do you believe homosexual behavior is a sin?”

That’s the question a Lifeway research team recently asked Americans as part of their ongoing polling of American’s and their position on homosexuality. The answers from 2011 and then again in 2012 are reflected in the graphic embedded in this article.

An article at The Blaze.com breaks down the responses:

“LifeWay Research conducted a survey back in November — the results of which were released on Thursday. The organization asked respondents, ‘Do you believe homosexual behavior is a sin?’ Forty-five percent of the American public said that it is not, with 37 percent answering affirmatively, and an additional 17 percent saying that it did not know which side to select.”

The most interesting part of the statistics is not in the fewer people that believe homosexuality is a sin, it is the fewer people that (from 45% to 43%) that believe it is not a sin, and the much larger increase (from 13% to 17%) that say “I don’t know” if it is a sin. There seems to be great turmoil brewing in Americans over whether homosexual behavior and actions can be labeled, biblically, as sin.

People often quip “Jesus didn’t say anything about it” as a defense for homosexuality. True, He didn’t explicitly say anything. But Jesus also didn’t say pornography was wrong either and yet I’m not subscribing to Playboy anytime soon. Jesus didn’t say anything about drugs, movies, guns, MMA, 50 Shades of Grey, and many other things in our culture. He did however remind people that God created them “male and female” (Mark 10:6-9). Also, Jesus never condones homosexuality. But an argument from silence is the weakest of all arguments. It assumes a conclusive position is unknowable; this is patently false.

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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.

Engaging Weekend: Is Charleston WV One of America’s Most Biblically Minded Cities, Photos From March For Life in D.C., Pastor Mark Driscoll Doesn’t Believe Obama Knows God, Shelley Moore Capito Leads Race to Fill Rockefeller Seat

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 see them.

America’s Most and Least ‘Biblically-Minded’ Cities

Where does Charleston, WV fall on this scale of the most and least biblically minded cities? A recent article shares the purpose and variables of the study: “The study, based on 42,855 interviews conducted nationwide, attempts to determine the overall openness or resistance to the Bible in the country’s largest markets. The report ranks the most and least ‘Bible-minded’ cities based both on weekly Bible reading and who strongly asserts the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.” The fact that Charleston is on the list surprised me, which list it was on surprised me even more. My takeaway from this is that if Charleston is going to be on this list then I think we need to see some policy action that reflects the values they supposedly affirm. Click here for original article.

PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY’S MASSIVE PRO-LIFE RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The recent March for Life saw a record number of people march in Washington, D.C. to show our lawmakers that Americans support life. More than 500,000 people ignored the cold weather to make a statement. As The Blaze.com: shares; “Thousands of pro-life demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. The annual event took on added significance for many in the crowd since it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion in some circumstances. The demonstrators, carrying signs with messages such as ‘Defend Life’ and ‘Defund Planned Parenthood,’ shouted chants including ‘Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.’ They packed the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March of Life.” Click here for original article.

Mark Driscoll on Inauguration Day: Obama Likely Knows Neither God nor Bible

Many people watched President Obama put his hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution at his second inauguration last week. But for many, the fact that he placed his hand on the Bible, claims to be a Christian, then speaks of abortion rights, supporting marriage redefinition, and other policy positions that stand in opposition to the Bible leaves a bad taste in our mouths. But, as one article shares, at least one pastor in America is willing to vocalize what many of us are thinking: “Arguably the most impassioned remark came from Pastor Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., who wrote that Obama knows neither God or the Bible. ‘Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know,’ Driscoll tweeted. The Mars Hill Church pastor’s tweet was retweeted by more than 2,100 people.” These honest sentiments are shared by many as we see the fruit of our president’s life, which does not line up with Scripture. But it should also cause us to pray for our president, that God would encounter him, and show him the truth. Click here for original article.

Poll: Capito has wide lead over possible challengers

According to The Hill.com: “The Harper Polling survey found Capito leading each possible Democratic challenger by double digits. The poll found Capito leading Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) 50 percent to 31 percent with about 18 percent saying they are not sure. In a matchup between Capito and former Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.), Capito leads 53 percent to 19 percent with 27 percent saying they aren’t sure. The Harper Polling survey also found Capito with a wide lead against West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Robin Davis (D), 51 percent to 24 percent with about 24 percent saying they are unsure.” Keep an eye on this race as it will become a very important one for the 2014 mid-term elections. Liberals will aggressively seek to retain the seat while conservatives will eagerly seek to place someone like Capito. With a closely divided Senate, and a number of seats up for grabs, you can be assured that every race is significant. Click here for original article.

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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.

POLL: Americans Want More Restrictions on Abortion

A new poll says that Americans want to see more restrictions on abortion. While Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby want us all to believe that Americans overwhelmingly support all abortions all the time, the data – not to mention voting booth – tells another story entirely; a true story. A recent article notes:

“Four decades after the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Roe v. Wade, a new Marist poll provides more details about Americans’ attitude on abortion, with 83 percent favoring significant restrictions. The poll reveals that support for significant abortion restrictions has increased by four points since last year — rising from 79 percent to 83 percent. Of the 83 percent who support significant restrictions on abortion, 10 percent believe abortion should never be permitted; 12 percent believe abortion should be allowed only to save the life of the mother; 34 percent would restrict abortion only to cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother; and 27 percent would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy.”  The truth is, the pro-life message is winning in the fight to defend life. 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.

Opinion Poll Seeks to Mislead Youth on Homosexuality

Public polling is an excellent means of gauging the views of people on a particular topic. But when the purpose of the poll is to mislead people into taking a specific side on a controversial issue in order to manipulate public opinion, the poll is no longer a useful took but a corrupt deception. Such is the case in a recent story out of the UK where a youth organization sought to manipulate the opinions of other youths through a deceptive email poll. A recent article states: “The use of manipulated opinion polls is an old strategy to manipulate public opinion. The trick is very simple: you tell gullible people that ‘everybody thinks X’, and they will start asking themselves whether they, too, should think X. It is in the human nature to swim in the mainstream. The ‘European Youth Parliament’ (EYP), a youth forum funded with taxpayer’s money by the European Commission, has now followed the example set by the grown-ups. They sent around an e-mail saying the following…” 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.

The Prescription is in: Doctors Prefer Romney Over Obama

A recent poll of doctors reveals that an overwhelming majority prefer Romney over Obama – 53 percent to 33 percent. It can easily be concluded that doctors understand how harmful Obama’s policies, such as ObamaCare and the HHS mandate, are to their practices and the  medical field in general. It’s not a stretch to conclude that current policies aim to make every medical professional a government employee rather than an independent practitioner. We all see how poorly this has turned out in Europe and Canada. A recent article reports: “In a new poll of 4,681 physicians provided to Secrets, the doctors favored Romney 53 percent to 33 percent for Obama, with 12 percent undecided and the rest backing a third candidate. But sole practitioners polled from the MDLinx doctor base were quizzed about the candidates, 58 percent chose Romney to 28 percent for Obama, an indication that private doctors are worried about the impact Obamacare will have on their practices.” ObamaCare is bad policy and bad business. 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.

Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record Hurting Him in Swing States

No one doubts this election is critical, or that it could be a close one. And it seems the most pro-abortion president in America’s history could have trouble in swing states thanks to his overwhelmingly pro-abortion voting record. A recent article states: “Likely swing voters in battleground states are repelled by President Obama’s record on abortion and religious liberty…The results of the new poll show:

  • A majority of swing voters (54%) are less likely to vote for President Obama after learning that he voted against a law to give equal treatment and constitutional protections to babies born alive after a failed abortion (35% much less likely).
  • After learning of President’s Obama’s record of opposing equal treatment and constitutional rights for babies born alive after a failed abortion, women (53%), independents (46%) and pro-choicers (43%) said they would be less likely to vote for the President.
  • By a margin of 2-to-1 (49%-25%), likely swing voters in battleground states say they are less likely to vote for President Obama based on his inclusion of taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare.
  • Swing voters overwhelmingly reject (69%) the HHS mandate that forces faith-based institutions to violate their beliefs and provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Forty four percent of voters said they are much less likely to vote for the candidate who imposes such regulations.”

It’s really simple, for anyone claiming to be pro-life it is an insult to vote for President Obama. He has done nothing at all to stem the culture of death and works closely with Planned Parenthood to advance abortion both in the U.S. and abroad. 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.

Wanna Know More About Pulpit Freedom Sunday? Watch This Video. Take This Poll

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/20/2012

If you are a pastor and have no idea what Pulpit Freedom Sunday is all about, and want to learn more, you’ve come to the right place. The video here will give you more information and invite you to take part in this growing movement of pastors that are refusing to stay silent and be intimidated by the government or the IRS. The short video below will explain exactly what this event is and is not. You can also hear from other pastors that are participating and why you should consider taking part in this grassroots movement to end unconstitutional intimidation of churches and pastors. Watch the video and prayerfully consider joining the thousands of other pastors that are standing for truth. You can also take part in a short poll by clicking this link. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

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.