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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UK Doctor Wants to Be Like China – One Child Policy

A mother in the UK went to her doctor for some medicine, what she got was a lecture about how having multiple children is irresponsible. A recent article shares her account: “He then started talking about how the country is overpopulated and anyone who has more than two children is irresponsible…He started going on about how this country should be like China where people are allowed only one child. I was shocked to be having this conversation. I went in for some antibiotics and came out with a lecture. He started saying that in a few years’ time the Government wouldn’t be giving out benefits as much.”

When the abortion culture permeates a society it is a logical and easy step into the ideology that things like infanticide and euthanasia are acceptable. It also becomes easier to believe that children are a curse and having more than one or two is “irresponsible.” I suppose people with two or three kids already should be discouraged from adopting. And those who came from large families and now desire one of their own should be “retrained.” There was a time when children were considered a blessing. I think we need to get back to that mindset. 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.

Despite Initial Victory – Marriage Redefinition in UK Not Sure

Though the initial vote moved a bill to redefine marriage in the UK forward, the final outcome is all but sure. Despite a number of “conservative” MP’s backing the bill, Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a defeat as most of his party voted against it. A recent article comments on the bittersweet victory and the potential fall-out as the bill continues:

“Just a few months ago, if we had predicted this result, no one would have believed us, but our clear and simple message that these proposals are undemocratic and will lead to all sorts of unintended consequences has struck a chord with ordinary voters and now scores of MPs. We have consistently warned the legislation contains no safeguards for those who work in the public sector. Top lawyers, with a track record of winning against the Government, have said the quadruple lock is not sustainable and instead of trying to answer these questions the PM remains hell bent on ramming this bill through Parliament in a dangerously short period of time. Mr Cameron hopes that this matter is now settled. He is wrong. His attempts to distract those in his own party and the wider country from the fall out will fail. More importantly this is not the end of the fight against these ill-thought through and divisive plans.” 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.

American Churches Be Warned – Lawsuits Are Coming

Churches in the UK are preparing for the possibility that refusing to perform a same-sex “marriage” ceremony might very soon be a crime. If the government decides to legalize same-sex “marriage,” there is a very real chance that soon after churches will be forced to perform ceremony’s for same-sex couples or face criminal charges. As one article explains, It is

“inevitable that gay couples will seek the right to marry in Church and that Churches will refuse to permit them to do so, there will, very soon after the introduction of gay civil marriage, be a challenge in first the domestic courts of England and Wales and then in the European Court of Human Rights alleging that the exclusion of gay people from the right to have a religious ceremony of marriage is unlawful discrimination against them on the grounds of their sexual orientation. [T]here is a very strong likelihood that the Court at Strasbourg will agree that it is an unlawful discrimination on those grounds and order the United Kingdom to introduce laws which will force Churches to marry gay people according to their rites, rituals and customs.” 

In other words, legalizing same-sex “marriage” is just another step in the process of demanding that everyone – churches and people with religious objections included – accept and affirm homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle. Will we allow this to happen in the U.S.?

 

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.

Pastors and Churches Facing Persecution – Are We Next? (Video)

destroyed Russian churchIs America on a path to see churches denied “charity” or “non-profit” status for its specific doctrines? Will we see the day when our buildings are bull-dozed in front of us because the government doesn’t approve? These might sound like far-fetched ideas that no freedom loving country would ever allow. And yet they are taking place in “free” countries where the government “approves of and accepts” all religions as equal.

Watch the video posted below for a chilling preview of what America could be in store for. Now, before you dismiss me as a conspiracy theorist speculating outside the realm of the possible, just consider the current transformation taking place in America.

A mere 25 years ago America was leading the way in religious liberty as we boldly told the world that the wall of “separation of church and state” was impenetrable and the government would never interfere in the matters of the church. People around the world looked with envy on America and our high regard for religious liberty. The Chinese, North Koreans, Cubans, those in the middle-east, and even many in Europe could only long for what America offered.

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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.

Creation vs. Evolution Sparks Public School Controversy

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/26/2011

Martinsburg, WV – When I read stories such as this one regarding Intelligent Design and Creationism being taught in the classroom I can’t help but be sickened by the intolerant discrimination taking place. Displaying outrageous levels of hatred for opposing views, especially the view that God or an “intelligent designer” could have created everything, we see further proof of hypocritical double standards.

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Where did it all come from? "In the beginning God, created..."

A small group of atheists and scientists, led by Sir David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, are asking UK officials to restrict education in public schools by prohibiting the teaching of creationism and Intelligent Design. The group calls such teaching “unacceptable.”

What I find to be unacceptable is limiting the free exchange of ideas in an environment where education should trump politics and discrimination should have no place (maybe we need a good anti-discrimination policy for this).

The group is saying that “Creationism and intelligent design are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly funded schools.” And for this reason such teaching should be banned.

Well, let’s consider this for just a minute. One of the most foundational principles to the scientific method is observation. Without observation science will reject a theory nearly every time; of course Darwinian evolution has a death grip on many scientists today (though that trend is changing and many young scientists reject the poor theory).

My question is who observed evolution? At what point in time has anyone ever witnessed a fish crawl out of the ocean because it miraculously grew legs and lungs for breathing air? Or when has anyone ever seen a monkey get up and walk upright out of the zoo because it completed its evolution to becoming a man. And if this is such a concrete ‘theory” then someone needs to tell me when it ended? If monkeys became man, when did they stop becoming men?

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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.

Teen Sexuality Caused by Sex Education?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/10/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Here’s a bit of interesting new as reported by the UK Telegraph. A conservative MP, Nadine Dorries, would like to include some extra teaching in compulsory sex-education classes that focuses on teaching girls  “how to say no” to sexual pressure. Seems like a great idea to me.

Ms. Dorries gave some reasons for her proposal stating:

“…society was ‘saturated in sex’, with pupils currently being shown how to put condoms on bananas and self-diagnose diseases but not to reject sexual advances altogether. The early sexualisation of girls was being fuelled by television references to sex, newsagents stocking pornographic magazines and high street stores that sell provocative items such as padded bikinis for seven-year-olds.”

She’s got a point. Society, not just in the UK is saturated with sex. It seems you can’t turn on the television or turn the street corner without seeing sex being sold in some way or another. Stressing caution and abstinence to our teens would seem to make logical sense in order to safeguard and protect our kids.

I have said on numerous occasions that the best way to end high rates of teen pregnancy and STD’s is to teach responsibility and abstinence as part of public sex-education. Ms. Dorries agrees:

“The answer to ending our constant struggle with the incredibly high rate of teenage sexual activity and underage pregnancies lies in teaching our girls and boys about the option of abstinence, the ability to ‘just say no’ as part of their compulsory sex education.”

 Inevitably when I write something on this topic a very well-meaning person will comment that just because kids are taught explicit sex-education in schools doesn’t mean it is encouraging them to have sex. Sigh. Well-meaning indeed but sincerely wrong.

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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.

A Stern Warning: Is This Where America is Heading?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/03/2011

Martinsburg, WV – The following article appeared in a UK newspaper last week. It carries a grim picture of where America could be headed if we continue to ignore the threats of the radical homosexual agenda, liberalism, religious persecution and intolerance and other dangers found in liberal legislation. Read it and ask if this is the America we want to see.

 Is this equality? As a lawyer I never thought I’d have to defend Christians in a Christian nation.

Is this the kind of religious freedom we want in America?

I wanted to be a barrister for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be an advocate, to give a voice to those in society who could not help themselves.  

I wanted justice to be done and believed that our great British legal system, founded on Christian principles, would secure such justice.

I never imagined that my skills as a lawyer would be used to defend Christians for following their faith in 21st Century Britain. 

In the UK, Christians are beginning to experience discrimination that leads to them being marginalised and losing their jobs. Over the past three years more than 100 have suffered after wearing a cross, sharing their faith, even offering a prayer.

Why is this? I believe it is because, as a nation, we have forgotten our history and Christian foundations – our very identity. The legal and political elite tell us that we have now ‘grown up’ and are a secular nation. 

This rings hollow for many of us. Even those who might not attend church regularly still – the majority of them – identify with the great faith that shaped our nation. 

Christian principles are clear-cut and easy to understand. They espouse life, joy, forgiveness, freedom, tolerance and justice. These principles are good for all and we are poorer as a society when we reject their source.

The social reformers of the 19th Century who made Britain great – Wilberforce, Fry, Peel and Rowntree, among others – were compelled by their love for Christ and built on the foundations of preachers such as Wesley and Whitefield of the 18th Century.

Most of the great advances in public life, in healthcare, education and social provision, came as a result of Christian conviction.

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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.

Can Anyone Answer This Question?

By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/17/2011

Sex education in public schoolsMartinsburg, WV – I have just one question. If someone can answer this question for me in a way that makes some sort of sense I would be most grateful. The question is “Why do elementary age kids need to know about masturbation and oral sex?” There it is, let the answers begin.

I was talking to a friend the other day, a young man that will soon be ready to begin settling down and starting a family. Except that he is not all that interested in starting a family. Why? He said, “I don’t know that I want to bring kids into a world as messed up as this one is.” It’s a very honest sentiment from a young man looking around and wondering where all the common sense and respect has gone to.

Right on the heels of that conversation I read this article about a European government that wants to make sex-education mandatory (read, no one is exempt or allowed to “opt-out” for religious reason regardless of your objections) and their very explicit materials. These materials include:

Resources recommended for primary school children that show images of full frontal nudity, including erect penises, and illustrations of couples having sex, alongside detailed explanations. Other resources for children as young as five describe masturbation and oral sex.”

Indulge me for a moment and allow me to ask my question again. Why do elementary age kids need to see, hear, or know about this stuff?

We have a rating system on television programs designed to keep these sorts of images away from our kids. We have a rating system on music so they don’t hear certain things being discussed. We have a rating system on our movies so they don’t see or hear images and dialogue too mature for their age. We have software and tools to block internet content that is not intended for “anyone under 18 years of age.” And yet we want to put images far worse than what they would see on television or movies right in front of them and call it “education.” Where is the common sense?

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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.

Is Marriage Dead? Should We Celebrate?

By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/14/2011

Martinsburg, WV – I get the joy of reading lots of commentary and watching lots of video of liberals and progressives that ooze contempt for the traditional values and morals that helped shape this land and make America the greatest nation on earth. And, it stinks. That people would utter such ignorant drivel is maddening. To ridicule the foundational pillars of our great society is to prove that you have no idea of how and why America is and has been the envy of so many other countries and peoples (Let’s face it, if America wasn’t so great people would not be trying to get in here illegally, or at all).

With that said, when I ran across this piece by a peach of writer on the subject of marriage I was no less irritated by an obvious lack of understanding of how traditional marriage helped shape some of the greatest generations in our nation’s history.

A Ms. Jill Filipovic, writing at the UK based Guardian published a terribly misleading piece on how traditional marriage was not that great for families; children in particular, and for that reason we should “celebrate” now that “traditional marriage is blessedly deceased.”

I won’t take time to dissect her thoughts one by one, but I want to address a couple of her points that I believe are especially egregious. The author makes several statements in her article that make absolutely no sense to me at all. In fact, it would be easy to say that seem obviously absurd to think, much less put down on paper.

Commenting on the role of the modern day father Ms. Filipovic says “some men don’t want to spend their whole lives in offices or factories and instead want to get to know their kids, marriage evolved.” This is a smack in the face to the countless number of father’s that spent their life working hard to provide for their families – even through economic, political, and cultural difficulties – while fulfilling the role of father in a commendable way. Is she implying that it is impossible to work full-time, or to work in “offices or factories” and be a good father? Are single parents – regardless whether mother or father – working two jobs to provide and keep a roof over their kids’ head unfit parents? To imply that because a parent, especially a hard-working father seeking to provide for his family, is not interested or able to “get to know their kids” is unfair and unfounded.

A particularly offensive claim made by the author deals with the legalization of abortion:

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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.