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September 27 2017 By dvirtue Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev has a warning for the West

Opening his talk with an acknowledgement of Christian persecution throughout the world, and armed with research figures hewn from recent PEW polls and other studies, Hilarion painted a grim but up-to-date and accurate picture of what Christianity is currently facing due to migration and Western secularization, and also what the future of Christianity will look like without a deep and strenuous effort at evangelization.

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September 26 2017 By dvirtue Prof sounds alarm over same-sex 'studies' on children

Regnerus is sounding the alarm on research quietly published in the "Archives of Sexual Behavior."

There, researcher Bruce Rind has led studies suggesting there was no noticeable difference in long-term regret, shame or other negative reactions when compared to the teenagers' long-term response after having sex for the first time with boys or girls of the same age.

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September 21 2017 By dvirtue The return of clandestine marriage?

While there were times when clandestine marriages were pursued for reasons that a conscientious observer might have found ethical, they were a source of abuse wherein people would marry secretly, consummate the marriage, and then one party -- the man, let's be honest -- would deny the marriage had taken place.

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September 21 2017 By dvirtue Donald Trump at UN: President accused of 'hate speech' but evangelicals praise 'best speech ever'

The bombastic speech to the UN's general assembly in New York was greeted with a number of disapproving murmurs from delegates and several members states rounded on Trump afterwards.

Iran's foreign minister Javid Zarif accused the President of 'ignorant hate speech' which he said belonged in 'medieval times' and not at the UN.

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September 15 2017 By dvirtue Transactivism Is Hurting Your Children

This is both compassionate and reasonable, and it's how we handle other situations when an individual suffers from a handicap or disorder. We do our best to help them, but we don't turn the world upside down for them.

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September 14 2017 By dvirtue Biblical Law, Grace and 'Gay' Recidivism

Though I have never experienced same-sex attraction, I attended several Exodus conferences and other functions and was deeply impressed by the glowing Christian character of many of its members and the overpowering presence of the Holy Spirit, especially during their worship in music. I have always had a special place in my heart for "gay" strugglers and have ministered to many individuals over the years as an aspect of my Bible-based Christian activism.

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September 12 2017 By dvirtue Are White Evangelicals Really in Decline? Scholars Dispute PRRI Findings

"The decline that they (PRRI) show in their survey doesn't match what we see in other surveys that are of higher quality and are seen as more accurate," Grant told The Christian Post, citing a General Social Survey graph of "white (not latino) 'Born Again'" Christians, which shows a mostly flat line from 2004 to 2016 at around 20 percent.

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September 05 2017 By dvirtue Having Sex Has Nothing to Do With Your Identity

What we are finding is the redefinition of what makes humanity special -- yet it is in the fundamental degradation of humanity itself. Rather than highlight that which makes humans unique in all of creation (i.e. that we are moral, emotive, psychical beings bearing the Imago Dei), Western society highlights that which makes humanity similar to all other mammals: sex.

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August 31 2017 By dvirtue The Nashville Statement

This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin?

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August 29 2017 By dvirtue Outspoken critic of same-sex practices leaves Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The seminary and the professor "mutually agreed to end their relationship" effective this past Monday, the East Liberty school said. Mr. Gagnon, 59, was a tenured professor of New Testament and had been on the faculty for 23 years.

"We appreciate the contributions Professor Gagnon has made to our students and the community during his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," a seminary statement said.

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