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Avoiding controversy at all costs has become one of their chief aims in life. They much prefer to sit back and remain silent -- even when their own faith is under attack -- than appear to be controversial, 'negative' or argumentative. So the faith once delivered to the saints is allowed to be flushed down the drain as they seek above all things to just be 'nice'.

Bishop Nazir-Ali calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public

The cleric said a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.

The controversial call from the Pakistani-born bishop, who led the Diocese of Rochester between 1994 and 2009, drew support last night from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Lord Carey said 'oppressive' veils should not become 'normalised'.

John Smyth dies -- just as the CPS gives police go-ahead for his extradition and prosecution

This brings to an end one aspect of a case that began in the 1970s/80s and has many unresolved questions to this day. The accusations against Smyth were many: he has been described as the Jimmy Savile of the Church of England, and, like Savile, the full story only seems likely to come out after his death, following which we will learn how people who 'saw' didn't 'see'; how dots were not joined up, and how wilful blindness descended on institutions which felt that confronting the truth when it needed to be confronted was too painful and too inconvenient for them.

Pope Francis' new teaching on the death penalty rewrites the Bible

I'm not asking for revenge or retribution. I'm not arguing that the death penalty serves as a deterrent. I'm not calling for murderers to be executed so they will be incapacitated and won't repeat the heinous crime of homicide.

Family and Sexual Ethics

It is important to acknowledge that few subjects (if any) are more difficult to address in our culture today than the nature of human sexuality and sexual identity -- not because the subject is taboo, but rather because today's unprecedented sexual libertinism and radical ideological activism regarding sexual orientation and identity have been practically placed above criticism.

THE BLOOD-SHEDDING - PART THREE

It is "Crude". She remarks, "It is tempting to conclude (especially in the case of Anglicans) that the critics are objecting as much to form as to content. The crudity is especially prevalent in "a style of proclaiming the cross associated with appeals to less educated, more credulous groups of people gathered in backcountry churches". Maybe so in some instances. But this allegation is also a bit of a general smear (handed down from on high) on earnest rural believers, who are perhaps sincerely endeavoring to account for the real and stark crudity of the cross.

Barnabas Fund founder Dr Patrick Sookhdeo in unanimous "not guilty" verdict: we reveal the facts

The Snaresbrook trial, which of course took place in a secular court, took an unexpected turn. Seemingly due to a lack of evidence, the prosecution appeared to put Patrick's faith and church practises on trial. Sadly, as has been the case in many recent trials, the police documents that might have helped the defence, either were disclosed during the trial or never disclosed (as the file had been "misplaced").

The culture of death began as an academic exercise

Malthus deplored the large families of the poor and held that the tendency of the working classes to reproduce was largely responsible for their poverty. The large numbers of dependent poor would eventually put a strain on the state and result in bankruptcy. He advised a decrease in population growth through abstinence and delayed marriage. He also advocated the use of artificial methods of contraception as he believed abstinence would not always be observed.

Edinburgh church votes to split from the Scottish Episcopal Church in early sign of schism at decision to support gay marriage

St Thomas' is the latest evangelical parish to quit the official Anglican church in Scotland and back a rival splinter movement in reaction to the vote supporting gay marriage in June last year.

A number of other churches have either left or are considering leaving in the wake of the decision to change the Scottish Episcopal Church's (SEC) definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

UK: Questions arising from the Independent Enquiry on Child Sex Abuse

This raises the following questions.

Where is the safeguarding for Lord Carey and others in leadership? Their position and responsibilities render them vulnerable to making mistakes, and to the desire of those who raise complaints to some form of redress. If a vulnerable woman is tricked or manipulated into inappropriate sex, is she at fault? If a church leader or minister is tricked or misled should not they receive similar understanding?

ELY CATHEDRAL AND THE GREAT APOSTASY

Mark Bonney, the Dean of Ely explained.

"This weekend we will be proudly flying the rainbow flag in support of the first ever 'Pride in Ely' event.

A House for Fruitbombs and Saints

The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have a full-communion agreement for the exchange of clergy between their congregations, so Episcopalians can pastor Lutheran congregations and ELCA pastors can be called as rectors or vicars of Episcopal congregations.

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Groundbreaking Study Finds Majority of Those Seeking Help for Same-Sex Attraction Find It

Stephen Black is the Executive Director for First Stone Ministries. For more than twenty-five years they have collected data and responses from participants who willingly sought help for same-sex attraction, many who had been sexually abused. Those who remained in counseling for a year or more found the greatest freedom. In all cases, those who participated did so volitionally.

The Devolving World of Anglicanism

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion office, Josiah Idowu-Fearon and assorted professional reconcilers believe that they are on the right side of history with the majority of the communion and its bishops behind them.

China demolishes hundreds of churches and confiscates Bibles during a crackdown on Christianity

Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival.

Experts and activists say that as Xi consolidates his power, he is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

THE BLOOD-SHEDDING - PART TWO

This awesome volume is far too extensive to comment upon in detail and the full breadth of its explanatory material, but there seem to be some areas of its treatment that give cause for considerable disquiet, and certain conclusions that appear to subvert essential features of the atonement.

The Spreading Cancer of Cultural Marxism in The West

This highly readable book examines the spreading cancer of cultural Marxism in the Western world through the lens of two stories. One is CS Lewis's 1945 science fiction novel, That Hideous Strength, about a bunch of godless technocrats in the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E) whose goal is the 'scientific reconstruction of the human race in the direction of increased efficiency'. The other is the biblical account of the building of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11.

COMMENTARY ON THE GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Seven: Reaching Out to God's World

God So Loved the World

Our conference theme has been "Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations." We have received the gospel through the faithful witness of previous generations. Yet there are still billions of people who are without Christ and without hope. Jesus taught his disciples: "this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations" (Matthew 24:14).

Torn Between Two Cultures? Revoice, LGBT Identity, and Biblical Christianity

Just a few days ago, a conference was held in St. Louis. The "Revoice" conference was advertised as "supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality."

The name was no accident, as the organizers called for a "revoicing" of the evangelical message on issues of sexuality, sexual identity, and beyond.

Feminism as a Victim Mentality Disorder cannot counter Muslim misogyny

I will argue that modern feminism is a social movement that attracts adherents who are vulnerable to or already possess certain severe emotional problems. In other words, the feminist way of perceiving the world is both an expression of and an encouragement to disordered and irrational thinking. In particular, feminism manifests many elements of a Victim Mentality Disorder (VMD).

Seismic Shifts in Sexuality Now Affects All Denominations * South Carolina Tensions Heighten * Wiesenthal Center accuses Episcopal bishop of anti-Semitism * Ft. Worth Takes Next Step in Litigation * Maryland Bp Seeks Parole * Ch.of Scotland in Free Fall

It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run. Conversion is not putting a person in an arm-chair and taking them easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory --- J. C. Ryle

BARBADOS: Anglican Priest Denounced for Telling Gays the Bible Is Just 'Silly Words'

His words were met by loud applause from parade attendees. Hall also told them they were accepted into the "flock of Christ" and that God is willing to give them the Kingdom.

He also claimed that homosexuality has "always been part of the natural order of things."

In a separate opinion piece for the Barbados Daily Nation, entitled "Time to Live free from Shame," Hall encouraged the local LGBT group to "assert yourselves unapologetically. Write your letters...hold public Christian services...don't be afraid. There are those who will support you -- in the name of Jesus."

COMMENTARY ON THE GAFCON LETTER TO THE CHURCHES Part Six: Reordering the Communion

Global Anglicans, as I have argued, are Great Commission Christians, catholic Christians, and Reformation Christians. None of the climactic events or the classic creeds and confessions of church history have occurred without contention and conflict. The first Council of Jerusalem addressed the challenge of Jewish Christians who questioned St. Paul's ministry to the Gentiles. The Great Councils of the 4th and 5th centuries involved challenges to catholic teaching on the nature of God and Christ.

HOLLYWOOD, CA: St. Mary of the Angels Loses Legal Battle

The ruling means the church will now resume to be under the control of the Anglican Church of America (ACA) and Los Feliz resident Marilyn Bush, who together were the key litigants in the case.

"This has been a very long [six] years finally coming to a close," Bush said in an email. "To say I am delighted is an understatement."

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