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May 17 2019 By dvirtue Welby's head handed to him by Africans at ACC-17 * Heather Cook gets 'Get out of Jail' card * Durham Parish welcomes Islamic Worshippers * Welsh Anglicans Quash Same Sex Marriage but Reject WO as Litmus Test for Ordinands*9,000 Churches to close in Canada

I loathe the cliche "everyone has a story". Most of our stories are quite wicked and regrettable but we glorify them on the basis of our common humanity without assessing them in light of divine holiness and truth. Demas had his story. Do we soften to it? Judas had his story. Do we respect it? Michael Curry and Jon Meacham have their stories. Do we tolerate them? Repentance in humility and love before God is our lifetime's soul-work down here.

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May 04 2019 By dvirtue Welby puts feelings ahead of truth in Homosexual Angst * Lambeth 2020 Chaos * War of words breaks out in Ang.Comm.* ACNA Archbishop now Chmn. of GAFCON * ACNA and Church of Nigeria sign Concordat * Church of Wales in Ordination Row * REC Bp moves to ACNA

The so-called "Equality Act" that Democrats are now pushing in the House as their "top priority" should really be renamed the "Get the Homophobic and Transphobic Bigots Act." It is the most dangerous bill to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion that has ever been proposed on a national level.

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April 19 2019 By dvirtue Lambeth Leaders Crow over initial 2020 attendance * Parishioners win legal case in St. Paul's Darien run-in with bishop * GAFCON chmn blasts Welby as he leaves chairmanship * ACNA Releases texts for BCP 2019 * Arctic Bp Heads to Irish Parish * ACoC News

The cross and justification. If God justifies sinners freely by his grace, on what ground does he do so? How is it possible for the righteous God to declare the unrighteous to be righteous without either compromising his righteousness or condoning their unrighteousness? That is our question. God's answer is the cross. --- John R. W. Stott

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April 04 2019 By dvirtue Kent University Okays Homosexual Spouses * Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans to Plant GAFCON flag in NZ * ABC backs State Enforced LGBT Relationships & Sex Ed. * Albany Bishop at odds with TEC over Abortion * D.of VT has lesbian priest in mix for bishop

"Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who as a heaven for every body, but a hell for none; a God who can allow good and bad to be side by side in time, but will make no distinction between good and broad in eternity. Such a God is an idol of your own, as truly an idol as any snake or crocodile in an Egyptian temple. The hands of your own fancy and sentimentality have made him.

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March 23 2019 By dvirtue Lambeth Conference Grows more Strident * Persecution not only against Muslims in NZ, but by Muslims against Christians in Nigeria * TEC Bishops hear call to Evangelize * Full Communion between Methodists and Episcopalians in Jeopardy * CofE Faces Oblivion

Once you have abandoned the principle that homosexual intercourse and transgenderism are immoral acts unworthy of federal protection and expansion, you have no case for maintaining a permanent religious exemption for your bigotry. --- Robert A. J. Gagnon, Ph.D.

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March 08 2019 By dvirtue United Methodists Nix Homosexual Marriage * Welby Mounts High-Level Campaign to Induce Orthodox Bishops to come to Lambeth 2020 * UK and US Bishops Blast Welby and Fearon over failed invitations for Same-Sex Spouses * Resolution 1:10 already violated

Empty religion. We need to listen again to the biblical criticism of religion. No book, not even by Marx and his followers, is more scathing of empty religion than the Bible. The prophets of the eighth and seventh centuries BC were outspoken in their denunciation of the formalism and hypocrisy of Israelite worship. Jesus then applied their critique to the Pharisees of his day: 'These people ... honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me' (Is. 29:13; Mk. 7:6).

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February 23 2019 By dvirtue Anglican Communion Erupts over Welby's Refusal to Allow Same-Sex Partners of Bishops to attend Lambeth 2020 * Welby and Okoh line up Bishops for & against 2020 * Homosexuals and Women now Dominate in TEC * Diocese of Maine Appoints First Homosexual Bishop

Intersectionality and identity politics breed division. These ideologies atomize society and drive humanity away from its core and essential commonality. This is where Christians must counter with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture. Only the gospel secures peace and establishes truth. Only the gospel will unite a fractured society. Only the gospel can stem the tide of modernity's downward spiral into chaos and decay. Identity politics is bad enough in the culture.

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February 08 2019 By dvirtue Theologians Challenge B012 * Two State Abortion Laws Rock Christians, TEC Affirms Woman's Right * Heather Cook tries again to get out of Jail * Court Reaffirms LA Bishop's Suspension * Florida Bishop under Fire over B012 Implementation * More

"How can we speak of the termination of a pregnancy when what we really mean is the destruction of a human life? How can we talk of therapeutic abortion when pregnancy is not a disease needing therapy and what abortion effects is not a cure but a killing? How can we talk of abortion as a kind of retroactive contraception when what it does is not prevent conception but destroy the conceptus? We need to have the courage to use accurate language.

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January 25 2019 By dvirtue Trust in US Clergy Declines, says Poll * Nigerian APB to consecrate 4 Bishops in NA * 24 homosexual couples tie knot in Diocese of Dallas * Churches pull out of CofE and SEC * ACNA Approves Prayer Book, punts on WO * Welby speaks in "tongues"

On Fr. John Shepherd's statement about the resurrection: "The most deceptive comment is here: "I have never denied the reality of the empty tomb." Sounds orthodox. But note the negative formulation: "I have never denied..." Secondly, there are several theories which could include the Empty Tomb and no bodily resurrection. E.g., wrong tomb! Or "someone stole the body. Or simply, "I don't know, but bodies rising from the dead defies the laws of physics (h.t. to Rudolf Bultmann).

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January 11 2019 By dvirtue Oxford Diocese Faces Meltdown over Homosexual Marriage * Evangelicals Push Back * Pro-Homosexual Anglican Cleric Appointed to Holy See in Rome * Homosexual Marriage all but assured in TEC. Diocese of Albany holdout * ACoC Okays Assisted Suicide

"Hell is truth known too late." ― J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
www.virtueonline.org
January 11, 2019

THE OXFORD DIOCESE in the Church of England faced a meltdown this week when a large number of clergy rejected Bishop Steven Croft's views on human sexuality, specifically homosexual marriage.

As a result, the diocese faces an uncertain future.

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