( Daily Wire ) Last week, during an International Women’s Day protest, feminists staged a bloody abortion on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary, outside an Argentinean cathedral.
Apparently engaging in “performance art,” feminists donning pink masks poured out massive amounts of fake blood as they pretended to abort a baby. The smiling woman dressed as Mary was wearing a rosary and a veil and holding a triumphant finger in the air.
The photo of the “performance art” was circulated on social media. Clarin and a Spanish EWTN affiliate reported that Tucuman Archbishop Alfredo Zecca condemned it.
“It is with great sadness that we read about this highly offensive protest in Argentina,” Maureen Ferguson of The Catholic Association told LifeSiteNews. “It is gravely disrespectful to mock the faith of billions of people in the woman whom National Geographic recently described as ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’ in its cover story on the Virgin Mary. It is also highly ironic for a feminist march protesting femicide to advocate for the right to take human lives, including the lives of female babies. Annually about 25 million little girls are aborted worldwide.”
A group known as Socorro Rosa Tucuman praised the “art,” reported EWTN’s Spanish affiliate. In a now-deleted post, the group said the feminists were aborting “patriarchy” and “forced heterosexuality.”
National Director of Priests for Life’s Father Frank Pavone called the mock abortion “grotesque and blasphemous,” adding that it’s a representation of what “every abortion actually is.”
“This grotesque and blasphemous act represents what every abortion actually is, and those who are upset by it should be equally upset by each and every abortion that occurs,” Father Pavone told LifeSiteNews. “As Pope St. John Paul the Second wrote in Evangelium Vitae, every attack on a human life is an attack on God and every rejection of a human life is a rejection of Christ himself.
“This act also shows what is at the foundation of the hard-core pro-abortion people,” Father Pavone added. “They hate the church, and they literally want to abort Jesus off the face of the earth in every manifestation of his presence today.”
- The real cause of why millennials left their faith, a lot of times he would hear of troubled upbringings. Despite growing up in Christian homes, they would say that their parents never lived out their faith
( Fox News ) Millennials abandoning Christianity is mostly fueled by family breakdown, says the author of a new book on why so many of them are leaving their faith, yet reasons do exist to be encouraged.
In Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, co-authors Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez engage this vaunted generation and examine what went wrong. And they explore the forces influencing young people today while offering advice to parents and church leaders on how to mend relationships and win those who have left back to Christ.
McFarland, 52, who is both an apologist and director of the Christian Worldview Center at North Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina, said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that he believes that the largest factor driving millennials (born roughly between 1982 and 2004) away from Jesus is the disintegration of their family relationships. But he was quick to note that God is moving among young people and there are welcome signs too.
“Something really good about millennials is they’ve got a heart to serve others,” McFarland said. “Twenty-five years ago to get a bunch of young people to go on missions trips was a challenge,” he noted. But today, “it’s almost the inverse of that.”
“We have no trouble getting kids to go to developing nations and to get dirty and to work hard,” he added, hailing their work ethic and heart to serve as “inspiring.”
But when it comes to actual spirituality, the majority of American teens today believe in a “combination of works-righteousness, religion as psychological well-being, but a distant non-interfering God,” McFarland said, quoting the words of sociologist Christian Smith.
“It’s almost as if [they believe] God is a benign therapist and He exists to enhance my life experience but He certainly wouldn’t interfere with my life,” McFarland said.
CP reported last month that only 10 percent of Americans, and only four percent of millennials, espouse and live out a biblical worldview by any measurable standard, according to recent surveys from the American Culture and Faith Institute that veteran researcher George Barna directed. Also, compared to previous generations, millennials are most likely to be religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center.
While acknowledging the fact that many traditional churches are often full of graying heads and are ineffective at reaching people below the age of 40, McFarland believes there’s a bigger issue at play.
“But I’ve got to say this,” he emphasized, “as a pastor, as a researcher, as an educator, as just a Christian who cares, the single greatest contributor to the attrition rate [of the Christian faith] has been the breakdown of the family.”
When co-author Jimenez asked deeper questions to find the real cause of why millennials left their faith, a lot of times he would hear of troubled upbringings. Despite growing up in Christian homes, they would say that their parents never lived out their faith.
He recalled a time he encountered an argumentative college student in Florida who asked, “If God exists, and He knew we would suffer, then why did He create us?” Jimenez spoke with the student and his girlfriend and found out that though the student grew up going to church, he never saw his parents reading the Bible or praying together. The girlfriend’s father, meanwhile, often lectured her family about the Bible but he left her mother for another woman.
“I could see now why they questioned God, His nature, and His unconditional love,” Jimenez stated in the book. “If what their parents believed was true, why didn’t they live it? If God is so loving, why didn’t their parents show that same love to each other?”
Along with hypocrisy and divorce, legalism and overprotective parenting can also negatively impact a child’s faith.
Many parents, whose children left Christianity, testified that they have many regrets about how they raised them.
( Fox News ) An 8-year-old boy in Idaho says angels helped him lift a car off his father’s body to save his life.
J.T. Parker was working on a Toyota Prius with his 17-year-old brother Mason and their father Stephen at their Sugar City home last summer.
“We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axels off,” Stephen recalled to EastIdahoNews.com. “The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off.”
When he went to adjust the second axle and move the jack, the car fell on him. J.T. was the only one around as Mason had gone inside the house minutes earlier with a cut hand.
“I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, ‘Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!’” Stephen said. “I couldn’t move at all. I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, ‘This is it. There’s no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17-year-old son and I both to jack it up the first time.”
Mustering all the courage and strength he could, J.T. adjusted the jack and started jumping up and down on the handle. He weighs about 50 pounds, the website reported.
“It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying,” J.T. told EastIdahoNews.com
After 15 minutes of jumping up and down, the car slowly started raising off his father. Once it was completely off, J.T. ran to get his brother and call 911.
“All I remember is I felt peace,” Stephen said. “I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful.”
His wife Jodi arrived while the three Parker men waited for emergency responders.
“When I got there, I saw my husband underneath a car,” Jodi told the website. “My heart just sank, and I didn’t know what to expect.”
Stephen was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center via helicopter in critical condition.
He had 13 broken ribs and no internal damage.
“It was just a miracle,” said Stephen, who was home two days after the July 30 accident.
After settling back at home, .J.T asked their son to jack up the car again – he couldn’t do it.
“Angels,” J.T. said when asked how he got his strength that day.
( Breitbart ) A Christian street preacher was locked up and charged with a hate crime for quoting from the Book of Genesis in response to a gay teenager’s questions on how God views homosexuals.
Gordon Larmour, 42, spent a night in custody and faced a six-month ordeal over the charges before they were finally thrown out in a hearing last month.
The father-of-one, who has been street preaching for seven years following his conversion to Christianity, was handing out leaflets in his home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, last June when a group of young men passed him, The Telegraph has reported.
He told the men: “Don’t forget Jesus loves you and He died for your sins.”
One asked Mr. Larmour, “What does your God say about homosexuals?” He responded by referring to the Book of Genesis, stating that God had created Adam and Eve to produce children.
The two men argued and Mr. Larmour claims that he was chased by the young man. However, it was he who was arrested and frogmarched to the police van before being held in police custody overnight, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.
MUSLIM MOB KIDNAPPED PASTOR, RAPED 15 WOMEN INSIDE CHURCH, EIGHT STILL MISSING IN UGANDA – ANGRY AFTER PASTOR CONVERT MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANTY…THE DEVIL UPSET EH!
In Islam, it’s death penalty to convert to other religion and to proselytize. In Uganda, a group of Muslim men, angry at a pastor for converting Muslims to Christianity, entered a church, gang raped 15 women and beat up the men. Pastor Moses Mutasa and eight other Christians are still missing, while others who managed to escape were killed by other Muslim radicals waiting outside.
Although Uganda is about 85 percent Christian and only 11 percent Muslim, some eastern areas of the country have Muslim majorities, such as the district where the church attack occurred.
From The Christian Post:
Morning Star News reported that two weeks after the attack on Katira Church in Budaka District on Jan. 15, Pastor Moses Mutasa and eight other Christians are still missing.
The Islamic radicals, who attacked the 500-member congregation during an evening prayer meeting with clubs and sticks, reportedly blamed the pastor for leading people to Jesus Christ.
“Away with the pastor who is converting our Muslims to Christianity,” one of the witnesses, a church leader, recalled of what the attackers shouted.
The Muslim mob locked up the Christians in attendance inside the church, beating the men and raping several women. Some of the Christians who managed to escape the building were ambushed and assaulted by other radicals waiting outside.
FINALLY! TRUMP SAYS SYRIAN CHRISTIAN REFUGEES GET PRIORITY STATUS ENTERING U.S.: ‘THEY’VE BEEN HORRIBLY TREATED’
- If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians
This is great news! After Obama’s complete disregard of persecuted and slaughtered Christians in Syria while giving priority to Muslim refugees only, Trump is putting a stop to the pro-Muslim policy of previous administration and promises to give priority to Syrian Christians this time.
President Donald Trump said on Friday that Syrian Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States.
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians,” Trump said in an excerpt of an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Christians in Syria make up about 10% of the population. The country’s largest Christian denomination is the Orthodox Church of Antioch (known as the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East), closely followed by the Melkite Catholic Church, one of the Eastern Catholic Churches, which has a common root with the Orthodox Church of Antioch, and then by an Oriental Orthodoxy churches like Syriac Orthodox Church and Armenian Apostolic Church. There are also a minority of Protestants and members of the Assyrian Church of the East and Chaldean Catholic Church. The city of Aleppo is believed to have the largest number of Christians in Syria.
Syrian Christians are more urbanized than Muslims; many live either in or around Aleppo, Hamah, or Latakia. In the 18th century, Christians were relatively wealthier than Muslims in Aleppo. Syrian Christians have their own courts that deal with civil cases like marriage, divorce and inheritance based on Bible teachings. By agreement with other communities, Syrian Christian churches do not proselytise to Muslims and do not accept converts from Islam.
Damascus was one of the first regions to receive Christianity during the ministry of St Peter. There were more Christians in Damascus than anywhere else. With the military expansion of the Islamic Umayyad empire into Syria and Anatolia, non-Muslims who retained their native faiths were required to pay a heavy tax, were not permitted to own land, and were subjected to humiliation resulting in pressure to convert to Islam.
Damascus still contains a sizeable proportion of Christians, with some churches all over the city, but particularly in the district of Bab Touma (The Gate of Thomas in Aramaic and Arabic). Masses are held every Sunday and civil servants are given Sunday mornings off to allow them to attend church, even though Sunday is a working day in Syria. Schools in Christian-dominated districts have Saturday and Sunday as the weekend, while the official Syrian weekend falls on Friday and Saturday
Amazing! First Lady Melania Trump wept during a beautiful rendition of the song “How Great Thou Art” presented at yesterday’s National Prayer Service. She then led their group with a standing ovation after the song was finished.