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CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH

Church puts bishop on trial for following Bible on marriage

June 20, 2020 — WND.com reports: “The Episcopal Church has put one of its bishops on trial for following the Bible.

William Love, the bishop of Albany, New York, is accused of breaking his ordination vows by refusing to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese, according to the U.K.’s Christian Institute.

The bishop abides by the traditional Christian doctrine that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Paul Cooney, a church lawyer, claimed that by rejecting same-sex marriages, Love ‘failed to conform to the worship of the church.’

‘The church’s sacramental rites are theologically sacred and a pastorally critical element of its worship, and by prohibiting same-sex couples access to the sacramental rite of marriage, [Bishop Love] fails to conform to this holy and important element of worship of the Episcopal church,’ Cooney said…”  (“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also wasBut evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works– II Timothy 3:1-9; 13-17 [emphasis mine].)

Family Research Council Denounces Christian ‘Genocide’ in Nigeria

June 25, 2020 — Breitbart.com reports: “The U.S.-based Family Research Council (FRC) has denounced the ‘bloodbath’ taking place in Nigeria, as radical Islamists carry on a largely unreported slaughter of the nation’s Christians.

The ‘dangerous darkness’ of radical Islam with its genocidal intentions is sweeping across the African continent and is particularly lethal in Nigeria, Lela Gilbert writes for FRC.

In recent decades, ‘tens of thousands of Nigerians have been slaughtered,’ Gilbert writes, and yet ‘their stories rarely appear in mainstream Western news reports’ despite the fact that it is ‘increasingly clear that another genocide is already taking place.’

Gilbert cites a number of the most recent examples of the ongoing carnage, such as the Islamist massacre of 81 people during an attack on Foduma Kolomaiya village in northeast Nigeria earlier this month as well as twin attacks that killed 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians in Borno State on June 13.

Similarly, jihadists recently gunned down a Nigerian Christian pastor along with his wife who were working on their farm in Taraba State, leaving orphaned the couple’s eight children, ages 1 to 19, Gilbert notes…” (If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.  He that hateth me hateth my Father also.  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” – John 15:18-27.)

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