See ‘God’s Peculiar People,’ a new musical play by Marilynn Loveless of Redlands, May 11, 13 and 14 at La Sierra University

Redlands Daily Facts

La Sierra University Drama will present a new musical play, “God’s Peculiar People,” opening at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in Matheson Hall on the La Sierra University campus, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside.

Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14, also in Matheson Hall.

“God’s Peculiar People,” written by Marilynn Loveless of Redlands with music by Merlin David, is set in 1962 and is about a family dealing with a returning son who has left the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Continue reading

Christian Company Does Not Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules

Michael Gryboski
The Christian Post

Kentucky-based Christian business does not have to make T-shirts for a gay pride event, declared a three judge panel of the state’s court of appeals.

A three judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Friday that Hands On Originals could not be forced to make T-shirts for an event its owner was morally opposed to on religious grounds.

The panel upheld an earlier decision from the Fayette Circuit Court in favor of HOO and against an LGBT group and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

“Nothing in the fairness ordinance prohibits HOO, a private business, from engaging in viewpoint or message censorship,” read the panel’s decision.

“Thus, although the menu of services HOO provides to the public is accordingly limited, and censors certain points of view, it is the same limited menu HOO offers to every customer and is not, therefore, prohibited by the fairness ordinance.”

In his dissent, Judge Jeff Taylor concluded that HOO had indeed violated the local ordinance and thus engaged in unlawful discrimination against homosexuals by refusing to print the shirts.

“The facts in this case clearly establish that HOO’s conduct, the refusal to print the t-shirts, was based upon gays and lesbians promoting a gay pride festival in Lexington, which violated the Fairness Ordinance,” argued Taylor.

“Finally, it is important to note that the speech that HOO sought to censor was not obscene or defamatory. There was nothing obnoxious, inflammatory, false, or even pornographic that GLSO wanted to place on their t-shirts which would justify restricting their speech under the First Amendment.”

In 2012, Gay and Lesbian Services Organization asked Hands On Originals to make t-shirts for their gay pride event in Lexington.

The company refused to do the order, citing their religious objections to homosexuality and the concern that by making the shirts they were in effect endorsing the event.

Hands On Originals was sued and in 2014 found guilty of discrimination by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

In April 2015, Fayette Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael Jr. overturned the Human Rights Commission’s ruling, arguing that Hands On Originals did have a right to refuse the order.

“The Commission in its oral argument says it is not trying to infringe on the Constitutional Rights of HOO its owners but is seeking only to have HOO ‘ … treat everyone the same.’ Yet, HOO has demonstrated in this record that it has done just that,” wrote Judge Ishmael in 2015.

“It has treated homosexual and heterosexual groups the same. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, HOO declined to print at least thirteen (13) orders for message based reasons. Those print orders that were refused by HOO included shirts promoting a strip club, pens promoting a sexually explicit video, and shirts containing a violence related message.”

Regarding the Circuit Court’s decision, the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council heralded the decision as a victory for religious liberty.

“This ruling affirms our nation’s long history of protecting Americans from being compelled by the government to advocate a message to which one objects,” stated FRC President Tony Perkins on Friday.

“We hope to hear soon that the U.S. Supreme Court will accept the Masterpiece Cakeshop case and ensure that the owner, Jack Phillips, will be free to follow his religious beliefs without fear of punishment by the government.”

Hundreds of Evangelicals to Share Word of God With Catholics at Massive Fátima Event

Stoyan Zaimov
The Christian Post

Hundreds of  Portuguese evangelicals are reportedly planning to engage with Roman Catholics at the massive Fátima two-day event, where Pope Francis is set to canonize two shepherd children who 100 years ago claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary.

Evangelical Focus reported on Friday that Francis is visiting the famous Marian sanctuary near Lisbon on May 12 and 13, which has become one of the most important Catholic sites of the 20th century.

Some evangelicals are using the opportunity to speak with Catholics at the event marking 100 years since the sighting to “support the people going to Fátima in their needs, be they physical, emotional or spiritual,” said António Calaim, pastor and president of the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance.

Calaim explained that hundreds of evangelicals, mostly young believers from several churches, will be engaging in dialogue with pilgrims, tackling topics about God and the Bible, even if they disagree with Catholics about teachings concerning the Virgin Mary.

“These people heading towards Fátima these days deserve our consideration,” the pastor told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The pastor explained where evangelicals and Catholics disagree:

“We do not agree with the idolatry of Mary, the worship of the saints and images, and the leadership of the Church in the whole world under one man,” he said, referring to the pope.

He added that evangelicals do not believe the apparitions claimed by the shepherds to be a real fact.

Still, Calaim insisted that the point of the engagement will not be to confront Catholics, but  “to give a hug and share the Word of God” with the people present there.

BBC News said that more than a million pilgrims are expected to attend the Pope Francis event at Fátima, with many believing that the visions of Mary, the first recounted on May 13, 1917, reveal truth to help mankind.

The Guardian recounted the story behind the Fátima, stating that “the children being canonized, brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who were nine and seven at the time of the apparitions, died of influenza two years later.”

“Their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, who became the main raconteur of their tale, is on track for beatification, the first step toward becoming a saint. Her case couldn’t begin until after her death in 2005,” it added.

The children, who were grazing sheep at the time, claimed to have seen half a dozen visions of the Virgin Mary, in which she revealed to them “apocalyptic messages foreshadowing the second world war, hell, the rise and fall of communism and the death of a pope.”

The pontiff sent a message to Portuguese Catholics, asking them to “whisper into the ears of each one of them, and assure them that her Immaculate Heart is a refuge and a path leading them to God.”

Francis noted that the logo of the event is “with Mary, I come as pilgrim in hope and in peace.”

With terror concerns high in Europe following a number of Islamic radical attacks in recent years, BBC noted that Portugal has deployed 6,000 police and emergency workers at the site, and have erected concrete blocks on approach roads to stop any “ramming” attacks with a vehicle.

81 Percent of Americans Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior in US

Samuel Smith
The Christian Post

More than eight in 10 Americans admit that they have some level of concern that the morality in America is declining, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows.

The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly disagree with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

Forty-six percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 35 percent said they “agree.” On the flip side, only six percent said they “strongly disagree” and 13 percent said they “disagree” that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation. Continue reading

Netherlands Union Conference Postpones Ordination of Female Pastors

Alisa Williams
Spectrum Magazine

In a surprise effort to appease the General Conference and its Unity Commission, the Netherlands Union Conference (NUC) Executive Committee has “decided to postpone the ordination of female pastors until after October 2017 to contribute to the process of dialogue and reconciliation” within the Adventist Church.

The statement came as part of a 25-page question-and-answer document for NUC delegates, written in preparation for their upcoming Constituency Session held on May 4-6. The document was uploaded on April 21 to a secure part of the union’s website accessible only by delegates.

The response regarding the postponement of women’s ordination followed the question (translated from Dutch):

“Many are under the impression that the Union is trying to slow down the reconciliation process with actions that delay acceptance of the San Antonio decision on the matter. To avoid more difficulties in the church, why hasn’t the Union embraced both the San Antonio decision and the reconciliation process, by implementing a moratorium on women’s ordination to the Gospel ministry?” Continue reading

Pope Condemns US for using “Mother” in MOAB. Popery is MOAB: Mother Of All Blasphemers; Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies; Mother Of All Beasts

Andrew & Hilkary Henriques
Saved to Serve

As the representative of what many claim to be the “Mother” church, Pope Francis has publicly decried the United States’ biggest non-nuclear bomb being called a mother (Mother of All Bombs or MOAB). He further stated that a deadly weapon should in no wise be labeled “mother.” He then designates what a mother is, “‘I was ashamed when I heard the name…’ A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is happening?’”[1]

Indeed the church Pope Francis sits at the head of is a mother and is verified in scripture—but not as the mother of Christendom, but the mother of harlots—the mother of apostate churches. “…I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” Revelation 17:3-5.

“Protestant church leaders have expressed their disappointment at a document issued by the Vatican which reaffirms the Catholic stance on other churches. The Dominus Iesus declaration, which has been written by a close aide of Pope John Paul II, says that the Roman Catholic church is the ‘mother’ of all Christian denominations and that it is incorrect to refer to the Church of England and other Protestant churches as ‘sister’ organisations on a par with Rome.” [2]

It is unmistakable what power these verses bring to view based on the varied specifications.  According to verse 5 of Revelation 17, Roman Catholicism is not only the mother of harlots, but is also a MOAB of its own—Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies, or simply Mother Of All Blasphemers. This is an accurate representation of this entity considering the anti-Biblical, clearly pagan rituals, idolatry, belief systems and observances that can be described in no other way but as abominations and blasphemies. Revelation 17 is not the only scripture that delineates Roman Catholicism as a blasphemous and abominable power; in fact, every time this power is described in scripture, these identifying marks are highlighted so there can be no ambiguity as to who this power represents. Riding upon a scarlet colored beast, this power could also be classified as the Mother Of All Beasts (MOAB), as she is seen in control over the beasts of the earth(riding upon, holding the reins and directing); which beasts represent nations or kingdoms (Daniel 7:17 and 23).

Bible prophecy foretells a time in which Roman Catholicism will again wield the control she once had over the nations and will lead the nations to enforce her decrees and sustain her abominable and blasphemous institutions beginning in America (see Revelation 13:11-18). In Pope Francis’ statement concerning the use of the word “mother” to describe a bomb, he states that mothers give life, and that the “mother of all bombs” gives death.  Interestingly, it will be the “mother” church that gives life to the image of the beast and causes it speak and then destroy, not only liberties, but life itself.  Just notice the dichotomy: in giving life to the image, it causes those who do not worship the image to be killed. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (emphasis supplied).  Oh yes, the Papacy is a “life-giving” mother, but it is at the same time a destroying/murderous mother, a deadly killing machine, just as it has ever been since the days of its reign from 538-1798; truly a MOAB. 

Pope Francis has not a few times publicly criticized the actions and policies of Donald Trump; and neither has Mr. Trump been silent about his disagreement with Pope Francis. However, Pope Francis did send a congenial congratulatory message to Mr. Trump after his election as president, extending the “olive branch,” albeit for the self-serving motive of having greater influence over US politics. The two leaders are set to meet May 24 at the Vatican, the “mother’s” house. It has been just over 100 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated and already he is meeting with Pope Francis on his very first foreign trip as US President; and one purpose of the meeting is to fight “extremism.” This first meeting will likely set the stage for future encounters and greater cooperation moving forward to fight “common enemies.” While many journalists and others are expecting awkward and heated exchanges based on their history of pubic antagonism towards one another, prophecy foretells that the Papacy will dictate to the civil leaders of America (and other nations) to have Papal laws and principles carried out, and she will be successful in achieving this end. It must be remembered that before Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he was a sworn, high ranking Jesuit. He has never renounced his oath and allegiance to that organization. It is the purpose and practice of Jesuits to not only destroy Protestantism and reestablish Popery, but also, under various disguises to work “their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations.” [3]

The time is not far distant when the “Mother Of All Beasts,” the “Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies, Roman Catholicism, will control the nations and religions by uniting them in a one-world system to fight what she defines as “extremism” and other world evils such as climate change, immorality and poverty.  Those who oppose and refuse to join this grand movement, will be targeted and detonated on by this MOAB and her allies. How shall we stand?   

1.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-bomb-idUSKBN1820LJ

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/910612.stm

3 White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), page 235

Adventists and Muslims Meet for Learning and Fellowship

Sarah McDugal
Adventist Review

Adventists and Muslims from all over the San Diego area in California, United States, recently gathered at El Cajon Seventh-day Adventist Church for “One San Diego,” a day of mutual learning and fellowship.

The day was the brainchild of Richard Smith, pastor of El Cajon church, as well as of Peter Thomas and Tawfik Abdalla, Muslim ministry coordinators; and Gerald Babanezhad, volunteer coordinator of Muslim outreach for the Pacific Union Conference church region. They recognized that if people wish to become better neighbors to those around them, they should first attempt to understand each other better.

Posters advertising the event were placed in local mosques and Adventist churches, and emails were sent to area imams—a kind of Muslim spiritual leader. Adventists and Muslims from Sunni, Shia and Baha’i backgrounds came to the event, as did a Jewish woman who heard about it and asked if she could join in.

Good Neighbors

Creating a mutually welcoming and comfortable environment was a top priority for the organizers. Before the event, an imam visited the El Cajon church sanctuary so that leaders could discuss how to best accommodate the Muslim prayer times throughout the day. They also discussed ways that Muslims and Adventists can be good neighbors.

The program included prayers from leaders of Adventist and Muslim faiths, music from the San Diego Academy—a local Adventist-operated primary and secondary school—choir and bell choir, a question-and-answer time and a panel discussion about shared Muslim and Adventist history, values, goals, and needs.

“I loved this experience and would enjoy having another panel discussion,” said Amir Imam from the Al-Salam Mosque.

Leman Hamid, a Muslim, described the event as “a wonderful meeting between Muslims and Christians.” He said he would like to hear more about Christianity and what Christians feel and believe about Muslims.

Shared Beliefs

Organizers were pleased by the positive response of those who attended. “The day began with a measure of apprehension on both sides of the cultural divide which eased as attendees discovered how many beliefs both Seventh-day Adventists and Muslims hold in common,” Smith said.

Some of these shared beliefs include a strong emphasis on showing compassion, a deep desire to treat others as good neighbors, a refusal to eat pork and the desire to live a healthy lifestyle.

The mutual interest in health led to a follow-up health expo at a mosque a few weeks later. Also, Muslim women invited Adventist women who attended the One San Diego event to visit their mosques for worship time to experience their tradition and culture. The Adventist women responded positively, feeling that it would be helpful to the community for both groups to meet more and work together.

Plans include organizing sports activities for Adventist and Muslim school children, starting a home fellowship where Muslims and Adventists can learn from each other by sharing stories from the Bible and Quran, and planning future panel discussion events.

An original version of this story was published in the Pacific Union Recorder.

 

Former SDA “Pastor” Alicia Johnston begins New Ministry, makes War on SDA Church, takes her LGBT Activism to NBC & World Stage

Andrew & Hilari Henriques
Saved to Serve

“The world is watching Seventh-day Adventists because it knows something of their profession of faith and of their high standard, and when it sees those who do not live up to their profession, it points at them with scorn.”[1] In recent months, Seventh-day Adventists have been brought into national and even international spotlight, sometimes for good reasons and other times for reasons that bring reproach upon God’s name, his cause and the Seventh-day Adventist Movement.  Most recently, Seventh-day Adventists have received national attention for something that is an embarrassment to the cause of Christ and the belief system that Seventh-day Adventists historically hold to, which can and will be used by Satan to cause individuals to look with disdain upon the biblical messages that are borne by faithful Seventh-day Adventists who hold solely to the law and the testimony (Isaiah 8:20). Continue reading

Pope Francis offers to act as mediator in Venezuelan conflict

AFP

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday welcomed an offer by Pope Francis for Vatican mediation in the crisis-torn country but opposition leaders rebuffed the overture.
The pope’s call for a “negotiated solution” came in response to waves of protests by Venezuelans demanding new elections to pull the country out of a downward spiral.
At least 28 people have died in protests since they began April, and hundreds have been arrested.
“Dramatic news on the worsening of the situation in Venezuela keeps coming in with numerous deaths, injuries and prisoners,” the pontiff said before a crowd of 70,000 attending weekly prayers in Saint Peter’s Square.
“United in sorrow with the families of the victims… I issue a sincere appeal to the government and all sectors of Venezuelan society to avoid all forms of violence henceforward,” said the pontiff.
Urging respect for human rights, Francis said the Vatican was willing to act as a mediator under “clear conditions”.
Maduro responded on his weekly program on state VTV television, pointing a finger of blame at the opposition.
“If I say dialogue, they flee in horror. They don’t want dialogue.  Yesterday they lashed out at Pope Francis. I respect what Pope Francis is saying,” Maduro said.
He charged that the protests were an attempt to plunge the country into chaos, take over power and “impose a counter revolution on Venezuela”.
“There are no words for what they have done since April,” he said.
The opposition walked away from talks in December, accusing the government of failing to fulfill promises to set up a timetable for elections and free political prisoners.
Julio Borges, president of the opposition controlled National Assembly, said on Sunday he would send a document to Pope Francis reaffirming the opposition’s demands centered on general elections.
“The pope says some very interesting things. In the first place that, if there are no guarantees, there is no possibility of moving forward here,” he said.
Saturday, former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said dialogue might be nice, but not involving Spanish ex prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The former PM, who took part in an earlier mediating team, was not neutral, according to Capriles.
Eight Latin American governments — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay — backed the pontiff’s proposal in a joint statement released Sunday by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sunday, a day before Workers’ Day, Maduro increased the minimum monthly wage by 60 percent to the equivalent of 90 dollars at the official exchange rate; or 15 at the black market rate.
Venezuela suffers from one of the world’s highest rates of inflation — forecast by the IMF to come in at 720 percent this year.

Church run police department has a pattern of abuse going back decades

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According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a church run police department has a pattern of abuse going back decades.

The Colorado City Marshals Office engaged in a long-standing pattern of abuses that included false arrests, unreasonable seizures of property, discriminatory policing on the basis of religion, and violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The towns of Colorado City and Hildale along the border of Arizona and Utah are populated primarily by members of a faction of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who remain loyal to their imprisoned prophet, Warren Jeffs.

Judge Holland also said that Marshals “officers turned a blind eye to criminal activity involving FLDS Church leaders or members,”including supporting a fugitive and ignoring underage marriages,unauthorized distribution of prescription drugs, and food-stamp fraud.

DOJ allowed the church to run the police department

What should really shock everyone, is that the DOJ knew about this at least 5 years ago and did nothing to stop it.

In 2012, the DOJ sued the FLDS “alleging a pattern or practice of police misconduct and violations of federal civil rights laws.”

 Alabama approves church run police departments
Fast forward to February 2017, the State of Alabama will soon allow the Briarwood Presbyterian Church to have it’s own police force.
Earlier this year, I warned everyone about the dangers of allowing religions to have their own police force. In my article‘Church police could arrest sexually abuse kids’ I asked the question, if a child accused a church leader of abuse would their police force arrest them to keep it quiet?
I raised numerous questions that everyone should be asking, but one of the most important questions I didn’t ask, was what happened to the separation of the church and state?

An article in Vice warns, “A private institution having its own police force is potentially dangerous and leads to important questions like: What happens if and when a church police officer breaks the law? And who is allowed to police private law enforcement?”

Where does the madness end?

America has enough police and allowing religions to have the own police force is the epitome of a POLICE STATE!