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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist

Prophecy Sign:  A falling away, (apostasy), from biblical doctrine

A sure sign of the last days is the degradation of true biblical Christianity.  Bible prophecy warns that many will abandon the true faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and will seek out a false form of Christianity in the last days. We see that trend greatly increasing as we daily peruse the news of the day and read articles such as those below.

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV

Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist
The Barna survey asked questions about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Satan, and demons. All 1,871 self-described Christians were asked about their perception of God. In total, three-quarters (78%) said he is the “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today.” The remaining one-quarter chose other descriptions of God – depictions that are not consistent with biblical teaching (e.g., everyone is god, god refers to the realization of human potential, etc.).
For the other survey items a four-point opinion scale was used to measure people’s reactions to statements about each spiritual entity. Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they “agree somewhat” with that perspective. A minority of Christians indicated that they believe Satan is real by disagreeing with the statement: one-quarter (26%) disagreed strongly and about one-tenth (9%) disagreed somewhat. The remaining 8% were not sure what they believe about the existence of Satan.
Although a core teaching of the Christian faith is the divinity and perfection of Jesus Christ, tens of millions of Christians do not accept that teaching. More than one-fifth (22%) strongly agreed that Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on earth, with an additional 17% agreeing somewhat. Holding the opposing view were 9% who disagreed somewhat and 46% who disagreed strongly. Six percent did not have an opinion on this matter.

Syracuse Catholic churches hold workshops on how to promote ‘trans rights’
As the debate over transgenderism grows across the country, two Catholic churches are holding what local news calls a “series of talks on what it's like to be transgender.” The talks, which are sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church and St. Lucy's Catholic Church, were organized by the All Saints LGBT Task Force and “volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality in New York State.” They will all be held at the All Saints Parish's Bishop Harrison Center. The events will conclude with an all-day workshop March 8, tackling topics such as “Understanding Transgender” and “Becoming an Effective Ally for Trans Rights.” Empire State Pride Agenda will also have a presence through Sheilah Sable, who will present on legal concerns related to the lives of transgender people. 

Survey: majority of Americans, including Catholics, support same-sex marriage
53% of Americans-- including 58% of white Catholics and 56% of Latino Catholics-- now support same-sex marriage, according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. In 2003, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 59%-32% margin. “Roughly three-quarters (73%) of Catholics believe that most of their fellow congregants are opposed to same-sex marriage,” the survey continued. “However, Catholics who regularly attend church are in fact divided on the issue (50% favor, 45% oppose).”

Episcopal “Church” Forging A Path Of Apostasy?
Church conservatives have long been at odds with Bishop Jefferts Schori. In addition to being a staunch supporter of marriage and ordination for gay men and lesbians, she has sought harsh legal actions against dissenting dioceses, whose members typically hold more traditional views. The Episcopal Church has spent millions of dollars under Jefferts Schori’s leadership, in legal battles to retain the church buildings of congregations whose members have voted to leave the Episcopal Church, many of whom have affiliated with more traditionalist organizations due to the denomination's departure from scriptural authority and traditional Anglicanism. 

1 comment:

  1. DEAR LORD IN HEAVEN..HELP US ALL HOLD TRUE TO THE FAITH, BY AND THROUGH..OUR SAVIOUR, who shed his precious blood to save and sanctify his
    People..let us not lose sight of the cross!!