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Fewer link Jesus to Christmas but a detective is on the case


Reported by Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com) | Friday, December 14, 2018

A survey shows a noticeable decline in Americans linking Christmas to the birth of Jesus, and a Christian apologist predicts that number will keep dropping.

According to Lifeway Research, 65 percent of Americans say Christmas should be more about Jesus. While that may figure may seem full of Christmas cheer, LifeWay found 79 percent of Americans felt that way just four years ago.

“We are in a rapid decline of connecting Jesus to the holiday altogether,” warns J. Warner Wallace, a former cold-case detective, and former atheist, who now writes and speaks about Christianity.

Speaking on American Family Radio, Wallace said Christianity’s claims — including the birth of a Messiah — are not a matter of “personal opinion” but a debate over facts and truths.

“It’s either objectively true or objectively false,” he said.

It’s not in dispute that remembering Christ’s birth came before Santa Claus and Rudolph, with some historians tracing the first recorded Christmas to 336 A.D.   There is dispute among church historians — no surprise — over when and why the Church began celebrating Christ’s birth. One view is that the early Church wanted to steer believers from raucous pagan festivals, such as Saturnalia, a late-December party that was celebrated by the Romans.

While the New Testament is the first source many people read to study Christ’s coming, said Wallace, the Old Testament prophecies should be studied, too.

“There’s great prophecy that doesn’t just describe the birth of the Messiah, but the life of the Messiah, (and) the death of the Messiah,” he said. “There’s so much in biblical prophecy that we could point to.”

There is also a persistent argument that the early Church simply crafted a story to fit the prophecies made hundreds of years earlier, and Wallace told the radio program that is a claim he made as an atheist.

“But as I examined the New Testament to discover if, in fact, the writings of the New Testament were historically reliable,” he explained, “you’re going to have a hard time denying that they were written early, denying that they aren’t corroborated by several forms of internal and external evidence.”

There is also the question of truth: what is the motive for lying?

The detective said he naturally wrestled with that issue  — motive — as a seasoned detective, eventually concluding there is no evidence of lying by the authors.

“So I think what you have,”he says, “is good prophecy that points to something, and a reliable record that says it happened.”


Editor’s Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of American Family News, which operates OneNewsNow.com. 

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, December 10, 2018


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Nutty Liberal ‘Pastor’ Melts Down Purity Rings To Make A … VAGINA?


Written by Wes Walker on December 5, 2018

There is a very real irrational hatred of all things traditional and Christian. Here’s yet another of a long list of examples. For most groups, observant Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus for example, there’s no particular ax to grind with the fact that ‘someone out there’ disagrees with you. It’s enough to have your own opinion, traditions or set of values. You might disagree with other people, or even get in an impassioned debate if the topic comes up. But you don’t lose any sleep over it, right?

That’s not true of everyone. Even the knowing about the existence of traditional Evangelical Christian belief (or even orthodox Christian belief more generally) offends some so deeply that they feel a need to single it out and rail against it.

The very existence of someone disagreeing with them offends them. What does that look like? Here’s an example:

Oh no! There’s a group of devout young women who decided they don’t care for the idea of transactional sex? They think they could be better off waiting for some guy who values them enough to marry her first?

How DARE they!

Of course every OTHER choice regarding sex is culturally valid. Just not the monogomous kind.

So a ‘Feminist Pastor’ has decided her own values are more valid than the personal convictions of strangers she’ll never meet. How ‘tolerant’ of her. She’s deliberately seeking to attack the Purity Ring tradition.

What’s a purity ring? It’s just a ring that a young lady wears as a reminder to herself that even when passions rise in the heat of the moment, to remember the ‘bigger picture’. Said succinctly in one of their slogans, “True Love Waits”Whether you think that strategy is able to accomplish its objective or not is certainly something that could be debated. But the reaction by this ‘Feminist Pastor’ seems a little extreme:

She’s called to have them mailed in and melted down into a sculpture… of a vagina.

As Paul Bois noted, it has curious echoes of the Golden Calf scene in the Book of Exodus (Think Charlton Heston’s ‘The Ten Commandments’).

What do they get for sending their ring to be melted down? A ‘certificate of impurity’. No really, this isn’t The Onion. Here’s a picture:

More about the statue in a moment. They don’t JUST get the certificate.

They get a replacement ring, too. One that looks like a vagina. It’s called the ‘Impurity Ring’. Get it? They hate the abstinence movement so much that they had to make a copycat movement. Probably because they have no real ideas of their own.

Why the hell would anyone ‘pastor’ bother doing this? It’s performance art, railing against the sacred. She’s a Liberal Lutheran pastor with a not-so-subtle agenda:

…Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, issued a call for people to send her those rings “for a massive art project.”

“Beginning November 12th, until December 17th, you’ll have the opportunity to send in your purity rings to be melted down and recast into a golden vagina,” she explained on her website. “This sculpture will be unveiled at the 2019 Makers Conference.”

The website states that those who send in their rings will then receive a “certificate of Impurity as well as a SHAMELESS, impurity ring.”

“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber told HuffPost. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”

…Earlier, she sparked controversy after she said there should be no shame in consuming pornography, especially if it is “ethically sourced.
Source: Christian Post

Clearly, she’s not given much thought to what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. That ‘already holy’ line in the certificate was a dead giveaway. Real Christianity is expected to change culture not conform to it. But of course, a call to repentance and the Holiness of Christ doesn’t sell books, does it?

Her stance on porn is badly out of step with people who’ve lived that life and come back from it (for example, the former Jenna Presley) to the traditional Christianity Bolz-Weber is so hellbent on overthrowing. Pamela Anderson — herself no religious traditionalist — has denounced the social impact of Porn. As for her ‘ethically sourced’ porn? If you believe it exists, you probably believe in Unicorns, too. Think that’s an overstatement? Then read this, if you dare: Think Pornography Is ‘Harmless’? Maybe you don’t find those arguments compelling? Ok then, how about some science? LIMP NOODLE: Porn Equals Less Sex, Less Testosterone and Impotency

Bolz-Weber is just one more in a long line of people who want the form of religion, but want to gut it of all meaning. Just like Liberalism has done to every other traditional institution it sinks its hooks into. It is, at root, parasitic. That explains her focused hatred for traditional Christianity and it’s values. They are a mirror reminding her she’s an imposter playing at being the real deal.

LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, December 3, 2018



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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, November 26, 2018


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The sensation nation


Commentary by Robert Knight – Guest Columnist | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Robert KnightSustained joy comes not from a constant pursuit of prurient sensations, but from purpose, accomplishment, and close bonds with family and friends – and from knowing that we’re valued and loved by a creator God who cares enough to give us rules to live by.


A common refrain when people lament violence, sex and f-bombs in movies, goes: “How did we get from the golden days of Hollywood to this?”

Actually, Hollywood, with many notable exceptions, has been at war with decency and American values since its inception. It just wasn’t as starkly apparent.

If you don’t think so, take in some of those black-and-white films on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Sure, you won’t get nudity, gratuitous violence or profanity, and some are delightful. But many are not very good, with stilted dialogue and ham acting, and certain films from the Golden Era are surprisingly subversive.

A case in point is Theodora Goes Wild, a 1936 “screwball comedy” that netted Irene Dunn an Oscar nomination for her role as a prim, church organ-playing small-town girl who secretly writes racy novels under a pseudonym. Upon meeting the randy illustrator of her book covers (Melvyn Douglas), she flees from the New England home she lives in with her two uptight aunts and goes hog wild in New York as the scandalous novelist “Caroline Adams.” We’re supposed to think this is great.

What’s most subversive is the acidic portrayal of small-town America, and particularly the church ladies. They’re uniformly unattractive, small-minded gossips, backbiters and hypocrites.

The Christian life in Theodora is cold, boring and the enemy of a good time. The only spark of life comes in nightclubs, parties or scenes when the protagonists put it over on the uptight yokels. Absent is fellowship and community, the pursuit of truth, love of family and neighbor, happiness, mutual sacrifice, and God’s love, all of which are found in a vibrant church.

"Theodora Goes Wild" (scene)The deal is sealed for hedonism when the entire town turns out with a marching band to welcome home their heroine once her cover is blown. She’s now famous for writing smut, and lives happily ever after with the illustrator. Nobody but a prude would object. Life is colorful once more. A literal version of this theme of salvific sex is expressed in Pleasantville (1998).

In a larger sense, this is where we find ourselves today. There’s no need for Hollywood to employ subtexts to attack the moral order when we’re already drowning in a sea of sensations. Unless you’re Amish, staying free from the pornified culture is like trying to focus on small print with a tiny book lamp in the middle of the Vegas strip.

Recent columns in Politico.com, The New York Times and National Review have explored America’s acquiescence to the porn culture. They point to the Internet tidal wave and the invention of the smart phone in 2007, which is putting adults – and children – at risk in ways undreamed of a dozen years ago.

Still, technology is only one powerful element. The main factor is the mid-20th century sexual revolution, in which morality, sexual roles, family and what constitutes the good life were upended.

In his 1941 opus The Crisis of Our Age, Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin traced the waning of traditional American norms to just before World War II, when advertising imagery and movies became increasingly sensual. America was an ideal-driven culture that honored virtue, duty and delayed gratification. Then it began to slide toward a sensate culture that valued cultivating and sating appetites above all. Mr. Sorokin compared it to the decline of Greece and Rome, whose art evolved toward the sensual as the empires declined.

In Kinsey, Sex and Fraud (1990) and subsequent books, Judith Reisman has chronicled the enormous impact of Alfred Kinsey’s fraud-packed sex studies in 1948 and 1953. Hugh Hefner drew inspiration from them to launch the Playboy empire, which mainstreamed porn and helped fund Roe v. Wade‘s legalization of abortion. With the advent of the birth control pill and the explosion in visual stimuli, the wheels came off.

In his classic Brave New World, Aldous Huxley envisioned a future in which every need was met and sex was noncommittal. Anyone experiencing discomfort could take the drug “soma” to zone out on “soma holiday.” Unlike our opioid crisis, people did not overdose on soma, but both dull the body and soul.

So here we are, with every conceivable way to gratify our appetites.

Are we happier? Does constant pursuit of sensations bring sustained joy? Not likely. That comes from purpose, accomplishment, and close bonds with family and friends. It comes from knowing that we’re valued and loved by a creator God who cares enough to give us rules to live by, and, as shown in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, forgiveness and reconnection.

Perhaps not all is lost. There seems to be genuine concern among some in the intelligentsia over the culture’s destination. The campaign to label porn as a public health hazard is finding purchase, and what actually produces health and happiness is becoming more evident by the day.

Hollywood turns out some good flicks now and then, and there’s always hope for more uplifting fare even beyond the wholesome stuff on the Hallmark Channel. Three years after scripting Theodora Goes Wild, Sidney Buchman was nominated for a screenplay Oscar for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.


Robert Knight is a Washington Times contributor and author of “A Nation Worth Fighting For: 10 Steps to Restore Freedom” (djkm.org). This column first appeared on The Washington Times’ website.

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report Monday, November 19, 2018


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