POTTERS HOUSE A CULT? | DEFENDING HISTORICAL CHRISTIANITY



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Claims by disgruntled church members labeling their former churches abusive and demanding, appear wilfully ignorant of the clearly stated mission of the church from the beginning.

The wildly inflated narratives seem more aimed at self congratulation and assurance, than any genuine “cult” experience.

It’s as if there is no idea what the church teaches and preaches from the beginning – as though its biblical moral standards, calls to separation, roles of men and women, and focus on evangelism, suddenly appear as a sinister agenda.

As if Jesus Himself would have escaped the labels “cult”, “high control/demand” and “exploitative techniques” (eg. “anyone who does not forsake all that he has, cannot be My disciple”)

However, a closer look at what the leading protagonists are saying, reveals an insidious common denominator of masquerading Calvinist (Reformed Theology) entities.

Some of the more vehement and vitriolic attacks against orthodox Christian churches – damning them as “heretical” and “cults”, emanate from crusading Calvinists. They are armed with the “authority” of these masquerading entities who produce much of the shady literature purporting to define cults.

For example, often cited as a valid authority on cults, is CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry)

However CARM is a “5 Point Calvinist entity. Their aim is to “promote and defend Calvinist doctrines, and persuade people to leave and avoid Christian, non-Calvinistic doctrinal points of view.”

CRI (Christian Research Institute) poses as an authority on cults but fails to declare a Calvinist upbringing of its leader.

The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) links to CRI and “provides no indication of how many of their characteristics are necessary for a group to be considered “cultic.”

“The checklist creators do not adequately define how much of certain practices or behaviors would constitute “excessive,” nor do they provide evidence that any of the practices listed are innately harmful. The ICSA list is “so broad that even mainstream organizations such as Evangelical Protestantism, the Roman Catholic Church, Buddhism and Hinduism fall within the criteria”

Equally Calvinist linked, is “Life After Potters House”, Cult Education Institute and the Australian Cult Information and Family Support (CIFS)

At Cult Education Institute, its Jewish activist director has a criminal history. No wonder his “cult expertise” has subsequently seen him convicted by a Court of “acting in a way so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency”

Another interconnected cult “authority”, masquerading as objective, is Cult Awareness Network,(CAN).CAN declared bankruptcy after a jury found that it conspired to violate the civil rights and religious liberties of Jason Scott, a Pentecostalist, who had been forcibly kidnapped by Rick Ross, a CAN-referred deprogrammer

The Calvinistic, Got Questions is critical of churches that deny Calvinistic doctrines

They justify the historical torture and killing of Christians who denied Calvinism

Example:

In 1556, Calvin introduced the most incredibly severe laws against sexual immorality – “Sur les paillardises, adulteres, blasphemes, juremens et despitemens de Dieu”

Some Calvinist crusading Baptist churches express similar tyrannically puritan doctrines

Many followers of Calvinism smear their former churches as cults, interpreting challenges as commands, and suggestions as ultimatums, and ironically promote Calvinist entities as authorities

No wonder then, there is an aggressive trend among some who have rejected the sound, orthodox Christian doctrines of their former churches, to embrace Calvinism and use social media as a backlash against the sound biblical methods they were trained with

Encouraged to gleefully label their former churches cults, the irony is ignored of subsequently belonging to a “religious movement where their theological and positional title is named, not after Christ Who forgave those while He was dying, but after a man who lived 1500 years after Christ, and encouraged the burning alive of men and women at the stake”

“The very traits they point to as identifying cults are encouraged in those who subscribe to its tenets”

Nevertheless, “all Christians believe in concepts of God’s sovereignty, providence, and predestination

These are not concepts unique to Calvinism. Calvinism is simply a false interpretation of them.”

In fact “there are similarities between the ancient heresy of Gnosticism and present day Calvinism

The intellectual pride of the Gnostics refined away the gospel into a philosophy making salvation exclusive and not universal”

It is equally revealing that Calvinist “cult authorities” promote hypocritical, post modern humanist/socialist values that are assumed to be superior to age old, time tested, religious values and doctrines

Christianity in the United States | Wikipedia audio article



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This is an audio version of the Wikipedia Article:
Christianity in the United States

00:02:11 1 Major denominational families
00:03:13 1.1 Protestantism
00:03:57 1.1.1 Evangelical Protestantism
00:08:07 1.1.2 Mainline Protestantism
00:13:14 1.2 Catholic Church
00:15:49 1.3 Eastern Orthodox Christianity
00:16:44 1.4 Oriental Orthodox Christianity
00:17:36 1.5 Latter-day Saint Movement
00:20:08 2 History
00:20:43 2.1 Early Colonial period
00:21:02 2.1.1 Spanish colonies
00:22:31 2.1.2 British colonies
00:22:55 2.1.2.1 Virginia
00:24:14 2.1.2.2 New England
00:25:27 2.1.2.3 Tolerance in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania
00:26:58 2.1.2.4 Maryland
00:27:44 2.1.3 Great Awakening
00:30:08 2.1.4 American Revolution
00:31:33 2.1.5 Church and state debate
00:32:33 2.2 19th century
00:32:42 2.2.1 Separation of church and state
00:33:51 2.2.2 Second Great Awakening
00:35:35 2.2.3 African American churches
00:37:05 2.2.4 Liberal Christianity
00:38:19 2.2.5 Catholic Church
00:39:07 2.2.6 Fundamentalism
00:39:55 2.3 20th century
00:40:04 2.3.1 Evangelicalism
00:41:14 2.3.2 National associations
00:44:24 2.3.3 Pentecostalism
00:45:05 2.3.4 Catholic Church
00:45:40 3 Youth programs
00:47:27 4 Demographics
00:47:36 4.1 Demographics by state
00:47:45 4.2 Beliefs and attitudes
00:50:49 4.3 Church attendance
00:51:14 4.3.1 By state
00:51:38 4.4 Race
00:52:40 4.5 Ethnicity
00:54:03 4.6 Conversion
00:55:34 5 Self-reported membership statistics
00:56:00 6 See also

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– Socrates

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Christianity is the most adhered to religion in the United States, with 75% of polled American adults identifying themselves as Christian in 2015. This is down from 85% in 1990, lower than 81.6% in 2001, and slightly lower than 78% in 2012. About 62% of those polled claim to be members of a church congregation. The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, with nearly 240 million Christians, although other countries have higher percentages of Christians among their populations.
All Protestant denominations accounted for 51.3%, while the Catholic Church by itself, at 23.9%, was the largest individual denomination. A 2008 Pew study categorizes white evangelical Protestants, 26.3% of the population, as the country’s largest religious cohort; another study in 2004 estimates evangelical Protestants of all races at 30–35%. The nation’s second-largest church and the single largest Protestant denomination is the Southern Baptist Convention. The United Methodist Church is the third largest church and the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is the fourth-largest church in the United States and the largest church originating in the U.S. The Church of God in Christ is the fifth-largest denomination, the largest Pentecostal church, and the largest traditionally African-American denomination in the nation. Among Eastern Christian denominations, there are several Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, with just below 1 million adherents in the US, or 0.4% of the total population.Christianity was introduced to the Americas as it was first colonized by Europeans beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries. Going forward from its foundation, the United States has been called a Protestant nation by a variety of sources. Immigration further increased Christian numbers. Today most Christian churches in the United States are either Mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, or Catholic.

Christianity and Unknowing, Richard Rohr



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Richard Rohr, as a Catholic priest and Franciscan Friar, will offer a concise history of how Western Christianity once had, soon lost, tried to retrieve, and now is roundly rediscovering its own traditional understanding of unitive consciousness (which was our word for non-dual thinking). The Christian contemplative mind was usually a subtext, and yet it was always clearly there too, and much closer to the surface, but only for those exposed to the mystical base that was revealed in the Gospel of John, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the Celtic and monastic traditions, and what was generally referred to as the apophatic or wisdom stream of Christianity. These were our many saints and mystics. This possibility was brought to the fore by Thomas Merton in the middle of the last century, and is now flowing in many positive directions. It is now our task to rediscover the pre-Enlightenment Christianity that reveled in “the cloud of unknowing”, what some called “learned ignorance”, and the very notion of Mystery itself. Only when we got into competition with rationalism and secularism, did we adopt this rather recent mania for certitude and a very limited kind of scientific knowing. Almost the entire history of Protestantism emerged in this period, and thus the contemplative mind is an utterly new revelation for them, and frankly for all of us, as we again learn to be comfortable living on the edge of both the knowable and the unknown.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.

Christianity from Judaism to Constantine: Crash Course World History #11



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In which John Green teaches you the history of Christianity, from the beginnings of Judaism and the development of monotheism, right up to Paul and how Christianity stormed the Roman Empire in just a few hundred years. Along the way, John will cover Abram/Abraham, the Covenant, the Roman Occupation of Judea, and the birth, life, death and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. No flame wars! Let’s keep the commentary civil.

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Lecture – W. Mark Lanier – Christianity on Trial



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Mark Lanier’s lecture given on August 2, 2014 shared the title and subject matter of his new book “Christianity on Trial “.

Does the Christian faith hold up under scrutiny? What does science tell us about the plausibility of a god? Can we trust the alleged eyewitness testimony of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?

These questions are worth investigating in order to find an answer solidified in fact and evidence. Mark Lanier, one of America’s top trial lawyers, uses his experienced legal eye to examine the plausibility of the Christian faith. Bringing science, current knowledge, and common sense together in a courtroom approach, this “trial” will elucidate a rich understanding of God and a strong foundation for Christian faith.

Mark is not afraid to investigate the sticky subjects of the Christian worldview that are commonly scrutinized by skeptics or overlooked by marginal believers. Lanier hopes to present a persuasive case for the Christian faith and leaves it up to us to choose what is worthy of belief and what is not.

Mark Lanier is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nationʼs largest private theological collections. The library opened its doors in October 2010 and has a collection of over 85,000 books. Also, Mark teaches a weekly, 750-member Sunday school class focusing on Biblical Literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. You can see his lessons on the class website, He also serves on the boards of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Albright Institute.

Before Mark decided to be a lawyer, he attended David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a B.A. in Biblical Languages with a minor in Economics in 1981. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984. He serves on the Law School’s Foundation Board and was selected as their Distinguished Alumnus for 2005. He is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization whose goal is to exemplify Christ-like character, to advance Christian principles and to demonstrate professional excellence to honor Christ.

Mark founded The Lanier Law Firm in 1990. Since then, Lanier has earned widespread recognition as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. His work for clients across the country is supported by offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles,. He recently won a verdict of $9 billion which is the largest amount ever awarded in an American personal injury lawsuit.

Mark is enthusiastically involved in government and community activities. Leaders of major American corporations, universities and TV news programs often call on him for his respected views on various legal issues. In 2011, Mark was also bestowed the distinguished Ambassador of Peace award by the Guatemalan
government.

Mark is the father of five children and lives in Houston with his wife, Becky.

Leandria Johnson calling Christianity FAKE and Bishop Marvin Winans | July 6, 2018



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Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism – Panel 1 – His Grace Bishop Maxim



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On May 7-8, 2015, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America sponsored a colloquium on Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism on the campus of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Experts from around the world were convened to initiate an ongoing dialogue on the topic. The colloquium was made possible through a generous grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund.

Billy Graham on the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Christianity, and the Bible (1964)



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William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 with the national media backing of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce. His sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast today.

Graham is notable for having been a spiritual adviser to several United States Presidents; he was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. During the civil rights movement, he began to support integrated seating for his revivals and crusades; in 1957 he invited the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach jointly at a revival in New York City, where they appeared together at Madison Square Garden, and bailed the minister out of jail in the 1960s when he was arrested in demonstrations.

Graham operates a variety of media and publishing outlets. According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. As of 2008, Graham’s estimated lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.

Graham has repeatedly been on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any other individual in the world.

Graham is a registered member of the Democratic Party. In 1960 he was opposed to the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he was Catholic, and worked “behind the scenes” to encourage influential Protestant ministers to speak out against him. Graham met with a conference of Protestant ministers in Montreux, Switzerland during the 1960 campaign, to discuss their mobilizing congregations to defeat Kennedy. He did not comment publicly on the election. According to the PBS Frontline program, God in America (2010), Episode 5, Graham also organized a meeting in September 1960 of hundreds of Protestant ministers in Washington, DC to this purpose; Norman Vincent Peale led the meeting. This was shortly before Kennedy’s speech on the separation of church and state in Houston, Texas, which was considered to be successful in meeting concerns of many voters.

Graham leaned toward the Republicans during the presidency of Richard Nixon whom he had met and befriended as vice president under Dwight Eisenhower. He did not completely ally himself with the later religious right, saying that Jesus did not have a political party. He has given his support to various political candidates over the years.

He refused to join Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority in 1979, saying: “I’m for morality, but morality goes beyond sex to human freedom and social justice. We as clergy know so very little to speak with authority on the Panama Canal or superiority of armaments. Evangelists cannot be closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle in order to preach to all people, right and left. I haven’t been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will be in the future.”

Christianity 101



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Christianity 101 is back to the basics for people wanting common sense religion without judgement and condemnation. Dr. Mann presents a loving God to the world with humor, wit and compassion. Dr. Mann is preaching from Riverbend Church in Austin, TX & his full length videos & books are available at www.gmm.org You may also read his monthly hunting column in the Santa Fe Good News Magazine at www.santafegoodnews.com

January 13, 2019 – Second Sunday Service – Mikhail Mokienko – Initiative Christianity



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13 Января 2019 – Воскресное Служение 2-й поток
January 13, 2019 – Second Sunday Service
Михаил Мокиенко – Тема проповеди: Инициативное христианство / Initiative Christianity

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Nativeartefacts.com Saint Benedict The Moor And Catholic Christianity



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Benedict the Moor, O.F.M. Italian: Benedetto da San Fratello, 1526 – April 4, 1589 was an Italian Franciscan friar in Sicily who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic and Lutheran churches.

Former Kundalini Yoga Teacher Turns to Christianity – Part 8/8



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Mike Shreve was a follower of Yogi Bhajan and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga at four universities in the Tampa, Florida area (USA). He spent his days in solitude, seeking the truth through various meditation, yoga and new age practices. He had about 400 students and was also running a yoga ashram. Ever-increasing mystical experiences convinced him that he was evolving in a genuine experience of true spirituality and a revelation of Ultimate Reality. His all-consuming passion was to attain God-consciousness. Then an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ changed everything–dramatically–and the thirst of his soul was quenched. If you are searching for God and seeking truth, you need to listen to this presentation. God’s love is evident in the words that are spoken.

Under Jesuit Control: Russians Defend Christianity…



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Is this a true devotion to our Faith or is is the other side of the hegelian dialectic thinking coin that is meant to draw the world into tanother PLANNED world war. The Russian Orthodoxy is under the control of the Roman Papacy so why am I not surprised to see Rome sanctioning the false right of gay marriage in America yet they are condemning it under the disguise of the Orthodoxy.

To all my russian brothers and sisters in the true Biblical Jesus Christ KJV: DO NOT BE FOOLED BY YOUR RELIGIOUS LEADERS. They ar doing the same things to americans over here. they have simply switched the communism to the opposite side. Rome is behind this all. Dont believe me? Watch this vid