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March 27, 2024, 12:55:24 pm Mark says: Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  When Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida began a speech marking the 100th day of the war in Gaza, one confounding yet eye-opening proclamation escaped the headlines. Listing the motives for the Palestinian militant group's Oct. 7 massacre in Israel, he accused Jews of "bringing red cows" to the Holy Land.
December 31, 2022, 10:08:58 am NilsFor1611 says: blessings
August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
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1  General Category / Catholicism / Re: Peter the Roman conspiracy on: May 25, 2024, 09:46:44 am
Pope Rebuked For Claiming The Heart Is Inherently Good: ‘Jesus Taught To The Contrary’

Pope Francis is under fire after claiming that human beings are “fundamentally good” in a recent interview with 60 Minutes host Norah O’ Donnell. “We are all fundamentally good,” he said. “Yes, there are some rogues and sinners, but the heart itself is good.”

2  General Category / Catholicism / Re: Apparitions of Mary "Messages from Heaven" on: May 10, 2024, 07:10:34 pm
Vatican Expecting an Increase in 'Apparitions' and 'Supernatural Phenomena'

People have got to wonder what is in store for humanity as the home to the world’s most powerful religious organization, the Vatican, is preparing new guidelines on how to deal with supernatural phenomena.

It’s almost like a clue as to what is expected to happen in the near future.

As reported by Fox News, “The Holy See Press Office announced the upcoming document will be published May 17 with a live-streamed press conference featuring Prefect for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández.”

This shouldn’t come as shocking topic of discussion to Christians, but it seems many today have abandoned the supernatural aspect of the Bible, even though spiritual warfare against demons, principalities, powers and rulers of darkness is an oft-discussed topic in the Word of God.

Fernández has said in the past that the new text will come with “clear guidelines and norms for the discernment of apparitions and other phenomena,” as reported by the National Catholic Register.

Well, good on the Catholic Church for at least recognizing the significance behind the spiritual realm and its effect on the natural.

But Christians who do not subscribe to the Catholic view of Christianity need to be aware that things are worded and phrased a bit differently than your mainline Protestant, Pentecostal or non-denominational Christian may be used to hearing.

Case in point, an “apparition” is a distinctly divine entity, meaning it would be a saint, the virgin Mary or Jesus.

Many Christians today believe that such visions exist, perhaps with less of an emphasis on Mary and more on angelic beings and Jesus, but there have been just as many who have labeled such occurrences and events as “charismaniac nonsense.”

Well, we are seeing the evidence of the spiritual war taking place all around us, as the earth continues its self-destructive spiral away from the tenets of God.

But one thing all Christians can (or should) agree with Catholics on is the need for biblical discernment.

The Bible warns of deception and false teachers, and if we are not rooted firmly in the truth of the Bible, many, even the elect, will fall victim to these deceptions.

3  General Category / Vaccination information / Re: Projected That New Cases Of Cancer In The U.S. Will Explode on: May 09, 2024, 06:45:13 am
Pfizer is betting big on cancer drugs to turn business around after Covid decline – here’s what to know
 Roll Eyes

Pfizer is ready to move on from Covid.

Now, the company is betting on cancer drugs to help it regain its footing after a rocky year marked by the rapid decline of its Covid business. It just might take a while before that bet pays off.

Pfizer pitched its deeper push into oncology during a four-hour investor event last week. And it had a splashy 60-second Super Bowl ad that touted its initiative to “outdo cancer.”

The shift comes at a crucial time for Pfizer. The pharmaceutical giant has been trying to shore up investor sentiment after its shares fell more than 40% in 2023. That share drop erased more than $100 billion in Pfizer’s market value.

Along with plummeting demand for its Covid products, Pfizer disappointed Wall Street last year with the underwhelming launch of a new RSV shot, a twice-daily weight loss pill that fell short in clinical trials and a 2024 forecast that missed expectations. The company has launched a $4 billion cost-cutting program, laying off hundreds of employees and shaving down its research and development spending.

During the investor day, Pfizer laid out its priorities now that it has fully integrated with the targeted cancer drugmaker Seagen. That $43 billion Seagen acquisition doubled Pfizer’s oncology drug pipeline to 60 different experimental programs.

With Seagen under its belt, Pfizer says its drug pipeline could produce at least eight blockbuster medicines by 2030, up from just five today. But the company did not disclose which drugs it believes could offer that potential.

Some analysts noted that it might take a few years for some of Pfizer’s cancer drugs in mid-stage development to show pivotal clinical trial data and become less risky.

Pfizer’s existing oncology portfolio is also facing some competitive pressure. Revenue from the blockbuster breast cancer drug Ibrance and prostate cancer treatment Xtandi, which Pfizer shares with Astellas Pharma, has declined over the past year. Both drugs are expected to lose market exclusivity in 2027.

Still, some analysts came out of the investor day feeling encouraged.

“The company is facing a number of challenges, but we believe the event was a success in laying out a path for the oncology business to help offset upcoming patent losses, and drive growth in the future,” Guggenheim analysts wrote in a note Tuesday.

4  General Category / Vaccination information / Projected That New Cases Of Cancer In The U.S. Will Explode on: May 09, 2024, 06:43:52 am
It Is Being Projected That New Cases Of Cancer In The U.S. Will Explode To A Brand New Record High This Year (2 Million In 2024)

We are witnessing an explosion of cancer in the United States that is absolutely unprecedented.  As you will see below, it is being projected that the number of new cases of cancer in the U.S. will hit a brand new record high this year, and cancer rates are rising particularly rapidly among our young people.  There have been so many prominent individuals in the news that have been diagnosed with cancer recently, and so many people that I personally know have also been diagnosed with cancer recently.  I am sure that most of you also personally know people that have been affected by this disease.  Of course cancer has been one of the leading causes of death for a very long time, but we have never witnessed anything quite like this.

According to the American Cancer Society, this year the number of newly diagnosed cases of cancer will surpass  the 2 million mark for the first time ever…

Cancer incidence, however, is on the rise for many common cancers. In the coming year, we’re expecting to hit a bleak milestone—the first time new cases of cancer in the US are expected to cross the 2-million mark. That’s almost 5,500 cancer diagnoses a day.

This trend is largely affected by the aging and growth of the population and by a rise in diagnoses of 6 of the 10 most common cancers—breast, prostate, endometrial, pancreatic, kidney, and melanoma. (The other 4 top 10 cancers are lung, colon and rectum, bladder, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.)

This is such a great tragedy.

Millions of Americans are dying way too early.

Once upon a time, cancer was considered to be a disease that would strike in old age, but now cancer rates among our young people are absolutely exploding…

According to a new study published this week in BMJ Oncology, cancer rates worldwide have risen dramatically in people under the age of 50.

Researchers examined data from 204 countries between 1990 and 2019. They found that there were more than 3.26 million early-onset cancer cases reported in those countries in 2019, up from 1.82 million in 1990, an increase of 79.1%.

The study defined early-onset cancer as a diagnosis that occurs between the ages of 14 and 49.

I don’t know why researchers only looked at numbers through 2019.

Personally, I would love to see what the figures for the last several years look like.

But everyone agrees that cancer rates among young people are surging like never before.

For example, one study discovered that the number of women under the age of 25 being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer has increased by close to 200 percent since the 1990s…

A ‘frightening’ explosion of young women developing one of the deadliest cancers has baffled experts.

Rates of pancreatic cancer have soared by up to 200 per cent in women under the age of 25 since the 1990s.

Overall, incidences of the disease — which has a five-year survival rate of just 5 per cent — have increased by around 17 per cent over the same time-span, with soaring obesity rates suspected to be behind the trend.

Young people are also getting colon cancer at a staggering rate.

In fact, it is being projected that the number of young people under the age of 40 that will die from colon cancer each year will double by the year 2030…

These findings come at a time when colon cancer deaths among people under 40 are expected to double by 2030, and it is projected to be the number one cause of cancer deaths in young people by the end of the decade.

Overall, rates of all types of gastrointestinal cancer among our young people are skyrocketing, and this has experts deeply alarmed…

Gastrointestinal cancer diagnoses in Americans under 50 climbed drastically over a decade, with the starkest rise occurring in under-19s, at 109 percent.

And the number of GI cancers among children under 19 more than doubled from 2010 to 2019 and overall incidence of GI cancers among under-50s rose by 15 percent.

GI cancers include those in the stomach, esophagus, colon and rectum, liver, pancreas, anus, gall bladder, and small intestine.

The fact that so many young people are getting cancer will mean lots of cash for the cancer industry during the years ahead.

According to the CDC, more than 240 billion dollars will be spent on cancer care in the United States on a yearly basis by 2030.

Just think about that.

That is close to a quarter of a trillion dollars.

If a cure for cancer was found, all of that money would go away.

Unfortunately, cancer rates are likely to continue to go up.

We are being told that approximately 40 percent of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, but at the rate that we are going it won’t be too long before that figure hits 50 percent.

Today, we live in a society that is incredibly toxic.

Let me give you an example.  According to one recent study, the air that we breathe as we drive our vehicles can literally cause cancer…

Tens of millions of Americans each day breathe in carcinogenic chemicals that are woven into the interiors of their cars, a new study has found.

While opening a window can help reduce the risk, only reforms can keep people safe, researchers wrote in a study in Environmental Science and Technology.

There isn’t anything that we can do about this, because federal law has mandated the use of these carcinogenic chemicals since the 1970s…

Approximately 124 million Americans commute each day, spending an average of an hour in their cars.

By federal law, the interior of these vehicles are required to contain flame retardants, or chemicals that make it harder for them to combust in a crash.

These chemicals have been a legally mandated part of modern cars since the 1970s, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed a law requiring their use.

Let me give you another example.

Most of our diets are heavily made up of sugary and fatty foods, and a study that was just conducted in Singapore has found that “a compound released when the body breaks down sugary and fatty foods” is linked to higher rates of cancer…

A study in Singapore looked at the effect of methylglyoxal, a compound released when the body breaks down sugary and fatty foods, on a gene that helps fight off tumors.

In a first, the academics found that methylglyoxal was able to temporarily shut off the BRCA2 gene’s ability to protect against cancer forming and growing.

Doctors have known for decades that eating junk food is linked to a much higher risk of cancer, even if the person is not obese, but the exact mechanism is still being understood.

Needless to say, those two studies are just the tip of the iceberg.

Our air, our water, our soil, our food and thousands of products all around us are absolutely saturated with cancer-causing toxins.

I very much encourage everyone to minimize the risks, but it impossible to totally avoid them.

This is one of the reasons why I proclaim a message of hope to my readers, because the environment in which we live has been transformed into a toxic hell.

We are literally committing societal suicide in so many different ways, and our leaders have absolutely no intention of changing course.

5  General Category / War On Family / Re: The Sodomite Scouts of America on: May 08, 2024, 08:45:35 am
Boy Scout Movement Now Trans-Friendly ‘Authentic Self’ Group
The Boy Scouts of America is changing its 114-year-old name in what seems to be a bid to deny the reality that boys are different from girls.

Boy Scouts Change Name Sparking Backlash--- ‘Destroyed By Wokeness’
Some social media users expressed anger this week after the Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name...On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts changed their name to Scouting America...
6  General Category / War On Family / Re: The Falling Away, sodomite version on: May 07, 2024, 10:00:59 am
Christian Post: United Methodists Go Pro Gay In Historic Statement
The United Methodist Church General Conference has voted to remove a statement from its central rulebook that declared that homosexuality was "incompatible with Christian teaching."

RNS: United Methodist Conference Eliminates All Anti-LGBTQ Policies
...The effect of all those measures was to expunge from the rulebook all punitive measures against LGBTQ+ people, a striking change for a denomination. The reversals came in the wake of a schism that...
7  General Category / Christian Persecution / Re: The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels on: May 03, 2024, 09:44:20 am
Zionist Christians Get Wake-up Call: New Law Defining “Antisemitism” Means Denying the Biblical Record that Jews Condemned Jesus to Death!

8  General Category / War On Family / Re: The Falling Away, sodomite version on: May 03, 2024, 09:05:13 am
United Methodists Begin To Reverse Longstanding Anti-LGBTQ Policies

United Methodist delegates began making historic changes in their policies on sexuality on Tuesday — voting without debate to reverse a series of anti-LGBTQ policies.

9  General Category / War On Family / Re: The Falling Away, sodomite version on: May 03, 2024, 08:53:28 am
UMC drops decades-old ban on ordaining LGBT clergy without debate

The United Methodist General Conference has voted to remove a decades-old ban on ordaining pastors in romantic same-sex relationships after thousands of conservative congregations left the denomination in recent years.

At the UMC General Conference Wednesday, delegates approved without debate a measure removing the language from the Book of Discipline as part of a broader consent calendar, passing it by a final tally of 692 to 51.

Since 1984, the UMC Book of Discipline has prohibited the ordination of "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," with many progressives in the mainline Protestant denomination openly refusing to enforce or follow the restriction. 

rest: read://https_www.christianpost.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.christianpost.com%2Fnews%2Fumc-repeals-decades-old-ban-on-ordaining-lgbt-clergy.html
10  General Category / Christian Persecution / Re: The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels on: May 03, 2024, 08:42:22 am
11  General Category / Christian Persecution / Re: The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels on: May 03, 2024, 08:41:30 am
Matt Gaetz blasts House antisemitism legislation as 'ridiculous hate speech bill'

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., railed against the House’s antisemitism legislation on Wednesday, blasting it as a "ridiculous hate speech bill" before the legislation was ultimately passed.

The Antisemitism Awareness Act aims to crack down on antisemitism on college campuses and would expand the legal definition of antisemitism used to enforce anti-discrimination laws. The bill comes at a time when anti-Israel protests are raging at college campuses across the country.

It was passed overwhelmingly by a 320-91 vote in the House, but that’s not before critics like Gaetz came out against its passage, saying on social media that some excerpts of the Bible would meet this bill’s definition of antisemitism.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, railed against the House’s antisemitism legislation on Wednesday, blasting it as a "ridiculous hate speech bill" before the bill was ultimately passed. (Aaron Schwartz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

"This evening, I will vote AGAINST the ridiculous hate speech bill called the ‘Antisemitism Awareness Act,'" Gaetz wrote on X.

"Antisemitism is wrong, but this legislation is written without regard for the Constitution, common sense, or even the common understanding of the meaning of words. The Gospel itself would meet the definition of antisemitism under the terms of this bill!"

If passed by the Senate and signed by President Biden, the bipartisan Antisemitism Awareness Act would mandate that the Department of Education legally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) definition of antisemitism when enforcing anti-discrimination rules.

Gaetz provided an example of one of IHRA’s definitions of antisemitism, which includes "claims of Jews killing Jesus," asserting that the Bible would fall under the definition.

rest: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/matt-gaetz-blasts-house-antisemitism-legislation-ridiculous-hate-speech-bill
12  General Category / Christian Persecution / Re: The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels on: April 29, 2024, 09:47:10 am
Persecution watchdog warns of growing hostility to Christians in US: 'Frogs in the kettle'

The president of a nonprofit Christian persecution watchdog that monitors hostility to faith and freedom abroad warned that too few Christians in America and the West seem aware of how such trends are manifesting at home.

"Basically, we are frogs in the kettle, and the bubbles keep coming up under us," Jeff King, president of the Washington, D.C.-based International Christian Concern (ICC), told The Christian Post.

"Too many people are not aware politically, and they're so used to thinking of how things were that they can't figure out where these bubbles are coming from, not realizing they're being cooked."

ICC, which was founded in 1995 to advocate for the persecuted church around the world, has been speaking out, particularly about Staci Barber's case in Texas.

Barber is a school teacher who sued the Katy Independent School District near Houston in March after her principal allegedly reprimanded her last September for praying with two other teachers at the school's flagpole as part of "See You At the Pole," an annual international event.

The administrator reportedly told her that teachers were not allowed to pray where students could see them and be influenced to join, according to the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ). Teachers were told they "could not pray in any location where students would be present, even if this praying occurred before the school day began," according to the lawsuit.

Barber had previously been barred from starting a campus chapter of Students for Christ, and the school board instituted a policy mandating that "employees will neither advance nor inhibit religion."

"Employees may not promote, lead, or participate in religious activities of noncurriculum-related student groups," the policy stated, which the ACLJ argued is "blatantly unconstitutional," according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

King told CP that Barber's case "highlights the depth of ignorance among school boards and even at the principal level of what rights the Constitution grants people," but he suggested her situation is symptomatic of a wider hostility toward Christians in the U.S. at all levels.

King warned that the same trends his nonprofit has been tracking and advocating against overseas are increasingly manifesting in the historically free nations of the Western world, including the United States. He pinpointed a corrupt, cumbersome judicial process and proliferating hate speech laws as the main prongs of the attack on Christian beliefs.

King explained that dictators and despots will promise religious liberty out of one side of their mouths while at the same time effectively mandating that religious citizens keep their opinions to themselves and out of the public square.

"If that sounds familiar, there's a reason," he said. "The big picture, and what people need to grasp, is that's what's going on here in the West, and that's what a lot of people who dislike Christianity are proposing and trying to push forward."

In countries where leaders possess antipathy toward Christianity, a politically weaponized judicial system plays a key role in chilling speech and driving Christians to self-censor, King said. He cited the example of India, where Christians are increasingly persecuted and their churches vandalized despite the guarantee of religious freedom in the country's constitution.

"They have religious freedom in their constitution, but it doesn't matter," he said of India. "It's what happens in practice. And so when pastors are often attacked in the streets or in the churches, guess who gets arrested? It's the pastor. What happens is you keep your head down. So this is what we're seeing in the States."

Even if courts rule against the bad actors, King noted that the onerous judicial process itself is sufficient to convey the regime's message.

"People learn that you do not stick your head up, and you start being quiet because the process is the punishment," he said, adding that he has even seen examples of similar situations in Christian ministries in the U.S. where employees have been dragged before HR for not "toeing on the line" on LGBTQ issues and pronoun usage.


13  General Category / Revelation Prophecy / Re: Pre-trib rapture and antichrist on: April 29, 2024, 09:43:25 am
Debunking Popular Lies About The Pre-Tribulation Rapture

One of the most unpopular beliefs among Christians today is that of the pre-Tribulation Rapture. Many not only scoff at our expectation of meeting Jesus in the air, but also ridicule those of us who believe it could happen at any moment.

The resulting silence in most pulpits today regarding our “blessed hope” has opened the door for a great many misconceptions about it to flourish. For many, social media and Internet searches have replaced sound biblical teaching regarding our “blessed hope.”

Below are five popular lies about the Rapture.

1. Belief In The Rapture Began With John Darby
Despite clear and overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most Christians remain convinced that belief in the pre-Tribulation Rapture began with John Darby. They claim that since no one in the church held this viewpoint prior to the nineteenth century, we shouldn’t ascribe to something no one believed before the time of Darby.

This assertion is blatantly false.

In AD 180, Irenaeus wrote Against Heresies to refute the errors of Gnosticism. In Book 5, Chapter 29, of Against Heresies he wrote these words:

And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, “There shall be Tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be.”

In the above quote, this early prominent early church theologian used the same Greek word for “caught up,” harpazo, that Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, a favorite Rapture verse of many. He clearly had this passage in mind.

While his words don’t specify a pre-Tribulation Rapture, they do reveal Irenaeus’ belief that the event portrayed in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the harpazo, would come before a time of extended Tribulation on the earth as presented in Matthew 24:21ff during which time the church would be absent from the earth.

His words also confirm an early belief in Jesus’ appearance for His church that’s separate from the Second Coming. He didn’t combine the two events as most do today.

In my book, The Triumph of the Redeemed, I document beliefs similar to that of Irenaeus in the following documents or writers:

The Shepherd of Hermas (about AD 140)
Cyprian (AD 200–258)
The Apocalypse of Elijah (Third Century AD)
Ephraim the Syrian (AD 306–373)
Morgan Edwards (1722–1795)
Each of the above examples, which predate John Darby by an exceptionally long time, express the belief that Jesus would remove His church from the earth before a period of extended judgment upon it. Ephraim clearly believed in a pre-Tribulation Rapture although Morgan Edwards placed it at the midpoint of the Tribulation.

Ongoing research into the history of the church continues to uncover more occurrences of a belief in the removal of the church from the world followed by a time of tribulation and after that, the Second Coming.

In his book, Dispensationalism Before Darby, Dr. William C. Watson devoted an entire chapter to instances of belief in the Rapture during seventeenth century England. In a few of the cases, writers used the word “Rapture” while others referred to some who would be “left behind.” Church history is full of references, long before the time of Darby, that place Jesus’ appearing for His church before a time of tribulation that precedes the Second Coming.

2. There’s No Mention Of It In Scripture
Many scoffers of our hope like to point out that the Bible doesn’t contain the word “Rapture.” Such an assertion deceptively implies that there’s no such event described in Scripture, which again is totally false.

The late Dr. Ed Hindson, former professor at Liberty University, acclaimed Bible scholar, and author, put it this way:

If you disagree on the timing of the rapture, please don’t tell people, “There’s never going to be a rapture.” No, there must be a rapture or the Bible is not true. There must be a time when the archangel shouts, when the trumpet sounds, and the dead in Christ are raised and the living are caught up (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). We may differ on the timing of the rapture but not the fact of the rapture.

It’s true that John Darby helped popularize the application of the word “Rapture” to the event that Paul describes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, I Corinthians 15:50-55, Philippians 3:20-21, and Titus 2:11-14. However, giving it a name is far different than creating it.

The event we refer to as the “Rapture” occurs in the Bible; it’s just not labelled as such that in our English translations of Scripture.

3. Belief In The Rapture Is Escapism
Another falsehood used to discredit the Rapture is that its proponents just want to escape tumultuous times on the earth. In other words, we are just seeking to avoid the tribulation that Jesus said would be the experience of His followers.

First, there’s a significance difference between the persecution and affliction that we experience because of our faith and the outpouring of God’s wrath during the Day of the Lord. Second, our belief stems from what Paul wrote about Jesus coming for us before this awful period of Tribulation begins (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10).

I love the response of John Walvoord to such criticism:

Is it an unworthy motive to desire to escape the Great Tribulation? Actually, it is no more so than the desire to escape hell. The point in either case is not our desire or wishes but the question as to what the Scriptures promise. Pretribulationists hope to escape the Great Tribulation because it is expressly a time of divine judgment on a world that has rejected Christ. But the Scriptures also reveal the Great Tribulation as a time of satanic wrath against Israel and believers in Christ who are living at the time. The Great Tribulation is a time of both divine wrath and satanic wrath.

Our hope for missing the Tribulation period rests on the words or Scripture rather than our desire to escape trouble. And as Walvoord points out, how is our desire to escape God’s wrath on earth any different than that of wanting to avoid it in the lake of fire?

4. Those Who Believe In The Rapture Don’t Care About The Current World
This falsehood is more of an attack on us who believe in the Rapture than against the teaching itself. Again, the idea that we don’t care about this world or its inhabitants is simply not true of the majority of those who daily watch for Jesus’ appearing.

Scholar and author, Dr. Grant R. Jeffrey, wrote the following concerning the myth-based assertion that belief in the Rapture causes us to cease caring about this world and its people:

For the past two centuries, churches that enthusiastically taught the literal premillennial and pretribulation return of Jesus have been at the forefront of the worldwide medical missions as well as missionary efforts to reach the lost.

Of course there will be exceptions, but from what I see, there’s no lack of compassion for the hurting and lost among those that wait expectancy for Jesus’ appearing. Belief in the Rapture, if anything, accelerates the desire of most to give generously to help the poor and support the spread of Gospel.

5. Jesus Doesn’t Intervene In Our World Until The End Of The Age
Those that believe the preceding falsehoods pertaining to the Rapture say the next event on God’s prophetic calendar is an end-of-the-age return of Jesus to initiate the eternal state.

Many pastors convey such a scenario by preaching that all believers today will someday die. I have heard this proclaimed several times from the pulpit in churches that I have attended in the past. Such teaching directly contradicts the New Testament; Paul tells us there will be saints alive at the time of Jesus’ appearing (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

The New Testament belief in Jesus’ imminent appearing doesn’t place an end date on this expectancy, but asserts that it could happen at any moment. The abundance of signs pointing to the soon arrival of the Tribulation period tell us that it’s likely that most believers today will meet Jesus in the air before they die. Though not a certainty, it’s a viable expectation for the day in which we live.

A careful study of the words in the texts describing Jesus’ appearing and the Second Coming reveal that they cannot be the same event. At the time of the Rapture, Jesus raises the dead saints immediately; it’s the very first thing He does (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). When He returns to the earth, several major events take place before He raises His followers (Revelation 19:17-20:4); it’s likely that the resurrection doesn’t happen the same day because of the many intervening events.

A careful study reveals an abundance of other stark differences between the two events that make it impossible for one to say they happen at the same time. Prominent early church theologians such as Irenaeus and Cyprian wrote that Jesus would come for His church before a time of Tribulation on the earth, Jesus’ Second Coming after that. Some “post-Tribulationists” such as Robert Gundry place the bowl judgments in-between the Rapture and Jesus’ return to the earth.

Why do so many Christians cling to falsehoods about the Rapture? It’s because they start with beliefs regarding the end times that make such an occurrence impossible.

The most popular views regarding Bible prophecy claim that most of the book of Revelation is symbolism, code exclusively for first century AD saints, or past history (fulfilled prophecy). These widely accepted viewpoints presuppose that there cannot be a Rapture, which explains its unpopularity in most churches.

14  General Category / UFO/Watcher Theology / Re: UFO’s: The Great Last Days Deception on: April 26, 2024, 07:15:40 pm
15  General Category / UFO/Watcher Theology / Re: Black Eyed Kids: Insidious Threat or Myth in the Making? on: April 21, 2024, 09:57:01 am
Why Are They Trying So Hard To Convince Us That People That Are Seeing Black-Eyed Demon Faces Have A “Disorder”?

If you came into contact with someone with a face that looked like a demon and eyes that were completely black as night, what would you do?  Encounters of this nature are popping up on social media at the exact same time that the mainstream media is trying really hard to convince all of us that anyone that is seeing black-eyed demon faces has a “disorder”.  In fact, if you type “demon face” into Google News, you will literally get hundreds of articles about a disorder known as prosopometamorphopsia.  But this is a very, very rare disorder.  At this point, less than 100 cases of PMO have ever been documented.

So why are they making such a big deal out of this “disorder” all of a sudden?

All of the news stories about this “disorder” focus on one 59-year-old man from Clarksville, Tennessee named Victor Sharrah.  The following comes from NBC News…

Victor Sharrah had always had sharp vision. But one life-altering day in November 2020, he noticed out of the blue that people’s faces around him looked demonic.

Their ears, noses and mouths were stretched back, and there were deep grooves in their foreheads, cheeks and chins.

“My first thought was I woke up in a demon world,” said Sharrah, 59, of Clarksville, Tennessee. “You can’t imagine how scary it was.”

I completely believe him.

What Victor Sharrah is experiencing definitely sounds like a very real disorder.

After he was tested, he was formally diagnosed with prosopometamorphopsia…

Someone he knew taught visually impaired people and suggested he might have prosopometamorphopsia, or PMO. The extremely rare neurological disorder of perception causes faces to appear distorted in shape, size, texture or color. Sharrah felt the symptoms were a match, and he was formally diagnosed last year.

I have no doubts that he has PMO.

But this is supposed to be a very, very rare disorder.  According to People Magazine, only 81 cases have ever been confirmed…

The disorder is so rare that according to one 2021 report, only 81 cases have been recorded.

You are far more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to have a case of PMO.

So why are they making such a big deal out of this?

It is almost as if some outlets are trying to suggest that many of their readers could have this condition too.

For example, the following comes from a ScienceDaily article entitled “If faces look like demons, you could have this extraordinary condition”…

“We’ve heard from multiple people with PMO that they have been diagnosed by psychiatrists as having schizophrenia and put on anti-psychotics, when their condition is a problem with the visual system,” says senior author Brad Duchaine, a professor of psychological and brain sciences and principal investigator of the Social Perception Lab at Dartmouth.

“And it’s not uncommon for people who have PMO to not tell others about their problem with face perception because they fear others will think the distortions are a sign of a psychiatric disorder,” says Duchaine.

“It’s a problem that people often don’t understand.”

For those that really do have prosopometamorphopsia, faces all around them look distorted.

So if the vast majority of the faces you see look completely normal and then you encounter someone with a “demon face”, that is not prosopometamorphopsia.

Recently, videos from people that have had very strange encounters with individuals that have completely black eyes have been getting a lot of attention on social media.

Below, I have posted a video from a Christian delivery driver, and it appears that he is very honestly trying to share what he experienced…

Needless to say, I cannot confirm any of this.

I wasn’t there, and there is no video footage of what he witnessed.

But others are reporting similar experiences.

This next video is from a woman that encountered someone with completely black eyes at the grocery store…

Maybe the people that are seeing these things are just crazy.

Or maybe they just have wild imaginations.

I don’t know.

But this isn’t something that just started happening.

For many years, people have reported very creepy encounters with “black-eyed children”.  In fact, this phenomenon has been so widespread that even Wikipedia has an entry about it…

Black-eyed children or black-eyed kids, in American contemporary legend, are paranormal creatures that resemble children between ages 6 and 16,[1] with pale skin and black eyes, who are reportedly seen hitchhiking or begging, or are encountered on doorsteps of residential homes.[2][3][4]

I am sure that many of you have heard of such incidents as well.

Now all of a sudden supposed encounters with individuals that have “black-eyed demon faces” are suddenly popping up all over social media.


I wish that I had some solid answers for you.

For now, I will certainly keep my eyes open for any more reports of people with “black-eyed demon faces”.

16  General Category / End Times / Re: Ezekiel's Birds Gathering For Gog-Magog Meal on: April 18, 2024, 07:16:01 am
Netanyahu says 9 chilling words as Iran's president vows to completely destroy Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left no doubt in a statement on Wednesday, regarding what his Jewish country might do should current tensions with Iran escalate further.

"Israel will do whatever it needs to defend itself," Netanyahu said in a statement.

The comment came after separate meetings with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron and Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Israel on Wednesday, where the ministers discussed actions Israel could pursue to retaliate for Iran’s unprecedented, direct attack on Israel over the weekend.

17  General Category / ISLAM: Religion of peace ? / Re: Islam's peacful conquest of Europe on: April 16, 2024, 07:43:00 am
Majority of young Muslims in UK want Islamic law

1 in 3 Muslims living in the UK want Islam to be declared the national religion and for everyone to live under the brutal system of Sharia law which calls for beheadings and amputations.

18  General Category / End Times / Re: Ezekiel's Birds Gathering For Gog-Magog Meal on: April 09, 2024, 08:03:51 pm
19  General Category / End Times / Re: Ezekiel's Birds Gathering For Gog-Magog Meal on: April 09, 2024, 07:44:41 pm
20  General Category / Temple News / Re: Red Heifer Discovered! Major Obstacle To Rebuilding Of The Jewish Temple Removed on: March 27, 2024, 12:54:51 pm
What these red cows from Texas have to do with war and peace in the Middle East

Red cows factor into Israel-Hamas war
The unlikely role red cows play in war between Israel and Hamas 05:07

Jerusalem — When Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida began a speech marking the 100th day of the war in Gaza, one confounding yet eye-opening proclamation escaped the headlines. Listing the motives for the Palestinian militant group's Oct. 7 massacre in Israel, he accused Jews of "bringing red cows" to the Holy Land.

The cows he was talking about are red heifers, which now graze at a secure, undisclosed location in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Some Jews and Christians believe they're key to rebuilding the Jewish temple that once stood in Jerusalem, and to beckoning the Messiah.

To understand, you have to look back almost 2,000 years in the tumultuous history of the Middle East, when the ancient Romans destroyed the last temple in Jerusalem.

To rebuild it, fervent believers point to the Bible's Book of Numbers, which commands the Israelites to offer "a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke."

Only with that offering, they insist, can the temple rise again.
From Texas to the West Bank

Instrumental in bringing the heifers to the Holy Land was Yitshak Mamo, of Uvne Jerusalem, a group committed to seeing a new temple built in Jerusalem's Old City.

"You can check to see if they have any white or black hairs," he told CBS News, explaining that any hair that isn't red would disqualify the cows from fulfilling their prophesied role.
Red heifers, brought to the Israeli-occupied West Bank by Yitshak Mamo of Uvne Jerusalem, a group committed to seeing a new Jewish temple built in Jerusalem's Old City, are seen at his settlement in the West Bank. CBS News

Finding the red heifers took years. The quest led Mamo not to Jewish breeders but to Christian ranchers thousands of miles away.

"After a long search, we found them in Texas," he said. "Texas red angus."

To bypass strict laws in place at the time that banned the export of U.S. cattle to Israel, the heifers were classified as pets, Mamo said with a laugh. But to those following biblical commandments, the cows are no laughing matter, he added, stressing that it was no publicity stunt.

"Harry Potter is a good story. The Bible is not a story," he said. "The Bible is a way of God to lead us."
Yitshak Mamo, of Uvne Jerusalem, a group committed to seeing a new Jewish temple built in Jerusalem's Old City, speaks with CBS News at his home in a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. CBS News

But while they're classed as pets, there are no plans to let the red heifers live out long happy lives.

A massive white altar awaits, where they are to be burned on a plot of land overlooking the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Mamo said the ceremony must be performed looking directly into where the ancient Second Temple stood, until it was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70.
"A Pandora's box that nobody can close"

What Mamo didn't mention is what stands in the temple's place now: The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are among the holiest sites in Islam.
Israeli security forces guard the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following clashes that erupted during Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jerusalem, April 5, 2023. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty

Today, heavily armed guards ensure that only Muslims are allowed inside the complex. But that hasn't stopped Jewish activists, like Melissa Jane Kronfeld, from leading groups up the Temple Mount five days every week.

"There's one true God, and it started here," she said, before falling to her knees and bowing where the First Temple, or the Temple of Solomon, was built in 957 BCE. The Second Temple, or Temple of Herod, was a reconstructed version of the first, built in the 6th century BCE, according to scripture.

"It's so important for the Jews to return and rebuild the temple," said New York native Kronfeld, who founded the High on the Har organization to lead the tours. "It's not about taking anything from our Muslim brothers and sisters. It's not about the destruction of Islamic holy sites. It's about preserving this place and being guardians over the house of God for all people."

But she makes no secret about what she wants to happen to the Dome of the Rock.

"I believe it's going to go, 100%. The whole thing is going to go to build a temple," she said, insisting that the shrine and its golden dome should be preserved, but relocated.
Melissa Jane Kronfeld speaks with CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay as they walk in front of the golden dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. CBS News

It's a suggestion that many fear, if acted upon, could make the current war even bloodier, and see it spread rapidly beyond the Gaza Strip.

"Everyone says that the building, the Third Temple, is what will bring the war, it would destabilize the Middle East," she said. "The Middle East seems pretty destabilized right now, and the war, if I'm not mistaken, is already here."

To be clear, Kronfeld's dream of seeing a Third Temple constructed on the site is just that, a dream, and it is not shared by the Israeli government or by the vast majority of Israelis or Jews. But the suggestion has been more than enough to incite numerous Islamist groups.

Hamas dubbed its Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel "the Al-Aqsa Wave," and the group's emblem features the Dome of the Rock behind two crossed swords.

While most Muslims do not support Hamas' violence, they do share its unwavering devotion to sacred ground, says Mustafa Abu Sway, the Imam Al-Ghazali Chair at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all Muslims," he said. "So, you will find reactions from Indonesia to Toronto to New York. Today there are 2 billion Muslims worldwide."

He told CBS News that removing Al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock was "unimaginable," and warned that it would be "opening a Pandora's box that nobody can close."
U.S. evangelicals, the cows, and the second coming

Jewish activists have not been deterred by Hamas' Oct. 7 massacre or the ongoing war in Gaza. Some have been using the conflict as a backdrop to promote their cause in the United States.

At the recent National Gathering for Prayer and Repentance in Washington, D.C., Mamo spoke of his heifers and his hopes for a Third Jewish Temple. The gathering was convened by U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, who gave a keynote prayer before a who's-who of evangelical leaders and congresspeople spoke. Many American evangelicals believe the red heifers will usher the second coming of Christ.

"We're going to accept the Messiah, and we need the Messiah to come," Byron Stinson, a Texan who helped bring the cows to Israel, said at the gathering. "For me, the red heifer is red for the blood of Jesus Christ. That's why it's red."
Byron Stinson (right), a Texan who helped bring Texan red angus heifers to the West Bank, speaks at a Jan. 31, 2024 event in Washington, D.C.  CBS News

Back at his settlement in the West Bank, Mamo told CBS News the heifers need only pass a final purity test. The ceremony that he hopes will resurrect the temple and usher in the Messiah could take place any day. He said he understands why Hamas could be outraged.

"But I cannot understand, even if they are right, why they have to slaughter and **** people to win their war," he said. "Terrorists have been attacking us before we ever dreamed of these cows," he reflects. "They don't need them as an excuse to kill."

21  General Category / Temple News / Re: Red Heifer Discovered! Major Obstacle To Rebuilding Of The Jewish Temple Removed on: March 23, 2024, 06:55:38 pm
Jews To Rebuke Jesus Again; Will Sacrifice Red Heifer on Good Friday - Day of Crucifixion

The state of Israel has erected a giant Altar to be used for a sacrifice of a Red Heifer (cow) to be performed on Good Friday, the day recognizing Jesus Crucifixion.  The ashes from the pyre will take about 3 days to cool, (Easter Sunday) and will be used to "ritually cleanse" Rabbis who will work building the Third Temple. 

In the Old Testament, when Moses went up onto Mount Sinai to received the Ten Commandments, "Israel" lost faith, made themselves a Golden Calf, and began "worshipping" ** it **  as a God.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with those Ten Commandments, carved into stone tablets by the Hand of God Himself, he found "Israel" worshipping the Golden Calf, threw the tablets down at them, which caused an earthquake.  The ground cracked open and thousands were said to have been swallowed-up by the earth for offending God.

So here we are, thousands of years later, and now we see that "Israel (the state)" has switched from worshipping a Golden Calf, to a Red Heifer cow. They are so hateful of Jesus (Y'Shua) they are slaughtering this Red Heifer on the very day which remembers Jesus was Crucified, and then deem to use the ashes from the cow pyre to "cleanse" the Rabbis, when, in fact, the only thing that can "cleanse" is the Blood of Jesus!   

This slaughter of a Red Heifer, as if it is "religious," is a sick affront to Christians everywhere, and likely to God Himself. There is no need for sacrificing of animals. It's an abomination. Jesus Christ was the final and ultimate sacrifice for sin for gentile and Jew alike.

Yet Jews are now showing vividly they continue to deny the Son 2000+ years later despite:

1 John 2
2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an [a]Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

"Christs redeeming act on the cross brought an end to sacrifices of heifers and other animals. The power was taken away from the religious zealots of that day and given to Christ and his church that was built upon Peter the rock. The keys were given to the church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

"And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."

This pending "sacrifice" reinforces the barbaric nature of the so-called "state" of Israel, which the world is seeing in all its Barbarism in how it is slaughtering Palestinians in Gaza.

In my personal opinion, these are sick, degenerate people who should be cast out of world affairs.

Pray the earth opens up again and swallows them up this time, too.

22  General Category / Temple News / Re: Red Heifer Discovered! Major Obstacle To Rebuilding Of The Jewish Temple Removed on: March 23, 2024, 06:50:34 pm
‘Massive Altar’ for Red Heifer Sacrifice Constructed in Israel

Since the time of Moses, only nine red heifers have been sacrificed.

Now, a “massive altar” for the 10th red heifer sacrifice has been built in Israel, and there is a tremendous amount of speculation that it could happen soon.

In September 2022, five red heifers were flown from the state of Texas to the land of Israel. Since that time, one of them has been disqualified, but the other four continue to be candidates for a red heifer sacrifice.

As I discussed last week, there was “a practice run of the purification ceremony” in 2023. But an official ceremony must be conducted before the heifers get too old to be used for such a sacrifice.

So will a red heifer be sacrificed in Israel in 2024?

A red heifer sacrifice would need to happen on the Mount of Olives, and the land where the sacrifice would take place is owned by Rabbi Yitshak Mamo.

    According to those working on the project, the ceremony of the red heifer needs to be performed on the Mount of Olives, and in a place that would have looked directly into where the Temple stood. The land directly east of the Temple Mount, purchased 12 years ago, meets both of those standards.

    Rabbi Yitshak Mamo owns that land on the Mount of Olives. Mamo is with Uvne Yerusalim, a group that preserves Israel’s history and works to educate future generations.

    Concerning the specifics of the land, he told CBN News, “It had to be exactly at the front of the place that the priest that made this ceremony can see the Holy of the Holy Place.”

But the clock is ticking.

If the heifers get too old, they will no longer qualify.

During a recent public appearance, Mamo explained that “we are very close to the third year of these cows.”

    “If there is any [mathematicians] here, so you can understand that we are very close to the third year of these cows,” reveals Mamo. “Which means that with the help of God, we will get permission from God and from the people to make the ceremony. And then we can be pure.”

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz that we could actually see a red heifer sacrifice very soon.

Last month, All Israel News reported that the Temple Institute wants to conduct a sacrifice “before Passover 2024.”

    As of now, four of the heifers remain blemish-free and, according to Temple Institute rabbis, they hope to carry out the ceremony before Passover 2024.

This year, the Jewish people will celebrate Passover on April 22nd.

That is about a month away.

During a recent broadcast, Glenn Beck also discussed the possibility that a red heifer sacrifice could happen in the very near future. The following is an excerpt from a transcript of that broadcast:

    If you’re going to rebuild the temple, you need to purify it.

    And purifying it, according to the book of numbers, chapter 19, is a heifer. A red heifer ceremony. That results in the creation of ash and water mixture.

    And that cleanses the entire nation of Israel. From ritual impurity.

    And then the ceremony requires some of the blood to be sprinkled at the front of the tabernacle. That later became the temple.

    It usually took place at the Mount of Olives, where they are planning on doing this again in the coming days.

    It is essential for all aspects of the temple, and temple worship to take place.

    In addition, anyone participating in temple worship, would be required to be sprinkled with the ash water.

    Beyond that, even without the presence of a physical temple, the ceremony, would be—would allow the general population to be ritually cleansed and remove much of the religious prohibition for a Jewish presence, on the Temple Mount.

    When are they planning on doing it?

    Well, they imported these red heifers before October 7th.

    We now know that Hamas said, that this was going to—this was part of the reason, because they’re going to use the red heifers to purify the temple, which is desecration to them.

    Purifying them, so they can then, actually, go up, and even if there’s no temple. They can pray as if they were in the temple.

    They’re going to do this, Passover weekend. So Easter weekend.

There has been a lot of speculation on social media that a red heifer sacrifice could potentially take place on Mar. 29, because the “Sabbath of the red heifer” begins at sundown that evening.

    Shabbat Parah for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Friday, 29 March 2024 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 30 March 2024. This corresponds to Parashat Tzav.

    Shabbat Parah (Sabbath [of the] red heifer שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (red heifer) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach.

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I have not been able to find any confirmation that a sacrifice will happen on Mar. 29.

So I don’t know if we will see anything happen on that date or not.

But I do believe that the Temple Institute fully intends to conduct a red heifer sacrifice at some point in 2024.

And when that happens, Israel’s enemies are going to go haywire.

As CBS News has reported, Hamas has actually admitted that the red heifers were one of the reasons why they attacked Israel on Oct. 7.

    When Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida began a speech marking the 100th day of the war in Gaza, one confounding yet eye-opening proclamation escaped the headlines. Listing the motives for the Palestinian militant group’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israel, he accused Jews of “bringing red cows” to the Holy Land.

    The cows he was talking about are red heifers, which now graze at a secure, undisclosed location in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Some Jews and Christians believe they’re key to rebuilding the Jewish temple that once stood in Jerusalem, and to beckoning the Messiah.

Once Israel’s enemies realize that a red heifer has been sacrificed, they are going to go absolutely nuts.

So this is a really big deal.

Let’s keep watching and praying, because it appears that events in the Middle East are about to get very, very interesting.{eoa}

23  General Category / Police State/NWO / Government Launches Holy War on Pastor for Home-Churching | on: March 10, 2024, 01:40:05 pm
Government Launches Holy War on Pastor for Home-Churching

‘All people of faith have been granted the right to worship and pray with like-minded people’

A legal fight has been triggered in New Hampshire because of a town’s demand that a group of people meeting for religious services must undergo an extensive – and expensive – permitting process that is not being required for those groups that are secular.


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A report from First Liberty Institute explains that a request has been filed for a preliminary injunction against officials in the town of Weare, accusing them of violating the law by requiring an “expensive and onerous site review plan” for the church to meet in the pastor’s home.

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans meet every day in homes for prayer meetings, Bible studies, book clubs, card games, and other gatherings. Why would Weare city officials demand this small church stop meeting in the pastor’s home, but ignore Super Bowl parties and political gatherings?” asked Jeremy Dys, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute. “Since the day the First Amendment became law all people of faith have been granted the right to worship and pray in their home with like-minded people.”

Sean Royall, of King & Spalding which is helping with the case, charged, “In the United States, the tradition of using individual homes for religious gatherings—even formal church services—has garnered special solicitude under the law. The suit is about protecting that legal right for all faiths.”

The legal team members reported, “Pastor Howard Kaloogian founded Grace New England Church in his home as a church plant. He welcomes people in his home and occasionally holds social gatherings for invited guests.”

Then, a few months ago city officials sent him a “Cease and Desist” order, demanding that he “immediately stop any assembly regarding Grace New England Church. This Cease and Desist will remain in effect until a site plan is submitted, reviewed and there is a decision made by the Town Planning Board.”

The city issued other threats, to, regarding penalties and such.


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The complaint states that “the First Amendment’s guarantee to ‘free exercise’ is inviolate in one’s home and cannot be dismissed at the request of a town’s zoning officer. The demand to ‘Cease and Desist…any assembly regarding Grace New England Church’ directly implicates the First Amendment’s ‘right of the people peaceably to assemble.'”

The town officials, in fact, are ignoring that “federal and state law protect the church’s religious activities,” the filing charges.

“The town has drawn a distinction between religious and non-religious assemblies without good reason,” the church charged. “The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the First Amendment do not tolerate such distinctions.”

The court filing explains:

    Pastor Kaloogian moved to the Town in 2015. His home, situated on a spacious five-acres of land, consists of two main buildings: the primary residence and a renovated barn. The barn used to be a woodshop and party barn—well-known in the community for hosting acclaimed parties from the previous property owner—but has since undergone significant renovations. Now, the renovated barn consists of pews, a pulpit, an insulated ceiling, and an upgraded heating system. Pastor Kaloogian has also renovated the property to accommodate visitors, such as installing a retaining wall to allow off-street parking.

    Given Pastor Kaloogian’s strong sense of community and desire to bring people together, he wanted to host events on his property. For example, Pastor Kaloogian and his wife considered using their home, specifically the barn, to host weddings, dances for adults with disabilities, and other similar events. But before hosting these events, Pastor Kaloogian and his wife went through the proper channels to see if any approvals were needed to proceed.

    Pastor Kaloogian and his wife went before the Town’s Planning Board to present their idea. The Planning Board did not require the submission of a site plan, but informed them that, so long as they did not charge for the events, the barn could be used for whatever lawful purpose. These lawful purposes presumably allowed a wide range of events or gatherings, religious or non-religious. Pastor Kaloogian and his wife, therefore, proceeded with their plan to host events at their home, including their barn, for next several years. Many of these events included non-religious gatherings.

    For example, the Kaloogian’s used the barn as a meeting place for an observance of the annual Pine Tree Riot—an event widely promoted by the community organization Americans for Prosperity. The property has also supported a range of political and social events. One of those events consisted of a visit from the well-known politician Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and garnered hundreds of community members in attendance. Other events that have drawn a crowd and used the Kaloogian’s barn include a Governor Asa Hutchinson meet-and-greet, local Republican Party meetings, congressional campaigns, political fundraisers, and meet the candidate events.

    Another included at least one wedding, in which the barn was used as part of the event. Other social events hosted in their home were less formal, including pinochle games, backgammon tournaments, Super Bowl parties, birthday parties, a military sendoff party, and an annual New Year’s Eve party.

However, when he announced that he would allow services by a small – 25-member – church, city officials immediately arrived on site and ordered him to fill out a use request, and told him it probably wouldn’t be approved.

The city blocked the church’s meetings by refusing to grant a permit for a heater that was purchased to use in the meeting area. Then it criticized the insulation used. Then it threatened further action, including that from the state fire inspector. And it threatened daily fines.

The case charges that the city’s laws are not “neutral or generally applicable,” but in fact target religious meetings.

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