May 14, 2018 - May 27, 2018 
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 May 19 - Why Jesus Is No Longer the Only Way for Many American Christians
 Article: Emerging Church

Comment from UTT:
 
This article indicates that the trend being promoted by the emerging church that Jesus Christ is not the only way for salvation is being widely accepted by those who call themselves Christian. Without question, this is the apostasy the Bible foretold would happen in the last days.

Just over two months ago, as winter landed its final blows of snow in New York City, Michael A. Walrond Jr. of Harlem's 10,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church landed an ideological blow of his own in traditional Christendom. Walrond, who was named "One of the Lord's Foot Soldiers" by Newsweek magazine, told his congregants that the belief that anyone who doesn't believe in Jesus is going to hell is "insanity." "There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, 'well, if you don't believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That's insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes," he said in a viral clip posted to Facebook.

People take many paths to God, he argued, noting that he personally celebrates the paths others take in finding Him - even if that path does not involve faith in Jesus. "And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally, I celebrate that," Walrond said. The New York City preacher's message drew criticism in traditional Christian circles.



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 May 18 - Vatican Message to Muslims for Ramadan
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from UTT:
 
The Vatican claims that "Christians" and Muslims are brothers and sisters, and that both should work together for the common good. It is not possible to find justification for this idea in the Bible. While such propaganda may lead towards a peace plan, it is not endorsed by the God of the Bible.
 

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

In his Providence, God the Almighty has granted you the opportunity to observe anew the fasting of Ramadan and to celebrate 'Id al-Fitr. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue appreciates the importance of this month and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty's gifts with the poor. Mindful of the gifts prompted by Ramadan, we join you in thanking the Merciful God for his benevolence and generosity, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes.

The thoughts we would like to share with you on this occasion, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, concern a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration. A spirit of competition has too often marked past relations between Christians and Muslims, the negative consequences of which are evident: jealousy, recriminations and tensions. In some cases, these have led to violent confrontations, especially where religion has been instrumentalized, above all due to self-interest and political motives. Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence.



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 May 26 - Tropical Cyclone "Mekunu" slams into Oman as strongest in recorded history, dumps nearly 3 years' worth of rain in one day
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Comment from UTT:
 
Extreme weather conditions around the world seems to becoming the normal rather than the exception. Are we seeing signs of what to expect in the future as predicted in the Bible?
 
Tropical Cyclone "Mekunu" slammed into Oman around 20:00 UTC on Friday, May 25, 2018 as the first Category 3 hurricane equivalent to hit the region in recorded history. The storm dumped nearly three years' worth of rain in landfall area and left at least 5 people dead and 30 missing. 

Mekunu became an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm prior to landfall which occurred about 40 km (25 miles) WSW of Salalah, Oman's third-largest city with a population of about 200 000. At the time of landfall (midnight local time), Mekunu had maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph), making it a Category 3 hurricane equivalent on the Safir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale - the first major cyclone in known history to hit the region (includes both Oman and Yemen). Mekunu's powerful winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing while extremely heavy rain it dumped flooded streets and stranded drivers.



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