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March 22 - Rwanda: Rick Warren Calls for Harmony Between Churches
Artical: One World Religion
Comment from Understand the Times:
The basis of
Rick Warren's PEACE Plan is not only to work together with all
Christian denominations, but to work together to good with all
religions. This is what Warren and those who follow him call the
"faith sector." For those with biblical discernment, we are seeing
the formation of the one world harlot which is the counterfeit bride
that is being prepared for the counterfeit Christ.
evangelist, Rick Warren, yesterday urged
leaders of religious denominations in the country to work
together. Warren authored one of the most popular of
Christian literature, the Purpose Driven Life, and is the
founder of Saddleback Church, based in the US. He made the call
during a meeting with over 100 senior church leaders from eight
Christian denominations across the country.
"Togetherness can bring health to this
nation. Churches should, therefore, unite. Religious leaders
should love one another since we are all on the same team and
are one family," he said.
The famous evangelist
was partly in the country to attend the Presidential Advisory
Council (PAC) which ended Tuesday, in his capacity as President
Paul Kagame's advisor.
He added that
no one in the world is better
qualified to preach the message of reconciliation than Rwandans
because of what they had gone through.
Warren said that God has his hand on Rwanda and can
turn the pain of the Genocide into an army of reconciliation.
Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, who is also the President of the
Rwanda Purpose Driven Ministries PEACE Plan, said that
it was remarkable to see different religious denominations come
"These days, churches are competing with
each other and building small kingdoms, but our emphasis here is
to bring the church in Rwanda to unity as one parish. There are
no denominations in Heaven, so we should also serve as one,"
urged religious leaders to mentor young people who will be the
leaders in the next generation.
Byiringiro, who represented the
Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda, said the message of
togetherness is an inspiration to the church in Rwanda.
"Differences in churches are always there, but we should have
one common message to promote which is love. The best church in
the world is that of love, unity and reconciliation,"
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March 21 - Mexican cardinal says 'civilization of love' is possible
Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
As Pope Benedict's March
23-25 trip to Mexico nears, Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City
invited locals to open their hearts to Christ in order to change society
for the better.
"The civilization of love is possible, not because
of our intelligence or because of some fantasy, but because love has
already been poured into our hearts and we need to discover it,
experience it and above all bear witness to it inside the Church and in
our world," the cardinal said after celebrating Mass
on March 18.
As the country
struggles in the throes of increasing violence and drug trafficking, the
cardinal told members of the faith that it is
"up to us to open the doors and windows so that the true sun of justice,
who is Christ Jesus, can enter our world, enter into us and renew the
face of the earth and give us a new heart."
highly anticipated visit to the country begins on March 23, when he will
arrive in the city of Leon and be officially greeted by President Felipe
Calderon, Archbishop José Martín of Leon and representatives of the
Mexican bishops' conference.
On March 24 the
pontiff will have an official meeting with President Calderon and his
delegation at the Conde Rul House, the seat of the Guanajuato state
government where Leon is located. He will then greet and bless children
and the faithful who are gathered in La Paz square. On Sunday, March 25,
Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass at the municipality of Silao's
Bicentennial Park, at the foot of Cubilete Hill. He will later celebrate
vespers at Leon's cathedral and deliver a message to the bishops of
Mexico and other representatives of the bishops' conferences of Latin
America and the Caribbean.
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March 12 - Episcopal Church Releases Draft of Same-Sex Union Rites
Article: Perilous Times
The Standing Commission
on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church has
released the first draft of the rites for
consecrating same-sex unions, although the final
draft probably will not be completed for many years.
In 2009, the 76th
General Convention of the Episcopal Church
decided that individual bishops would be allowed to decide
whether or not to allow same-sex unions within their bishoprics, rather
than outright banning the practice or creating an official rite.
However, the Convention also asked
the Commission to draft "theological and liturgical resources for
relationships," which would then be voted on during the 77th General
Convention in 2012. The report, titled "I Will Bless You, and You Will
Be a Blessing: Resources For Blessing Same-Gender Relationships," will
be discussed by the House of Bishops and House of Deputies before the
Convention begins on July 5.
If the report is
approved, the rites would be used on a
trial basis beginning Dec. 2, 2012, with further review at the 78th
General Convention in 2015.
"Doing this will cause great fracturing and great
pain," said the Rev. Canon Kendall Harmon of the
Diocese of South Carolina after the draft was commissioned during the
last convention. "It represents a
willful American embrace of something that the Anglican Communion has
said is out of bounds." In 1993, at the 13th Lambeth
Conference of Anglican Bishops, a resolution was passed stating that
homosexual acts were "incompatible with scripture."
Additionally, in a
2004 study of same-sex marriage within the Anglican Communion entitled
"The Windsor Report," the commission expressed regret at both the
recognition of same-sex unions within the Anglican Church of Canada and
the Diocese of New Westminster in Massachusetts, as well as calling for
a moratorium on the future blessing of same-sex unions.
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March 16 - New Details on NSA's 'Spy Center' and Secrets From Domestic Eavesdropping Operation 'Stellar Wind'
Article:One World Government
In the heart of Utah's
desert, the National Security Agency is
well underway on a project that has been called the nation's largest, most
expensive cyber-security project. Naturally, almost all
details about the building's soon-to-be inner activities are highly
classified and no one is talking officials in
Bluffdale where it is being built and the nearby Salt Lake City are kept in
the dark. Still, Wired's Threat Level has gotten some details on the
building and provides analysis on some of its expected activity.
Wired describes that the
building is ironically and "blandly" named the Utah Data Center. When
completed in Sept. 2013 it will house four 25,000 square foot halls of
servers, among other things. Wired states that the cost for the project is
estimated at $2 billion. Here's some of the data center's purpose:
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in
near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including
the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google
searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails-parking receipts,
travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital "pocket
Wired reports that
the data center will store trillions of "words
and thoughts and whispers" swirling on the Web. It
states that "[to] those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for
Never Say Anything applies more than ever." In addition to public website
data storage, Wired reports that it will
seek out and house information on the "deep web:"
"The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other
sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence
community," according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report.
"Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web
Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the
[intelligence] community is most comfortable."
Even with data storage as
its publicized purpose, Wired reports that an official involved with the
program has said "this is more than just a data center." It hopes to be the
ultimate code-cracking facility:
According to another
top official also involved with the program,
the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several
years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex
encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but
also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to
this official: "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a
Wired reports that the
facility's security system - an antiterrorism protection program - alone
costs $10 million. The fence surrounding
the building will be able to stop a 15,000 pound vehicle driving at 50 miles
per hour. What's inside that requires protections such as this?
Wired has some of the specifications:
Inside, the facility
will consist of four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers,
complete with raised floor space for cables and storage. In addition,
there will be more than 900,000 square feet for technical support and
administration. The entire site will be self-sustaining, with fuel tanks
large enough to power the backup generators for three days in an
emergency, water storage with the capability of pumping 1.7 million
gallons of liquid per day, as well as a sewage system and massive
air-conditioning system to keep all those servers cool. Electricity will
come from the center's own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to
satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand. Such a mammoth amount of energy
comes with a mammoth price tag-about $40 million a year, according to
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March 16 - Vatican's twisted priorities / Op-ed: instead of focusing on decline of Arab Christianity, Catholic Church chooses to demonize Israel
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
In a special interview with
Die Tagespost last week, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, named by
Pope Benedict to represent the Vatican in the Jewish State,
declared that "Israel's
existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible." He then compared
Christians' condition in today's Jerusalem with Jesus' Passion: "We
Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked
Twal's position on Israel and the Bible has been
embraced at the highest levels in the Catholic Church. The Vatican synod in
2010 declared that Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land
or a chosen people. "We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for
the Jewish people", the synod's document said.
"There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot
be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and
the displacement of Palestinians."
A few days ago, Patriarch
Twal responded enthusiastically to the agreement reached between Hamas and
Fatah. He also denounced "the Judaization
of Jerusalem" and attacked Israel for "trying to transform it into an only
Hebrew-Jewish city, excluding the other faiths."
Elsewhere, Iraq's Archbishop, Louis Sako, asked
to "separate between Judaism and Zionism." Indeed, in the most influential
quarters of Christianity, Jews are still regarded as an apostate group not
entitled to a sovereign state of its own.
Backed by the Catholic
clergy, for the first time in history the Palestinians asked the United
Nations' cultural body to register Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity under
the name of "Palestine." According to Omar Awadallah, who heads the UN
department in the PA Foreign Ministry,
"Jesus is the Palestinian prince of hope and peace and Christians all over
the world want that church to be a World Heritage site."
In a period when the
Vatican's anguish at the catastrophic decline of Arab Christianity should be
palpable, the Catholic Church chooses to
demonize Israel and to increase its collaboration with the PLO. The
confirmation comes from the intensity of high profile meetings in recent
weeks and the participation of bishops not only from Arab countries, but
from Europe and the United States as well.
Catholic and Muslim dignitaries met in Beit Sahour for
a conference on "How to live together in a future Palestinian state."
Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, and Muhammad Ahmad Hussein,
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, attended the event organized by Al-Liqa, a Vatican
ecumenical center. Sabbah signed a
document condemning Zionism as "racial exclusivity" and "the ideology of
empire and colonialism."
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March 22 - Calif. Pastor Who Believes in 'One God, Many Paths' to Hold Easter Services at Mosque
Article:One World Religion
to hold Easter service at a Sacramento, Calif., mosque is drawing a
mixed reaction from the Christian community.
commending the event, especially the generosity of the Muslim community
to provide a place for a Sacramento community needing space, as a needed
expression of mutual respect between cultures.
But the good news of a resurrected Christ won't be
part of the service.
"I know that I don't believe in the physical
resurrection of Jesus but I do believe his spirit ascended and his
teachings are very valid and transformative," the
Rev. Michael Moran, senior minister of The Spiritual Life Center, told
The Christian Post over the phone.
will be holding all of their upcoming Easter
services at a mosque owned by the Sacramento Area League of Associated
Muslims (SALAM) - the result of an expiring lease on
their building at Pioneer Christian Church.
The church is part of
the Unity movement, founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889,
which holds beliefs not in line with traditional Christian teaching.
Their ministry embraces the controversial
"one God, many paths" belief and desires to create peace
and harmony among all the world religions. Though they see Jesus as a
great teacher, they do not see him as the only way to eternal life.
While many of his own congregants believe in the physical
resurrection of Jesus, he does not. "I believe it was more of spiritual
resurrection and that it's symbolic of what everybody does when they
rise above old beliefs and that we all can have a personal resurrection
experience whenever we overcome the world."
During the Easter
service, Moran will be speaking to that effect.
"I'll mention that there are many different
beliefs in our congregation. That there is the physical belief, looking
at the story as a metaphor for personal resurrection and ... that Jesus
showed us a different way of living life."
Thoennes, chair of Biblical & Theological Studies at Biola University,
however, asserted that "an Easter
service where the physical resurrection of Christ is not believed, is
not an Easter service in any sense, biblically or historically. A church
that does not follow the risen Christ is not a true church,"
he told The Christian Post in an email.
When asked how Moran
reconciled many of his beliefs with what was in the Bible, which he
taught from along with other religious scriptures on Sundays, the senior
pastor said, "I don't believe the Bible
is the inerrant word of God. I believe over the years it's been changed,
politicized, but I believe that in the Bible that there is great truth
and there is also a lot of misstatements in it." In
regards to the afterlife and heaven, he
teaches that no matter what someone's belief system is whether in heaven
or in reincarnation, "where you go and what happens to you is determined
by how you live your life now.
I trust that whatever is waiting for me
will be good and that it will be as good as I am able to live now on a
daily basis. If I can be more Christ-like then I don't think I have a
whole lot to worry about."
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