Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Collect.

The First day of Lent
Commonly called Ash-Wednesday.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, June 25, 2012

Christian Post: PCUSA Membership Dips Below 2 Million

The Christian Post reports:
While some have argued that the PC(USA)'s membership issues are because of its growing liberal theology and high-profile increased acceptance of homosexuality, Adee believes it is the opposite. "For this generation of young adults, they don't want to be part of a church that is anti-gay, that discriminates," said Adee, describing the opinions of many 16- to 29-year-olds in a recent Barna Group study. "So, for the Presbyterian Church (USA), the passage of ordination policy in 2011 and the ministry of qualified LGBT persons is quite likely to be a key factor in reversing the decline." In addition to fewer members, in 2011 the PC(USA) also lost 96 congregations. Of them, 21 of the 96 congregations voted for dismissal from the denomination over theological differences, including the approval of openly gay clergy. Sorge of the Pittsburgh Presbytery told CP that he believed the trend of departing congregations would likely continue for the foreseeable future. 
You would think the liberals would get the clue that when the church is like the world there is no need to be separated from the world.  In other words, if the church accepts immorality then young people have nothing to come to for a prophetic difference from what they are already doing.  The biblical model is that God created humankind in His image and likeness, which includes the mind and intellect and sentience.  God's intention in creation is for one man and one woman to be married for life and to be fruitful and multiply.  That original institution has been seriously challenged of late by idolatry.  (Romans 1:18-32).

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