Sunday, September 22, 2019

Moscow’s ‘200 Churches’ Program Builds Its Biggest Church–So Far

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from Russian Insider:

In 2010, the head of the Russian Church, Patriarch Kirill, stated that Moscow needs at least 200 more churches to accommodate the growing number of believers in the city–and compensate for the hundred churches that were razed during the Soviet times

The 60th and largest one has just been completed

This article originally appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their introductory video is at end of this article.

In 2010, the head of the Russian Church, Patriarch Kirill, stated that Moscow needs at least 200 more churches to accommodate the growing number of believers in the city–and compensate for the hundred churches that were razed during the Soviet times.

The program ‘200 Churches’ was created in order to fulfill out this mission.

Funded exclusively by donations,  its far-reaching goal is to make sure that all believers have churches ‘within walking distances’, especially those, who live far from the center of Moscow, in the newer areas of the ever-expanding city.

Thus far, 60 churches have already been completed.

While the first churches were built to accommodate 200-300 people, this year, the decision has been made to build churches for no fewer than 500 people.

The largest church so far has just been built in the southeast of the capital, Ria Novosti reports. The balconies, lower church and internal design of the church will be completed by the end of 2018.

The church, built in the classical style, will honor the Meeting of The Lord. It is 49 meters high, will fit in 1000 people and have 13 cupolas (domes).

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

Does Religion Also Decline with the Confidence in Government?

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

As we head into the end of this Economic Confidence Model Wave in 2032.95, there are many trends in motions. One of those trends is the decline in religious beliefs and the preparation for a change that historically comes with such monumental economic shifts. A signal of this is how the Irish voters overwhelmingly backed repealing a decades-old constitutional ban on abortion. This is shocking in a country that was historically religious, but also how the monasteries of Ireland survived the barbarian invasions and they effectively helped to save the world of knowledge and rekindled the Age of Enlightenment from the Dark Ages. In other words, the monasteries preserved books that were destroyed by the barbarians and thus saved civilization.

Gunned Down For Believing In Christ: The Mainstream Media Is Silent As The Persecution Of Christians Escalates

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The global persecution of Christians continues to escalate dramatically, and yet the mainstream media in the United States is virtually silent about it.  In this article, I am going to quote a lot of sources, but they are all either overseas news outlets or Christian websites in the United States.  To a certain extent, I think that the mainstream media is extremely hesitant to report about the global persecution of Christians because it may cause the general public to feel sympathetic, and that would definitely be counterproductive to what they are trying to accomplish.  Ultimately, the elite are trying to demonize Christians, conservatives, patriots and anyone else that would attempt to oppose their radical agenda for America.  So they are banning us from their Internet platforms, they are mocking us on their news and entertainment programs, and they certainly don’t want to highlight the fact that the persecution of Christians is escalating rapidly around the globe.

The Fall of Rome

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

When the disgraced Richard Nixon was forced to resign his Presidency, or face certain impeachment, the country did not fall apart!  The Republican party did not go away. A few corrupt leaders were disgraced. Some went to prison and some lost their positions. The same can be said for this Pope. His Papacy is a disgrace to all Catholics worldwide. However, it does not mean that the Catholic church has to go into severe decline. Yet, it is the Christian duty of every Catholic to hold their clergy accountable and demand justice in the name of the victims. Short of a severe purge of the Catholic leadership in this matter, justice cannot be served. To sit by on the sideline and merely be a spectator is give to give implicit support for these illegal acts of sexual abuse and even murder. Silence makes every Catholic an accomplice. And make no mistake about it, this Pope is the Hillary Clinton of the Catholic church!

POPE FRANCIS AUTHORIZES MAJOR CHANGE IN ‘THE LORD’S PRAYER’ REMOVING ‘LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION’ BECAUSE HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS

by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

Pope Francis has approved the revised translation of the missal for Italy and includes changes to the Lord’s Prayer and Gloria. According to the new translation, the Lord’s Prayer will no longer say “and lead us not into temptation” but will become “do not let us fall/be abandoned into temptation.” The Gloria will also be revised. “Peace on earth to people of good will” will become “Peace on Earth to people beloved by God.”

THIS CALL LEFT US NEARLY SPEECHLESS

from SGT Report:

I have never had THIS happen to me when trying to do an interview. Pastor Caspar McCloud and I were prevented from having a full discussion about the recent passing of a dedicated truth teller, and the spiritual war that’s being waged against humanity.

The Origin of the Separation of Church and State

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by Jeff Thomas, International Man:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Americans can be justifiably proud of their founding fathers’ insistence on a separation of Church and State. And, yet, surprisingly, very few Americans seem to understand what their founding fathers meant by this concept.

Conservative politicians take pride is saying that the US is, primarily, a Christian nation and that their Christian forefathers fought King George in order to have the freedom to practice Christianity as they saw fit.

Liberal politicians tend to take an opposing view—that separation of Church and State means that the concept of God has no place in government. In fact, some go so far as to say that landmarks, such as a plaque stating that George Washington attended a specific church, should be removed, as it compromises the separation of Church and State.

Unfortunately, both these groups have got it wrong.

So, let’s take a step back and have a look at what caused Thomas Jefferson to repeatedly insist that the separation be implemented in the US Constitution.

Mister Jefferson attended the College of William & Mary, where he received the university customary education, but went on to study law privately under George Wythe in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mister Wythe was not only his teacher, but his mentor, a man in his latter years who not only imparted knowledge to the young Jefferson, but wisdom. He frequented the Raleigh Tavern with his pupil, but additionally brought him to banquets at the mansion of Governor Fauquier, in an effort to expand his outlook. 

I believe that it’s safe to say that, when Mister Jefferson completed his education at age thirty-four, he had both the energy and imagination of youth and the wisdom of the elders at his command. The former gave him his drive and the latter provided him with the farsightedness that guided the writing of the American Constitution and the future direction of the new nation.

George Wythe lived conveniently next door to the Governor. (His home is still there today, as is his small study where he taught the future president.) On the other side of his home was Bruton Parish Church. In the 18th Century, one could not be elected to office unless he was a member of the Church of England. As Attorney General, Mister Wythe tolerated this, but taught his pupil that, as a free man, he should not be required to be an Anglican.

To add insult to injury, Mister Jefferson was not a Christian, but a Deist, as were several others of the founding fathers. He did believe in his own form of a God and even referred to him in the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence, but did not ascribe to him the power of miracles and omnipotence, as described in the Bible.

In addition, he regarded Jesus as an admirable human being, but did not regard him as anything more. (In later years, he would create his own Bible, by removing much of what he considered to be latter-day additions to the King James Bible, leaving little more than the words of Jesus.)

In spite of his beliefs, Mister Jefferson was required to be a (paid-up) member of the Anglican Church in order to sit in the House of Burgesses, and he chafed at this requirement.

However, he was a deep believer in the concept of God as a being with both consciousness and conscience, who he believed took no direct part in the affairs of man, but did create all men as equals and therefore entitled them to “certain unalienable Rights.”

But he saw the Church differently. He regarded it as a political organization, controlled by the King, intended to dictate morals and acceptable behaviour.

Read More @ InternationalMan.com

Sharing community, culture, faith: Study finds religious people are happier

by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

(Natural News) Is having faith in God the key to happiness? A new study seems to suggest so, having found that the happiest people in any society or culture tend to be those with strong religious convictions who actively engage with others in regular community worship.

The Pew Research Center looked at data from the United States and more than two other countries, uncovering that “actively religiously” folks, meaning those who go to church on a regular basis, are more likely to self-identify as “very happy” than folks who are “inactively religious” or “religiously unaffiliated.”