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The spiritual goal of the Alcoholics Anonymous religion

Alcoholics Anonymous has two spiritual purposes. One is to point unbelievers away from Christ; the other is to water down or weaken the theology of the Christians who have joined the AA religion. Because of exposure to the twelve step program there are many AA Christians who confuse “recovery” with sanctification.

Hurting alcoholics who do not know the Lord learn, through meetings and the AA Big Book, that they do not need Christ at all in order to have a relationship with the Father:

“The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and our lives in a way that is miraculous.” (AA Big Book, pg.25)

More here:

http://mywordlikefire.com/2013/08/21/the-spiritual-goal-of-the-alcoholics-anonymous-religion/

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And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11

In a day when churches and Christians everywhere are compromising the truth and therefore betraying the Lord who shed His blood to atone for our sin, songwriters Keith Getty and Stuart Townend are taking a stand for Christ by refusing to water down the gospel.

‘In Christ Alone’ Pulled From New Presbyterian Hymnal
CBN News

The popular hymn “In Christ Alone” will be left out of the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

That’s because songwriters Keith Getty and Stuart Townend said they will not change the lyrics.

Some members objected to the line that says “On that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied,” spokesperson and chair of the Presbyterian Committee Mary Louise Bringle wrote in The Christian Century.

Bringle said most of the committee wanted the lyrics changed to: “The love of God was magnified.” They said they didn’t want to suggest in the new hymnal that Jesus’ death on the cross was an atoning sacrifice needed “to assuage God’s anger” over sin.

The hymn writers refused. Getty said they wrote “In Christ Alone” to tell “the whole gospel.”

SOURCE: http://cupofjoe.goodfight.org/?p=2123

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Interfaith charity promotes respect for cultural diversity among school pupils

An interfaith charity is helping primary school pupils in Peterborough learn the value of cultural diversity and respect for others.

Some 22 languages are represented at the growing Discovery Primary School and many of the 620 pupils are from a Muslim or Jewish background.

The growing diversity at the school reflects an influx of new migrant communities drawn to the city in recent years.

With that in mind, one of the school’s key objectives is helping pupils to respect and value religious and cultural diversity.

“We are a changed school,” says headteacher Anne Hampson. “While we’ve always had an international focus and felt that we wanted to teach our children about all different faiths, the new make-up of the school made that even more important.”

Interfaith Explorers is a UNESCO-backed programme which has at its heart the belief that there is more to unite people than divide them.

More here:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/interfaith.charity.promotes.respect.for.cultural.diversity.among.school.pupils/33616.htm

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Is 100 Huntley Street promoting the rhythms of the contemplative monastic prayer disciplines? Are they being influenced by a Benedictine oblate?

Read here and decide:

The Influence of Mennonite Oblate Arthur Boers Reaches 100 Huntley Street
http://mennolite.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/the-influence-of-mennonite-oblate-arthur-boers-reaches-100-huntley-street/

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Question: “Why are there so many religions? Do all religions lead to God?”

Answer: The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that some despair of ever reaching the absolute truth on the subject. Or they end up embracing the universalist claim that all religions lead to God. Of course, skeptics also point to the existence of so many religions as proof that either you cannot know God or that God simply does not exist.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/so-many-religions.html#ixzz2b3w97YQr

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Is Peace Possible?

Do you know that . . .

68 percent of evangelicals agree with the statement: “Peace between Christians and Muslims is possible.” We can thank Rick Warren and other neo evangelicals for this. [drafted by scholars at Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture, finding the common ground http://www.acommonword.com that Muslims and Christians share.) This has now produced A New Evangelical Manifesto.]

Researchers also found that 79 percent of mainline Christians, 82 percent of college graduates and 75 percent of all American adults also believe such peace is possible. This report indicates that those who associate with different religious groups tend to view Islam differently.

Is such peace possible?

Read more here:

Are We En Route to an Islamic World?
July 2013
by Mike Oppenheimer
http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/author/oppenheimer/are-we-en-route-to-an-islamic-world

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