Saturday, May 2, 2015



Sheriff: Baltimore Police Ordered to “Stand Down” Amid Riots

Baltimore police received an order to “stand down” amid the recent violence and unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray that swept the city, according to a Maryland sheriff who was there to help guard City Hall and the Baltimore Police Department headquarters. Wicomico County Sheriff Michael Lewis revealed in an explosive radio interview that law enforcement officers were outraged about the instructions, which contributed to the widespread property damage and looting, and the injuries sustained by about 100 police officers. Critics of the mayor are calling the order "reprehensible" and wondering whether the Obama administration may have played a role in jeoperdizing police, residents, and businesses.  
Controversial Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had already suggested that police were ordered to stand down during a press conference last weekend, saying rioters and looters were deliberately given “space” to “destroy.” However, Sheriff Lewis’ revelations suggest that not only were criminals styling themselves protesters given freedom to destroy private property, they were also given a free hand to attack police officers and other Baltimore citizens. And that gave local residents and especially law enforcement a very troubling feeling, Lewis said.

Obama Behind Baltimore Stand Down So Soros' Anarchists Could Riot


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"To unite Christians of all denominations and let music -praise and worship - be the language that we speak."
(Friday Church News Notes, May 1, 2015, www.wayoflife.orgfbns@wayoflife.org866-295-4143) - Amy Grant, one of the most influential contemporary Christian musicians, has been on a downward spiritual journey since the dawn of her career. Today she is comfortable holding hands with everyone from Baptists to New Agers. On April 19, she joined the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Catholic Matt Maher, and others for a unity concert in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In January, she was one of the headliners for the "We Are United" concert promoting ecumenical unity. The "33 greatest CCM artists in history" who participated represented a who's who of Contemporary Christian Music and illustrated the fact that nothing is building the one world "church" more effectively than contemporary musicians. "We Are United" participants included Steve Green, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Sandi Patti, Travis Cottrell (Beth Moore's worship leader), Dallas Holm, Russ Taff, The Imperials, Don Francisco, Jaci Velasquez, Petra, 4Him, Point of Grace, Carman, and Nicole Mullen. "We Are United" was the brainchild of Stan Moser, one of the fathers of CCM, and board members of the Gospel Music Trust Fund, a major beneficiary of the concert, include Bill Gaither and National Quartet Convention President Les Beasley. The broad CCM unity tent not only includes Roman Catholics but also New Agers. Roma Downey played a prominent role in the "We Are United. Not only does she pray to Mary as Queen of Heaven, but she also has a graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology which is the practice of "knowing yourself as a Divine Being." Roma Downey's false gospel, false christ, and false spirit are welcome within the broad tent of CCM, and Bible-believing churches that play around with contemporary worship music are building bridges to this most dangerous world.  
Thousands Flock To Michigan 
For "Faith-Filled" Family Concert
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Unite Concert Performances Featured Amy Grant, Matt Maher, Sanctus Real, Ike Ndolo, Jon Guerra and Dominican Sisters of Mary

Contact: Monica Fitzgibbons, De Montfort Music, 

YPSILANTI, Mich., April 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The first major concert for The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, enjoyed widespread success Sunday April 19 in Ypsilanti, MI. The Unite, Disciples of Christ concert at Eastern Michigan University, hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Mary and Spiritus Sanctus Academy brought together 4,000 attendees of all ages and backgrounds from all over the Midwest. The benefit concert featured some of the top names in the Christian music industry: Amy Grant, Matt Maher, Sanctus Real, Ike Ndolo, Jon Guerra and the Dominican Sisters of Mary. The acclaimed line-up performed for a captivated crowd for over 5 hours including special performances, which included all of the artists on stage together.

The press supported the Unite Concert as Amy Grant and Sr. John Dominic were guests on Kresta in The Afternoon, which is heard nationwide on Sirius/XM and Ave Maria Radio. The entire interview is available here. Additional coverage was also given by Son Rise Morning Show, Proclaim FM in Toledo, WMUZ in Detroit, The Michigan Catholic, Christian Review, and Smile FM, among others. Listen to interviews here

During her interview on Proclaim FM, Amy Grant was asked how she became involved.  She shared that Sr. John Dominic, an old friend of Amy's, came to her with the idea.  "I know from first-hand experience that music is the quickest way to bring people together."

The idea for the concert was conceived by Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P., one of the founding members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary.  "The purpose of presenting this concert was to provide an evening of entertainment for the entire family and for people of all Faiths. Praise and worship music is a language we all speak and unites us as believers. We wanted artists that would appeal to every generation and we were very happy to have them be a part of this special event."

The feedback from the concert was instant and positive - as was witnessed on social media for the various performers, some of which can be found here.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist were canonically established in 1997 and have taken their messages of faith to the modern world through music and television.  Several of the Sisters have been guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show more than once and made it to the finals of the Game Show Network's highly-rated The American Bible Challenge.  The Sisters released their debut international album, Mater Eucharistiae, to wide acclaim and the project stayed No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Traditional Chart for six weeks. Their instant success led to features on CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, FOX & Friends, among many others.  Their sophomore album, The Rosary-Mysteries, Meditations & Music, released November 2014.

For additional round up information and photos about the Unite Concert please visit online,
The year after she divorced her first husband, Amy Grant (left) married Vince Gill(right), the ex-husband of country singer Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
In October 1996 Amy Grant’s frst husband, Gary 
Chapman, was named host of the sensual television show 
“Prime Time Country” on TNN, The Nashville Network.
The confusion caused by yoking together with the world to 
provide entertainment was evident during Amy Grant’s 1995 
House of Love tour. The tour was fnanced by the retailing 
corporation Target. Target’s parent company, Dayton Hudson 
Corporation, in turn donates money to Planned Parenthood. 
Tough Amy Grant does not defend abortion herself and is a 
supporter of Nashville’s Crisis Pregnancy Support Center, she 
has in this manner helped fund Planned Parenthood, which 
supports abortion on demand. For this reason her tour was 
picketed by members of Operation Rescue who distributed a 
handout requesting that people write Grant and “ask her to 
stop supporting child killing.”
Grant is now recommending yoga, which should not be a 
surprise in light of the fact that she is a longtime fan of the 
heretic Brennan Manning and is a supporter of Manning’s 
extremely dangerous contemplative prayer. Grant wrote the 
foreword to Manning’s books The Boy Who Cried Abba and 
Patched Together. In an interview with the Tulsa World 
(Oklahoma), November 20, 2011, Grant said that she was 
challenged to practice yoga by a 95-year-old woman who 
attended her “Two Friends Tour” with Michael W. Smith, and 
that she found it to be “great.” She attends yoga classes with 
Jerene Gill, the mother of her second husband.
It is probable that Roman Catholic contemplative prayer 
prepared her for the Hindu alternative of yoga. In The 
Signature of Jesus, Brennan Manning instructs his readers to 
“stop thinking about God at the time of prayer” and to delve 
into “the great silent of God” through the use of “a single, 
sacred word” (pages 88-89). This is exactly what Hindus and 
Buddhists do through their mystical practices. They chant a 
mantra in order to experience oneness with God. Manning instructs 
people not to use the Bible during contemplative 
prayer practices. He spent six months in isolation in a cave in 
Spain and when his health allowed he spent eight days a year 
at a Jesuit retreat center in Colorado during which he speaks 
only 45 minutes each day. His spiritual director is a 
Dominican nun. Manning calls centering prayer a “GREAT 
DARKNESS” (The Signature of Jesus, p. 145) and an entire 
chapter of his book is devoted to “Celebrate the Darkness.”
He does not know how correct he is in this description. 
Contemplative prayer, which is borrowed from the great 
darkness of Rome’s monastic system, is a recipe for spiritual 
delusion and many have followed this path to universalism, 
panentheism, and even goddess worship. Amy Grant is only 
the most recent and most visible of these.
(See “Contemplative Spirituality Dancing with Demons” 
and “Contemplative Practices Are a Bridge to Paganism” at 
the Way of Life web site.)
In 2013, Amy gave her first interview with a representative 
of the homosexual community. She said that she “first 
became aware of her gay following when she was 18 and she 
hopes the gay community has responded to her work 
“because of its all-inclusive message” (“Amy Grant in Her 
First Gay Press Interview,” Between the Lines News, Apr. 23, 
2013). Though she refused to come out in favor of “gay 
marriage,” the singer said that she was honored to have been 
invited to sing at a same-sex wedding and expressed her
non judgmental "live and let live" philosophy.
When Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States in April 2008, Maher was asked to lead worship for crowds of thousands at the Rally for Youth and Seminarians in Yonkers, New York.
Maher performed Lord, I Need You before a crowd of nearly 4 million, including Pope Francis, for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Brazil.[9] Other youth activities he has participated in include the 2013 and 2015 National Catholic Youth Conferences, both held in IndianapolisIndiana.

Ten Fatal Flaws of Roman Catholicism:
by Mike Gendron:
At the Worldview Weekend Conferenced in Branson, MO, John MacArthur responded to some thought provoking questions from the audience. When asked why so few evangelicals are contending for the faith against Roman Catholicism and its ecumenical movement, he said it is because they are ignorant of the errors of Catholicism. The next day, Mike Gendron took the opportunity to inform the audience of the ten most fatal errors of Catholicism. They are listed below:

1) It perverts the Gospel by adding requirements (Gal. 1:6-9). 
2) It rejects the Gospel's promise of eternal life (2 Tim. 1:10). 
3) It rejects the sovereign, regenerating work of the Spirit with its sacrament of baptism (Eph. 1). 
4) Its bishops are false successors of the apostles, having not witnessed the resurrection (Acts 1:21-22).
5) It distorts the Word of God by adding its tradition to it (Prov. 30:6). 
6) Its illegitimate priesthood encourages the idolatrous worshipof a wafer as Almighty God (Exodus 32).
7) It denies Christ's blood as the only purification for sin (1 John 1:7).
8) It blasphemes God by giving His titles of Holy Father, Head of the Church to the pope (John 14:1617:11; Eph. 5:23).
9) It rejects Jesus as the only way of salvation (John 14:6).
10) It follows deceitful spirits and teaches doctrines of demons by forbidding its clergy to marry (1 Tim. 4:1-4). 

Flee From the Sin of Idolatry:
God created us so that we would find our greatest joy in Him when He is our greatest treasure. In light of that glorious truth, there is nothing we should fear more than the wrath of an omnipotent, sovereign God who is angered when people show more reverence to idols. Many ignore the clear and present warnings in His Word to flee idolatry and to keep away from idols (1 Cor. 10:14; 1 John 5:21). God is rightfully jealous of anything we value above Him. This is why His wrath is coming against all idolatry (Col. 3:5-6). His divine commandment is clear: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God" (Ex. 20:4-5). 

It was only a matter of time before God had to demonstrate His righteous anger and holy jealousy against idolatry. The Israelites created and worshipped a golden calf as the god who delivered them out of Egypt (Exo. 32:8). His hatred for idolatry was displayed when He ordered the idolaters to be slain with the sword, and about 3,000 were put to death (Exo. 32:28). We can only wonder why so many religious people, who lift up the name of Christ, would ignore or dismiss such terrifying warnings concerning idolatry.
When Roman Catholics worship a wafer as the Christ who delivers people out of darkness, they are sinning like the Israelites whoworshipped a golden calf as the god who delivered them out of Egypt. It is the same blasphemous sin of idolatry that is punishable by death. However, it is a worse form of idolatry because Catholics have reduced the glory of the ascended, immortal and majestic King of kings to a wafer created from flour and water. We must warn Catholics that they are worshipping a false Christ. The true Christ does not return every day to be re-presented as a sin offering on an altar at the beckoning call of a sacerdotal priest. God's Word says He will return a second time, and not in relation to sin (Heb. 9:28). He will not return in the form of a Eucharist, but in the same way He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:11). His glorious return will not take place until after the tribulation (Mat. 24:27-30).

As a former Catholic of over 34 years, I believe many Roman Catholics are committing this mortal sin of idolatry simply because they do not know God's Word. They do not read the Bible because their priests have told them it is too difficult to understand. They are not allowed to interpret the Scriptures on their own because the Bishops are said to be the only ones who can interpret them correctly. Yet Paul presented the truth clearly to every man's
conscience. He renounced the disgraceful, underhanded ways of those who tamper with God's word (2 Cor. 4:2). Catholic Bishops have twisted and distorted Scripture to their own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16). They have also tampered with God's Holy Word by adding their ungodly traditions to it. The only hope for Catholics is to abide in God's written Word. Only then will they know the truth and be set free from religious deception and idolatry (John 8:31-32).


Christians Vow to Resist Onslaught 

of Same-sex Marriage Regardless of Cost

Anticipating a Supreme Court declaration that same-sex marriage is now a civil right, the signers of the “Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage”state that they will “not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law,” knowing full well the consequences they might incur for taking such a stand.
The pledge was co-authored by Deacon Keith Fournier, editor in chief of Catholic Online, and Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, with input from Vision America Action president Rick Scarborough and Family Talk Radio founder Dr. James Dobson. It has been signed by over 25,000 people, including Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse; Jerry Johnson, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters; Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of; the Rev. John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas; and Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.

Supreme Fallacy: Courts Have No Business 

Even Considering Marriage

So judges’ position should be simple: “The marriage issue concerns definitions, not rights, and no constitution empowers us to redefine marriage. Go talk to your state legislators.”
This is all that matters from a constitutional standpoint. Despite this, individual judges have taken it upon themselves to upend tradition based on their whims and our modern trends. And note how recent a phenomenon faux marriage is. As Kyle Wingfield points out at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
• In 2000, no country allowed same-sex marriages.
• In 2004, George W. Bush’s re-election bid was helped by a boost in GOP turnout as voters in 11 states approved gay-marriage bans.
• In 2008, Barack Obama, despite running to Hillary Clinton’s left on other issues, said he opposed gay marriage.


Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen sentenced to an 8-year prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith, has spent over two years in prison.  <br/>ACLJ
Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen sentenced to an 8-year prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith, has spent over two years in prison.

In a disturbing turn of events, the White House has warned that it will veto a proposed amendment that would demand release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached.

The American Center for Law and Justice called the Obama administration's admittance "despicable" and "appalling."
"That is simply unbelievable. Refusing to discuss the Americans being held hostage by Iran at the bargaining table and rejecting any congressional attempt to make any deal with Iran contingent on the release of the Americans is unacceptable. It's quite frankly appalling," the law group wrote in an update on Thursday.
"This is despicable. This is outrageous. And it is an insult to the captive Americans and their families," it added.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made the announcement on Wednesday after an ABC News reporter asked about the Corker Bill and amendments being debated by the U.S. Senate that would require Iran to release the captured U.S. citizens before any sanctions are lifted.
"The President would certainly veto any amendment or any bill with an amendment that undermined the unanimous compromise that was reached in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or that interfered with the ongoing negotiations," Earnest said, KTVB reports.
"Certainly a provision, an amendment, that made this nuclear deal contingent on Iran's release of those three American citizens would fall, I think frankly, into both categories."
In April, the U.S., alongside Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, negotiated an agreement with Iran promising to lift international sanctions in a gradual manner in exchange for restricting its nuclear program. According to the ACLJ, the negotiations, which have not yet been finalized, are a crucial opportunity for Obama to press Iran for the release of the Americans.
Pastor Saeed, who is serving an eight year prison sentence for "threatening the security of the state," was first arrested in 2009 while working as a Christian leader and community organizer in Iran's underground home church communities for Christian converts who are denied the right to worship freely in public churches. Although he was initially released after pledging to stop formally organizing house churches in Iran, he was imprisoned again after returning  to Iran in 2012 to help build a state-run, secular orphanage.
The ACLJ notes that Pastor Saeed remains in an incredibly dangerous situation due to the frequent executions, inmate violence and beatings that take place in Iranian prisons. The pastor has suffered long stints in solitary confinement, and beatings and torture at the hands of his jailers and fellow inmates. He was also denied medical attention for his injuries
In the past, President Obama has insisted pastor Saeed's freedom remains a "top priority" for his administration, even taking time to address the case at the National Day of Prayer Breakfast in February.
"I was recently in Boise, Idaho and had the opportunity to meet with Pastor Abedini's beautiful wife and wonderful children and to convey to them that our country has not forgotten brother Saeed and that we're doing everything we can to bring him home," he said at the time.
After the meeting, Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, said she was left with a "renewed sense of hope."
However, in light of the latest developments, the ACLJ laments that President Obama's promises cannot be trusted.
"The Obama administration has refused to ask for the release of Pastor Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans at the bargaining table. And that is a tremendous mistake," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote last week.


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"Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious Beliefs … 

Have to Be Changed’ Toward Abortion"

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NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke favorably about abortion, the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare and homosexuality during a speech at Thursday’s “Women in the World” summit in New York, stating that religious beliefs need to be changed over the issues.
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said. “Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper.”
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she continued. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
The former secretary of state also spoke against the popular craft chain Hobby Lobby’s fight against the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare, stating that she believed it was wrong for the company to “take away” the reproductive choices of employees.
“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she asserted.
“There are those who offer themselves as leaders … who see nothing wrong with denying women equal pay, who offer themselves as leaders who would de-fund the country’s leading provider of family planning,” Clinton said, referring to Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”
The Democratic presidential candidate also asserted that women are being fired from their jobs because of their sexuality.
“We move forward when gay and transgendered women are embraced as our colleagues and friends, not fired from their jobs because of who they love,” she stated.
“These are not just women’s fights. These have to be America’s fights and the world’s fights,” Clinton told those gathered. “There’s still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I’m confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”
But some disagree with the former first lady’s assertions, stating that her words demonstrate a liberal, anti-Christian bias.
“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” wrote Ed Morrissey for HotAir. “As Hillary admits here—albeit unwittingly—the at-will destruction of the unborn goes against religious beliefs, long-held cultural values, and the structural ‘biases’ that exist to recognize the value of human life.”
“That’s what the ‘clump of cells’ fallacy has to overcome, and as Hillary and the left have discovered, it’s a tall order,” he continued. “And it’s not just abortion, but also same-sex marriage and forced participation in it, euthanasia dressed up as ‘right to die’ movements, and the rest.”
As previously reported, Tony Campolo, former adviser to then-president Bill Clinton, wrote an op-ed earlier this month calling for Christians to vote for Clinton as he asserted that she would reduce abortions in the nation.
“Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent,” he claimed. “She is committed to addressing [economic] problems, and thus diminishing the urgency that drives so many oppressed women into having abortions. … As a pro-life Democrat, I am encouraged by the possibility that Hillary could be our next president.”