Twists, news pegs, names and questions in impending United Methodist LGBTQ showdown

At long last, the United Methodist Church has posted detailed proposals from its emergency “Commission on a Way Forward” to address what it calls the “deepening impasse” over whether to approve actively gay clergy and same-sex weddings. Leaders of America’s second-largest Protestant denomination hope to end this 46-year conflict and avoid schism by uniting around one […]

Bee advised: Amid religious and political tumult, readers may welcome a good chuckle

Behold this recent “news” item: DALLAS, TX — Pastor Robert Jeffress, longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, has publicly accused Jesus of Nazareth of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome” after reading that the Christ condemned adultery in the Sermon on the Mount. A baffled Jeffress read Jesus’s words condemning not only adultery but looking at a woman […]

Not all religions are the same, you know: Can a faith be good if it’s not true?

THE QUESTION: Are various religions good for individuals and for society even if, as skeptics contend, their beliefs are not really true? THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: Time for a skepticism update. Never before in history has there been such a concerted effort to question the value of religious faith like we now see across the […]

For High Holy Days coverage, consider a look at major Jewish thinker – Leon Kass

If you’re scouting for a feature pegged to Judaism’s High Holy Days that begin at sundown Sept. 9, consider a high-end piece profiling what they used to call a “public intellectual,” now often thought to be a dying breed. The Religion Guy is thinking of Jewish philosopher Leon R. Kass and his recent book “Leading […]

The Waldenses

Chapter FourThe Waldenses      Amid the gloom that settled upon the earth during the long period of papal supremacy, the light of truth could not be wholly extinguished. In every age there were witnesses for God—men who cherished faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man, who held the Bible as the […]

The Apostasy

Chapter ThreeThe ApostasyAn Era of Spiritual Darkness       The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power. He declared that the day of Christ should not come, “except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin […]

Persecution in the First Centuries

Chapter TwoPersecution in the First Centuries      When Jesus revealed to His disciples the fate of Jerusalem and the scenes of the second advent, He foretold also the experience of His people from the time when He should be taken from them, to His return in power and glory for their deliverance. From Olivet […]

The Destruction of Jerusalem

Chapter OneThe Destruction of Jerusalem   “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep […]

Introduction

   Before the entrance of sin, Adam enjoyed open communion with his Maker; but since man separated himself from God by transgression, the human race has been cut off from this high privilege. By the plan of redemption, however, a way has been opened whereby the inhabitants of the earth may still have connection with […]

Preface

This book, reader, is not published to tell us that there is sin and woe and misery in this world. We know it all too well. This book is not published to tell us that there is an irreconcilable controversy between darkness and light, sin and righteousness, wrong and right, death and life. In our […]