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[ASND also recommends  this page  for additional references.]

What is heresy?

http://carm.org/questions-heresy

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Liberal Christianity is Suicide of the Mind

https://stream.org/liberal-christianity-suicide-mind/

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Just Admit It, Liberal “Christians”: You’re Pagans

https://therepublicanstandard.com/just-admit-liberal-christians-youre-pagans/

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“The Wild Goose Festival… is an attempt to re-imagine Christianity for the 21st century under a bigger, wider more inclusive tent.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-06-17-wild-goose-christian-festival_n.htm

[ That   was   easy .    Why do conservatives always try to make everything so  hard ? ]

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Evangelicals’ New Chief Says Days Of Moral Majority Over

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=217218555&ft=1&f=1016

and…

Do we, as Christians in [the Americas], bear any of the responsibility for the fact we find ourselves in a strange land?
Yes… we have tried to make Christianity palatable to a people who find [biblical] beliefs and values to be weird…
The messaging has been: become a Christian — not because it is true, but because it is useful.

https://stream.org/christian-nation-no-longer-get/

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[Many] Youth Ministries Teaching Behavior Modification, Not Gospel

http://www.christianpost.com/news/youth-ministries-teaching-behavior-modification-not-gospel-73408/print.html

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I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity.

http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/19742

Not surprisingly, then…

Young ‘Millennials’ losing faith in record numbers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/young-millennials-losing-faith-in-record-numbers/2012/04/19/gIQA9QoxTT_print.html

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Baptist Pastor Oliver Thomas is simply one in a long line of terribly misguided ‘clergy’ who believe the best thing for the church is to stop being Christian.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/06/no-christianity-doesnt-need-endorse-homosexuality-grow/

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Transgenderism at the Evangelical Theological Society

https://cbmw.org/topics/transgenderism/transgenderism-at-the-evangelical-theological-society/

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Soaping the slippery slope

Two books document the decline of once-Christian colleges into bastions of unbelief

https://world.wng.org/2012/08/soaping_the_slippery_slope

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… 50 percent of white evangelicals say they believe capitalism and the free market are at odds with Christian values.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/7200/capitalism_and_christianity/

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Shhh!  Communism creeps into Christianity
Exclusive: Jim Fletcher warns against yeast of the ‘new evangelicals’

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/shhh-communism-creeps-into-christianity/print/

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Jim Wallace’s “Christianity”
Replacing ideologies with solutionsis code for replacing biblical exegesis with socialism

http://blog.tifwe.org/jim-wallis-on-how-to-win-the-war-on-poverty/

and…

Although he tried to uphold the unique calling of Christ’s church, he nevertheless fell into narrow leftist platitudes of feminism, open borders, socialism, and environmentalism.

http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2253&erid=1409546&trid=f968e292-c9bb-4f9a-b6e6-aeb28bcef895

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“Christian” Socialists and Other Enemies of Mankind

https://stream.org/catholic-socialists-and-other-enemies-mankind/

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Evangelical Immigration Reform Groups Celebrate Maryland’s Dream Act

… the Dream Act rewards bad behavior by giving benefits to the children of those who illegally entered the country…

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-immigration-reform-groups-celebrate-marylands-dream-act-84595/print.html

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Most Evangelical Leaders Back Gun Control, Poll Finds

http://www.christianpost.com/news/most-evangelical-leaders-back-gun-control-poll-finds-88110/

[For myriad (including biblical) reasons why that is anti-Christian,  see here .]

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The Emerging Church

http://s3.amazonaws.com/tgc-documents/carson/2005_emerging_church.pdf

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The Evangelical Left and Anti-Semitism

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/joseph-puder/the-evangelical-left-and-anti-semitism/print/

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Gilbert, AZ megachurch pastor resigns after affair allegations

http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/20140107gilbert-megachurch-pastor-resigns-after-affair-allegations.html

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“Christ Hospital” in Cincinnati Hires Abortion Doctor

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/05/15/christ-hospital-in-cincinnati-hires-abortion-doctor/

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“There is a deep spiritual crisis in… the United States.  Society has become void of any kind of fundamental values. In fact, morals and morality have been turned completely upside down.  It means that we are actually having a kind of mercy towards people [liberals] who want to do evil to our society, and we are very angry with people who tell the truth…  [Christians are] get[ing] socially marginalized [by liberals who are]… criminaliz[ing] your opinions…  [Liberalism has become] cultural Marxism [devoted to sexual] identity politics [e.g. homosexuality, transgenderism, etc.]…  It appears tolerant and loving, but it’s anything but.  It is a completely anti-Christian system.  And the most diabolical part of it is that [many professing ‘Christians’ are] using Christianity to welcome this [outright evil]…  [These professing ‘Christians’] are using… [left-wing, anti-Christian] ‘Christianity’ to break down the Christian culture…  I don’t think it’s possible to understand what’s going on today on the political scene if you don’t understand spirituality and these dominions that are unseen… we’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  And I think they’re very much at work today…  [These anti-Christs] never come to you and present themselves as evil forces. They come in the disguise of something that is beautiful [i.e. liberalism] and looks really great and, you know, light.

https://stream.org/a-revolution-against-god-what-happens-now-that-europe-and-the-west-turned-their-backs-on-christianity/

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It is no secret that [liberal] American politics ha[ve] been overtaken by identity politics — one of the popular layers in the social justice agenda…  Through [liberal] ‘intersectionality’, the more victim groups a person identifies with — the more power they can obtain… [and] intersectionality is now being used to leverage a social justice movement within evangelicalism…  [The new] grievance industry is a very lucrative industry and it has now entered evangelical circles…  [One example:] A large number of Southern Baptist pastors would not embrace Beth Moore’s theology, but due to identity politics and the perceived need to empower women within evangelical denominations — she receives a pass on her deficient theological positions…  [Another example: B]oth the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) have been marked by the Revoice Conference controversy of 2018 that has promoted many troubling ideas and positions regarding same-sex attraction and LGBTQA+ Christianity…  Now, another ministry has arisen within evangelical circles with a similar purpose under the name, ‘Living Out’…  [Another example:] Many black Christians are instructing white Christians to be quiet and listen on matters of social justice…  In some cases, [church elders] are being encouraged to choose lesser qualified black leaders over more qualified white leaders in order to reach the goal of diversity among church leadership…  [S]ola Scriptura been [been] replaced by sola identitatem… [I]dentity politics [has] hindered our ability to exercise good biblical discernment…  Pragmatism is the historic thorn in the church’s side.  The wave of the pragmatic movements such as the church growth movement have left the evangelical church weak and superficial in many ways.  When churches, seminaries, and denominations make decisions based upon the desired benefit rather than the truth of God’s Word — it weakens the church.  The desire to be culturally relevant has caused many churches and denominations to crumble…  While many conservative evangelicals embrace the sovereignty of God and the sufficiency of Scripture — they give greater priority to pragmatism in how they make decisions…  The church in America today is being driven off course by identity politics.  The identity of the church today is being attached to the color of skin and the priority of gender empowerment rather than Jesus Christ…  If the church continues to feed the monster of identity politics — it will eventually bite the arm that feeds it.  Consider the direct connection between identity politics and the freedom of speech restrictions and hate crime legislation that are quickly approaching the church in our day.  These items are not isolated nor are they disconnected from the overarching social justice agenda.  Today the church is becoming increasingly woke, but in reality it needs to be awakened to the truth of the gospel alone…  When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia —he pointed to the union that [all true Christians have] in Christ.  The bond is Jesus [alone] and the church’s identity cannot be focused on ethnicity or gender. Paul wrote, ‘For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.’ (Gal. 3:27-29).  Paul said almost the same thing in Colossians 3:11.  We don’t find our identity as the ‘woke church’ or the ‘black church’ or the ‘white church’ or the ‘hipster church’ [or the ‘gay church’].  Instead, we find our identity in Jesus [ALONE].  We are CHRISTians… [and as Christians w]e must boldly stand in opposition to the intersectionality politics in light of the fact that we have a sufficient Word that is capable of guiding us along the broken roads of our culture (Ps. 119:11).  For me and countless thousands of Christians across America — the Word of God is enough.

http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/identity-politics-changing-church/

[Speaking of “Sola Scritura“…]

Progressive Evangelical Leaders Meet To Affirm Doctrine Of ‘Sola Feels’

https://babylonbee.com/news/progressive-evangelical-leaders-meet-affirm-doctrine-sola-feels

[Yes that was satirical, but the reason good satire is good is because it exposes truth with humor.]

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Homosexuality:

Who are Christians to pick on homosexuality, when they struggle with gossip and selfishness?

http://jordantong.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/sexual-revolution-booklet.pdf

[Are those the only sins — gossip and selfishness — with which Christians struggle?  What about the same sin of lust, only directed towards ineligible members of the opposite sex rather than ineligible members of the same sex?  Did you know the numbers of professing evangelicals viewing online pornography (including women, btw) are essentially the same as unbelievers?  What about the sin of gluttony (displayed as obesity)?  Have you looked at many of the people in the Christian pews?  What about the sins of self righteousness, harshness, bitterness, unforgiveness…?  Are Christians supposedly above and beyond them?]

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“[Evangelicals have been] complicit, even if ignorantly and passively so, in the cultural embrace of the disease conceptualization of homosexuality.  [They] off-loaded responsibility for the articulation of a thoughtful, caring, theologically rich, and pastorally sensitive understanding of sexual brokenness grounded in [their] various religious traditions by conceptualizing homosexuality as a disease, and so we were unprepared for the vacuum created by that explanation’s timely demise [in the broader, more secular culture].  The best ecclesiastical, professional, legal, and social policy will be founded not on falsehoods or grotesque and indefensible simplifications [about homosexuality] but on a clearheaded grasp of reality in all its complexities, as well as on a humble recognition of all that we do not know.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/01/same-sex-science

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Liberal [or progressive] ‘Christianity’ regards the Bible as a good book but insists it must be reinterpreted to comport with contemporary society… [Proponents insist Christians must] affirm the new sexuality embodied in the LGBTQ movement or affirm the full authority of Scripture and be anathema in the postmodern culture… [effectively relegating Christians] to the outer margins of society…  [While it istempting  for Christians seek a ‘middle ground’ on such issues, the Bible [i.e. God] provides no such option… [because] issues such as homosexuality cannot be defined on the world’s terms…  There’s no middle ground between affirming and denying the bodily resurrection of Christ.  There’s also no middle ground between defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and saying it can be something else.

https://www.wnd.com/2019/06/billy-graham-mag-calls-out-lie-of-progressive-christianity/

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In Bible Belt, rift emerges in pro-gay marriage movement

http://www.onenewsnow.com/latest-headlines-from-the-web/2013/03/13/in-bible-belt,-rift-emerges-in-pro-gay-marriage-movement

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Televangelist Juanita Bynum Confesses: ‘I’ve Been With Women

http://www.christianpost.com/news/televangelist-juanita-bynum-confesses-ive-been-with-women-78378/print.html

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Many evangelical pastors starting churches in New York avoid addressing [homosexual marriage] from the pulpit.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/unconventional-pastor-leads-booming-nyc-megachurch

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The Strange Diffidence of Pro-Family Leaders on Homosexuality versus Pro-Life Issues

http://americansfortruth.com/2012/05/25/small-graphic-version-dont-use-the-strange-diffidence-of-pro-family-leaders-on-homosexuality-versus-pro-life-issues/

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Some leaders think it’s wise to stay out of the fray in order to better evangelize the lost…  They pass by on the other side of the road because they don’t want to be found guilty by association.

http://www.bobrussell.org/2012/08/05/dan-cathy-and-the-silence-of-many-churches/

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Truncated Love:
A Response to Andrew Marin’s “Love Is an Orientation”

http://www.robgagnon.net/articles/homosexMarinLoveIsOrientation.pdf
&
http://www.robgagnon.net/articles/homosexMarinsReaction.pdf

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Evangelical Fuller Seminary Says “Yes” to Homosexual Campus Club

http://thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/16012-evangelical-fuller-seminary-says-yes-to-homosexual-campus-club

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After Steve Chalke and Rob Bell affirmed same-sex relationships earlier this year, Justin Brierley meets three evangelical church leaders who have decided to respond by going public about their sexuality.

http://www.christianitymagazine.co.uk/Browse%20By%20Category/features/A%20different%20kind%20of%20coming%20out.aspx

     Exodus International:

The following citations were posted to ASND prior to  EI’s closure  in 2013.
Time for a Change of Leadership at Exodus?

http://www.robgagnon.net/articles/homosexAlanChambersAtlanticInterview.pdf

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First Stone Ministries Breaks Away from Exodus International over ‘Biblical Integrity’

http://americansfortruth.com/2012/07/04/first-stone-ministries-breaks-away-from-exodus-international-over-biblical-integrity/

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Do I think there are people living a gay Christian life who are going to be in heaven with me?  I do…

http://www.christianpost.com/news/exodus-head-gay-christians-can-go-to-heaven-jesus-didnt-say-ill-make-you-straight-80444/print.html

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Exodus International President Alan Chambers Apologizes to ‘Gay Christian Network’

http://americansfortruth.com/2012/09/02/exodus-international-president-alan-chambers-apologizes-to-gay-christian-network/

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Green” Evangelicals:

Evangelicals ‘Masquerade’ New EPA Rule as ‘Pro-Life’

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/122245/green-evangelicals-masquerade-new-epa-rule-pro-mark-d-tooley

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Religious right bashes green evangelicals for supporting EPA rules

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/209465-pro-life-leaders-bash-green-evangelicals-over-epa-rule

and…

“… the new evangelical environmentalism often assumes a conflict between prosperity and environmental quality.  Evangelical environmentalists, therefore, frequently advocate political constraints on consumption and production—constraints that often needlessly increase human suffering, or at least impose on others purportedly moral convictions that have no solid basis in Scripture (Colossians 2:8–23; Romans 14).”

http://www.cornwallalliance.org/docs/Cost_of_Good_Intentions_1.pdf#page=29

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Evangelical Leader Sees Connection Between Climate Change and Poverty

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-leader-sees-connection-between-climate-change-and-poverty-73951/print.html

and…

Recruiting Young Evangelicals for Climate Activism
So much for post-partisan evangelicals seeking to transcend the culture wars.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/mark-d-tooley/recruiting-young-evangelicals-for-climate-activism/print/

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