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Conscientious Objector Goes to Jail: “Federal Judge Orders County Clerk to Jail Until She Agrees to Issue ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses”

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky clerk to be placed behind bars until she complies with his order to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals despite her Christian identity.

US District Judge David Bunning declared Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court this morning after she explained in tears that it is not possible for her to comply with the order because of her Christianity.

“My conscience will not allow it,” she said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”

While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had requested that Davis be heavily fined until she bends, Bunning told the court that a monetary punishment would not be enough to force her to obey, and expressed concern that supporters would help pay her fine.

“I don’t do this lightly,” he said. “It’s necessary in this case.”

Davis was then taken into custody by U.S. marshals and led out of the courthouse. Click here to continue reading.

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U.S. Catholics Open to “Non-Traditional” Families Says Pew Forum Survey –

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From Pew Forum on Religion

45% of Americans Are Catholic or Connected to Catholicism

When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that provides an in-depth look at American Catholics’ views on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity.

Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families – those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried or gay – are OK for raising children, too.

This may be in part because Francis’ American flock is experiencing life in all its modern complexity. According to the survey, one-in-four Catholics have gone through a divorce. One-in-ten have not only divorced but also remarried. One-in-ten are living with a romantic partner, sans wedding, and more than four-in-ten have done so at some point in their lives. Click here to continue reading.

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ACLU: Peyote smokers, not cake bakers, deserve their freedom

american-flagBy Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow

A number of far-left organizations have united behind a dangerous and dubious effort – to stifle religious freedom.

Organizations that include the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State want President Obama to revise a 2007 memorandum allowing federal grant programs to practice their faith.

The memo interprets the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel warns that those groups want to force religious-based groups to drop their religious-based hiring practices.

“Now that is unconscionable,” says Staver, “and I wouldn’t doubt whether this administration would listen to them and use this as an excuse to change this memo.”

President Obama has already issued an executive order requiring government contractors to hire homosexuals, even if it violates the contractor’s faith. That gives the business owner the choice of violating their religious beliefs or forfeiting the contract. Click here to continue reading.

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Two Mennonite Colleges Announce Hiring Policy Change to Employ ‘Married’ Homosexuals

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By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

wo American colleges that identify as Mennonite institutions have announced changes to their hiring policy to now allow the employment of homosexuals who have “wed” their partners.

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana announced the alterations on Monday, while claiming to still hold to the biblical principles as Christian schools.

EMU’s decision followed a two-year “listening process” to “review current hiring policies and practices with respect to individuals in same-sex relationships.” As previously reported, in 2013, the university outlined that it would open up a time of dialogue between students, faculty and administration to understand the level of interest in allowing a policy change that would permit university employees to be in homosexual relationships. . . .

Goshen College made similar statements, remarking that there is a “diversity” of opinions on whether or not biblical law prohibits sexuality between those of the same gender. Click here to continue reading.

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Thousands of Christians Support Oregon Bakers With Financial Gifts

rp_melissa-and-aaron-klein.png“Sweet Cakes by Melissa Raises Record Amount of Cash on Crowdfunding Site”

By George Rede
The Oregonian | Oregon Live

Supporters of the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa are putting their money where their mouth is.

A crowdfunding campaign for the embattled business has eclipsed $350,000 in little more than two months – a record amount on the Continue to Give site, The Washington Times reports.

Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history, the Times said.

As of noon Wednesday (Pacific time), the campaign had raised $358,500 from 7,750 donors, more than doubling the $150,000 goal announced when it began May 5 and far exceeding a potential six-figure debt faced by Sweet Cakes. Click here to continue reading.

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Christian Colleges Falling Deeper into Apostasy As They Cave in to Supreme Court Ruling

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Lighthouse Trails has been tracking Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries for many year now, documenting the steady decline into apostasy as the majority of them have now begun to embrace contemplative spirituality through their Spiritual Formation programs. You can read about this in our booklet/article “An Epidemic of Apostasy – How Christian Seminaries Must Incorporate “Spiritual Formation” to Become Accredited.” That special report we wrote explains how Christian higher-learning institutions are bringing Spiritual Formation into their schools so they can receive accreditation from religious accreditation organizations that are requiring Spiritual Formation. While that isn’t the only reason these Christian schools have succumbed to the dangerous teachings of contemplative spirituality, it certainly has been a main factor. Simply put, without accreditation, these schools won’t get certain benefits and recognition, including money in the form of donations, grants, etc. It also keeps their enrollment down as students typically want to attend schools that are accredited.

Lighthouse Trails has also pointed out on numerous occasions that once a church, school, ministry, or Christian organization begins embracing contemplative spirituality, it’s just a matter of time before that institution begins to change their views on topics such as creation, mysticism, the atonement, salvation through Christ alone, and homosexuality. That’s what getting involved in occultism does to people.

Couple all that with the recent Supreme Court ruling stating same-sex marriage must be recognized throughout America, you have the perfect recipe for the absolute falling away of the majority of Christian colleges.

Quick to jump on the band wagon for accepting the homosexual lifestyle is Baylor University, (the largest Baptist university in the world). According to a July 8th 2015 Time magazine article titled “This University Has Dropped Its Ban on ‘Homosexual Acts,’”  Baylor “dropped a prohibition on ‘homosexual acts’ from its sexual conduct policy”this past May.

But Baylor is not the only one. A Christianity Today article, dated July 8th 2015, titled “Hope College and Belmont to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses” explains how Belmont University (in TN) and Hope College (MI) are “extending benefits to same-sex spouses of employees after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.” By the way, you can be sure Christianity Today isn’t too upset about these changes—they’ve been promoting the emerging church and contemplative spirituality for a long time.

Wheaton College has already headed down this path showing acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, and many others will follow suit. And remember, those colleges are training the next generation of pastors and church leaders so the affects will undoubtedly be remarkable.

It appears it is too late to stop the tide of what is happening to Christian colleges. But at Lighthouse Trails, we will continue to send out a warning to parents and grandparents to keep their kids out of these schools and try to find ones that are in a fast-diminishing group of biblically based colleges. At the very least, we hope parents and grandparents will make sure their college-age kids and grandkids are well equipped to live in a world that rejects Christ and in a church that ignores spiritual deception.

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Freedom Disappearing: “YouTube Removes Ray Comfort’s Movie Trailer ‘Because of Religion'”

By WorldNetDaily

YouTube has removed a trailer for an upcoming movie, and the filmmaker is charging it’s “because of our religion.”

The trailer promotes Christian apologist Ray Comfort’s film “Audacity,” which challenges the belief that homosexuality is unchangeable.

According to Comfort’s Facebook page, YouTube explained in a message: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”

Comfort has invited the public to view the trailer on the movie’s website and “see if it’s spam, a scam or has commercially deceptive content.”

The trailer is also available here:

The trailer already had collected more than 130,000 views in less than three weeks. Click here to continue.

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