Presbyterian Church Formally Approves Gay Marriage In Church Constitution

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.

The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th “yes” vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.

After all regional bodies vote and top Presbyterian leaders officially accept the results, the change will take effect June 21. The denomination has nearly 1.8 million members and about 10,000 congregations.

..becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.

“So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities,” said the Rev. Robin White, a leader of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay acceptance within the church.

So far, 41 presbyteries have rejected the redefinition, which includes a provision that no clergy would be compelled to preside at a gay marriage or host such a ceremony on church property. The vote in one presbytery was tied, according to a tally by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a pro-gay group that works to keep Presbyterians united despite theological differences.

Last year, the church had allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings if local church leaders approved in states where the unions were legally recognized. The new wording for the church Book of Order, which authorizes same-sex marriages churchwide, will read, “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.”

Church leaders released statements Tuesday urging “mutual forbearance” amid disagreements over the amendment. “We hope that such ‘up/down’ voting does not mark the end, but the continuation of our desire to live in community,” the two top General Assembly officials said. Read more on Fox News.

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The Grail Message | The Antichrist

Men! When the hour comes in which, according to the Divine Will, the purification and winnowing must take place on earth, then watch for the predicted and partly supernatural signs in the sky!

Do not then allow yourselves to be confused by those men and also churches who have already long ago surrendered to Antichrist. It is sad that until now not even the churches have known where to look for this Antichrist, although he has already been active among all men for so long. If they had only been a little on the alert they must have recognized it! Who can possibly act in a more anti-Christian manner than those who at that time fought against Christ Himself and finally also murdered Him! Who could have revealed themselves in a worse and also more obvious way as antagonistic to Christ!

No wonder, then, that he could penetrate to the altars, and that representatives of earthly religions, also of the Christian churches, were bound to become his victims. For they too expect the Antichrist just before the predicted Judgement.

They were the leaders and representatives of earthly religion; and the true teaching of God, as revealed in and through the Son of God, did not agree with what they had built up. Indeed, the true Message of God could not be reconciled with it, because the structure set up by priestly dignitaries was aimed at earthly influence, earthly power and expansion.

They proved quite clearly thereby that they were servants of the human intellect, which is directed solely towards earthly knowledge and earthly power, and is hostile and obstructive to everything that lies beyond earthly comprehension! Now since God remains completely outside the range of earthly intellectual knowledge, as also does the spiritual, the intellect is clearly the only real obstacle thereto! Thus by its nature it is opposed to all that is Divine and all that is spiritual! And with it logically therefore all men who acknowledge their intellect as of paramount importance, and seek to build only upon that! Continue reading at The Grail Message | The Antichrist.

Is there any prophetic relationship between ISIS, The Pope, and the time of the End?

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.         isis-army-700x430

In recent weeks we have seen the development of a crisis that is fulfilling bible prophecy. Presently the media has been filled with pictures of a militant terrorists group called ISIS. Where is it headed (the murders, the be-headings, the great atrocities) ? How will these type of tragedies be brought to a halt? Will we see another world war? Notice the following inspired quotation:

“The world is filled with storm and war and variance. Yet under one head–the papal power–the people will unite to oppose God in the person of His witnesses. This union is cemented by the great apostate. ” {7T 182.2} Read Rev. 13:3.

This is happening right before our eyes, are you ready? Do you have an experience with Jesus that can endure such a crisis? In recent news media coverage, the former Israeli President just reported where he believes all of this is leading and what will be necessary to stop the overwhelming massacres. Notice his words, “given that the United Nations has run its course, what we need is an organization of United Religions,” Peres said, as “the best way to counteract these terrorists who kill in the name of their faith.”

“What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No. God doesn’t want this and doesn’t allow it,’” he said.

I wonder what religion the former Israeli President had in mind that could unite the world? And I wonder who he had in mind as the moral authority? Well, if one reads the recent article one does not have to wonder (simply unbelievable but very prophetic). The following is a brief quotation of what he said as recorded by the catholic news service:

“In an exclusive interview with Famiglia Cristiana, the 91-year-old former two-term prime minister of Israel said he wanted to establish an international body representing the world’s major religions, as a moral force able to intervene in conflicts. “Peres said Pope Francis would be the best person to head such a world body because “perhaps for the first time in history, the Holy Father is a leader who’s respected, not just by a lot of people, but also by different religions and their representatives.”

“In fact, perhaps he is the only leader who is truly respected” in the world, said Peres, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Premier Yitzak Rabin. Peres said the United Nations and its peacekeepers “do not have the force or the effectiveness of any one of the pope’s homilies, which can draw half a million people just in St. Peter’s Square alone.” – Messengers of Light Ministry.