US Army defines Christian ministry as 'domestic hate group'

[Fox News] Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.

The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.

A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading “No special law for f***.” 

American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American servicemembers.

Military gives bonuses to same-sex couples

[WND] The U.S. military says it has a new benefit for same-sex couples who are in the Armed Services and want to get “married.”

And it’s a taxpayer-funded perk available only to same-sex duos, not heterosexual couples.

It’s government-paid leave to travel to a state that recognizes same-sex “marriage.”

In an email today, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council explained what’s going on.

“A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year said that the federal government must give equal treatment to same-sex couples who have legally ‘married.’ But now the Pentagon wants to give a special, taxpayer-funded bonus to such couples – including a benefit that is not even available to heterosexual couples.”

Missionary’s Daughter, Ashley Heidenriech, Needs Prayer

sick missionary child

[Old Paths Journal] Please pray for Ashley Heidenreich, the daughter of Missionary Sam and Aileen Heidenreich. The Heidenreich’s are missionaries to the Philippines. Ashley has contracted Dengue Fever and she is in a very critical stage. Bro. Sam Heidenreich told me early this morning that her fever is coming and going and that her platelet count is very low. The doctor told them that they have to be careful because this strain of fever can cause her to bleed inside. The next 48 hours are critical. Please pray that God will intervene and heal this young lady.

8/29/2013 update from Allen Domelle:

"I talked to Bro. Sam Heidenreich and he informed me that they let Ashley come home from the hospital. He asked that you continue to pray for her as she recovers. She still has several doctors appointments so they can check her blood to be sure the Dengue Fever is not returning. Praise the LORD for the answered prayers."

Dr. Sammy Allen has heart attack

Pastor Sammy Allen had a heart attack over the weekend.  He was immediately hospitalized for tests and treatment.  Doctors found that very little damage had been done to his heart, and friends and family are rejoicing in that fact.

Dr. Sammy Allen (Robert V. Allen) is the pastor at Concord Missionary Baptist Church and the moderator of Faith Baptist Camp in Resaca Georgia.

 

Why Did a Tennessee Grade School Ban Pork?

no pork allowed in school

[FoxNews Radio] A Tennessee elementary school banned students from eating ham sandwiches, BLT’s and anything else made with pork, but eventually lifted the ban after parents complained.

Third grade teachers at Sunset Elementary School in Brentwood, Tenn. sent home an “Approved Snack List” for the school year and it specifically banned anything that comes from a pig.

“No meats containing pork,” read the memorandum. “Starting Monday, August 12, 2013 your child must provide their own snack from the above approved snack list.”

Brother Milford Biddle Passes On

Dr. Milford Biddle

S. Milford Biddle, full-time evangelist and member of Grace Baptist Church in Liberty, SC, has passed on to be with God.

Brother Biddle was saved on September 7, 1947, in a community revival at the Pea Ridge Schoolhouse in DeKalb County, Alabama. He served ten years as a Deacon and Music Director at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Rossville, GA…

After surrendering to the gospel ministry in January 1961, Dr. Biddle became the host of the Hour of Worship radio broadcast and the Pastor of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN where he enjoyed over 29 years of fruitful ministry. He has preached in Missions and Bible Conferences, Revival meetings and Camp Meetings all over the eastern United States, traveled in eighteen foreign countries and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, Greenville, SC. His book, Bible Preaching Outlines for the Pauline Epistles, was printed in 2001.

Identical Twin Studies Prove Homosexuality is Not Genetic

[OrthodoxNet.com Blog]  Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.

“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, then spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.

Feds forced churches to get baptism permits

[Fox News]  For as far back as anyone can remember, Missouri Baptists have gathered on river banks for Sunday afternoon baptisms.

The preacher leads the new believers into the water, draped in white robes as a choir sings, “Shall We Gather at the River.”

It’s the way it’s been done for generations – baptizing in creeks, lakes, and rivers “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

But now the long-cherished tradition of “taking the plunge” has been drawn into a controversy with the federal government.

The National Park Service began enforcing a policy recently that required churches to obtain special use permits in order to baptize in public waters. As part of the same permit process, the NPS also mandated that churches give the Park Service 48 hours advance notice of pending baptisms.

But as any Baptist or Pentecostal in good standing knows – that’s a problem.