Actually, it’s the opposite. I find that most young people, and people of all ages, are greatly interested in the Word of God. But the vast majority of “preachers” or pastors at churches, well, they just suck at storytelling. The Bible is the greatest story ever told, and it’s being recounted by the worst storytellers ever to exist.
 April 28, 2016 at 1:48pm
Yes, I get together a couple times a month with friends and family for Biblical fellowship, and we all kinda preach and teach to one another.
As for tithing, I tithe directly to ministries that I feel a strong connection with. One that I mentioned was Ravi Zacharias. I won’t mention the others that I give tithes and offerings to.
The primary church that I watch online and give my tithes to, it also has a practice of keeping a “God Account”, where everybody saves extra money beyond tithes and offerings to use when encountering somebody who is in need. That way, if I come across somebody who doesn’t have money to buy gas, or food, or something like that, I am always ready and able to be a servant and to act as the hand of Providence guides me, to build people up, tell them that Jesus loves them, and bless them in His name.
 April 28, 2016 at 1:40pm
The number of people who identify with “Feminism” has pretty much tanked over the last couple decades as well. But that doesn’t mean people stopped believing in equality and equal rights between men and women. It means that Feminism has been hijacked by some very unsavory people and nobody wants to be associated with that title anymore.
I’m not saying that’s what’s going on here, but it could be a contributing factor. Some people may not like being associated with the term “Christian”. The apostle Peter himself denied being a follower of Christ three times when asked about it.
However, I find your “denominations” comment a little bit strange. What do you mean by rapid growth in denominations? You mean Christians are shifting from one doctrinal belief to another? Like, Catholics are changing their views and becoming Seventh Day Adventists?
Also, Mormons are not a denomination of Christianity. They are technically a cult which rejects the Bible as being the Word of God. But I understand how a lot of people make that mistake. I don’t mean “cult” in the modern English sense of drinking poisoned Kool-Aid. I mean cult as a term in Theology. Mormons believe in a fictionalized version of God and Jesus. It would be like somebody believing that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire slayer. Real person, fictional representation.
 April 28, 2016 at 12:22pm
Great. Now we get to watch Dreamworks go down the crapper the way all the rest of NBC’s companies have gone.
 April 28, 2016 at 12:17pm
Exactly. And nobody knows perverts better than Japan does!
I believe the libs are still trying to learn how to learn.
 April 28, 2016 at 12:13pm
Cheerleaders are exclusionary, cliquey, and mean to other girls!? UNPOSSIBLE!
This cannot be news to people…
 April 28, 2016 at 12:04pm
Did it ever occur to people that perhaps the Church, eternal and wrapped in glory, has not declined, but just the people visiting buildings has?
Think about it. Libraries across the nation have pretty much become obsolete to the vast majority of people. I haven’t been to the library in well over a decade, because I can get any book I want for dirt cheap on Amazon.com, or I can just look up the full text of classics online for free.
Maybe people are doing the same thing with the Bible and with church. You can get online on any Sunday morning and find at least a thousand churches streaming their sermons to the entire world via the internet. My church has recorded every sermon for the last 7 or 8 years and put it on their website for download under their “Archives” section.
When I was a kid, we went to church twice a week: once on Wednesday night, and once on Sunday morning. Now that I’m an adult with an internet connection, I stay in the Word of God every day. I have church every day. And I get to have my church fellowship with people who are world-renowned like Ravi Zacharias and Billy Graham. Do you have any idea how many Billy Graham sermons you can find, just on YouTube?
We are a generation where “Church” is no longer something that takes place in a building. We are the first generation to become a living church, a walking, breathing army of people so soaked in the knowledge of God that no building can contain us.
It's a nice thought - and I wish you were right. But the reality is that these surveys didn't ask if people attend a brick and mortar building - but rather what religion the people identify with. The number of people in America that identify as Christian is shrinking, as much as it pains me to see.
However, the good news is that there are still many Christian denominations that continue to see rapid growth such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons).
I like your premise. If you associate with like-minded people is where my curiosity lies. Also, how do you tithe? Pretty sure there is no Eucharistic participation? Please inform.
I can see how if enough were doing this it would be a living church without walls.
Almost nailed it,
While most churches are state churches, the remnant has never been about the temples built. They precede them and proceed beyond them. Is it any wonder that Paul's churches looked so much different than the Acts Church of the original Apostles? It's because the true-believers begin a work that may turn into a building or a "church", but in reality they were never part of some building, they were always (not just now) in the body of Christ Alone. So as goats fill the building the sheep move on to greener pastures leaving nothing but a sarcophagus behind.
The true believers were NEVER defined by any building, denomination, city, or government. Those things are all corruptible and corrupted.
The number of people who identify with "Feminism" has pretty much tanked over the last couple decades as well. But that doesn't mean people stopped believing in equality and equal rights between men and women. It means that Feminism has been hijacked by some very unsavory people and nobody wants to be associated with that title anymore.
I'm not saying that's what's going on here, but it could be a contributing factor. Some people may not like being associated with the term "Christian". The apostle Peter himself denied being a follower of Christ three times when asked about it.
However, I find your "denominations" comment a little bit strange. What do you mean by rapid growth in denominations? You mean Christians are shifting from one doctrinal belief to another? Like, Catholics are changing their views and becoming Seventh Day Adventists?
Also, Mormons are not a denomination of Christianity. They are technically a cult which rejects the Bible as being the Word of God. But I understand how a lot of people make that mistake. I don't mean "cult" in the modern English sense of drinking poisoned Kool-Aid. I mean cult as a term in Theology. Mormons believe in a fictionalized version of God and Jesus. It would be like somebody believing that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire slayer. Real person, fictional representation.
Yes, I get together a couple times a month with friends and family for Biblical fellowship, and we all kinda preach and teach to one another.
As for tithing, I tithe directly to ministries that I feel a strong connection with. One that I mentioned was Ravi Zacharias. I won't mention the others that I give tithes and offerings to.
The primary church that I watch online and give my tithes to, it also has a practice of keeping a "God Account", where everybody saves extra money beyond tithes and offerings to use when encountering somebody who is in need. That way, if I come across somebody who doesn't have money to buy gas, or food, or something like that, I am always ready and able to be a servant and to act as the hand of Providence guides me, to build people up, tell them that Jesus loves them, and bless them in His name.
Blest- re your answer to P8riot- you say Mormons are a cult; JW's are too as their Jesus is a lesser god than God the Father.
Christianity isn’t dying. Dig and look what’s happening in China.
As for the USA, it’s not dying either. http://adam4d.com/death-of-christianity/ Sums up my opinion.
Blest, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon). I believe the Bible containing the Old Testament and New Testament to be a testimony of Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. That Jesus Christ plead for me in Gethsemane and bled and died for me on the cross. I believe the Book of Mormon to be a third witness to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
If our society was becoming more and more Christian, then your feminism analogy may work. But frankly, it’s the opposite. The reality is that our country is less Christian than it has been in the past.
I’m sure you agree that many of the major Christian denominations such as Baptists and Catholics have shrunk in numbers over the past several years.
And to answer your questions, I’m not saying that certain denominations are shrinking and others are growing because one is poaching from the other – converts come from all different backgrounds. That’s all.
Finally, you and I have discussed your views on my religion for years – and I am happy we live in a country where we can disagree on theology. :) But it is intellectually dishonest to say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a Christian denomination. Again, you may disagree with some of our doctrine, but you would have to create a pretty funky definition of what a Christian is to exclude me as one. However, feel free to provide your definition or purity test of what makes someone a true Christian in your view.
P8riot- you're a theological illiterate. Of the three you mentioned, only the SDAs come close to orthodoxy.
P8riot- I'll take a stab at your challenge to Blest: You claim to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but do you also believe He is God the Son, co-equal AND CO-ETERNAL? That, sir, is what separates the orthodox from the pretenders.
I would say that being consumers/listeners to a given message is not the same as fellowship. However, I think you are right about digital media, and the church has never, and was NEVER supposed to be about the brick and mortar.
...my Jesus is even bigger than your Jesus, Glass...mine is the Jesus of Universal Salvation through His Prayer on the Cross...
...the Body of my Christ, my Church, encompasses All Peoples; Past, Present and Future...an Eternal Jesus of Humankind...
...don't believe, not "Scriptural"...then Pray for "Eternal Salvation" from Jesus, "even unto the Least of them"...unless it is Your judgement that My God provides...
While it's awesome to listen to Billy Graham, and Ravi Zacharias you are not fellowshipping with them. God's word tells us to not forsake the gathering of the brethren. It is vital that we do have ACTUAL fellowship with our brothers and sisters. People who can speak words into our lives because they know us and what we're going through. As much as I love Graham (Franklin as well) and Zacharias, they don't know me. Yes, I do get much from their sermons, but that individual word from a good christian friend is not there.
I find it interesting that you take it upon yourself to decide who is a true Christian and who is not. I am a Latter Day Saint as well and very much a Christian. I believe in Christ, I preach of Christ, I worship Christ, I am saved by His Grace and His atoning sacrifice, and I strive to follow His teachings. I agree with P8riot. It takes a pretty funky and narrow definition to say that I am not a Christian. I am sure we would disagree on many points of doctrine but I do not question your faith or "Christianity" because we disagree. Is it so much to ask the same from you in return?
Well said PGMike!
@glassaudioguy - I didn't ask you to distinguish - I asked you to define. If you are going to tell me I'm not a Christian, then please define what you believe a Christian to be. I'll be interested to see if your definition follows that of the Bible.
In case you want a starting point - the name "Christian" was a name first given to believers in Jesus Christ at Antioch in Syria, about A.D. 43 (Acts 11:26). It was perhaps given contemptuously but was accepted by followers of Christ as a fit title. See 1 Pet. 4:16.
Just a hint to save you some time - I may not be as much a "theological illiterate" as you assumed. :)
yep the bigger churches are going to streaming....Why leave the house?...My church has an App
I love how the same people that cry "you don't need to have one church, just believe in the christ and all is good" claim to have authority on dictating who is Christian and who isn't. If a there are two churches that claim to be Christian yet have contradicting doctrinal views, then who is following the "true" Christ? Christ can't claim both as his or else He would be contradicting His own doctrine. One Church, One Gospel, One Baptism. It is simple and it is clear. According to reason, only one church can claim it.
My DIRECTV programming has about 15 religious channels. I have about worn out my controller calling them up and doing the DVR thing with them. I spend maybe 20-25 hours weekly “in church” now. I have evolved to Christianity as the apostles practiced it after the Pentecost. I wish there was a local church that observed the 7 feasts that Jesus observed and ignored the pagan introduced Christmas and Easter festivities. “Saint” Constantine and his archaeologist mother essentially destroyed Yeshua’s Christianity.
God, The Father, gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ. God and Christ MUST be two separate personages. 1 God does not lie, nor will he lie by omission. He will not deceive. He will not say He has a “begotten son” if he means it’s really him in the flesh. 2 God and Christ have the exact same purpose, To bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of Man. Christ wants us to be like him. He said No man cometh to the Father but by me. Christ will not lie, nor will he say one thing but mean another. Just like God The Father. Christ and God The Father MUST be separate beings. Argue about who is christian all you want, but my choice is made.
I know that God lives. I know that through Christ I can be with my Father again. I can become a new man, one like Christ as He pleads for me to be. Through the grace of God this can happen.
April 28, 2016 at 11:53am
You nailed it. Good article.
 April 28, 2016 at 11:46am
Yeah. Genuinely funny people are also usually happy people. And Will Ferrell doesn’t seem to be a happy person. He seems to be a very bitter, creepy person who tries very hard to stay relevant.
April 28, 2016 at 11:44am
There are only two movies I’ve ever seen with him in it where I actually enjoyed his character, and those were “ELF” and “Stranger than Fiction”.
But I agree, he does seem to be lacking some chromosomes or something in most of his roles, and he doesn’t seem like a very happy person in real life. I feel sorry for him.
 April 27, 2016 at 5:11pm
I get that. But if people want to defeat Trump, you have to inhabit the minds of the people who support him. Nothing a “constitutional conservative” says is going to get through, because that is not what matters to Trump supporters. What matters to them is the blatantly obvious things that they can touch and feel, not the metaphysical and philosophical foundations of reality.
[-4] April 27, 2016 at 5:06pm
Right, but you’re a political-minded person. You’re looking at things through the lens of politics and philosophy, not through the lens of business, like the vast majority of Americans look at things.
People keep attacking Trump based on ideology.
 April 27, 2016 at 5:00pm
I don’t get it. Why do people think that voters are supporting Donald Trump because of social issues?
Everybody I know who is supporting Donald Trump is doing so IN SPITE OF his morals, because they think he will deport people, build a wall, and fire people in the government who are bad at their jobs.
Donald Trump supporters do not care about his morality, his religion, or his “social” stances. I don’t understand why people keep missing the point here. The media is just idiotic. They don’t get it. People are sick of illegal immigration. They’re sick of political correctness. That is it.
For me it is not about social issues, it is because he is a progressive...defined as loving big government and hating freedom and liberty.
I voted morals. Trump is on the bottom of that list.
Then you're making a 'yuge' mistake. You can't trust that a man with no integrity is going to rule with integrity; to get roped into all this on some naive hope that a brazen liar with a liberal record is going to return power to the people of America is pure foolishness.
When you don't have morals you have nothing. Literally nothing. That's how Obama got elected and if trump or Hillary get elected it's how they get in. You proud we are now Sodom and gammorah?
Nobody thinks that. We think they're supporting Trump because they're big fans of him, or are really mad at the Republicans that did nothing these past few years.
But we're trying to warn those people that the person they're supporting for various reasons actually comes with some values and policies that are going to be pretty tough to swallow over the next four years, and that his inability to recognize political tricks are going to let the Democrats run rampant under his administration.
There's a hell of a lot more going on than building a freaking wall!!!!!!!
Will you still support Trump when he doesn't build a wall on the Mexican border?
 April 27, 2016 at 3:58pm
They re-defined “racism” to mean “a power struggle between the minority and the majority”. It no longer means hating somebody based on their skin color. It means that hatred is morally okay when you are a minority, but morally evil when you are a majority. Whoever has more “power” is the morally evil one, regardless of what they say and do.
That’s why these same people hate Jews and Israel, even though Jews are a minority. They have power.
I think they are partially correct.
Steriotyping is based on experiences either your own or those you hear of... It involves pattern seeking/recognition and generalization. It involves crude and often inaccurate innitial assessments which can be refined or discarded as specific information about an individual presents itself through new experiences. It is reality based, and subject to continual adjustment based on changing experiences.
Racism is rooted in the power a group either has or wants to have over others. It can be tied to justifications. ( they did it first!) or to means and methods. It is not necessarily connected to reality, except in the sense of searching for confirmation of bias. It is resistant to change or adjustment based on experience that might contradict it. People want to think well of themselves even if their goal is to oppress some other group; racism may provide justification for what they hope to do.
Therefore Steriotyping is a survival instinct, and not evil.
Racism is evil whether it involves abuse of power -
or lust for power with which to abuse others.
 April 27, 2016 at 3:55pm
How dare you judge people by the content of their character rather than their skin color!?
I was curious so I downloaded the document and used the useful search function that Adobe Acrobat supplies. Do your research! Some of the things this article says are in the document are, in fact, in the document. But the basis of this thread is the statement that,
“Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people.”
Provocative right? Wow! But that statement isn’t in the document nor anything even close. That’s a blatant lie, made up by a shameless liar. Like the document or not, that statement is not there, nor any similar statement.
If you disbelieve me, open this guide and show me the page. I dare you. If I’m wrong I’ll apologize right.
You should be ashamed that you believe anything you are spoon fed that justifies your preconceived bigotry. Do your research!
Slender, I scanned entire guide...obviously you didn't! Please look at pages 150-155...Page 150 is titled Dear White Students....and 154 The Problem with White Feminism is a nice read too! Unbelievable!
Blessed, no dude. The quote. The quote that, "Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people.” The article says that quote is in there. The quote that is in the title of this thread.
The title of this thread is,
College’s ‘Unofficial Survival Guide’ Lists ‘Hatred of White people’ as ‘Legitimate Response to Oppression’
Where is that quote? Thanks for looking I guess. And thanks for proving to yourself what a lie that is. If you call yourself "Blessed" I would hope you are against lies and lying.
I'm asking you where that quote is, the quote in the title of this thread, the quote this article says is in there. Where is that?
Slender, The title of this thread comes directly from the "quote". Seems pretty simple to me. (page 152 #5 on the list) God hates liars and false witnesses, so the Truth is all that matters. The Blaze is one of the only outlets I like to get my news from as they do their homework and the truth matters. I grew up not too far from Claremont, and it's so sad to see our colleges going down this path. There is nothing on the pages 150-155+ that benefits anyone or brings anyone together. All to Him I owe. So thankful that my college years are completed and I don't have to see and hear all the hateful, divisive garbage being spewed. Praying for my children's future and our leaders.
Slenderman, you got your racist ass handed to you, you got called out. It is "you" with a problem, not all white people. That college should be closed down, I have never heard such BS in my life.
Blessed, so you read it huh? And came away with no understanding of how the next generation thinks and what they believe? I’m sorry to be the one to inform you but your generation is closing out their time on this good earth and the next generation is taking control. And, like every generation for the last 10,000 years you are free to believe the world is going to heck.
You’re time has past, especially given you have no understanding or empathy with what the next generation thinks, believes and the ideas of being inclusive of everyone means.
I’m glad at least you believe in the Word of God, at least the way your generation interprets it.
 April 27, 2016 at 3:50pm
I’m sorry, but this is not news. Everybody and their third cousin’s brother’s wife’s step-niece’s great-aunt predicted that this was going to happen. Especially when oil dropped down below $30 a barrel.
 April 27, 2016 at 1:11pm
Especially on a campus that has lots of evil cis-gendered, straight, white, male students…
 April 27, 2016 at 1:10pm
Did people even read the article? Students with conceal-carry permits are allowed to carry their guns anywhere on campus. It has been like that for a long time, except for in dorms (the residence halls).
Last year, they allowed CC permit holders to bring guns into their dorms, but they want the guns kept in a safe while the gun is not strapped to your body. That way a random student who visits your dorm can’t just steal your gun and go shoot people with it.
The gun safe is there as a theft deterrent, because most gun crimes and shootings are done with stolen guns.
and the permission from the college is probably to insure the student DOES have and use a gun safe. (hopefully bolted to the bedframe.)
 April 27, 2016 at 1:06pm
Last year they made a rule allowing students with conceal-carry permits to carry everywhere on campus INCLUDING the dorms (residence halls). They can now have their guns inside the dorms, as long as they keep them in a gun safe. If you are leaving the dorms, you carry your gun like normal.
 April 27, 2016 at 1:04pm
They are only required to keep them in safes while they are in their dorm rooms.
The school has had a policy since last year that students with conceal-carry permits can carry on campus grounds, everywhere except the residence halls (the dorms). This just includes the dorms now.