Posts Tagged ‘church’

AT2W Replay: Catholic Church Exposed Ownership with Erotica Bookseller Weltbild

The Catholic Church Is Exposed for Their Ownership with Erotica Bookseller

AT2W Replay from March 2013:

The Catholic Church has proven to be a scam and a disgrace before God. Not only do they own a block in Italy that houses a popular gay sauna but they also own the erotica bookseller Weltbild, which publish some pretty revealing titles. Back in 2011, we found out that the German bookseller Weltbild was up for sale. The Publisher’s Weekly stated that 18 dioceses of the Catholic church owned the bookseller which is worth $2.3 billion dollars. Once the media started pressing the fact that they published soft porn titles, this is when controversy started as the Catholic church was criticized for their involvement. The Catholic church still owns the publisher.

Pornography In The Black Church Needs to be Properly Addressed

dr mark lasser healing the wounds of sexual addiction

Pornography In The Black Church Needs to be Properly Addressed

AT2W Replay from March 2013:

This is an issue that tends to be overlooked because the church sees it as sin not an addiction. We are happy to know that someone is trying to make a difference and deal with real issues. In his book,  Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, Dr. Mark Laaser opens the eyes of the church to help treat not just condemn with this issue.

Pornography is a widespread yet overlooked problem in black churches. To address it fruitfully, our response needs to recognize that sex addiction is both a sin and a disease needing proper treatment.

It’s an age old debate. Bigger is better. Size matters. But contrary to all the urban myths, the black man’s biggest sexual organ lies between his ears. And none of this is more evident in the African American male community than when it comes to pornography. I address men here because, honestly, they are 543% more likely to look at porn than women. As of this writing, over 451, 597,025 searches have been conducted since the start of 2013. Yes, that’s only three months! 1 out of every 4 online searches is for pornography. Unfortunately, because the church doesn’t address this issue adequately, many Black Christian men feel like they are alone in their battle to remain porn-free. But statistics have shown that 1 out of every 2 Christian men are addicted to porn (while 1 in 5 Christian women admit porn addiction). 9 out of 10 boys are exposed to pornography before the age of 18. Sadly, 2 out of every 3 young men feel that porn is an acceptable way to express their sexuality. And the pulpit isn’t exempt. 51% of pastors in a recent poll admitted that porn was a potential personal temptation. My goal here isn’t to bombard you with statistics. Instead, I want to highlight a major, potentially unaddressed problem in the African American faith community.
The reason porn is so prevalent in the faith community is because of its addictive nature. For years, the Black church has treated this as merely a sin issue, something to be expunged from a person’s life. Maybe it’s time we went a little further. Although it is important to realize that sex addiction is a sin, it is even more important to realize that sex addiction is a disease that needs proper treatment.
Dr. Mark Laaser describes the cycle involved with sex addiction. He asserts that frequently sexual addiction progresses from fantasy, to porn, and ultimately leads to masturbation.
Read more here.

Puerto Rican Man Ponzi Schemed Unsuspecting Christians and Others Out of $2.3 Million

Ricardo Bonilla Rojas led Ponzi scheme on christians and factory workers

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Evangelical Christians Targeted in $2.3 Million Ponzi Scheme

One man has been accused of defrauding investors of more than $2.3 million through a Ponzi scheme which targeted unsuspecting factory workers and evangelical Christians, federal authorities said.

The Securities and Exchange Commission have found Ricardo Bonilla Rojas, from Puerto Rico, raised $7 million from as many as 200 investors. The SEC stated the majority of them live in Puerto Rico and others in Florida, New York and North Carolina. (Read full complaint here.)

The alleged scheme is one of the largest uncovered in the U.S. territory, said Eric Bustillo, director of the SEC’s Miami regional office.

T.D Jake’s Clarifies His ‘One God, Three Persons’ Beliefs In “Elephant Room” Interview

TD Jakes and Elephant Room Conference

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T.D Jake’s Clarifies His ‘One God, Three Persons’ Beliefs In “Elephant Room” Interview

Written by AT2W Contributing Writer, Kebony Smith

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case To Lift Ban on School Church Services

Church at Public Schools
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case To Lift Ban on School Church Services
We just found something very interesting. Why is it that people who do not want religion in schools can make a stand and win their case but churches can’t rally together and stop abuse in the house of God? The church seems to fight for certain things but hush up on others. Though we think the cause is worth fighting, when will we as the Body of Christ start fixing the issues within the church instead of worrying about where we will worship? This may be an opportunity to look within and lift some bans there.
Read report below:
For more than 10 years, The Bronx Household of Faith has been fighting against a city policy banning schools from being used after hours for “religious services or instruction.”
The battle began in 1994 after the church was denied access to the Anne Cross Mersereau Middle School in the Bronx.
Bronx Household lost an initial lawsuit and an appeal.
The high court’s refusal to hear the case means the lower U.S. appeals court decision will stand.
Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jordan Lorence said Monday’s decision now opens the door to potential problems for other churches meeting in public schools across the country.
“It will not force other schools to throw out the churches, but I think that it could introduce this option to them, that if for any reason there is members on the school board that want to get rid of the churches, this would give them an excuse to do so,” Lorence explained.

Zachery Tims’ Mother Madeline Tims Goes To NY Supreme Court to Keep Death Secret

Zachery Tims’ Mother Madeline Tims Goes To NY Supreme Court to Keep Death Secret

The investigation of Pastor Zachery Tims’ cause of death is becoming a real mystery or should we say- the family wants to keep it a mystery.

Read the latest report below:

The mother of a Florida pastor Zachery Tims who was found dead in a hotel room in New York City’s Times Square has sued the city to keep his cause of death hidden from the public.

Dallas Ordained Minister Operating Strip Clubs Disguised as Church Ministries

Dallas Ordained Minister Operating Strip Clubs Disguised as Church Ministries

What a shame!

The City of Dallas says it has found a second business owned by a man who claims to be operating “churches” which officials say are clubs.

Even so, the owner says this is a church. The city calls it a swingers club.

But the suit alleges that this business is really called The Playground, and described as “a swingers club that is a business that caters to adults, often couples, who wish to engage in random consensual sexual activities with other adults other than their spouses.”

Pastor Joel Peebles Ordered Not to Handle Church Money During Services by Judge

Pastor Joel Peebles Ordered Not to Handle Church Money by Judge

A temporary retraining order was issued by a Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge on Friday that forbids senior pastor Joel Peebles from collecting tithes and offerings during the church services at the Jericho City of Praise Church.

This order is a 10 day order by the court.

A group of church employees stated that the late co-founder Apostle Betty Peebles gave them authority to manage the church’s finances months before she passed. Joel Peebles has counter-sued and is challenging the employees’ authority and the way they have managed the church’s money.

Church Pastor Quits, Says Church Can’t Afford to Pay for Full Time Leader

Church Pastor Quits, Says Church Can’t Afford to Pay for Full Time Leader

The old stone church with “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” carved over its door just got its heating and cooling system in order after years of being on the blink.

Now, First Lutheran Church needs a pastoral repair job no mere handyman can fix.

The Rev. Fred Cook, longtime pastor of the 116-year-old Over-the-Rhine church, is leaving.

He doesn’t know when. He doesn’t where he’s going.

But he knows it’s time to find a new job.

Maryland Pastor Joel Peebles and Church At Odds Over Church Leadership

Maryland Pastor Joel Peebles and Church At Odds Over Church Leadership

As the battle for control of Jericho City of Praise plays out in court, the Landover megachurch’s pastor asserted his authority Sunday over the ministry, a report says. A week after a shoving match broke out at the end of the Sunday service, the Rev. Joel R. Peebles sought to dismiss the rumblings of conflict over the church’s leadership. In a rousing sermon, Peebles said plainly that he is in charge.

Pastor Joel Peebles told his congregation on Sunday: