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Jesus is Still the Answer

April 20th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

Because he will be away from home in June, and knowing my love for old books, my son recently gave me my Father’s Day gift early. It’s a first edition copy of Joseph Angus’ Bible Handbook: An Introduction to the Study of Sacred Scripture, dated 1856.

As I thumbed through its tender pages, I came across Angus’ beautiful description of Christ and his ministry. It reads:

“He [Christ] is himself, in truth, the gospel. His coming and work, apart even from all he directly taught, constitute the glad tidings of great joy unto all people. Did men need a real sacrifice for sin, in which the rites of the law should find their explanation and end? That sacrifice he offered. Read the rest of this entry »

Trial of Black Mountain Pastor Wrongly Imprisoned in Turkey Started this Week

April 20th, 2018

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

The trial of Andrew Brunson, the American evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, began in Izmir, Turkey, on Monday. Brunson has been accused of the “crime” of “Christianization,” which Turkey equates with an act of terror. If convicted of the crime, Brunson would face at least 35 years in a Turkish prison.

During the trial, the imprisoned pastor who has served the Turkish people for more than twenty years as a Christian missionary claimed he was completely innocent of all the charges against him. The Hurriyet Daily News reports Brunson telling the court, “I want the whole truth to be revealed. I reject all the accusations in the indictment. I haven’t been involved in any illegal activity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Creech Debunks N.C. Council of Churches Billboard on Nationwide Radio Broadcast

April 20th, 2018

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

Gun ownership = idolatry. That’s the message of a North Carolina Council of Churches billboard near Mebane and the assertion debunked by the Rev. Mark Creech on a nationwide radio show this week.

“On Monday, I was glad to welcome to our daily ‘Stand In The Gap Today’ radio program Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Mark is a great apologist and articulate spokesman for the truth.” said Dave Kistler, show host and president of the North Carolina Pastors Network.

“His comments on Monday’s program went right to the heart of why both he and I vehemently disagree with the billboard recently posted by the North Carolina Council of Churches, implying that all gun owners are idolators.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rev. Creech Speaks at Buncombe County GOP Event, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest – Creech Asks ‘Republican Friends’ to Help Lead Nation Back Toward God

April 19th, 2018

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

The Rev. Mark Creech had a special message for those gathered at the Buncombe County GOP’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on April 8: “God is not dead. He’s not even sick. And he will not only restore us to former splendors, but he will give us a new birth of freedom if we will return fully to him.”

The executive director of the Christian Action League was among a handful of speakers at the event, which also featured Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. The two men’s speeches called on members of the audience to uphold Judeo-Christian values and work to preserve the culture that is at risk of slipping away.

Rev. Creech’s speech received a standing ovation. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Believe the Lie: Alcohol is NOT a Health Food.

April 19th, 2018

By Daniel Amen
Christian Action League
April 19, 2018

While biblical scholars debate whether it is biblically OK to drink alcohol, there is a widespread perception that it is good to drink alcohol for health reasons. Drinking red wine in moderation, and more recently alcohol, in general, has been advanced as something that can improve one’s health. The constant messaging from the alcohol industry has people feeling they must drink two glasses of wine a day to feel healthy. This is a dangerous myth.

At our clinics across the country, we have amassed the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 140,000 scans on patients from 120 countries. The scans leave no room for doubt—alcohol is toxic to the brain, even in small amounts. Just one glass of beer or wine per day can be directly toxic to brain function. The SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) scans of people who drink too much alcohol — more than three drinks a week — look toxic. Read the rest of this entry »

Could the Mention of ‘God’ in Court Cause a Mistrial

April 18th, 2018

By John Rustin
N.C. Family Policy Council
April 18, 2018

Could the mere mention of “God” in an American courtroom serve as the basis of a mistrial? A case that recently came before the North Carolina Court of Appeals raises the question. 

As I was reviewing a long list of legal rulings filed by the Court of Appeals yesterday afternoon, I came across an opinion issued in a driving while impaired (DWI) case, State v. Calabrese. A notation in the description of the case mentioned “references to religion,” so I thought I would take a look.

Without going into too much detail, the case appears to deal with a fairly standard DWI conviction. What caught my eye, however, was an attempt by the defense attorney to compel the trial court to declare a mistrial in the case, in large part, because the prosecuting attorney mentioned the word “God” in his closing arguments. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging, Discrimination, and Intolerance

April 13th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 13, 2018

Several years ago, Life magazine interviewed dozens of people to learn their feelings about prayer. One interview was with a twenty-four-year-old prostitute who lived in Nevada. She said that, when she prayed, her words often didn’t come out right, so she would think onto God and let him listen to her thoughts. “I ask him to help me and keep me going,” she said.

“A lot of people think working girls don’t have any morals, and religion,” added the prostitute. “But I do. I don’t steal. I don’t lie. The way I look at it, I’m not sinning. He’s not going to judge me. I don’t think God judges anybody.”

The notion that God judges no one is both popular and comforting. The problem, however, is that this soothing and morally indiscriminate thought is patently false. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Council of Churches Posts Billboard Suggesting Opposition to Gun Control Violates Second Commandment

April 13th, 2018

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
April 13, 2018

MEBANE – The North Carolina Council of Churches, a theologically and politically left-leaning statewide ecumenical organization, has put up a billboard on 85/I-40 near Mebane that suggests opposition to gun control initiatives is idolatry.

The billboard features an image of pistols, an assault weapon, and ammunition clips lying in a bed of bullets. It touts the support of 18 denominations and 6,200 congregations in North Carolina and pits the Second Commandment against the Second Amendment, saying, You Shall Not Make for Yourself an Idol, 2nd Commandment.

The Second Amendment states, [T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Some Tar Heel Leaders Want to Turn Alcohol Awareness into Alcohol Sales

April 13th, 2018

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 13, 2018

As it has for the past three decades, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month in April to increase public awareness and encourage communities to focus on alcoholism and related issues. But some North Carolina leaders seem to want to focus only on alcohol sales at the expense of public safety.

In fact, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as NC Beer Month just seven days after proclaiming that it was Alcohol Awareness Month.

“The insensitivity of the governor’s action is palpable. It demonstrates thoughtlessness for the people who have alcohol issues in their lives and a gross lack of understanding for alcohol-related problems,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pope Says There is No Hell?

April 6th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 6, 2018

Is it true? Did the Pope actually say that there is no hell?

That’s what some news sources reported. Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist journalist who recently interviewed the Pope, is where the claim originated. Scalfari said the pontiff told him that unbelievers don’t go to hell, hell doesn’t exist, instead, their souls are annihilated.

“Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and go among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell – there is the disappearance of sinful souls,” the Pope allegedly claimed.

Other news sources, however, report that the Vatican is claiming Scalfari’s piece is unreliable and not a faithful transcription of the Pope’s words.

Whatever the case, Scalfari’s article in La Repubblica, has much of the world speculating. Conservative radio political pundit, Rush Limbaugh, speculates the Pope is really a left-winger and actually trying to mingle his own leftist personal views with church doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »