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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Titles and Names Can Be Deceiving!

The name National Council of Churches is a very deceiving title. This group no more represents the beliefs of the church I pastor than does groups like Planned Parenthood or NAMBLA.

The problem is that when people read the name, it is easy for them to link ALL churches with such a group. This group is known for it's liberal slant on most topics, and when you look at the title of this story, then you know which side of the isle they stand, and if you don't let me help you out - look to your left!

National Council of Churches praises Ahmadinejad

Chad Groening
October 8, 2007

The head of a pro-Israel ministry is deeply troubled that the National Council of Churches recently heaped glowing praise on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Recently the associate general secretary for interfaith relations for the National Council of Churches (NCC) sent a letter to President Bush stating that he wished the president would meet with the Iranian leader. J. Daryl Byler said a conversation between the two men "could signal a positive change in a relationship severed more than 25 years ago."

Jan Markell, founder of Olive Tree Ministries, is troubled by the recent comments made by an NCC delegation. "Really praising [and] almost sanctioning the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, [they] called him a pious person and a witty man. They said he comes across as a very religious man," says Markell.

She admits she cannot understand why members of American-based churches would praise a man who constantly shouts "Death to America."

"Why are we cozying up to a guy who's calling for our total destruction, and then actually saying glowing things about a man who's having messianic visions, who feels it's his responsibility to bring on the Mahdi," she says. "I just think that things are spinning way out of control. I mean, trusting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, trusting his word could be fatal to nations, not just to individuals. The entire Middle East could go up in flames at any time.

"She says while many NCC leaders and participants are leaning very liberal, there are still good people in their churches who stick around to make a difference -- and she suggests they should protest with righteous indignation.