Reported crimes against the church in North America this week 1/1/2022

STAFF

This is a list of this week’s reported crimes against Christian congregations and church property in North America. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. These are only those that have come to our attention through media reports.

MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2021

Police in St. Albans, West Virginia have arrested two men for felony destruction of property and grand larceny after

TUESDAY, DEC 28, 2021

Police in Fort Smith, Ark. have arrested a man accused of causing between $20,000 and $50,000 in damage to the Evangel Temple in Forts Smith. KNWA/KFTA reports surveillance video led to the arrest of James Leon Garner, 39. A motive for the vandalism has not been announced.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2021

Officers arrested a Henderson, North Carolina man, 40, this week for vandalism at a church. Police say Kane Kelley. The motive behind the vandalism at the Ebenezer Church is not clear as the graffiti is Illegible. Fox Carolina posted photos of some of the graffiti. ABC13 reports the act was caught on surveillance video.

Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are looking for the person or persons who caused an estimated $11,000 in damage as they ransacked a church. 6 Action News reports the damage was discovered at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Burglary is believed to be the motive

THURSDAY, DEC 30, 2021

Police In the state of New Jersey have responded three times in the past month to vandalism at the Mary, Mother of God Church in the city of Hillsborough.  Patch.com reports the vandal or vandals have defaced Christmas decorations, knocked over statues and stole a few items.

FRIDAY, Dec 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve)

No Report – Holiday schedule

Is the Genesis flood account plagiarized?

Floyd Rogers

Let’s consider some universal things.  For example, everyone eats. When ancient people learned how to write, they recorded stories about every part of life including stories about people eating. Wouldn’t it be ridiculous to conclude that whomever was the first to make a written record of people eating must have invented eating? Is this rather absurd assumption any different than the presupposition made by those who claim the flood account originated with an author that pre-dates Genesis.

Other cultures may have written down flood stories that pre-date our oldest copies of Genesis, but this only indicates they were the first to write it down.  After all, Genesis records a flood that happened when the earliest humans walked the earth, possibly before anyone had written language. Isn’t it interesting that cultures from the Mesopotamians to the Mayans have written stories of a great flood? It’s what you would expect to find the flood were an oral tradition handed down to all descendants no matter how far apart they eventually settled.

What are your thoughts?

New song from The Erwins playing now before CD is released

Today we added another first radio single from a yet-to-be-released Erwins project. The new album will release in November. You can hear it on Texas Gospel Canada before it is available at the store.

This song will be familiar to many of you. It’s message is timeless and one we need to hear often. Jesus. 

Listen for the new song Nobody by the Erwins starting today (Sept. 16) On Texas Gospel Canada.

Why are some people so opposed to faith?

FLOYD ROGERS, TEXAS GOSPEL CANADA VOLUNTEER

Some atheist writers expound on the idea that Christianity is in retreat as they strive to get others to abandon their faith. One writer proclaimed with glee that, “religion isn’t just losing members – it’s also losing social status and public prestige.” He made it clear this was not just a non-consequential observation, it was something he touted as reason to rejoice. Let’s examine his position. Is it true that Christianity is in retreat? Why would someone who claims to be void of belief so strongly desire that others turn from Jesus?

Let’s talk about that first question: Is Christianity in retreat? If by retreat one means to imply that God is becoming less important, then no. God’s importance has not changed. But if by retreat one means there are fewer people who understand the importance of God, then yes; that’s something the Bible tells us to expect. 1 Timothy tells us, “…that in the last days many people will turn from their faith.” 2 Timothy tells us many of the people who turn from God will have, “…a form of godliness but denying its power.” So yes, for thousands of years we’ve been expecting a time when people will turn from God. A yes or no answer does not address the assumed premises that are possible when one asks: Is Christianity in retreat.”

The second question is addressed in scripture.  Why would a person who claims to have no belief either way so strongly advocate for others to turn from God? Consider John tells us,” Everyone who does evil hates the light…” Because of this, if rejection of a Holy God is evil, then those who reject God hate the light. They may not acknowledge or even be aware of their hatred, but some are so motivated to oppose Christianity that they create websites, produce podcasts and write books trying to encourage others to follow them in their rejection of God.

God is there.  You can choose to seek and find Him, or allow yourself to become blinded by the god of this world to the wonderful gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus.

Which do you choose?

Ernie Dawson of Heirline dies at 60

JEFF TURNER, TEXAS GOSPEL CANADA VOLUNTEER

Texas Gospel Canada has learned that Ernie Dawson, manager and lead singer of Heirline, has passed away after a battle with several illnesses.

Ernie wrote many of the group’s songs including My mama’s prayer, He’s alive, and Lord send me a refuge. He and his son Eric co-wrote Jesus has conquered the grave which gave the group its first top ten song.

According to the group’s website, “Ernie was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Grace and Robert Cleveland, in Orme, Tn.  There were 11 children raised in a three room house along with his birth Mom, Bertha Dawson.”

According to his obituary, his funeral is set for Friday, July 31, 2020 with a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Bridgeport, Alabama.  The Rev. Michael Shrum and Rev. Darrell Nunley will officiate.