George Wood, head of the Assemblies of God: Flexibility fosters growth

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  • brokenclay Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 24, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    In its 99 years of existence, the AoG have burgeoned to 66 million adherents, adding more than a million each year.

    In its 183 years of existence, the LDS Church boasts of less than 15 million adherents (most of whom are inactive).

    Surely this alone puts to rest the rumors of the LDS Church being the fastest growing religion.

    George Wood's comments on religious freedom are insightful-- freedom of religious expression extends to all areas of public life, not just to a particular geographical locale (like inside church walls). Secularists in this regard have truncated the Constitution's protection of religious expression into private worship.

    Secularists raise the specter of discrimination, but this is not what this is about. If they continue to push their agenda, they had better be prepared to expand prison capacity or to whet the blades of capital punishment to succeed.

    Christianity is a public religion; when it is confined to privacy, it is no longer Christianity, and therefore religious freedom is not protected, its exercise is forbidden-- in express disobedience to constitutional law.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    "We think it is the right under the First Amendment for individuals and businesses to able to express their faith freely in the market place and not be under intrusive restrictions from either the state or federal government."

    Right, lets just go back to an era where any business could discriminate against any person, for any reason, and call it "religious freedom".

    If you can't run a business without discriminating against someone, you shouldn't be in business. If "god" wanted you to discriminate against others he wouldn't have given you the commandment: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

    Sorry, but no.

  • Joshua H. Bountiful, Utah
    Sept. 23, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    I was glad to hear Mr. Wood state that the church, "stays true to their undstanding of christ's doctrine." (or something close to that) Many churches simply change doctrine to prevent offending members. Some churches even vote on doctrinal changes. I fand that strange that a church would think it is ok to change a doctrine based on popular opinion instead of being based on revelation from the Almighty.