Close to 70 Muslim and LGBT groups in America have come out with a joint statement in the wake of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, and vowed not to attack each other.
"In this moment of immense sadness and outrage, we stand together united against fear, hate and violence. We will not lose hope in the people and communities around us because we know we are stronger together," the joint statement read.
"In standing together, hand in hand, across every faith, we send a powerful message to those who seek to divide us using hatred and violence: love is stronger than hate and hope will defeat fear," it added. more >>
Even though the subject of Hell is not a pleasant topic to think about, street evangelist Ray Comfort says Christians must use it as part of their evangelism efforts so their pleas to skeptics have urgency.
"The accusation of the skeptic is that we use the threat of Hell to control the weak-minded. That may be true of some religions that hold their power because they control the masses, but the second the skeptic finds himself in Hell he will know that we only warned of it because we loved him," Comfort wrote in a Facebook message on Thursday.
He asked: "Do we ever weep as we pray for the lost? Dry eyes and hard hearts go hand in hand. How can we profess to have the love of God in our hearts if we don't plead with the unsaved to repent and turn to the Savior? And how can we do that with any passion if we don't care?" more >>
While God calls all Christians to practice forgiveness, there is a clear distinction between forgiving and trusting again, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Devotional this week that while forgiveness does not need to be earned, a restoration of trust does, and therefore it does not happen instantly but over time.
"Forgiveness does not mean the instant restoration of trust. Forgiveness is instant. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Forgiveness is based on grace. Trust is built on works. You earn trust. You don't earn forgiveness," the pastor emphasizes, pointing to Romans 12:19 (NIV) which reads: "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." more >>
I'm extremely saddened by the negative comments toward pastors who have sought to advise Trump — Jack Graham, Jentezen Franklin, Harry Jackson, and many others who have helped me immensely — these are godly men.
Don't we want national Christian leaders advising a possible future President? Of course we do ... so why is there a huge divide?
The first reason why Christians are divided is because many claiming to be "Christians" are not genuinely saved. They have "religion" but not a true relationship with God. As a result, their perception of truth is skewed, hence the divide. They are led by Hollywood, not the Holy Spirit. more >>
It's not news that the news media treat Christians unfairly. But to blame us for terrorism?
Two Sundays ago, an ISIS-inspired terrorist killed forty-nine people at a gay night club in Orlando. Yet just three days after the attack, the New York Times editorial board laid the blame for Omar Mateen's self-professed act of Islamic terrorism squarely at the feet of … believers in traditional marriage. I'm not kidding.
For those confused about how Christians and social conservatives are responsible for a radical jihadist's actions, the Times helpfully explains: Our "corrosive politics," they write, paved the way for this monstrosity. And by "corrosive politics," they make it clear they mean defense of the natural family and created differences between the sexes. more >>
Headlines across the nation herald presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Tuesday meeting with over 1,000 major Evangelical leaders and the launch of his Evangelical Executive Advisory Board which includes James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and David Jeremiah.
It's understandable if you want to avoid more presidential race coverage, but we just can't ignore some of our Evangelical leaders' puzzling response to Trump.
According to The Washington Post, "the Donald" earned a standing ovation from his captivated conservative Christian audience. With such a warm and fuzzy response to a man known for having a very public affair, bringing the first strip club to Atlantic City's casinos, and prompting brazen misogyny, it's hard to ignore a compromising shift in attitudes among certain Evangelical leaders. more >>