Harvest Ministries Pastor Greg Laurie explained in a Sunday sermon entitled the "The Nonbeliever's Favorite Verse", that Matthew 7:1 exhortation to "judge not" does not mean that Christians should not try to judge the actions and intentions of others, rather, Christians must exercise judgment because there will be many false teachers as the End Times draw near.
Explaining that to judge is to make an evaluation, the California pastor said that Christians are called to make evaluation of other's actions for many reasons, including because there will be many false teachings in the last days.
"So yes, we do need to make judgments and why do we need to do that? Because one for the signs of the last days is that there will be false teachings; one of the signs of the last days will be apostasy," Laurie told the congregation. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a $2,000 reward for information on who vandalized its anti-nativity scene display at a city park in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
"It seems there is no peace, good will to all in Arlington Heights," said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. "This is not just a heckler's veto, it's an attack on free speech in a public forum that is supposed to be open to all. This vandalism says the park belongs only to Christians — everyone else is an outsider."
The display apparently featured a solstice sign, as well as a large "A" for atheism light display. A metal sign depicting a "nativity" Bill of Rights scene celebrating the freethought point of view was also vandalized. more >>
American Atheists President David Silverman has said that his group's holiday billboards this year, with a message to "skip church" this Christmas, are aimed at atheists who are living with theists in mixed families and are under pressure to participate in religious activities.
"That little girl on the billboard symbolizes the atheists who go along to get along, attending and possibly tithing a church that preaches a religion in which they don't believe, for no other reason than habit or familial pressure," Silverman told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday.
"We are using these billboards to spur intra-family communication, because we believe the communication is desperately needed," he asserted. more >>
While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a "war on Christmas," a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.
Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Decision Magazine that over "the last few decades" social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.
"Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas," Graham wrote. "That's because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas — it's about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It's the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made." more >>
Another Christmas season begins. Get ready to read the headlines of the new lawsuits by the "civil libertarians" ready to throw the baby-in-the-manger out with the bathwater. I remember years ago when somebody called the Christmas season, "The Advent of Controversy."
Why is Christmas such a big deal? Let's put it this way---why do groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State invest time, money, and energy to fight any vestige of religious meaning to the holiday?
I remember what Christian commentator Janice Crouse, formerly with Concerned Women for America, told our listeners when I interviewed her for a TV special hosted by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. The special was "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?," based on our book. more >>
This Christmas season atheists are taking the Left's "War on Christmas" to new heights.
According to the American Atheists website, the billboard (see above picture) will feature a little girl in front of a Christmas tree writing a letter to Santa Claus that reads, "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales."
American Atheists' Christmas billboard campaigns are launched in Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, according to the group. However, the group was not able to secure a billboard in Jackson, Mississippi. more >>