There are many self-identified Christians in the world who are praying as if they were non-Christians, says theologian John Piper, adding that when nonbelievers pray, something is missing.
On Monday, Piper posted a message on his website desiringGod titled, "Do You Pray like a Nonbeliever?" in which he notes, according to the 2010 book Operation World — a practical guide instructing believers how to pray for every nation in the world — in the eastern European nation of Latvia, most Christians are nominal. Even as a sizable 60 percent of the population "belong to a Christian confession," very few actively practice their faith.
Some people go to great lengths to pray but do not love God, Piper contends, and this is the case today just as it was in Jesus' time. Because everyone wants protection, provision, good health, peace, and justice, Christians and non-Christians alike pray to God for them. more >>
An American secular organization has demanded that an Air Force major be "aggressively punished" for placing an open Bible on his desk at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., arguing that it violates the separation of church and state.
Colorado Springs Independent reported Wednesday that the Bible was removed from the desk, and Peterson officials are investigating whether allowing the officer to place it there was a reasonable accommodation of his religious beliefs.
"The basic premise of the Air Force instruction [on religious freedom], grounded in Department of Defense policy, grounded in law is, people have an inherent right to free exercise of religion within boundaries," said Col. Damon Feltman, 310th Space Wing commander. more >>
Before an illustrious line of Ben-Hurs — played by Ramon Novarro in 1925, Charlton Heston in 1959, and now Jack Huston in 2016 — graced the big screen, the character of Judah Ben-Hur was crafted in Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
The newest Ben-Hur film is about to hit theaters this week, and as early as 2014 MGM and Paramount promised the film's return to "Lew Wallace's epic novel focusing on the nature of faith." In a recent interview, director Timur Bekmambetov also invoked Wallace's novel when discussing his vision for Ben-Hur (2016).
Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.
"The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted," Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.
"Because at a certain moment 'the landlord got up and locked the door' (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," he added. more >>
The Satanic Temple is one step closer to forming a chapter of its After School Satan Club at an elementary school in Utah.
Earlier this year, the satanist group announced that it's starting After School Satan Club chapters in public schools across the country, including Vista Elementary of Taylorsville, located within the Granite School District.
A representative of the Satanic Temple emailed The Christian Post providing an update on the effort to establish an ASSC chapter at Vista. more >>
A Wisconsin-based anti-religion organization is filing suit against a Pennsylvania county because its official seal includes a cross.
The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the suit against Lehigh County on Tuesday in district court on behalf of multiple local residents.
"A prominent Latin cross is centrally displayed on Lehigh County's seal and flag. The Plaintiffs — four local residents and a membership association of freethinkers … that works to promote the separation of state and church — object to the Latin cross representing the county government," reads the suit's introduction. more >>