The senior vice president of the American Family Association has warned that churches in America continue to receive a failing grade when it comes to categories such as prayer, discipleship and worship, and said that unless something dramatic happens, this dark future will remain in place.
"So, the current report card points to failure and will likely continue unless something dramatic happens. Christians today are not only losing ground to Jesus' command to make disciples but the growing population of unchurched refuse to embrace our worldview and are growing more antagonistic to our beliefs about Jesus Christ," Smith wrote in an article on the AFA website, while commenting on the book, Churchless, by George Barna and David Kinnaman, which examined the rising population of adults in America who do not attend church.
"The friction is heating up between these opposite and competing worldviews by an antagonistic, progressive and emboldened effort from popular culture to evangelize the Church," he added. more >>
A theological-doctrinal controversy has erupted among prominent evangelical leaders concerning whether Christians, in seeking to reach millennials in a post-Christian world, should focus paramount attention on the bodily resurrection of Jesus on the first Easter Sunday, or alternatively, should emphasize the complete accuracy and veracity of Holy Scripture.
It is certainly true that an authoritative and accurate Bible is the only guaranteed way to truly discern between the one true Jesus who was, is, and forever will be in contrast to the various counterfeit christs conjured up in the fallen hearts of men.
And yes, a belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus is essential to the Christian faith. However, while I am not questioning Pastor Andy Stanley's motives, as a fellow Christian pastor I am deeply concerned when such an influential Christian pastor says, "If you believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, that's all I need to know." more >>
Famed preacher and sociology professor at Eastern University Tony Campolo told The Christian Post in an interview that on theological matters he still considers himself an evangelical Christian.
Earlier this month, Campolo garnered headlines after the U.K. publication Premiere published remarks he made in which he said he no longer considered himself an evangelical.
Did Jesus Christ really sweat blood the night before his Crucifixion as he struggled with the prospect of His torture and death?
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel had been hesitant to accept this concept while a non-believer, recently telling The Christian Post, "I thought this was hyperbole or legend. Certainly people don't actually sweat blood!"
Strobel's desire to verify the claim led him to consult an expert on the Crucifixion, Dr. Alexander Metherell, MD, PhD. more >>
As Hurricane Matthew has caused about 12 deaths in the United States and nearly 900 in Haiti, evangelist Billy Graham was asked if natural disasters could sometimes be an instrument of God's judgment. Here's how the 97-year-old evangelist answers the often-asked question.
God can "certainly" use "natural disasters to speak to us "just as He can use other difficulties and tragedies to turn our hearts toward Him," says Graham, according to the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Disasters remind us of "the brevity of life," adds the evangelist. "We may be strong and successful, and assume life is always going to be that way — but when disaster strikes, we realize this isn't true." more >>
Could you pass a basic theology quiz? Several thousand Americans just tried. Uh-oh. Too bad God doesn't grade on a curve.
One thing is certain: Americans love the Bible. A recent report from The American Bible Society and Barna Group finds that two-thirds of the nation believe the Bible contains "everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life." And a vast majority of folks in this country still consider themselves Christians. But just how deep does their Christianity run?
Not very, according to the results of a survey released late last month by LifeWay Research. The survey, commissioned by Ligonier Ministries, asked 3,000 participants a set of 47 questions about foundational Christian beliefs. Many of the answers revealed a mishmash of heresy and confusion about Christianity's most basic doctrines. more >>