The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution.
"Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betraying every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turn our back on Jesus Christ. … I think we take a stand for our faith," Graham said on Fox News' "The Kelly File" when host Megyn Kelly asked if Christians should lie in order to save their lives when confronted with death at the hands of Islamic terrorists.
Noting that Christians who live in countries where they're the religious minority are the most persecuted people in the world, Kelly commented on a story about four Iraqi Christian children who were beheaded by ISIS militants after they refused to convert to Islam, a story reported by The Christian Post earlier this month. more >>
As a child I could rarely put a book down. I frequently wondered who wrote the words that came alive in my imagination? Who could construct entire languages like Elvish, Dwarvish, and Black Speech? And who thought a wooden doll's nose could grow, or an elephant could fly, or a princess could escape from goblins using invisible string?
For some reason, I speculated that another story existed, behind each story I read. Similarly, G.K. Chesterton thought, "I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller."
The Bible answers this curiosity for children (mini adults) and parents (grown up children). more >>
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" is concluding its month-long run in theaters on Monday, leaving moviegoers with one last chance to see the film today.
On its last day in theaters, "Saving Christmas" is being featured in a special one-night-only final showing in many of its original theaters at 7:30 p.m. in most locations. These locations include over 200 of the original theaters, plus 30 additional theaters. To find out where the film is playing near you, visit the "Saving Christmas" website here.
The "Fireproof" star released "Saving Christmas" on Nov. 14 for an initial limited time of two weeks. However, after high demand for the film, it reached an additional 100 theaters and played for almost three more weeks. Cameron himself commented on the widespread support from fans who filled theaters in order to watch "Saving Christmas" before issuing a special Christmas prayer earlier this month. more >>
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" received mixed box office news over the weekend, earning $24.5 million in its debut and topping the U.S. box office, but failing to hit any industry heights. Christian group Faith Driven Consumer has meanwhile rated the Ridley Scott film 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting that it largely minimizes God's role in the Biblical story.
The Hollywood Reporter said that the film, starring Christian Bale, earned what industry insiders expected it to earn, but did not produce "the strongest of starts" for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment film. The film, which focuses on the story of Moses, cost $140 million to make, and will rely on strong earnings in the new few holiday weekends in order to deliver a decent return.
"Exodus" has received a number of negative reviews in the press, while Faith Driven Consumer, which routinely rates Bible-based movies both on their entertainment and faith-based value, gave the production a 2.5 out of 5 stars score. more >>
Standing atop a mountain plateau in the stark Judean wilderness, one can look down at the remains of Roman siege camps that eventually trapped some 960 Jewish men, women and children who had fled Jerusalem to Masada while the Romans slaughtered Jews by the thousands in the Holy City in A.D. 70.
Masada stands as a stark testimonial to a chapter in history most thought would never happen again. The scope of Roman savagery is a study in the fallen nature of godless, corrupt tyrants who have no regard for human life.
However, almost 2,000 years later, Christians and an estimated 40,000 people of the Yazidi sect sat trapped last summer on another mountain, awaiting death by starvation, exposure or execution while praying for deliverance. The United Nations estimated that 5,000 Yazidi men were executed and bulldozed into mass graves, while 7,000 women were being kept as slaves. This horror involves the annihilation of Christians and others who refuse to submit to the demands of the jihadist ISIS hordes running rampant through Iraq and Syria. more >>
Ridley Scott's epic film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," based loosely on the story of the biblical Moses, was already under fire for the casting of white actors in lead roles in recent weeks. Now, critics who have seen the film have roundly ridiculed, and in some cases dismissed it as offensive in several scathing reviews.
In a biting one star review under a headline dismissing Christian Bale's portrayal of Moses as "God-Awful," the New York Post's Lou Lumenick trashed the 144-minute film as a train-wreck sure to offend not just Christians, but Jews and Muslims alike.
"Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'' is an utterly clueless, relentlessly grim and rambling action epic guaranteed to displease devout Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, amuse atheists — and generally bore everyone," writes Lumenick. more >>