California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie gave a special sermon Sunday to help his congregation and Christians elsewhere in the country deal with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
There are at least six things that Christians can do, he said, including showing the power of a biblical marriage to the world in his Sunday sermon titled "Stand Your Ground!"
"The church is under attack around the world," the Harvest Ministries pastor said as he began the sermon on Sunday, two days after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson advised newlyweds John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson to "have the same mindset as Jesus" in their relationship just days before their June 26 wedding and their subsequent Australian honeymoon this week.
John Luke proposed to Mary Kate on his 19th birthday last October, and the pair tied the knot during an outdoor ceremony on the Robertson family farm in West Monroe, Louisiana, before 800 guests on Saturday. While the newlyweds are enjoying their honeymoon Down Under, John Luke's uncle, Alan, revealed his advice for the couple in an email to The Christian Post.
"In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus," said Robertson, known as the "beardless brother" on A&E's "Duck Dynasty." more >>
Oklahoma's Supreme Court ruled that a Ten Commandments display on the capitol grounds of Oklahoma City must be removed.
In a 7-2 decision released Tuesday, the state's highest court concluded that the privately-funded 6-foot tall granite monument violates the Oklahoma constitution, which states, "No public ... property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any ... system of religion ...."
"Because the monument at issue operates for the use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion, it violates Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution and is enjoined and shall be removed," concluded the opinion, overturning a lower court decision. more >>
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group, which has reviewed each episode of the "A.D. The Bible Continues" miniseries that aired on NBC, has written in its conclusion that the show's last episode was "absolutely dismal," and said the show does not deserve a second season.
"Theologically and historically, the writers of this show have been sloppy at best and calculatingly agenda-driven at the expense of Scripture at worst. Indeed the 'A.D.' for this 12th (and final for now) installment stands for 'Absolutely Dismal,'" AiG's in-depth review states.
The Creationist organization lists the numerous historical and biblical inaccuracies it found in the last episode, which include big spoilers concerning the plot and characters. more >>
Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States.
Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring God's judgement upon the nation.
"Our nation has a spiritual problem and we need God's forgiveness and we need to repent of our sins and turn from our sins because I do believe that God's judgement will come on this nation," the 62-year-old Graham stated. more >>
Homosexuality is one of the nine sins mentioned in 1 Corinthians with reference to the unrighteous who will not inherit the kingdom of God, but it is different from all the rest, writes an author on the desiringGod blog, explaining why this difference is even more pronounced today.
"At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement. It's seen as a good thing, as the new hallmark of progress," writes Jonathan Parnell, the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This sets homosexuality apart from the other sins mentioned in the passage: sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, thievery, greed, drunkenness, revilement and swindling, Parnell writes in an article written months before the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage but republished on the home page of the desiringGod ministry now due to its increased relevance. more >>