In the wake 21-year-old Dylan Roof being identified as the gunman who killed nine worshipers at a historic black church in South Carolina Wednesday night, a 30-year-old gospel musician posted a message on Roof's since-deleted Facebook page encouraging him to seek salvation in Jesus Christ.
After Roof was identified as the target of a massive police manhunt, Marcus Stanley, a gospel artist who's originally from Norfolk, Virginia, quickly found Roof's Facebook page before it was taken down for security reasons.
IJReview reported that Stanley commented on Roof's profile photo and explained that although Roof committed such a heinous crime, he doesn't view him through a lens of hatred but rather through a lens of love. more >>
Christian was only 9 years old when his father committed suicide. It was a tragic day for him because of how close he had been to his father. Christian battled depression and had dreams about his father encouraging him to kill himself. He decided to end his life, but things didn't go as planned. This eventually led Christian to Jesus, and his life was changed completely!
Christian suffered from depression just as his father did. He thought if he killed himself, he could finally reunite with his father. He attempted to end it all, but was found on the floor with his arm cut open instead. He taken to the hospital and God spared his life. When Christian was released, though, he was still unhappy that he was alive.
Christian had to hit rock bottom -- he was arrested for armed robbery and put in jail-- before he finally opened the Bible. He opened up to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit changed his heart. Christian's transformation is completely inspiring. The young boy who lost his way grew to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and now has a relationship with God. more >>
A Baptist theologian, who's spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in "Mormonism" that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.
Although many evangelical critics belonging to mainline Christian denominations view the LDS Church as less-than-Christian, Roger Olson, who's a theology professor at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, wrote in a recent blog post on Patheos.com that through his studies of the Mormon faith and discussion with various LDS leaders, "there is no doubt" in his mind that there is a "discernible" evolution of Mormonism that is leading it to a "more biblical" account of Jesus and salvation.
"There is no doubt in my mind that something is going on in the LDS Church and Mormonism, in general, that constitutes a gradual but discernible shift away from those doctrines most anti-Mormon Christian critics like to highlight toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation," Olson, who's also a Baptist minister, wrote. more >>
A time of worship and prayer came to a horrific end Wednesday night, as a white gunman, identified as Dylann Roof, 21, opened fire during a Bible study in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, slaying nine people, including the church's pastor, in what the police have called a "hate crime" and the city's mayor has labeled an act of "pure hatred."
The suspect began firing at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street, one of the oldest black churches in the South with roots dating back to 1816, around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Eight people were killed on the scene, while two others were transported to a nearby hospital, one of whom died along the way.
The gunman, believed to be Roof, successfully fled the church as remains at-large as of Thursday morning. more >>
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a blistering message aimed at Southern Baptists, evangelicals, Americans, the Supreme Court, and the world – Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd pointed to some of the nation's most divisive issues Tuesday morning in his convention sermon.
In tackling same-sex marriage, racism, abortion, and the freedom of religion, the Arkansas pastor warned there is an "alarm clock going off in our nation and around the world" and now is not the time to push the "snooze button."
"Southern Baptists, now is the time to lead," he said. "We need to believe and stand on His Word and for His name unashamedly and boldly, but always compassionately." more >>
The largest Protestant denomination in the United States has passed a resolution stating that marriage is between one man and one woman regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court concludes later this month.
Messengers for the Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of Resolution 5, which among other things, prayerfully calls for the Supreme Court to "uphold the right of the citizens to define marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman."