Although one of Jesus' most well-known miracles is turning water into wine at a wedding party, Mark Spitsbergen, a clinical science researcher in molecular biology and pastor of Abiding Place Ministries in San Diego, California, believes the acceptance of alcohol in some modern day churches is akin to committing suicide and the Bible doesn't support it.
"We are supposed to be the spiritual leadership of the world, of humanity, and now we are going to condone something that society, at every level of measure, shows the terrible tragedies and pitfalls of flashing light warnings saying 'danger'?" asked Spitsbergen in a recent interview with The Christian Post.
To drink or not to drink has been a controversial debate in church circles for centuries and the recent arrest of Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, for a fatal drunk-driving incident that made national headlines in December has brought the question back to the fore. more >>
Radio shock jock and host of the Power 105.1 morning show "The Breakfast Club" Charlemagne said God recently revealed his plans to open up an Applebees-style ministry during an interview with singer Jasmin Sullivan last week.
Charlemagne was discussing a relationship with God with Sullivan and suggested she start making gospel music due to her faith. She answered the host by encouraging him to become a preacher. He then replied with his plans for a future "Applebees" church ministry.
"I always said that when I'm done with all of this, I'm going to open up some type of congregation," said Charlemagne. "I don't want a church. I want something that's kind of like an Applebees where people could go there and eat, and like share the Word with each other and drink." more >>
Ministers have always been at the forefront of leading America, calling upon God for mercy, guidance, wisdom, and revival. Historically, they led both in and out of the pulpit—spawning the American Revolution, opposing slavery and organizing the Underground Railroad, actively registering people to vote, supporting civil rights, prison reform, and poverty legislation, and fighting in war and/or serving as military chaplains. Because every area of life is political, ministers have and continue to engage with politicians and hold elected office themselves.
For some reason, a false distinction has been made that presupposes Christianity or any other faith cannot appeal to a "secular" government. Truth is artificially separated, as if different methods exist to determine morality or ethics between the secular or the religious, contributing to the false understanding that exists today about what the "separation of church and state" means.
American laws indisputably were largely derived from Judeo-Christian principles. In fact, America would not have existed were it not for Protestant ministers who sought to protect a new nation from becoming a theocracy. more >>
Jason Nelson has made a name for himself in the gospel music industry for 10 years, but the preacher, singer and songwriter believes his latest album is a divine assignment during a time when Christianity is becoming increasingly unpopular.
Nelson, 40, is the pastor at The Tabernacle at Greater Bethlehem Temple in a thriving ministry in Randallstown, Maryland. Still, the preacher has found time to step out of the pulpit and release albums like "I Shall Live" in 2005, "Place Of Worship" in 2008 and "Shifting the Atmosphere" in 2012.
On Jan 20., Nelson released "Jesus Revealed," an album that he believes stands out from his previous bodies of work. When speaking to The Christian Post, Nelson explained the difference between his latest project and the others. more >>
A British Christian doctor recently treated a woman by performing an exorcism on her.
Dr. Thomas O'Brien, 56, convinced the mother of one to visit his local Pentecostal church where he attempted to cast the demons out of her, according to a Daily Mail report. He was treating her for pain after she underwent stomach surgery.
O'Brien claimed the "devil was having a real go at her" and that she had "devil items" in her house. He prepped the woman for the exorcism by taking her to meetings, praying with her at her home and programming her television remote to satellite TV's The Gospel Channel. He and his wife, Tina, also gave her a copy of a book they co-authored titled Occult Checklist and introduced her to their pastor at a restaurant. more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he disagrees with Pope Francis' comments that there are limits to free speech, regarding the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. He added that as a Christian, he would be offended if someone insults Jesus Christ, but laws in a free society protect such expression.
"If someone says something offensive about Jesus, I might find that offensive, but in a free society I don't have a right to wreak my vengeance upon them," Cameron told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
"We have to accept that newspapers, magazines can publish things that are offensive to some as long as it's within the law." more >>