WASHINGTON — Evangelical churches need to focus more on preaching biblical truth in order to prepare children to defend historic Christian teachings on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion from the "distorted" theology being propagated by the Christian left, evangelical author Chelsen Vicari said Wednesday.
At a Family Research Council discussion on her new book, Distorted: How The New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging Faith, Vicari explained that as more mainline Protestant denominations are starting to affirm same-sex relationships and other issues that Christ has labeled as sinful, young Evangelicals are susceptible to caving in and embracing the liberal agenda that they encounter on college campuses and in youth groups, because they don't know enough about the Scripture to defend its guiding principles.
Vicari, who's the evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, shared her own story about how when she was going through her undergraduate studies, her strong conservative Christian convictions were tested and ostracized by left-leaning Christian groups on campus. She eventually folded her convictions to believe that it's acceptable for Christians to be accommodating toward sinful behavior, such as homosexuality. more >>
Hooked by the biblical call for racial reconciliation, two Dallas area pastors — one from a predominantly white church and one from a predominantly black church — swapped pulpits last Sunday to discuss the obligation the Gospel places on the church to work through racial tensions and unite people from all ethnic backgrounds.
On Palm Sunday, Rev. Bryan Carter, an African-American pastor at the Concord Church in south Dallas, traveled about 25 minutes north to lead the services at the mostly-white Park Cities Baptist Church, while Caucasian Park Cities senior pastor, Jeff Warren, gave a sermon at Concord Church.
The two pastors have developed a strong relationship through their interaction as integral parts of a coalition of approximately 18 Dallas-area pastors from across the city who periodically meet to discuss racial tensions in their communities and ways that the church can begin to help alleviate those issues. more >>
"A.D. The Bible Continues" creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett recently made an appearance at David Jeremiah's Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, where they discussed their upcoming series as well as their successful miniseries "The Bible" and the TV show "Shark Tank."
Burnett noted that the series projects he's involved in are family friendly, and celebrated the fact that "Shark Tank" and "The Bible" represent what he believes to be the very foundation of American civilization.
"Interestingly enough, I often joke that America was built on two things: the Bible and free enterprise," Burnett told the congregation at Jeremiah's church on March 12. "Well, we made 'The Bible' and we make 'Shark Tank.'" more >>
An expert on the history of American evangelical denominations is taking issue with the claim by some that Reconstructionism, a strict faction within conservative Christianity, is America's version of the Islamic State.
Christian Reconstructionism, which calls for the application of biblical law in society, has been compared in recent months to the Middle Eastern terrorist group that's best known in the United States as ISIS.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will allow churches to use public schools for worship space following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up an appeal on the matter.
De Blasio will seek to revamp rules that presently bar congregations, such as the Bronx Household of Faith, from using public school buildings on weekends for worship.
Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for de Blasio, said in a statement that the effort was being made now that Bronx Household of Faith's legal effort has failed. more >>
Rapper and pastor Trip Lee believes music has the power to unite people from different cultures and races within the church, but adds that Christian unity must be biblical and reflect the kingdom of God because it's about more than bringing different races under one roof for two hours on a Sunday morning.
"Music has a way of uniting people, [but] our end goal is not just getting black and white in the same building; Jay Z can do that," Lee quipped, adding that the type of unity the church should be striving for "can only be achieved through the Lord Jesus Christ."
Speaking at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday as part of a segment titled "Rise: Calling the Next Generation to Racial Reconciliation, Lee, who serves as a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. where he uses the name Trip Barefield, focused his talk on the millennial generation and how music brings different ethnicities together. more >>