Five hundred years ago this coming October Martin Luther challenged EC (Ecclesiastical Correctness) but now all varieties of the church and society in general are having to confront the glacial authoritarianism of PC (Political Correctness).
In 1517 Augustinian monk Martin Luther chafed under the authoritarian system he felt was robbing the Church of biblical authority and replacing it with human tyranny in the form of the Pope and his Curiatocracy. Further, Tetzel and his fundraising scheme offering a costly but quickie exit from Purgatory through a slick product called Indulgences was robbing people of the loveliness of biblical grace, Luther thought.
Luther's aim was to provoke a conversation, not launch a reformation. Yet when he nailed the Ninety-Five Theses that would be the topics of that conversation to the door of the Cathedral Church in Wittenberg, Germany, he got much more than a warm theological chat with the Pope and his emissaries. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's attempt at a new beginning was somewhat overshadowed Easter Sunday as protesters gathered outside Driscoll's new Arizona-based Trinity Church to warn congregants of the pastor's alleged misdeeds.
Although few in number, protesters held signs that read: "Trinity = Mars Hill" and "Where'd all the Money Go, Mark???" alluding to the allegations surrounding the embattled pastor's tenure at the now defunct Mars Hill Church.
Protester Bob Sluys, a former member of Mars Hill, according to a report from KCTV5 News, yelled to parishioners as they entered the building, "Ask Mark, but he won't answer! His [Driscoll's] empire was built on the back of unpaid labor, volunteers, abusive culture, and all for Jesus' fame." more >>
Groups of hundreds of Chinese officers sent by the Communist Party demolished over a dozen church crosses in China's coastal Zhejiang province this past week, leading to confrontations with protesters, some of whom were beaten and bloodied.
China Aid, which tracks Christian persecution in China, said demolitions are part of an ongoing campaign since 2014 to take down church crosses over alleged building code violations, though the group has said the targeting is specifically aimed at halting the rise of Christianity in the country.
Although Christian protesters have been gathering outside churches to protect the crosses, police forces in response have also been growing, sometimes grouping by the hundreds, and using force to disband the Christians. more >>
The head of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has called on North Carolina to repeal its law barring transgender bathroom ordinances.
"We find that the recent legislation approved in North Carolina and signed into law, which bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate, is discriminatory," argued PCUSA's Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons in a statement Tuesday, calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.
"The North Carolina law also prevents cities and counties from establishing ordinances extending protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity to restaurants, hotels, and stores." more >>
Pope Francis has asked Pakistani authorities to do more to protect Christians after a terror attack on Easter Sunday killed at least 70 in Lahore.
Speaking from St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Monday, Francis called on Pakistan's "civil authorities and all community leaders … to do everything possible to ensure the security and serenity of the population, particularly the most vulnerable religious minorities," the Catholic News Agency reports.
Francis added that the attack has "bloodied" the Easter season, meant to be a time of celebration and hope as Christ was resurrected from the dead. more >>
Christians can accomplish more here on Earth when they work together, said Pastor Rick Warren who advises believers to follow God's plan found in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Hope blog post Tuesday that God intended for Christians to do their work as a team, not alone.
"God put us on Earth to do a certain work that only we can do. Ephesians says that God made us to do good works and that he planned in advance what we would spend our lives doing. However, he didn't plan for us to do that work alone. We need people to work with us," Warren explains, citing Ecclesiastes 4:9 that reads: "two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together." more >>