Outspoken Pastor Mark Driscoll raises some challenging questions that should concern most Christians in his new book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Future or a Funeral?
Driscoll makes the argument that America is quickly becoming an irreligious country – a post-Christian culture. He goes so far as to state that "Christendom is Dead," the subject and title of the first chapter in the book.
"The big idea is this: I don't know if you are aware of it, but Christendom is dead," he says during a recently released video promoting the book's theme. "The bus is no longer carrying us, it's running over us. Christianity is no longer popular and there are no social benefits to waving the Jesus flag. All you are going to get is persecution, opposition, and criticism. That's the day in which we live. The question is what will we do?" more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick, founder of the 14,000-member Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., is under heavy scrutiny from critics who contend that his newly built $1.7 million, 16,000 square-foot home is "unseemly" and does not reflect the lifestyle of a servant pastor.
According to Ole Anthony, the president and one of the founders of the Trinity Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that monitors and investigates religious fraud, Furtick is just one example of a problem afflicting churches in which the pastors are creating a profit-making business that is hurting the church and their congregations.
"What happens is these pastors are on television or on radio and they write a book, and it's based on their sermons," Anthony told The Christian Post on Thursday. "But then what happens is the church is paying for the time and the place to write the book, and then the church is paying for the airtime to advertise the book. And it's just unseemly." more >>
Pastor John MacArthur's newest book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit With Counterfeit Worship, scheduled for release next month, will most likely do little to douse any of the controversy unleashed during his criticism of the Charismatic Movement at his recent conference of the same name.
The Christian Post received an advance copy of the book, and passages and quotes from it can be read below.
MacArthur argued at the Strange Fire Conference held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. on Oct. 16-18 that Pentecostal-influenced preachers like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen are advancing a prosperity gospel that is "spirit-centered" when it should be Christ-centered, as well as other controversial remarks. more >>
Religious life in New York City is booming, even while it shrinks in the rest of the country, according to a report by the Barna Group. Christian college professors in the Big Apple not only agree, but argue that the faith boom will inspire a revival across America.
"I think New York is ahead of the curve," Ronald Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological Seminary at Nyack College in New York City, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He predicts a great revival of faith, and Christianity in particular, throughout the nation.
"Residents of the New York City media market are spiritually more active today than they were in the late 1990s – and more so than they were in 2001," the Barna study reported. Church attendance in the city hit its low in 1999-2000 at 31 percent, but has grown to 46 percent today. Similarly, Bible reading has risen from 29 to 35 percent, and adults with an "active faith" have increased from 17 to 24 percent. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church encountered a major stumbling block this week in its effort to move their main office from the Ballard area to Bellevue, Wash., when the owners of a huge former paper mill property sold it to a transit company instead of the church, which had promised to pay a quarter of a million dollars more than the highest bid.
"We were disappointed when we made a pretty generous offer for the property to International Paper and Sound Transit took it instead," Mars Hill spokesperson Justin Dean told The Christian Post. "We have a desire and vision to put our headquarters and our biggest church all together under one roof so that we can really support the pulpit better with our central operations. We'll be able to get a lot more done and steward our resources better with everything under one big building."
Mars Hill Church leaders announced last Friday that the organization with about 120 employees intends to move its headquarters to Bellevue and expand the existing Bellevue Church into a larger facility, including an organizational headquarters and eventually a fully accredited Bible college. more >>
When prominent theologian John MacArthur set off a heated debate in the Christian community about his unfavorable view of the Charismatic movement during his Strange Fire Conference last week at his church, some might have wondered what exactly is the Charismatic movement?
MacArthur went so far as to accuse the movement of offering God "unacceptable worship" that "blasphemes the Holy Spirit."
Below readers can get a primer on Pentecostals and Charismatics, who are estimated to number up to nearly a billion people who can be classified as being a part of or having been influenced by this movement within the Christian community. more >>