Two years ago a United Church of Christ congregation in Wisconsin was left in tatters when after discussing the possibility of promoting itself as open and affirming to homosexuals many of its members walked away. The issue has left what remains of the membership so rife with strife, a church leader who spoke with The Christian Post begged to remain anonymous.
Despite the culture wars over issues like homosexuality and the constant barrage of messages in mainstream media declaring conservative values outmoded however, research shows more American Christians prefer traditional values and identify as conservative rather than liberal.
Many scholars agree, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, that most Baptist denominations, Pentecostal ones, and the Church of God in Christ are among a doctrinally conservative group while Protestant denominations such as Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian are more doctrinally moderate or liberal. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because "marriage was God's idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us."
"We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation's understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?" asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News.
"Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front," said Cruz. more >>
Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.
"After prayer, meeting with others, seeking counsel from the church staff, and study, [Smith] senses he is not the man to lead First Jackson into the future," a press release from the church read.
These sentiments are a sharp departure from the excitement and Godly conviction Sam Peeples, chairman of the nine-member pastor search committee that unanimously recommended Smith's hiring publicly shared with the congregation in a report on his hiring in September 2013. more >>
South Carolina's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Episcopal Church against a breakaway diocese regarding several church properties in the state.
The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal, issuing an order Wednesday regarding the matter and scheduling arguments for September.
At stake are the approximately $500 million worth of church properties of the Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership voted to leave The Episcopal Church back in November of 2012. more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill.
Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. more >>
These two Texas pastors decided to do something unique which they are calling the "tale of two cities." After acknowledging racial tension that had been occurring in Texas, they decided to stand up. They knew they needed to take the stand and remind people that God loves EVERYONE!
It just so happens that we all may forget that God loves all of us no matter our race, color, or ethnicity. No matter how different we may be, God loves us all! How these two pastors decided to approach this topic is truly amazing. They entered each others' churches and delivered powerful sermons. The congregation remembered that that they are not so different after all. God bless them for what they are doing, and most of all for spreading the love of God!
They hope what they did on Palm Sunday won't just build a bridge between their congregations, but over the racial divide in their city. more >>