SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The American Church is helping "destroy America" because too many spiritual leaders are acting like "cowards" and not standing up to defend biblical principles in society and culture, Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said Friday afternoon.
Giving a keynote speech at The Bridge – International Christian Concern's first annual conference on the persecuted church – Boykin warned that if the church wants to help Christians that are being persecuted for their faith overseas, Christians in the United States need to stop "conforming to the world."
"The church is conforming to the world. We are compromising on every issue — biblical standards. We are compromising and conforming to the world," the former commander of the U.S. Army Delta Force said. "That's why it is ever worse for these Christians that are being persecuted all over the world for living their faith. Because of, we, who are supposed to be the most powerful nation." more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order commissioning former megachurch pastor Rob Bell to write a gender-neutral Bible.
Meant to serve as a corollary to Obama's demands that public schools allow boys to go into girls' bathrooms, the executive order will give Bell $7 million to research, write and and publish a Bible that breaks through the barriers of gender.
In a rare White House press briefing, Obama said Bell is the most competent person for the job. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's new church, The Trinity Church, has purchased a permanent home just weeks before its public launch, acquiring a historic church building in the Phoenix suburbs.
Driscoll, who left the Seattle megachurch Mars Hill in October 2014 and is in the midst of a racketeering lawsuit, announced in February that he would be leading The New Trinity Church in Arizona.
As the church plans to launch on Aug. 7, it recently secured a permanent home in Scottsdale by purchasing the historic 1,400-seat Glass and Garden Church located at 8620 McDonald Drive, the same building that the church rented when it held its Easter gathering earlier this year. more >>
I see regularly the slogan from the American Humanists Association: "Good Without God." And I think …. well, maybe for a while, one can be good (before men). But only because they piggyback on the Judeo-Christian values they may have imbibed. After a while, it all fades away.
The reality of that fading away now hits us daily in the news. There's not a week that goes by without some new report of violence and mayhem. Some attacks are worse than others.
Just recently, the UK's Daily Mail referred to "lawless Paris," in an attack on innocent people, including tourists. more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>