The day the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) handed down its decision compelling all the states to redefine marriage was considered among the darkest days in our history for some, while others danced and celebrated.
How will churches regard June 26, 2015?
City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has put up for sale a co-owned $10 million luxury penthouse in Sentosa Cove, Singapore, amid an ongoing trial concerning the possible misuse of over $19 million in church funds to finance his wife's music career. Kong has hit back against a report describing the penthouse, calling it "misleading and exaggerated."
Kong explained that his family has sold other properties as well to help pay their attorneys' fees.
"The property that my family and I have been living in is co-owned with another family. We have been living at this property with the co-owner's kind permission after we had to sell our properties in order to pay the legal expenses for the ongoing trial," the pastor said in a Facebook post, responding to a Straits Times article from earlier this week. more >>
The six men arrested on Sunday for heckling pastor Joel Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston appeared in court on Friday and now face trespassing charges. The defendants, who are members of a controversial East Texas church, said they heckled the pastor during the Sunday service because they don't believe Lakewood Church is practicing "true religion."
"We went there to disrupt the peace of that religious service because we don't believe that it is true religion," said one of the arrested, Jake Gardener, according to KTRK. "We don't believe that it is pure religion."
The six hecklers, who are from The Church of Wells, have been ordered to stay 200 feet away from Lakewood Church, and are not permitted to have any contact with Joel Osteen or his wife, Victoria. more >>
For many who still believe that marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman, Friday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to arrogantly redefine the institution came as no real surprise. Nevertheless, no matter how deliberately we may have prepared our hearts for this day, it is still just as heartbreaking and every bit as egregious.
The 5-4 ruling by the High Court imposing same-sex marriage on the entire country strikes at the heart of marriage, which is our nation's most fundamental institution. It ignores our most basic form of government — federalism. It grossly violates the separation of powers. It tramples over the will of more than 50 million Americans who voted to define marriage in their state constitutions. It threatens our country's first freedom — religious liberty. Most importantly, it defies Almighty God.
To echo Chief Justice John Roberts' dissenting opinion, many today will celebrate the ruling. The marriage equality movement has achieved its desired goal. Same-sex couples will celebrate this new right provided by the Court to marry. They will celebrate the availability of new benefits. But they cannot celebrate the Constitution. The Constitution had nothing to do with this decision. more >>
The Satanic Temple is searching for a new home for its 9 foot Baphomet monument that was originally crafted to stand alongside a Ten Commandments statue on Oklahoma's capitol grounds after both were barred from the area by a state Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.
The 9 foot Baphoment monument weighs around a ton and was described as a "sculptural masterpiece" by the satanic group that originally aimed to place it next to the Ten Commandments monument to "promote a pluralistic society."
The state's Supreme Court ruled that public property could not be used to promote any religion, which resulted in the removal of the biblical statue and the barring of the Baphoment monument. more >>
UFC President Dana White has told Cuban middleweight fighter Yoel Romero to keep religion and politics at home, after Romero thanked Jesus Christ following his win over Lyoto Machida in Saturday's UFC Fight Night 70 event in Hollywood, Florida.
"You just won the biggest fight of your career, America doesn't want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home; religion, politics, all that stuff. When you're out there fighting and you're being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight," White said in an interview with MMA Fighting.
"It's awesome you love Jesus; love Jesus all you want. You just don't have to do it publicly." more >>