"A nation that prefers disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one." - Alexander Hamilton
In the middle of the Cold War, then-Governor Ronald Reagan quoted the above warning in his 1964 classic speech, "A Time to Choose." Similar to Winston Churchill awakening Great Britain amidst the growing Nazi threat in 1940, the "Great Communicator" sensed a gathering storm and challenged multitudes capitulating to big-government socialism and Communism.
For eight years, I've served with other courageous leaders investing a significant portion of ministry to compassionately confront the dangerous acceptance of sexual behavior that the Bible labels as "moral impurity", "degrading", "shameless", "indecent", "unnatural" and "perversion" (Rom.1:24-27). While we are to reach out in love to every individual, we must resist an agenda dishonoring our Creator, undermining the sanctity of marriage and attempting to redefine it so homosexual unions, polyamory and polygamy are considered acceptable, normal and beautiful. more >>
TLC canceled its long-running reality TV series "19 Kids and Counting" on Thursday, two months after the show was suspended in the wake of a decade-old molestation scandal involving Josh Duggar and at least two of his sisters.
In a statement released today, TLC confirmed that the Duggar family's reality show "will no longer appear on the air" after 10 seasons.
"19 Kids and Counting" followed the lives of the Arkansas-based Christian family whose conservative values and faith-inspired lifestyles made them an instant hit when they first appeared on air back in 2008. more >>
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has argued that Christians who hold a traditional view of marriage are being "bullied" by society into changing their minds on gay marriage, noting that couples find themselves in an "uncomfortable position."
"There are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife," Fisher said at a homily, according to a Catholic News Service report on Wednesday.
He added that "some politically, culturally and commercially powerful forces are determined to silence any alternative to the politically correct position in this matter; to bully us all into accepting the deconstruction and redefinition of a fundamental institution; and to relegate questions of what marriage is and is for as secondary to an homogenizing 'equality.'" more >>
While the recent nuclear deal between Iran and six major world powers has stoked debate in the U.S. over the Obama administration's negotiating tactics, Iranian Christians are reportedly "thanking Christ" and view the agreement as an "answer to prayers," one Iranian priest has said.
"I can certainly say that all Christians, along with all the Iranian people are rejoicing because their prayers were answered," Chaldean Iranian priest Hormoz Aslani Babroudi, national director of the Pontifical Missionary Society of Iran, told Fides News Agency.
"From now on it will be easier for the world to have a positive outlook toward Iran, the desire for harmony will prevail and it will be easier to show everyone that Iran is not what some media networks report. We can work and use science for the good of the country, we can develop technologies to live better." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson continues to expand her fashion empire following the recent launch of her home decor range and jewelry line.
The 18-year-old A&E personality has now added silver and gold trinkets along with decorative home decor ornaments to her Live Original collection, which was inspired by her 2014 book of a similar name. The products come as part of Robertson's partnership with Christian-inspired decor company, Glory Haus, and each item features uplifiting messages of hope and encouragement while also showcasing her Christian faith.
"Live original is the message I share everywhere I go … [it's] living who God created you to be and being confident in the person you are," shared Robertson in a statement on Tuesday. "Everything I do is the 'Live Original' brand." more >>
Pastor Judah Smith, who is known for spiritually mentoring celebrity singer Justin Bieber, explains in a message what it means to not love the world or the things in the world, and how to move away from a life that is characterized by perpetually finding something new to want.
Smith, lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Washington, started his sermon last week by reading 1 John 2:15, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
The verse doesn't say love "for" the Father, but "of" the Father, he underlined, and continued to read verses 16 and 17: "For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." more >>