I came busting out of the closet in 2009 in a desperate attempt to finally find some peace in my life. Some happiness. Some joy. Some freedom. But as most of you already know, the "freedom" that my coming out and adopting a gay identity bought me was a freedom that only brought me into more bondage.
But, even so, I would do it all over again. Coming out, that is. I really do believe that finally letting the people around me glimpse into the secret parts of my life was a necessary step in my God-led journey toward the hope that I now have in Jesus Christ. I am not saying that living a gay lifestyle was a necessary step toward my embrace of the gospel, but only that coming out and letting people in on my inward reality was.
Prior to my self-ejection from that wretched closet, my plan had always been to forever conceal the state of my sexuality from the world. I would try my best to find a girl that I could muster up some attraction for, marry her, and cross my fingers I would be able to have relations with her. And I hoped that the more that I had relations with her, the more that I'd actually start to want to have relations with her and – "poof" – become straight. more >>
WASHINGTON — Attacks on citizens' freedom of speech was a topic of discussion at the ninth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, where a panel highlighted examples of censorship and government encroachment on religious freedom in the U.S. and Canada.
Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, explained that, in Canada, Christian pastors have been fined or censored for expressing socially conservative views on the air or even attempting to do so.
"I have experienced a lot of censorship and have also been censored by our government for not speaking with a politically correct tone," he said, emphasizing that the Canadian government monitors and censors sermons broadcast on television. more >>
WASHINGTON — Speaking to religious conservatives gathered at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, twin brothers Jason and David Benham said losing their house-flipping show on HGTV taught them what it means to be Christ's disciples.
"It is a fun thing to follow Jesus until you find out where He's going, because He's going to a cross and He's asking you to come follow Him; and we got that experience in real life," Jason said Friday a the summit.
The brothers were filming episodes for "Flipping it Forward" in May when HGTV announced they were canceling the show. The decision followed postings from website Right Wing Watch that revealed the Benhams' traditional Christian views on marriage, sexuality and abortion. more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee, an award-winning MC, author and speaker, embraces the uniqueness of being a "pastor-rapper," but he has some frustrations with a hypocritical hip-hop industry as well as with Christians who kick against his particular brand of artistic and cultural expression.
Lee's dual career path is a contrast in many ways to that of another popular rapper and pastor, Mason "Ma$e" Betha. Betha has swung between putting in time at the pulpit and laying out tracks in the studio, leaving some fans and observers confused with the apparent inconsistencies.
Lee, 26, told CP he has never felt any serious tension between his love for rapping and his call to ministry. more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee, award-winning rapper, author and influential speaker, gave a few fans an exclusive preview of his upcoming fifth studio album, Rise, during a recent private listening session in New York City.
Although the special Rise listening session was a treat for fans, Trip and Producer Gawvi clearly were having most of the fun, unpacking each track and sharing how the whole album came together through a year-long process.
While Gawvi said he was honored and grateful to work with Trip on Rise, the rapper said he felt likewise and thought the LP features some of the producer's best work. In addition to being good friends, Trip and Gawvi are both signed to Reach Records, the label founded by Lecrae. more >>
WASHINGTON — Alan Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame and a featured speaker at this year's Values Voter Summit, says his family votes for leaders based on their social values, not fiscal policy.
"I vote per my values, what I believe in," said Robertson, the eldest son of Duck Commander company founder Phil Robertson in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday.
A former senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana, Robertson explained that, as conservative Christians, his family tends "to vote more because of our spiritual values than anything else." more >>