The United Methodist Church's highest court will be reviewing a decision to overrule a regional body's resolution calling for churches to defy the denomination's rules that bar clergy from performing same-sex marriages and being in a same-sex relationship.
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference overruled most of the regional body's resolution, passed during the summer, calling for a refusal to enforce rules regarding homosexuality as outlined in the Book of Discipline.
The United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest legal authority for the Mainline denomination, is scheduled to review Bishop Devadhar's ruling of law. more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort has claimed that Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses would not be able to offer anything to a dying person, because they believe salvation to Heaven has to be earned.
The outspoken evangelical, who recently released his "The Atheist delusion" documentary arguing for the existence of God, responded on Facebook to a comment that accused him of having a lack of compassion for offering advice on how to minister to a woman on her deathbed, even though she might not have wanted it.
The comment also asked him if he would be just as understanding if a Mormon or Jehovah's Witness came to the hospital bed of one of his loved ones and shared their views on salvation. more >>
The departing Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, used his final address to reignite the gay marriage debate by arguing that just as there are a number of different views on controversial subjects in the Bible, there is a way to interpret committed gay relationships as being acceptable in the eyes of God.
Morgan, who spent nearly 14 years as head of the Church in Wales, making him the longest serving archbishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion, according to BBC News, examined a number of controversial topics in the Bible, from mass murder to incest and slavery, and assessed that while some passages condemn such acts, others suggest they could have been acceptable in the proper context.
"There is therefore overwhelming biblical support for slavery. Yes, masters are exhorted to treat them fairly but as an institution it is regarded as being a good thing. Indeed, during the American Civil War, some Christians advanced arguments based on biblical texts for owning slaves," Morgan pointed out, after offering a number of biblical verses that he said could support slavery. more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>
As many as 10,000 people left the Church of Denmark between April and June, statistics from the Scandinavian country have shown, due in part to a nationwide atheist campaign urging people to question the divinity of Jesus, and the importance of believing in God.
The Independent noted that the 10,000 people who left the faith in that time period is almost double the number who did the same between January and March, which has led the Danish Atheist Society to celebrate the news.
"We're pleased that Danes have taken the opportunity to express what they actually want. We have long seen in surveys that there aren't that many Danes who are devout Christians," Chairman Anders Stjernholm told Politiken. more >>
America needs a president who will "pray with you" and "walk humbly with our God," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told the largest historically African-American religious convention in the country.
Clinton gave the speech before the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. on Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri wherein she spoke of the importance of the president being a "praying person."
In a transcript of the speech provided to The Christian Post by the Hillary Clinton campaign, the former secretary of state explained that the United States needs a president who understands faith, personally and publicly. more >>