In a social media post Thursday, Franklin Graham called Ireland "a once staunchly religious country" that is now a "light shining in the wrong direction."
"According to a gay Irish Cabinet minister, '[the vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland] makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality,'" Graham exclaimed. "They must not realize that this is a light shining in the wrong direction!"
Graham focused on Christian teaching instead of popular opinion, adding: "Jesus Christ said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).'" more >>
A San Diego State University study published earlier this month has found that millennials appear to be the least religious generation ever recorded. SDSU psychology professor Jean M. Twenge suggested that one main reason for millennials abandoning religion is rising individualism in American culture, which is less prone to showing commitment to institutions.
"These trends are part of a larger cultural context, a context that is often missing in polls about religion," Twenge said in an article published by Eureka Alert.
"One context is rising individualism in U.S. culture. Individualism puts the self first, which doesn't always fit well with the commitment to the institution and other people that religion often requires. As Americans become more individualistic, it makes sense that fewer would commit to religion." more >>
By now, every major news outlet has reported on the sexual abuse controversy of Josh Duggar, who stepped down as Family Research Council Action's Executive Director. TLC's hit television show "19 Kids and Counting" was also pulled when details revealed Josh inappropriately touched a few of his younger sisters and a family friend's daughter. Although I met Josh on two occasions in Washington, DC, I was not a friend or close acquaintance. But like many Americans who followed the Duggars, my wife and I felt Josh, Anna and their family were friends. So when this story became public, I was first heart-broken, then outraged.
Undoubtedly, the Left needed to dig up dirt against the Duggar family to discredit the family's conservative, Christian image. But for the liberal media to sensationalize this issue, and some of the articles are just vicious, is simply hypocritical, especially considering they barely mentioned the arrest of Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Co-Founder, Terry Bean, who was accused last November and charged with a felony for sexually abusing a 15 year old boy. Did you see national headlines for weeks about this scandal of a sitting member of the Board of Directors of HRC? Of course not, because the media wouldn't dare implicate the world's largest gay activist organization.
Let's be honest, with 19 kids and counting, is it a surprise to any of us that one of the Duggar children would struggle with sexual immorality or addiction? How many pastors in our churches have "prodigal children" who fall into sin? How many pastors leading churches have fallen into this kind of sin? Unfortunately, sexual impropriety has become a not so silent epidemic among the Christian, conservative community. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., warned Christians that the church's mainstream teaching on homosexuality could be considered hate speech in the near future, during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week.
While discussing his Catholic faith and how it influences his positions on social issues and public policy, Rubio commented on the direction America is traveling with its views of the conservative church.
"If you think about, we are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech," Rubio said to CBN News. "Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater." more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez argued with American Atheists President David Silverman about whether bigotry in America is being directed at conservative Christians or gay people when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage in a fiery debate on Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday.
While Silverman argued that those opposed to gay marriage are displaying "bigotry," Rodriguez asserted that the bigotry being displayed is "against Christians."
"It's bigotry and intolerance against those of us who believe in the Bible and our Judeo-Christian values," the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference founder said. more >>
"And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time" (Luke 4:13).
One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, "Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night when he was saying his prayers, his mother heard him say fervently, 'O Lord, please help me save my money for a baseball bat. And, God, don't let the ice cream man come down this street anymore'!"
Isn't that true of temptation? It takes from us, while at the same time, it looks so appealing. Commentator Klyne Snodgrass states it well, "Mention of the 'schemes' of the devil reminds us of the trickery by which evil and temptation present themselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap." That's important to note: we can miss evil for what it really is until after it has accomplished its purpose. Only by comparing thoughts and actions to God's word can we have the insight to see beyond the circumstances. more >>