Several prominent political and religious leaders challenged the Church to shed its institutional "white privilege" and exercise a "restraint of [white] power" at an influential gathering of 2,500 mostly young Evangelicals in Chicago June 5-6.
The annual Justice Conference is described by organizers as "one of the largest international gatherings on social and biblical justice." Hosted by the humanitarian non-profit World Relief, this year's conference theme included fostering racial justice and furthering the #BlackLivesMatter movement among the Church.
To deliver the opening address, World Relief invited keynote speaker Cornel West, honored member of the Democratic Socialists of America, political activist and Union Theological Seminary professor. more >>
As a physician, my calling is to promote life. I have pledged to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human life as part of the Hippocratic Oath.
It is unethical to have quickening death as an option. Yet this year alone, half of our nation's state legislatures have proposed legalizing the practice of a person taking deadly drugs to end their life prematurely. A new Gallup poll shows that 56 percent of Americans now find euthanasia "morally acceptable."
These trends concern me. In taking a life, you are grasping the keys out of God's hands. That is not my place as a doctor, one who has given my life to help heal people. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has warned that culture is following in the footsteps of pop star Miley Cyrus, who he accused of shaking "her fist at God" and promoting "sexual perversions." Cyrus recently slammed people who believe that the Noah's Ark narrative in the Bible is true.
"What parent would want their child looking up to someone like this today who now, as an adult, shakes her fist at God and promotes sexual perversion?" Ham asked on his AiG blog.
"Where Miley Cyrus is now in her thinking is where our culture is heading as more and more people abandon Christian morality based on the Bible and decide to make their own rules/laws. Yes, the culture is becoming like that described in the book of Judges." more >>
Dear Governor McCrory,
With all respect to your office and your many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I must say that I read your response to the legislative override of your veto to Senate Bill 2 with real disappointment.
Are you the same man who stood so strongly against gay activism when you were the mayor of Charlotte? more >>
Can Evangelicals who are liberal politically continue to affirm orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sex?
Likely the tension will increase as two prominent voices, one a longtime social justice activist, the other a former Christianity Today editor, announced their affirmation of same sex couples.
"I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church," declared a news release from 80 year old Tony Campolo, a longtime popular speaker, Democratic Party activist and sociology professor at Eastern University in Philadelphia. more >>
Recently, Tony Campolo said this about gay-marriage, "...like so many other Christians, I was deeply uncertain about what was right." But the Bible is crystal clear on sexual sin, including homosexuality. Unfortunately, those who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won't confront, correct if we won't challenge and and contend if we won't question? We must speak the truth in love. Opinions change, but truth does not.
My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God's will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To "confront in love" simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity. It's no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" to awaken, convict and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about "the fall of America." America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation reflected in our laws, our personal lives, our families and our children. America's moral heartbeat has ceased because we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal and revival of the truth.
When people, groups, denominations or movements depart from absolute truth and thus quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts "like a burning fire" (Jer. 20:9), but relative, powerless and debatable. This is what we see today. more >>