A few days ago I sent out an email to my blog subscribers asking them to send me their top questions about sexuality and the Christian faith. I've picked out the 7 most common questions I received and I'm going to answer one per day over the next 7 days. One of the hopes I had in attempting this blog series was that the discussion could go beyond the topic of homosexuality and encompasses the whole sphere of sexuality. And I'm happy to say that based on the questions I received, it will.
Here is today's question is:
Can someone be in a homosexual relationship and still be a believer? more >>
Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good.
It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving the faith. It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America's evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the "Millennials," seems to be widening too.
Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we've heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to "coexist," "tolerate" and "keep out of it" is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals. more >>
Many Christians view discipleship as a class for new believers to learn the foundational doctrines of the faith. True discipleship is not simply learning biblical truths, but becoming a student of Jesus, having the will to obey Him in all areas of our life, including in our family. Though many evangelical churches embrace the Great Commission, the condition of families within the body of Christ reflects the reality that few Christians have been adequately trained or discipled in marriage or parenting.
Today the divorce rate within the church is out of proportion to His Word, power and promises. Children from Christian homes are using drugs and abusing alcohol, having sex and committing crimes almost as much as their secular counterparts. It has become difficult to differentiate the non-church kids from those who profess to believe. Statistics tell us that over 65 percent of children being raised in Christian homes -- and that have spent over 10 years in some kind of church youth group -- are walking away from their faith after leaving their homes at the age of 18.
Rebellion and disrespect toward parents and authority is now considered common adolescent behavior, even in the church. It's not an exaggeration to say that "the family" is in serious trouble. more >>
Charisma News' Jennifer LeClaire recently reported on a live television sex show that apparently has a pastor—a pastor who holds a doctorate in counseling and leads a national Christian women's ministry—serving as a judge on the show. Then there's the other example of a pastor's wife who is reportedly employed as an exit counselor in an abortion clinic. Both claim that "God is leading them." God leading someone to be a judge on a secular sex show is like Him leading someone to join the pornography industry to lead some to Christ. This makes no sense.
Jennifer then asked, "Is the Church Compromising the Gospel in the Name of Impacting Culture?" I would say, "ABSOLUTELY!" Without genuine guidance from the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves in the same place as Samson—he knew not that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him (cf. Judges 16:20).
Before asking if something is culturally relevant or permissible, we should ask, "Does it glorify Christ?" Is it consistent with our Christian character? Will it send the right message? Will it cause others to stumble or think less of the gospel? more >>
America's crises today are as dire as those the colonists faced in 1775 and Nazi-era evil.
In 1775 there were 2.5 million people living in British American colonies who were nearly equally divided. One third actively fought for independence; one third were loyalists who supported King George; one third were apathetic and uninvolved.
Of the one third who actively supported independence only 85 percent, or approximately 63,000 were able-boded men. Their opposition was formidable: 40,000 British soldiers, 75,000 loyalists and 75,000 apathetic, uninvolved neighbors. Those fighting for independence were the minority. more >>
A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing "to show tolerance and respect" in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to "function in the diverse and pluralistic environment" of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.
"On multiple occasions he discriminated against students who were of different faiths and backgrounds," the Chaplain's commanding Officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs wrote in a memorandum obtained by Fox News. more >>