Note: It is for columns like this that I created a "Hate Mail" folder in Outlook.
None can deny the fast-rising popularity and approval of the "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender" lifestyles. Most especially, perhaps, the "bisexual orientation," which has become rather fashionable and, hence, more frequently practiced among today's blindly "tolerant" millennial generation.
These are behavior choices that, for all of recorded history and until just the last few decades, have almost universally been recognized as immoral and unhealthy. The Bible, throughout both the old and new testaments, unequivocally and without exception, holds these behaviors to be sexually immoral – to be sin. God's word never changes and never will. Neither will this objective reality. more >>
WASHINGTON — A study looking at what drives some Millennial Evangelicals to hold less conservative views than their elders generated surprising results.
Young white Evangelicals whose social networks mostly included people like them were the most likely to depart from older Evangelicals on cultural issues while young Evangelicals with more diverse social networks were more likely to hold views similar to older Evangelicals. In other words, the more embedded Millennial Evangelicals are in the Evangelical subculture and the less interaction they have with non-Evangelicals, the more likely they are to demonstrate attitudes diverging from their elders.
This was the main finding of research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a liberal, nonpartisan research organization that focuses on the intersection of religion and public life, and presented Aug. 30 at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. The paper, "Sowing the Seeds of Discord: Sources of Division Among White Evangelical Protestants," was authored by Juhem Navarro-Rivera, research associate at PRRI, Daniel Cox, director of research at PRRI, Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI, and Paul Djupe, associate professor of political science at Denison University and a PRRI affiliated scholar. more >>
NEW YORK — A Dominican-American pastor leading a youthful church in a mostly-Hispanic New York City neighborhood said he is grateful to be a part of "the thing" he believes God has been doing through what he described as a surge of "sound and healthy" church plants in the Big City.
His particular part of the harvest, he believes, is in the same neighborhood where he has spent most of his life, and where he has been leading a church plant called Christ Crucified Fellowship for the past three years.
Pastor Rich Perez, 30, told The Christian Post that he felt called at the age of 19 to ministry and was particularly burdened to cultivate his community roots. Christ Crucified Fellowship in Washington Heights is situated in the northernmost part of NYC's borough of Manhattan. more >>
The Evangelical Immigration Table's efforts to build support for immigration reform have achieved modest success, according to new research.
White Evangelical Republicans have moved more in the direction of supporting immigration reform, especially in the states where EIT bought radio ads, Michele Margolis, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, reported. Her paper, "What are the reaches and limits of religious influence? Religious messages and immigration attitudes," was presented Saturday at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
Between February 2013 and February 2014, Evangelical Republicans became slightly more supportive of immigration reform while non-Evangelical Republicans became more opposed to immigration reform. The differences among white Evangelicals were even more pronounced in the states that had EIT radio ads, despite the fact that white Evangelicals in those states started out more opposed to immigration reform than white Evangelicals in the states that did not have EIT radio ads, Margolis found. more >>
The senior pastor of the largest Latino-led church in San Diego has been named president of The Hispanic Mega Church Association, where he will work to bring the country's largest Hispanic congregations together.
Pastor Sergio de la Mora says isolated churches are no longer relevant to the nation and believes in joining forces as a cohesive and collaborative church at large.
"For every nationality, every demographic and every social circle, today is the dawn of a new day. And our responsibility as the local church is to lead this shift in power and influence by leading our families, communities and nation to experience a Heart Revolution," de la Mora said in a statement. more >>
What role does religion play in American attitudes towards Israel? An analysis by Frank Newport, the editor-in-chief of Gallup Inc., reviews 14 annual Gallup polls from 2001 to 2014 in which respondents answer the same question, "In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" The numbers offer insights different from what one might expect.
The study starts with two basic facts: First, looking at the whole sample of about 14,000 American adults, 59 percent answer that they have more sympathy for Israelis and 16 percent say they have more sympathy for Palestinians, a ratio of almost 4-to-1. Second, Newport finds that "Religious Americans are significantly more likely than less religious Americans to be sympathetic to the Israelis," confirming what common sense already tells us.
That said, his numbers contain several noteworthy subtleties: more >>