The American Bible Society has put its 12-story NYC headquarters up for sale to "unlock the value of the site" to further the nonprofit's mission, according to its board chairman. The value of the property, located near other prime real estate, was estimated to be at least $300 million.
"The 1865 Broadway property has served us well for nearly 50 years. The decision to sell the property was made to unlock the value of the site to further the mission of American Bible Society," said ABS Board Chairman Pieter Dearolf in a press release. "As we approach a third century of mission, we are laying the groundwork for the next 100 years of inviting people to experience the life-changing message of the Bible."
Geof Morin, chief communications officer for ABS, told The Christian Post via email Thursday that the board had been mulling a move "for many years, driven more strongly in the last 12 months with a closer horizon to mandated facility upgrade costs and rising marketplace values for this neighborhood." more >>
Rev. Richard Cizik, who in 2008 lost his influential position as Vice President for Governmental Affairs with the National Association of Evangelicals because he endorsed same-sex unions, had two golden parachutes. First Ted Turner brought him into his United Nations Foundation. Then George Soros took him into his Open Society Institute. Both helped fund the start of Cizik's New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.
Why would those two billionaires support Cizik? Soros is an atheist. Turner, though no longer the atheist who called Christianity a religion for losers and advocated replacing the Ten Commandments with his Green-colored "Eleven Voluntary Initiatives," is still an agnostic. But both believe the world is overpopulated and needs population control, even through coercive government programs. Both are committed environmentalists. And Cizik agrees with them.
More recently Cizik launched a petition urging President Obama to report on his climate action plan when he met with Pope Francis March 27. As of the day after the meeting, the petition had gathered only a disappointing 1,279 signatures. Why? Perhaps because, as the most recent Gallup polling showed, most Americans just aren't worried about climate change. Evangelicals, for good reasons, are even less likely to worry about it. more >>
Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong Church in NYC, recently expressed strong support for pop star Justin Bieber, who has attended the Pentecostal megachurch and reportedly sought to get baptized through the ministry.
"I love Justin, he's a good kid. He's trying to figure this out," Lentz told CBN. "His behavior ... you know, he's figuring it out."
Lentz added, "What should we do? … People who are like, 'Is he even a Christian?' With Justin, I tell people grace and acceptance does not mean approval. I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That's how we've been loved. We love because we were first loved." more >>
Televangelist Pat Robertson has recently stated that Jesus would not have baked a cake for a gay couple, adding his commentary on an ongoing debate in the United States.
On the Wednesday edition of "The 700 Club," Robertson spoke about how in Jesus' time a same-sex couple would not have been accepted.
"I think you got to remember from the Bible, you look carefully at the Bible what would have happened in Jesus' time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death," said Robertson. more >>
Brian C. Houston, leader of one of the world's largest Christian churches, is denying allegations that he promotes "Chrislam," a theological blend of Christianity and Islam, after stating in a December 2013 sermon, "Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God."
With a firestorm raging online among his critics for more than a week, the influential Sydney, Australian pastor of the 30,000-member Hillsong Church finally issued a statement Thursday night (or late Friday morning his time) regarding allegations that he was promoting "Chrislam."
"The spirit of the message was exactly the opposite of what some critics are claiming. If you listened to the message in its entirety, my point was that; who a Muslim extremist believes God is, determines what they believe God does, and what they believe God loves," Pastor Houston insists in the statement, titled "Correction of Misinformation," which can be read in full below. more >>
MIAMI BEACH – Worship services in evangelical churches do not mention sin, a major part of the Gospel message, Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, said Monday at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum.
"In very many evangelical and confessionally Reformed churches these days, sin is a rare topic," he said.
He came to this conclusion from his experience of speaking in different churches most Sundays for the past 30 years, talking to evangelical friends, observing the content of worship music used by evangelical churches, and reading the books and articles of Dr. David Wells, distinguished senior research professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Plantinga explained to the conference of journalists. more >>