It should be a no-brainer to know that pornography destroys marriages.
After all, habitually viewing pornography "sets up formidable walls between couples: guilt, unrealistic sexual expectations, addictive behaviors, and the erosion of trust, to name just a few." Another words, as "The Intimate Couple" puts it, pornography can be a "barrier to intimacy."
As a $14-billion per year industry in the U.S., studies show that an increased number of marriages are harmed by men and/or women viewing porn. Often leading to divorce, the affairs of the heart (and mind) include an addiction to cyber porn. more >>
There is a great hunger to be forgiven---it is a universal need.
In the classic book by Karl Menninger of the Menninger Clinic, Whatever Became of Sin? he described a situation where a mime on the busy sidewalks of Chicago would point at a total stranger and yell out "Guilty!" Amazingly, the reaction of most of the strangers was to slink away, as if to say, "How did you know?"
We all instinctively know that things are not right between the universe and us. There is a name for that, and it is sin. Sin is what is wrong with this world. But sin has been dealt with in a decisive way. more >>
A professing Evangelical church in California has jettisoned its commitment to orthodox Christian teaching on homosexuality.
City Church of San Francisco has concluded that it "will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining" its membership. Why? Because, says its pastor, counseling men and women who are attracted to the same sex to remain celibate for life causes them duress.
Well, yes, undoubtedly it does. To remain sexually abstinent for life would be extremely hard for anyone. Yet it's what Scripture demands of everyone not married to a partner of the opposite sex. more >>
"The Thorn," a theatrical adaption based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that includes acrobatics and martial arts, will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, which was founded by its former pastor, Ted Haggard.
The play is the product of John Bolin, a former youth pastor at New Life Church, who in an interview with the Gazette, described "The Thorn" as "the Bible on stage like you've never seen it."
Derived from a 1990s high school play that's produced with a cast of hundreds, "The Thorn" will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, starting on Thursday. more >>
Sen. Ted Cruz officially announced his intention to seek a presidential bid on Monday morning at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world. The announcement by Cruz was preceded not only by a political platform, but a testimony about the "transformative love of Jesus Christ."
Cruz began his address to nearly 11,000 evangelical students, faculty and staff by sharing the testimony of his mother and father. "Imagine a young married couple living together in the 1970s, neither one of them has a personal relationship with Jesus. They have a little boy and they're both drinking far too much. They are living a fast life," said Cruz.
At age three Cruz' father, Rafael Cruz, abandoned him and his mother. While his parents were separated, a colleague invited Rafael to a Bible study at Clay Road Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. "There my father gave his life to Jesus Christ," Cruz recounted. "God transformed his heart. And he drove to the airport, bought a plan ticket and he flew back to be with my mother." more >>
It really takes a special kind of low-life to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor.
But that's exactly what happened last week at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C., according to attorneys representing Chaplain Wes Modder.
"For this Navy to bar a chaplain from comforting and ministering to sailors and families is a reprehensible violation of religious freedom and common human decency," said Kelly Shackelford, the president of Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases. more >>