What if the federal government ordered you to act against your conscience - to take part in something you believed to be objectively wrong - or else be punished with huge fines?
This is no idle question. It describes exactly what is happening in America today: The Obama administration is ordering businesses and other organizations with 50 or more employees to have their insurance plans cover drugs and devices which can cause early abortions. To many business owners, that means either cooperating in grave evil, dropping insurance they have always provided their workers, or being forced out of business.
Just ask David and Barbara Green, owners of the giant chain of Hobby Lobby stores. Just ask the Hahn family, Mennonites who own Conestoga Wood Specialties. These courageous Americans are defending not only their own rights but also those of all Americans who wish to live their lives and run their businesses in accord with their free consciences and their deepest beliefs. more >>
Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday.
"I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God. World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin," Graham, who is the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. more >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, "Philippians 4:13."
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," the verse reads. more >>
I don't know whether to laugh, throw up or both. A reader tipped me to this Huffington Post article by D.A. Wolf headlined: "5 Benefits Of Having a Friend With Benefits." In case you're not hip to liberal-speak, "friends with benefits" refers to the "progressive" idea that it's really cool for friends to use each other for casual, meaningless sex.
What could possibly go wrong?
Writes Wolf: more >>
World Vision's U.S. president, Richard Stearns, just announced that homosexuality goes, at least when it comes to his non-profit staff. In an interview with Christianity Today, the social justice champion insisted his decision "is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support." Nice try Mr. Stearns, but we're not buying your lines.
Add Stearns' name to the list of evangelical leaders whose actions resonate with the controversial and bizarre message of Pastor Andy Stanley who told USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers that Christian business owners need to, "leave Jesus out of it." What is ultimately disappointing is that Stearns and company's wavering convictions are undermining us young evangelicals grappling to live out what the Apostle Paul termed, "speaking truth in love." (Ephesians 4:15)
Can you really blame us young evangelicals for caving to culture, when all we do is look around and see our mature Christian examples doing the same thing? more >>
Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual "marriage" among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians.
This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization.
In no way does it contribute to "building a better world for children" – one of the fundamental goals of World Vision. In fact, it does the opposite. more >>