Discreet encounters promised but in reality, embarrassment was delivered. "Ashley Madison" has a motto that will make your skin crawl: "Life is short. Have an affair." It's the number one dating website for cheaters seeking affairs.
A group of hackers, who call themselves "The Impact Group", are demanding the site and other hook-up sites including Cougar and Established Men shut-down. If they are not, they are promising to release the full details including – names, addresses, and sexual fantasies – of Ashley Madison's 37 million users. Before getting discouraged by such high numbers, consider their claiming to have "37 million users" as a marketing technique (read: potential lie). In reality, it isn't known how many of the users active or even real people. And of course, the site functions on the basis of deception. So it would be unwise to trust any of their claims.
As Christians, it's interesting to see that culturally while our sexual ethics may be evolving – our thoughts on cheaters and adulterers remain steadfastly negative. A recent Gallop poll showed that in the last fifteen years, moral support continues to grow for once taboo subjects including divorce, having children outside of wedlock and polygamy. Yet, in the eyes of many Americans, adultery remains a moral taboo. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and unabashed billionaire Donald Trump is touting his Christian roots as a proud Presbyterian and has pledged to be the greatest representative of Christians in office, if he becomes president.
In an interview with CBN less than a month before he announced his run for president on June 16, Trump — who currently leads all candidates for the GOP's nomination according to recent polls — touted his faith and promised that if he becomes president, he would be the best representative of Christians in the White House that America has seen in a long time.
"First of all I'm Protestant. I'm Presbyterian. I'm proud of it. I'm very proud of it," Trump told CBN's David Brody. "Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they've had in a long time." more >>
Jill and Derrick Dillard announced on social media Saturday that their young family is settling into their lives as missionaries in Central America; though their son, Israel, is adjusting faster than his parents are at the moment.
In a blog post shared with their followers, the former "19 Kids and Counting" stars said they've adjusted well to being missionaries and said their 2 month old son, Israel David, is adapting well to the new environment. Jill, 24, and Derrick, 26, said previously that they felt called to share the Gospel of Jesus around the world and already the pair has helped at least one woman give her life to Christ.
"We are so excited to announce that we have safely arrived on the mission field and we can now tell you that we are in Central America! Israel seems to be adjusting to the new climate, culture, food (via mom's milk), and language faster than Jill and I are," they wrote on July 18. more >>
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, criticized leaders of the Evangelical Left for supporting the Iran nuclear deal, calling their pacifistic tendencies "not reassuring or relevant" counsel on the topic of national security.
Tooley singled out Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, and Quaker political activists, who were some of the signers of the "Hope but Verify" letter in April, which called for the approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 nations, which includes the United States, France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The plan was approved this month, but awaits verification by the U.S. Senate for official approval by the United States.
"Pacifists like Jim Wallis and the Quakers have hailed the Iran nuke deal," Tooley told the Christian Post, "Since they, like most of the evangelical and religious left, reject all lethal force, their counsel is not reassuring or relevant. more >>
Some evangelical Christians have condemned recent remarks made by Franklin Graham, president and CEO of relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of his father's Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressing concern that the minister is distorting the message of Christianity and promoting fear of those who follow Islam by saying the U.S. is "under attack by Muslims" and "all Muslims" should be banned from immigrating to the U.S.
"Yesterday Franklin Graham said really awful things about Muslims. If he knew the Muslim men and women I know, he would NEVER say such things," Lynne Hybels, of Willow Creek Community Church and a social justice activist, wrote July 18 on Twitter. more >>
I'm sure there are pastors, evangelists, and Christian leaders who have gotten rich off the gospel, but they are few and far between, and the idea that many of us are in the ministry for the sake of money is simply a myth.
Still, almost every day, I'll receive hate mail like this: "Stop lying in order to sell your hate filled book using the media to spew that ugliness within you"; and, "What a disgusting excuse for a human being. You want to lash out & persecute the LGBT community but you sure don't mind making money off of them in your book. The only thing you seem to know about God is that His name is printed on the dollar bill."
Why do people have this notion that people go into ministry to make money? And where do they get the idea that there's a lot of money to be made in writing books for a Christian audience? more >>