Almost 20 years ago, the journal First Things published an article by a famous German theologian named Wolfhart Pannenberg titled "How to Think About Secularism." In the article, Pannenberg outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge.
Looking back, it's clear that many of our pastors and leaders have done the opposite of what he counseled, and we are paying the price for it today.
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them."
"Could the holocaust be repeated? I'm afraid so. Anti-Semitism is at the highest levels since the late 1930s. This is coming from the influx of Muslim immigrants to Europe, the United States, and other Western countries over the past few decades, and they are bringing their hatred of Jews — and Christians — with them," Graham wrote in a Facebook message.
"This is a poison. Muslims have been on TV in Europe spouting 'Hitler should have finished the job!' Have we learned anything from history?" he asked. more >>
Matthew Lee Anderson wrote a fabulous piece at Mere Orthodoxy on the religious liberty debate we are currently having in the context of the rise of the legal momentum that LGBT activists have seen. That debate devolved into a firestorm with the passage (and then weakening) of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The particular excerpt I want to point out makes an excellent case why evangelicals should have never stood for sodomy laws in the past. I remember when the Supreme Court struck down Texas' sodomy law and how I had Christian friends bemoan that fact. I didn't because my inclination was "why in the world would I want government to police the bedroom? Why stop at sodomy if that's the case?"
Anderson does a far better job articulating what I thought at the time (and still think when I see friends and pundits complain about that ruling): more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has announced that he will be traveling in 2016 to all 50 U.S. states in an attempt to rally Christians to vote in political elections and to run for office. The evangelical preacher said that neither Democrats not Republicans will be able to fix the country's problems.
"At 62 years of age, I've lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ," Graham said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"Next year I am planning to travel to all 50 states to conduct prayer rallies — we are calling this the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith and to pray for our nation and its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles," he continued. more >>
Recently, the news has been tough for Christians here at home. Stories involving the erosion of religious liberty in America, as in the failure in Indiana to protect the rights of business persons who don't wish to participate in same-sex weddings, have persuaded some that the chips are not only down but depleted.
As a result, some Christians seem to be heralding cultural defeat and advocating a gracious concession to the other side. They urge us, in as many words, to reduce our witness to acts of private charity and church ministry.
Not so fast. First, one never wins an argument he doesn't make. And as Americans, to relinquish our rights of religious and speech freedom, redress of grievance, court action to defend those being targeted, voting for candidates who will stand for our beliefs and work to infuse them in legislation, etc., we would be demonstrating contempt not only for those who won those freedoms for us – often at the cost of their lives – but we would be telling a merciful God that these political gifts of His are no longer worth employing or stewarding. more >>