Insisting that he does not "usually do this," actor and outspoken Christian Stephen Baldwin posted a message online Tuesday that he says the Holy Spirit revealed to him while watching pop star Rihanna's emotional and gritty "What Now" music video.
"I usually don't do this but just saw the @rihanna vid 'what now' near the end they flash the cross & the next thing she sings ... is 'I don't know where to go' & the Holy Spirit responded with these words ... 'yes you do, you have known me all along, from when you were a child you remember the name of Jesus, His light on your face, His joy in your heart, You can return to Jesus,'" Baldwin wrote Tuesday, in a message apparently meant for Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
He added, "[And] then perhaps by chance? The YouTube time code in that moment was 3:29 ... & I felt the Holy Spirit say 'book of John'. & John 3:29 Reads as follows … 29 'He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.'" more >>
The authors of Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, meant to serve as a corrective to the wildly popular Fifty Shades series, believe one reason erotica has found a home among Christian women is because they are simply starved for Bible-based teaching and open dialogue on sexuality in their communities of faith.
Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who founded Authentic Intimacy, and Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, spoke with The Christian Post about the dangers they believe are inherent in pornographic works like E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2011.
Barna Group researchers revealed in the results of a survey published last year that "there is no difference between the percentage of Christians who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and the percentage of all Americans who have read the book." more >>
The idea that God is finished with the Jewish people as a nation and that the church has replaced Israel in God's plan is not only a serious theological error. It is a deadly one as well.
It was this false theology that helped fuel the fires of Jew-hatred in one of the early church's most respected leaders, John Chrysostom (347-407), who once said, "God hates the Jews, and on Judgment Day will say to those who sympathize with them: 'Depart from Me, for you have had intercourse with My murderers!' Flee, then, from their assemblies, fly from their houses, and hold their synagogue in hatred and aversion."
Without this erroneous theology, the Crusades would never have taken place 700 years later. more >>
A New York Times reporter-turned-editor recently shared his experience in working for over 10 years in various capacities for the liberal-leaning publication, and insisted that the "paper of record" is not intentionally biased against Christians, as some conservatives might believe.
Michael Luo, who attends Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and became a Christian at Harvard University, told an audience at The King's College last week that whenever his colleagues at The New York Times do happen to botch a report that casts Evangelical Christians in an unfair light, that it is mostly due to ignorance.
"When we screw up, it's not because of some overt prejudice," explained Luo. more >>
A prominent "Internet Evangelist" has challenged HBO comedian and social commentator Bill Maher to a debate after Maher's most recent anti-religious remarks.
Bill Keller, head of the website liveprayer.com, released a statement Monday calling Maher "gutless blasphemous coward" and demanding to debate the television personality.
"Maher, like his hero satan, is a typical gutless wonder who bravely runs his mouth when unopposed, but is a true coward when it comes to defending his blasphemous beliefs against someone who can articulate a case for the Christian faith like myself," stated Keller. more >>
When I got married, the ceremony included our friends and family. That special day was meant to make our covenant public only to those who would value its meaning in our lives.
But who is it who dreams of getting married in a mass publicity stunt on an annual television broadcast mostly known for pushing the FCC Indecency Standards to their breaking point? That was exactly what happened to 33 couples (some heterosexual and some homosexual) as they exchanged marriage vows on the 2014 Grammy Awards show. The ceremony was presided over by Queen Latifah and accompanied by a performance of Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and later Open Your Heart by Madonna. As a viewer, it was a little difficult to know if the spectacle was supposed to be persuasive or merely exhibitionist.
Whatever was behind the Grammy's display, Americans are becoming more widely accepting of both homosexual behavior and the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual relationships. This has been due to a relentless, extremely well funded propaganda campaign by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists. And to their credit, they have succeeded in persuading large numbers of Americans that homosexual behavior is-if not normal and healthy-at least harmless and, in some bizarre sense, courageous. The cultural holdouts during this national opinion shift-or national loss of common sense, some might say-have been African Americans. For years, as white opinion grew more and more favorable to the idea of homosexual "marriage," black opinion on the matter refused to budge. This led first to rage; I have written in the past about the racial epithets hurled at blacks in California in the wake of the passage of Proposition 8, which affirmed the traditional definition of marriage. (These incidents were almost completely ignored by mainstream media, and ironically their victims included black homosexuals who opposed Proposition 8.) more >>