Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee scuttled a bill by lawmakers to designate the Bible as the official state book Thursday, noting that signing it into law would be in violation of both the First Amendment of the Constitution and the state constitution.
"I am vetoing House Bill 615, the legislation designating the Holy Bible as the official state book," Haslam declared in a letter to Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
"As you know, last year the attorney general opined that designating the Holy Bible as the official state book of Tennessee would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution and Article I, and 3, of the Tennessee constitution, which provides that 'no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship,'" he said. more >>
Following a recent trip to Japan, one of the most atheistic countries in the world, City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee said the people are "hungry" for Jesus Christ, and he expects to see a revival in the country.
"We have a deep love for Japan and for our beautiful Japanese brothers and sisters-in-Christ. Their hearts are so hungry for the Lord Jesus and His Church. They are believing that God is opening up Heaven and pouring out His Holy Spirit afresh upon this generation," Kong said in a Facebook message, reflecting on a ministry trip he and his wife and fellow CHC pastor, Sun Ho, made to Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Osaka and Kyoto earlier in April.
"Sun and I were so stirred and moved in our spirits. We can hear the sound of revival in our hearts, and sense that the harvest is definitely ripening," he added. more >>
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, has warned that God might be purposefully hiding himself from America in preparation for a coming judgment on the nation.
"Our nation is in a mess. Why? Could it be because America is losing God's blessing? His favor. Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse. But a Romans 1 judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves," Lotz wrote on her website Wednesday.
She recalled the story in the Old Testament where God punishes the nation of Judah, which continued to become more disobedient and more "wicked," choosing immorality and idolatry, provoking God's anger and leading to Judah's destruction. more >>
More than three-quarters of Christians in states where there is little to no regulation of payday lending believe that predatory lending is a "sin," according to a LifeWay Research survey released Wednesday afternoon.
Predatory loans, money loaned at outrageously high interest rates regardless of the person's ability to pay back the loan and interest, has ruined many lives and families across the United States and Christian leaders are calling on state lawmakers to step in and create regulations like interest rate caps so more families aren't victimized.
According to LifeWay's research, as many as 77 percent of self-identified Christians believe "it is a sin to loan someone money in a way that the lender gains by harming the borrower financially." more >>
Tattoos are celebrated by some to be a creative outlet for self-expression and individuality, while others have quoted the Bible to oppose body ink. Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll attempts to answer this oft-debated question: Is it OK for Christians to get tattoos?
In a video newsletter posted to his website this week, Driscoll said that while he doesn't have any tattoos, and neither do his wife and teenage children, he isn't opposed to them. "I'm not against 'em, but [I] just don't have one," he explained. There was, however, one caveat.
"When it comes to tattoos, there's only one place in the Bible that seems to say you can't get a tattoo," the pastor said, and referred to Leviticus 19:26-30. more >>
The Ark Encounter theme park, set to open in Kentucky this summer, will answer the most asked questions people have about the story of Noah in the Bible, says Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham.
Describing the coming attraction as "an awe-inspiring massive exhibit," Ham said people have been amazed by the ongoing construction of the life-sized Noah's Ark project.
"Sadly, many people (even in the church) have been exposed to the childish 'bathtub arks' we see in kids' books and on the walls of Sunday school classes and so on that make Noah's Ark seem like nothing more than a cute fairy tale. But once people see the enormity of this Ark structure, they will begin to realize it was a real ship," he wrote in a post on the Answers in Genesis website Monday. more >>