ANAHEIM, California — for King and Country duo brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone believe that Christianity is undergoing a transition in the United States, and that some things are being lost and broken in order for faith to be rebuilt.
In an interview with The Christian Post just prior to taking the stage Friday to perform at the 27th Harvest SoCal event at Angel Stadium, Joel Smallbone said that although Christianity may be in statistical decline in America now, he is not despairing as some are, noting that he has been reading Russell Moore's book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel.
"What struck me was, even before I read the book, was that you can have a bit of a doomsday [outlook] like the good-old days are gone — that America, built on these great biblical foundations, that it's not the same anymore, you can't make an assumption of faith or scripture anymore. You can't make an assumption about morality of faith based on scripture, and I've always looked at it like it was a terrible thing but [Moore's] position was very striking." more >>
David French, a staff writer at National Review, delivered the keynote address Saturday at a Southern Baptist-sponsored national conference on cultural engagement, calling this year's election cycle a "colossal, miserable, disgusting failure" as voters will have to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
People are angry about a judicial system that is "turning its back on religious liberty," an "increasingly lawless" federal government, the Department of Education's notion of what gender identity means, and a foreign policy that has led to the rise of Islamist jihad, said French at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.
There are millions of others who are mad, too, but not necessarily because of these positions, added French, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore. They are angry perhaps because of where they are in life, because their lives are not good enough, they have personal problems, they don't have good economic prospects, and so on. And they don't feel connected, he said, as he talked about reasons for the failure of the conservative movement. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's support among evangelical leaders and influencers has doubled, from 22 percent in May to now 44 percent, as he has released a pro-life Supreme Court shortlist, according to WORLD magazine's monthly surveys.
The showing is by far the billionaire businessman's best out of 11 surveys, although 48 percent say they still plan to write in a name or not vote at all, said WORLD, which conducts a monthly survey of 103 evangelical leaders and influencers.
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and one of the 73 evangelical leaders who participated in the latest survey this month, said releasing a strong Supreme Court list is the wisest thing Trump has done until now. "It makes a ginormous difference," he was quoted as saying. more >>
ANAHEIM, California — God does not send people to Hell, rather it is people that have to climb over Jesus to send themselves there, leading evangelist Greg Laurie told over 37,000 attendees of the 27th annual SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium and thousands more watching online Saturday night.
Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship and an author of over 70 books, gave about a 35-minute message on the second night of the three-night event, after performances from Phil Wickham and the Harvest Worship Band, the rock band Skillet and rapper KB.
In his sermon, Laurie addressed three major life questions that people won't find the answers to on Google, Yahoo or Siri. Along with questions like "Why am I so lonely?" and "Why am I so empty inside?" Laurie also tackled the question of "What happens after I die?" more >>
On two separate occasion this week, influential evangelicals Dr. Ben Carson, Kirk Cameron and entertainer Carman answered questions about the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana.
First, during a Facebook live interactive event on Tuesday, Carson, a former Republican presidential candidate, teamed up with Cameron to discuss why it's important for evangelical Christians to vote, especially in the upcoming presidential election on Nov. 8. During the Q&A with callers, the men were asked about their views on the use of marijuana, and the push to make the drug legal in all 50 states.
Tweleve minutes into the Q&A, a man phoned in and asked for advice on how Christians should react to marijuana advocates pushing for its legalization, such as in his home state of Arkansas. more >>
While it's no secret that many Christians are beyond bewildered this election season, with some expressing extreme dislike for both presidential nominees, the president of Intercessors for America is urging believers to both pray fervently and to vote in November.
In a phone interview with The Christian Post, IFA President Dave Kubal said that in light of how much distaste exists for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "we know that it is a strategy of the enemy to stir up as much hate as possible in this process."
Scripture commands Christians to intercede for their leaders whether they like them or not. In 1 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructs believers to pray "for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." more >>