The unavoidable truth is that many Chrisitans are becoming desensitized to popular culture with movies such as "Fifty Shades of Grey." When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction for turning away from impure thoughts and visions. This causes be to ask, "why are Christian women watching and reading Fifty Shades of Grey?"
Compromise in this area can be well illustrated through a story that I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes numb and desensitized due to the cold. As he continues, his tongue begins to bleed, and he licks even faster—unaware that he is consuming his own blood and slowly killing himself.
Within time, the Eskimos return and bring the dead animal home. In the same way, the enemy numbs us through compromise. Within time, we, like the wolves, don't realize that we are dying—dying spiritually. The enemy desensitizes us until we are numb to the things of God. more >>
"Preachers of Detroit," the Midwest spinoff of the controversial and popular "Preachers of L.A." reality show, has put front and center in its early episodes the debate about what roles women are permitted to hold in the church.
Christians remain divided over what perimeters they believe the Bible lays out for women called to ministry.
Some believers point to passages like 1 Timothy 3:2, which states that a bishop, or overseer, is to be "faithful to his wife ..." — indicating that a Christian holding that position must be male. more >>
A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.
Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000, have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government's permission to preach and pray?
But wait. It gets worse, folks. more >>
Many Christians view discipleship as a class for new believers to learn the foundational doctrines of the faith. True discipleship is not simply learning biblical truths, but becoming a student of Jesus, having the will to obey Him in all areas of our life, including in our family. Though many evangelical churches embrace the Great Commission, the condition of families within the body of Christ reflects the reality that few Christians have been adequately trained or discipled in marriage or parenting.
Today the divorce rate within the church is out of proportion to His Word, power and promises. Children from Christian homes are using drugs and abusing alcohol, having sex and committing crimes almost as much as their secular counterparts. It has become difficult to differentiate the non-church kids from those who profess to believe. Statistics tell us that over 65 percent of children being raised in Christian homes -- and that have spent over 10 years in some kind of church youth group -- are walking away from their faith after leaving their homes at the age of 18. Rebellion and disrespect toward parents and authority is now considered common adolescent behavior, even in the church. It's not an exaggeration to say that "the family" is in serious trouble.
We are quick to place blame for this condition on the television programs our children watch, the video games they play, the schools they attend, the influence of the kid next door, or other external influences. I believe that the real problem is not so much what is affecting our children from outside our homes, but from within. more >>
God, by His design, has laid out the best way — mentally, physically and emotionally — to have a sexual relationship, and that doesn't include homosexuality and gay marriage, according to Alan Robertson, a former pastor and eldest son of reality TV star Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame.
"I've had the same conversation with folks who have same-sex attraction as I have with men and women who are living together. I tell them all the same thing: God has a design and a plan for your life, and this is what He's laid out as the best way to have a sexual relationship on Earth, biblically."
He continued, "I put it in the context that anything outside of what I believe the Bible teaches about the design for marriage and the design for a husband and wife to have a sexual relationship that's exclusive to them [isn't biblical, and isn't part of God's design]." more >>
By now, most people have heard something about Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's order defying a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama. It didn't take long for the Left's culture warriors to issue sanctimonious condemnations of the judge's order:
"This is a pathetic, last-ditch attempt at judicial fiat by an Alabama Supreme Court justice—a man who should respect the rule of law rather than advance his personal beliefs," said [Human Rights Campaign's] Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. "Absent further action by the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal ruling striking down Alabama's marriage ban ought to be fully enforced, and couples that have been waiting decades to access equal marriage under the law should not have to wait a single day longer. All probate judges should issue licenses tomorrow morning, and Chief Justice Roy Moore ought to be sanctioned."