Pastor and Counter Culture author David Platt said society cannot effectively fight sex trafficking until it examines its own pornography use.
The Alabama megachurch pastor and Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board president writes in Counter Culture that many college students, if asked, would express a desire to end sexual slavery. Yet studies such as a 2008 Barna Research report shows that adults under the age of 25 are twice as likely than Baby Boomers to watch pornography.
"Every time someone views pornography online or on a mobile phone in a living room or office or wherever… they're contributing to a cycle of sex slavery from the privacy of [their] own computer or [their] own smart phone," Platt asserts. more >>
In 1992 I visited Wheaton College and met the members of a really cool student band called "____ ton bundle". These young guys, only five years older than me, were indie before there was indie. Their shaggy hair, quirky glasses, and almost hipster grunge-style, before there ever was grunge, brought an edge to an otherwise white male middle class Midwestern band.
I still have my cassette tape of their only album, "Taking My Donkey to Town," even though I no longer own a cassette player. Fortunately, the album is online including one of my favorite songs, Decorations of You.
The song's lyrics are personal, raw, humble; the melody, sweet. The singer croons about his heart being a home, a home full of fear that he asks to be changed, cleaned, and renovated. He invites the God of the Bible into his home. God enters, strips it bare, and begins redecorating. After renovation begins, he sings: more >>
Yesterday I ran across an article in The Christian Post where the infamous "hell-can't-be-real-because-love-wins" Rob Bell assured the even more infamous "I left Christianity because "I couldn't believe in a God that's jealous of me" Oprah Winfrey that the American Church is moments away from embracing gay marriage. The article has gone mega viral, provoking protest and upset among thousands of Christians. And understandably so. I mean, if Christ's Church is about to bow down to the culture and honor monogamous same-sex relationships as worthy of marital title, that's surely reason for outcry and shock.
But I just want to assure you guys of something, because I surprisingly haven't seen anyone else say it yet: Christ's Church is not on the verge of embracing gay marriage, and it never will be.
Now, there may be a multitude of religious institutions that call themselves churches that are on the verge of embracing gay marriage. Actually, there already are a multitude of institutions that call themselves churches and embrace gay marriage. I know plenty of people - some within my own family - that attend these religious institutions. Their leaders are passionate about vocally expressing the need for same-sex marriage to be not only tolerated, but also celebrated in Christian circles. They gently coerce others toward error with sweet, deceiving words: more >>
David and Jason Benham, the twin brothers who were fired from an HGTV reality show because of their vocal opposition to gay marriage, have said that Satan is behind the attacks against traditional marriage.
Speaking to the socially conservative group American Family Association last week, the Benham brothers talked about the attacks Satan is inflicting on American institutions.
Evangelical preacher Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS by criticizing President Barack Obama's response, which he says "continues to protect Islam." Graham also asked people to "imagine the outcry" if it was Christians beheading Muslims.
"Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we'd better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States," Graham said in response to a video of the beheadings titled "Message to Nation of the Cross," released earlier this week.
In another Facebook post, Graham said that Obama refuses to "acknowledge the truth" and "call Islamic extremism what it is." more >>
1) Murder is illegal.
The only thing preventing abortion from being included in the definition of murder is that it's currently not "unlawful." But basic science proves that an unborn child is a "human being." No mention of "personhood" is necessary for basic murder definitions. Killing a "human being" or a "fellow creature," even, is enough. more >>