Paul warned Timothy that the "time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
That warning proved true in Timothy's day, and it has proved true many times since, especially today, when we have a multitude of ear-tickling preachers. How can we recognize them?
We know that deception is very deceiving and that no one is willingly duped. And we know that no one stands up and says, "What I'm teaching is false doctrine meant to deceive and destroy you!" more >>
Something is terribly wrong with comedy in our country. Decadence is rapidly replacing decency. If it's offensive, embarrassing and raunchy, you've hit the mark. The more today's comedians can push the envelope, the more they're hailed as cool, hilarious and cutting edge.
The Latin root of decadence means, "to fall down." It is not speaking of mere excess but rather deterioration, decay and decline of that which is moral. Synonyms include "debased, degraded, gone to the dogs." Tragically, that is what has happened for the most part to comedy in our culture today.
Have you noticed or are you like millions being subtly seduced? Worse yet, are you grabbing your spouse or your friends and inviting them to come along and guffaw? more >>
Joel Osteen, bestselling motivational author and evangelical pastor of America's fastest-growing megachurch, was among a small group that included Mormon Sen. Mike Lee, to meet privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, this week.
Osteen said he was honored to meet with Pope Francis, who leads the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
"I like the fact that this pope is trying to make the church larger, not smaller. He's not pushing people out but making the church more inclusive. That resonated with me," Osteen told the Houston Chronicle. more >>
Over half a million Christians gathered throughout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week to partake in "March for Jesus," an annual event intended to showcase the country's growing evangelical population.
The march was held under the slogan "I belong to Jesus. I am a champion," in honor of the participants' faith and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, which Brazil is hosting beginning June 12. Many proclaimed the theme on jersey-style T-shirts, printed in the colors of the Brazilian flag and the national team's uniforms.
"We're here to represent our faith and show the strength of the evangelical population, which continues to grow," said Jardson Carioca, a 30-year-old bus driver who attended the march with 50 other members of his church, reports Hispanic news outlet Mundo Cristiano. more >>
An annual Holy Spirit-centered interdenominational movement called Empowered21 was underway this week in Georgia and being hosted by an Assemblies of God leader who believes that young people are hungry for the supernatural, but have been seeking it in the wrong places.
Alton Garrison serves as the assistant general superintendent of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination that counts more than 66,000,000 adherents worldwide with about three million of them living in the United States, based on 2012 statistics. He, along with pastors Greg Surratt and Rich Wilkerson, are co-hosts of this year's Empowered21 U.S.A. Congress.
Empowermed21's stated purpose is to "unite the global Spirit-filled movement together intergenerationally for the purpose of seeking a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st century." The movement's vision "is that every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033." more >>
Women are used to Planned Parenthood preying on them -- but praying on them? That's a new approach altogether. After a string of celebrity endorsements, Planned Parenthood insists it got the ultimate one: God's. Obviously, Cecile Richards's group is always looking for new ways to justify abortion. But the Bible? That's a step too far, even for them.
In a new "Pastoral Letter to Patients," America's biggest abortion business (the same one that launched a 40 Days of Prayer for Choice) makes the stunning suggestion that most faiths support the decision to kill an innocent unborn child. "The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures -- Jewish or Christian -- and there are clergy and people... from all denominations who support women making this complex decision."
The word "abortion" may not be mentioned (for the record, neither is drunk driving, marijuana, voter fraud, and human cloning), but I think we'd all agree the subject was covered in a little thing called the Ten Commandments. What's more, the Bible is replete with references to the sanctity of life and our creation in the image of God. David reminds us that we were "fearfully and wonderfully made," "knit together in [our] mother's womb." Jesus tells us he came -- not so that we might have abortion, but "life -- and life more abundantly." Is Planned Parenthood so desperate for business that it has to spiritualize the murder of tiny children? Woe, Isaiah says, "to those who call evil good and good evil." more >>