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 >>
The following essay is in response to an opinion piece that appeared in The Christian Post earlier this month entitled, White Evangelicals and Immigration Reform.
There are biblical and prudential reasons for opposing "comprehensive immigration reform," but your otherwise thoughtful article did not acknowledge them.
I concur with the statistical conclusion of Kellstedt and Hoover, that evangelicals, "white" and otherwise, largely oppose the kind of "comprehensive immigration reform" that President Obama is attempting to enforce despite the disapproval of Congress and most Americans. more >>
The 2016 Presidential race may not have officially begun, but that hasn't stopped potential frontrunners from beginning their campaigns in earnest. And with the unofficial start of the campaigning comes the official start of journalistic muckraking. Much ado has been made about Scott Walker's "punting" on the issue of evolution while on an economic development junket in London. Bastions of progressive news are running stories explaining how such a backwards way of thinking would negatively impact the policy decisions of a president. One would think that concerns over the economy, or the continued threat of Islamic terrorism, or any of a host of other pressing policy matters would make the radar, but what do I know?
Of course, the intent of the media in asking politicians what they believe about evolution is to relegate candidates who don't conform to the prevailing orthodoxy of "scientism" to a class that includes Neanderthals, boobs and idiots. If a Republican candidate happens to confound the media by claiming that they do believe in evolution, you can bet that the next question will be, "Do you believe in global warming?" The media will keep positing such inane questions to Republican contenders until they finally get their "gotcha" moment – an answer or comment that permits them to classify the candidate as "anti-science."
Of course, the theory of evolution is just that – a theory. Contrary to the impression that secularists would like to project, it is not a matter of "settled science." The theory is not subject to validation through the scientific method. The hypothesis that the universe and mankind are the product of random chance over infinite time simply cannot be tested. But that's beside the point. Random chance and infinite time leading to evolution as the organizing principle of a godless universe is the settled conviction of secularists. To them, the idea that there is an Intelligent Designer who brought these things into being is as preposterous as the suggestion that leprechauns or hobbits really exist. No matter that it takes more "faith" to believe that the order and complexity of the universe are the product of mere chance than it does to believe that an intelligent designer is behind the whole thing. (After all, when one sees a Boeing 757 – a complex, heavier-than-air machine that cruises through the sky at 40,000 feet – it is easier to believe that there is a designer behind the product than that it arose as the result of a tornado blowing through a junkyard.) more >>