Ministers have always been at the forefront of leading America, calling upon God for mercy, guidance, wisdom, and revival. Historically, they led both in and out of the pulpit—spawning the American Revolution, opposing slavery and organizing the Underground Railroad, actively registering people to vote, supporting civil rights, prison reform, and poverty legislation, and fighting in war and/or serving as military chaplains. Because every area of life is political, ministers have and continue to engage with politicians and hold elected office themselves.
For some reason, a false distinction has been made that presupposes Christianity or any other faith cannot appeal to a "secular" government. Truth is artificially separated, as if different methods exist to determine morality or ethics between the secular or the religious, contributing to the false understanding that exists today about what the "separation of church and state" means.
American laws indisputably were largely derived from Judeo-Christian principles. In fact, America would not have existed were it not for Protestant ministers who sought to protect a new nation from becoming a theocracy. more >>
In keeping up with a long-standing Texas gubernatorial tradition on Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry passed down Texas' historic governors' Bible to his successor, and underlined text from Matthew 20:25-28 to help guide Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to success in his tenure as Texas' new executive.
In a tradition that began in 1925, when Gov. Pat Neff handed down the same leather-bound Bible to his successor Gov. James Ferguson and marked the words from Psalm 119, Texas governors have since shared the gospel from this nearly century-old Bible with their successors.
The tradition calls for the outgoing Texas governor to not only pass down Bible, but also pick an appropriate verse or passage in the Bible that they want to share with the incoming governor. more >>
What a sight!
Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.
And as I write, I plan to march with and view that sea of people once again, during the 42nd annual "March for Life" on Jan. 22. It's always a moral and spiritual shot-in-the-arm for me. more >>
For anyone familiar with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, he is passionate about America and passionate about solutions. While he says much worries him about America, "$18 trillion in debt, Obamacare, a country that refuses to stand with Israel as it fights off terrorism," a paramount concern is the secularization of American culture.
"Just electing the right candidate, just passing one more bill isn't enough to get America on the right path. Repentance and prayer," he claims, will be enough if America "turns back to God."
Mr. Jindal has invited Americans to join him on Jan. 24 at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. If people cannot attend in person, they can watch online. more >>
The producer and one of the largest retailers of the book "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" were warned over a year ago that the story was false, however, both continued to profit off the popular best-selling book despite the mother's concerns.
The Christian publishing company Tyndale House Publishers, the producer of the popular 2010 book, was warned at least two years ago that the book was not based on a true story, like it claims, and that the premise of the book was false. However, Tyndale failed to stop producing the book when the mother of the child co-author reached out to recant his story.
The publishing company announced last week that it will no longer produce the book after its co-author, 16-year-old Alex Malarkey, wrote an open letter recanting his testimony that claimed he died and went to heaven, saw angels and met Jesus and Satan, all during a two-month coma at the age of 6. more >>
"What if I'm wrong?" recalled Rev. Danny Cortez to over 1700 people gathered in Portland, Oregon for the annual Gay Christian Network Conference (GCN), January 9th. Remembering a time where he was conflicted about Christian teaching and homosexuality, Cortez said, "Then I realized maybe I no longer believe the things I use to believe. I think I no longer believe my traditional understanding of Scripture. And I thought oh dear God, did I just become liberal?"
Cortez is the pastor of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California. Dubbed a "third way" church, Cortez and his congregation declare same-sex unions can be blessed by God. This unorthodox stance on marriage and sexuality landed Cortez and New Heart Community Church's membership within the Southern Baptist Convention at odds, and ultimately, lead to the church's dismissal in 2014.
The Eight-Year Journey more >>