Today's question is: "Should Christians attend the gay marriage ceremonies of their loved ones?"
This is a really tough question, and it's not one that I'm going to pretend even for a second to have the universal 'right' answer to. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least two ways that a devout Christian could be motivated by seemingly good intentions to attend their loved one's gay marriage ceremony. So I really do understand the thought processes of those who do. more >>
A new Pew survey of 44 countries reiterates what other surveys have shown for years: Americans are more religious and Americans are more hopeful about their ability to improve their future than are other wealthy countries.
Americans are more prone to think hard work will uplift, to reject thinking that outside forces control their destinies, to be happy and to prioritize religion. Over half of Americans say religion is very important to them, twice the rate found among Canadians, Australians, British and other wealthy nations.
In fact, Americans have more confidence that hard work will uplift than any other country. And Americans reject fatalism more than any country than, interestingly, Venezuela, which is perhaps Venezuelans subversively rejecting the nonsense rhetoric of their socialist regime. more >>
I'm all for generous giving, and I'm all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene.
On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollar's ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet they've been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly.
Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a new jet, and not just any yet. It is a top of the line jet that is being coveted by billionaires who are on a waiting list to purchase one. more >>
Today's question is: "What would you say to a man who wants to leave his wife to pursue a homosexual relationship?"
I became aware just last week that this situation recently happened in the lives of a couple that I was acquainted with a few years ago. For decades this man supposedly strived to turn away from his same-sex desires as he sought after Jesus, but recently has come to a point in his life where he is no longer willing to fight the fight of faith. He left his wife (kids are older) and is currently in a relationship with another man.
My initial response to this situation is sheer anger. And I don't think there is anything wrong with that. A man leaving his wife to pursue someone else – regardless of gender – is an absolute atrocity. A man leaving his wife to pursue an alternative lifestyle – regardless of what that lifestyle is – is selfish and evil. The godly response to such sin should be righteous anger and holy disgust. But hear me on that: a righteous anger, and holy disgust, not a worldly anger that would flesh itself out in condescending hostility. We are all fallen people capable of the worst of sins, including adultery and homosexuality. My anger toward situations like this doesn't flow from a heart of judgment or self-righteousness – but from a heart that loves the glory of God portrayed in marriage and aches for the victimized wife. more >>
Editor's note: Birmingham chapter leader for Bound4LIFE and a part of 40 Days for Life, Natalie Brumfield has been praying outside abortion centers since she was a child. After seeing an opposing Top 10 list, she felt compelled to respond in love.
1) God has asked you.
"I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap… but I found no one." Ezekiel 22:30 more >>
The Luis Palau Association, Jesus Culture and youth leaders in New York City have teamed up for three days of gatherings "designed to mobilize and encourage students to become passionate, faithful followers of Jesus."
Around 5,000 young people were expected to attend the three-day event, according to Kevin Palau, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Luis Palau Association.
The Friday evening gathering will see Jesus Culture, Misfit youth pastor Chris Durso of Queens megachurch Christ Tabernacle, evangelist Andrew Palau, and God Belongs in My City founder and youth leader Daniel Sanabria come together to inspire those 25 and younger to impact their city. more >>