I am totally on board with those who, out of pure, gospel-loving and people-loving motives, press back against the legalization of same-sex "marriage." The family dynamic is a dynamic thoughtfully and carefully designed by God Himself, and the preservation of that design is ultimately what is best for the welfare and flourishing of a society – whether it's citizens are Christian or not. Children need a mom and a dad, not two dads or two moms. And marriages need a husband and a wife, so that God's covenantal, gospel love for the world can be effectively depicted through it. I understand that even among heterosexual relationships and families, these ideals are often not met. But this is not reason to not stand for and pursue the ideal.
I am for traditional marriage. I am against the idea of same sex "marriage." But, I think it's time that the church begins to think beyond the political battle. Not to be a pessimist, but I think it's pretty clear that sooner, rather than later, same-sex "marriage" is going to be a legally instituted reality in all 50 states. I truly believe, because of the shape that things are currently taking, that this is actually going to happen whether we like it or not. I'm not saying that the church needs to raise its white flag and to faithlessly bow down to evil, satanic propaganda. But what I am saying is that we need to immediately begin to envision how we are going to continue to engage a post Christendom, same-sex "marriage" culture with the gospel when our current democratic and legislative options are no longer options.
I believe that there are two vital, culture-engaging ways of life that the American Body of Christ needs to begin to pray itself toward. more >>
The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team, Mike Matheny, released a new book offering his critique of how today's parents are ruining the youth-sports experience for children and also touched on how he boldly expresses his love for Jesus in today's increasingly secular environment.
In his book entitled The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, the 44-year-old Cardinals' skipper wrote that many of today's parents are living vicariously through their child's youth sports activities and because of that, many children end up quitting sports due to the pressure and fear of letting their parents down.
After 13 seasons as a big-league catcher with four different teams, Matheny, retired in 2006. In 2008, Matheny was asked if he could coach a local youth baseball team. Before agreeing to coach the team, Matheny presented the team's parents with a 5-page, single-spaced letter outlining what he expected of the parents, and told them he would not coach the team if they did not agree to abide by the requests he made in the letter. more >>
A former orthodox member of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council, who once staunchly opposed the church's affirmation of same-sex partnerships, has been appointed the new director of an LGBT-activist Christian coalition seeking to change the church's biblical beliefs about homosexuality after publicly announcing for the first time that she's a lesbian.
Jayne Ozanne, a 46-year-old lay campaigner who was appointed as one of the founding members of the church's Archbishops' Council by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey in 1999, was announced as the new director of the pro-gay network, Accepting Evangelicals.
The network advocates for the Church of England to accept same-sex partnerships at "every level of church life," and open up its leadership to practicing homosexuals — those who are involved in same-sex relationships and believe God condones gay marriage. more >>
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker directing the "Four Blood Moons" docu-drama has said he was drawn to the project because of his fondness for "Jews and the House of Israel." The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name written by Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee.
Keith Merrill, who won an Oscar for his 1973 documentary "The Great American Cowboy," made the remark in a statement emailed by Lovell-Fairchild Communications publicist Michael Conrad to The Christian Post.
He explained that he had "several" reasons for wanting to work on the "Four Blood Moons" movie project. more >>
Much ado has been made over President Obama's remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS. Christians are outraged, as are most conservatives. Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell found the President's condescending (and, it turns out, inaccurate) history lesson in poor taste, coming as it did mere days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive at the hands of Muslim extremists.
Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed. A good deal of the President's talk revolved around the sacred importance of religious liberty. He praised it as a bastion of democratic society and a cornerstone of America's constitutional order. He lauded the good work done by those who dedicate their lives to caring for "the least of these." He had a great deal to say about the value of humility, the importance of heeding God's commandments, and the responsibility to speak out against agents of hate, oppression, and religious perversion. From the speech:
"And, first, we should start with some basic humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn't speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn't care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth. more >>
In speaking as a guest on a national syndicated Christian radio show this week, Texas Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress explained how society's growing acceptance of homosexuality and attack against those who express their biblical view of marriage is paving the path for the Antichrist.
While on the The Janet Mefferd show on Monday, Jeffress, who is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas and is also a Fox News contributor, said that there are a few key indicators in the world today that make him believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Antichrist is nearing.
Jeffress said that indicators like the rise of radical Islam, the increase in the persecution of Christians across the world, and growing acceptance of gay marriage and "moral disorder" are like "labor pains" signaling the second coming of Jesus. more >>