If you ask Bill Johnson, many Christians will say they believe God is good because the Bible says so, but the way they interpret His goodness is another matter entirely.
Johnson, 65, who is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that for some in the Body of Christ, wrong beliefs about Him are often borne out of the potent pain and disappointment that comes from unanswered prayers. God's character is thus impugned in the process.
"It's what I refer to as lazy theology," Johnson told CP without an ounce of accusation in his voice, particularly the idea that "because sometimes something doesn't happen, it must not be His will." more >>
Have you ever wondered what a hypocrite smells like? All you need to do is sniff a homeless person to know what hypocrites don't smell like.
Most of the homeless people I've helped, straight-up stink. They don't smell as nice as all the self-righteous folks out there arrogantly condemning Christians who support Trump.
That's why I prefer spending my spare time helping homeless people who pass through my little town on their way to nowhere in particular. They carry no pretenses, walking around in smelly clothes and worn out, oversized shoes. They are not hypocrites. Nor are they too proud to accept food … cash … a blanket … a warm coat. And every once in a while, they allow me the privilege of telling them about the time the "Friend of Sinners" befriended me, inspiring me to "go and sin no more." more >>
Speaking at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Christian philosopher and historian Gary Habermas shared historical facts that a vast majority of scholars, including even skeptics, do not dispute — facts that are the basis for proving Jesus' boldly resurrection.
"Of what did earliest preaching consist before there was a single New Testament book? What did the earliest Christian preaching look like before any books were written?" Habermas, a New Testament scholar, asked the audience, explaining that he would talk about what the first 20 years after Jesus' Crucifixion looked like.
Oral testimonies are important as evidence of a historical event, he said Saturday at what's known as America's largest and longest-running apologetics conference. He added that studies have shown that if you have special reasons to remember special events, you'll remember it more carefully for a longer period of time. more >>
Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor who was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, has said that the choices Americans have for president is a reflection of people's poor relationship with God.
"When I talked to people after the presidential debate, they told me it was like kids fighting and it was low and cheap talk," Abedini wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday, reflecting on the debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The pastor noted that in the Bible, "God gave a king to Israel according to their heart and walk with God." more >>
A woman who revealed to the Rev. Billy Graham that her past abortion is now causing her to feel deep guilt and sorrow every time she sees children has asked if those feelings will ever subside.
"Maybe some women can go through an abortion and never feel guilty, but I'm not one of them. I feel terrible over what I did, and every time I drive by a school playground I'm almost consumed with grief. Will I ever get over this?" the unnamed woman asked in a question-and-answer column published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Thursday.
Graham responded that while what she did "was wrong in God's eyes," she needed to know that God "has not rejected you or abandoned you." more >>
Over 700 female Christian leaders have banded together to condemn Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's misogynistic behavior and his degrading acts toward women.
As Trump's character has come under fire in recent weeks after recordings were uncovered showing the billionaire real estate mogul making disgusting comments about how he treats women and after sexual assault allegations have been made against him, hundreds of female Christian pastors and lay leaders have signed a joint statement demanding that the Republican nominee show some remorse.
"As Christian women we are appalled by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's recorded remarks that disparage women and condone sexual assault," the statement, which was issued last week, states. "Such language cannot be dismissed as 'locker room talk.' Mr. Trump must offer public contrition that fully acknowledges the seriousness and depravity of his actions." more >>