On two separate occasion this week, influential evangelicals Dr. Ben Carson, Kirk Cameron and entertainer Carman answered questions about the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana.
First, during a Facebook live interactive event on Tuesday, Carson, a former Republican presidential candidate, teamed up with Cameron to discuss why it's important for evangelical Christians to vote, especially in the upcoming presidential election on Nov. 8. During the Q&A with callers, the men were asked about their views on the use of marijuana, and the push to make the drug legal in all 50 states.
Tweleve minutes into the Q&A, a man phoned in and asked for advice on how Christians should react to marijuana advocates pushing for its legalization, such as in his home state of Arkansas. more >>
An important new survey by Pew Research asks why people who were raised in religious homes but who now identify as religious "nones" — having no religious affiliation — decided to leave the faith of their childhood.
The results were varied, but according to the survey, "Half of 'nones' left childhood faith over lack of belief, one-in-five cite[d] dislike of organized religion."
Of this half (more exactly, 49 percent) of "nones" who say they no longer believe, many "mention 'science' as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings" while others "reference 'common sense,' 'logic' or a 'lack of evidence' — or simply say they do not believe in God." more >>
ANAHEIM, California — Esteemed evangelist Greg Laurie warned thousands of Christians and non-believers Friday night that one sin is all it takes to keep them out of Heaven and contended that religion is driving many people away from Jesus Christ.
Laurie, the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, gave a 35-minute message to over 32,000 people gathered at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for SoCal Harvest 2016 and thousands more watching on webcast.
While the point of the 27th annual three-night worship event organized by Harvest Crusades is to encourage non-Christians and disenfranchised Christians to proclaim or re-proclaim their love for Christ, Laurie stressed that the Bible says the only way to Heaven and the Father is through Christ. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, is urging Christians to bring people who do not yet know Jesus Christ to SoCal Harvest 2016, which opens on Friday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
"The Objective of a Harvest is to bring people who do not yet know Jesus Christ," Laurie said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
"Go into your sphere of influence and invite and bring people with you," he added, noting that there are three operative words for such evangelistic Crusades — "PRAY ... INVITE ... BRING." more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. — A steady stream of stories from those who made decisions to commit their lives to Jesus Christ at a Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie over the last three decades include dramatic transformations that have led to Christian leadership and ministry.
At an annual pastors and leaders' luncheon held earlier this year to announce the 2016 SoCal Harvest lineup of worship bands and plans for the three nights of outreach at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday through Sunday, several in attendance shared how they began their journey at Harvest.
"When I came to the Harvest crusade it was the last place you would expect me to be, but obviously God had an appointment for me there," said Thomas, who now serves as a ministry leader for a team at his church that engages new believers with follow-up. "I came to the Harvest in 2008. That's where I received Christ. I was 43 years old. Up until that point, I had been a methamphetamine addict for over 20 years." more >>
Over 100,000 people are expected to gather this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to proclaim the Gospel and listen to messages from Pastor Greg Laurie and popular Christian artists like Chris Tomlin at the 2016 SoCal Harvest.
The three-night event, which is in its 27th year, is an opportunity for Christians in Southern California to invite their friends and acquaintances to hear Gospel messages and witness performances from some of today's most popular Christian artists.
SoCal Harvest, organized by Harvest Christian Fellowship based out of Riverside, California, is a free event and will feature musicians of various genres — from rock to hip-hop. The lineup features artists such as Tomlin, TobyMac, the band for King and Country, Phil Wickham, KB, Hollyn and Skillet. more >>