Paul warned Timothy that the "time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
That warning proved true in Timothy's day, and it has proved true many times since, especially today, when we have a multitude of ear-tickling preachers. How can we recognize them?
We know that deception is very deceiving and that no one is willingly duped. And we know that no one stands up and says, "What I'm teaching is false doctrine meant to deceive and destroy you!" more >>
Planned Parenthood recently released a "pastoral letter to patients" in which the organization's clergy advocacy board tells prospective clients that the Bible is silent on the issue of abortion, and further asserts that it's not even mentioned in the Scriptures.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says that Planned Parenthood's claim is a "ridiculous attempt to justify abortion."
According to Jeffress, Planned Parenthood's assertion is "tantamount to saying that there is nothing wrong with an intoxicated driver killing another motorist because the Bible does not mention 'drunk driving.'" more >>
Did you know that anyone can call themselves an evangelical? Sure. The description is up for grabs so long as you pair your evangelical label with sweet-sounding descriptors and fluffy mission statements. At least, that's the emerging trend.
Floating into the inboxes of prominent evangelical leaders is an invitation to join what's being called The Compassionate Evangelicalism Network (TCEN), a developing new project of the organization Faith in Public Life. While the project sounds well intentioned, pastors and evangelical leaders should use caution before joining a network subsidized by pro-abortion activists.
Here's an example of what Faith in Public Life (FPL) considers a compassionate evangelical: "[E]vangelical leaders who would be willing to speak up in support of the issue of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination legislation" and "take a stand on a wide array of justice issues." more >>
The Presbyterian Church (USA) continued its years-long trend of losing congregations and members in 2013, according to statistics released by the mainline Protestant denomination last week.
According to the data compiled by the PCUSA's Office of the General Assembly, by the end of 2013 membership was approximately 1.76 million, compared to approximately 1.84 million by the end of 2012.
Additionally, the number of PCUSA congregations decreased during 2013. There were 10,038 churches in 2013, versus 10,262 in 2012. more >>
A Texas megachurch has launched a new faith-based television station via the Amazon Fire Channel with the hopes of continuing to reach more people worldwide.
Community Bible Church of San Antonio, a congregation with an average worship attendance of about 14,000 in person and 16,000 online, launched the TV app Tuesday.