LGBT activists who cite Galatians 3:28 in an attempt to justify transgenderism are corrupting the scripture, says Southern Evangelical Seminary professor Nora Hale.
The verse reads: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
"Paul is teaching in Galatia and the Judizers say, 'You know, you need some law with this Gospel.' And Paul is saying, 'No, the law is not a Gospel at all. The Gospel is the Gospel and all of us — Jew, Gentile, male, female, all of us — are level at the foot of the Cross," said Hale, who then proceeded to reference retired Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright during her speech at the seminary's 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday. more >>
Award-winning singer Natalie Grant reveals in her new book, Finding Your Voice, that accepting who God made her to be and walking in that freedom instead of trying to be relevant is something she's now addicted to.
While she never thought about writing a book until evangelical publishing company Zondervan approached her with the idea, which she initially declined, after a few days God began to give her a vision of what He wanted her to write about, which led to Finding Your Voice. Grant said she wrote the book to help others "find their God-given voice" in a world that's filled with noise and compromise.
The Seattle, Washington, native said many people have mistaken the book for being about singing or the music industry, but it's actually about finding one's own voice and purpose. more >>
ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, the government said on Thursday.
Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the northeastern Borno state, where the jihadists have waged a seven-year insurgency to try to set up an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.
Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 girls are still missing. The kidnapping brought outrage worldwide and their plight was promoted by a Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls. more >>
American cosmetics brand CoverGirl has chosen its first-ever male model as its official ambassador, in the face of 17-year-old YouTube star and New York-based makeup artist James Charles.
Yahoo Beauty reports that Charles, who hails from Bethlehem, N.Y., is a high school senior with over 428,000 Instagram followers, and is active on several social media platforms, such as YouTube, where he posts instructional videos on beauty styles and products.
"I am so thankful and excited and cannot wait to show you all what we have in store," Charles wrote on Instagram, announcing that he will appear in ads for CoverGirl's new product So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara. more >>
Evangelical leaders Leith Anderson and Russell Moore are among the country's multi-faith leaders calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to reject a recent report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which claims that religious organizations "use the pretext of religious doctrines to discriminate."
"We call upon each of you to renounce publicly the claim that 'religious freedom' and 'religious liberty' are 'code words' or a 'pretext' for various forms of discrimination," the religious leaders wrote in a letter to President Obama, Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch and House Speaker Paul Ryan. "There should be no place in our government for such a low view of our First Freedom — the first of our civil rights — least of all from a body dedicated to protecting them all."
The leaders, including Moore, president of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, pointed out that what's "even more disturbing" is that the report includes a statement by Commission Chairman Martin Castro: "The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance." more >>
Following reports that a 35-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband in Sydney, Australia, for converting to Christianity, persecution news agencies are bringing attention to the vast number of Iranians who are forced to flee the country after their conversions.
"Christianity has been spreading rapidly among Iranians in recent years. This has caused many of them being forced to leave Iran as the government doesn't tolerate conversion from Islam," Mohabat News, an Iranian Christian news agency, reported on Sunday.
"Iranian expats have been embracing Christianity in large numbers as well. Many describe this wave of conversion to Christianity among Iranians living outside Iran as a spiritual awakening among them." more >>