Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee scuttled a bill by lawmakers to designate the Bible as the official state book Thursday, noting that signing it into law would be in violation of both the First Amendment of the Constitution and the state constitution.
"I am vetoing House Bill 615, the legislation designating the Holy Bible as the official state book," Haslam declared in a letter to Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
"As you know, last year the attorney general opined that designating the Holy Bible as the official state book of Tennessee would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the federal Constitution and Article I, and 3, of the Tennessee constitution, which provides that 'no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship,'" he said. more >>
Having a shallow faith in God is not enough, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote in a recent column.
The evangelical leader wrote in a post for the Kansas City Star this week that it is not enough to simply say you believe in Jesus and then do nothing to live out or nurture your faith.
Such a shallow view of your relationship with Christ can put you in "grave spiritual danger," Graham says, referencing James 2:14-17, which reads: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? [...] Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." more >>
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, has warned that God might be purposefully hiding himself from America in preparation for a coming judgment on the nation.
"Our nation is in a mess. Why? Could it be because America is losing God's blessing? His favor. Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse. But a Romans 1 judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves," Lotz wrote on her website Wednesday.
She recalled the story in the Old Testament where God punishes the nation of Judah, which continued to become more disobedient and more "wicked," choosing immorality and idolatry, provoking God's anger and leading to Judah's destruction. more >>
When Christians are given a second chance at life, they need to show God they are grateful for the opportunity, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote in a blog post this week.
The 97-year-old Baptist minister made his comments while responding to a question posted to "My Answers" on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website, writing that there's a reason God has chosen to give you a second chance: so you may turn yourself around and follow Him.
"Why do you insist on staying on the wrong road in life? God has given you an opportunity to go down a different road; why refuse Him?" Graham asks. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has backed former president Bill Clinton following a recent row with the Black Lives Matter movement over a law that sent more non-violent drug offenders to prison.
"Last night I drove by former President Bill Clinton's Presidential Library. He was in the news a few days ago when he was interrupted by demonstrators with Black Lives Matter as he was speaking. President Clinton had finally had enough and defended himself and his policies as it related to the 1994 crime bill," Graham wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page.
"I agree with Bill Clinton — he was absolutely right. The crime bill he signed into law in 1994 put a lot of criminals behind bars where they belong," he added. more >>
Christians should read their Bible with enthusiasm, seeing it as an opportunity to become closer to God, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote.
Graham was responding to a question on the Kansas City Star blog, calling on believers to approach their Bible reading as a blessing, rather than a curse.
The evangelist admits that while the Bible can be a dauntingly large book to tackle, it is also full of infinite wisdom and meaning. more >>