Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>
Arizona Internet Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein could be facing felony charges after posting a YouTube video recording of a conversation he had with a Florida baker where he asked if she could make him a sheet cake displaying the words "We do not support gay marriage."
On April 1, Feuerstein called Cut the Cake bakery in Longwood, Florida, and asked owner Sharon Haller if she would make a cake and include the words "We do not support gay marriage." Haller initially thought the phone call was a prank. She then refused to make the cake saying, "We do not do that, sorry." She then quickly hung up the phone.
Considering the number of Christian-owned small businesses that have been sued, fined and received death threats for refusing to provide services for gay weddings, Feuerstein then spoke into the camera and offered his take on whether business owners should be forced to service events they believe to be morally wrong. more >>
A conservative Christian owner of a Dieseltec auto repair shop in Grandville, Michigan, who sparked controversy this week when he declared that he won't hesitate "to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons," says he's now receiving death threats but will not back down from his views.
"Listen up folks, if you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK, what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home. I will stand firm on my views and will not back down. I said I am a Christian and I think any true (as you all like to call it) Christian would readily admit they are a sinner, as am I, and that we practice our religion: i.e. try to get better at it," Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter wrote in a post on Facebook Thursday that has been liked by more than 2,000 people.
"I am NOT Jesus. What he did was perfect. And as far as what he would do I will not speculate, as I am merely broken flesh. The Bible has been at the center of debate many times and left subject to interpretation. My interpretation is different than yours. I did not ask to debate sin, however, I am being reminded of mixed fabrics and eating shellfish ... so can we all agree then that homosexuality is a sin? If it is, then we should always make an effort to move away from sin, right?" he added. more >>
Christian-owned apparel company, Forever 21, has responded to a discrimination lawsuit recently filed against them by a transgender employee by saying the company has "zero tolerance for discrimination."
In a statement sent to The Christian Post on Thursday, the billion-dollar company confirmed that it is investigating a complaint filed by Alexia Daskalakis, 22, formerly known as Anthony, earlier this month. The former Brooklyn-based employee filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court on April 1 claiming she was unlawfully discriminated against by management after transitioning to a woman and she is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
"At Forever 21, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in our stores and in all business related activities, and strive to maintain a safe and respectful work environment for all employees," Forever 21 wrote in a statement to CP. "While we cannot comment on the specifics of the pending case, we take this matter very seriously and are currently conducting an internal investigation. We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort." more >>
The headline over the story is, "LGBT Friendly: White House Unveils First Gender-Neutral Bathroom." But it's not a joke. It wasn't a story from the comedy site The Onion. Instead, this was from NBC News.
It is apparent that the liberal media will treat anything "gay" coming out of this administration as somehow legitimate or even compassionate. Nothing will be described as weird or strange, out of fear of offending some new sexual minority. This time, the "transgendered" are supposed to benefit. It's yet another effort to confuse sexual roles and undermine traditional values.
NBC reported, "For the first time in history, the White House has designated a gender-neutral restroom for visitors and staffers—the latest in a series of steps the administration has taken to protect the rights of members of the LGBT community." more >>
Various conservative groups are offering diverse responses to the LGBT-themed public schools event on Friday known as the "Day of Silence," by either urging parents to keep their children home from school or by participating in the "Day of Dialogue" that encourages Christian students to share biblical views on sexual ethics.
Held every April, the Day of Silence is championed by the LGBT advocacy group GLSEN and boasts a participation rate in the hundreds of thousands.
"GLSEN's Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country, with students from more than 8,000 middle and high schools, colleges and universities ... This quiet but powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination," GLSEN notes in a press release shared with The Christian Post. more >>