It shouldn't be news when a Christian organization says it will uphold traditional Christian beliefs. But these days, it is.
Recently on BreakPoint, we told you how Baptist ethicist David Gushee proclaimed there was no more middle ground on LGBT issues. He's right. You either approve of so-called sexually progressive ideas or you don't — and if you don't, you've placed yourself in the bigoted, wrong-side-of-history category.
That's exactly what happened with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Earlier this month, IV informed employees that they were expected to align with traditional Christian teaching on marriage and human sexuality. If they couldn't, they were asked to come forward. more >>
A Florida youth pastor has been arrested and charged with forcing four teenage boys into prostitution by telling them that they could make money modeling and threatening them if they didn't agree to have sex with male clients he met on the internet.
According to a Miami police report, Ron Cooper, who goes by the nickname "Romeo," sex trafficked four boys aged 16 to 18, who were forced to have sex for money at three different Miami-Dade County hotels and at an adult bookstore in Miami.
Little did two millennial men know that when they independently Googled "Christians struggling with homosexuality" in utter desperation that a band of brothers would be forged because of their unwanted sexual desires.
Tom Zuniga, 29, and Elliott Gladwin, 28, who have experienced same-sex attractions since their youth, didn't know each other whatsoever when they first entered that phrase into a search engine in 2008 in their respective homes in states miles apart. But by God's providence they ended up meeting after they stumbled upon a Xanga blogring where several Christian men with the same issue were sharing their stories and struggles.
Those shared stories and the friendships that formed would prove to be more meaningful and healing than either one of them could have ever imagined. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is one of the leading campus ministries, and its publishing arm, InterVarsity Press, is one of the top Christian publishers. But this fine ministry is learning the hard way that, when it comes to homosexuality, you cannot straddle the fence.
In a moment, I'll explain exactly why I say that InterVarsity has tried to straddle the fence when it comes to homosexuality, but first, here's the relevant background.
Last week, InterVarsity announced "that it will begin dismissing employees who disagree with its theological stance on human sexuality starting on November 11." more >>
The Human Rights Campaign, America's largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, has threatened to penalize Johns Hopkins University if it does not denounce a report from two of the institution's scholars which concludes that there is little scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender.
In the special report for The New Atlantis titled Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences, Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, a scholar in residence at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences also at John Hopkins School of Medicine conclude there is very little evidence supporting the "born that way" and other theories on sexual orientation.
"Some of the most widely held views about sexual orientation, such as the 'born that way' hypothesis, simply are not supported by science. The literature in this area does describe a small ensemble of biological differences between non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals, but those biological differences are not sufficient to predict sexual orientation, the ultimate test of any scientific finding," the report said. "The strongest statement that science offers to explain sexual orientation is that some biological factors appear, to an unknown extent, to predispose some individuals to a non-heterosexual orientation." 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 >>