Advocates for behavior considered immoral by Christians who believe the Bible is God's inerrant word, have successfully used the idea of "love" to affirm homoerotic behavior, to redefine marriage and family, to justify pedophilia, and as theologian and pastor James Emery White recently pointed out, to justify assisted suicide.
The problem, White writes in his blog, Church & Culture, is that the "love" described to normalize these behaviors is "not the biblical idea of love."
"There is a new cultural apologetic that is fast becoming the go-to argument to ensure affirmation and approval of previously immoral activities," he writes. "And it is an argument taken straight from the Bible: Love." more >>
WASHINGTON — Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, praised Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Florida, Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America as both courageous and civil.
"I thought it was a combination of courage and of civility," he told The Christian Post after the event. "He not only took strong stands ... he did it, strikingly, in a tone indicating he did not simply want to score points, he wanted to speak to people who disagreed with him."
Moore was on a panel discussing the speech and the ERLC co-sponsored the event. more >>
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, condemned liberal intolerance toward those who support the traditional definition of marriage in a Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Rubio began that portion of his speech, which dealt with the role of culture and values in alleviating poverty, by acknowledging the discrimination suffered by gays and lesbians. Federal law, he noted, used to ban the hiring of gays and some local ordinances banned the serving of gays at bars and restaurants.
He said he respects the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage and concedes "that they pose a legitimate question for lawmakers and for society." more >>
Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He's also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door.
After a brief investigation, the Iowa newspaper fired Bob and then publicly castigated him in an editorial. They accused him of compromising the reputation of the newspaper. They said what he wrote resulted in the loss of public trust.
Bob ran afoul of the newspaper's bosses by daring to criticize the "Queen James Bible" website. The website sells copies of God's Word that have been rewritten with a gay friendly slant. more >>
I remember when I was 7 years old, in 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres publicly "came out" on television. At that time in my childhood, I had only understood the term "gay" to mean something derogatory… like something stupid, cheesy, corny, etc. When I heard her say she was gay on T.V. I remember laughing and saying, "She just said she's stupid!"- while my step mom sat there awkwardly not really knowing what to say. Later my dad came home and explained to me what "being gay" meant, how it wasn't right, how it was a sin, etc.
Although I had been unaware of the meaning of the term, I did already know that I was drawn toward other boys instead of girls. I knew that I was gay. And now I knew that it was wrong, it was a sin, I was a sinner…and I shouldn't ever tell anyone.
But oh, how I wish I also would've understood who Jesus was! more >>
Retired NFL coach and the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, Tony Dungy, clarified comments he made several weeks ago stating he wouldn't have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam after they sparked a media storm Monday. Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, has since reacted by saying: "Thank God he wasn't the St. Louis Rams Coach."
"I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team," noted Dungy in a statement Tuesday.
"What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams. I do not believe Michael's sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization," he said. more >>