I came busting out of the closet in 2009 in a desperate attempt to finally find some peace in my life. Some happiness. Some joy. Some freedom. But as most of you already know, the "freedom" that my coming out and adopting a gay identity bought me was a freedom that only brought me into more bondage.
But, even so, I would do it all over again. Coming out, that is. I really do believe that finally letting the people around me glimpse into the secret parts of my life was a necessary step in my God-led journey toward the hope that I now have in Jesus Christ. I am not saying that living a gay lifestyle was a necessary step toward my embrace of the gospel, but only that coming out and letting people in on my inward reality was.
Prior to my self-ejection from that wretched closet, my plan had always been to forever conceal the state of my sexuality from the world. I would try my best to find a girl that I could muster up some attraction for, marry her, and cross my fingers I would be able to have relations with her. And I hoped that the more that I had relations with her, the more that I'd actually start to want to have relations with her and – "poof" – become straight. more >>
WASHINGTON — Speaking to religious conservatives gathered at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, twin brothers Jason and David Benham said losing their house-flipping show on HGTV taught them what it means to be Christ's disciples.
"It is a fun thing to follow Jesus until you find out where He's going, because He's going to a cross and He's asking you to come follow Him; and we got that experience in real life," Jason said Friday a the summit.
The brothers were filming episodes for "Flipping it Forward" in May when HGTV announced they were canceling the show. The decision followed postings from website Right Wing Watch that revealed the Benhams' traditional Christian views on marriage, sexuality and abortion. more >>
WASHINGTON — Alan Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame and a featured speaker at this year's Values Voter Summit, says his family votes for leaders based on their social values, not fiscal policy.
"I vote per my values, what I believe in," said Robertson, the eldest son of Duck Commander company founder Phil Robertson in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday.
A former senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana, Robertson explained that, as conservative Christians, his family tends "to vote more because of our spiritual values than anything else." more >>
WASHINGTON – The Republican Party should not abandon social issues on the campaign trail, conservatives at the Values Voter Summit argued.
Rick Santorum, former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, spoke to a large crowd at the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Friday afternoon.
The former Republican presidential primary candidate told those gathered at the conservative summit that the GOP should not "play defense" on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. more >>
A Florida couple who claim to be devout Christians and lovers of exercise say they are joyfully spreading the love of Christ and the Bible through their unconventional wife-swapping and fitness ministry. The wife says she doesn't believe swinging is wrong, but if it is, she'll find out on judgement day.
Dean, 49, and Cristy Parave, 44, revealed in an interview with Barcroft TV posted to YouTube Thursday that they believe the community of fitness swingers they've created and promote on Facebook is "God's plan."
"I feel like right now this is God's plan," said Cristy to Barcroft TV. "The Bible doesn't talk about swinging, specifically. ... I just feel like, as a married couple, if you agree on something together then it's OK. If it's not, like I said, judgment day, I'll find that out." more >>
Eric Walsh, a Christian public health expert and lay preacher, is accusing Georgia's Department of Public Health of religious discrimination and retaliation after officials there rescinded a job offer because he believes homosexuality is a sin and evolution is a "religion created by Satan."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the case on Tuesday and the Liberty Institute noted in a release that they, along with attorneys at Parks, Chesin & Walbert, had filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Walsh's behalf.
According to the Liberty Institute, Walsh's faith first became an issue earlier this year while he worked as the public health director for the city of Pasadena, California. more >>