Religion News Service's Lauren Markoe authored a story yesterday on the Presbyterian Church (USA) decision to permit same-sex marriages and how, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a majority of Mainline Protestants now support the practice.
At the same time, the article notes that the majority of church-affiliated Americans belong to denominations that forbid gay marriage, including Roman Catholics, most Baptists, Pentecostals, evangelicals and Mormons. Markoe also reports that Mainline Protestants have lost ground in recent decades to other denominations and to independent churches.
Accompanying the article is a denominational chart of same-sex marriage support, with some interesting inclusions – and omissions. Taken together, the missing churches constitute tens of millions of members – a significant slice of the U.S. religious pie – all on record opposing redefinition of marriage. Meanwhile, all denominations nationally and globally that support same-sex marriage are in a state of decline. more >>
Chances are the above three individuals will all read this commentary are probably slim to none. Possibly Dr. Ben Carson, soon to be Republican presidential candidate, might get a hold of this article. Let's take our chances and give it a shot.
First, let's address Ellen DeGeneres in a kind and yet forthright way. The reader may recall that over a month ago she directly spoke to me on her national talk show. Taking issue with a commentary I wrote dealing with the avalanche of gay propaganda on TV, she specifically said, "I don't have an agenda! The only thing I'm trying to influence people to do is to be more kind and compassionate to one another."
I recorded an open video response to Ellen and broadcast it for tens of thousands to see. Ellen watched it probably 100 times and subsequently repented and yielded her life to Jesus Christ and is now enrolled in a Bible school (Just kidding! Gotcha' with a little comic relief and an early April Fool's joke). more >>
The Liberty Institute is accusing the U.S. Navy of violating federal law when it refused to grant religious accommodation to Navy chaplain, Wes Modder, who is facing potential discharge after complaints were filed over him voicing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during counseling sessions with sailors.
After the commander of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Capt. Jon R. Fahs, sent a Feb. 17 memo to Navy Personnel Command suggesting that Modder be relieved of his duties, removed from the Navy promotion list, and possibly discharged, Modder and his attorneys at the Liberty Institute filed a request asking the Navy to grant Modder religious accommodation during his counseling sessions.
However, the request was denied on Tuesday in a letter sent by Fahs, which rejected the claim that Modder was being targeted because of his religious expression. more >>
A Massachusetts Christian academic institute under fire for maintaining a policy for students and faculty that only allows for sex within heterosexual marriage has reaffirmed its stance.
Gordon College, a Christian school located in Wenham, announced earlier this week that it's maintaining its conduct policy barring sex outside of marriage, including adultery and homosexuality.
Administrators at the college also announced Monday that they will form a task force called "Life Together" that will aim to work on human sexuality issues in the campus community. more >>
For any church to function, it needs to have a certain level of basic doctrinal and moral standards (especially for ordained clergy and others in leadership), some clear policies followed with some degree of consistency, and a culture in which members can trust that those set aside for ordained pastoral leadership will have enough integrity to be men and women who keep their own word.
Yet now a wealthy unofficial caucus group is actually offering to pay United Methodist clergy who break their ordination vows.
My denomination's rulebook, the Book of Discipline, rather explicitly requires ordained United Methodist clergy to commit to a Christian lifestyle of abstaining from sexual relations outside of monogamous, man-woman marriage, and requires that no one gets fully ordained until they have vowed before God and the church that they personally believe, "[a]fter full examination" that the UMC's official doctrines "are in harmony with the Holy Scriptures," that they personally "approve" of our denomination's rules, and that they will "support and maintain" these rules. As readers are well aware by now, these UMC rules they vow to "support and maintain" include clear bans on "ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions." more >>
The American Family Association, a Christian activist organization, has started a boycott against Planet Fitness gyms because of its "all-inclusive" policy that allows self-reporting transgenders to use locker and shower rooms designated for the opposite sex.
The AFA launched a movement on Tuesday calling on members of Planet Fitness, which has over 900 locations nationwide, to drop their gym memberships and email or call the CEO, Chris Rondeau, to inform him that the company's "all-inclusive" transgender locker room policy puts women and girls in danger.
Randy Sharp, AFA's director of special projects, appeared on Bryan Fischer's "Focal Point" show on American Family Radio to discuss the boycott. He said it's important that franchise owners feel the financial impact of enforcing such a "bad policy." more >>