This is the first of three parts of an investigative series into reparative/conversion therapy.
As states consider banning reparative/conversion therapy, more questions are being asked about what exactly this practice is and what it involves. The Christian Post spoke with Chris Doyle, a psychotherapist and the director of the International Healing Foundation, who was able to explain what reparative/conversion therapy is and whether or not it's biblically based.
CP previously spoke with self-described former homosexual McKrae Game, who now leads a successful ministry geared toward those struggling with same-sex attraction. Game offered his testimony and experience that led to his being married to a woman and having two children. more >>
Intolerance. Hatred. Bigotry. Oppression. Violation of human rights. Religious extremism. Evil.
These are words that I see used by Americans, both gay and straight, to describe the Church's stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see fill my email inbox describing my character because of my biblical stance on sexuality, everyday. These are words that I see the Western LGBT community hang like a banner over all things associated with the person and teaching of Jesus Christ, every day.
I know that a lot of LGBT people who don't hold anywhere near to my beliefs, for some reason or another, still read my blog. If that's you, I'm glad you're here. I'm glad that you, for some reason or another, still bounce on over to moorematt.org every once in a while and skim over content that you know you're going to disagree with. Truly, I'm thankful. Because I personally think you're here by divine appointment. I think you're here and you keep coming here because the Lord loves you deeply and is patiently and continuously exposing you to the hope that He has for you in His Son, Jesus Christ. more >>
"The greatness of Christianity did not arise from attempts to make compromises with those philosophical opinions of the ancient world which had some resemblance to its own doctrine, but from the unrelenting and fanatical proclamation and defense of its own teaching." - ADOLF HITLER Mein Kampf
The Saturday headline in our statewide Tennessean newspaper heralded, "Church Backs Gay Marriage." This story is causing quite a stir.
Reading the article, the reader gains the impression that this development is simply part of the "larger transformation that's been happening in the U.S." "Younger Christians increasingly accept lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and find themselves at odds with churches that don't." A lady was quoted, "We thought we'd never find a church that's loving and progressive in the Southeast." more >>
Kelvin Cochran, the Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired last month for sharing his Christian beliefs in a self-published book and then giving copies to employees, said during a recent sermon that he believes God will vindicate him.
"I found out there are worldly consequences for standing for righteousness, but what God is about to show everybody is that there are also kingdom consequences for standing for righteousness," Cochran reportedly told congregants at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia, on Jan. 25. "And he's going to vindicate me in such a way that everybody will see it and everybody will know that it's nobody but the most high God who is vindicating me."
The married father of three likened his ordeal, which he described as "God-induced suffering," to that of biblical figures such as Job and Jesus Christ. more >>
Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday and now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, will have to pay the sapphic couple. Whether or not they pay the maximum $150,000 fine will be determined at a hearing on March 10 BOLI spokesman, Charlie Burr, told USA Today.
Laurel Bowman alleged in January 2013 that Sweet Cakes refused to sell her and her fiancée a cake for their upcoming wedding and that Aaron Klein called their relationship an "abomination unto the Lord." more >>
In what will prove to be a momentous year for marriage, the U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of cases involving marital status in four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) and will judge whether the citizens of these states and all others have the authority to maintain the traditional meaning of marriage or be forced to accept novel, alternative versions of the institution.
The ruling, expected to be rendered by late June, has the potential to dramatically alter marriage as we know it (and have known it for thousands of years). At stake in the matter is whether individual states and their citizenry have any say-so in determining what kinds of relationships they must certify as valid marriages.
A vast majority of states, 30 in total, have state constitutional provisions that acknowledge time-honored parameters of marriage and succinctly define it as a union between one man and one woman. The upcoming decision by the Supreme Court will inform whether states will be allowed to retain this historical understanding of marriage. more >>