A new poll reveals that a majority of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want the denomination to end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.
A poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, on behalf of utahpolicy.com, shows that 63 percent of self-described "very active" Mormons want the Mormon Church to cut ties with the BSA following the renowned youth organization's recent decision to allow openly gay individuals to become Scout leaders.
The poll also found overall that 54 percent of Utahans support a severing of ties, as well as a smaller majority of "somewhat active" Mormons support disassociation. more >>
Editor's Note: This is part 5 in the series, "Rethinking The Way We Reach Gays." You can read the previous articles in the series here: Part 1: Climbing Down From The Self Righteous Pedestal, Part 2: Let's Stop Promising Them God Will Make Them Straight, Part 3: A Renewed Commitment To Holiness, Part 4: "Because The Bible Says So" Isn't Going To Satisfy Skeptics.
Before I put in my two cents concerning the rich blessing God has given us in Christian community, I want to share a couple of thoughts from two of the greatest minds to have blessed the Church in the last century.
"Loyal fellowship of believers is not an 'add on' to good doctrine. Fellowship of believers is often the vein through which the Savior's blood pumps us whole and well." — Rosaria Butterfield more >>
As widely reported last week, Michael Sam, heralded last year as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has stepped away from professional football for now, citing concerns about his "mental health."
(At the time of the announcement, he was playing for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.)
This would be a great time to pray for this young man, another sinner for whom Jesus died, another lost soul in need of redemption, another human being created in God's image and in need of the Savior. more >>
A Kentucky pastor was stripped of his right to minister to youth while using the Bible at a Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green earlier this year after he refused to sign a new policy that would prohibit him from referring to homosexuality as sinful.
The pastor, David Wells of Pleasant View Baptist Church in McQuady, has helped sexually abused youth at Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center for 12 years, and is being represented by the Liberty Council, a Christian law firm that's filing a lawsuit against the state on his behalf for refusing to reinstate him.
"They have not accommodated him and they're clearly trying to restrict a particular viewpoint," said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Council to The Christian Post on Thursday." more >>
A Kentucky state employee has maintained her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recently issued court order mandating that her office do so.
Kim Davis of Rowan County has declined to follow a court order issued Wednesday by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
"The Court must … point out that the act of issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple merely signifies that the couple has met the legal requirements to marry. It is not a sign of moral or religious approval," read the order. more >>
I discovered a surprising silver lining to the recent controversy over Bishop T. D. Jakes' "evolved and evolving" comments about homosexuality, beginning with his unequivocal reiteration of his view "that marriage is ordained by God as a union between a man and a woman" and "that all sex outside of that sacred union is sin and that would include but is not limited to, homosexuality."
As one who had asked him publicly and privately for clarification, I want to thank him publicly, just as I thanked his representative who texted me his statement privately.
But that's not the surprising part of the story. more >>