Two congregations in North Carolina were struck by vandals who've cost the churches tens of thousands of dollars in damage from shattered windows in the children's nursery and spray-painted messages of "one way ticket to hell" and "God loves fags He hates you," on entrance doors to the sanctuary.
Earlier this month Bales Wesleyan Church of Jamestown and Grace Baptist Church of Greensboro, both located in Guilford County, were the victims of vandalism.
Grace Baptist had phrases like "Gay OK" and "God Loves Gays" spray-painted on the grounds, and the building egged and covered with toilet paper. Bales Wesleyan sustained similar damage. more >>
Efforts to ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors at the state level have experienced mixed results following President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of banning the controversial practice.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration declared its support for banning SOCE therapy for homosexual and transgender minors.
Immediately after the administration's declaration, Colorado's legislature killed a bill aimed at bringing a ban to the state. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because "marriage was God's idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us."
"We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation's understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?" asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News.
"Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front," said Cruz. more >>
What God Doesn't Command:
Like most of the gay community, I used to equate becoming a Christian with becoming straight. From my perspective, based on everything that I'd heard from the church, to follow Jesus was to pray the gay away, snatch up a wife, pop out a few kids and live a quaint Republican life in the land of suburbia.
But I'd tried that for years – the whole pray the gay away thing – and to no avail. In high school I went through a church-going spurt. Every Wednesday night I'd walk into that sanctuary and close my eyes and raise my hands and get swept up into an emotional experience, guided by the soft music and dimming lights. Prayers for straightness shot straight from my heart up to the God I believed to be all-powerful. Week after week, I sung and wept and prayed. more >>
A 44-year-old vice-president at Catholic Relief Services who's in a same-sex "marriage," was elevated to an executive position in the same month he was married, a Christian research and education organization has revealed.
Rick Atlee Estridge Jr., the vice president for overseas finance, entered into a same-sex marriage with William Daniel Goretsas Jr. on April 4, 2013, according to public records obtained from the Clerk of Circuit Court for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, the Lepanto Institute said Monday.
The institute also found that Estridge was elevated to the vice president executive position in the same month he was "married," as revealed by his LinkedIn page, which has now been taken down along with his Facebook profile. more >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments next Tuesday on whether states will continue to be free to define marriage for their own citizens, a number of amicus briefs have been filed arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a fundamental right to same-sex marriage.
Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Ryan Anderson and prominent attorney and constitutional law expert Gene Schaerr recently co-authored their own amicus brief that asserts that the U.S. Constitution does not require states to redefine marriage to allow for two individuals of the same gender to get married.
Speaking at a Heritage Foundation discussion on Monday, Anderson and Schaerr, a former associate counsel to President George H.W. Bush, explained their brief in detail and offered more reasons as to why the Supreme Court should not force a decision in favor of same-sex marriage on all 50 states to uphold as law. more >>