A recently opened mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, that welcomed openly gay residents and allowed women to lead prayers, was criticized by the local Muslim community and subsequently shut down by the government, reportedly for violating city bylaws regarding parking spaces.
Taj Hargey, a Muslim academic and founder of The Open Mosque, lashed out against the city's order, however, saying it has more to do with controlling the freedom of religion.
The head of The Episcopal Church has announced that she will not seek re-election, ending speculation as to whether or not the mainline denomination will have a change in leadership.
The Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori announced Tuesday that she will not seek a second nine year term as Presiding Bishop.
The number of legally married same-sex couples has increased considerably over the span of a year, but they remain a very small minority compared to opposite-sex married couples.
In a report from the U.S. Census, the number of legally married same-sex couple households increased from approximately 182,000 in 2012 to approximately 252,000 in 2013.
The pictures are dark and ominous, the charges chilling: "There exists a network of extremists . . . [who] spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science."
Just who are these evil people and what are they doing?
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest gay activist organization, this "network" consists of American, conservative Christian leaders "who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn." more >>
In the latest of its #TVCStories series of testimonies from church members, The Village Church's Cymone Lonon recounts her same-sex relationship and the emptiness she felt being away from the church.
Beginning with a prayer, Lonon thanked Jesus for "loving her more than she ever could or ever would." She recounts the examples of relationships within her family, which were not strong nor a good example of unfailing love. "My whole life I watched my grandparents sleep in separate rooms," Lonon shared on the church's website. "My father cheated on my mother and left our family before I was born. My aunt fled her abusive husband. At the mere age of 18, my brother felt he was doing the right thing by marrying the mother of his child, only to find out his now ex-wife was pregnant with another man's child three months after their wedding."
Lonon states that she never knew true love, and accepted what she thought it was, based on the first person who gave it to her, which happened to be a woman. She says she exchanged the truth of God's word for lies, and loved the creature rather than the creator. Lonon began to distance herself from her friends and family as she sunk deeper in with the young woman she was dating. more >>
(You all know how much I don't like the term "Ex-Gay", but for the sake of not having a super long title, and since it's the most recognized term for people like me, I've chosen to use it here. Please don't assume that by using that term I mean that I have ceased to experience same sex attraction or have experienced any kind of sexual "re-orientation.")
With the ever quickening shift of our culture away from a moral/biblical view toward sexuality, I think there is a very real temptation for some Christians, especially in the American Church, to shift alongside the culture and adopt a different (unbiblical) view of sexuality…or just to sit back and remain silent about it. And I don't think my concern is unwarranted, because it's already happening. I'm not going to call out any names, ministries, or church denominations in this blog—-I don't wish to give them any more publicity than they have already attained.
What I do want to do with this blog is urge every Christian that stumbles upon it not to compromise the gospel for the sake of social acceptance—or for the sake of anything else for that matter. Do not listen to the voices out there demanding your silence in the name of what they call "tolerance." Do not reject, or even subtly neglect, the truths in the Bible–such as truths about the sin of homosexual behavior–just because they are hard for the world to hear and accept. Don't listen to the professing "Christians" telling you the Church has misinterpreted the Scriptures for 2,000 years and that the Bible really does not condemn homosexual behavior. And please, do not throw out the truth of God because you hear of gay kids being bullied or committing suicide—these stories are horrifyingly sad—but the condemn-able sins of the bullies do not make homosexual behavior any less of a sin. We should all (regardless of religious affiliation) be deeply troubled about kids being bullied for being gay (or weird, quirky, ugly, etc. for that matter) and do all we can to combat it, but denying the revealed truth about God regarding homosexuality cannot be an option for the Christian. more >>