A group of conservative Anglican leaders are reportedly meeting in London to discuss forming a "parallel" church that they feel would be more true to Anglican principles on positions like women bishops and gay marriage.
The Independent reported that The Church of England is "at risk of an unprecedented schism" in light of the proposal by the Global Anglican Futures Conference, which seeks to counter what conservatives find is a liberal approach to social issues by the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In 2014 the Church of England broke from centuries of tradition when it voted in approval to allow women to become bishops, which was celebrated by top Anglican leaders. In January 2015, the Rev. Libby Lane was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport, becoming the first-ever female to hold such a high position within the Church. more >>
Same-sex marriage supporters ignore biology and disrespect the human body, Nancy Pearcey argued in an interview with The Christian Post about her new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes.
Finding Truth uses Romans 1 to develop five principles that Christians can use to understand ideas that are antithetical to the Christian faith and articulate a response to those ideas. Those principles are: 1. Identify the idol. 2. Identify the idol's reductionism. 3. Test the idol: Does it contradict what we know about the world? 4. Test the idol: Does it contradict itself? 5. Replace the idol: Make the case for Christianity.
Each of the book's core chapters teaches how to use each principle. The back of the book contains a study guide to further help readers, or small groups, learn to use the principles. more >>
A Louisiana bill seeks to balance gay marriage with the religious freedom of those who oppose it.
The "Marriage and Conscience Act," sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, would prevent the state from punishing people for actions they take regarding marriage due to their religious or moral convictions.
The core section of the law states: "Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, this state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage." more >>
Actress Susan Sarandon's nephew made headlines on Sunday when responding to a teacher's rehiring at a Catholic school in New Jersey after she was dismissed in March for posting a comment on Facebook that some perceived as anti-gay.
Scott Lyons, an alumnus, was upset by the comments and wrote a response to teacher Patricia Jannuzzi, which Sarandon then reposted on her Facebook page. He also wrote a new response on his personal account addressing the rehiring.
"Immaculata High School is sending a strong message by reinstating a teacher who publicly and repeatedly revealed blatant intolerance for the LGBT community," he posted on Sunday. "School leadership has essentially declared that though her 'tone' wasn't acceptable her sentiment, in fact, was. I only hope that the parents of the current and prospective students take this into account when considering the kind of educational environment they are exposing their children to. The bible should not be used as a weapon to attack, discriminate or alienate anyone based on who they choose to love. And anyone who does so in the name of their religion is using it wrong." more >>
A leader in the field of sexual orientation change efforts therapy has denounced the therapy's negative portrayal following the Obama Administration's support for banning the practice. Obama supports the right to an abortion for minors, but would deny them therapies to help with same-sex attraction if they want it, he pointed out.
Last week, President Barack Obama came out in support of bans on conversion therapy for gay and transgender youths.
David Pruden, executive director of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, provided The Christian Post with comments denouncing what he called "misleading" descriptions of conversion therapy. more >>
Yesterday I became aware of President Obama's push to ban gay conversion therapy for minors. Not long after reading Obama's remarks, my social media newsfeeds began to fill with more support for this ban from Alan Chambers, the former president of Exodus International. Both of these men have repeatedly expressed their approval of same sex behavior and unions and are very vocal with their opinions that everyone else should join them in their approval, or be guilty of discriminatory hatred.
But I'm not here to write about Barack Obama or Alan Chambers. They've got enough haters. Please just join me in praying for them both regularly.
To be honest, my personal opinion regarding gay conversion therapy isn't all that positive. I understand that these conversion therapists use some biblical principles in their counseling, and therefore I don't think it's entirely a negative thing. There are much worse things that people are out there doing in the name of Christ, for sure. But it's my belief that the worst thing a same-sex attracted Christian can do is over focus on their same-sex attraction. And let's just be real – when someone is partaking in therapeutic exercises in order to rid themselves of same-sex desires, they're going to over focus on their same-sex desires. Transformation doesn't come by overanalyzing our sin to death, but by beholding the beauty of Jesus and being conformed to his likeness. Putting a big fat magnifying glass over our sin week after week doesn't bring freedom or transformation, but only prolonged enslavement and spiritual narcissism. more >>