Christian cake artist Jack Phillips, who recently was told by the Colorado Court of Appeals that he will not be allowed to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes if he wants to keep running his business, has said that hundreds of gay people have told him they support his religious freedom rights to not make such cakes.
Phillips revealed in an interview with The Daily Signal that while he has been targeted with death threats by some members of the gay community for his stance against baking same-sex marriage cakes, hundreds of others have backed his position.
"The other day a guy from Daytona Beach called and left a message. He said he's gay and he wanted to offer his support, and gave me his phone number to call him back," Phillips said. more >>
How sadly true it is that so much of the American Body of Christ runs on a "starvation diet of community," as Rosaria often phrases it. It's so easy in our busy culture for us to get stuck in the ruts of our life routines and neglect to conform those routines to the image the Bible has pictured for us.
We go to church, our Sunday school class, and maybe a mid-week small group (if our church offers that), and scribble three checkmarks onto our list of Christian must-do's for the week. This is how many of us have grown to view and practice community — oh but what a far cry it is from what God commands of us and wants for us. It may be feasible, though I doubt it, for married believers with families to get by on this starvation diet. But it's not feasible for the single people in our churches. In fact, it's spiritually lethal.
Last week at an Ethics and Religious Liberty conference on gay marriage (Equip Austin), Mike Goeke shared that in his decades of experience in sexual identity ministry, he's found that the majority of same sex attracted people who fall back into their former way of life are propelled in that direction by loneliness — not just mere romantic loneliness, but deep, comprehensive loneliness. more >>
The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers.
Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. more >>
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 >>