Illinois approved a bill that prevents minors from receiving sexual orientation change efforts therapy from their therapists even if they want it.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 217 into law Thursday afternoon without an official statement provided, along with a host of other bills on different issues.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national organization that supports bans on conversion therapy for minors, hailed the signing of the bill into law. more >>
A Tennessee pastor who was accused of saying that "liberal society" was to blame "for banning the stoning of LGBT people" during a sermon on TV, first by Raw Story then by other media, says he does not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.
A review by this reporter of the video (VIEW BELOW) used to support the idea by some media that he condones stoning homosexuals never shows the pastor inferring such a belief and his comments were in reference to Old Testament history.
"From the outset, please understand that I do not believe Christians should stone homosexuals," said Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee, in a statement sent by email. "I did not teach this in any of my sermons. This idea would be directly opposed to the teaching of Christ and the spirit of love in the New Testament (John 3:16: Mt. 5:21). more >>
A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA.
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 >>