I say with lament, not malice, that Julie Rodgers' defection from orthodox sexual ethics has been in the making for some time. For those reading the warning signs along the way, it was not a great shock to read on July 13 that she no longer believed that homosexual relations were wrong. It was less of a surprise to read that, given that change of mind, she had immediately resigned from her job at Wheaton caring for students with same-sex attractions. All the same, these developments were sad occasion for many of us.
For me personally, a discussion of this regrettable step breaks down into two parts: (1) a partial narrative of what I knew about Julie leading up to her resignation; and (2) my response to the defense she gave for her change of mind.
I think that I first became acquainted with Julie Rodgers in the first months before the late-June 2013 Exodus conference, where Julie was to be a plenary speaker on the last day. I read a noteworthy Nov., 2012, post by Julie on the Exodus blog, called Making Room: A Shift toward Compassion. There were missteps in her presentation. Chief among them were her support of Exodus president Alan Chambers' discouragement of SOCE (sexual orientation change efforts); and not addressing the daily necessity of combatting a false sexual narrative (more on that later). more >>
A few days ago I shared a YouTube video with a young father detailing the effects of the gay agenda on children in other countries that are further "down the road" than we are in America. He was utterly shocked as well as sobered, realizing where we are headed.
At the end of this commentary I will give you the YouTube site. I'd like to challenge you to watch the video and realize what is coming, barring a spiritual awakening in our country. After the Supreme Court ruling on homosexual "marriage," we've entered hostile territory and we need to be prepared. And I'm not being a "Debbie Downer" by citing this!
Larry Tomczak is not a pessimist. I am an optimist, but also a realist. I am also not a doomsayer focusing exclusively on negative reports, but neither am I a "Pollyanna" avoiding negative developments so I'll be popular and perceived solely as upbeat and positive while emphasizing the American revival some are seeing that I personally don't (although I fervently pray for it regularly). We have to see church-wide repentance first for our apathy that got us where we are. more >>
I'm sure there are pastors, evangelists, and Christian leaders who have gotten rich off the gospel, but they are few and far between, and the idea that many of us are in the ministry for the sake of money is simply a myth.
Still, almost every day, I'll receive hate mail like this: "Stop lying in order to sell your hate filled book using the media to spew that ugliness within you"; and, "What a disgusting excuse for a human being. You want to lash out & persecute the LGBT community but you sure don't mind making money off of them in your book. The only thing you seem to know about God is that His name is printed on the dollar bill."
Why do people have this notion that people go into ministry to make money? And where do they get the idea that there's a lot of money to be made in writing books for a Christian audience? more >>
Part 1 of this series can be read here.
From my adolescent years of struggling secretly with same sex attraction to my young adult years of unashamedly embracing my same sex desires, the only message I heard from the Church was, "Come to Jesus and he'll make you straight." The churchy-religious culture I grew up in was adamant about the wrongness of homosexuality and obnoxiously insistent that if gays would just turn from their bad "choices" and trust in Jesus, they would become straight.
Little did they know, though, I had already tried all that out. more >>
Current events in the last several weeks in the U.S. and abroad, but especially in our nation, have been dramatic enough for some Christian leaders to warn that a course correction for the Church is needed.
But are there enough pastors and influencers in the community of believers speaking publicly about this apparent accelerated ride toward the irrelevance of Christians in America?
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is speaking in truth and not holding back. Rodriguez, a husband, father, pastor, writer, and someone CNN and Fox named the leader of the Hispanic evangelical movement, lives to "advance the Lamb's agenda" and warn about the country's move away from morality. more >>
Two GOP presidential candidates, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have weighed in on the Boy Scouts of America's vote last week to remove the long-standing ban on gay leaders in troops. While Perry said the ban should have stood, Walker argued the troops should decide for themselves.
"I believe that Scouting would be better off if they didn't have openly gay scoutmasters," Perry, who is an Eagle Scout along with Walker, told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
Earlier in July, the BSA executive committee voted unanimously to remove the blanket ban, but said that individual scout troops will be allowed to set their own policy on whether to allow gay leaders or not. The change in policy will also allow church-sponsored troops to keep the ban, if they wish. more >>