I started writing this column a little over four years ago and from day one the comments section has pretty much been a three-ring circus.
Belittlement, narrow-mindedness, attacks on character, and blame for all the world problems have been shot back and forth like flaming arrows from the bows of angry, fearful, judgmental and stubborn men and women. And no, my Christians brothers and sisters, it hasn't just been the "militant" gays and unbelievers spewing hateful words. Everyone has been involved in the warfare – Christians included.
The incessant hostility eventually got so bad that I disabled the comment section on my website for about six months. Nothing fruitful or beneficial taking place in that space. Conversations weren't being held. Reasoning wasn't taking place. It was just a bunch of empty yelling and screaming into the air. And sadly, the comments section on my website is a pretty accurate representation of the type of dialogue taking place in our broader culture when it comes to the issues of homosexuality and religion. more >>
Editor's Note: Please see my more recent column on my conversation with Pastor Stanley as a result of this column.
I really appreciate Pastor Andy Stanley's call last month for Christians in America to live like real Christians, and I absolutely agree with him that if we do, in just one year's time the nation would be positively affected.
But he was way off in his call for Christians to take one year off from the culture wars, as if the only way we could live like real Christians was to refrain from engaging the culture. Quite the contrary. more >>
The pastor of a Jacksonville, Florida church defended a decision to post a controversial sign outside his church building that reads "Homosexuals must Repent or Go to Hell."
"Our ministry marquee has been used as a tool to educate, inspire, and caution for over 30 years," said Gene Youngblood, the pastor of First Conservative Baptist Church in Mandarin in a press release Saturday. "Our prayer is that in our small way we may make a difference in the lives of all those who pass by."
"It is my sincere prayer that perhaps 'ONE' practicing Homosexual will have read our sign and will REPENT before it is too late and they are cast into HELL. HELL is a real place and anyone not believing in the reality of HELL will not change the temperature of the FLAMES a single degree." more >>
Oregon is expected to join California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in enacting a ban on sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors.
The Oregon Senate voted 21-8 Thursday to pass HB 2307, the so-called "Youth Mental Health Protection Act" and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign it into law.
Over the past couple years, efforts across the nation have been made at the state level to ban conversion therapy, which is also called reparative therapy or sexual orientation change efforts therapy. more >>
Mike Huckabee was a Southern Baptist minister before entering the politics and running for president in 2008. Now, he is running again and clinging to his conservative values to help him win the coveted office. Here are six facts about his faith that readers should know.
1. He is a staunch defender of Christian values and traditional marriage.
"This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue," Huckabee said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" in February 2015. "And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, 'OK, I'm just going to evolve.' It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that — I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage across America or allow states to continue to make their own decisions will "rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century." He argued that it could pave the way for "persecution of believers," and said he would be praying for the nine Supreme Court justices.
"This is a pivotal moment in the history of America. As nine U.S. Supreme Court justices consider arguments brought before the court on April 28 about whether to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right, we need to pray fervently for the wisdom and counsel of God to work its way into the hearts and minds of those making this momentous decision," Graham said in a message on Facebook Saturday.
"The impending decision will rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century. If our nation's highest court decrees same-sex marriage as the law of the land, the consequences will be great. It sets the stage for persecution of believers committed to living by the truth of God's Holy Word. " more >>