As the question "Would you attend a same-sex wedding?" has been thrown at many Republican presidential candidates following June's Supreme Court ruling, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared during Thursday night's Fox News Republican presidential debate that he has, in fact, attended a gay wedding.
When asked by Fox host Megyn Kelly how he would explain his opposition to gay marriage to a hypothetical gay son or lesbian daughter, the former chairman of the House Budget Committee explained that while he believes in traditional marriage, his faith tells him to be loving and accepting to all.
He added that since the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state bans against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, the ruling must be honored, which is a position that he has taken since before the Supreme Court released its decision. more >>
There's a lot we can learn from last week's viral internet accusation that Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong NYC, allowed an openly homosexual couple to participate in and help lead a chuch choir.
The report was posted on Saturday, and by the next day, everywhere I turned, people were asking, "Is this true?" (My ministry team then reached out to Hillsong NYC for clarification.)
Others, not waiting for verification, believed the worst and went on the attack, not just blasting Hillsong in New York City but also across the globe. more >>
In a sometimes contentious presidential debate, Republican candidates took jabs at each other and Democrats, but concluded the night by singing God's praises.
"God has blessed us," Senator Marco Rubio declared. "He's blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can't even find one."
Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly asked the ten GOP candidates on behalf of a submitted question from Chase Norton on Facebook in the second debate, "what has God been saying to them about running for president?" more >>
Two Latin American Presbyterian denominations have decided to sever ties with the largest Presbyterian church in the United States over its recent vote to allow gay marriage. Presbyterian Church (USA) has confirmed that last month the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil and the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church of Peru voted to end their affiliation with the American denomination.
In a statement republished by Presbyterian News Service, the IPIB wrote that issues regarding its affiliation with PC(USA) began in 2011 when the American body passed Amendment 10a, which allowed presbyteries to ordain openly gay clergy.
"After a debate that began in 2011 … our church, that had initially decided to continue in partnership, in this last General Assembly, made the decision to interrupt the official partnership with this beloved church," stated IPIB. more >>
Editor's Note: This is Part 4 in the series, "Rethinking The Way We Reach Gays." Check out the previous articles here: Part 1:Climbing Down From The Self Righteous Pedestal, Part 2:Let's Stop Promising Them God Will Make Them Straight, and Part 3: A Renewed Commitment To Holiness.
Although I don't believe America was ever truly a "Christian" nation, there were days when mainstream culture united around a biblical worldview.
Those who did not authentically trust in Christ at the very least assented intellectually to the truth of the Bible. Most people believed there was one holy, triune God who created the universe. Most people believed in a historical Adam (the first human and father of us all) who sinned against God and through whom we've all inherited a sinful nature. more >>
The Christian Post recently reported that Hillsong's Brian Houston allows unrepentent gays to be church members.
Houston said that all "are welcome to attend, worship, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that they are personally included and accepted within the Hillsong community — but cannot take active leadership roles."
Although I appreciate Brian's heart — we must love and help everyone — if we tell people that they can be members and participate in all aspects of church life even while embracing the homosexual lifestyle, we are sending the wrong message. more >>