Editor's note: The Christian Post has arranged with noted evangelical Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, an expert on and friend of The Catholic Church, to provide exclusive and rare coverage of the World Synod of the Catholic Church scheduled for October 3-24.
This Vatican Synod is generating great interest among Catholics and Evangelicals alike as Pope Francis continues to make overtures for increased cooperation with Evangelicals to protect religious freedom in a world of increased persecution of Christians.
Schirrmacher is president of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights und Ambassador for Human Rights and executive chair of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, the largest evangelical association in the world. more >>
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asking for accommodations for religious freedom on marriage is not enough and is likely to fail, says Southern Evangelical Seminary professor Frank Turek.
At the Southern Evangelical Seminary's annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Turek hosted a panel discussion on marriage titled "What Do We Do Now?" in which he asserted that Christians and supporters of traditional marriage have to make broader arguments about its benefits to society and family.
"We can't let it all just be about religious liberty, because if we don't make the arguments that we are arguing for the good of all society and just say, 'give us our religious freedom,' they are going to say, 'just give you religious freedom to be bigots? No thank you," Turek declared. more >>
I've been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not "the law of the land," and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Court's decision. Make no mistake about it: This is really big news.more >>
PLANO, Texas — Six Republican presidential candidates vying for the Evangelical vote to become the party's nominee for the 2016 general election spoke about the challenges facing the nation and why they're the most qualified person to lead the country during the four-hour North Texas Presidential Forum on Sunday.
While candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties were invited to speak at the forum, which was hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church, it was Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Govs. Mick Huckabee and Jeb Bush, and Dr. Ben Carson who accepted the challenge.
Religious freedom, Islamic State terrorism, abortion, education and the economy were among the top issues discussed by the candidates, who were given around 10 minutes for opening remarks followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Prestonwood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham before an audience of 7,000 people. more >>
A Roman Catholic archbishop based in New Jersey has stated that those involved in marriages not recognized by the Church cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, released a statement earlier this week saying that "Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments."
"Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments," stated Myers. more >>
A Tennessee church has barred the Boy Scouts of America from meeting on its property after the organization lifted its ban on openly gay scout leaders earlier this year.
An official with the BSA told USA Today that North Boulevard Church of Christ in Rutherford, which sponsored Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, has given the units time to find a new meeting location since the organization has changed it policies.
"We are trying to find new sponsors that would be willing to sponsor their units," said Larry Brown, a Boy Scout executive, to USA Today earlier this week. "We have right at 600 churches and other groups like civic clubs that are charter partners with us. We have three out of 600 that have decided to leave." more >>