WASHINGTON — Billy Graham's daughter, renowned evangelist and author Anne Graham Lotz, told a gathering of pastors on Thursday that the United States has entered the "last stage" of the "downward spiral" into the bottomless chasm that is God's judgement.
Lotz, the founder of AnGeL Ministries, the new chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer and the author of the new book, The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations, was a featured speaker at the Family Research Council's 2016 "Watchmen on the Wall" conference.
During her 25-minute speech on the "urgency to reach the lost," Lotz warned that God is abandoning America because the country has embraced sexual immorality and entered into an era of "sexual depravity." more >>
Regional bodies of the United Methodist Church do not believe they are violating denominational rules on ordination by no longer questioning clergy candidates on matters of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As part of the divisive debate over homosexuality within the UMC, some regional bodies, or Annual Conferences, have had their Boards of Ordained Ministry waive the consideration of a clergy candidate's sexual orientation.
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer has responded to the news that Canada might be considering two-year prison terms for speech deemed as being anti-transgender by stating that the "gay gestapo" is on a "mission from the dark lord."
"The gay gestapo is on a mission from the dark lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy," said Fischer, who hosts "Focal Point" on American Family Radio.
"Now the deviancy cabal intends to send preachers who speak the truth about transgenderism and transvestitism to jail for two years," he added. more >>
LGBT activists are calling on the city of Dallas to sever a partnership with prominent Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress and First Baptist Dallas after he asserted last Monday that businesses that oppose religious freedom bills are a greater "threat" than the Islamic State.
Jeffress, the senior pastor at the 12,000-member megachurch, was a guest on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch radio program on May 16 to discuss the Obama administration's recent order that public and Christian schools give students access to go into bathrooms for the opposite-sex if they identify as transgender.
During the interview, Jeffress asserted that IS [also known as ISIS or ISIL] is not the "the greatest threat to freedom of religion in America." more >>
WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue.
"Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone completely insane," said Yusuf, an American Sunni Muslim scholar. more >>
WASHINGTON — The poor, the dying and the orphaned are hurt the most when governments infringe upon the religious liberties of churches and other faith-based institutions, Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson and other religious freedom experts explained Monday night.
In a panel discussion organized by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Anderson, an author and Heritage Foundation senior research fellow, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner and Washington University law professor John Inazu discussed the ways in which religious freedom promotes human flourishing.
During the panel, the participants were asked to explain the societal harms that arise when governments try to impose ideological standards and restrict religious liberty to simply freedom of worship. more >>