Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is responding to rumors claiming that he believes God uses floods and other natural disasters to punish gay people, saying that while he doesn't know what is behind calamities, he continues to put his faith in God.
"Deceptive claims are being circulated on the internet that put words in my mouth about God's role in natural disasters and what causes them. Those claims are inaccurate. What I have said, which I repeated yesterday in a sermon at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, is that I don't know what was behind this flood or any other natural disaster," Perkins said in a statement posted on FRC's website on Tuesday.
"However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe the Bible, which makes clear that God is sovereign over the elements of nature and can and does use them for His purposes," he added. more >>
In a live, interactive event on Tuesday, former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and television and film actor and producer Kirk Cameron urged Christians to exercise their right to vote, warning that "when you don't vote, you're voting."
Many Americans feel we are on the wrong track as a nation, and that we are giving away our values and principles, the retired neurosurgeon said at the beginning of the tele-forum event, live from Carson's living room.
About 25 million people of faith didn't vote last time who could have voted, Carson said. "Our future is in our own hands," and also that of our children and grandchildren. "We have to stand up for what we believe." more >>
After the highly-anticipated remake of "Ben-Hur" fell behind the top-five earners at the box office last weekend, actress Roma Downey, one of the film's producers, said she felt drained and was seeking God for support amid the disappointment.
"Fill me up Lord, I am on empty!" Downey wrote on Facebook Monday night along with the the hashtags "give me strength, praying, more of you less of me, and I love you Lord."
"Ben-Hur" was executive produced by Mark Burnett and Downey, who often refer to themselves as "the noisiest Christians in Hollywood." While it's not clear if the film's modest opening is the cause of Downey's feelings of emptiness, it's no secret that she and her husband put their hearts and souls into "Ben-Hur" and sharing its message of forgiveness. more >>
Controversial Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll believes that polygamy might soon become legalized in America and that gender fluidity and neutrality will likely be the cause.
"My belief is that it is entirely possible, if not probable, that you will see polygamy legalized in our lifetime as you now have people who are more gender fluid — they're not ascribing to one particular gender or sexuality," the pastor tells viewers of his video blog posted on Monday.
Driscoll asks, "What is our definition of marriage culturally? It doesn't seem like we have one, and the result is it's open for discussion and debate. ... The argument will be made that this [polygamy] allows people to express the fullness of their gender identity and their sexual orientation and preferences. Some will also argue it will reduce the number of divorces … it will help stabilize the family … " more >>
The Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, the married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, who argues that single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming," says she doesn't interpret the Bible as God's infallible Word.
"I profess Jesus as the Word of God, and the Bible as a witness to His life, ministry, death and resurrection. Which is to say that I take it seriously as a living witness, but also as a historic document written in a particular time and place," McCleneghan said in a Q&A via email with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
McCleneghan, who is advocating that single Christians can have sex in moderation in her new book, Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option — And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex, also responded to criticism from CP readers about the subject of her book. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has said that while it's probable the practice of polygamy, or individuals being married to multiple people, could be legalized in America within the next few decades, God's plan for people in the Bible speaks out against it.
Driscoll explored the Bible's position on polygamy in order to answer a reader's question on his weekly newsletter video, and said that although several people mentioned in the Bible take several wives, that does not mean the practice is part of God's original design.
The pastor, who faced controversy during his time as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, before resigning in 2014, noted that there are some traditions in America, such as fragments of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which still do practice polygamy, even if it is more private and concealed. more >>