A three-judge panel at the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld two previous rulings on Thursday that found Christian cake artist Jack Phillips guilty of discrimination against a same-sex couple because he refused to make a cake for their wedding. The court ruled that Phillips cannot use his religious beliefs or free-speech rights to refuse to make such cakes.
"I think the ruling means that some Colorado citizens have a First Amendment right to believe what they want and to act on those beliefs — such as Lé Bakery Sensual of Denver or Azucar Bakery. As long as you hold the right view on same-sex marriage, you can act on your conscience," said Nicolle Martin, Phillips' lead attorney.
"But for people like Jack Phillips, you are not entitled to those beliefs." more >>
A Tennessee academic institution has left the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities over the organization's handling of two member schools that recently approved the hiring of employees involved in same-sex relationships.
Union University, a Christian school located in Jackson, which had been a member of the CCCU since 1991, recently opted to sever its relation with the organization.
A spokesman for the university provided The Christian Post with a press release that included a letter sent earlier this month to CCCU leadership by President Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver. more >>
Two bills have been introduced for the next Florida legislative session that would protect churches who refuse to perform gay weddings from potential legal action.
Filed earlier this week and scheduled to be considered during the 2016 session, the identical Senate Bill 110 and House Bill 43 offer legal protection for any church or ministry who refuses to perform a same-sex wedding.
"A church or religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or religious organization, an individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment, or a clergy member or minister may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage if such an action would cause the church, organization, or individual to violate a sincerely held religious belief," read the bills' text. more >>
For many young adults a few generations ago, the path to marriage was as straight as Cupid's arrow: Guy meets girl, guy and girl date exclusively, guy and girl get married. However, many of today's young adults are taking a much more roundabout path down the aisle — if they even make the trip at all — and there's something wrong with that, says the new straight-talking guide on relationships, The Dating Manifesto.
In her debut title released in August, Lisa Anderson, director of young adults for Focus on the Family and host of the national radio program "The Boundless Show," debunks popular notions like "not settling" and waiting for "The One," as well as the fantasies portrayed in Hollywood — all of which she says have blurred the path to marriage for many young adults. She teaches singles how to circumvent these stumbling blocks and pursue marriage with purpose.
"A few generations ago, marriage was so normative," Anderson told The Christian Post. In fact, in 1960, 72 percent of all adults ages18 and older were married, according to a Pew Research study. By 2010, however, that figure had dropped to 51 percent. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, has said in a message to his supporters that although many Christian leaders often disappear when they fall from grace, he believes the Gospel message allows him to be seen at his "most embarrassing worst."
"What typically happens when a Christian leader falls is that they disappear and only reappear when they're strong and shiny again. No one ever sees them in their broken and weakened condition. When we do this, we send the message that Christianity is only for good and strong and clean people," Tchividjian said in a Facebook post.
"But believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. It is, rather, good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. The message of the Christian faith is that because Jesus was strong for us we are free to be weak," he added. more >>
A new book, which is landing in bookstores today, warns that we are headed for a new Dark Ages. "Persecution [is] coming to the church soon," the author warns. "It's going to happen as a result of conflicts over sex." He predicts that "the break in the wall is the tax exemption" churches now enjoy. If churches refuse to "marry" homosexual couples, they will lose their exemption.
Who is the author of these predictions? None other than Chuck Colson, who went home to the Lord more than three years ago. That's three years before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex "marriage" — something biologically impossible, by the way.
The book is titled My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues that Matter Most. It's a collection of never-before published memos that Chuck sent to his writing staff, reporters, even presidential candidates who wanted his advice. And as the examples I just cited illustrates, Chuck's writings are incredibly prophetic. more >>