The Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape in Missouri has shared his "deep concern" over a church-affiliated hospital's decision to extend benefits to married gay couples. Bishop James V. Johnston also says that those who defend the traditional teaching of marriage are not "hateful bigots."
"I was not consulted or informed by Mercy Hospital Springfield of its decision to provide same-sex couples marriage benefits. I am deeply concerned. By this decision, Mercy Hospital Springfield calls into question its identity as a Catholic Christian institution," Johnston wrote in a statement to News-Leader.
In the same statement, he says that pastors and leaders who defend marriage as an institution between one man and one woman are sometimes called "hateful bigots" for their position by people who claim to support tolerance. more >>
This is the first part in an investigative series into reparative/conversion therapy and same-sex attraction.
TLC's "My Husband's Not Gay" special has caused a great deal of reaction and raised questions about homosexuality and same-sex attraction. McKrae Game, a self-described former homosexual, spoke with The Christian Post about his own experience with the gay lifestyle and working with others wanting to leave that life for a more meaningful relationship with God.
The special featured four Mormon men, three of whom are married, that struggle with same-sex attraction but do not identify as homosexual. It was met with a great deal of criticism and requests to TLC not to air the show. GLAAD deemed it "dangerous" and a man, known as a Gay Christian, started an online petition that received over 120,000 signatures, asking the channel to cancel the program. However, TLC stood by its decision and aired the show, raising questions about same-sex attraction and relationships within the Mormon Church and Christianity. more >>
"What if I'm wrong?" recalled Rev. Danny Cortez to over 1700 people gathered in Portland, Oregon for the annual Gay Christian Network Conference (GCN), January 9th. Remembering a time where he was conflicted about Christian teaching and homosexuality, Cortez said, "Then I realized maybe I no longer believe the things I use to believe. I think I no longer believe my traditional understanding of Scripture. And I thought oh dear God, did I just become liberal?"
Cortez is the pastor of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California. Dubbed a "third way" church, Cortez and his congregation declare same-sex unions can be blessed by God. This unorthodox stance on marriage and sexuality landed Cortez and New Heart Community Church's membership within the Southern Baptist Convention at odds, and ultimately, lead to the church's dismissal in 2014.
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"I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish — in their pews, homes and hearts."
So says an influential New York Times journalist.
In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." more >>
World famous evangelist Nick Vujicic says people who have sex outside of marriage often do so to fill an empty void which can be filled by developing a solid relationship with Jesus.
The 32-year-old Christian motivational speaker, widely known as the "limbless evangelist," opens up about imperfect love and his marriage to his wife of nearly three years Kanae in their book Love With Limbs: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All.
While he admits that "we're not experts on marriage," the couple offers common sense advice (from a biblical perspective) on everything from abstinence to family planning while sharing a very personal account of their own inspiring journey through love. more >>
XXXChurch.com founder Craig Gross said Christians should be having better sex and is determined to help them improve their sexual relationships with a new Bible-based video series.
Gross has partnered with Dave Willis, a pastor and founder of StrongerMarriages.org, to produce the video study "Best Sex Life Now".
"If your sex life never progressed since the honeymoon and you're five, 10, 15 years down the road, just like your relationship should have evolved, I believe your sex should just be getting better," Gross said in a promo video for the series. "We think that Christians especially should be having the best sex." more >>