By today's standards it may appear that the Apostle Paul was prejudiced against women when he wrote in Ephesians for wives to submit themselves to their husbands. However Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land said Paul was actually ahead of his time, establishing equality between the sexes in marriage.
"In the modern world many people rather casually assume that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage," Land said.
"What such critics fail to realize is that they are reading the Apostle Paul through the lens of a 21st century perspective, rather than the 1st century world to which Paul wrote originally." more >>
Kirk Franklin is letting people know that in order to have a successful marriage, divorce has to take place.
Franklin, 45, is a staple in the gospel music industry with his own Sirius XM radio station, Kirk Franklin's Praise, television hosting gigs on The Game Show Network's "The American Bible Challenge" and BET's "Sunday Best." Most recently, the well known Christian entertainer has been blogging for patheos.com about a multitude of personal topics centered around godly living.
In his latest blog titled "The Great Divorce" the entertainer explained the importance of divorcing things in life that are holding you back from being sanctified. Franklin recalled being a newlywed 19 years ago and looking at another woman while he was eating at a restaurant with his wife. more >>
An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.
Over the weekend several presbyteries belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to approve Amendment 14-F, which would change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell told media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Sunday that the American church is "moments away" from embracing gay marriage and thinks "it's inevitable."
Bell made the statement during a Valentine's weekend episode of Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday" television show where he appeared with his wife, Kristen, to discuss marriage and their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage.
The same-sex marriage discussion portion of the episode, which can be viewed below, starts at around the 29-minute mark where Kristen begins reading an excerpt from the book. more >>
In the name of anti-discrimination, the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina is poised to discriminate against people of conservative moral values, also imposing the struggles of a tiny minority on every man, woman, and child who lives or works in Charlotte or might happen to visit the city.
It's wake up time, Charlotte! It's not too late to make a change.
According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, "does not contain adequate safeguards for constitutionally protected speech and free exercise of religion." more >>
Cedric Hatcher, a Birmingham, Alabama-based street preacher, has come out swinging at fellow Christian leaders for not doing enough to publicly disapprove of same-sex marriage, which started taking place in that city and around the state last Monday.
Hatcher, described as "an outspoken street evangelist and regular at Birmingham City Hall" by the news website al.com on Feb. 11, gave an impassioned dissent of gay marriage during the public comment section of a meeting at Birmingham City Hall.
"It was one of the most comedic scenes I've ever seen in public, when I witnessed men with size 13 and 14 shoes out there kissing each other in the mouth in front of little kids," Hatcher said. "It was like a freak scene going on, that's what I call it." more >>