The Oregonian Christian bakers who were sued and fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding have sent a care package that includes a DVD of a Christian film, a cake and a gift card to 10 gay rights organizations in what the bakers have deemed a simple expression of "love."
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon, said this week that they sent care packages to 10 different LGBT organizations in order show how much they "really do love" those activists despite their differing viewpoints.
The packages includes a copy of the Christian film "Audacity," a cake with the words "We Love You" written on top of a big red heart, a $25 restaurant gift card provided by "Audacity" director Ray Comfort and a letter. more >>
A Tennessee pastor who was accused of saying that "liberal society" was to blame "for banning the stoning of LGBT people" during a sermon on TV, first by Raw Story then by other media, says he does not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.
A review by this reporter of the video (VIEW BELOW) used to support the idea by some media that he condones stoning homosexuals never shows the pastor inferring such a belief and his comments were in reference to Old Testament history.
"From the outset, please understand that I do not believe Christians should stone homosexuals," said Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee, in a statement sent by email. "I did not teach this in any of my sermons. This idea would be directly opposed to the teaching of Christ and the spirit of love in the New Testament (John 3:16: Mt. 5:21). more >>
Christian cake artist Jack Phillips, who recently was told by the Colorado Court of Appeals that he will not be allowed to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes if he wants to keep running his business, has said that hundreds of gay people have told him they support his religious freedom rights to not make such cakes.
Phillips revealed in an interview with The Daily Signal that while he has been targeted with death threats by some members of the gay community for his stance against baking same-sex marriage cakes, hundreds of others have backed his position.
"The other day a guy from Daytona Beach called and left a message. He said he's gay and he wanted to offer his support, and gave me his phone number to call him back," Phillips said. more >>
As former executive director of Family Research Council's lobbying arm Josh Duggar admitted Thursday that he cheated on his wife, Anna, and developed a secret addiction to pornography, FRC President Tony Perkins condemned Duggar's actions Thursday and labeled the former reality TV star's conduct as "deceitful behavior."
As the news broke Wednesday that the former family values activist paid nearly $1,000 for two subscriptions to the online marital affair coordination website Ashley Madison, Duggar, who is the oldest son on the now-canceled TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," took to the Duggar family website to come clean about his adulterous acts and ponagraphy use in a statement.
Duggar had politically advocated for traditional family values as the executive director of Family Research Council Action and resigned from his position in May following the revelation that he molested five girls when he was 14 and 15 years old. In his statement, Duggar admits to having used pornography and cheating on his wife while he promoted the importance of living by biblical values. more >>
Josh Duggar seems to have a pretty good grip on the gospel, doesn't he? In response to his horrifying offenses against young girls twelve years ago coming to light earlier this year, Josh responded honestly from a seemingly repentant heart. He confessed, and did not deny, his sin and expressed gratitude to Christ for full forgiveness. His wife also came to bat for him, stating that Josh is truly a changed, repentant, and God-honoring man.
Honestly, I felt bad for him. His crime was terrible, no doubt, and my heart hurts infinitely more for his victims than for him. But these sins transpired prior to his conversion. You have to be a Christian yourself to truly understand that becoming a a follower of Christ very literally transforms someone's identity. If Josh's conversion was authentic, the media was throwing the new Josh into the gallows for what the old Josh did. My heart, as a fellow Christian, went out to him.
Then this news hit the fan last night and splattered its vileness all over Christ's Name. Josh Duggar has been named among the millions whose adulterous endeavors on Ashley Madison were exposed by hackers. If you don't know what Ashley Madison is (I didn't), here's a short description: more >>
New surveys conducted by LifeWay Research have found that the majority of Americans do not believe that divorce is a sin, while the majority of Protestant pastors also believe that divorce is morally acceptable, under certain circumstances, except in scenarios when the couple has fallen out of love.
LifeWay recently conducted two surveys where they asked 1,000 lay Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors whether they think divorce is a sin under certain circumstances.
Respondents were asked to clarify if they thought divorce was a sin in cases where the couple has fallen out of love, a spouse cheated on the other, physical abuse was apparent in the relationship, one spouse was addicted to pornography and when one spouse has abandoned the other. more >>