Francis Chan, pastor and author of the bestseller Crazy Love, addressed two lies that many non-believers hold to be true about God and good deeds.
Chan noted that the lies are taken as reality by people who primarily follow modern cultural ideals, however, for the benefit of their own salvation they need to know the truth, he explains.
"I believe the two scariest lies on the earth right now that are so prevalent are that you are a good person and that because God is a loving God, He will not punish ... every funeral you go to, you hear people say 'he or she was a good person' and we have this belief that we do more good than bad and the reason that's a lie is because God says so," said Chan in a video on ChurchLeaders.com. more >>
LOS ANGELES – A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films coming to theaters.
The call for pastors to become participants rather than combatants in the Hollywood entertainment industry came during the 168 Film Festival this past weekend. Pastors were invited to the event and during the session to discuss Christians in media, after the experts had made their case, Pastor Grady Williams of Powerhouse Christian Fellowship in Irvine was in full agreement.
"The spirit of God can use all kinds of movies," Williams said. "If we [as pastors] can amplify that which is good then we can see it. We cannot ever supersede the work of the Spirit. I just rejoice today that there is so much salt and light in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry." more >>
Charles Jenkins, Chicago megachurch pastor and recording artist, tells the enemy off in a new Gospel track titled "War" released online Monday. Jenkins declares that the enemy cannot have his family or his increase in the aggressive worship song, released just months after an embarrassing nude photo emerged that was allegedly tied to an extortion plot.
Jenkins is senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and an award-winning songwriter and producer. He declares in the upbeat "War" worship song, in which he is accompanied by the Fellowship Chicago choir:
"I got joy in my soul God is in control I got Satan on my trail But I'm singing all is well He's attacking everyday But I'm watching while I pray No matter the attack I won't turn back Cause this means war …" more >>
City Harvest Church's financial manager has admitted that board members were told to keep quiet about the relationship between the church and the music production company that pastor Kong Hee and five other church members are alleged to have funneled millions to finance his wife, Sun Ho's popstar career.
Sharon Tan, who is one of the CHC members on trial for misusing more than $19.2 million, told the court on Monday of the discreet relationship between the church and Xtron Productions, Channel News Asia reported.
Kong has been denying the allegations, claiming that Xtron is a legitimate company that was not directed by CHC. more >>
Popular recording artist Carman Licciardello recently spoke out in defense of Joel Osteen, whom he called "a God ordained bridge between the mainstream world and the church," and called for Christian critics to stop "terrorizing" the successful megachurch pastor.
Osteen is often criticized by some Christians for promoting a watered-down Gospel and teaching positive thinking and prosperity instead of preaching about sin and repentance. The megachurch pastor and best-selling author leads along with his wife and other ministers America's fastest-growing church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen always invites listeners at the end of his sermons to make Jesus their Lord and Savior, and encourages them to get plugged into Bible-based local churches.
But those actions matters very little, according to critics, when they are weighed against the content of what Osteen teaches (read Michael Brown's open letter to the Osteens), which some observers feel was typified in a recent YouTube clip posted online of Victoria Osteen making controversial remarks about Christians and worship of God. more >>
Perry Noble admits that he loves taking the offering in church as much as he enjoys giving money because he does not see it as an obligation but rather as an opportunity. Moreover, he believes "there is not a better investment on the planet than the local church!"
Noble made his comments about taking and giving money in a blog post after his South Carolina church, NewSpring, kicked off "The Church Just Wants Your Money" sermon series on Sunday.
"I love taking the offering in church. I'm sure you expected me to say that; after all, I am a megachurch pastor and it's really easy to take shots at guys like me when we talk about money," said Noble. more >>