An agreement has been reached regarding a formal complaint leveled against 36 United Methodist clergy and leaders who blessed a gay wedding in defiance of official church rules.
Last week, the UMC Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced a "Just Resolution" made between the 36 clergy and leaders and the complainant.
DALLAS — Pastor Greg Laurie shared his powerful Gospel message on God's grace and salvation through Jesus Christ with an overflow crowd of 19,000 at Dallas' American Airlines Center and Victory Park Sunday for his first Harvest America in the Lone Star State. Along with the overcapacity crowd, a total of 3,900 host venues throughout the country (1,200 of them churches), watched the livestream event.
Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California, revealed that while it might surprise some people, he believes all paths lead to God, whether one is agnostic, atheist, Christian, Jewish or Muslim. But he emphasized that while everyone will meet God, only those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will enter heaven.
"I believe all roads lead to God. I don't care if you're a believer, agnostic or an atheist. I believe whatever road you're on, you will get to God one day and you will stand before God one day. All roads lead to God. But only one road leads to heaven, and that's the road through Jesus Christ," Laurie asserted. more >>
Church at Hampton Roads Pastor Joel Brown says his congregation is hosting "Porn Sunday" despite community criticisms because he has seen what pornography has done to his family and wants to educate others how avoid its harmful effects.
The Chesapeake, Virginia pastor says he's "excited" about the church's plans to talk about X-rated material and its connection to drugs, alcohol abuse and sex trafficking from the pulpit Sunday, October 5. He has also invited former porn star Shelley Lubben to join him in discussing how the porn industry destroys lives.
"I have experienced the death grip of porn in my life. Early on in my marriage it almost took everything from me. But God, in His mercy and power, delivered me from the lies that were fueling my addiction," Brown shared on his blog. "It is time for us to reach boldly into Satan's kingdom and snatch those who are being led away to death." more >>
Nearly 1,500 U.S. pastors reportedly have agreed to flex their free speech muscles this weekend and preach politically-charged sermons on the occasion of Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Their act of civil disobedience, which involves putting their churches' tax exempt status on the line, is meant to draw attention to what they believe is an unjust law. And if they manage to spark the ire of the IRS and any atheist organization willing to argue it out in court, then an activist legal group is more than ready to take up their case, for free.
"The message we've been telling pastors for years now in regard to Pulpit Freedom Sunday is, 'We've got your back. Pastor, stand, preach from your pulpit what God lays on your heart to tell your people and you have the free exercise and the free speech right that's enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution to do that," Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Erik Stanley told The Christian Post.
Pastors are not immune to sexual temptation, in fact, their positions as ministers place them right in the path of danger, says Christian writer Jeff Fisher.
Fisher knows this topic all too well as his former pornography addiction caused him to lose his ministry position at one point. In a blog post written for Church Leaders, Fisher notes five reasons pastors are much more vulnerable than the average Christian to sexual temptation, beginning with the fact that they are in a place of power.
"The pastor is an authority, he is looked up to, he is on stage and he is usually highly regarded. Broken people with damaged lives come regularly to talk with the minister, many of them desperate for a word or attention," Fisher says. more >>
Los Angeles Pastor Touré Roberts shared a picture on Instagram Friday of him and Sarah Jakes embracing each other, proclaiming in Spanish "I had a great time in Atlanta with this beautiful woman! I cannot wait for her to officially become my wife!"
The warm message was one of two that the Purpose Awaking author shared with followers while attending T.D. and Serita Jakes' Women Thou Art Loose conference Thursday and Friday with his daughter, Ren.
Thursday night Roberts posted another Instagram picture of himself standing with his daughter and Sarah Jakes along with the message "Having a great time at #WTAL with two of the most special ladies in my life! My leading lady and firstborn lady." more >>