The Presbyterian Church (USA) is at risk of leading one of its "most vulnerable populations into deception" if it votes to denounce gay conversion therapy at their General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, later this month, says one conversion therapy practitioner.
Titled "On Therapies Purporting to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity," the resolution from the Synod of the Covenant going before the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country argues:
All mainstream professional organizations hold positions against sexual orientation change efforts; over the years since, that consensus has only been strengthened. It is time for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be more clear and vigorous in protecting LGBTQ individuals and their families from the harm inflicted by these discredited programs, and to take positive steps to minister compassionately to families by providing them with accurate information. more >>
A lesbian Episcopal priest who believes queerness is central to the Christian tradition and has published a book that claims "queer and trans experience has vast potential to help the church be the church," is being condemned by a theologian for turning "the sin of Satan into a virtue."
"We queers exist, and many of us have lives and sensibilities that don't fit neatly into heteronormative constructs. And honestly, that's a good thing. Our perceptions of our relationships and ethical obligations are at times of a different hue from the perceptions informed by heteronormative Christian ethics. Far from an ethical deficit, that difference is often shot through with valuable insight," argues Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman's in an excerpt fom her book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity that was published in part as an essay by the website Salonon Saturday.
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. a Christian theologian and speaker who serves as a permanent research fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at Notre Dame University, wrote in a response piece for Breitbart News that Edman misrepresents and omits important pieces of Scripture when making her arguments. more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina introduced his new sermon series "These Are My People" in a blog post earlier this week, explaining that the Sunday sermon is for anyone who has "scars from your past that you can't seem to get over, or deal with extreme feelings of inadequacy."
Even if you "feel the need to pretend to be someone you are not because you feel like people would turn their backs if they knew the real you ... then you CAN'T MISS THIS WEEKEND!" Noble says, encouraging newcomers to the church.
"One night two thousand years ago, a man was arrested, mocked, beaten and ultimately murdered. He was placed in a tomb and left for dead. However, three days later He came back to life — and began a movement that has impacted the world," Noble says, describing the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. more >>
To fully know and love God, Christians need to shed their misconceptions and view Him as their father, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Thursday devotional that while the Old Testament rarely describes God as being a father, this changes after Jesus is sent down from Heaven to save humanity.
After this event, God is described as a father much more frequently, and this designation "[explodes] all the stereotypes" about God. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has listed three types of Christians that he warned might be turned away by Jesus for failing to properly trust in Him.
Driscoll made the argument on a blog post on his website, where he listed a warning found in Matthew 7:22–23, which reads:
"On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'" more >>
The most important thing to God is how we treat other people, evangelical leader Joyce Meyer says.
Meyer, founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, delivered a guest sermon on Sunday at Pastor Craig Groeschel's Life.Church, one of the largest evangelical megachurches in the U.S.
In her sermon, Meyer focused on the importance of motives, saying that Christians need to ensure that their motives match their faith. more >>