Here's a true Rip Van Winkle story. Jeremiah Denton, an American pilot who was captured in Vietnam in 1965, returned to a virtually different country when he was released in 1973.
Consider the differences between the United States of 1965 and that of 1973. During those eight years the floodgates of pornography were opened. Abortion became legal and was becoming widespread. Many marriages floundered, and the divorce rate skyrocketed. Thankfully, positive civil rights gains were made; but despite that morality was beginning to tank.
Millions were beginning to live in sin, only they resented anyone calling it that. The "gay" movement was just getting started and marching down the streets. They were just a couple years behind the women's liberation movement, which had also taken to the streets. more >>
There are times in life when a Christian must decide between holding fast to the Gospel, or succumbing to the spirit of the age. And if you remain true to the Gospel, be assured that your message will offend some people no matter how humbly and graciously you invite others to take up their cross and follow Christ.
A case in point: the Justice Conference last month in Chicago.
This gathering is "an annual event created for Christ-followers to gather, engage with, and better understand how to address major justice issues." more >>
The 2016 Republican Convention is just a week away. The convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18 to July 21.
The said convention will have approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates. They will come from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and five territories. There will also be approximately 15,000 credentialed media, as well as a global audience to witness the convention online. more >>
A significant body of polling data dating back to the 1970s finds that young adults are less likely than their older counterparts to identify as "pro-life." The mainstream media often gives these surveys plenty of attention. They often like to portray the pro-life position as unpopular among the young and argue that the pro-life position is poised to lose ground in the future.
However, last week Students for Life of America (SFLA) released a series of surveys conducted by the Barna Group which show that young adults are actually more opposed to abortion than many realize.
It found that 53 percent of Millennials (individuals between 18 and 31) think that abortion should be either illegal or legal only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. This is a nine-point gain from a similar survey SFLA commissioned four years ago. Their SFLA survey also indicates that only 47 percent of Millennials think that Planned Parenthood should receive taxpayer funding. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history."
"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, told National Religious Broadcasters, according to Breitbart News. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history."
The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament's upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. more >>
The Reverend Franklin Graham announced that he will lead live prayer events on Facebook for the opening of the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
In a message posted to the social media site on Monday, Rev. Graham explained that the nation "is in a huge mess" and needs prayer and spiritual healing.