BALTIMORE — Religious freedom is not only an issue for those who work in politics, it is an issue for all Christians because it is important for the mission of Christ, Russell Moore told The Christian Post.
Religious liberty "can't just be something that those of us who are working with the Congress or the courts are dealing with," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
"Every church, every pastor, every Sunday school teacher, every lay leader, needs to be working towards, plowing this ground, understanding why religious liberty and freedom of conscience, these are important issues, no just legally, not just politically, but in terms of the gospel, in terms of the mission of Christ." more >>
Attendees at the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution on Tuesday affirming "God's good design that gender identity is determined by biological sex and not by one's self-perception," and disavowed "efforts to alter one's bodily identity."
The resolution, authored by Boyce College professor Denny Burk and Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Policy Director Andrew Walker, denounced any efforts to "refashion [one's bodily identity] to conform with one's perceived gender identity] such as "cross-sex hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery."
It also argues that God created distinct genders with distinct masculine and feminine roles and suggested that "the fall of man into sin and God's subsequent curse" were responsible for transgenderism. more >>
North Point Community Church lead pastor Andy Stanley clarified to The Christian Post about tweets he made earlier in the week that appeared to be criticism of Southern Baptist Convention leaders calling for a spiritual revival, explaining that he was talking about local revival rather than a Great Awakening-style revival.
On Tuesday, Stanley tweeted,"Instead of praying for revival leaders of the SBC should go spend three weeks with @perrynoble Why pray for one when you can go watch one." "Praying for revival equates to blaming God for the condition of your local church." "Why not call the Church to pray for the things Jesus & New Testament writers prayed for? Why add Revival to the list?""Churches that need reviving most are the very churches that resist it most."
Stanley conceded that the conversation spiraled beyond what he had intended it to be after he and others began diverging on what they meant by "revival." more >>
BALTIMORE – Southern Baptists have taken aim at the theology behind afterlife experiences like the one described in the bestseller book and Hollywood film Heaven is for Real by stating that such accounts "cannot be corroborated" and are not in line with biblical accounts of from the apostles.
The Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution Tuesday stating messengers representing its 46,125 churches "reaffirm the sufficiency of biblical revelation over subjective experiential explanations to guide one's understand of the truth about heaven and hell."
While the resolution did not single out Heaven is for Real – Committee on Resolutions member Chris Osborne told an inquiring messenger "We did not want to single out anyone" – a motion raised by Community Church Pastor Tom McCracken did. more >>
BALTIMORE – Cultural trends show that America is next in line to become a secular nation, said Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Molher in his Southern Baptist Convention 2014 report.
"America, it turns out, is not the exception to secularization, it's just behind Europe," stated Mohler in his report given on Wednesday.
Quoting national statistics from Pew Research Center, Mohler said 1 in 5 Americans now identify their religious denomination as unaffiliated. As the number of "nones" rises, Mohler said seminaries must be prepared to address to this culture. more >>
Following criticism of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's decision to admit a Muslim Palestinian student to its archeology doctoral program in 2012, President Paige Patterson offered a teary-eyed apology on Wednesday.
I owe the convention an apology, particularly to those of you to whom I have caused sorrow, heartache, disillusionment or any other kind of sorrow," said Patterson, as reported by The Associated Press.
After apologizing, the president suggested that the student, Ghassan Nagagreh, was a "cultural Muslim," and could potentially convert to Christianity in the future as the student was "very open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ." more >>