The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers.
Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has said that the Planned Parenthood videos exposing employees discussing the sell of aborted babies' body parts have "shocked the conscience" of those who have seen them, and expose "how deep the darkness" of the abortion industry goes.
"The Planned Parenthood videos have shocked the conscience of those who are watching them," Moore said in a video for The Gospel Coalition.
"[The videos] are telling the American conscience 'this is what you're doing to innocent, vulnerable, unborn neighbors.'" more >>
Liberty University, the largest Evangelical University in the world, will feature an address by self-described socialist and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., accepted the invitation and will speak on the campus as part of Liberty's fall convocation schedule on Sept. 14.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is also slated to address the school in October during the fall schedule. more >>
Sexual slavery is alive and well in the United States. In fact, there's an American interstate highway that's known, within certain circles, to be a main artery for sex trafficking.
With over 27 million people around the world forced into modern-day slavery, and many of them trapped in various forms of sexual slavery, the Southern Baptist Convention's International Missions Board President David Platt said Wednesday that only the Gospel has the power to eradicate the slavery epidemic.
Speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference on The Gospel & Politics in Nashville, Tennessee, Platt, like many others, admitted he once thought the issue of slavery was a "relic of a bygone era" before his time. more >>
Emphasizing the importance of liberty to American Christians, a North Carolina megachurch pastor noted he would rather live in a "pro-choice United States" than a "pro-life Soviet Union."
J.D. Greear, senior pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, gave a speech Wednesday as part of an event in Tennessee hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Focusing on how the church should be involved in politics, Greear told those gathered in Nashville that "the very freedoms we enjoy to talk about these things come from generations of Christians who applied their worldview to politics." more >>
Speaking from the text of an imprisoned Paul and Silas in Acts 16, Russell Moore addressed how Christians should engage culture without losing the Gospel witness.
Moore, who spoke at the ERLC National Conference in Nashville Wednesday, emphasized that the Apostle Paul provided plenty of clues on how to operate in a hostile world. He declared that Paul refused to leave under command of the Roman authorities at Philippi for the sake of the Gospel and not merely individual wants, desires, or personal advancement.
"What we have seen in American society is that the illusion of a Christian majority is gone. An illusion that never measured up to reality as defined by the Scriptures," declared Moore. He stressed that churches in America now have to "articulate things they used to assume." more >>