God's wrath is a necessary part of his holiness and salvation, says Don Carson, a research professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in a revealing interview with theologian John Piper.
In their discussion, Carson, who's also president of The Gospel Coalition, says there are several verses in the Bible Christians can read that explain wrath is not a human emotion, such as temper or anger, but rather a function of God's holiness that ultimately serves as a tenant of salvation.
"[Wrath] it is a function of His holiness, and if He were entirely unwrathful in that understanding of wrath, then there would be no judgment and no consequence for sin of any sort. And that doesn't make God out to be more attractive or more holy. It makes Him out to be morally indifferent," Carson says, referencing the first example of God's wrath against Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. more >>
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell has said he feels Jesus Christ has been trivialized in today's society, and people are abandoning the concept of adhering to a single religion.
"I think for many people, spirituality, religion, God, Jesus, whatever has been trivialized. I think we're way beyond one particular religion, we're about what does it mean to be human," Bell said in an interview published in the L.A. Times on Thursday.
Bell, who stirred controversy in Christian circles with his book Love Wins, which questioned the existence of a literal Hell, left his Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to pursue other projects. more >>
Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Ronnie Floyd will join other evangelical Christian leaders next month in a meeting with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Dr. Floyd was invited to the gathering, which may get over 500 attendees, by the conservative Christian group United in Purpose.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Floyd explained that he wants to get a "deeper understanding" of Trump and his goals should he become president. more >>
How we view our bodies says a lot about our worldview. Are bodies something we merely "have" or are they core to who we are?
Every time I check the weather on my phone these days, I first have to watch an ad video from a local fertility clinic. The doctor asks, "Are you ready to have children, but your body is not?" And then he goes on to describe his services.
I find his question odd. Of course, wanting to have a child and not being able to is a terrible thing to experience. So I'm not questioning that at all. What I am questioning is the assumption behind his question — that we are somehow disconnected from our bodies. And that what we feel or want is superior to our physical realities. more >>
Christians obey God out of love, not fear, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads the popular Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his daily devotional published Thursday that while many non-Christians might wrongfully assume that believers obey God out of fear, Christians are actually happy to obey God because of His love for them.
"Why do we obey God? Nonbelievers get this wrong all the time. They say, 'I don't want to be a Christian because I don't want to obey God. You believers obey Him out of guilt or fear or obligation, and I don't want that for my life," Warren writes. more >>
Regional bodies of the United Methodist Church do not believe they are violating denominational rules on ordination by no longer questioning clergy candidates on matters of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As part of the divisive debate over homosexuality within the UMC, some regional bodies, or Annual Conferences, have had their Boards of Ordained Ministry waive the consideration of a clergy candidate's sexual orientation.