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 >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham says ongoing failures in the scientific community to find alien life, or an Earth-like planet likely to support life, backs the view that the Earth is unique in the universe.
"For years, researchers, who cling to a belief that life must have evolved elsewhere in the universe, have looked for extraterrestrial life. Recently, much of this research has been focused on trying to find 'Earth 2.0,' a planet orbiting a distant star (called an exoplanet) that has similar qualities to Earth. But such a planet remains elusive," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog on Monday.
He linked to an article earlier in May in Tech Times which said that despite NASA telescope Kepler identifying 1,284 new exoplanets, not a single one appears to be close enough to Earth to support hopes for discovering alien life. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham warns in a message in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Decision magazine that God's judgment is due to return to Earth.
The Baptist minister points to Genesis 6:5, which warns that God's "great Day of Judgment" will come just as the floods came during Noah's time — it could happen in 100 years or 1,000 years.
"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," the verse from Genesis 6:5 reads. more >>
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says there has been some debate among Christians as to whether Memorial Day should be honored, given that Jesus Christ taught peace.
"For some Christians, Memorial Day is a complicated experience. These Christians would argue that it is inconsistent at best for believers in the Gospel to celebrate anything won by war. They think, 'Didn't Jesus settle this on the Sermon on the Mount? What's hard to interpret about 'turn the other cheek' and 'love your enemies?'" Moore wrote in a blog post on Memorial Day.
He suggested that Christians with such pacifist views can find biblical warrant, and pointed to several passages in the New Testament in which Jesus and His Apostles forbid seeking vengeance, such as in Matthew 5:38-44 and Romans 12:18-21. more >>
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that if Christians don't reach Muslims with the "love of Jesus Christ," then Muslims will reach them with jihad.
"If we don't reach Muslims with the love of Jesus Christ, they will reach us with the love of Allah, which is jihad," Abedini wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Abedini, who converted from Islam and spent three years and a half in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has slammed the teachings of Islam in several statements, arguing that it's a "lie" to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion. more >>
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 >>