Iraqi Christian militia fighters who have been battling the Islamic State terror group, have said that although Jesus called on people to turn the other cheek, he also suggested buying a sword when the time calls for it.
The Babylon Brigade, as the Christian fighters are called, have been fighting IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) throughout the past year, as the terror group continues its push to establish a global Caliphate, but so far its stronghold are in Iraq and Syria. IS has specifically targeted Christians, along with other religious minorities, carrying out routine executions, including mass beheadings, and forcing followers of Christ to choose between their faith and their lives.
IS has captured large groups of Christians on numerous occasions, including 230 believers from the Syrian city of al-Qaryatain last year. At least 21 of those Christians were later executed by the group, with three women among them. more >>
For many Christians, suicide is a taboo act that will keep a believer out of Heaven. Known by many as the "unforgivable sin," it's a complicated issue that's been widely neglected from theological discussion within the Church.
In a portion of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Dr. Jeremiah Johnston debunks misconceptions about suicide and mental illness — two issues secretly plaguing today's Church.
"Twenty-three percent of pastors right now, according to a reliable LifeWay study, are chronically depressed," Johnston told The Christian Post last week. more >>
An ongoing debate between evangelical groups on whether eliminating pollution and providing clean electricity over fossil fuels can be considered a "pro-life issue" has reached North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's doorstep.
Groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, along with 15,000 pro-life Christians in North Carolina, have petitioned to McCrory and other elected officials, urging them to aim for achieving 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2030 as part of its Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign.
However, E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., founder and national spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, told CP in a separate interview, that the Pro-Life Clean Energy plan is a "deceptive campaign" that has been been criticized by a number of pro-life leaders. more >>
"You just need to follow your heart!" How many times have we been given this statement as a piece of good advice? Culture tells us this is the ultimate determiner in making decisions: "What is your heart telling you to do?"
In seeking out help, wisdom, and guidance, we'll speak to loved ones, people we look up to and respect, or even professional counselors, and all the conversations end with the same sort of counsel: "At the end of the day. You just need to do what your heart tells you to."
Now that advice may be well-meaning by someone who believes it's true, or perhaps by someone who doesn't know what else to say, or even worse it's lazily given by someone with a dismissive attitude wanting to move on from the conversation. However, if this is how we make life-altering decisions about topics like career path, which school to attend, relationships, when to speak up or when to stay silent, shouldn't we really consider what that overly used statement really means? What does it really mean to, "Follow your heart?" more >>
A complaint against a United Methodist Church clergywoman who recently admitted to being involved in a same-sex relationship will move forward.
According to the UMC's Book of Discipline, ordained clergy cannot be involved in a same-sex relationship or marriage, even in places where such unions have legal recognition.
Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, vowed that, if elected, his son would not fund the United Nations while it supports anti-Semitism.
The elder Cruz, who has campaigned for his son's presidential run, said America needs to preserve its close ties with Israel, arguing that the very "foundation of America and the American Constitution was the Torah," during a speech at an event for Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, an organization "established to educate Christians about their biblical responsibility to stand with Israel."
Cruz also vowed that his son, a Texas Senator, will "not fund the United Nations until they stop supporting BDS and anti-Semitism," referring to a movement pushing for sanctions against Israel. more >>