Which sounds better to you, heaven or hell? It may seem like a simple question to answer. Then again, culture seems to think hell will be a party for all eternity, while heaven will be a boring time of playing harps, floating on clouds and living without any fun.
Today's culture doesn't take heaven – or hell – seriously. But we should. In fact, the more you investigate both these eternal destinations, the more serious you will be about your decision to accept Jesus or not, and how you will live out your life on earth.
But how often do you get together with friends to talk about what happens after death? Probably never. Couldn't heaven and hell provide the ultimate motivation for life on earth? Yes. more >>
Mars Hill Church officials deny that anything out of the ordinary was done when a video of a recent sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll was edited to exclude a portion about Jesus and "mistakes" he may have made during His life on earth. Also, the pastor of the church's communications' team says the original video of the unedited complete sermon used to compare the two versions was stolen from a restricted password protected site.
The controversy began when psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton accused the Seattle-based church of having an internal leadership conflict over the segment and deleting six minutes of Driscoll's argument that Jesus potentially made mistakes, though He never sinned.
"It is standard operating procedure at Mars Hill to take the first two sermons that Pastor Mark Driscoll preaches each week and edit the best possible version of the message for distribution to the other Mars Hill locations, and our online audience. Partly because it is necessary to edit the sermon to conform to time restraints," Anthony Ianniciello, executive pastor of Media & Communications, stated in an email to The Christian Post. more >>
Pope Francis warned at the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," which is creation itself, it will in turn destroy them.
"He urged people to nurture and safeguard Creation as God's greatest gift to us, because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and – he warned – if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us," The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks.
The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong attitudes, such as "considering ourselves masters of Creation. Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude." more >>
It is true that there is a lot of bad news in the world today, and much of it comes as a direct assault on our faith. Radical Islam is rising. Aggressive atheism is spreading. Much of the church in the West is backsliding, and our culture is rapidly deteriorating.
But from the bottom of my heart I can honestly say that I am not in the least bit discouraged. In fact, I am more encouraged and hopeful in the Lord at the age of 59 than I was when the Lord saved me in 1971 at the age of 16. The best is yet to come!
Here are 10 reasons why I am full of faith and hope: more >>
The Christian publishing company behind Matthew Vines' God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships has responded to news that it resigned from the National Religious Broadcasters by saying that the conversation it held with NRB was "professional and Christ-honoring."
"Our organization has discussed our publishing programs in private with leadership of the National Religious Broadcasters. These conversations with NRB have been characterized by one senior official at NRB as 'professional and Christ-honoring.' I couldn't agree more," Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher for WaterBrook Press, Multnomah Books, Convergent Books and Image Books, told The Christian Post in a statement on Monday.
"In light of that, I believe that any further sharing of specifics would be a breach of the mutual respect between our two organizations, and I have no further comment on this topic," Cobb added. more >>
In an effort to clear up any confusion about what it means to "repent," a leader from Harvest Christian Fellowship's student ministries spells out the "5 R's of Repentance" in a recent blog representing the church-led evangelistic youth movement, Uprising.
"I decided to write about repentance because it seems that both Christians and non-Christians can be confused about what it means," KC McCauley, who is the pastoral assistant for high school ministries at Harvest Fellowship in Southern California and a co-leader at Uprising, told The Christian Post.
"For the non-believer, repentance can be confusing regarding salvation and what happens when they come to Christ," McCauley continued. "For the Christian, it can be confusing regarding sanctification and how they react to sin now that they know Christ. Therefore, it affects us on a personal level in our Christian life and in our evangelism." more >>