Televangelist Creflo Dollar recently came under public scrutiny for trying to raise $65 million to purchase a luxurious G650 jet for his ministry, but for those who listen to his sermons and follow his teachings, Dollar is simply following the "prosperity gospel" which he backs up with his interpretation of the Bible.
Poverty, says Dollar, is ungodly.
"Poverty is not the will of God for any believer. However, there are Christians who have taken a "vow of poverty" because they believe that poverty is a part of being holy and righteous. This is far from the truth," explains Dollar in an article on his website titled "Your Inheritance of Wealth and Riches." more >>
Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary John Piper, disclosed in a recent sermon what he believes to be the reason why PhDs in theology commit adultery and argued that they cheat "probably more" than "less-educated people."
"Look around in your life, in your church. How many Christians do you see bent with all their powers to know God more and more — more truly, more clearly, more sweetly? Or, rather, do you see thousands fighting graduate school sins with a grammar school knowledge of God?" asked Piper in a clip from a sermon posted on his desiringGod.org website.
He then revealed why he believes PhDs in theology commit adultery. more >>
Predictably, some of the defenders of Creflo Dollar's appeal for donors to buy him a $65 million private jet accused those of us who took issue with this unnecessary extravagance of having the same attitude as Judas. This is an absurd, ugly, and even dangerous misuse of the words of Jesus.
The text they're referring to is John 12, where Judas was critical of Mary, who anointed Jesus with extremely costly ointment shortly before His betrayal and crucifixion.
Judas was upset with her actions, asking, "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii [which was close to a year's wages] and given to the poor?" (John 12:5) more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Judah Smith, who has made headlines for spiritually mentoring big name celebrities such as singer Justin Bieber and football star Russell Wilson, recently sat down with CP Voice to discuss his latest book, Life Is _______, which is a follow up to his 2013 work, Jesus Is _______.
I asked him about the blank line on the cover after the words, Life Is ________.
"The blank is there similar to our previous project because Christians are famous for monologues and not so much dialogue, and the heart behind the project is really to create a conversation," said Smith. "The blank is there because it's like, OK, this is how I would fill in the blank. But just because I fill in the blank, that doesn't mean that you would fill in the blank like that. And here's my value system predicated upon the ancient Scripture and what I believe about God. That's how I fill in the blank." more >>
CNN's compelling new series "Finding Jesus" is sparking conversations about the Bible across the nation and one pastor in Canada said the series has inspired his Sunday sermons.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery," a six-part series, explores mysteries of the Bible by investigating science and archaeology in a bid to dispel myths and reaffirm facts about Christianity. During episode two, the documentary explored the identity of John the Baptist and his possible remains which set the basis for a recent sermon led by Toronto's Willowdale Pentecostal Church Senior Pastor Dan Disabatino.
"It's given us a format to follow and it's given us something to try to engage our congregation," Disabatino said of the popular series. "It's very well done and we're very impressed with the quality. … [So far] we've done two sermons over two Sundays." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham believes that the numerous world conflicts people are witnessing today reflect passages in the Bible that talk about the end times and the "distress of nations."
"The Bible tells us that in the end times there will be 'distress of nations with perplexity,'" Graham said on Facebook, referring to Luke 21:25.
The passage reads: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring." more >>