Bucking against conservative Christian tradition advising against extra-marital sex, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming."
Citing 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, many Mainline Protestant and evangelical churches like the Assemblies of God Church, advise against sexual relations among single Christians.
"Today within our society singles exist for one of two reasons — by choice, or by circumstance. In either case the Bible's mandate is clear for all unmarried individuals: they are to remain sexually pure (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)," the Assemblies of God church warned. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says Christians must preserve the Gospel in all of its strangeness in order for the Church's mission to continue.
The Christian faith "isn't normal anymore, and that's good news," Moore said in a message on his website on Friday. Just like the Gospels, the book of Acts "shows us that Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction."
Moore has long argued that American Christians must shed the notion of their majority status and has urged them to understand their role as a minority in society. more >>
Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.
"The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted," Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.
"Because at a certain moment 'the landlord got up and locked the door' (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," he added. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to guard against falling prey to Satan's trap of procrastination and discouragement, which only leads to people delaying or giving up on their mission in life.
In his daily devotional on Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life encouraged believers not to give up in a message based on Galatians 6:9.
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, assures believers that God will not send someone to Hell if they have never heard the Gospel, adding that people will only be held accountable for what they know.
"What about the person who has never heard the Gospel? Will God Send them to Hell?" Laurie asked in a Facebook video posted on Wednesday, repeating the question of a reader.
"You're going to be held accountable for what you know, not what you don't know," the megachurch pastor answered. more >>
John Piper believes it is essential that families worship together on Sunday in church instead of a separate children's service, while other pastors, including J.D. Greear, agree in part.
Reviving a long-held debate on how to do church, pastor and theologian John Piper argues in a desiringGod article that something powerful is transmitted when children behold their parents worshiping the Lord. So important is this, Piper says, that he and his wife wrote a lengthy letter to their church more than 20 years ago outlining why they should not have children's church or a mini-sermon for children at all, arguing that parents should start bringing their kids to service around the age of 4.
Just as children do not understand language when they are young, parents nevertheless immerse them in it hoping that they will grow up into joyful use of it, Piper contends. How much more important, then, is immersion in an atmosphere where kids see their parents encountering the glory of God in prayer and worship each Sunday, he poses. more >>