John MacArthur during his anti-Charismatic Strange Fire conference last month said that he believes fellow Christian theologian John Piper's "openness to modern charismatic gifts is an anomaly" and may inadvertently lend support to an aspect of Christianity he finds unbiblical.
MacArthur, expanding on those comments with evangelical Christian blogger Tim Challies earlier this month, mentioned D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem and Piper as men who he loves as "as co-workers in the ministry of the gospel" but expressed concern that their openness to the charismatic gives the movement weight.
"My major concern is that their openness to the issue unwittingly gives the whole movement an aura of theological credibility that it does not deserve," said MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. more >>
It is reported that only 30 people attended the funeral of legendary author C.S. Lewis. His death occurred on the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The media, including in Britain, flooded the news with coverage of the U.S. president's death and that meant that Lewis' passing was not announced until after his funeral, according to Mike Stranks of the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival committee in Britain.
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day, the authors of a website dedicated to Lewis state. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies, according to CSLewis.com, and have been adapted into three major motion pictures. more >>
Creation Museum President Ken Ham has responded to a CNN article chronicling the life of billionaire businessman Ted Turner, declaring that no matter how much money he gives to charity, it will never be enough to get into heaven.
"So can Ted Turner earn his way into heaven? The truth is that no matter how many billions of dollars Ted Turner (or any one for that matter) gives away, no matter how many animals he saves, and no matter what great things he does for people and this planet – none of this can get him to heaven," Ham wrote on Thursday on the Answers in Genesis blog.
He added that there is only one way to heaven, and that is through accepting Jesus' gift of salvation. more >>
An interview Pope Francis made with an Italian publication that garnered international headlines for remarks that may have been perceived as counter to Catholic tradition has been removed from the Vatican website over issues surrounding its accuracy, according to an official spokesman.
The announcement about the interview, conducted by atheist Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, being removed from the Vatican City website was made recently by the Holy See. The entity is the governing arm of the Roman Catholic Church and is based in the Vatican City State. The Pope is the head of both the Vatican and the Holy See.
Sylvia Browne died Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the age of 77. Browne was a prominent figure for those who believed they could see into the future, and Browne firmly believed that her special powers came directly from God, though she was heavily criticized for many of her predictions and claim that she was given information from God and angels.
Browne's biography states that she firmly believed in God but never forced her clients, or anyone she spoke to during a session, into believing as she did. One of her key phrases was, "It does not matter if you believe in God because God believes in you."
She often appeared on Montel Williams' talk show, offering advice and guidance about the future to his guests. However, according to one website, the Skeptical Inquirer, out of 115 predictions she made on the show, she was never accurate. more >>
Pope Francis revealed that he goes to confession every two weeks because priests, bishops and even the pope are sinners who need forgiveness, just like everyone else.
"Certainly, God forgives every repentant sinner, but the Christian is bound to Christ and Christ is united to his church," the pope told the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, according to Catholic News Service. "God, in his sovereign mercy, forgives everyone, but he wanted those who belong to Christ and his church to receive forgiveness through the community's ministers."
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church added that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, and argued that it is "better to turn red once than yellow a thousand times," encouraging people to confess their sins to a priest as a way to spiritual healing. more >>