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 >>
Christians should place their trust in God to guide them through all of life's most difficult decisions, says megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published Wednesday, the head of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, shared a verse from Psalm 23, commonly known as the "Shepherd's Psalm."
"He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake," reads verse 3b of the notable Bible chapter, as rendered by the New International Version. more >>
An acclaimed biographer is recycling an old allegation that President George W. Bush based his case for war in Iraq on prophetic scriptures in Ezekiel, which has historians and national security experts lambasting the author this week.
Jean Edward Smith, who has penned biographies of past presidents like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, begins his latest book titled Bush, which was released in July, with the following indictment: "Rarely in the history of the United States has the nation been so ill-served as during the presidency of George W. Bush." He then dives headfirst into what some experts are describing as an ocean of untrue and ridiculous caricatures.
In a scathing review of the book in Foreign Policy Monday, Clements Center For National Security Executive Director Will Inboden, who served in the Bush administration at the State Department and National Security Council, noted how "wrong [he] was to be optimistic at all," regarding his expectations of the book. He thought it would be a worthwhile read given Smith's stature as a historian. more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that some ministries are putting profit, fame, and love of money before God, which leads to failure.
"The Bible tells us that some have served other masters their whole life. It can be parents, your business, your boss, your church, your pastors or a ministry. It can even be your country, like someone who commits themselves to some politicians," Abedini, the exclusive director at Saeed Ministries, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"I have seen many people who have masters in any or all these areas of life. Why? The Bible tells us it is for PROFIT," he continued. more >>
It might sound rather "sleazy" but controversial pastor Mark Driscoll's recent advice to his new congregation at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, to "worship God with our wallet" is actually sound and biblical according to some Christian experts.
Two Sundays ago, King 5 reported that Driscoll preached a couple of sermons focusing on the biblical story of Jonah. On Tuesday a clip from a video reportedly recorded on Sunday and posted to YouTube shows Driscoll continuing his Jonah series and dishing out the advice to Christians that God should be worshipped with money to help spread the Gospel.
"We are Jonah," Driscoll said in the clip. "We have a Lord. We have a savior, his name is Jesus. We'll worship God with our wallet, we'll give unto the Lord so that the message of Jesus goes forth." more >>