A few years ago, I had a conversation with a pastor who suggested that my articles are written from a position of fear.
I agree. I believe that these messages are timely and urgent for the vast majority. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition: "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:15-17). A healthy respect of God (fear) is what our culture, and the church, desperately need.
During our conversation, I asked myself, "Why don't we agree on this important truth? The fear of the Lord is mentioned frequently throughout the Bible as the beginning of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding." Sadly, I've had similar conversation with emergent, post-modern, and liberal pastors. My concern is that this view is coming from leadership. They feel that we should avoid mentioning the fear of the Lord because it makes people feel uncomfortable. Just writing that sentence makes me feel uncomfortable. "The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him…" (Psalm 147:11). Joshua encouraged the people to "fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness" (24:14). more >>
Defrocked United Methodist Church pastor Frank Schaefer, who went against doctrine and officiated his son's same-sex wedding, has said that he will argue before a church panel on Friday that his punishment was illegal.
"I would like to get my credentials back," said Schaefer, 52, according to The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I'm hoping for a 're-frocking.'"
The pastor was officially defrocked by UMC in December after he refused to turn over his credentials following a meeting with the Board of Ordained Ministry. He was accused of violating his pastoral vows by performing his son's marriage to another man at a 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. more >>
Pluralism, not gender and sexuality, will be the biggest issue that every evangelical Christian will face, according to one Presbyterian pastor.
Bryan Chapell warned that increasingly "it will be difficult to say in this culture that 'Jesus is the only way.'"
"That will be interpreted as hate speech," Chapell, senior pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, said Wednesday at the 42nd PCA General Assembly in Houston. more >>
Recently, I've noticed several articles concerning a letter circulated by the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The letter, written by members of Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advocacy Board — representatives of various incongruent streams of faith — claims that abortion isn't mentioned in Scripture, and therefore shouldn't be subject to any faith-based prohibitions.
I'd like to add my voice to the growing chorus of believers speaking out against those satanic lies and say that Scripture is indeed clear about the issue of abortion. While the word itself may not appear in Bible, God's Word is not silent when it comes to the vile sin of murdering children in the womb. In fact, there are several biblical principles we can look to that shape how we are to think about this horrific sin.
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If you think Hobby Lobby is a Christian company, you're mistaken, says Jonathan Merritt. Actually, Hobby Lobby is conspiring with China, through trade, to keep millions in poverty and maintain China's forced abortion regime:
Turn over just about any trinket in a Hobby Lobby store and you'll find a gold oval stamped with "Made in China," a country that is one of the worst offenders of human dignity, unborn infant life, and economic justice anywhere in the world.
As such, those shiny stickers littering every Hobby Lobby from sea to shining sea are more than a statement about a product's geographical origin; they are also a stinging indictment against the way the retailer has sought to label itself. more >>
There're some interesting new membership statistics from the Assemblies of God denomination, which has had 24 years of continuous growth and is expanding at a rate faster than the U.S. population.
Current conventional wisdom insists U.S. Christianity is in full retreat. The facts are different. Once "mainline" Protestantism has collapsed. Some conservative denominations, after decades of robust growth, are now declining or moribund. Non-denominational Christianity is growing. And several conservative denominations are growing, including the Assemblies of God, which is a Pentecostal communion, Wesleyan in theology that emphasizes gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Assemblies of God also has the rare distinction of great racial diversity. Its Hispanic percentage of over 21 percent is greater than the nations, and its black membership, nearly 10 percent, almost equals the national percentage. Its Asian membership of over 4 percent is also significant. Forty percent of the denomination is non-white. And its number of the much-hyped Millennials, who are supposedly all secularizing, is likewise growing, comprising 21 percent of growth over the last decade. more >>