American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue.
"Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported.
The Catholic Church teaches against the use of contraception, defining it as "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act (sexual intercourse), or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible." This includes sterilization, condoms and the birth control pill. more >>
An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
Some Christian scientific experts believe that the discovery of the "gravity wave," announced earlier this week by scientists working with a South Pole telescope called BICEP 2, provides confirmation for the biblical account of creation by supporting the theory of the "big bang."
"The Bible was the first to predict big bang cosmology," according to Hugh Ross, president and founder of Reasons to Believe, an Old Earth Creationist organization that believes Christianity and science are complementary.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, Ross explained that the detection of gravity waves from the universe's rapid expansion, referred to as "inflation," shows that "when the universe was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old, it expanded faster than the speed of light." more >>
A New York-based satanic organization has announced plans to turn the founder of Westboro Baptist Church gay after he has died.
The Satanic Temple has stated that when Fred Phelps, who is presently in hospice care in Kansas dies, they will perform a "pink mass."
Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, explained to the publication VICE that he promised to perform the pink mass for Phelps. more >>
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer says Bill Maher, who recently called God a "psychotic mass murderer" for drowning the world in the Great Flood, is only able to make his mocking statements because of God's gift of free will. And God is only allowing him to live so that he has a chance for repentance, Fischer argues.
"The decisions that Bill Maher is making right now to blaspheme against God, to ridicule God, to mock God, he only has the ability do that because God has given him the gift of free will. Bill Maher is using it for profane and blasphemous purposes. The only reason that Bill Maher, after a tirade like that, draws another single breath, is because God is merciful, God is compassionate, He is abundant in steadfast love and loving kindness," Fischer, director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, said on his radio program "Focal Point," posted on Monday.
"He (God) is waiting for Bill Maher to come to a place of repentance and He is continuing to extend to him His grace and His patience and His mercy." more >>
John MacArthur, influential author, pastor and seminary president, recently announced during the Shepherds' Conference held at Grace Community Church plans for a biblical inerrancy summit to bring a new generation "in line with the truth."
MacArthur believes the "true doctrine of inerrancy is under attack" and "anything that undermines the absolute inerrancy of Scripture destroys the foundation of all Christian truth."
"Trusting the Bible is everything," he stressed to The Christian Post. more >>