Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." more >>
Influential megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes compared Sunday morning's gay nightclub massacre in Orlando to the killing of nine Christians last June at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and asserted that the Orlando shooting should be identified as both a hate crime and act of terror.
In response to the news that 49 people were murdered and 53 others wounded in Sunday's shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Jakes, a prominent Christian author and senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, posted a video on Monday calling on all Americans to unite in solidarity with the LGBT community.
"I wanted to take a moment to share a statement with you that is on my heart and on the hearts of many, if not millions of Americans around this country. Our heart goes out to Orlando as you face this devastation that occurred this weekend," Jakes said in a short video posted to his Facebook page. more >>
Big Daddy Weave's bassist and vocalist Jason Weaver is in need of prayer as he attempts to rebound from the amputation of both feet after a life-threatening infection required drastic action.
According to a Facebook page called "Pray For Jay," promoted by the contemporary Christian group Big Daddy Weave's Facebook page to update followers on the singer's health, the latest is that Weaver underwent his fifth surgery on Sunday and, to his dismay, at least two more surgeries are scheduled for later this week.
"Jason is out of surgery," began the update posted on Sunday afternoon. "Doctor cleaned right ankle area. Found out Jason has to have two more procedures this week. This is hard news to take due to the fact that it means a longer stay. Everyone has been so kind but home is just home!" more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian apologist Jason Jimenez argued Saturday that the church in America is "biblically illiterate" and Christians only have themselves to blame for being silenced in the political arena.
Jimenez, a pastor, author and apologist for Stand Strong Ministries and who tours the country teaching Christians how to stand up for their biblical views on marriage, abortion and other political issues, told attendees of a panel discussion at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's 2016 "Road to Majority" conference that there is a troubling trend of Christians who don't read the Bible and don't stand up for Christian principles in the public square.
"The church in America, we are biblically illiterate. We revere the Bible. The average home in America owns four bibles, if you are not including the devices that we have. Yet, we don't read the Bible," Jimenez explained. "We can talk about all these issues and I am sure we will talk about some of them but the biggest issue is that we have a whole nation of Christians that are biblically illiterate." more >>
WASHINGTON — Just as God punished Israel for sacrificing their sons and daughters to the demons in Psalm 106, Jason and David Benham argued Saturday that America is already being punished by God for allowing the rise of abortion to kill nearly 60 million innocent babies in the last 40-plus years.
The Benham Brothers, former minor league baseball players who gained conservative prominence after their HGTV reality show "Flip it Forward" was nixed in 2014 due to liberal outrage over their conservative beliefs on gay marriage, spoke at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority Conference" and urged Christians to wake up and lead a social reformation in America.
Speaking primarily about the transgender bathroom issue that has swept the nation following North Carolina passing a law earlier this year that struck down a transgender bathroom ordinance in Charlotte, the North Carolina natives said that the reason why the Left has been able to push transgender bathroom laws is because the Church had fallen asleep. more >>
Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, says if he could do one thing differently in life, he would trust in God more.
In a revealing message on the Joel Osteen Ministries' blog, he reveals that he most regrets the time he has spent needlessly worrying about situations and circumstances that were out of his control, especially those that never came to pass.
"I wonder how many things you're worried about that are never going to come to pass?" the megachurch pastor asks in his post titled, "If I could Do One Thing Over." more >>