The head of the Roman Catholic Church has offered words of warning about the dangers of idolatry among Christians in the modern day.
In a homily preached Tuesday morning Pope Francis warned listeners that as spiritual beings, "when we do not worship God, we worship creatures."
"And this is the passage from faith to idolatry. These people, idolaters, have no excuse: because having known God, they have neither glorified nor worshipped Him as God," said the Pontiff. "And what is the way of idolatry?...The selfishness of their own thoughts, the omnipotent thought, that which I think is true: I think the truth, I make the truth with my thought." more >>
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The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, will tape live from Nashville's Lipscomb University and premiere on television Monday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. EDT on UP.
This will be the Up Network's fifth time broadcasting the awards.
Notable performances of the night include: Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Tamela Mann, TobyMac, Colton Dixon, For King & Country, Britt Nicole, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo, among many others. more >>
Hillsong's Young & Free launched their first album on Sept. 30, We Are Young & Free, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart and the Praise and Worship albums chart. It also debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 6 on the Overall Digital Albums chart.
The newest Hillsong's group made a trip to New York's famed Radio City Music Hall where they unveiled new music, played their single "Alive," and helped sell out Hillsong's first ever U.S. conference. The band will continue to play through November opening for bigger worship group Hillsong UNITED in the U.S. They will also continue the U.S. conference in Los Angeles Oct. 18 & 19.
"Young & Free exists to give voice to this generation and to give our youth an identity. God is calling a generation who will rise up, and who will know deep and unending joy in Jesus Christ," said Laura Toggs, Hillsong's youth pastor. more >>
Miss Kay, the matriarch of "Duck Dynasty," and Jill Kelly, the wife of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, were among the Christian celebrities who spoke at the Women of Joy Fall conference held in San Antonio, Texas, last weekend.
Kelly told The Christian Post that she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ after she and her husband were told that their only son, Hunter, was going to die from complications of Krabee disease.
"Jesus has changed everything," she said. "Ultimately, the diagnosis and suffering of my one and only son, Hunter, and finding that everything I put my hope into up-to that very point was empty and meaningless. All of the worldly things; all of the money, success, fame, celebrity, power, all of those things came up empty when we were told Hunter was going to die. In the midst of that heartbreak and devastating news, I was so empty, helpless, hopeless, broken and fearful, afraid that every day I would wake up and think: is this the day." more >>
Editors' Note: The Christian Post recently spoke with Pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin, stars of the new National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation" to learn more about their controversial practice of worshipping God with snakes. The extensive interviews with both men, which include questions directly from CP's readers, are featured in four parts. Read part one here.
"Snake Salvation" debuted in September on the National Geographic Channel and viewers, including readers of The Christian Post, have expressed fascination, repulsion and confusion over the sect of Pentecostal Christians who say they are led by the Holy Spirit to handle poisonous snakes while worshipping God. more >>