Elon's Professor of Religious Studies, Rebecca Todd Peters, claimed that opposition to abortion by conservative Christians "flies in the face of Jesus' teaching that he came to bring abundant life."
Times have changed, and the church must change with them, is essentially the argument. The modern conclusion is that "more effective systems of detention have been developed" that can sufficiently protect citizens from murderers. Moreover, the guilty must never be deprived the possibility of redemption. With the deepest respect for Pope Francis and my Catholic friends, the change is too much!
A culture's easy acceptance, widespread and excessive use of alcohol, is unquestionably an accelerant for every form of decadence, dissipation, and dissolution. Such is symptomatic of a people treacherously sliding downward.
Today it's much like the situation described in Hosea chapter 4, where the prophet said that God had "a case against" Israel. He said there was "no truth, no faithful love, and no knowledge of God in the land!" Cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and sexual immorality were rampant; one act of bloodshed followed another.
During the last session of the North Carolina General Assembly, proposed alcohol legislation would have lowered the criteria for Movie Theaters to obtain a mixed beverage permit. Some theaters already sell beer and wine, but this would have authorized them to have bars.
The day before the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned last month, lawmakers who had either decided not to run again or had failed to win re-election were formally saying goodbye to their colleagues on their respective chamber's floor. Among the many speeches given, one stood out and proved extraoridnary.
Proverbs 11:3 tells us how critical integrity is. It says, "The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them." Lying seems to be the modus operandi of our politics. Some would argue it's always been that way, but it seems worse than ever nowadays.
Suicide has certainly been in the headlines lately. First was the death of American fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade. Quickly on the heels of her death came that of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, who took his own life.
Jesus showed us that God is personal, like a wise, loving, tender, and watchful father. Jesus always used this form of address when praying.
After carefully reading the Reclaiming Jesus statement, I am struck with how seemingly sweet it sounds, but it's only saccharine sweet. It's appealing to the undiscerning, but it's really just a white-washed tomb full of dead men's bones. It's merely socialism with a religious veneer.
These are dark days we are living in and are seemingly getting darker by the minute. Lives are at great risk. This is no time for Christians to be silent in word or good deeds. People desperately need to know Christ.
Through the decades, more than 650,000 American airmen, soldiers, and sailors have given in battle what Abraham Lincoln referred to as that "last full measure of devotion." Memorial Day isn't about barbeques, picnics, parades, political speeches or a day off from work.
Pastor and radio Bible teacher, Chuck Swindoll, once shared a story about a good friend who was raised by a godly pastor's wife.
Socialistic and Communistic principles are the doctrines of devils masquerading as hope and help for the proletariat – the marginalized or working class people. It is an evil system to be feared, deeply rooted in deception, promising a "people's government," but delivering despotism.
More and more states are now toasting new laws that allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. Many would argue allowing alcohol sales on Sundays shouldn't do anything to hurt the ministry of churches. But the evidence demonstrates otherwise.
What is it that Christ has not touched for the better? What problems does his person or purpose not solve?
The notion that God judges no one is both popular and comforting. The problem, however, is that this soothing and morally indiscriminate thought is patently false. Moreover, it's often the basis for the false assertion that we should never judge.
Is it true? Did the Pope actually say that there is no hell? The Bible, which is the Word of God, should be the sole authority on the subject of hell. Its claims on the subject are abundantly clear.
Central to Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And only the Christian faith claims an empty tomb for its founder. Islam possesses bizarre beliefs for explaining away the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How much booze Americans are tossing back? It turns out that the amount is astonishing. 1 in 6, or 37 million, adults binge drink about once a week.
Freedom is a very spiritual thing. It's a part of our being made in the glorious image of our Maker. Nevertheless, with the gift of liberty there also comes danger.
I find it difficult to take seriously a political party, the Democratic Party, which is characteristically made up of people who reject the external, definable and transcendent authority of the Bible.
During the memorial service for her father, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Billy Graham's daughter, said she believed her father's passing could have prophetic significance.
Billy Graham had a lot to say about America and its many social issues. Moreover, he told Americans how to be free and to stay free.
Some of us can still remember quite vividly when things were very different in this country.