Christian News Network reports:
The leader of a megachurch in San Francisco has announced that it will no longer require members who struggle with feelings toward the same-sex to remain celibate—as long as the sexual activity is within “marriage”—an announcement that has led to
“Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,’ by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing,” Fred Harrell of City Church, the largest professing evangelical church in San Francisco, announced in a letter on Friday.
According to Business Insider:
Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC has hired an evangelical Christian legal advocate, Jordan Sekulow, as a senior adviser. The move could be a crucial step in Bush’s outreach to the religious right as he tries to win over dubious voters in the conservative grassroots ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary.
Sekulow is the Executive Director of the conservative legal advocacy group American Center for Law & Justice. The group was founded by televangelist-turned-university-president Pat Robertson in 1990 as a conservative alternative to the American Civil Liberties Union.
According to the Christian News Network, the American Humanist Organization “is supporting an effort to erect a statue of Clarence Darrow on the grounds of the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee. The courthouse is where Darrow famously defended the teaching of evolution in the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.
Liberals from the Presbyterian Church USA (which is not to be confused with other Presbyterian denominations) have voted to approve same-sex “marriage”, thereby choosing to ignore the clear teaching of God’s Word on homosexuality. The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin against God and those involved in the lifestyle must repent. According to Pennlive.com:
The Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger, executive director of the Carlisle Presbytery, described the meeting of voting members as well-attended, cordial and effective.
“From a process perspective, it was excellent,” he said. “Obviously, there is a wide range of opinions and perspective on this and we continue to be very divided about this question. But this passed the presbytery pretty significantly almost by an 18 vote margin. That is pretty significant.”
Word of Faith heretic Creflo Dollar preaches a false gospel, not the “gospel of grace” he claims to preach. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the prosperity preacher needs money to purchase a new private jet so that he can “safely spread the word of Jesus around the world,” as the multi-million dollar jet he now owns recently experienced engine failure.
Christian News Network repots:
A street preacher in the UK who is charged with making “homophobic” and “Islamophobic” remarks has just completed a two-day trial and awaits a verdict on whether or not biblical speech about the issues is considered a crime in the country.
Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, is accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He is now facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.
Christian News Network reports:
[The] American Baptist College is defending its invitation to an openly lesbian United Church of Christ minister, asserting that Christians are making an “idol” of the Bible.
“It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris told The Tennessean on Wednesday.
According to Christian Headlines:
Outspoken Christian leader Franklin Graham wrote a Facebook post this week that referenced homosexual persecution and said the LGBT community needs to repent. Charisma News reports that Graham mentioned a recent act of ISIS brutality in which a gay man was thrown off a rooftop and then stoned to death.
Christian News Network shares this touching story:
Photographs of a baby boy that was born at 19 weeks have been making an impact around the world for life as they demonstrate to viewers the humanity and perfection of the unborn child.
“I shared these photos so my friends and family could see my perfect child,” Lexi Fretz of Greencastle, Pa. wrote in a blog post. “I never, ever could have imagined that it would spread across the world like this.”
According to News Max, Equality Utah executive director Troy Williams said at a news conference, “This is an historic day. People from diverse backgrounds have come together to craft what no one thought was possible.”
News Max writes:
State Sen. Stuart Adams, a Republican who led negotiations on the proposal, said at the news conference that they’ve found a way to respect the rights of some while not infringing on the rights of others.
“If Utah can do this, my opinion, it can be done anywhere else in the nation.”
Once again Hollywood is pushing the envelope. Christian News Network reports that “The Fosters” is generating controversy after two male teens kissed each other on screen. This was the first time same-sex teens kissed on American television. That this would happen is not surprising as the show’s creators are homosexuals and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is the producer.
Campus Reform is reporting a puzzling story out of Chicopee, Mass. Evidently, pro-abortion congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) has been invited to speak at Elms College’s 84th annual commencement ceremony. What’s puzzling is that Elms is a Roman Catholic college. In a statement Elms announced their reason for inviting Lewis:
Lewis’ personal and political focus on civil rights fits perfectly with Elms’ commitment to social justice. As commencement speaker, he will deliver a humbling and inspiring message for the Class of 2015 to carry into the world.
Elms made no mention of the fact that during Lewis’ 29 years as a U.S. Congressman, he has been fiercely pro-abortion and has earned a 100 percent approval rating from the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.
Over at Patheos, Warren Throckmorton has brought our attention to Dr. Ben Carson’s apology for saying that being gay is a choice. In his apology, which you will find on his Facebook page, Dr. Carson pointed out that:
I’m a doctor trained in multiple fields of medicine, who was blessed to work at perhaps the finest institution of medical knowledge in the world. Some of our brightest minds have looked at this debate, and up until this point there have been no definitive studies that people are born into a specific sexuality. We do know, however, that we are always born male and female. And I know that we are all made in God’s image, which means we are all deserving of respect and dignity.
Christian Headlines reports that terrorist group ISIS has purportedly set standards for themselves. By releasing 19 people they kidnapped, they can get credibility “by showing that they follow rules and that they have some kind of transparent process that follows their particular implementation of Sharia law.”
According to the Christian News Network, in less than a year after astronomers announced that they had proof of the universe beginnings, those same astronomers have retracted their claims. We now learn that the findings were not proof of the Big Bang after all and that the astronomers’ conclusions were incorrect.
According to the Israeli National News:
In response to the Presbyterian Church USA’s (PCUSA) decision to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) filed a whistleblower action against the organization with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) over meetings PCUSA held with Hezbollah terrorists.
According to the Christian News Network:
Regional presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting on whether to ratify a vote taken by the General Assembly and regional delegates last year to change the definition of marriage in its law book and to allow ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” in states where the practice is legal.
According to The Independent:
Children may be born with parents of the same sex following a breakthrough which scientists believe paves the way for “two dad” families.
Christian Headlines reports on an online survey of young adults. According to the survey, “Young adults who said their fathers explained ‘biblical principles’ to them on a daily or weekly basis growing up were significantly more likely to say they lived by typical Christian behavior as adults by praying, volunteering, reading the Bible, and attending church frequently and avoiding pornography, marijuana use, abortion, and co-habitation.”
Christian News Network reports:
The governor of Alabama, who formerly served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the Baptist church where he remains a member, says that he will obey the recent federal court ruling striking down the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Act as being unconstitutional.
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor and Emergent leader Rob Bell is a controversial figure. Recently, Bell was invited by Oprah Winfrey to host The Rob Bell Show on her OWN channel. Bell denies the existence of hell, promotes “Mother God,” and insists that homosexuality is not a sin, thus our “homosexual brothers and sisters” must be accepted by the Church. Therefore, it is no surprise that he is reportedly thrilled by the idea that same-sex ‘marriage’ may soon become legal in America. Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, offers Christians this advice:
When it comes to heretical teachers like Bell, we are NOT to “eat the meat and spit out the bones (advice found nowhere in Scripture), but instead we are to follow the command to mark and avoid false teachers.