It’s impossible to count the thousands of lies that have come out of the activist gay community over the last few decades, but the newest lie is that gay teens are committing suicide because of hate coming from Christians and churches. How many times have we been told that gay teens have committed suicide because they just couldn’t take the hate coming at them from the church? We see so many people repeating this line that it seems to have become a mandatory talking point for gay kids, their advocates and their parents. Continue reading
POPE ALERT: In my last Pope Alert I wrote that the pope had said atheists can go to heaven even if they don’t believe in God! Many Catholics attacked me for posting that. They said I had misread it and that I was wrongly interpreting his words. They said the media had mis-characterized what the Pope meant, although they had quoted him word-for-word.
Well, now he has clarified it. Now he says as long as everyone goes with their own idea of good and evil – we’ll all be fine.
Here’s the Pope: “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good. Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.” Continue reading
by Jonathan Cousar
I had promised myself not to write anything critical of Rick Warren in the wake of his son’s tragic and untimely death. My heart goes out to him and his family during this incredibly sad time.
So, what could possibly prompt me to write anything about him in less than a week after his horrific personal tragedy? It was his weekly email newsletter that he sends out to Pastors.com members. In it was featured an article by Beth Moore titled “Beth Moore: Sadness and Madness”.
In her article, Moore actually uses the tragedy of Warren’s son’s death to attack Warren’s theological critics. While I thought it would be appropriate to wait at least a couple of weeks before writing anything about Warren, Moore decided to use his son’s death to silence his critics in less than a week after his death. And Rick Warren himself*, thought it was appropriate to include it in this week’s newsletter.
by Dr. E.S. Williams
The Rev. Tim Keller is one of the pillars of the New Calvinist movement. As the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, Keller claims to promote Reformed Christianity. He has served as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and regarded by many as a great Christian intellectual in the mold of CS Lewis. He has reputation of being a deep thinking, conservative Christian leader—an expert in Christian apologetics, and skilled in arguments that demonstrate the truth of Christianity in a postmodern world. In a sermon on who is Jesus, Tim Keller helps his listeners to see Jesus Christ as ‘existentially satisfying’ and ‘intellectually credible’. His church holds that “the gospel is the good news that through Christ the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus’ work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us.”  Continue reading
by Hassan Nurullah
originally posted at DigitalPublius
A Major reason for my becoming Christian was that I was shown the Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ, beginning with the first telling of the gospel in Genesis 3:15: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
This passage is known as the Protoevangelium. Proto meaning first and evangelium refers to the gospel message, the good news of salvation through Christ—In other words the “first gospel.”
Here God is telling Satan, from the beginning, exactly what his demise will be. God tells Satan he is destroyed by the seed of a woman, this is Christ born of a virgin. The serpent is told he is dealt a deathblow by the seed while Satan will only be able to temporarily hurt the seed. Though the seed is struck down, He would again rise. Continue reading
Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel, (Springfield, IL), has written an extensive and engaging two-part series on the social gospel. This article pulls together the various elements and manifestations of the social gospel, revealing its grasp on the evangelical church today.
One of the important issues which the church has always had to address is that of its role in society. In the Old Testament, the Lord chose Abraham to be the father of a called-out race of people. Years later, the Lord would establish the nation of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant. Detailed laws and regulations were given to Israel at the time including how that nation was to be governed, how poverty was to be dealt with, how widows and orphans were to be helped and how injustices were to be corrected. All of these matters were addressed almost exclusively within the context of the nation of Israel, with relatively minor concern for the surrounding nations. Continue reading
Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel, (Springfield, IL), has written an extensive and engaging two-part series on the social gospel. This article pulls together the various elements and manifestations of the social gospel, revealing its grasp on the evangelical church today.Continue reading
I grew up going to Charles Stanley’s First Baptist Church in Atlanta. I left Atlanta in the early 90s for New York City, where I’ve been ever since. So I had heard that Charles’ son Andy had become a pastor and founded his own church and I was excited thinking that Atlanta would have another solid pastor. So the disappointment and sadness in having to write this is personal and great.
In May of last year (2012), we posted an article by Christine Pack about Andy Stanley who had made some disturbing comments about homosexuality. Or rather I should say, it’s what he left out that was disturbing. In a sermon last year he told the story of a married man who was cheating on his wife – with another man. The man and his gay lover began going to Stanley’s church and eventually wanted to get more involved by volunteering at the church. As Stanley related the story in his sermon, he told the man that he couldn’t begin volunteering at the church as long as he was living in sin. However, the only sin he mentioned, specifically, was that of cheating on his wife. He didn’t view the homosexual relationship as a problem. Continue reading
Rick Warren sent an email out today, to pastors who are members of his Pastors.com website, explaining why it’s good idea to preach sermons in a topical series instead of one sermon per topic.
You might think this idea arose out of a desire to find better ways to convey sound Biblical teachings to his listeners in a way that would help them remember. But he makes no mention of any such concerns. Instead his concerns revolve around marketing the church and saving time.
Warren believes that preaching a series of sermons on a single topic is a great marketing strategy for increasing the size of the church and, with the added benefit of saving a pastor’s very valuable time. He wants all the pastors who follow him to know about it this great new marketing tool. Continue reading
After I was on World View Weekend with Brannon Howse, a listener emailed me and we struck up a conversation. This week he sent me a link to a video he has worked on about Rick Warren and the “seeker-sensitive” movement.
It was so good I wanted to post it here. It’s long, two hours, but that’s why it’s so good because he takes the time to really go into detail about all these related church movements and pastors. Each pastor has a slightly different take but they all go in the same direction of leading people away from true Biblical teachings. Continue reading