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  • Joel Osteen Praises Obama as a Christian

    11/04/2014 10:39:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 91 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Tim Brown
    There are still self-professed "Christians" who continue to promote the heresies and unbiblical teachings of Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria.... ....My friends, Joel Osteen is in the position he is in because the professed Church has not called people like him out and dealt with him biblically. It's time the people of God start dealing with false teachers in a biblical manner.
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...
  • Is Your Church Safe?

    11/03/2014 8:45:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 3, 2014 | Timothy J. Hammons
    I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago about a church she used to attend. She stopped going because the pastors, who called themselves “team leaders,” never wanted to deal with any topics that might be controversial, like abortion. In fact, their stated goal was that they wanted the church to be safe for people. The thought of a “safe” church has bounced around in my head off and on since then. What in the world is a safe church, especially given that the gospel itself, is not safe. Jesus isn’t safe. God Himself, is not safe. In...
  • Should Pastors Endorse Candidates From The Pulpit?

    11/03/2014 4:58:04 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 24 replies
    A group called Alliance Defending Freedom organized a group of around 1,600 pastors who endorsed candidates from the pulpit in the weeks leading up to tomorrows election. Since the 1950’s the IRS has banned 501(c)(3) tax exempt churches from engaging in political activity, including endorsing candidates. The IRS has never enforced the law. Every few years the government sends out warning letters but it’s never actually taken the law to court. They likely know it wouldn’t be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Alliance Defending Freedom appears to be a conservative group and as such their 1,600 pastors appear to...
  • Megachurch Pastors Divided Over Texas Voter ID Law; T.D. Jakes Calls It 'Needless,'

    10/30/2014 8:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Two of Texas's most popular megachurch pastors, T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, reflected dueling positions on the state's controversial voter identification law. Jakes dismissed it as "needless" while Jeffress argued that the law is necessary ahead of Tuesday's mid-term elections. The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) into law in 2011 in a bid to curb voter fraud. It requires voters seeking to cast their ballots in person to present photo identification, such as a Texas driver's or gun license, a military ID or a passport according to votetexas.gov....
  • Gay Marriage: No One Expects the Secular Inquisition (Pastors Threatened)

    10/29/2014 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    On Friday, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, informed Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they would be required to perform gay weddings or face fines or possibly jail time under the city’s “public accommodations” statute. Their religious views are expected to adjust to the edicts of the state. So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by government and backed by force. It’s a religious orthodoxy required by secular authorities for a secular purpose, but no matter. Heretics will be found out and forced...
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others—gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful—were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs...declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage

    10/21/2014 8:59:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Full Title: Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs. Hillsong's pastor, stressing the church's need to stay relevant, declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage There’s a good piece by Andrew Walker in First Things on a popular international church network called Hillsong’s apparent equivocation on marriage. At a recent New York press conference, the ministry’s leader, Brian Houston, declined to answer whether the ministry affirms the biblical position. Instead, he stresses the church’s need to stay “relevant.” Earlier this year the pastor of Hillsong’s New York’s congregation, the ultra hip Carl Lentz, shared similar views with CNN. His wifeadded:...
  • Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge

    10/21/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it. Five pastors, members of Houston's conservative, evangelical base, oppose HERO, as does the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and...
  • Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings

    10/20/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have...
  • Mike Huckabee Asks Pastors Across the US to Send Sermons, Bibles to Houston Mayor

    10/20/2014 8:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/20/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said pastors from across the United States should send "thousands and thousands" of Bibles and sermons to the Houston mayor who demanded pastors turn over their sermons to the government due to their objection to an LGBT discrimination city ordinance. "I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles," Huckabee said on his Fox News show Saturday, referring to Mayor Annise D. Parker. "It ought to make you mad that the mayor thinks she can turn in her pastors. And so I got an idea," Huckabee explained. "If she wants a sermon, here...
  • In Idaho, Christian Pastors Ordered to Perform Gay Marriages. You Will Be Made to Care.

    10/18/2014 5:02:00 PM PDT · by cblue55 · 48 replies
    Red State ^ | October 18, 2014 | Erik Erikson
    It is one of the tenets of the current movement toward gay marriage. They get to get married, Christians are forced to provide goods and services if they demand it, but — and this is the key caveat of it all — but Christian ministers will not be forced to wed gays because of their religious concerns.
  • More Than 1,800 Pastors Advocate For Political Speech Rights in Church

    10/15/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) - So far this year, more than 1,800 pastors across the United States have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual event hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom that advocates for pastors’ right to speak on politics from the pulpit without fear of losing their churches’ tax exempt status. Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which started Oct. 5 and runs through Election Day on Nov. 4, first began in 2008 with only 33 participating pastors.
  • CITY OF HOUSTON DEMANDS PASTORS TURN OVER SERMONS. Yes, the MAYOR.

    10/16/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 74 replies
    Stand Up For The Truth! ^ | 10/14/2014 | A.Spreeman
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons...

    10/15/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · by lightman · 64 replies
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ^ | 15 October AD 2014 | AG Greg Abbott
    https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4880 AUSTIN -- Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information. In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.” Mr. David Feldman City Attorney City of Houston...
  • Pastors to mayor: Don’t mess with Texas pulpits

    10/15/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT · by dware · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.15.2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor. Their message is simple – Don’t Mess with Texas Preachers.
  • Progression of Gay Militantism Reaches Houston in Move Against Pastors

    10/15/2014 10:03:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If you dare oppose the gay agenda, you will be destroyed. Progression of the gay agenda will only become more intrusive, more tyrannical, and more Orwellian To Christians, homosexuality is an unacceptable behavior to God, as well as to Christ’s Flock. Since the dawn of the Christian Church a couple thousand years ago (and prior during the Old Testament era), homosexuality has been taught to be an affront against God. Scripture reveals that homosexuality was a part of the reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and a sign of the perverse evil Earth’s inhabitants had turned to during...
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul Discusses Why He's Pro-Life at Rally with 400 North Carolina Pastors

    10/03/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/2/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rallied 400 North Carolina pastors Tuesday evening, explaining to them why he is pro-life—an issue that, given Paul’s libertarian leanings, could be a point of attack from other conservative candidates in his likely 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Dallas Megachurch Pastors at Odds on 'Christian' Response to Border Crisis (VIDEO)

    07/16/2014 8:59:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Two influential pastors in Dallas, Texas, are at odds on what they both believe the appropriate Christian response should be to the recently-publicized border crisis involving children entering the United States illegally and unaccompanied. The unprecedented influx of young children and teens trying to illegally enter the United State along the country's southwestern border has "triggered a political and humanitarian crisis," according to NBC News. According to Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, the most compassionate thing the U.S. government can do to address the border crisis, heightened by the influx of unaccompanied alien children, is to secure the...
  • NC Pastors Demand Gov. Pat McCrory Defend State's Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

    07/16/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | Alex Murashko
    A group supporting the North Carolina Pastors Network demanded the state's governor defend the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state despite lawsuits from same-sex couples at the local and national level at a rally on Tuesday. Leaders from the group of about 30 people who gathered on the steps of the old Capitol building, are sending North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory a petition asking him to use his executive powers to defend the amendment that was approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, The Associated Press reported. In a recent column for The Christian Post, Rev....
  • Feds: Pastors not welcome at immigration camps

    07/09/2014 3:06:33 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me. “Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit,” said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona. “It’s pretty heartbreaking that they don’t let anybody in there -- even credentialed pastors.”
  • Pro-Abortion “Christian” Pastors Distribute Condoms Outside Hobby Lobby to Protest SCOTUS Decision

    07/04/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-abortion pastors from different “Christian” denominations distributed condoms outside a Hobby Lobby store to protest this week’s Supreme Court decision giving it and other companies the ability to opt out of the Obamacare HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This comes after a NARAL board member suggested abortion activists have sex in Hobby Lobby stores as a protest. The Chicago Sun Times has more on what happened: hobbylobby27Christian clergy and activists from different faiths protested outside a Hobby Lobby on Route 59 Wednesday in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that says...
  • Franklin Graham Calls on Pastors to Speak Out on Abortion, Homosexuality; Says 'God Hates Cowards'

    05/24/2014 7:35:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/23/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    (Photo: The Christian Post / Sonny Hong)Rev. Franklin Graham addressing pastors at the Watchmen on the Wall National Briefing, held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 22, 2014.WASHINGTON – The Rev. Franklin Graham told a large gathering of pastors on Thursday to address controversial issues from the pulpit, declaring that "God hates cowards."Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based his remarks on Revelation 21:8, wherein God lists eight groups of people who will be "in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is...
  • Watchmen on the Wall Conference 2014 -- A Spiritual Challenge to Rev. Franklin Graham

    05/25/2014 1:45:00 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 23 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-05-25 | Patton@Bastogne
    . To Rev. Franklin Graham "Watchmen on the Wall Conference" 2014 Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, J. Vernon McGee, Dr. James Dobson ... all great Christian leaders and bible teachers of America in the 1960s thru 1990s ... Or were they ? For all the great works they did for Christ's church in America, IS IT POSSIBLE they made one (1) grave mistake ? I declare that they did, to the detriment of at least TWO American generations ... And I respectfully challenge Rev. Franklin Graham (and the other Conference speakers) to ACKNOWLDGE THEIR MISTAKE and APOLOGIZE to their Church Congregations....
  • 100 Black Pastors: Gay Rights Don't Compare to Civil Rights...

    05/19/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 5/13/14 | By Leah Marianne Klett
    Detroit Black Pastors are speaking out against Judge Bernard Friedman's overruling of the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriages as between one man and one woman. Despite the votes of 2.7 million voters who voted in favor of marriage protection, Friedman called the amendment "unconstitutional" and "irrational."
  • Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy, TD Jakes and Other...

    05/03/2014 4:29:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    Breathecast ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | Jeannie Law
    Full title of this poorly written article: Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy and Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes and Other Top Pastors Said on the Subjects Evangelist, Reverend Franklin Graham recently participated in a news panel discussion in which he answered questions on homosexuality. Some of the world's most popular evangelicals in America have shared a similar biblical position as Graham in past interviews. Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers, T.D. Jakes and more, like Graham, have openly shared their thoughts on the divisive subject, and they have used their knowledge of scripture to shed a light...
  • 10 Pastors I’m Concerned About

    04/13/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Scott Postma ^ | 04/13/2014
    It’s not a secret the church has been in decline for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. You can read some statistics and views on why, here and here and here. Everyone has their opinions.Abuse, apostasy, and irrelevance are just a few of the words that keep coming up in the search for reasons for the decline. There are a variety of compelling opinions and I even have a few of my own.But I suggest there is another area of decline more significant and perhaps much less obvious—and one that certainly contributes to the church’s decline...
  • Pastors Enchanted by Hollywood's Courting Lead Christians to Patronize "Noah" Propaganda Film

    03/31/2014 10:06:33 PM PDT · by publius321 · 16 replies
    "Some Christian leaders and Pastors have been making some pretty big leaps to actually recommend that Christians not only embrace Darren Aronofsky’s Noah movie but pay to see it. A couple of such articles I have read include one written exclusively for ChristianPost.com by John Snowden, the Biblical Consultant to filmmakers on the 'Noah' movie And another by Phil Cooke titled Why I'm Recommending Christians See the Movie "Noah" Many tweets by supporters have echoed some of the main points in those two articles so I will focus on Mr. Cooke’s article. Before the film was released, these leaders contended...
  • Black Pastors Call for Impeachment of Eric Holder

    03/01/2014 7:51:01 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Today, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) is launching a grassroots efforts to push for the impeachment of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, saying the radical leftist should be impeached over “repeated lawlessness.” Rev. Bill Owens, CAAP Founder and President said in a statement that Eric Holder has no legal authority to pick and choose which laws he’s going to enforce: “The Attorney General of the United States should be impeached over his repeated lawlessness in attempting to impose same-sex marriage throughout the nation. It’s one thing to make a political argument that gay marriage should be the law,...
  • Black Pastors Demand Planned Parenthood be Held Accountable for Killing Woman in Abortion

    02/28/2014 5:06:52 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Black leaders in Illinois have closed ranks, calling for increased accountability and safety regulations for abortion mills after the death of Tonya Reaves, who bled to death after a botched abortion in a Chicago Planned Parenthood. Reverend Ceasar LeFlore, Bishop Lance Davis, and State Representative Tom Morrison are leading the crusade for legislative change in the state of Illinois to prevent future tragedies like Reaves’s. Rev. LeFlore stated: tonyareavesWhile Roe v. Wade provides a women with choice it does not guarantee the safety of her life nor set a standard for abortion clinics demanding due diligence...
  • Disgraced Ex-Preacher Says There’s a Major Culture Problem in Evangelical Christianity

    01/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 120 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ted Haggard, a preacher who stepped down in 2006 from his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., following a sex and drug scandal, recently spoke out about Isaac Hunter’s suicide, an event that took the evangelical world by storm last week. Focusing specifically on the scandals and charges of wrongdoing that have surrounded many famed preachers — himself included — Haggard said that evangelical Christians sometimes fail to properly apply the gospel when dealing with faith leaders who fall from grace. Hunter, the former pastor of Summit...
  • Pastors are not Interchangeable Parts – A Reflection on an Article By George Weigel

    07/24/2013 1:43:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 23, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    George Weigel recently published an article in First Things that offers a good critique of a common practice in most U.S. Dioceses, that of moving pastors every six to ten years. While some priests are lucky enough to stay longer, most find themselves moving every six or more years. Frankly, both priests and parishes usually suffer as a result.There are, of course times when it is a good idea for a pastor to move on. Sometimes he is a poor match for the parish in question, sometimes there has been a change in the parish for which he is ill-equipped...
  • Faith leaders urge Redskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL to change team’s name

    12/05/2013 6:11:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/5/2013 | Theresa Vargas
    Dozens of area clergy members have signed a letter to the owner of the Washington Redskins and the commissioner of the National Football League, calling on the team to recognize that “words can cause great pain” and change its name.“The derogatory term ‘redskin’ offends many Native Americans and others in this country,” said the letter signed by 61 faith leaders. “This word, defined in the dictionary as a slur, should not be publicly marketed and celebrated in America, which is built on the ideals of respect and inclusion.”The missive marks the latest effort in the push to change the team’s...
  • Pastors To Protest OKC "Gay Play" Of Biblical Satire

    11/28/2013 7:21:23 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    NEWS9.COM ^ | 27 NOVEMBER 2013 | NEWS9.COM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Pastors from across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area say they are outraged and offended over a play featuring biblical satire and simulated gay sex. Members of the clergy are planning a protest to be held at the city-owned Civic Center Music Hall on the opening night of OKC Theatre Company's production of, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told." The play's opening night is Dec. 6. Productions will be held at the center's black box theater, which holds an audience of nearly 90 people. The comedy features a twist on stories of the Bible. In one scene at...
  • Why Not a ‘Foul-Mouthed’ Pastor? Should pastors swear to be more "real" and "relevant"?

    11/17/2013 7:36:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/2013 | Walter Hudson
    The closest a Christian comes to hearing the literal voice of God is when their familiarity with scripture evokes verses in answer to life’s queries. For instance, when confronted with the Washington Post’s profile of “tatted up, foul-mouthed” Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber, something like 2 Timothy 4:3-4 comes to mind: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. The Post provides little from Bolz-Weber which passes for...
  • Ted Cruz Speaks on His Faith to South Carolina Clergy

    11/04/2013 11:21:49 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | Monday, 04 Nov 2013 01:11 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Sen. Ted Cruz won't be talking politics when he addresses some 400 pastors Monday in South Carolina. The Texas Republican will focus his remarks on his faith and values. The event is sponsored by the American Renewal Project, the brainchild of evangelical political operative David Lane, The State newspaper reports. Cruz, a tea party favorite and one of the most vocal Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act, was a driving force behind shutting down the federal government in an effort to defund Obamacare. Cruz, a freshman, is weighing a run in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. Sen. Tim Scott...
  • 'Fed up' Milwaukee pastors call for gun buyback program

    10/14/2013 10:16:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 60 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 oct 2013
    A group of Milwaukee pastors and their supporters gathered Monday morning at a local coffee shop to implore city officials to sponsor a gun buyback program, which they say could remove weapons from the city's streets and reduce violence in their neighborhoods. "We are here today because we are fed up," said the Rev. John McVicker Sr., pastor at Christ the King Baptist Church. "There have been far too many senseless shootings in our city, many resulting in homicide." The pastors have asked the city to allot $50,000 in its 2014 budget to initiate a one-time, anonymous gun buyback, where...
  • Why Pastors Won't Take a Stand

    09/28/2013 6:21:38 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 78 replies
    Renew America ^ | September 28, 2013 | Chuck Baldwin
    I am constantly asked, "Chuck, why don't pastors take a stand and speak out?" I've been a pastor most of my adult life. I believe I am qualified to answer that question. Here is the stark reality: the vast majority of pastors today are "success" oriented. Beginning in Bible College or seminary, and continuing throughout a pastor's ministerial life, the emphasis is success. And that means church growth, larger congregations, bigger buildings, bigger offerings, burgeoning statistics, greater notoriety, denominational praise, invitations to speak at conferences, applause from fellow ministers, not to mention the financial perks and benefits that come with...
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John

    08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 150 replies
    United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the...
  • Pastors Must Take Back Civil Rights Movement

    08/19/2013 3:36:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Star Parker
    The purging of Grammy Award winner Donnie McClurkin from performing at a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech should serve as yet another wakeup call to Christian black Americans. McClurkin, a black pastor and gospel music superstar, was asked to step down from his featured performance by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray as result of pressure from homosexual activists. McClurkin preaches against the homosexual lifestyle from his pulpit and says he himself departed and was saved from this lifestyle through God's mercy. Political...
  • More Pastors Jumping Off the Rock into the Raging Waters

    08/05/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/24/2013 | Michael Youssef
    When evangelical preachers lose their way and turn their backs on biblical Christianity, why is it they end up in the Episcopal Church? As a preacher who traveled in the opposite direction and left the Episcopal Church 22 years ago—or I should say the Episcopal Church left me—I think I have a clue. On March 18, the Huffington Post reported that Rob Bell, the one-time evangelical pastor who rejected the core of Christian faith, has endorsed homosexual marriage. Where was that endorsement made? Surprise, surprise: Grace Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California. Grace Cathedral is located in...
  • Joel Osteen and In-N-Out Are our hearts changed by something within us or by Someone outside us?

    07/22/2013 6:38:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | July 22, 2013 | Marc5solas
    If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating an In-N-Out Burger, you are missing out on one of the little, artery clogging,  pleasures of life.As for the name, it’s about as basic and simple as you could get.  You come in, get your burger, and go out.  Fast, easy, and well.. tasty.Inside of you is hunger, outside of you are tasty burgers for your enjoyment.  You go there, get one, and satisfy your hunger. There are no burgers inside of me, so I go out, where there are burgers.  Simple. Not exactly deep theology here.. right?Can you imagine the absurdity...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Issues Major Gay Marriage Warning for Pastors and Christians, Alike

    07/25/2013 12:52:51 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 23, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Supporters of traditional marriage often fear the free speech ramifications that could emerge as as result of increasing support for gay marriage in the United States. But are these worries really legitimate? In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, joined in this chorus, warning that the push in favor of same-sex unions could, indeed, put First Amendment protections at risk. “If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” he said of hate speech regulations that are in place...
  • Black Pastors to Members: Be Aware and Beware Zimmerman Verdict

    07/25/2013 4:25:47 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    Afro ^ | 7/14/13 | Courtney Jacobs and Blair Adams
    Rev. John K. Jenkins, Sr. looked out at the congregation of First Baptist Church of Glendarden and sighed. Less than 12 hours after jurors in Sanford, Fla., found George Zimmerman not guilty in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, he was having “trouble” coming to terms with the verdict and what it meant for justice, and righteousness, or the lack thereof, in this country. Though the church celebrated its annual Music and Arts Ministry on July 14, Jenkins had a heavy heart. His topic for the day was “Directions for Troubled Times.” “I was speechless,” Jenkins told...
  • Iowa Trip Sows a Tea-Party Rivalry

    07/22/2013 1:58:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2013 | Robert Costa
    Des Moines, Iowa — On Thursday night, the last direct flight from Washington, D.C., to Iowa’s capital was delayed. Most of the weary travelers idled by the gate. But two passengers, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, left to get dinner. Together, they stumbled upon a sushi bar. They took seats, and for about 30 minutes, they talked over fish and rice. In separate interviews, both senators declined to discuss the content of their conversation, but they assured me it was amicable. “We don’t arm wrestle, or anything like that,” Paul says. Cruz concurs: “We’re...
  • Churches Fear Lawsuits for Refusing Gay Weddings

    07/16/2013 4:58:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Joe Carr believes a day is fast approaching when pastors will be charged with hate crimes for preaching that homosexuality is a sin and churches will face lawsuits for refusing to host same-sex weddings. “It’s just a matter of time,” said Carr, the pastor of Waynesville Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. “What’s happening in Europe – we’re going to see happen here and we’re going to see it happen sooner rather than later I’m afraid.” And that’s why the congregation will be voting next month to change their church bylaws – to officially ban the usage of their facilities for...
  • Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    San Bernandino Sun ^ | 12/23/2012 | Josh Dulaney
    God created government. So preached Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in the days leading up to the presidential election. Hibbs has joined with nearly 1,600 pastors across the country and about 140 in California in the Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort aimed at protecting the free-speech rights of pastors in the pulpit. Hibbs' sermons in a series called "Politics and Faith" may have been enough to let the church know which candidate he supported. Or at least who he didn't. He preached about politics and Israel. And politics and defending the pre-born. Hibbs was emphatic during an...
  • WATCH: ‘I’m Important! I’m Somebody!’ Baptist Pastor Throws Epic ‘Hissy Fit,’ Berates Churchgoers

    07/06/2013 8:46:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 129 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 5, 2013
    Fun times at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Recent video shows pastor Jim Standridge throwing what can only be described as an uncomfortably epic hissy-fit upon discovering one of his younger churchgoers had fallen asleep during his sermon. “Don’t you go to sleep while I’m talking?” Standridge said from his pulpit, looking directly at the snoozing churchgoer. “Hey! Hey! Don’t you lay your head back!” “I’m important. I’m somebody,” the pastor continued as he stepped down from the pulpit and walked directly over to the unidentified sleepy male. “You may do your English teacher that way, but I’m...
  • Study: 1 in 5 Pennsylvania Pastors 'Not In Sync' on Moral Issues

    05/10/2013 9:44:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/10/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A report from the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network reveals that approximately 20 percent of evangelical pastors in the Keystone State are "not in sync" on significant moral and doctrinal issues. The report contains information compiled from a phone survey conducted by United in Purpose on behalf of PPN. The survey asked evangelical pastors from across the state to respond to 20 questions pertaining to topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage, the authority of the Bible, and how a person can be spiritually saved. The results of the survey are being released in several parts over time. When asked to respond to...
  • On gay marriage issue, pastors group urges Supreme Court to uphold God's law

    04/01/2013 7:33:31 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 22 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 29, 2013 | Ivey DeJesus
    For Sam Rohrer, the debate on same-sex marriage comes down to an unwavering Biblical outlook on the world. Sam Rohrer, president, Pennsylvania Pastors Network Patriot-News file photo, 2010 Rohrer, a former nine-term Republican state representative and now president of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, believes political leaders who support gay marriage are shirking a sworn duty to uphold “God’s moral and natural law.” “The concept of what is important and what is to be protected by government arises from the clear concept that those rights and standards and values emanate from God, not government,” Rohrer said. “Government’s responsibility is to protect...