Pastor Mark Driscoll, who along with his Mars Hill Church was recently removed from the membership of the church planting Acts 29 Network due to complaints over his "divisive" behavior, said Sunday he will take a break for at least six weeks as the lead pastor even as accusations against him are examined.
"I have requested a break for processing, healing, and growth for a minimum of six weeks while the leadership assigned by our bylaws conduct a thorough examination of accusations against me," the Seattle, Washington-based pastor told the congregation Sunday.
"I believe their review can best be performed without me being in the pulpit or the office, and they have agreed to this arrangement," he added, reading from a written statement.
Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger "sold his soul" for $100,000 from so called "gay rights" advocates, pastors say Detroit.
A group of Black Christian pastors and ministers condemned what they called state Republican leaders' "dance with the devil" regarding legislation they said is discriminatory and would threaten religious freedom and women's privacy rights by adding so-called "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Elliott-Larson Act, the state's civil rights law.
The pastors said Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans risk losing the votes of Christian families in the upcoming 2014 general election "if they rush to hop in the same political bed with homosexual activists."
"Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republican hypocrites in Lansing are now dancing with the devil," stated Rev. James Crowder, Senior Pastor of St. Galilee Baptist Church- Detroit and President of the Westside Minister's Alliance said, "selling out traditional morality and our religious freedom in return for cash from the same 'gay' multimillionaires whose campaign funding they've condemned in past elections."
They cited Bolger's acceptance of a $50,000 PAC contribution last month from nationally prominent homosexual activist and Democratic Party financier Tim Gill of Denver.
Gill and billionaire Jan Stryker, also of Denver, funded the Democratic takeover of Colorado's legislature in 2006; Jan Stryker is the sister of homosexual billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, who Michigan Republicans condemned in recent campaign cycles for spending millions of dollars in a similar attempt to defeat GOP legislative candidates here.
Stacy Swimp (see photo), Founder of Revive Alive Ministry and Spokesman for the group, states, "It's simply beyond belief that leaders of the Republican party, which claims to represent traditional family values, would even consider legislation that threatens the privacy rights, comfort, and safety of women, as attested to even by lesbian activists. But apparently, those values are for sale if the price is right."
The pastors note that even many lesbians and feminists believe women's privacy should be protected by law and, thus, oppose amending the Elliott Larson Act to include sexual orientation language.
Swimp cited a 2012 letter written by lesbians Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights urging the commission not to endorse so-called "gender identity" policies.
Brennan and Hungerford wrote: "the proliferation of legislation designed to protect 'gender identity' and 'gender expression' undermines legal protections for females vis-à-vis sex segregated spaces, such as female-only clubs, public restrooms, public showers, and other spaces designated as 'female only.' Females require sex-segregated facilities for a number of reasons, chief among them the documented frequency of male sexual violence against females."
For a long time, Prison Fellowship has believed that the United States incarcerates far too many people at far too high a cost. What's more, that cost does not take into account an important set of victims: the innocent children of offenders.
Well, a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences has come to much the same conclusion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheists are still the most mistrusted group in the U.S., and a godless politician is still the least likely candidate to win votes in a presidential election.
But atheist leader Todd Stiefel is celebrating “a lot of hope” in the fine print of a new Pew Research survey on political leanings.
True, 53 percent of Americans said they are least likely to choose a candidate who doesn’t believe in God, according to a survey conducted in April. But in 2007, that number was 63 percent.
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