The results of a new survey from Lifeway Research may come as a surprise to pastors and worship leaders.
The study found that most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, but they will choose to leave a church if the foundational beliefs are tampered with.
These findings can serve as a wake-up call, says the American Pastors Network’s (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), to pastors who may be trying to reach people through music, programs or style rather than the substance of the Gospel.
“It is crucial that American churches return to the core of the Gospel—the true focus of who and what the church should be,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “Today’s pastors can get caught up in the style of music, programs offered, the environment and even how leaders dress. While these things may deserve some attention, they should not be the focus. The foundation of the church must be its theological position and how strongly it is rooted in the Word of God. Rightfully so, the people in the pews realize this.”
Source: Churchgoers Stay for the Theology, Not the Music or the Pastor – Christian News Headlines
WÜRTZBURG, Germany, July 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A German medical student sparked online backlash after she was filmed telling an audience that “pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation, just like… heterosexuality.”
Mirjam Heine gave a lecture in defense of pedophiles during the “independently organized” TEDx Talk at the University of Würtzberg in Germany in May. The title given to Heine’s talk was “Why our perception of pedophilia has to change.”
Introducing her theme with the “story” of “Jonas,” a 19-year-old pedophile who studies law and plays soccer, she asked her listeners to put aside their revulsion for pedophiles.
“Anyone could be born a pedophile,” she told them.
Source: TEDx speaker: ‘Pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation,’ ‘anyone’ could be born that way | News | LifeSite
Three women who worked at a senior living facility in Georgia were charged on Friday over their alleged role in a Snapchat video that involved a dying 76-year-old stroke patient.
The clip, which according to police was titled “The End,” featured Jorden Lanah Bruce, 21, Mya Janai Moss, 21, and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez, 19, allegedly using a vape and using profanities while ignoring the patient.
The three, who were working at Bentley Senior Living Facility in Jefferson, were reportedly sent to monitor the unnamed patient on June 13 while waiting for hospice to arrive, WSB-TV reported.
Source: 3 charged over alleged Snapchat video of dying stroke patient titled ‘The End’ | Fox News
A woman in hospice care died just hours after PSEG cut off the power to her house in New Jersey because of an overdue bill. The woman relied on an oxygen tank powered by electricity to breathe.
Source: Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after power cut off to home following overdue bill [Video]
The report documents a new archaeological discovery that revealed a brass weight weighing about 160 grams.It was found in Sussita during excavations organized by the University of Haifa, he wrote.
But the brass weight, dating to the 7th century, “contained a surprise.”
“More or less by chance, we discovered a stain covering the cross on the obverse of the weight,” Michael Eisenberg, of the university research team, said.
He’s head of the Hippos-Sussita excavations, and told the Jerusalem Post, “At first we were convinced that it was just dirt, but in fact the stain was made deliberately to conceal a cross, a Christian religious symbol used by the Christian population, so that they could continue to use the weight in their contacts with the new Muslim rulers. This is the first time that we have found a weight featuring this type of concealed element.”
The relic was found by Bradley Bowlin using a metal detector and was forwarded to Alexander Lermolin of the Conservation Laboratory at Haifa University’s Archaeological Institute.
He discovered under a dark stain was a cross inlaid in silver.
Source: Found: Historic evidence of early Muslim intolerance of Christians