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For years I have seen and heard Ray Comfort and the Living Waters team going out onto the streets proclaiming the gospel. Often, we see them jeered and mocked as they lovingly answer critics and point to hope in Christ. I watched Ray’s latest movie, “The Fool,” and I was greatly encouraged by how Ray used the way he was mocked for even more ministry zeal.

How do people exhibit so much confidence in what they are doing that their motivation increases when they face opposition and accusation? If you asked Ray, you may find a similar answer to what you might get simply by reading Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth. Paul answers his own critics by

A week ago Monday, my friend Joni Eareckson Tada had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule. This less than three years after being declared cancer-free. I’m thankful to say that the procedure seems to have been a success.

Soon after she received this new diagnosis, Joni wrote me about what it means to “suffer well.” And I thought: If there’s a category of life more alien to the secular, progressive mind, I don’t know what it would be. A dominant message in our culture is that suffering is irredeemable, worthless, and to be avoided at all costs—even at the cost of life itself. That’s the thinking behind doctor-assisted suicide for instance, something Joni has fiercely opposed. Still what continually stuns me, and convicts me, is how Joni ...

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez on Wednesday complained that voters are influenced by what they hear in church on Sundays. Perez claimed that Republicans have an advantage because “people buy” what they hear at church.

“And we all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level,” Perez said at an event for Demand Justice, a left-wing political group.

90% of the African American vote in Atlanta went to the Democratic Party. We know that there are many black mega churches in Atlanta. It is impossible that only non-Christians voted last Tuesday. We are left with the inescapable conclusion that born-again and Spirit-filled Christians in large numbers voted for the Democratic Party. That is not racist it is simply a fact.
This is not just true in Atlanta. It is also very true in Houston. For that matter every city in America.
It is no surprise how this happened. It is the pulpit’s fault. Believers are fed ...

Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump's web.

Last week the president criticized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, calling it "a lawless disgrace." The New York Times writes, "Mr. Trump's remarks came after a federal trial judge ordered the administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States." The judge issuing the ruling was Jon S. Tigar, of the United States District Court in San Francisco, whom Trump quickly singled out as an "Obama judge." This prompted a rare pushback from Chief Justice John Roberts, who said in a statement ...

The city of Austin, Texas, is now on the front lines of the culture war between religious freedom and LGBT rights. Early in October, the U.S. Pastor Council (USPC) filed a federal lawsuit challenging city ordinances that say employers cannot refuse to hire people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to Austin’s KXAN News, the ordinance the lawsuit is targeting has existed since 1992, although it has been updated in the following years.

The USPC filed the lawsuit on behalf of 25 member churches in the city of Austin, and the council represents over 1,000 member churches across the country. According to the USPC, the city’s ordinances directly contradict Christian beliefs about sexual behavior and therefore ...

The city of Austin, Texas defended the lack of a religious exemption for churches in its new LGBT anti-discrimination law in response to a lawsuit, arguing that the law "reflects our values and culture."

The U.S. Pastor Council, which has over 1,000 member churches across the nation, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 member churches who say that a city law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity restricts their "freedom to hire."

"Any law that purports to regulate church hiring decisions inflicts injury in fact by ..."

Early this month, Saturday Night Live hit a new low in our country’s already abysmal political discourse. Just after the midterm elections, SNL comedian Pete Davidson made the awful decision to mock some of the winners over their appearance ... Davidson cracked an obscene joke about Crenshaw’s eye patch and flippantly described the explosion that caused his injury as “war…or whatever.”

This was a week before Veteran’s Day. If anyone in our outrage climate has a right to be outraged, it’s Lieutenant Commander Crenshaw. Instead, he chose a different reaction ...

It was over for Benjamin Netanyahu.

He’d agreed on an informal truce with Hamas after 500 rockets had been fired at Israel, and his defense minister, the volatile Avigdor Liberman, had resigned in a seething firestorm of anger and recrimination. Two of his more quiescent coalition partners, Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu and Aryeh Deri’s Shas, had concluded that the coalition, now reduced to 61 of the 120 Knesset seats, could no longer function effectively and were calling for elections ... Many politicians might have caved to the seemingly inevitable. Netanyahu did not ...

Chasco Middle School in Port Richey, Florida ... unilaterally decided to sexually integrate the boys’ locker room with no notification to either the boys or their parents. The boys, and shortly thereafter their parents, learned about it when an objectively female student who seeks to pass as a boy humiliated them when she entered the boys’ locker room while they were in their underwear. The boys immediately left the locker room and sought help from two P.E. teachers ...

Liberty Counsel further outlined the outrageous nature of the Chasco administration’s decision ...

Weeks before a denomination-wide resolution takes effect allowing same-sex marriages in any U.S. Episcopal church, a New York bishop has banned such ceremonies in his Albany Diocese. On Saturday, Bishop William Love read an eight-page edict prohibiting such marriages in his jurisdiction, warning that the issue might cause the Episcopal Church’s demise.

Love’s statement is a response to Resolution B012, a directive made by ...

Mega church Pastor Dr. Ed Young called Democrats "some kind of religion that is basically godless" during an impromptu speech at Congressman John Culberson’s election watch party Tuesday night.

... His comments came after Rep. Culberson’s concession speech. Members of the crowd asked Dr. Young to lead a closing prayer. Before doing so, Dr. Young spoke. He told a story about ...

Donald Trump’s new attorney general once said that judges should be Christian and proposed blocking non-religious people from judicial appointments.

Matthew Whitaker, who was made acting attorney general on Wednesday after Trump fired Jeff Sessions, said judges needed a “biblical view of justice” and questioned the judgment of secular lawyers.

Whitaker made the remarks at a conservative forum in April 2014, where he appeared as ...

As always, of course the KHOU 11 story involving Dr. Ed Young’s remarks on election night are just clips of his overall comments and prayer, however even with their typical spin they could not mask the legitimate principles that Dr. Young presented and the issues raised. Because of his courageous and biblical stand ...

The Ohio House floor vote was taken just before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th. The tally came in 58-35--two votes short of the veto-proof margin needed to protect unborn children from another heartless veto by Governor John Kasich.

But that wasn't the final tally. Minutes later another vote was cast by Democrat Rep. Glenn Holmes, who joined fellow Democrat and pro-life champion Rep. Bill Patmon in voting for Sub. H.B. 258, the Ohio Heartbeat Bill. Until yesterday, Patmon had been ...

As of November 2018, Wish is the #2 shopping app on iPhones.

Unfortunately, Wish’s meteoric rise in the world of retail rests on sex dolls, spycams marketed for filming women nude without their permission, and misogynistic apparel.

Collective Shout, one of our allies in this movement, successfully ran a campaign to remove child-like sex dolls from Wish’s online marketplace. However, many headless sex dolls remain. These dolls are deeply objectifying and dehumanizing of women. It turns the female body into ...

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is suing the Boy Scouts of America for trademark infringement after the organization dropped the word "boy" from its name in an effort to attract girls.

The Boy Scouts changed their name to "Scouts BSA" this year to accommodate girls into the program.

The Girl Scouts argued in their claim filed Tuesday that ...

"This is by far the largest sanction I've ever been a part of or ever heard of being imposed against CPS," said attorney Dennis Slate.

Family Law Judge Mike Schneider says he would have made Child Protective Services pay even more but didn't want to burden taxpayers.

The judge found CPS case worker Levar Jones and his supervisor Niesha Edwards lied in order to ...

Officials say they will prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she would introduce the "Equality Act" as one of her first orders of business.

The act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which already bars discrimination on the bases of race, color, sex, religion, and nationality. The Equality Act would expand ...

The prayers of Christians around the world for Asia Bibi have been answered, but many more are needed for her and for all Pakistani Christians.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. The acquittal was not only a just ruling, it was an incredibly courageous act by the Court. And still, we should be clear that until Asia Bibi is out of the country, she’s not out of danger. Even more ...

Rev. Dave Welch, representing the pastors of HAPC, demands the protection of children by terminating Drag Queen Reading Hour in Houston Public Libraries in a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In a near Orwellian manner, Amnesty International’s leadership appears to have actively suppressed attempts by local coordinators to amend or overturn the new policy, while promoting “sex worker activists” to speak at local conferences.

Members were then notified via memo that, while not required to agree with the new policy, they “are obligated to not convey a different message in the public arena”. Lieberman, frustrated over the events taking place, took her story to The New York Times ...

Given the past history of Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB) to simply move into unincorporated Harris County, outside Houston city limits, when restrictive ordinances have been adopted by the city, the likelihood that the owner of KinkySdollS to move his “sex robots” business outside the city seemed very high.

Immediately following the adoption by Houston City Council last week of an ordinance that prohibits the on-site “rental” or “pay to play” of robotic sex dolls, Houston Area Pastor Council reached out to County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Commissioner Jack Morman and County Judge Emmett with a request that ...

A conservative Christian organization has sued the city of Austin in federal court in hopes of overturning a nondiscrimination ordinance that offers employment protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Houston-based U.S. Pastor Council argued that the ordinance is unconstitutional and invalid because it does not include a religious exemption for 25 member churches in Austin that refuse to hire gay or transgender people as employees or clergy.

Spiritually active Christians who hold politically conservative views believe that churches should be more involved in the political process. In particular, they are eager for their pastors to teach them what the Bible says about today’s social and political issues. While most conservative churches have provided some biblical teaching on current issues to congregants, it clearly has not satisfied the appetite of those adults. In fact, a majority of these church-goers said it is extremely or very important for their church to teach them biblical truths related to each of the 22 different issues studied in this research!

However, the survey of pastors revealed that most conservative pastors ...

A generation of Americans has given itself to erroneous and destructive beliefs: anti-biblical thinking; humanism (humans are their own god); secularism (the view that education and civil policy should be conducted without a religious element); and death (abortion). As a result, we are now ruled by the spirit that produced these beliefs. The reality of this was on full display at ...

In response to pressure from Congress and pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated a contract with Advanced Biosciences, a company that procures aborted baby remains from abortion facilities and sells them.

According to a press statement released late yesterday, “HHS is now conducting an audit of all acquisitions involving human fetal tissue to ensure conformity with procurement and human fetal tissue research laws and regulations. In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving ...

A mega-pastor of one of the largest “evangelical” churches in the U.S. is attacking the Old Testament again, this time insisting Jesus rendered the Ten Commandments null and void, issuing one new law “as a replacement for everything.”

Andy Stanley, pastor of the 34,000-member North Point Community Church in suburban Atlanta, who famously advised his flock to “unhitch” from the Old Testament in a sermon last spring, has now penned an article promoting his new book saying laws such as “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and “Thou shalt not kill” are no longer relevant to Christians living in the New Covenant era.

At the Sept. 11 Magnolia City Council meeting, Dave Welch, president of the Texas Pastor Council—a group encouraging engagement in social and cultural issues that is representing churches in the city of Magnolia—addressed council members during the public comment portion of the meeting agenda and brought forth a petition to reverse the new utility structure that City Council unanimously approved in April.

The new structure adjusted ...

There is so much misinformation being disseminated at the current round of “town hall” meetings it is hard to keep up with all of it. If you have been subjected to this mendacious onslaught, let me set the record straight on a few issues.

There Is/Will Be No Lockbox for the Drainage Fees. City officials have been telling the town halls that passing Proposition A will make sure that the drainage fees are “dedicated” so future administrations don’t pilfer the drainage fees for other uses. What chutzpah. This from the same administration that earlier this year authorized a position for a “pedestrian and bike coordinator” to be paid from the “dedicated” fund.

The Kavanaugh hearings and their tattle-tale antics, the various hash-tag movements, the growing passion for the nanny state, the adolescent lasciviousness of leaders in institutional and corporate life—sadly the church included—and childish, tongue-waving, na-na-na-na-na tweets, even from the president of the United States, provoke a question: Where are the grown-ups?

The schoolyard style, tone, and behaviors—alleged and actual—that constitute policy debate and political discourse in our age reveal not only a coarsening of our culture, but its childishness as well.

A national immaturity has set in that makes the country ...

... Barronelle runs a family business, the floral shop that her mother started called Arlene’s Flowers. She and her husband live on a small farm in rural Washington. For them, faith and family come first – she’s a Christian, a mother, and a grandmother. By most standards, Barronelle lives a quiet life.

Well, let’s just say, it was a quiet life… until March 2013.

When Barronelle’s longtime customer, Rob Ingersoll, walked into the shop that day, she never expected that her life was about to change. And she had no reason to. Barronelle had served Rob for nearly 10 years ...

A biologically male rapist who “identifies” as a woman has been accused of sexually assaulting four female inmates shortly after being transferred to an all-female facility.

... Wood has not had so-called sex-change surgery, but because he “identifies” as a woman he was remanded to New Hall Prison, a women’s jail. There, the Daily Mail reports, he used the opportunity to sexually assault four actual women. Specifically ...

Some physicians in the United States are performing double mastectomies on healthy 13-year-old girls. The justification is gender dysphoria (“transgenderism”)—the girls now identify as boys and therefore want to look like boys.

Sometimes this dysphoria doesn’t appear until adolescence, and often little or no psychological evaluation is done to determine the underlying cause of the teenager’s desire to mutilate her body. But these doctors are willing to ...

There are two hard and fast rules in life: don’t mess with Texas and don’t mess with Texas cheerleaders. The Kountze Independent School District learned that lesson the hard way.

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the school district’s appeal of a case involving Bible verses written on run-through banners – all but ending a more than five-year legal battle that garnered support from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

“Our clients are relieved that the Texas Supreme Court has ...

A group of our HAPC Executive Council pastors (Pastor Garrett Booth, Pastor Hernan Castano, Pastor Willie Davis and Dave Welch) met on September 5 with Houston Mayor Turner to determine if there are any content standards for materials or programs in the Houston Public Library(HPL).  Shockingly, we found out that the answer is that there are NO STANDARDS.  In addition, we confirmed that ...

Houston, TX – U.S. Pastor Council, the inter-denominational, multi-ethnic coalition of pastors that includes the “Houston Five” pastors of Houston Area Pastor Council who were subpoenaed by the former Mayor, is speaking out and standing with Hawaiian pastors following a “overtly threatening” letter from Hawaii’s Attorney General, Russell Suzuki.

“Hawaii Attorney General Suzuki has no authority over the pulpits of the Aloha State whether in a church, synagogue or mosque, let alone the authority to issue ..."

Brown University has come under fire after censoring its own study on transgender youth, which found that social media and friends can influence teenagers to change their gender identity.

The university removed an article about the study from its website five days after it was published, following community complaints that the research was transphobic, the Daily Wire first reported.

In addition, the findings "might invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community," a university dean wrote.

The dean insisted, however, that ...

In July’s issue of Oprah’s O magazine, the media mogul highlighted Amelia Bonow and her activism for the pro-choice movement with the disturbing hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion.

Despite some of the positive things that Oprah does, like opening a boarding school in Africa or giving a slew of deserving teachers brand new cars, Oprah’s political activism is no doubt influenced by her new-age outlook on life.

Lindsay Elizabeth of Faithwire writes, “O magazine reaches ‘1 in 13 women in America,’ according to their own estimates. They have a grand total of ...

"... America is a nation of believers. And tonight we’re joined by faith leaders from across the country who believe in the dignity of life, the glory of God, and the power of prayer. Everybody agree with that?

... So many great, great leaders. Incredible leaders. I know you, I watch you, I see you. Yours are the words we want to hear ... We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family, and freedom. As you know, in recent years ..."

For roughly the past fifty years, higher education reformers have been warning about the decline in civic education in this country. National polling consistently shows that Americans, even college graduates, are growing increasingly civically illiterate. A recent survey found that only 36% of respondents can identify the three branches of American government. A mere 27% know that it takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.

This civic illiteracy is not to be blamed on our students. Far from it. They study what they are tested on. Unfortunately, U.S. Department of Education statistics testify that ...

Imagine for a moment that you are a public servant who has taken an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution. Now imagine that the Supreme Court of the United States admonished you and your colleagues for actions they deemed unconstitutional in a 7-2 landmark decision.

Would you be humbled? Would you make a good-faith effort to change the policies and behavior that put you at the mercy of the nation’s highest court? Most of us would. But this does not seem to be the case for some acting on behalf of the state of Colorado ...

This week, journalists uncovered shocking information about experiments being performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CNS News found that the FDA “signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire ‘fresh’ human fetal tissue to transplant into ‘humanized mice’ so that these mice will have a functioning ‘human immune system.’”

The information came to light in information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration. An FDA notice for the contract dated June 13 said, “The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice.” In this “presolicitation notice,” the FDA states that they are seeking ...

The classroom full of teachers at Midway Middle School knew they were part of a drill, playing a role. But in the light of recent news reports, the scene seemed all too real once the screaming started.

“Guys, gun! There’s a gun! There’s a gun! Please help,” yelled Tori Wardlaw, a Midway High School freshman theater student, as she ran into the classroom.

The sound of AR-15 gunshots and screaming echoed in the hallway directly outside the classroom ...

The University of Central Oklahoma has opened its arms to drag queen shows and safe sex carnivals but they draw the line at Christians who believe God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days.

The university apparently has no problem with students tossing dildos through cardboard vaginas, but they draw the line at exposing impressionable young minds to the teachings of a creationist.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and founder of the popular Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, was disinvited from speaking on the public university campus after ...

Social media giants are not the only businesses discriminating against Christians, as one billboard company in Southern California is refusing to run an ad for an evangelist – simply because he is holding a Bible.

For 28 years, world-renowned evangelist Greg Laurie has been holding evangelistic crusades in Southern California, where he has led tens of thousands to Christ and encouraged millions in their faith.

This year's SoCal Harvest hopefully will bring more of the same, but when the event takes place, it will not be credited to the Irvine Company, which is the owner of the Southern California mall called Fashion Island.

Laurie told Janet Mefferd on American Family Radio that ...

... Someone once said that God created man in His image, and man has been returning the favor ever since. Most of us are guilty of fashioning a god in our own image. Our god doesn’t mind lust, or a fib here and there. He doesn’t have any moral dictates. In truth, our god doesn’t exist. He is a figment of our imagination, shaped to conform to our sins.

We are also guilty of idolatry when we picture God as a benevolent Santa Claus figure who dispenses good things and won’t punish us for our sins, believing that He is too loving to send anyone to Hell. But consider what the Bible reveals about our Creator. The book of Genesis tells us that ...

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Protect Charities and Houses of Worship Act (S.3317), to repeal a mandate requiring charities, churches, and traditionally tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee fringe benefits.

“Last year, Congress passed historic tax cuts which are expanding opportunity and allowing hardworking men and women to ... "

Forget what’s best for foster kids. According to the ACLU, all that matters is diversity.

On any given day, an estimated 438,000 kids are in foster care. In 2016, nearly 700,000 American kids spent some time in foster care.

That same year about 23,000 kids aged out of the system—they turned eighteen and were released from the custody of the state. Twenty percent of them instantly became ....

Drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools and bookstores is a concept gaining attention throughout the U.S.

.... In one 45-minute-long program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity, but there are many critics who don't believe the concept is appropriate for young children.

The Houston Public Library released the following statement regarding Drag Queen Story Hour ....