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These are 9 of the Most Controversial Topics in the Church Today

These are 9 of the Most Controversial Topics in the Church Today

What is the Christian view on gay marriage? Are spiritual gifts biblical? Can Christians drink alcohol? These are some of the topics that often cause heated controversy within the church today. Christians take very different opinions on these issues and both sides refer to Scripture to support their views. Discernment is certainly necessary, even among a group of believers in today's culture. Whatever your views on each of these topics, hopefully reading this list of the areas where the church often experiences division will encourage us as Christ-followers to strive for unity within our own churches and even across denominations, because although there is much division and controversy among the broader church, there are also core doctrines that unite us.

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Virginia Church to Leave United Methodist Church Denomination amid LGBT Debate

Virginia Church to Leave United Methodist Church Denomination amid LGBT Debate

"It will sadden us if these churches and clergy discern to withdraw. However, we will send them forth with our blessing to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world," she continued.

Tony Evans: On Male Leadership, Grieving His Wife and Correcting Kirk Franklin

Tony Evans: On Male Leadership, Grieving His Wife and Correcting Kirk Franklin

In an interview with Religion News Service, Pastor Tony Evans opened up about the death of his wife, Lois, less than two years ago, possible succession plans and how he advised gospel artist Kirk Franklin after a family dispute became public.

Southern Baptist Leader Paige Patterson Apologizes to Women ‘Wounded’ by Remarks

Southern Baptist Leader Paige Patterson Apologizes to Women ‘Wounded’ by Remarks
Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson, embroiled in controversy over past remarks about domestic violence and his descriptions of women, has issued an apology.

Princeton Theological Seminary Rescinds Award to be Given to Tim Keller

Princeton Theological Seminary Rescinds Award to be Given to Tim Keller
Today, Princeton Seminary President Craig Barnes announced that the school would not present the award to Keller, but would still invite him to give a lecture.

103-year-old Woman Banned from Church for Criticizing Pastor’s Preaching Style

103-year-old Woman Banned from Church for Criticizing Pastor’s Preaching Style
A 103-year-old woman who has been attending the same church for nearly a century was recently banned from the church.

Hillsong NYC's Gay Couple Claim They Did Not Hide Relationship from Church

Hillsong NYC's Gay Couple Claim They Did Not Hide Relationship from Church
A gay couple at Hillsong NYC is now speaking out, claiming that they did not hide their relationship from the church, and have no intention to leave.

More Churches Accepting Gays than Ever Before

More Churches Accepting Gays than Ever Before
The National Congregations Study recently published its latest report which found that more congregations than ever before accept gays and lesbians in active membership and in church leadership.