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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. <p><p>Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos.com
<p>It’s a tale as old as time: your friends on social media are ranting about how a “so-called Christian” book is pure evil. “Don’t waste your money on this heresy!” they announce. “Cover your children’s eyes! These lying pages would make good toilet paper!”
<p>Meanwhile, you’ve got other friends talking about the exact same book and singing a very different tune: “The best thing I’ve ever read! It’s changing my life! If you love Jesus, you’ll place an order tonight!”
<p>So who do you listen to? To read, or not to read?
<p>There’s no single answer to this question. (Unless you plan on recommending or criticizing the book yourself, in which case you should probably read it.) Controversial books aren’t inherently worth reading. But Christians don’t need to be scared by controversy either. Often, books are controversial because they raise difficult and important questions. If we only read things we already agree with—if we avoid everything that might make us uncomfortable—we’ll never learn anything new.
<p>Here are 10 controversial Christian books that are definitely worth the read, whether you wind up agreeing with the author or not.
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LeSEA Ministries, the now massive broadcasting empire founded by Lester Sumrall in 1957, is embroiled in controversy after Sumrall’s grandson accused the ministry’s current president of mismanagement.
As Harold O. J. Brown warned, the gates of hell often come very close to the church. Confusing the questions endangers the church, and no faithful theologian would willingly risk that danger.
There are circumstances where it is right for Christians and churches to engage in controversy, but it takes discernment to do so well.
The U.S. Department of Defense has sold the government land on which the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial cross has been standing.
Former Mars Hill megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll spoke at a church in Seattle on Sunday (May 17), causing some controversy as critics do not believe he is ready to reenter the ministry.
On Sunday (Jan. 11), TLC plans to air “My Husband’s Not Gay,” a one-hour special about four Mormon men who are married to women but attracted to men.
A member of a Mormon church was asked to give up his leadership position in 2012 due to his role in the CIA’s harsh interrogation program.
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