When Prophets and Pastors Are Blind as Bats

"Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.

"If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."

Those were the words of Charles G. Finney, a leader in the Second Great Awakening, recorded on Dec. 4, 1843. Those words were true then but are especially prophetic for our generation. Immorality is prevailing in the land. There is a decay of conscience. The media lacks moral discrimination. The church is degenerate and worldly. The world has lost its interest in religion. Satan rules in our halls of legislation. Politics are corrupt—and the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away.

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Prince of the Power of the Air Uses Classic Christian Hymn to Sell Beer

While the debate rages on about whether Christians should drink alcohol, one beer brand may be subliminally wooing Bible-carrying believers to drink its brew using a popular gospel hymn as background music in a commercial.

One Million Moms called out Guinness & Co. for using "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" as the underscore of its latest marketing campaign. Although the words are missing from the 1887 hymn, which was written by Anthony Showalter and Elisha Hoffman to comfort those who had lost loved ones, many Christians who recognized the classic hymn are crying foul.

Inspired by Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV), "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are everlasting arms," the hymn has found its way into popular culture over the last 70 years. The music has appeared in movies like Wild Bill and True Grit. Musical artists such as Mahalia Jackson and George Jones have recorded the hymn in their works. And it's not the first time Guinness has used the song. The company also drew from the famous hymn for a commercial called "Empty Chair."

Maybe you've heard it. The refrain goes like this: "Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms/ Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms/ O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way/ Leaning on the everlasting arms/ O how bright the path grows from day to day/ Leaning on the everlasting arms."

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Yes, Christians Spew the Most ‘Hateful Internet Speech’

When it comes to hateful Internet speech, Christians are the worst. That's the headline of an article by Washington Post columnist and OnFaith founder Sally Quinn. If the headline didn't get your attention, the teaser for the op-ed might. It reads: "Thanks to horrible Christian comments online, I realized there's a big difference between being Christian and following Jesus."

"The first hate emails I…

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Do Some Christian Men Really Hate Women?

Lee Grady is a real champion for women in ministry—and in women in ministry leadership. So when I saw his column "7 'Reasons' We Don't Empower Women Leaders," I was more than a little interested in reading what he had to say.

Grady wrote his column against the backdrop of the Church of England overturning centuries of tradition by voting to allow women as priests…

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LISTEN: Good, Bad and Ugly But There’s Still Hope for America!

Yes, antichrist agendas are rising up left and right and seem to be gaining momentum. Yes, our government has created a huge mess. Yes, the ecomomy is fragile... But God! Listen to a recent Chosen Generation broadcast where I talk with Pastor Greg Young about why there's still hope for America. Click the headline to access the broadcast.

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