*Bishop T.D. Jakes may have to deal with a bit of church criticism since his daughter just announced her divorce from Robert Henson after four years of marriage.
Also a leader in the ministry, Sarah Henson posted the announcement on her website, asking for prayer. She cited “multiple infractions” as reason for the break up.
This isn’t the first time the Women’s ministry leader has rocked the Christian world.
While she and Robert have a child, she also has another from a previous relationship. She was 14 when she gave birth for the first time.
Regardless of what anyone may think, Sarah claims that both her and her children’s safety is being threatened. In her letter to the public, she was sure to reason her decision with Biblical backing.
“After professional counseling and prayerful consideration, I have decided to end my four-year marriage,” she wrote. “There are biblical grounds supporting this decision and I have attempted every other recourse but after multiple infractions over the course of the union, and for my personal safety and that of my children I have come to this painful decision.”
After all that was said, she asked for prayer and privacy.
*If a federal appeals court’s decision about marriage is allowed to stand, one legal group says states will see their respective definitions of marriage redefined by activist judges, says OneNewsNow.com.
Proponents of California’s Proposition 8 have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a decision reached by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that deemed the measure unconstitutional. In June, the Ninth Circuit refused to review a decision that overturned Proposition 8.
Austin R. Nimocks, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, notes the importance of biblical marriage.
“Marriage is a fundamental building block that has been defined and adopted throughout Western civilization,” he recognizes. “The ProtectMarriage.com legal team looks forward to standing before the U.S. Supreme Court and defending this important institution.”
The legal petition warns that if the Ninth Circuit’s decision is allowed to stand, it will lead to states being forced “to redefine marriage based on judicial decree.”
Read the full story at OneNewsNow.com.
*The House of Representatives failed on Thursday to pass the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act which would criminalize aborting a fetus because they are not a preferred gender, reported the Christian Post.
The vote, 246-168, required a two-thirds majority because it was brought to vote under suspension of the rules. Most Republicans voted for it while most Democrats voted against it.
“Worldwide now, we’re probably missing 200 million girls because of sex-selective abortions and in America we have now allowed thousands of little girls to be dismembered, usually late in the pregnancy when they can feel extreme pain, simply because they are little girls. And, it’s gotten so that the most deadly words on the planet anymore are, ‘it’s a girl,’” Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the sponsor of the bill, told The Christian Post Wednesday. “We have a responsibility as a human family to be outraged by that. It should assault our conscience. And we should do what’s necessary to end it.”
The bill originally contained language that would criminalize abortions based upon both gender and race. The race-based abortions were removed from the bill, Franks told CP, because Republican leaders did not want to give opponents an opportunity to “demagogue” the bill over race issues.
Read more at the ChristianPost.com.
*As activists gathered in front of the Supreme Court last week to voice support for or opposition to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” fellow Christians find themselves on both sides of the debate, says Black Christian News
The rallies kicked off Sunday night with vigils as both sides prayed for opposite outcomes in the cases the Supreme Court would heard over the following three days.
The politically liberal Christians, concerned about access to health care for the less fortunate, prayed for the court to uphold the law. Politically conservative Christians, concerned about the law’s infringement upon individual liberty, asked that the law be struck down.
A supporter of the law, James Winkler, general secretary of the General Board of the Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, emphasized the need for health care reform and access to health insurance in a statement to the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy organization.
Read the full story here.
*A judge struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban as a violation of the civil rights of gay men and lesbians, but a pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any time soon.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8 Wednesday, declaring that limiting marriage to a man and a woman serves no legitimate purpose and is an “artifact” rooted in “unfounded stereotypes and prejudices.”
“Rather than being different, same-sex and opposite-sex unions are, for all purposes relevant to California law, exactly the same,” Walker wrote in an unequivocal and strongly worded 136-page ruling. “The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples.”
While the ruling affects only California, the appeal will go to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over nine Western states. The outcome there eventually could force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether gays have a constitutional right to wed.
“This ruling, if allowed to stand, threatens not only Prop 8 in California but the laws in 45 other states that define marriage as one man and one woman,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which helped fund the 2008 campaign that led to the ban’s passage.
Read the full story here.
*There are a lot of topics Christians have an opinion on and embryonic research is one of ‘em. From its introduction to its inception, God fearing people concerned for the life of an unborn, undeveloped human being has been top concern. But with the official approval of the scientific research being approved some time ago, there just was no stopping the movement.
Recently, the FDA just approved the research go even further and test the findings on humans with severe spinal cord injury. The trial involves injecting a stem-cell treatment into patients with severe spinal cord injury with the hope that it would help damaged nerve cells regrow and eventually allow patients to regain movement.
Read the full story here.