The phrase “persecuted church” tends to carry our minds to other parts of the world, where Christians suffer severely for their faith in Christ. But the New Testament makes it startlingly clear that persecution isn’t limited to a select group of believers. Paul summed up the plain truth in 2 Timothy 3:12 when he wrote, “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (emphasis added). It is costly when we take a stand for Jesus Christ through our pursuit of holiness instead of being pulled into the world’s vortex of disregard for eternal matters….

Dozens of leaders from the preacher’s former congregation are calling for him to resign from The Trinity Church, where departing members are raising familiar concerns. Nearly 40 elders who served with Mark Driscoll during the final years of Mars Hill Church are publicly calling for him to step down from his current pastoral position and seek reconciliation with those he has hurt. “We are troubled that he continues to be unrepentant despite the fact that these sins have been previously investigated, verified, and brought to his attention by his fellow Elders, prior to his abrupt resignation” from Mars Hill, they…

The acting president considered hiring the former NFL player as “among his predecessor’s mistakes.” A former NFL player who served as a diversity officer at Liberty University has sued the Christian school for $8 million, claiming his firing violated the Civil Rights Act and the Virginia Human Rights Act. In a complaint filed Friday in federal court for the Western District of Virginia, Kelvin Edwards, a former executive vice president of management efficiencies and diversity, alleges that he was fired because Liberty’s acting president, Jerry Prevo, does not value diversity. Edwards was hired in the summer of 2020, according to…

Doreen Virtue, a former New Age author, explains how God used His Word through Truth For Life to open her eyes to the truth of Scripture. Raised under the influence of Christian Science, Doreen held many misconceptions about God and the Gospel. She entered the New Age movement and became a teacher of non-Christian theology and also a top-selling New Age author. Through the hearing of God’s Word, she was convicted about her beliefs. After reading and studying the Bible, Doreen surrendered her life to Jesus, abandoned New Age, became a student of Scripture, and enrolled in Western Seminary. She…

John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. “The charges against me are false,” says Hybels of former friends’ “collusion.” When the #MeToo movement arose this past fall, Willow Creek Community Church sprang into action. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or harmed, your pain matters—to us and to God,” the suburban Chicago megachurch posted on its Facebook page, along with details about how to get help. A handful of Willow Creek’s female leaders, including cofounder Lynne Hybels, also joined the Silence Is Not Spiritual campaign, calling on evangelical churches to stand up for women who had…