Category: Faith & Religion

America’s Church Leaders Now Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing

Written by Dr. Everett Piper

American culture is unraveling. Few would argue otherwise. Whether you stand on the right or left of the political divide, we all seem to agree on one thing: Something is desperately wrong.

The United States has become the divided states. “E pluribus unum” has become “ex uno plures.” Where we were once a diverse people coming together in common cause, we now seem to be a fractured country with no social and moral glue to hold us together.… Continue Reading

Go Read Your Bibles (Self Evident, Episode 4)

Eliana, Kenna and Jenna are especially excited in this episode, for the fourth host of Self Evident, Alyssa, has finally joined their ranks and completed their posse.  The girls settle in to list the most important reasons you should be reading your Bible.

We all know as Christians we should be reading our Bibles. But life seems to get in the way, and then we become discouraged and feel like we’re a horrible child of God when we miss a day or don’t understand a passage.… Continue Reading

Nominal Frontrunner Catalina Lauf in IL-11 Began Her Descent from a Promising Candidate Months Ago Starting with Lies

By John Lopez

The Republican primary race in the Illinois 11th Congressional District enters the beginning of early voting and vote-by-mail ballots hitting the street with a flurry of activity which will crescendo to its finish on June 28.

As previously written, the six Republican candidates vying to challenge Congressman Bill Foster (D, Naperville) this fall are, in ballot order:

  • Jerry Evans of Warrenville
  • Andrea Heeg of unincorporated Geneva
  • Catalina Lauf of Woodstock
  • Susan Hathaway-Altman of unincorporated Geneva
  • Cassandra Tanner Miller of Elgin
  • Mark Carroll of North Aurora, who was endorsed by Illinois Family Action

As shared at the end of April, while there are six candidates on the ballot, at this point, only three candidates have a legitimate chance to win and in this ranking of 1) Lauf, 2) Evans and 3) Carroll

This article is going to focus on the frontrunner Lauf since she’s the frontrunner.… Continue Reading

Applied Discernment of 11th Congressional District GOP Primary Shows 2 or 3-Person Race

Written by John Lopez

As originally published in late February, the Illinois 11th Congressional District Republican primary election presents the Republican Party with a solid chance to flip the U.S. House seat currently held by Congressman Bill Foster (D, Naperville).

Here on Illinois Family Action, discernment was stressed to be applied to the six Republican men and women who filed in IL-11.

The candidates include:

  • Mark Carroll, 48, North Aurora
  • Jerry Evans, 38, Warrenville
  • Andrea Heeg, 55, unincorporated Geneva
  • Catalina Lauf, 29, Woodstock
  • Susan Hathaway-Altman, 55, unincorporated Geneva
  • Cassandra Tanner Miller, 35, Elgin

The 11th District includes portions of 8 counties, as shown on the map above.… Continue Reading

Contending for the Faith in a Post-Truth Culture

Written by Abraham Hamilton III

In man’s continuous effort to try to supplant God’s purposes and instructions and replace them with his own, we’ve witnessed incessant attempts to erect ideological and philosophical towers of Babel. Through Modernism, generally speaking, or Enlightenment Humanism, man asserted that reason and science provided the accurate, objective, and reliable foundation for knowledge, truth, and life’s meaning. Then, once the glaring deficiencies of Modernism were exposed, many who ascribed to it were left with their lives in utter ruin.… Continue Reading

The Right to Give Initiative

Written by Paul Caprio

Since the founding of this country, Americans have believed in local individuals helping those in need… not government programs administered by Federal bureaucrats.

Unlike Europe where charity is dispensed by government and state-subsidized and approved churches, America had a very different approach.

For this reason, the Federal Government has allowed individuals to deduct contributions to 501 (c) 3 approved churches and charities on their federal income tax return.

In 2017, as a result of major changes in the IRS tax code, tax rates were lowered on both individuals and corporations.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Your Family and God’s Plan for the World

Written by David E. Smith

Every parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle – anyone who loves and cares for the children in their family or sphere of influence – will want to listen to the second half of Dr. Rob Rienow’s presentation from IFI’s 2022 Worldview Conference! In his address entitled The Church, The Family, and The Kingdom of God, Dr. Rienow states that, while the church is doing a good job of investing in the next generation of Christ followers, the family is neglecting to hold up their end in their partnership with the church to reach the world.… Continue Reading

Making All Things New

(See also: Revelation 21:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17 & Isaiah 43:18)… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Reinow and Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture

Written by Jenna Smith

In this week’s edition of IFA Spotlight, we feature a fantastic presentation from IFI’s recent worldview conference, delivered by our good friend Dr. Rob Reinow, founder and director of Visionary Family Ministries. Dr. Reinow begins this session with an amusing anecdote of how awful the reality of the blind leading the blind really is, and how it seems that many churches today are doing just that with their congregations. The reason is that we’re slipping up on a essential part of our faith, which is not believing the Scriptures are enough.… Continue Reading

The Consequence of a Good Idea: William Wilberforce’s Opposition to Slave Trade

Written by Dr. Everett Piper

Over the past couple of years, as I have been writing for The Washington Times, I have repeatedly argued that ideas have consequences. I have stated over and over again that what we believe always influences how we behave and that you can’t separate the head from the heart, fact from faith or attitudes from actions.

For good or for ill, ideas matter. As sentient creatures, we are unavoidably blessed or cursed by our guiding principles and the import of our ideas.… Continue Reading