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Morning Rundown: Unity in Christ: Reflections on the Flat Earth Debate
On a chilly Saturday evening, the tent of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, echoed with passionate arguments as Pastors Greg Locke and Dean Odle engaged in a heated debate over a question that has come back to prominence in recent years—is the earth flat or a sphere? While many anticipated a civil but passionate debate grounded in biblical and scientific evidence, what unfolded was a dramatic clash of ideas that ended with an abrupt halt, police intervention and a shattered sense of unity.
Both Pastor Locke and Pastor Odle, deeply rooted in their convictions, believed their positions were biblically sound. Locke argued for a spherical earth, drawing on scientific evidence and interpreting biblical passages that he believed supported his viewpoint. On the other side, Pastor Odle presented a flat earth perspective, also claiming biblical backing and scientific evidence as well as subject matter experts who were in the audience.
The debate, lasting more than four intense hours, saw emotions running high as each pastor fervently defended his position. Unfortunately, these emotions eventually boiled over, the event collapsing in an abrupt end and subsequent chaos with unconfirmed reports of drug use in the parking lot and property damage to vehicles.
In a recent message, Evangelist Perry Stone delivered an urgent warning to America, drawing attention to the biblical significance of current events and imploring Christians to pay heed. Stone began by highlighting the importance of discernment and understanding the times we live in, referring to Amos 3:7, which emphasizes that the Lord reveals His secrets to His servants, the prophets.
Expressing concern about the current spiritual state of America, he emphasizes that the nation is at risk not due to political turmoil but because of the departure from biblical principles. He underscored that God is primarily concerned about souls and the spiritual well-being of the nation, which was founded on Christian values.
“I do not believe God is in heaven worried about American politics to the point that He’s got to send a weekly prophecy about the politics in America,” Stone explains. “God is concerned about souls and the harvest, but He’s also concerned that the people in this nation, which in the past has been a Christian nation, understand the danger they are in.”
In a new video clip, music artist Lil Nas X says he’s entered into his ‘Christian era.’ But how true is his faith?
Lil Nas rose to fame with “Old Town Road” and became known for inappropriately dancing with Satan and for “666” shoes. So, if Nas really has found the true meaning of the gospel by repenting of his sins and entrusting his life with Christ, then that would be a huge win. However, there are still some serious points of concern when it comes to what Nas has to say about Christianity.
Nas, who previously claimed to be homosexual, wrote comments on Twitter implying that he would continue to engage in this type of lifestyle, saying that Christianity and the LBGTQ lifestyle “are not mutually exclusive.” Nas went even further describing why he believes many oppose his “Christian era.”