Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, a house church leader from the Church of Iran denomination who was acquitted of apostasy in 2012 after being sentenced to death by hanging, was arrested once again, this time along with his wife and a church member, by Iranian authorities on Friday, according to U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
"We are deeply concerned by these developments and await further clarification regarding the reasons for these arrests," CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, referring to the arrest of the 37-year-old pastor, his wife Tina Pasandide Nadarkhani and fellow church member Yasser Mosayebzadeh.
Pastor Nadarkhani was released from prison in September 2013 following his acquittal of leaving Islam by a court in Rasht in northern Gilan Province. The court, however, sentenced him to three years for evangelizing Muslims, but since he had been in jail for three years, he was released after posting bail. more >>
Days after Tyrese Gibson proclaimed on social media that he went to a mosque to learn how to "properly pray" to God, the actor is assuring fans that he still considers himself to be a Christian.
On Sunday, the Black Rose singer and "Fast and the Furious" actor took to social media to share a picture of himself praying inside a mosque in Qatar, a country that for 14 centuries banned Christians from practicing their faith.
"My first visit ever to a grand mosque my heart [has] been beating so fast and I felt vulnerable just by walking inside — I was given my first course on HOW to properly pray and I truly feel blessed," the 37-year-old entertainer wrote. "Shout to all of the believers around the world. Inshallah my visions will be blessed for the Middle East." more >>
On Sunday, some religious denominations will celebrate Pentecost, and while many people only know so much of it as the commemoration of the Holy Spirit's coming to Jesus' followers in the early days, there are actually some very interesting facts about the said holy day.
In the King James Bible, the story of Pentecost is accounted in the Book of Acts Chapter 1. In verses 1-4, it reads: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
According to Patheos, Pentecost came from the Greek word "pentekostos," meaning "fifty." While Pentecost was originally a harvest festival and was turned into a day that remembers Moses' reception of the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, it later became a special day known by many today as one that commemorates the Holy Spirit's coming upon Jesus' first followers. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a new mobile app for Android devices that is designed to teach children in its strongholds to read by helping them identify letters in the Arabic alphabet.
The Long War Journal, a terror blog run by the Washington-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reports that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has released a new educational childrens mobile app through its propaganda arms, the Library of Zeal.
As with most IS initiatives, there is a violent catch to the app. more >>
The United Nations Security Council, the branch that has the power to act and send assistance to persecuted people, is being urged to examine the ongoing genocide of Christians and other minorities being carried out by the Islamic State terror group.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which called the news a "major breakthrough," explained that it sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, calling for meaningful action to help minorities being exterminated by the Islamic radicals who have captured significant territory throughout Iraq and Syria.
Late last week, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jan Kubis, submitted a briefing to the Security Council condemning "in the strongest possible terms the continued killings, kidnapping, rape and torture of Iraqis by ISIL, which may constitute crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide." more >>
Always looking for new and barbaric ways to publicly execute its victims, the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria has displayed its latest method of public execution.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that the jihadi group recently released a set of sickening photos that show a man dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit being publicly executed in the streets of Raqqa after he was charged with cooperating with the United States-led coalition.
Instead of just shooting the man in the back of the head like the jihadis do with many of their prisoners, the photos show the captive sitting on his knees while a heavy-set IS militant drives a knife straight into his heart. more >>