NEW YORK — Forty-one percent of adult Christians believe pastors who view porn should be fired or asked to resign even though most believe it's a prevalent problem among leaders and laity in the church, according to a new Barna study.
Titled "The Porn Phenomenon," the study commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministries in Plano, Texas, and Covenant Eyes has been hailed as the most comprehensive one to date on porn, the American population and the Church.
The tough verdict on pastors and porn use from adult Christians was among the many findings of the study that were presented at the Omni Berkshire Hotel in New York City on Tuesday. more >>
A church in Buffalo, New York, is doing its part to ensure that the city's residents stay warm this winter. True Bethel Baptist Church launched its Shepard's Closet mobile clothing service last Tuesday, and consists of a roving bus stocked with free winter gear for local residents.
Shepard's Closet travels the city handing out warm coats, gloves, and scarves to anyone in need. During its run last week, the church gave away winter clothing to school children waiting at bus stops, and visited middle schools and homeless shelters.
"Each time we go out, our whole goal is to take care of a need," said Shepard's Closet project manager Cambridge Boyd to The Christian Post on Thursday. Recipients don't have to be homeless or unemployed. more >>
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has declared that the denomination will not cease its support for gay marriage despite its three-year suspension by the Anglican Communion last week.
"They heard from me directly that that's not something that we're considering," Bishop Michael Curry told The Associated Press on Friday, talking about the sanctions imposed on the denomination after its leaders refused support the biblical definition of marriage. "They basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and we're committed to being a house of prayer for all."
At the same time, however, Curry said he wants to continue working toward Anglican unity despite the different points of view on the divisive issue. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted in an interview that he has a "great relationship" with God, and that people would be surprised to find out the kind of life he actually lives.
Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he enjoys a "very great relationship with God" and with Evangelical voters, looking ahead at the upcoming Iowa primary.
"I live a very different life than probably a lot of people would think," Trump claimed. "I'm talking about over the last number of years, I'm leading a very good life. I try to lead a good life and I have. And frankly, (it's) the reason I'm doing so well in Iowa." more >>
DOVER, New York — The World Evangelical Alliance inaugurated its new eight-building WEA Evangelical Center located about an hour away from New York City in Dutchess County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, worship service and inauguration dinner Friday evening.
The new Evangelical Center will serve as the center for WEA to serve its 600 million evangelical constituents, joining the Vatican in Rome and the Ecumenical Center in Geneva as one of three main centers for Christianity in the world.
The new Evangelical Center, which is located on the 70-plus-building campus of Olivet University about 70 miles north of New York City, replaces WEA's former Evangelical Center that opened in Binghamton, New York in 2010. The new facility will include a chapel, residential halls, office buildings, classrooms, auditoriums and a cafeteria. more >>
An appeals court ruled that the owners of a farm in New York State must pay a $13,000 fine for refusing to have a same-sex wedding on their property despite their religious objection to gay marriage.
The Third Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled on Thursday that Cynthia and Robert Gifford engaged in unlawful discrimination when they refused to have a gay wedding performed on their property in 2012.
In their ruling the New York court concluded that the Gifford's farm, which is known as Liberty Ridge Farm, fit the legal definition of a place of public accommodation. more >>