Is it OK for pastors and Christian leaders to drink alcohol? For Jamie Morgan, lead pastor of New Jersey-based Life Church, the answer to that question is a resounding "no."
In a blog she penned for her church's website that was shared by Christian Today this month, Morgan's position against the consumption of alcohol by clergy, and other Christians, is cut and dried, and is delivered with a side of humor. But the pastor knows from personal experience that the pitfalls that can accompany alcohol consumption are no laughing matter.
"I know first-hand the destruction that alcohol brings into someone's life," Morgan told The Christian Post earlier this week. The pastor is a former alcoholic and has abstained from drinking after she accepted Jesus into her life 26 years ago, in order to safeguard her walk with Christ. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." 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 >>
The head of an Episcopal Church group trying to secure control of approximately $500 million in church property from a breakaway diocesan leadership will soon be retiring.
Last year, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit surrounding who rightly owns the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina's name and property.
The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, sent an official letter Thursday announcing his plans to retire sometime in the summer. more >>
Leaders representing 88 million Anglicans have decided to suspend the U.S.-based, theologically liberal Episcopal Church for its pro-gay marriage position.
At a meeting of Anglican Primates hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, leaders representing the worldwide body announced Thursday that they were suspending The Episcopal Church.
"The traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching," stated the Primates. more >>
A number of Christian denominations in Kenya, including Evangelicals and Catholics, have slammed new government forced registration rules for churches, though some Anglican leaders have said it is a good way to tackle the "commercialization" of religion.
BBC News reported that the government proposals will put in requirements for all religious bodies to register with the government, for pastors to undergo formal training at a 'reputable' seminary, and to obtain police clearance.
The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya has slammed the plans, however, arguing that they are aimed at stopping the growth of Evangelical churches. Over 82 percent of the Kenyan population is Christian, and close to half of those Christians are from Protestant churches, while roughly a fourth are Roman Catholic. more >>