Two Latin American Presbyterian denominations have decided to sever ties with the largest Presbyterian church in the United States over its recent vote to allow gay marriage. Presbyterian Church (USA) has confirmed that last month the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil and the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church of Peru voted to end their affiliation with the American denomination.
In a statement republished by Presbyterian News Service, the IPIB wrote that issues regarding its affiliation with PC(USA) began in 2011 when the American body passed Amendment 10a, which allowed presbyteries to ordain openly gay clergy.
"After a debate that began in 2011 … our church, that had initially decided to continue in partnership, in this last General Assembly, made the decision to interrupt the official partnership with this beloved church," stated IPIB. more >>
A Christian tourist visiting the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem was attacked by a Muslim mob on Tuesday and escorted away from the area by police.
A video released earlier this week shows the tourist being escorted away by Israeli officials while a group of Muslims, including children, are screaming out "Allahu Akbar."
The tourist, who was described by Israeli authorities as a French man, sustained some minor head injuries and could face charges of disrupting public order for waving an Israeli flag while visiting the holy site. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham called Christian NFL player Tim Tebow, who will be playing for Philadelphia Eagles this season, one of his favorite players and said he is a "true leader both on and off the field." "Football season is around the corner! I don't have a favorite team, but I do have favorite players that I follow. One of them is Tim Tebow," Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a post on his Facebook page on Friday.
"He's not only a great quarterback who can throw and run the ball, but he's a true leader both on and off the field," Graham wrote. "Most importantly, Tim lives out his Christian faith at every turn."
A nuclear physicist who recently spoke out against the theory of evolution in relation to the origin of human life, has warned Christians that public denial of the Genesis creation account cannot be "taken lightly."
In an interview with Christian News Network on Monday, Brandon van der Ventel, who holds a Ph D. from South Africa's Stellenbosch University, stressed the importance of having a biblical worldview while addressing the theory of evolution.
"The denial of the Genesis account is not a matter to be taken lightly by Christians," said van der Ventel. "If the biblical record is not true, then we are left with naturalism and atheism, of which the consequences are truly horrific." more >>
It turns out that everyone sends Christmas cards, including Planned Parenthood. I know this because several years ago a friend sent me a copy of one being sent out by the currently-being-investigated organization. The card was a Christmas homily to "reproductive freedom," beautifully designed with embossed snowflakes and stars made of glitter. And emblazoned across the card was the caption, "Choice on Earth."
The latest undercover Planned Parenthood video is out, and it is horrific. Who can watch these pirates discussing the trafficking of the eyeballs of babies, and not be shaken to the conscience? Any person of goodwill, regardless of religious faith or lack thereof, ought to be able to see the humanity destroyed by this violent organization of pirates. For Christians, though, we ought to remember that behind all of this violence is a question of the person of Jesus Christ. He has been to the abortion clinic too.
Remember: Jesus was not born into a gauzy, snowy "winter wonderland" of sweetly-singing angels and cute reindeer nuzzling one another at the side of his manger. He was born into a warzone. Jesus was chased out of his manger and into Egypt by one of Planned Parenthood's ancestors, King Herod, who also sacrificed Bethlehem's infant children for the sake of power. more >>
Addressing the crowds that gathered for Sunday mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis preached from John 6:24-35, and said they should turn their focus away from material needs to Jesus "the bread of life."
"After the multiplication of the loaves, the people had begun to look for Jesus and they found him in Capernaum," Francis said, according to Catholic Culture. "These people followed him because of the material bread that had satisfied their hunger the day before, when Jesus had multiplied the loaves. ... They had given more value to the bread than to its provider."
It was due to this spiritual blindness that "Jesus points to the need to go beyond the gift and discover the giver," Francis explained to the thousands of pilgrims who braved the Roman summer heat. "With these words, he wants us to understand that beyond physical hunger, man has a different kind of hunger — all of us have this hunger — a hunger that is more important and that cannot be satisfied with normal food." more >>