The tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night that killed nine people at a Bible study has prompted one pastor to encourage clergy around the country to arm themselves for protection.
During an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Bishop E.W. Jackson, senior pastor of Fall Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, said he was deeply concerned about 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof's decision to target a church, adding that it signifies a growing hostility toward Christians across the U.S.
"I just think it's something we have to be aware of and not create an atmosphere where people take out their violent intentions against Christians," Jackson said. "And I would mention one other thing, and that is, I would urge pastors and men in these churches to prepare to defend themselves. It's sad, but I think that we've got to arm ourselves." more >>
Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, says attendees of this year's MegaFest are in for a "mega experience" and shared why the festival is so dear to his heart.
In August, Jakes will kick-off the three-day revival in "Big D" as tens of thousands from around the world are expected to attend. Since launching in 2004, MegaFest has grown to become one of the largest faith-based multi-day festivals in the United States with organizers saying it has so far reached nearly 1 million people worldwide.
"It's very, very dear to my heart because I think it creates an atmosphere that people of faith need," Jakes told The Christian Post. "To come into an environment that is designed for people of faith that still has church and has worship and all of that, but also has fu n— [such as] comedy shows so you can bring your kids or your grandmother too." more >>
We stand today in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Charleston, South Carolina. The brutal massacre of those in prayer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church should shock the conscience of every person. There is hardly a more vivid picture of unmasked evil than the murder of those in prayer.
This act of bloodshed is wicked and more than wicked. It is literally satanic, as our Lord taught us that the devil is a "murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44).
Virtually every week we see yet another incident pointing to the sin of racism in American society, from unarmed African-American men and children killed in the streets to worshippers gunned down in their pews. This must end. And the church of Jesus Christ must lead the way. more >>
A Baptist theologian, who's spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in "Mormonism" that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.
Although many evangelical critics belonging to mainline Christian denominations view the LDS Church as less-than-Christian, Roger Olson, who's a theology professor at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, wrote in a recent blog post on Patheos.com that through his studies of the Mormon faith and discussion with various LDS leaders, "there is no doubt" in his mind that there is a "discernible" evolution of Mormonism that is leading it to a "more biblical" account of Jesus and salvation.
"There is no doubt in my mind that something is going on in the LDS Church and Mormonism, in general, that constitutes a gradual but discernible shift away from those doctrines most anti-Mormon Christian critics like to highlight toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation," Olson, who's also a Baptist minister, wrote. more >>
The Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that Christianity is slowly dying in the war torn country, and asked just how much horror must the people experience before the world takes action to stop the massacres.
"In my country, Syria, Christians are caught in the middle of a civil war and they are enduring the rage of an extremist jihad. And it is unjust for the West to ignore the persecutions these Christian communities are experiencing," Jean-Clément Jeanbart said in an article posted by MercatorNet on Tuesday.
"What horrors must ISIS commit before the world will take greater action to stop the murderers?" he asked. "Syrian Christians are in grave danger; we may disappear soon." more >>
A Florida sheriff who recently received a complaint from an atheist group for delivering a sermon while in his uniform finds their objections "humorous and entertaining."
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd preached a sermon back in April at a Florida church wherein he wore his uniform and spoke of God ordaining his profession.
In response, the Wisconsin-based group Freedom From Religion Foundation sent him a letter of complaint on Monday. more >>