A 24-year-old self-styled South African prophet who allegedly commanded a snake to turn into chocolate, then had his parishioners feast on the reptile as a show of their faith in God's power, was arrested for animal cruelty over the weekend.
Photos posted to the Facebook page of End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, South Africa, led by the controversial young prophet Penuel Mnguni, show several of his congregants being fed what appear to be snakes as others look on with squeamish expressions.
Accompanying the photos was a message quoting Scripture and testifying of the alleged conversion of the snake into chocolate. more >>
Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson insists he has no regrets after publicly announcing his decision to follow God and refrain from sexual intercourse with his singer girlfriend Ciara Harris.
Wilson, 26, took to the stage at The Rock Church in San Diego, California on July 5 where he revealed that God told him to lead Ciara in abstaining from sexual activity until marriage. The announcement was received with some harsh criticism, like CBS Chicago sports radio host Dan Bernstein from the show "Boers & Bernstein" implying that Wilson could be a homosexual or ESPN journalist Bomani Jones questioning the QB's honesty.
After KIRO radio personality Rachel Belle questioned Wilson about his endorsement deal with Austrian bread company Eat The Ball Tuesday, she asked if he regretted sharing so much of his personal life with the world. more >>
Earlier this month, the New England Conference of United Methodists, a group of 600 churches spanning six states, approved a resolution calling for an end to the nation's war on drugs. They believe the love of Christ constrains us to do so.
In part the resolution reads, "In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole. Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right."
According to the Christian Post, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a nonprofit organization apparently based in Medford, Massachusetts, worked alongside the Methodists Conference to get the resolution passed. more >>
A Baptist pastor in Tennessee whose young congregation is focused on evangelizing the state's growing Islamic community has stated that the great obstacle to evangelizing Muslims is the American Church's apathy on the matter.
Raouf Ghattas, founder and pastor of the Arabic Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, has sought to evangelize among the city's growing Muslim population.
"Many are apathetic, afraid, or just not sure how to approach a Muslim in witness. We work to train churches and individuals in how to reach out to Muslims, but they still have to be the ones to be active," said Ghattas to The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
The first-ever film about Australian megachurch band Hillsong United will hit theaters across the United States in September. Michael John Warren, who directed "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise," says working with the group has made him a better person, even though he's not a believer.
The highly anticipated film chronicles the journey of Billboard award-winning Australian worship band, Hillsong United, which began in Sydney in 1998 as a pastime for youth at church, has since grown into a global sensation. The band is led by Joel Houston, the son of Hillsong founders and pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, and all 11 band members are either volunteers or employees of the internationally recognized church.
"Their mission — without exaggeration — is to make music to save souls. They are trying to get people to discover Jesus," Warren, who has worked with Jay Z and Nicki Minaj, among other Hollywood stars, said in a statement on the film's website. "That's probably the most righteous reason to make music. Whether you're religious or not, it's hard to look at that and not feel good about it." more >>
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee preached a sermon on racial reconciliation Sunday at a black church in rural South Carolina.
A Baptist minister by background, Huckabee delivered remarks at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church.