Already facing eight felony counts of sexual assault of two young girls in Texas, disgraced ex-pastor and founder of the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Richmond, Virginia, Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, is alleged to have engaged in much more abuse of his young parishioners than previously reported, including paying for abortions and passing on a sexually transmitted disease.
A WRIC report noted Monday that the state of Texas is trying to introduce the new information about these alleged crimes and wrong-doing in the trial against the former megachurch pastor expected to get underway next month.
"In one case, it's alleged he (Aguilar) paid for a parishioner to have an abortion and be moved to Michigan. The court documents also state that he allegedly passed on a sexually transmitted disease during affairs with church members," said the report. more >>
The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo has revealed that Christians are living "under bombs" every day in the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria, and are among the most defenseless people because they have no weapons to fight back. The bishop warned, however, that factions trying to characterize the conflict as Muslims against Christians are often simply looking to take a hold of territory.
"We are under bombs every day. I think many Christians will flee from Aleppo and seek shelter in the coastal area, but they will do it when schools and universities close, after the exams. In the disaster in which we live, even this year schools and universities remained open in the central districts of Aleppo," Syrian Jesuit Antoine Audo told Fides News Agency on Friday.
"Many still believe that studying is important for the future although one lives in a city that seems to have no future." more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has spoken out against media buzz over NASA's chief scientist Ellen Stofan's claims that the discovery of alien life is only decades away. Ham argued that the search for alien life is a secularist objective, and said that the Bible suggests that life outside of Earth does not exist.
"Evolutionists are convinced they'll find life in outer space because if evolution occurred here on Earth, then it must have occurred somewhere else. According to secularists, Earth is not special," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog.
"In their view, it's just one of many places where, over the supposed billions of years of the universe's history, life managed to come from non-life and begin the process of evolution. Despite a lack of evidence, scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that life will be found soon." more >>
A Blanchard, Oklahoma, church was surprisingly left standing after three tornadoes ripped through the area with "golf ball sized" hail that leveled condos and displaced residents.
The onslaught of bad weather was a part of a series of some 20 tornadoes that romped through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska Wednesday wreaking significant damage, according to The Weather Channel.
Despite the destruction left behind in Blanchard, residents say they were surprised the local Bridge Creek Church of Christ was still standing. more >>
In an unexpected move Monday, the Seventh-day Adventist Church's North American Division warned its general members and leaders against showing any kind of institutional favor to Ben Carson after the retired neurosurgeon declared that he will be seeking the Republican Party's nomination for the 2016 presidential race.
"The Adventist Church has a longstanding position of not supporting or opposing any candidate for elected office. This position is based both on our historical position of separation of church and state and the applicable federal law relating to the church's tax-exempt status," noted the church in a release published by Adventist Review.
"While individual church members are free to support or oppose any candidate for office as they see fit, it is crucial that the church as an institution remain neutral on all candidates for office. Care should be taken that the pulpit and all church property remain a neutral space when it comes to elections. Church employees must also exercise extreme care not to express views in their denominational capacity about any candidate for office, including Dr. Carson," it continued. more >>
The Rev. Charles Hasty, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, has announced his resignation from the congregation he's served for 13 years after members narrowly defeated a motion to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Hasty announced his resignation Monday evening after congregants voted 266-146 last month to leave PCUSA over theological differences; the total was just eight votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to pass.
JoAnna Williams, administrative assistant for Hasty, directed The Christian Post to a local news article wherein quotes from a letter Hasty wrote explaining his reasoning was published. more >>