A mainline Protestant congregation has decided to ban Jesus' recorded statements, over the belief that they are, in the words of the church's leadership, "exclusive" and "patriarchal."
All Faiths Episcopal Church, a congregation of a couple dozen who seek to be "opening and welcoming to all," voted Sunday to stop using quotes from the founder of Christianity.
"We believe that god or goddess can be expressed in many ways, thousands in fact, all of which are acceptable," stated All Faiths' Church Council. more >>
Popular leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, is now the subject of growing online chatter after a woman brandishing the results of a DNA test, alleged the divorced preacher fathered a son she gave birth to last summer.
The Christian Post reached out to Bryant through his publicist, Nicole Kirby at Empowerment Temple Church, for this report on Tuesday but was told she was not in the building. She was also asked to comment via email on Tuesday morning, however, a response remains pending.
Latoya Shawntee Odom, a 34-year-old California woman, alleges in a salacious and exclusive report from Obnoxious Television that she engaged in a sexual relationship with Bryant which resulted in her getting pregnant. Bryant allegedly asked her to abort the pregnancy but she refused and gave birth last July to a boy named John Karston Bryant, according to official documents cited in the report. more >>
Christians should never underestimate the power of Satan and his temptations, the Rev. Billy Graham says in a warning to believers about the the devil's deceptive nature.
Although Satan will always try to convince Christians that his intentions are good, he is in fact "absolutely evil" because "he is absolutely opposed to God and everything God wants to do," Graham explains in a "My Answers" post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.
"Never underestimate Satan's power, and never underestimate his ability to deceive us and make us think he isn't to be feared. In fact, he even deceives some people into thinking he doesn't exist!" Graham continues. "He is not as powerful as God — but he still is a powerful spiritual force who works against God in every way he possibly can." more >>
Zhang Chongzhu, the pastor of the state-run Pyongyang Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church in Zhejiang province, China, was released on Monday after eight months in prison for protesting against the government's forced demolition of Christian crosses and churches.
China Aid reported that Zhang has frequently spoken out against the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country, with hundreds of rooftop crosses and churches being taken down by bulldozing crews at the orders of Communist Party officials. The government has argued that it is targeting places that violate its building codes, deeming rooftop crosses unsafe.
Zhang was reportedly taken into custody on Sept. 8, 2015, and charged with "stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China," which is a common accusation against those who challenge the Communist regime. more >>
Many family members of the victims and survivors of the Emanuel AME Church massacre that left nine people dead last year are seething over a decision by the church to distribute $1.5 million of the donations they received after the tragedy while keeping over $1.8 million for the church.
The Post and Courier reported Friday that some family members were angered that the church kept more of the donations than it divided up among the nine families and five survivors.
Church leaders, according to the Post and Courier, said only about $280,000 of the donations sent to the church was earmarked for the family members. A vast majority of donations sent to the church didn't specify where the money should go, they said. The church subsequently decided to give family members and survivors more than $1 million in addition the approximately $280,000 donors specified for them. more >>
A Christian college based in Pennsylvania is seeking an exemption to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' Title IX rule.
Lancaster Bible College requested the exemption last June due to the current interpretation of Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity.