China's Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn't been approved by Chinese officials.
The regime has long allowed only bishops approved by Communist state officials to serve in its territory, even if such bishops have officially been appointed by the Vatican.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died earlier this week. Christians in the city are saying that Shao was arrested shortly before Zhu's death, with the aim to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese. more >>
Newly released research into the growth of megachurches has suggested that Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, remains the largest church in America, with a weekend attendance totaling 52,000 people.
Church Growth Today, a research center led by John N. Vaughan since 1980, said in a statement that Osteen's congregation remains the largest in America when it comes to weekend attendance, noting that the church has seen a growth of 7,200 people since 2010.
What is more, the church has five times as many followers as it did when it was led by founding Pastor John Osteen, who died in 1999. more >>
Wycliffe Bible Translators has started a new campaign that seeks to encourage discussion about the Gospel and show that despite statistics suggesting millennials and teenagers are becoming less engaged with God, the Bible still matters greatly in people's lives.
Extensive research, such as Barna's 2016 "State of the Bible" survey, has highlighted that while Americans hold various views on the Bible, one in five teens and one in three millennials believe that the Bible is not divinely inspired. What is more, only 16 percent of millennials would say that the Bible is the actual Word of God.
Scott Everhart, senior director of marketing at Wycliffe Bible Translators, told The Christian Post in an interview about the new campaign, called #WhyBible, that there are many forces at work looking to downplay the Bible's role in people's lives today, such as the "distraction of technology or the social pressures." more >>
ANAHEIM, California – Over 11,000 people received or recommitted to Christ this past weekend in Southern California, and the key to this harvest of souls are mobilized millennials who, according to local pastors, actually love the church.
In the Diamond Club at Anaheim's Angel Stadium Sunday, The Christian Post sat down with Brady Collins and Jason Powell who are on staff with Greg Laurie's Harvest Christian Fellowship and are an integral part of the behind-the-scenes operations of the annual Harvest SoCal Crusade Outreach.
Amid all the negative chatter about Christian millennials today, the two young pastors, both 31, are quick to shred several myths. more >>
Christians in Egypt are split on whether to support a new law that no longer requires Christian churches to get approval from the country's president just to make renovations but also puts in place unprecedented regulations that govern the construction of churches.
On Tuesday, lawmakers in Egypt passed the nation's first-ever law providing specific rules and regulations on the construction of Christian churches, which critics argue gives too much power to local governments to deny church construction for the sake of conservative Muslim objection.
Although the law is being criticized by Christian activists and lawmakers, the law has actually been approved by the Coptic Orthodox Church, even after the church body rejected a draft of the bill on Aug. 18. Additionally, the Associated Press reports that a majority of Egypt's 36 Christian lawmakers also largely favored the bill, as did two-thirds of the Egyptian parliament. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Popular evangelist Greg Laurie has decried a United Church of Christ pastor who wrote in her recent book that single Christians can have sex as long as it is "mutually pleasurable and affirming."
As reported by The Christian Post, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan from the Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois goes against the grain of traditional biblical teachings in her book Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option — And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex.
Although many Christian denominations teach that it is sinful to have sex outside the bounds of marriage and that unmarried Christians are supposed to exercise chastity, McCleneghan argues that "we can be chaste — faithful — in unmarried sexual relationships if we exercise restraint: if we refrain from having sex that isn't mutually pleasurable and affirming, that doesn't respect the autonomy and sacred worth of ourselves and our partners." more >>