A swirling controversy over the criminal past and alleged sexual proclivities of the founding pastor of Virginia's Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) megachurch, Geronimo Aguilar, came to a head on Wednesday when the church's board announced that it had accepted the resignation of four of its five pastors.
"The Richmond Outreach Center held a Board meeting this evening, June 5, 2013. Upon mutually agreeable terms, we hereby announce that we have accepted the resignations of Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, Pastor Jason Helmlinger, Pastor Andrew Delgado and Pastor Matthew Aguilar," noted the board in a terse statement posted to its website.
"We wish the best for the pastors and their families. The Richmond Outreach Center remains focused on those in need and we will never stray from this mission," it added. more >>
A diocese that recently voted to break away from The Episcopal Church has alleged that the denomination is "holding hostage" the retirement accounts of over 80 lay employees.
The Diocese of South Carolina alleged that The Episcopal Church's insurance entity, the Church Pension Group, is refusing to allow lay employees to roll over their 403B plans. The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, spokesman for the Diocese, explained to The Christian Post, "Similar to a 401K, a 403B is a tax-advantaged retirement account available for employees of non-profits or educational institutions.
"There are currently over 80 lay employees of the diocese and our parishes whose retirement savings are held in a 403B account controlled by the Church Pension Group. The Episcopal Church is not allowing these employees to roll their funds over to another qualified plan of their choosing." more >>
Nigeria's Evangelical Church said that it is deeply concerned with the killing of the Christians through the systematic attacks which are launched by the extremist group Boko Haram.
It added that such developments are unacceptable in reference to attempts by the Islamic group, which is aiming to Islamize the northern area inhabited by a Muslim majority by attacking Christian residents in the region.
The statement, signed by Father Jeremy Kalu, expressed its support for the decision taken by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to announce emergency rule in the northern states of Boru, Yobi and Adamawa. The President decided to deploy military troops in these states to confront the members of the group. more >>
The number of churches that were dismissed from Presbyterian Church (USA) last year has increased by fivefold compared to 2011, says a recently released report.
According to statistics released Thursday by the Office of the General Assembly for PC(USA), 110 congregations were granted dismissal in 2012 in order to join other denominations; in 2011, the reported number was only 21. In 2010, at the 219th General Assembly of PC (USA), a majority of presbyteries, or regional bodies, voted to approve Amendment 10a, which lets presbyteries allow for the ordination of openly homosexual clergy. Because of this amendment, many conservative congregations in PC (USA) decided to pursue dismissal from the mainline denomination, usually for more conservative Presbyterian sects.
Emily Enders Odom, communications coordinator for the OGA of PC(USA), talked about the issue of dismissal within the denomination in a press release sent out on Thursday. Odom noted that most of the mainline protestant denomination did not experience these dismissals. "Even as congregations and their respective presbyteries faithfully, although often painfully, sought to discern their denominational affiliation in serving Christ's mission…only 29 percent of the denomination's 173 presbyteries dismissed churches in 2012," said Odom. more >>
When asked if Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for the numerous scandals in which he finds himself, MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said, "What [Holder] should understand is that he is the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak – he's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."
To state the obvious: nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Moses could demand quite a few things of President Obama, America's modern day Pharaoh.
Let Children Live: Stop Killing Babies Before They Are Born. more >>
The problems with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extend beyond playing politics with conservative groups seeking a tax-exempt status.
Just weeks after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, I was notified by the IRS that the Catholic League was under investigation for violating the IRS Code on political activities as it relates to 501(c)(3) organizations. What the IRS did not know was that I had proof as to who contacted them to launch the investigation: Catholics United, a George Soros-funded Catholic organization.
Catholics United contacted the IRS on June 5, 2008 to launch a probe of the Catholic League. Its lawyers mailed a letter to Marsha Ramirez, director of Exempt Organizations Examinations and to Lois Lerner, director of EO Division. more >>