Singapore's City Harvest Church founding pastor Kong Hee was sentenced Friday to eight years in jail, and five other church leaders were also given prison terms between 21 months and six years, over a $35-million fraud case they were involved in to fund the music career of Kong's wife.
Former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han received a six-year sentence, deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng got five-and-a-half years, ex-finance manager Serina Wee got five years, and former finance committee member John Lam and former finance manager Sharon Tan received three years and 21 months respectively, according to Strait Times.
Kong and the other five were found guilty in October of using a management company, Xtron, as a conduit to financially support his wife, singer and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho, and her planned U.S. album release. more >>
Catholic Bishops are standing with those who conscientiously object to gay marriage and maintain their opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
These pro-traditional marriage views were expressed during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall General Assembly meeting, the first meeting for the bishops since the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth explained Monday afternoon at the gathering in Baltimore what the Church intends to do in the wake of the landmark decision. more >>
City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee should serve between 11 to 12 years in prison for funneling more than $35.5 million in church donations for his popstar wife's career, the prosecution in the case has said days before sentencing.
Kong, the founder and leader of one of the largest megachurches in Singapore, was found guilty back in October along with five other CHC members of using management company Xtron as a conduit to financially supporting his wife, singer and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho and her planned U.S. album release.
The Straits Times reported earlier this week that the public prosecutor has asked that 51-year-old Kong, along with deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43; former CHC finance manager Serina Wee, 38; and former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55, all be handed a prison sentence between 11 to 12 years. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments on the constitutionality of Texas' abortion regulations that require abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges and clinic owners to upgrade their facilities to meet basic health and safety standards.
On Friday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole.
In July 2013, then Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 2, which banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation and required abortion clinic owners to upgrade their facilities to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. Upgrades included widening doorways to enable paramedics to bring in stretchers to transport patients to the hospital, and having equipment that can properly sterilize surgical instruments to ensure the health and safety of patients. more >>
As America continues to grow more hostile toward public prayer and conservative religious viewpoints, younger generations of courageous Christians will be faced with the challenge of defying the norm of secular culture to defend prayer and biblical truth.
In his book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins highlights 11 instances when young men and women risked everything to defend biblical truth and their religious beliefs from intense societal, political, cultural and spiritual opposition.
Perkins hopes readers, especially younger Christians, will be inspired to live out their faith with the same courage displayed in the real-life stories exhibited in his book, No Fear, which was praised by leading evangelist Franklin Graham, who believes the book will "help raise up a new generation of world changers." more >>
Jim Wallis has denounced a recent federal court decision that prevents, for now, the implementation of President Barack Obama's immigration reform agenda.
A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Monday against a federal program that would have granted an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants legal status.
Wallis, who is the founder and president of the Evangelical social justice group Sojourners, said in a statement Tuesday that the panel majority "put politics over people." more >>