A LifeWay Research survey from earlier this week has found that only 19 percent of respondents consider America to be a Christian nation. Furthermore, more respondents felt the U.S. is a welcoming place for atheists than for Muslims.
While only 19 percent identified America specifically as a Christian nation, close to 69 percent said that is a "Nation of Many Religions." Another 9 percent suggested it is a secular nation.
"Debate about whether America is a Christian nation will continue," said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research vice president. "Although most Americans are Christians, they understand a nation founded on principles of religious freedom will be a nation of many faiths." more >>
A Kentucky snake handler was bit during Sunday service at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson last weekend and died shortly thereafter.
John David Brock, 60, regularly attended the church which interprets the scripture verse Mark 16:18 literally.
"They will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well," (NIV). more >>
A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality.
Wesley Church, a congregation in Quarryville that has an average weekly worship attendance of about 650, voted to leave the UMC after months of discernment.
Chris Lenhart, associate pastor at Wesley Church, told The Christian Post that leadership for the congregation saw a "considerable chasm forming between what Wesley believed and affirmed about the nature of God's word and what the denomination believed and affirmed about the nature of God's Word. more >>
A new anti-hate speech law that aims to combat terrorism and protect over 200 nationalities as well as Christians, was issued in the United Arab Emirates this week in a bid to send a message to radical groups such as Islamic State that the Arab country stands for peace.
The muslim majority Gulf State is one of the only countries left in the Arab world that is tolerant of other faiths and allows Christians to worship freely without fear of persecution or threats of violence. Pastor Glann Fernandez of Bethel church in Dubai believes the law is good as it protects everyone. "This new law will act as a deterrant toward any religious intolerance."
The country's rulers are keen to promote an environment of tolerance and acceptance following recent IS terrorist attacks on Shiite mosques close by in Kuwait. The government introduced the law to "thwart any attempt to sow seeds of division in the UAE's cohesive and diverse society," says Attorney-General of Abu Dhabi, Ali Mohammed Al Balushi. more >>
At the moment, Lindsey Graham may be more known by some for attracting the ire of Donald Trump than for his presidential run. So far he has not polled well among the field of Republican presidential contenders.
Graham was elected to the U.S. House from South Carolina in the 1994 Republican Revolution and to the U.S. Senate in 2002, where he succeeded Strom Thurmond.
When Graham's parents died when he was in his early 20s, he adopted his younger sister when she was 13. She has praised Graham as a strong father, brother, and even a mother figure to her. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and unabashed billionaire Donald Trump is touting his Christian roots as a proud Presbyterian and has pledged to be the greatest representative of Christians in office, if he becomes president.
In an interview with CBN less than a month before he announced his run for president on June 16, Trump — who currently leads all candidates for the GOP's nomination according to recent polls — touted his faith and promised that if he becomes president, he would be the best representative of Christians in the White House that America has seen in a long time.
"First of all I'm Protestant. I'm Presbyterian. I'm proud of it. I'm very proud of it," Trump told CBN's David Brody. "Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they've had in a long time." more >>