A complaint filed against a Michigan United Methodist Church pastor who officiated a same-sex wedding might lead to a trial.
The Rev. Michael Tupper, pastor of Parchment UMC, knowingly violated the denomination's Book of Discipline which forbids clergy from performing gay weddings.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Tupper said he participated in the gay marriage ceremony in order "to bring light to the harm done by the United Methodist Church to LGBTQ people." more >>
A Roman Catholic archbishop based in New Jersey has stated that those involved in marriages not recognized by the Church cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, released a statement earlier this week saying that "Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments."
"Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments," stated Myers. more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery.
As the featured speaker at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's fifth annual Diane Knippers memorial lecture, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, criticized mainstream Christian congregations that have relaxed their teachings on key issues of sexual morality and other social issues in order to blend in with the "ambient culture" and appeal to today's society.
Moore explained that religious conservatives need to "preserve" the biblical truth for future generations. Although secular society likes to claim that Christian conservatives are on the "wrong side of history," Moore told the audience that Christian conservatives should not be afraid to have their biblical convictions conflict with mainstream society and that they should really embrace the distinctive Christian message. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family in Britain claims they are being threatened and harassed for renouncing Islam and have accused the Church of England of failing to support them.
In 1996 Nissar Hussain, his wife, Kubra, and their six children converted to Christianity from Islam and they never imagined the violent backlash that would ensue. The former Muslims said their decision to leave Islam led to somewhat of a community hate campaign that drove them out of their family home in Bradford, England, in 2006.
Car windows were smashed, the family's house was egged and they were even attacked in the street by neighbors who deemed them to be "apostates" or traitors to Islam for accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. more >>
The Church of England has apologized and spoke of its "deep shame and regret" on Wednesday after former Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball was sentenced to 36 months in prison for sexually abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992.
"There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systematic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades," a CofE spokesman said.
"We apologise unreservedly to those survivors of Peter Ball's abuse and pay tribute to their bravery in coming forward and also the long wait for justice that they have endured," the statement continued. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
"Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders," wrote Parsons.
"We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons." more >>