Former Senator Rick Santorum, who is exploring a run for president in 2016, gave a rousing interview on Wednesday, warning Christians that they will face persecution for standing up for Christ.
Santorum gave the interview after the screening of "One Generation Away," a new docudrama that suggests Americans may be only one generation away from facing religious persecution. In it, he addressed the situation future American Christians may be dealing with for living their lives for Christ.
"I know how these stories end," Santorum told CNS News, "and if you're a believer you all know how it ends. And we know the good guys win, truth wins. And so your job is to just focus on being faithful, standing by the truth, fighting for the truth, understanding the world is broken, and that they will hate you and persecute you because you stand for Him and what He taught. And that's a great blessing, not something to be avoided but something to be embraced." more >>
An elderly British minister was warned by her car insurance company that her auto coverage could be voided because of the Jesus-phrased decals that she put on her vehicle.
The Rev. Wena Parry, a 75-year-old minister of Independent Congregational Church in South Wales who loves to drive around with phrases like "Christ is My Lord," decaled onto her car, told BBC that she was informed in a letter from her insurance provider, Age UK Insurance, that putting such "modifications" on her car violated her auto insurance policy.
"Every opportunity I have I want to tell people about Jesus. I reckon there must at least be a million people who have read the texts on my car and no one has had a problem with it before," Parry said. "But, there might be somebody within that company that hates Christianity." more >>
Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian network, alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday that top bosses in the organization threatened her life with a gun and fired her and her husband, Michael, after she refused to illegally funnel some $100 million of charitable assets to their personal accounts.
"The nature of these illegal activities involved the systematic diversion of defendant Trinity Broadcasting's charitable assets through unlawful distributions to defendant Trinity Broadcasting's directors through numerous channels. The magnitude of these unlawful and related financial schemes uncovered by or disclosed to plaintiff Brittany Koper is on the order of $100 million," alleges the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Central District of California.
The document lists Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which also does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network; International Christian Broadcasting, which also does business as Heroes Under God; Matthew Crouch, Brittany's uncle; Janice Crouch, TBN's senior vice president, board member and wife of the-late Paul Crouch Sr. who died in 2013; and John Casoria, Brittany's cousin, as defendants. more >>
The "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" has named award-winning producer Phil Cooke as its executive producer, seeking to take the televangelism program to a "new level."
"We're thrilled that Phil will become our new executive producer," said Schuller, who leads Shepherd's Grove Church in Orange County, California.
"He is a dynamic communicator and has worked with incredible ministries and religious leaders. We're eager to take the program to new levels and produce compelling content that will entice and excite people with the message of the Gospel. Phil is the perfect partner to help us accomplish this." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is encouraging Christians to "get involved in government" and "in politics" in order to work for Christian values against "gays and lesbians in politics" as well as the "anti-God people."
"I'm here to tell you, church, God loves each and every one and Christ died for our sins, and we've got a responsibility to take this message to the ends of the earth," Graham said on Jan. 26 at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference. "And I want to encourage you to take a stand in your communities."
Graham went on to encourage those in the audience to get involved in government and politics. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham says that while his father, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, rarely addressed issues concerning secular society, he's doing so because unlike when his father grew up, the U.S. is controlled by secularists who want to "deny that Jesus ever existed."
Speaking at the two-day Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference in Oklahoma City, Graham called on all Christians to become more active in their local, state and national politics, urging them to take back control of America's now-secular society that mocks and ridicules Christians for their beliefs.
The 62 year old, who's the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the president of Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization, explained that many criticize him for chastising secularism because his father did not talk about it. However, Graham explained that his father never needed to address the issue because when his father was growing up, America had a very Christian-oriented society. more >>