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 >>
Fox News and Glenn Beck have both come under fire for airing photos and footage of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive by the Islamic State terror group.
"Tonight, we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out," Fox News anchor Bret Baier told viewers on Tuesday night. "We feel you need to see it. The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now."
However, despite the warning, the channel came under attack and was heavily criticized for its decision to air the photos. Other networks took a different point of view and stood firm in their decision not to air any of the images but instead either verbally describe the photos or just refer to them in general. It's important to note that Fox News host Shepherd Smith and Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for the network, also described the video and images but didn't show them on air. more >>
Anglican Archbishop the Most Rev. Justin Welby has said that Christians shouldn't attack atheist actor Stephen Fry, who recently called God "utterly evil" and "monstrous" for designing a world in which children get bone cancer, and suffer other diseases.
"It is as much the right of Stephen Fry to say what he said and not to be abused improperly by Christians who are affronted as it is the right of Christians to proclaim Jesus Christ," Welby said, according to The Telegraph.
"That is his freedom to choose that is given to us in creation." more >>
Kelvin Cochran, the Atlanta Fire Chief who was fired last month for sharing his Christian beliefs in a self-published book and then giving copies to employees, said during a recent sermon that he believes God will vindicate him.
"I found out there are worldly consequences for standing for righteousness, but what God is about to show everybody is that there are also kingdom consequences for standing for righteousness," Cochran reportedly told congregants at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia, on Jan. 25. "And he's going to vindicate me in such a way that everybody will see it and everybody will know that it's nobody but the most high God who is vindicating me."
The married father of three likened his ordeal, which he described as "God-induced suffering," to that of biblical figures such as Job and Jesus Christ. more >>
Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday and now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, will have to pay the sapphic couple. Whether or not they pay the maximum $150,000 fine will be determined at a hearing on March 10 BOLI spokesman, Charlie Burr, told USA Today.
Laurel Bowman alleged in January 2013 that Sweet Cakes refused to sell her and her fiancée a cake for their upcoming wedding and that Aaron Klein called their relationship an "abomination unto the Lord." 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 >>