The pastor of a small church in Texas is now thanking God after he escaped with his congregation from an armed "man of Islam" who entered his church declaring demons were chasing him and God had authorized him to take lives.
The Rev. John D. Johnson III, 45, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the moment the "man of Islam," Rasheed Abdul Aziz, of Jacksonville, walked into his church, the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church near Lake Palestine on Sunday afternoon, he knew something was amiss.
"Every hair on my neck just stood up," said Johnson. "It was almost like you could just like feel the presence of just negative energy." more >>
Anglican leader Justin Welby, as well as Christian persecution watchdog groups, have warned that U.K. government policies on granting asylum are discriminating against Christians who are avoiding entering formal refugee camps populated by Sunni Muslims amid fears of attacks by Islamic radicals.
"As countries like the U.K. debate how to deal with the refugee crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that their policy will discriminate against Christians. The policy takes those who are in camps, but many Christians fearing discriminant, violence, and intimidation have not been willing to enter formal camps that are largely populated by Sunni Muslims," International Christian Concern said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The statement reflects concerns raised by Welby, who according to The Telegraph, warned British Prime Minister David Cameron last week that the refugee policy is discriminating against Christians. more >>
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in a series of recently released messages that although the Islamic State terror group is "illegitimate" and operating against his wishes, it is time for the jihadists on both sides to work together in cooperation against the West, and launch attacks "to the heart of the homes and cities" of America.
"I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America," al-Zawahiri says in one of the audio messages.
"We call for cooperation with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers," he continues, "to push back the attack of the enemies of Islam." more >>
A Tennessee pastor is encouraging Christian parents to tell their children to "take an F" in their world history classes as a way to stand up against what he claims is the school district's attempt at indoctrinating and brainwashing students with Islam.
The Tennessean reports that Pastor Greg Locke, of Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, posted a video on Facebook last week that he recorded on the grounds of West Wilson Middle School where he explains that there's growing concern within his congregation that Wilson County Schools' middle school world studies curriculum unfairly favors Islam.
Locke asserted that the history book includes roughly 28 pages on Islam, while it includes only about "a half-page of watered down Christianity." more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
Iranian Muslims seeking asylum in Germany are reportedly converting to Christianity at a high rate, and one Berlin church has seen its membership jump from 150 to 600 in a short time, with most of its new members being Muslim converts.
These new believers have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and wish to never return to their home country to the intense persecution from radical groups like Islamic State.
Becoming a Christian also helps migrants' and refugees' chances of staying in Germany, but the pastor of the booming Berlin church isn't worried about the motives behind the conversions. more >>