The Jerusalem Municipality will now have to consult with the city's Rabbis before allowing Christians to host events in the city after the haredi, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews, accused Christians of forcing conversions at a conference held there last month.
The respected orthodox Jewish officials issued complaints to the municipality and the management of the city's multi-purpose sports arena where the conference was held and called the event which hosted thousands of Christians from around the world a "major show of forced conversion," according to YNetNews.com.
Haredi media charged that the event was aimed at convincing Jews to join Christianity with the help of missionaries who came to Israel for that purpose. The city's rabbis demanded that the Municipality cancel the event, but they were unsuccessful due to legal issues. more >>
A mainline protestant denomination will consider adopting a resolution supporting divestment from companies that do business with Israel.
The Episcopal Church will consider several resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at its 78th General Convention that's being held in Salt Lake City and began on Thursday.
Resolution D016, introduced by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge of the Diocese of Hawaii, calls on the Church to compile a list of corporations profiting from the so-called "Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories" and divest from said companies. more >>
A Roman Catholic bishop in Jerusalem says he's afraid that Jewish extremists are now posing an increasing threat to Christians in the Holy Land after an arson attack last Thursday at a local church in Tabgha, an area believed to be where Jesus performed the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.
The warning "all idols will be smashed" — an extract from a Jewish prayer — was also sprayed in red paint on a wall outside the church, according to a report from Aid to the Church in Need.
Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem told Aid to the Church in Need that the attack on the Catholic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves near the Sea of Galilee, which left a Benedictine monk and visitor with smoke inhalation, has heightened his concern that extremists are targeting other faith groups, particularly Christians. more >>
Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, has claimed that the reason God allows terrorists to attack the United States and tornadoes to destroy cities is because Americans don't pay God any attention until they are truly desperate and are seeking His mercy.
The 67-year-old Lotz, who has previously claimed that the rapture will happen during her lifetime and God's judgement will soon come upon America, recently spoke with Jan Markell on the "Understanding End Times" radio program where she compared Americans' apathy toward the Gospel to the times of Noah, when God unleashed his judgement by flooding the Earth.
"In the days of Noah, they were eating, drinking, getting married. There is nothing wrong with any of that. All of those are normal everyday activities. But in Noah's day they did it all apart from God," Lotz said. "There was no acknowledgment of God. God was irrelevant to them. … I think that is where we are today." more >>
California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie shared with the congregation of his Harvest Church on Sunday what Jesus taught about Israel in the end times, and said that the United States needs Israel more than Israel needs America.
Israel is a tiny little piece of land, and yet we hear so much about the country in news, Laurie said in his message, titled, "What Jesus taught about Israel in the end times."
"Israel is at the eye of the hurricane of the great events of the end times," he stated. more >>
A 1,500-year-old Christian church filled with artifacts from the Byzantine era was discovered by road workers expanding Israel's main highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The church includes a four-leafed clover shaped baptismal font. Fragments of red-colored plaster, which indicate that the sanctuary walls had been decorated with frescoes, were also uncovered, according to Israel Antiquities Authority.
The centuries-old sanctuary was discovered at a Byzantine period rest stop on a road said to be from the Roman period. more >>