A number of LGBT activists counter protested a prayer rally organized by leading conservative evangelist Franklin Graham outside California's state capitol in Sacramento Thursday.
Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been traveling state to state this election season to hold prayer rallies outside of state capitol buildings to encourage Christians to pray for the nation's forgiveness and to get involved in local politics.
On the heels of Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's controversial veto of the Pastor Protection Act, legislation intended to protect the religious freedoms of clergy and religious entities, California megachurch Pastor David Jeremiah held a rally in Atlanta Thursday urging Christians to "stand up for your faith."
While Jeremiah's message centered on the resurrection story of Jesus Christ, the pastor also addressed the 2016 presidential election, issuing a wake-up call to those who say they've lost hope in America's political process.
"You've had your hope in the wrong place. If this year's election doesn't prove to you that our hope is not in politics, I don't know what else could," Jeremiah told the audience of 7,000 gathered at the city's Infinite Energy Arena. more >>
The Christian owners of an Illinois wedding venue have vowed that they will never host same-sex wedding ceremonies at their family-run bed and breakfast even after they were forced to pay over $80,000 in fines.
Jim and Beth Walder, the owners of Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, were fined by the state's Human Rights Commission on Tuesday for declining to host the wedding of Todd and Mark Wathen in 2011.
After the Wathens reached out to Timber Creek to express interest in having their wedding there, Jim Walder responded with an email saying that they could not accommodate the request because "homosexuality is immoral and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it." more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has suggested that it might not be long before the Bible is banned in the Western world, reflecting on news stories of prison chaplains being forced to resign for quoting Bible passages.
"This is an alarming example of how quickly Christians are losing religious freedom across the West. In this case, it wasn't even acceptable for this chaplain to use God's Word during a chapel service — a completely voluntary service where those attending would expect to hear from God's Word. It won't be long before we see this happening in other countries, including America," Ham said in an article for AiG Thursday.
"And really, the authorities are saying the Bible itself is not suitable for people! How long before it will be outlawed?" more >>
Popular '90s actress Melissa Joan Hart says she faced intense pressure from those closest to her for answering the call to take the lead role in the film "God's Not Dead 2."
"I had a hard time in my personal life being able to make room for this movie. I felt very persecuted within my own inner circle...I felt very called to do this movie," Hart shared.
The actress admitted that she avoided watching the original "God's Not Dead," until she read the script for the sequel, and after reading the script and seeing the original film, she felt certain she was called to the role. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini says his life is harder now than when he was being held hostage in an Iranian prison because of the media attention surrounding the troubles in his marriage and "false accusations" against him.
"I can say my life after I got released is harder than when I was in prison because of the media and all the false accusations. After my freedom, people who prayed for me for years every night couldn't rejoice for my freedom because of the things in the media," Abedini told local news station KIVI-TV ABC 6 in an interview.
He was asked to address some of the things his wife, Naghmeh, has said about him, but he responded that "what people need to know is that the things in the media about me are complete false accusations." more >>