The former head of a Virginia-based megachurch who was convicted on seven counts of sexually assaulting a minor is seeking a new trial.
Geronimo Aguilar, ex-pastor at the Richmond Outreach Center, or ROC Church, was sentenced in Texas last October to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting two sisters when they were minors.
Filed earlier this month in the Second Court of Appeals located in Fort Worth, the brief argued that the detailing of Aguilar's extramarital affairs shouldn't have been mentioned and that it affected the results of the trial. more >>
On the second night of Harvest Georgia in Duluth, megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie addressed the question, what's the meaning of life, and shared the Gospel with about 15,000 people Saturday.
"What are we looking for in life? …We're looking for purpose, we are looking for meaning," Laurie, the senior pastor of California's Harvest Christian Fellowship, told the crowd of 7,500 at Infinite Energy Arena Saturday evening, as well as an online attendance of 7,505 people.
Every thinking person asks basic questions about life at some point in their lives, the pastor continued. The questions include why am I here, what happens when I die, why am I so empty inside and what is the meaning of life? more >>
Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz shares his gratitude for church growth in a recent social media post where he reveals that hundreds of people stand in line and wait to get into a church service.
Lentz took to Instagram on Friday with a photo that showed a line of people standing down a New York City block. The young pastor with over 336,000 Instagram followers used a photo to express his gratitude for the growth his church is experiencing, while revealing that his ministry continues to surpass the amount of people they can fit in a building per service.
"Last night @hillsongnyc was special and typical.. This photo encapsulates the heart of our church.. When churches have buildings they own, it's easy to take for granted how convenient it is to simply have meetings! We have never known that.. Every meeting we have ever had, we have to rent a venue. Pay for it. And it's never big enough! So waiting in a line, to get into an overcrowded room where you just might have to stand the whole time, becomes a normal thing. It's literally a choice to be inconvenienced..We have had people leave our church from time to time and say 'You know what, I just want to be somewhere smaller.' Not realizing the new place they choose to go, has the same desire to grow!! It just hasn't happened yet, or at the same 'speed'..I refuse to be a Christian that asks to be delivered from my own prayer requests.. 'God bring revival to NYC!!' And then when He does, resent what I used to rejoice about.. No way," Lentz wrote. more >>
The Harvest 2016 crusade in Georgia began with Pastor Greg Laurie telling 4,000 people that Jesus' assurance, "Don't let your hearts to be troubled," as found in the Gospel of John, is still relevant to them. At the end of the message, the megachurch pastor led 363 people in prayer to invite Christ into their lives.
Speaking at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, on Friday, Pastor Laurie cited several reasons why many Americans could be troubled today, including due to the threat of violence by the Islamic State terror group and aggression from Russia apart from many personal anxieties they have.
"There's a God in heaven who loves you," the pastor of California's Harvest Christian Fellowship assured the audience on the first day of the free, three-night event, held for the first time ever in Georgia. "No matter how many sins you've committed, He will forgive you, and you can change your eternal address tonight, if you put your faith in Jesus Christ." more >>
America won't be saved by a "political awakening," said Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was among over 40 Christian leaders that came together at The Gathering to pray for a spiritual transformation in the nation.
"Many of us, as believers, at times if we're not careful, we're more committed to some kind of political awakening," said Floyd at the solemn assembly hosted by Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, Wednesday night.
"That's not the answer to this nation. The answer to the nation is the next great awakening with the Holy Spirit of God. And He wakes up the Church and He shakes the Church," added Floyd, who's the senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. more >>
Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas has blasted President Barack Obama's plans for the United States to admit 110,000 more refugees in 2017 as "absolutely ludicrous," and warned that terrorists today are much more likely to be Muslims than Christians or Jews.