Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has responded to the terror attacks in Paris last week by blaming the Islamic religion, claiming it is inspired by Satan and directly responsible for the actions of terrorists.
"Islam is a false religion, and it is inspired by Satan himself," Jeffress said at First Baptist Dallas in his Sunday sermon.
"This weekend we saw the fruit of Satan's destruction in the acts of these terrorists," he added. more >>
For close to two decades, singer-songwriter Israel Houghton has managed to keep much of his personal life out of the spotlight, but that's all about to change.
The four-time Grammy Award winner is giving the world a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes with an upcoming one-night cinematic event called "Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia."
"I did what I've always been kind of reluctant to do and that is to turn cameras on and open up my life a little bit more to people. I feel like when I get on stage, I want to really open up a way to God for people as opposed to having them look at me," Houghton told The Christian Post. "It was a challenge for me because I do maintain my privacy a little bit as it relates to my life and my life off the stage." more >>
The words "the forgiveness of sins" in the Apostles' Creed are so important for Christian believers to understand and live out that they cannot reflect the authenticity of their faith, and that of the Church, without it, said Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas, who is teaching his congregation the meaning and relevance of the statement of faith through a series of sermons.
As humans, we love others to get punished, and also love to watch them get punished, said Chandler in his message, "The Forgiveness of Sins."
"We live in a world where outrage is all the rage… We live in a punishment-obsessed world," he said, and added, "But for the people of God, this should not be so." more >>
A number of former City Harvest Church members have accused Pastor Kong Hee of prosperity gospel preaching, after six CHC church leaders were found guilty of misusing millions in church donations.
A report by The Straits Times on Wednesday featured several interviews with former members who said that CHC's practices are questionable at best.
"Formers members also told The Straits Times about practices in church, saying they felt compelled to give donations, had their whereabouts constantly monitored by church members, or were pressured into buying Ms. Ho's music albums," the article stated, referring to singer Sun Ho, the wife of Kong. more >>
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, T.D. Jakes' Potter's House and Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church have topped Newsmax's list of "Top 50 Megachurches in America."
The list, released Wednesday, was compiled by The Christian Post's contributing editor Johnnie Moore, who wrote that the rankings were not based on church size but rather on the notoriety of the church's leaders, the ratings of their television and radio programs, and the reach of their books, public opinion and overall influence.
"Megachurches are the spiritual phenomenon of the 21st century; there are more churches with 5,000 people attending weekly services than at any other time in history," Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University, wrote. "So much for those who claim ad nauseam that faith is declining in our country." more >>
Kim Kardashian West appears to have it all: beauty, fame, fortune, influence. But Sarah Jakes Roberts feels sorry for the reality TV star.
Both the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star and Jakes Roberts, author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, are preparing to give birth in the coming months. Although each woman has spoken publicly about the struggles that come along with pregnancy, Jakes Roberts, 27, is sympathizing with Kardashian West.
"I've been in at least 20 cities this year alone speaking to thousands of women across the country. Once I land, I jump right into the trenches of marriage, motherhood, ministry, and whatever else life manages to throw my way, all while watching my ever-expanding midsection struggle to squeeze into clothes that were once too big and attempting to control the hormonal changes of pregnancy," Jakes Roberts wrote in a Huffington Post essay last week. "Incidentally, this has made me think six words I never thought would come to mind: I feel sorry for Kim Kardashian." more >>