A grand jury has indicted a New York pastor on charges that he sexually molested three children a decade ago.
The Rev. Roy Harriger, 70, the pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Hartland, was accused of molesting his son and daughter in December. According to those charges, the acts occurred between September 2000 and September 2001, when the children were between the ages of 7 and 9.
Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, known for his controversial "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon and remarks that "gays should be executed," recently uploaded a new sermon to his YouTube account in which he attacks "Hollyweird" actor Nicolas Cage for starring in the "Left Behind" remake and "prostituting himself to liberal Christianity."
Pastor Anderson, who leads the independent Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., insisted in his sermon uploaded Feb. 4 that the Bible teaches that God will pour out His wrath and judgment on the unbelieving world "a half hour" after the rapture of Christians from the earth. The timing of the rapture, or the spiriting away of Christians to heaven at the end of the world, is a point of contention among Protestants who embrace the concept.
The Left Behind book series, on which the movie remake is based, is set in a pre-tribulation rapture that has Christians being taken to heaven before a lengthy period of judgement ensues on the earth. For a breakdown of the different issues related to the rapture, read "End Times Infographic Dissects Christian Views on Tribulation, Rapture" or What Evangelical Leaders Say About the End of the World, Rapture. more >>
Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas.
At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs," said Obama. more >>
More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor.
Thirteen former members of Long's Lithonia, Ga., megachurch recently reached a confidential financial settlement with the Christian minister, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing.
"I somewhat blame New Birth, because when this happened, instead of really showing us love, we were kind of looked at as outcasts," J.B. Bailey, one of the 13 victims who has recouped his money, told MyFoxAtlanta.com. more >>
Last Friday, Wheaton College hosted Rosaria Butterfield, an author, pastor's wife and homeschooling mother. But Butterfield's offer to speak at chapel was spurred not by her present circumstances, but by her previous life experience as a lesbian in a committed relationship with another woman.
"Our invitation to Butterfield was based on her personal story of Gospel transformation that impacted every area of her life, including her own understanding of sexual identity and sexual practice," Wheaton Chaplain, Stephen Kellough told The Christian Post in a statement.
Originally an English professor with ardently liberal views, Butterfield converted to Christianity through a close relationship with a pastor and his wife, whom she met after she began to research the Religious Right. In 2012, she authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, which describes her experience of coming to faith, and is currently traveling the country and speaking at both secular and religious universities about her conversion. more >>
You can't do that!
Ever heard those words? I am sure Josiah did when the whole topic of idols in the land came up. What made him think he could rid the land of idols when so many Kings, even good ones like Hezekiah and Asa, could not do it. But in the tradition and spirit of David, Josiah decides the Word comes first over the world and that his leaders will be the ones to heed the Words of God and honor the heart of God. He resolves that idolatry will end under his watch and that this spiritual disease infecting his lands, polluting their worship, and introducing sin will be no more.
His steps are noticeably familiar and worth noting because this a major move of God among his people to create spiritual health in the community of faith. Time to watch some game film and highlight what went right in order for God's leader to overcome all the odds. more >>