Stirred by a report of how the Islamic State uses the Quran to justify systematic sexual violence against women and young girls, Hillsong Church pastor Bobbie Houston has called on women everywhere to pray over the shocking and abhorrent situation in any way they know how.
After reading The New York Times Aug. 13 feature "ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape," Houston posted a fervent prayer request on her Instagram account, alerting potentially more than 100,000 followers to the powerful report.
The Times feature, written by Rukmini Callimachi, highlights how "the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria," using the Quran in support. The radical Sunni militant group uses the barbaric practice as a recruiting tool to grow its numbers. more >>
NEW YORK — Nearly three years after bursting onto the gospel music scene with her signature hit "Break Every Chain" from her Grace album, Grammy award-winning singer Tasha Cobbs is back with a brand new live album, One Place Live. The worship album features a raw and mature sound, both lyrically and vocally.
Back in May, the gospel music sensation debuted her lead single, "Jesus Saves," an uplifting worship song that quickly landed at No.1 on Billboard's Gospel Digital Songs chart. During an interview with The Christian Post, Cobbs explained that the track was inspired in part by her previous battle with depression.
"The song actually just brings me back to that place where Jesus saved me," said Cobbs, who battled depression on and off for three years. "And I think I talk about that a little, but throughout your life He saves you from different things that you may struggle with." more >>
A man clad in black declaring himself to be a prophet took California megachurch pastor John MacArthur and congregants by surprise when he purposefully stormed the altar to deliver a message of rebuke that he claimed was from God during a recent Sunday service.
The man clad in black and wearing a black backpack stepped onto the podium while MacArthur was addressing congregants at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, on Sunday, Aug. 16, according to a video of the encounter published on YouTube.
The man whistled as MacArthur spoke, immediately commanding the attention of all in the packed sanctuary. He then declared what he said was his message from God while pointing at the 76-year-old pastor, author and seminary president. more >>
A Tennessee pastor who was accused of saying that "liberal society" was to blame "for banning the stoning of LGBT people" during a sermon on TV, first by Raw Story then by other media, says he does not believe Christians should stone homosexuals.
A review by this reporter of the video (VIEW BELOW) used to support the idea by some media that he condones stoning homosexuals never shows the pastor inferring such a belief and his comments were in reference to Old Testament history.
"From the outset, please understand that I do not believe Christians should stone homosexuals," said Pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee, in a statement sent by email. "I did not teach this in any of my sermons. This idea would be directly opposed to the teaching of Christ and the spirit of love in the New Testament (John 3:16: Mt. 5:21). more >>
A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA.
A trailer for the controversial new reality show "So You Think You Can Preach," where hundreds of lay preachers are already clamoring for the opportunity to become "the next T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joel Osteen, or Joyce Meyer," is now making waves online with some critics dismissing it as "mockery," a "joke," "wickedness," or "vile vine."
Hundreds of would-be preachers, however, see the show as a godsend.
Less than two weeks since The Christian Post first reported that more than 1,000 lay preachers had already signed up for a chance to win $25,000, a new car and a lifetime opening at the pulpit of at least two unnamed megachurches, several of these would-be contestants reached out to this reporter [CP is not sponsoring, promoting nor producing this show] seeking to throw their hat in the ring and unleash God's call on their lives. more >>