The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.
EFI shared the news with Fides News Agency, reporting that the attack took place on June 14. The radicals apparently shouted slogans like "Bharat Mathaki Jai" ("Hail Mother India") during the attack, which was broken up after police arrived.
Christians in Attingal have since staged a protest march in the city, calling for harmony and religious freedom, while counter-demonstrators reportedly chanted anti-Christian slogans and threats. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes downplayed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to end state bans on same-sex marriage during a worship service at his Texas megachurch on Sunday, saying that the issue was not his primary concern.
Jakes informed worshipers at The Potter's House in Dallas that he had been "bombarded" by various people wanting to know his thoughts on the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.
"I'm not really as concerned about this as a lot of people are," said Jakes during service on Sunday, according to a video excerpt of his remarks published online. "I'm really not as concerned about it. I think that we should not lose our mind about the world being the world and the Church being the Church. This is not a news flash. The world is gonna be the world and the Church is gonna be the Church, and you have to understand the difference." more >>
California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie gave a special sermon Sunday to help his congregation and Christians elsewhere in the country deal with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
There are at least six things that Christians can do, he said, including showing the power of a biblical marriage to the world in his Sunday sermon titled "Stand Your Ground!"
"The church is under attack around the world," the Harvest Ministries pastor said as he began the sermon on Sunday, two days after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. more >>
Theologian John Piper responded to the Supreme Court decision that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, saying it approves and institutionalizes the sin of homosexual intercourse.
"Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved," Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, wrote on his desiringGod blog, adding that this salvation from sinful sexual acts "was not embraced," as the highest court's ruling shows.
"Instead there was massive institutionalization of sin," Piper said. more >>
A mainline protestant denomination will consider adopting a resolution supporting divestment from companies that do business with Israel.
The Episcopal Church will consider several resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at its 78th General Convention that's being held in Salt Lake City and began on Thursday.
Resolution D016, introduced by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge of the Diocese of Hawaii, calls on the Church to compile a list of corporations profiting from the so-called "Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories" and divest from said companies. more >>
Commenting on Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, outspoken megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said he believes the court's decision has further "emboldened" and "equipped" liberals to take legal action against Christians who resist same-sex marriage.
Jeffress, the 59-year-old pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, composed a Friday op-ed for Fox News, where he stressed that the court's ruling will have many "legal, sociological, and spiritual consequences for years to come."
In a Friday interview with The Christian Post, Jeffress expanded on his argument and stated that religious colleges and universities won't be the only ones that are at risk of facing government sanctions — like loss of tax-exempt statuses — or lawsuits for refusing to compromise on marriage. more >>