The Rev. Franklin Graham says that beside Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini themselves, only God knows the details surrounding the issues between them.
"While we rejoice at his (Saeed Abedini's) new freedom, we now lift him and his wife, Naghmeh, to the Lord for healing in their marriage. Other than God, no one knows the details and the truth of what has happened between Saeed and Naghmeh except them. There's an old saying that there are at least two sides to every story," Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook message on Thursday.
Graham added that he is trying to be a friend and assist both, and said that there is a great need for prayer for their relationship. more >>
Seeking to quickly distance himself from his brother Jerry Jr., the Rev. Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, issued a short statement the same day as his brother's endorsement of Donald Trump, saying Christians should vote for a "person of character" who displays "moral leadership."
In the aftermath of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s endorsement of the real estate mogul on Tuesday, the Liberty University president and son of legendary evangelical leader Jerry Falwell has been widely scrutinized for backing a candidate that many conservative evangelicals feel does not uphold strong biblical values and has a questionable track record on issues like abortion.
Jonathan Falwell, who leads the 12th most influential megachurch in the United States according to Newsmax, issued a statement to Lynchburg, Virginia's ABC News affiliate saying that he will not be endorsing any political candidates and that Christians should vote for candidates who most closely align with their beliefs. more >>
City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee has praised the major growth of Christian megachurches in South Korea, noting that the key to such continued success is prayer.
"One of the greatest revivals in the last 100 years was, and still is, in Korea. Just imagine — at one time, six of the 10 largest churches in the world can be found in the city of Seoul. Until today, Yoido Full Gospel Church remains the largest congregation in the world with 830,000 members," Kong said on his Facebook page.
"They have been consistently baptizing 1,000 new converts every month! If you ask any Korean church what is the key to their success, the answer is unanimous — PRAYER!" he added. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini explains some of the reasons why she filed a domestic relations case against her husband, Saeed, saying there has been past abuse in their marriage, which she says can only be saved by God.
"I do deeply regret that I hid from the public the abuse that I have lived with for most of our marriage and I ask your forgiveness. I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage," Abedini told supporters on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
"Tragically, the opposite has occurred. Three months ago Saeed told me things he demanded I must do to promote him in the eyes of the public that I simply could not do any longer. He threatened that if I did not the results would be the end of our marriage and the resulting pain this would bring to our children," she added. more >>
A congregation in Georgia that voted overwhelmingly to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) is being prevented from disaffiliating from the Mainline Protestant denomination, according to one church leader.
Central Presbyterian Church in Athens voted Sunday to leave the PCUSA for a more conservative denomination with the final tally being 159 in favor and 36 opposed.
The PCUSA's Northeast Georgia Presbytery, which Central Presbyterian Church belonged to, does not recognize the validity of the congregational vote, however. more >>
The U.S. Postal Service will soon release a stamp commemorating Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Scheduled to go on sale next Tuesday, the stamp's release is meant to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the A.M.E. Church.
Roy Betts, spokesperson for the Postal Services, explained to The Christian Post in an interview the reason for the stamp. more >>