Pastor Greg Laurie and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez responded to the shooting rampage targeting Christians at Umpqua Community College, which killed 10 and wounded seven others in Oregon on Thursday, saying it's "persecution of Christians in America" and not just about guns or mental illness.
"What we are seeing is persecution against Christians in the United States of America," Laurie, senior pastor at California's Harvest Church, wrote in an exclusive column to The Christian Post. "We read almost daily stories of our brothers and sisters being martyred for their faith in Christ in the Middle East by groups like ISIS, but now it has come to our shores."
After such shootings, the questions always asked is, "Why?" Laurie added. "Mental health and gun control solutions are usually brought up, but the one thing you rarely hear said is, 'It happened because people are evil.'" more >>
British Pastor James McConnell will face a three-day trial in December for broadcasting a sermon over the Internet using a public electronics communications network where he called Islam "satanic" and "heathen."
The charges, which also include allegedly sending a grossly offensive message using a public electronics communications network, stem from a sermon he gave at a Belfast, Northern Ireland, church in May 2014.
McConnell's trial date was set Thursday for Dec. 14 at the Belfast Magistrates Court. At least 78 people showed up to support the pastor, who believes he's standing up for his freedom of speech. more >>
The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.
More than 2,000 Bible verses teach civics, providing examples of good and evil rulers, judges, and political authorities. These instructions on civics are informed by approximately 500 verses on salvation, 400 on hell, and 250 on Heaven — with the overall foundation that right living best leads to a peaceful, thriving society.
Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart, of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that the ongoing exodus of Christians from the Middle East — fleeing war and persecution — is an "apocalyptic and fatal" development.
Jeanbart said that the "exodus of Christians" is as "a form of deportation, condemning our faithful to a humiliating exile and our 2,000-year-old Church to a deadly drying up," according to The Irish Catholic.
He also criticized the lack of help from Western governments, claiming that they "appear to be either indifferent or unjust" to the plight of the refugees. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, has revealed that many of the updates from Iran on her husband's condition over the past three years have been coming from the pastor's parents. Naghmeh said that the trauma Abedini is going through is taking a toll on them.
"Though I am always looking forward to visitation days as my lone connection to Saeed, it pains me to know what my in-laws have lived through with their son. They live for these 15-minute visitations each week with their son, but watching your son endure the trauma of unjust imprisonment is brutal," Naghmeh said in an update earlier this week posted on the American Center for Law and Justice website.
"Increasingly, my updates from Iran come with many tears. The pain of seeing your son shackled, describing the pains in his body or the beatings he endures has at times been too much for his elderly parents. Today's update was told through uncontrollable tears. Having seen the pain of my own children, I can only imagine the pain Saeed's parents have endured the last three years," she continued. more >>
Christian migrants are being segregated upon their arrival in Germany as tension and violence among different religious group increase.
The migrant crisis in Europe has given birth to increasing threat to Christian refugees, and many are being threatened by hardline Sunnis who want to enforce the Sharia law even in asylum centers in Germany. There are some Christians saying their living conditions in Germany are similar to "prisons," with some opting to turn around and go back to the Middle East, according to Breitbart.
Because of the series of violent incidents erupting in Germany in recent weeks, police chief Jorg Radek said Christian and Muslim migrants should stay in different places to minimize the tensions, The Telegraph reports. more >>