For centuries and centuries it has been widely accepted in American Christianity that Satanism is a bad thing. But hopeful reformers look to make the Church more welcoming of people it has long marginalized as being evil and wrong.
In recent years, organizations like Cheap Grace Ministries Network, Light Bearer Presbyterians, Accuser Baptists, and Abaddon Out Loud are trying to help churches become more accepting of their Satanic neighbors.
Authorities in the Aceh province of Indonesia began tearing down a number of Christian churches on Monday at the demand of hardline Muslims, as religious tensions have risen in the province in recent weeks.
According to Reuters, government workers in the Aceh Singkil district used axes and sledgehammers to dismantle several small Christian churches after many hardline Muslims in the area demanded that at least 10 Christian churches be demolished.
BBC reports that over 200 police officers and military personnel protected government workers as they destroyed the church buildings on the grounds that the structures lacked the proper building permits. more >>
Over 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in just one night to escape the Islamic State's genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, says an Iraqi priest, recalling the terror of seeing IS militants capture the city.
"Before 2003 we were 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000. At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That's why the people are afraid," Father Douglas Bazi told The Express during an interview published on Tuesday.
"Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from IS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Shariah." more >>
Christian business owners in Sweden have received an option from Islamic vandals to either "convert or die."
On Wednesday, a report surfaced about an Assyrian family in Sweden who found the graffiti that reads "Convert or Die" on the wall of their Gothenburg pizzeria. The said family is among those who have fled Syria to escape the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists, according to BizPac Review (BPR).
"Imagine yourself having fled from persecution in a country and then to find yourself staying next door to ISIS sympathizers here in Sweden," BPR quotes Gothenburg president Joseph Garis' statement to the Gotesborgs-Posten. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has beheaded a Sudanese Christian man named Mohamed Al-Ghaid in Libya.
IS has claimed that Al-Ghaid was killed to avenge the deaths of Muslims at the hands of Christians in Sudan.
Pope Francis says the Bible is "a highly dangerous book" due to the fact that so many people in the world are arrested or murdered for owning one.
In a prologue that is part of a youth Bible slated for publication this week, the pontiff wrote about the dangers of having a Bible, according to the Catholic publication Aleteia.
"There are more persecuted Christians in the world today than in the early days of the Church. And why are they persecuted? They are persecuted because they wear a cross and bear witness to Jesus. They are convicted because they own a Bible," wrote Francis. more >>