SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The American Church is helping "destroy America" because too many spiritual leaders are acting like "cowards" and not standing up to defend biblical principles in society and culture, Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen (Ret.) Jerry Boykin said Friday afternoon.
Giving a keynote speech at The Bridge – International Christian Concern's first annual conference on the persecuted church – Boykin warned that if the church wants to help Christians that are being persecuted for their faith overseas, Christians in the United States need to stop "conforming to the world."
"The church is conforming to the world. We are compromising on every issue — biblical standards. We are compromising and conforming to the world," the former commander of the U.S. Army Delta Force said. "That's why it is ever worse for these Christians that are being persecuted all over the world for living their faith. Because of, we, who are supposed to be the most powerful nation." more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — According to renowned counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka, the Islamic State is not shy about its intentions of trying to usher in the end of the world with a series of battles in one "final jihad." In fact, the jihadis' apocalyptic aim can be seen just by analyzing the terrorist group's real name.
Gorka, the author of the New York Times bestselling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War and chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University, spoke Saturday at the first annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church hosted by International Christian Concern and addressed the threat that the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) poses not just to Iraq and Syria, but also the world.
Gorka, who is also adjunct professor at Joint Special Operations University and adjunct national security professor at Georgetown University, said that while most people call the group the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" and the U.S. government refers to the group as "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant," both names are technically wrong by intelligence standards. more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Pentecostal New Jersey pastor Don James says that America runs the risk of losing its financial blessings from God if American Christians don't stop embracing an "ostrich Christianity" and help spread the good news of Christ to the most dangerous corners of the world.
James, the lead pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, who has worked on projects to help train underground house churches in China and other countries of the world that are dangerous for Christians, spoke Friday during a breakout session on church mobilization at the International Christian Concern's annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas says that many Christians in the United States have adopted an "American version of Christianity" and lack a true understanding about what it means to be faithful to God's word under the threat of persecution.
Metaxas, the author of several books including the recent title If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, gave a one-hour keynote speech to kick off The Bridge, an annual 3-day conference focusing on the persecuted church hosted by collaboration of groups led by the persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern.
As Metaxas has authored biographies of historical, influential philanthropists like William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, his address focused on how Bonhoeffer played an instrumental role in awakening the German church to stand up to the atrocities committed against the Jews by the Nazis and he compared some of the similarities between the German church during the Holocaust to today's church in America. more >>
A former Russian Islamic State fighter has opened up about his time in Syria and detailed the barbarity he witnessed that inspired him to come up with a plan to fool one of its top leaders into giving him money and letting him leave the country.
The former militant, known only by the pseudonym Zurab, recently sat down for an video interview with RT's Maria Finoshina and explained that he let his emotions get the best of him when he decided to leave his home in southwestern Russia and travel to Syria and join IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh).
He said that after watching IS recruiting videos, he felt a sense of guilt and responsibility knowing that "Muslim blood is [being] spilled." more >>
A mob of 300 Muslims has torched at least four Coptic Christian houses in the Kom El Loofy village in Samalout, Upper Egypt, because the Christians wanted to build a church on their land.
"The torching of Coptic homes in Kom El Loofy underscores once more the urgent need for Egypt's House of Representatives to enact a law regulating the construction and renovation of houses of worship in a manner that guarantees the right of Christians to worship in community with others," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide Senior Press Officer Kiri Kankhwende.
"We echo the Bishophric of Samaloot in condemning the imposition of reconciliation meetings as a replacement for the rule of law because they impose ad-hoc, unjust and often un-constitutional conditions on the victims of sectarian violence and perpetuate impunity for the perpetrators. Rule of law must be upheld, and must include security services nationwide serving every community without discrimination on the grounds of religion." more >>