An Apostolic church in Brazil has atrracted controversy online after a photo was posted on their Facebook account in which the pastor is seen praying and kneeling on the floor over 110 lbs. of anointed salt.
Apostolic Church Full of God's Throne based in Sao Paulo held a service last week where the practice took place. The criticism was triggered by the image of the church's lead pastor Agenor Duke, as he is shown surrounded by other kneeling church members who then marched over the salt barefoot as they fervently prayed.
"This is a witchcraft practice, very different from what the Scripture reflects on the use of salt," commented Jonathan Martinez, a Facebook user on the church's account. "That method is only used for witchcraft and for calling upon negative things." more >>
Hispanic evangelical leader the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who co-leads perhaps the largest evangelical network in the world as the result of the recent merger of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Conela, a Latin America-based organization that serves more than 487,000 Latin churches globally, says the new association doesn't accept the premise that Christianity is spiraling downward.
"We are not drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid that Christianity is in decline, that this is the last hour of the Christian global narrative in a significant matter," Rodriguez told The Christian Post recently in an exclusive interview about the merger that took place on May 1. "We are not drinking the Kool-Aid. As a matter of fact, we have a very strong sense of optimism … we do believe the best is yet to come."
NHCLC/Conela, which is the new name of the group merge, has more than 500,000 churches and "may very well be the largest evangelical network in the world," said Rodriguez, who said he has tapped into current studies by researchers to come to his conclusions. more >>
WASHINGTON — Latinos hold conservatives views along a range of important issues, but Democrats are more effective at mobilizing them for elections, John Mendez, Director of Faith Initiatives for The LIBRE Initiative, told The Christian Post.
Latinos overlap with conservatives in many areas, Mendez said. They "won't abort their children," they believe in the traditional view of marriage, the believe in hard work, and they are very patriotic (1.5 million Hispanics serve in the military).
If Latinos are conservative, why do they vote Democrat? CP asked Mendez Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference. Mendez was on a panel dealing with how conservatives could reach non-white voters called, "The Real Rainbow Coalition: Building Bridges to Minorities." more >>
BALTIMORE — Due to their experience with totalitarian regimes, churches with large immigrant communities have a greater sensitivity to religious freedom concerns than the churches that have grown accustomed to over 200 years of religious freedom, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez told The Christian Post.
"Many of the people in our immigrant churches come from totalitarian nations where regimes muzzled the voice of conscience," he said. "There's a greater sensitivity in the immigrant community for religious liberty than those of us who have been spoiled for over 200 years here in America."
CP interviewed Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, after he spoke about religious freedom for a June 9 panel at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. more >>
Neurosurgeon and notable conservative speaker Dr. Ben Carson's most recent book has made it to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' best sellers list.
Dr. Carson's One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future, debuted on the "Hardcover Nonfiction" list at No. 1 last week and remains so this week.
In the Hardcover Nonfiction category, One Nation is trailed by French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century at No. 2, and Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer at No. 3. more >>
In 1992, Naeem Fazal, a recent immigrant from Kuwait of Pakistani descent, encountered Jesus in his brother's apartment just weeks after arriving in the United States. Fazal, who grew up Muslim and who once threatened to kill his brother after the elder sibling converted to Christianity, spoke recently with The Christian Post about his relationship with his Muslim parents, why his conversion was not a hit with Southern Baptists and whether Fellowship with Christian Athletes actually lives up to his name. An overview of the book is available here and the first part of his interview detailing his terrifying conversion story here.
Fazal and his wife Ashley are parents to a son and daughter and currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina where he pastors Mosaic Church.
CP: You wrote in your book that your relationship with your parents was proof that peace between Muslims and Christians was possible. Can you expand on that? more >>