A Pennsylvania megachurch's congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences on homosexuality and gay marriage.
About three-quarters of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem approved the measure yesterday that involved leaving PC(USA) for the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
In a Facebook post to their official page, FPC Bethlehem noted that the measure to seek dismissal passed with 76.5 percent of the 1,048 voting members present approving it. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of formerly imprisoned American Pastor Saeed, says she and her family came to America as Muslim immigrants before converting to Christianity after witnessing the love of Jesus Christ exhibited by those who helped her.
"I was a Muslim immigrant. I left a devastating war between Iran and Iraq. America gave me the freedom to choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. When we came to America more than 30 years ago I was treated with love and acceptance by the Christians. I could see the tender heart of Jesus toward foreigners and the lost through the Christians that surrounded us," Abedini wrote in a Facebook post.
"I have parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and my 95 year old grandmother who all came to America as Muslim immigrants and found Jesus here." more >>
A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King told the Boston Globe last week that "it appears now that all the material [Ernest Fritz, owner of the fragment,] gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."
Less than 24 hours after an investigative report about Fritz's papyrus forgery was published in the August issue of The Atlantic, additional documents emerged showing a fake Greek manuscript Fritz had posted on his website and a blog in which his wife "talks of restoring a second century Christian gospel, a project that apparently left part of the manuscript in fragments," according to Live Science. more >>
Even though the subject of Hell is not a pleasant topic to think about, street evangelist Ray Comfort says Christians must use it as part of their evangelism efforts so their pleas to skeptics have urgency.
"The accusation of the skeptic is that we use the threat of Hell to control the weak-minded. That may be true of some religions that hold their power because they control the masses, but the second the skeptic finds himself in Hell he will know that we only warned of it because we loved him," Comfort wrote in a Facebook message on Thursday.
He asked: "Do we ever weep as we pray for the lost? Dry eyes and hard hearts go hand in hand. How can we profess to have the love of God in our hearts if we don't plead with the unsaved to repent and turn to the Savior? And how can we do that with any passion if we don't care?" more >>
Four of the six men arrested last year for heckling a worship service led by Pastor Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, were found not guilty.
Last June six men from a fundamentalist Christian group called the Church of Wells interrupted a worship service headed by Joel Osteen, calling him a "liar."
Four of the six men arrested, Kevin Fessler, Matthew Martinez, Randall Valdez, and Mark DeRouville, were cleared of all charges Wednesday at a trial held at Harris County Courthouse. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll says there are four signs Christians can look at to determine if they are in danger of being "spiritually dead," pointing to Jesus Christ's warnings in the book of Revelation.
Driscoll wrote in a blog post on his website Wednesday that Jesus spoke out against the church in Sardis in the book of Revelation for its lack of genuine faith, and warned that Christians today are "just as susceptible to decay and death."
The pastor said the first warning sign is when people treat their faith as a routine. more >>