Leaders representing 88 million Anglicans have decided to suspend the U.S.-based, theologically liberal Episcopal Church for its pro-gay marriage position.
At a meeting of Anglican Primates hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, leaders representing the worldwide body announced Thursday that they were suspending The Episcopal Church.
"The traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching," stated the Primates. more >>
Christian Band Third Day is starting the New Year on a high note with their single "Soul on Fire" being named No. 1 song of the year for 2015 and a 2016 Grammy nomination.
Billboard's Christian Overall National Audience year-end chart put their single at the No. 1 spot for Christian Airplay Song of 2015; iTunes also selected "Soul on Fire" as one of last year's top tracks.
"Soul on Fire" was the first single from Third Day's 2015 album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship. The song was No. 1 on radio for 11 weeks, and has garnered the band their 12th nomination for the upcoming Grammy Awards. more >>
A Korean-American man who says he has been detained as a prisoner in North Korea on espionage charges has been identified as a Christian missionary and a pastor who has worked in the United States and China.
On Monday, CNN broadcasted an exclusive interview with a man named Kim Dong Chul in Pyongyang who claims that he has was arrested by the Kim regime over three months ago on the charge that he was spying on North Korea's nuclear program.
Although the U.S. State Department has refused to confirm Kim's detention in Pyongyang, Kim told CNN that when he was arrested, authorities seized his USB drive and documents detailing North Korea's nuclear program. more >>
The Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors has released its annual list of countries where Christians face the greatest persecution and found that it has reached unprecedented levels worldwide as over 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith between Nov. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015.
Although the California-based ministry, which works in over 60 countries, stated last January that 2014 was the worst year for Christian persecution than any other time in modern history, the organization said during the rollout of its 2016 World Watch List that 2015 surpassed 2014 as the deadliest year for Christians worldwide.
Open Doors found that over 3,000 more Christians were killed for faith-related reasons during its reporting period for the 2016 World Watch List than it found during the reporting period for the 2015 report. Additionally, over 2,400 churches were attacked, damaged or destroyed during the reporting period, which is more than double the number from last year. more >>
Just hours before President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, leading Evangelist Franklin Graham issued his own opinion on the state of affairs in the U.S.
While Obama concluded his address by asserting that the "state of our union is strong" and spent much of his speech highlighting what he believes to be the economic and social progresses of the last seven years, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon to argue that the state of the union is "broken" morally and spiritually.
Graham, who is also the president of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization and a frequent commenter on current events, argued that the problems the U.S. faces cannot be resolved unless the nation repents of its sins. more >>
Two hundred and seven members of Congress, including three Republican presidential candidates, sent a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Obamacare contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberties of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian institutions.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge in March to the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires under the consequence of crippling fines that religious non-profit organizations, Christian colleges and other institutions offer health insurance plans for their employees that provide abortion-inducing drugs
As the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who serve the elderly, have been entrenched at the forefront of this legal battle to gain religious exemption from the mandate, the 10th Circuit Court ruled in July that the mandate does not violate the rights of the organizations because it provides an accommodation that circumvents the organizations to still provide the drugs of objection to their employees. more >>