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  • Christian Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services in Canada

    02/18/2021 7:52:34 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 18 2021 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    A Christian pastor from Edmonton, Canada, has been jailed for breaking Alberta’s Public Health Act by continuing to hold church services when ordered to stop. Rev. James Coates of GraceLife Church of Edmonton turned himself in to police on Tuesday, two days after officials attended his Sunday service to assess compliance with conditions issued to the pastor, police said in a news release Wednesday. Authorities from Alberta Health Services and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) determined that Pastor Coates “was not complying with his Undertaking release conditions” issued by authorities.
  • Are there Prophets in the church today? To answer the question, let's understand what "Prophet" means

    02/18/2021 8:05:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/18/2021 | Jason Jimenez
    Turn on your T.V., and you are bound to come across a religious show with someone declaring they speak for God. Go to your local bookstore, and there I'm sure you will find several books written by people who say they have received divine revelations from God. Jump on YouTube, and you will definitely see videos of preachers proclaiming, "Thus saith the Lord."This barrage of "prophetic words" from thousands of voices has undoubtedly caused many Christians to become confused. In one camp, you have Christians who get caught up in the sensationalism of prophetic words espoused by the Word of...
  • Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation

    02/12/2021 3:07:33 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 92 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Feb. 11, 2021 | DANIEL SILLIMAN AND KATE SHELLNUTT
    Zacharias “made her pray with him to thank God for the ‘opportunity’ they both received” and, as with other victims, “called her his ‘reward’ for living a life of service to God,” the report says. Zacharias warned the woman—a fellow believer—if she ever spoke out against him, she would be responsible for millions of souls lost when his reputation was damaged. The findings, alongside details revealed over months of internal reckoning at RZIM, challenge the picture many have had of Zacharias. When he died in May, he was praised for his faithful witness, his commitment to the truth, and his...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 2/11/21 [prayer]

    02/10/2021 6:58:01 PM PST · by Hiskid · 25 replies
    2/11/21 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for AMERICA: For those in Authority in Government, Family, Military, Business, Healthcare, Education, Churches, and the Media. I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone: for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2 Religion Forum Threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14
  • California can't totally ban indoor worship, Supreme Court says

    02/05/2021 10:31:23 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    ap ^ | 2/5/2021
    The Supreme Court is telling California it can't enforce a ban on indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions in the state. The high court said that for now, California can't ban indoor worship in areas where virus cases are surging, but it can cap indoor services at 25% of a building's capacity. The justices also declined to stop the state from barring singing and chanting at services. ... The court's action follows a decision in a case from New York late...
  • Appeals Court Rules [Negatively] on California Churches that Challenged Covid Restrictions

    01/28/2021 6:34:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/25/21 | Staff
    CNA Staff, Jan 25, 2021 / 02:01 pm MT (CNA).- An appeals court last week ruled for a second time against a California church which challenged the state’s rules barring in-person worship services for much of the state, deciding that a total ban on indoor worship services in most areas of the state is justified to block the spread of coronavirus. The same court ruled Jan. 25 to prevent the state from enforcing fixed numerical attendance limits in areas where indoor worship is allowed, in favor of limits based on percentage of the house of worship’s capacity. South Bay United...
  • State Recruits Church to Peddle Covid Jab

    01/28/2021 1:01:34 PM PST · by Marchmain · 37 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Jan. 28, 2021 | Jules Gomes
    Prelates, priests, pastors sign on as salesmen for abortion-tainted serum Britain is conscripting clergy to promote abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccines, as the government forces a counter-narrative to combat voices raising ethical and safety concerns about the jab. Catholic priests, instructed by bishops, are publishing notes from the government's Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force (CPWTF) on parish websites and newsletters, citing "strong encouragement from the government to counteract" vaccine dissent in churches. "There should be explicit encouragement of community members to take up the offer of vaccines whenever it is offered to an individual," the government's propaganda to churches urges, pushing...
  • Bomb thrown into El Monte Church

    01/24/2021 7:04:40 AM PST · by realcleanguy · 46 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Times ^ | 1/23/2021 | Brian Rokos
    An El Monte church that was threatened this month with an arson attack over its extremist views and condemnation of same-sex marriage was damaged early Saturday, Jan. 23, when someone threw a bomb at the building, blowing out windows. No one was injured in the explosion, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. The First Works Baptist Church at 2600 Tyler Ave. was also vandalized, the El Monte Police Department said. The FBI is investigating the attack, which it said involved “an IED,” or a homemade or “improvised” explosive device. The church, a target of recent protests, has asserted that the government...
  • Lighting Up the 'Midnight' of Our Current Society

    01/23/2021 8:40:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 23, 2021 | Kathryn Lopez
    "It is midnight within the social order." Martin Luther King Jr. said this in a 1967 sermon called "A Knock at Midnight." He based it on a passage from the 11th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus asks: "Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'?" There's something about our interconnectedness in that passage that seems especially important during a time of isolation. King said: "Although...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Church Deacon Arrested For Outdoor Worship Service Discusses Victory Against Idaho

    01/20/2021 11:24:13 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | Jan 18, 2021 | Jon Brown
    When Gabriel Rench recounts being arrested in front of city hall in Moscow, Idado, while singing hymns with his church last September, one detail especially continues to irk him. “They literally took my hymn book away from me and proceeded to handcuff me,” Rench, 41, said of the officers, who then led him away to the county jail, where he remained for several hours. Moscow, a town of about 25,000 people approximately 80 miles south of Spokane, Washington, made national news last fall when local police arrested three people and cited five others for attending a “peaceful protest” against the...
  • Pastor Robert Jeffress: Church must 'be prepared' for increasing 'persecution' under Biden

    01/19/2021 8:23:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2021 | Leah MarieAnn Klett
    Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress issued a warning to his congregation Sunday, arguing that there might be “increasing persecution” during the Biden administration. He urged Christians to “be prepared” for a possible “restrain on our ability” to teach God’s word “without consequence.” In a sermon delivered ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday, the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas told congregants that the New Testament book of Matthew speaks of how, in the last days, “savage times will come as people cast off all moral restraint and society begins to disintegrate.” “Doesn't that describe the time we're living...
  • Why a Biden presidency could be good for the Church

    01/19/2021 8:17:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/19/2021 | Michael Brown
    (Please note: I wrote this on December 11, 2020, during a one-week prayer retreat alone in Texas, but I have waited to release the article until now. With the storming of the Capitol on January 6th and the loss of Republican power in the Senate on January 5th, every line that follows is now underscored.)Like many of you reading this article, I voted for Donald Trump, which means I voted against Joe Biden. I have also written articles calling out the radical nature of the Democratic platform, drawing attention to Biden’s extreme, “transgender rights” position, and pointing to his continued...
  • Fauci predicts that people will be able to go back to singing in church by mid-fall, when an 'overwhelming proportion' of the US has been vaccinated

    01/19/2021 6:32:56 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    businessinsider ^ | 01/18/2021 | Anna Mearis Miller
    Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts church services — with hugging, praising, and music-making — will be able to resume safely in mid-fall if the US vaccinates people "appropriately, effectively, and efficiently." Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the projection Monday during the Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Conclave, an online convening of more than 100 Black clergy, leading public-health officials, and corporate and scientific leaders who are working to boost COVID-19 testing and other resources in the Black community. It was led by the Revs. Al Sharpton and Calvin Butts.
  • Column: A Catholic Pastor Speaks Out About Trump. Some Parishioners Walk Out.

    01/18/2021 5:42:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/16/21 | Mary Schmich
    On the Sunday morning after the deadly riot at the United States Capitol, Father William Corcoran put on his black suit and clerical collar and stepped into St. Elizabeth Seton church in the Chicago suburb of Orland Hills to celebrate the 7:30 a.m. Mass. When it was time for the homily, he stood in front of the “celebrant’s chair” near the altar and removed his mask so that he could be clearly heard. He looked out at the 140 or so masked parishioners who sat in the sanctuary, which was still ornamented for Christmas. He had a feeling this might...
  • ELCA presiding bishop joins NCC leaders in letter to vice president, Cabinet and Congress

    01/10/2021 10:23:59 PM PST · by lightman · 38 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 8 Januray A.D. 2021 | Candice Hill Buchbinder
    CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), joined leaders from the National Council of Churches (NCC) in an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress and the Cabinet, calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office. The letter states: "Our faith instructs us to take seriously positions of leadership, not to lead others astray and to be careful about what we say and do. "For the good of the nation, so that we might end the current horror and prepare the way for binding up...
  • Suspect in custody after shooting at Starrville Methodist church leaves pastor dead

    01/03/2021 11:57:45 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 21 replies
    KVUE News - Austin, TX ^ | 3 January 2020 | Reagan Roy, Claire Wallace
    WINONA, Texas — One person is dead and three more, including the suspect, were injured following a shooting at an East Texas church Sunday morning. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the shooting took place at Starrville Methodist Church, located on Farm-to-Market Road 16 in Winona. The SCSO says the suspect had been hiding in the church's bathroom following a car chase with authorities Saturday night. The SCSO says the suspect was in a dark Volkswagen Beetle and had a shotgun pointed out the window, but later left the car due to a tire blowout and ran away. Sheriff...
  • Holiday in Handcuffs?

    12/30/2020 2:25:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | December 30, 2020 | Laura Walsh
    Christmas Eve was supposed to be nice. I made every effort — procuring the traditional Costco spiral ham and cheerfully doing all of the other Christmasy things Mrs. Claus pulls off each year. What I failed to factor in was the threat of arrest and an epic violation of my right to free exercise of religion. Rookie mistake. Our state is governed by a petty tyrant. We’ve had a mask mandate since June and because he has unchecked power and was just reelected, he extends mandates in perpetuity. He has done his best to suck joy out of everything. Unlike...
  • With skyrocketing mental health crisis, church proves the healthiest place to be

    12/28/2020 6:32:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2020 | David Jeremiah
    Through all the divisive issues of 2020, Americans have shared at least one common trait: skyrocketing stress. The American Psychological Association calls it a “national mental health crisis” with potentially “serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Columbia University professor of clinical psychiatry Michael Liebowitz said the pandemic is "a huge added stress factor." This makes the spike in anti-anxiety medications understandable. Prescriptions rose by 34 percent in a matter of months when the pandemic broke out. People have attempted to decrease their stress through entertainment, alcohol, and prescription or recreational drugs. In Oregon, its citizens just voted...
  • A plea to members of Placer County churches during COVID surge: Stay home for Christmas

    12/25/2020 9:09:46 PM PST · by rintintin · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 25 2020 | HANNAH HOLZER, Sacramento Bee
    It would be easy to shame Destiny Christian Church, its members and its pastor, Greg Fairrington, for selfishly ignoring multiple state-imposed orders to cease indoor gatherings — an especially reckless act given Placer County’s restricted intensive care unit capacity which recently dipped to zero. But in a spirit of compassion that seems more apt this holiday season, here’s my message to Destiny: I am appealing to your Christian values of moral responsibility and love for your neighbors and urging you to remain in the safety of your homes this Christmas. Because this is the only way to mitigate the spread...
  • Dem Rep. Doggett: Crowded Church Services ‘Leading to’ Deaths

    12/25/2020 11:21:49 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Dec 2020 | Ian Hanchett
    On Thursday’s “MSNBC Live,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) commented on a video of a large church service tweeted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by saying that he applauds “those who want to share, as I do, their faith here at the Christmas time, but they are leading to the death of other people, both inside and outside their congregations.” Doggett said, “I live on a street that has two churches, two or three more are within shouting distance of my house here in east Austin. They are all closed. I thought last night — or tonight, as they have...