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China turns pastors into political pawns
The Chinese government is reportedly employing ordinary citizens as paid informants to report on church activities, in addition to police and secret services.
According to China Aid, a church elder from Kaifeng, Henan, said that officials in his area recruit one person from each village to spy on churches. He also said the spies are supposed to report Christians who take children to church.
THAT’S the belief of US pro-life campaigner Abby Johnson after seeing new movie ‘Unplanned’ prompt abortion workers to resign.
The movie tells the story of Abby’s journey from abortion clinic director to pro-life advocate, and has been a hit with moviegoers despite media opposition and censorship.
THE leader of an evangelical church in Sri Lanka that was bombed on Easter Sunday has offered forgiveness to the attackers.
Pastor Roshan Mahesen, who lost many members of his congregation, said: “We are hurt. We are angry also. But still
Why I sense that God is speaking to both Christians and Jews, telling us we’re in this together
by Charles Gardner
With Israelis recently bombarded by 700 rockets within the space of a single weekend in May, courtesy of terrorist neighbours Hamas, it is well to recall that – 80 years ago – it was the British government pulling the trigger.
For the second issue running HEART is able to show a photo of US President Trump being prayed for, although some Christians and the secular media voice their disapproval of his past persona and current style.
This time he is shown after asking for prayer from pastors when he had declared a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which took place on Sunday 3 September.
The storm devastated Texas, particularly Houston, followed by another hurricane, Irma, which cut off power to 6.5 million people in Florida, after ripping through the Caribbean islands.
Hillsong founder Brian Houston – standing up for biblical teaching on marriage
The results of a national ballot on same-sex marriage in Australia will be announced on 15 November.
The voluntary postal voting (a mandatory vote had been considered) runs from 23 September to 27 October. The ballot, costing $122 million, asks: “Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Members of Mahima Baptist Church. Sarju Rijal is the tall man on the far left
While hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the US in August and September rightly gained widespread media coverage, the much greater loss of life from monsoon flooding and landslides across Asia received little attention.
The US administration has given its support to Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding and was found guilty of discriminating against the same-sex couple.
Addressing the Supreme Court, which is to make a decision on Phillips’ appeal against his conviction, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall wrote: “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights… An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write.”
President at prayer: This photo of evangelical leaders praying for Donald Trump in the Oval Offce attracted considerable social media comment. Johnnie Moore, president of the KAIROS Company and an attendee of a prayer meeting, snapped the photo of evangelical …
Sweden’s Prime Minister has declared that the State Church cannot refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Stefan Löfven said: “No priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples.
“If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else. It is the same for priests who do not want to perform same-sex marriages,” he added.