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Millions flocking to spirit-empowered Christianity for personal encounter with God

Dr. George O. Wood, chief executive officer of the Assemblies of God Church and global co-chair of the Empowered21 Spirit-empowered movement (l) and co-chair William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University (r) lead a prayer session on the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday night. | (Photo: The Christian Post/Leonardo Blair) When the Empowered21 Global Congress convenes in Jerusalem, Israel, in spring 2020, one of the main items on the agenda will be how to get every person on the planet to…

Christianity is declining at a rapid pace, but Americans still hold positive views about religion’s role in society

But Pew’s survey, published Friday, finds that Americans hold more positive views of religion’s role overall and concerns about it declining. Fifty-five percent say churches and religious organizations do more good than harm in society (compared with 20 percent of people who think it does more harm than good). Similar majorities say religious organizations strengthen morality in society (53 percent), and 50 percent say they bring people together. Many younger Americans aren’t prioritizing church attendance the way their parents or grandparents did, he said,…

Why are Christians so angry these days?

His world was also rife with injustice, yet the Gospels record only one instance of what we have come to judge as “righteous anger” on the part of our Lord. So why does Christ have so many angry followers? It is easy to understand why Christians today are frightened and discouraged, but isn’t something off-kilter in an angry Christian? The question is not about what provokes anger. It is about allowing anger to possess us. Catholics are rightly and bitterly disappointed because some priests…

Japan’s ageing ‘Hidden Christians’ fear they may be their religion’s last generation

IKITSUKI ISLAND/NAGASAKI CITY, Japan (Reuters) – His face weathered from years at sea, kimono-clad Japanese fisherman Masaichi Kawasaki kneels before an altar adorned with images of the Virgin Mary, crossing himself as he softly intones chants handed down through centuries. A statue of Virgin Mary is seen on a gravestone of descendants of ‘Hidden Christians’ who preserved their faith in secret during centuries of persecution, at a cemetery on Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Kawasaki, 69, is one of…

The fight for Christianity in Pakistan

Two years after fleeing to the United States, Lakeland resident Junaid Saqib is lobbying American politicians to support the protection of religious minorities in his home country of Pakistan. LAKELAND — Junaid Saqib’s political activities put his life in danger in his native Pakistan. Two years after fleeing to the United States, Saqib is lobbying American politicians to support the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan. Saqib said he and other Christians in his home country faced discrimination, violence and restrictions on holding office.…

End Times Pastor Irvin Baxter: The Hatred of Trump Is ‘Deeply Inhuman’ and Satanic

On yesterday’s edition of “The Jim Bakker Show,” host Jim Bakker and guest, End Times pastor Irvin Baxter, agreed that opposition to President Donald Trump is driven by Satanic forces. “Those who hate the cross, they hate Trump,” Bakker said. “There is a spirit of anti-Christ in the world right now.” “I think it is so critical that people really understand why the hatred,” Baxter agreed. “Why is this?” “It’s not normal,” Bakker responded. Irvin said that hatred of Trump is rooted in the…

Christianity’s Uncertain Future in the U.S.

To the Editor: Re “Less and Less a Christian Nation,” by Nicholas Kristof (column, Oct. 27): The drop in those who identify as Christians in the United States is not a result of the non-politically correct views of some churches. The fact of the matter is that the mainline churches, which for the most part acquiesced to popular social trends, have had the greatest decrease in church attendance. A 2017 article in The Washington Post speculated that if present trends continue, mainline churches have…

The essence of Christianity? Love your neighbor as yourself

What is it about Christianity or the understanding of Christianity that people don’t like or find difficult to believe? Because when you truly understand who Jesus is, why he came to this earth, the teachings he gave to follow and the path that he made available for every person to experience eternal life, I think a better question is why wouldn’t everyone want Christianity to be true? Why wouldn’t everyone choose to follow Jesus? The reality is that many do not. In my short…

Christianity is not a brand or a demographic

In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson writes that when she applied for the faculty position at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa where she spent her teaching career until her retirement in 2016, the job description said that candidates should be able to teach the Bible as literature. And so she did—something that I also have the privilege of doing as a professor at Providence College. She notes, though, that this often made…

Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter Young adults attend The Porch, a young adult community founded by Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. | Watermark Community Church Extensive new research from The Barna Group shows that nearly half of young adults worldwide who have a connection to Christianity feel that the Church can’t answer their questions. Barna, a California-based evangelical research firm, partnered with the leading international evangelical humanitarian organization World Vision to compile “The Connected Generation” study. Published in a research report, the study…