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Pastor seeks $100M to build global media platform to navigate End Times

Rick Wiles, TruNews broadcaster, pastor of Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida. | Screenshot: YouTube A nondenominational pastor is asking God for $100 million to build a media platform to help guide the public through the End Times until the second coming of Jesus. In an August 1 episode of his broadcast, called TruNews, Rick Wiles, who pastors Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida, said that God had given him a vision of this global media platform. “The vision He’s put in…

Slate is alarmed that some Pentecostals mix politics and prophecy

Pentecostal Christians who believe in modern-day prophecy and support President Donald Trump gathered more than a year ago in Washington, D.C. That should be enough to frighten anyone braced for battle against theocracy. Worse still, they gathered at the Trump International Hotel, so you know that here is something deeply menacing to the future of America. Ruth Graham ofSlate wrote about “The Turnaround: An Appeal to Heaven,” drawing in part from an on-site report filed Jan. 18, 2018, by Peter Montgomery of People for the…

How A Nationalistic Strain Of Christianity Is Subtly Shaping America’s Gun Debate

As some activists began the all-too-familiar call for stricter gun control measures following back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio this weekend, Texas’ Republican lieutenant governor Dan Patrick offered up his own analysis of American gun violence. During a Sunday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Patrick suggested that the shootings that left over 30 people dead in El Paso and Dayton were moral failings, rather than byproducts of the widespread availability of military-style rifles. Along with violent video games, Patrick said he believes one of…

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’

‘Those of us who remain must be ready to face martyrdom,’ says Archbishop Warda Christianity in Iraq could now be on the brink of completely disappearing – according to one of the country’s most respected Church leaders. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need coinciding with the anniversary of Daesh (ISIS)’s 2014 seizure of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil stated: “Christianity in Iraq, one of the oldest Churches, is perilously close to extinction.” Archbishop Warda who…

Latest US-China tensions could be the trade version of ‘the end of the world as we know it’

As the U.S.-China trade dispute hits another level and hammers financial markets, the bigger casualty over the longer term could be the globalization trend that has developed over the past quarter century or so. Only the European Union exports more good to the U.S. than China, making the impact of a prolonged tit-for-tat tariff potentially severe. American businesses have begun looking for alternative markets from which to get the goods they had been buying from China, pushing imports from China down 12.2% year to…

El Paso Shooting: How Christians Responded

On Sunday morning, some of America’s pastors made no mention of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more over the weekend. Other Church leaders, however, knew they could not ignore the events. “Our pulpit is not one that silence works in,” Jason Morriss, the pastor at Austin New Church, a progressive Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas, told me. “My first response as a pastor was that my people are going…

Christianity and the Climate Conversation

Christianity and the Environment In 1967, historian Lynn White Jr. argued that Christian beliefs promoted the domination and exploitation of nature, and therefore were incompatible with environmentalism. Almost half a century later, polls showed that fewer than 50% of all U.S. Protestants and Catholics believe the Earth is warming as a result of human actions. There are notable exceptions, such as Pope Francis, who called for action to slow climate change in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” Another prominent advocate for action is U.S.…

Anti-Christian carnage in Nigeria could be global security nightmare

ROME – Back in the late 1970s, James Wuye was a young Nigerian and fervent Christian believer, who converted to Catholicism and later joined the Assemblies of God Pentecostal church amid his country’s first wave of sectarian violence. He watched as bands of Muslim extremists struck Christian targets, burning schools and churches, and felt helpless as local police and security forces did nothing. Eventually Wuye, who grew up a “child of the barracks” as the son of an army officer, decided he was tired…

Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants

IT IS A well-established fact among religion-watchers that charismatic forms of Christianity, including the Pentecostal churches, are the fastest-growing variety of the world’s largest monotheism. Another widely agreed statement: these churches’ success reflects their appeal to people in transit. That includes migrants from rural areas to big cities like São Paolo or Lagos, and travellers from the global south to the prosperous north. Perhaps 700m people, more than a quarter of the world’s Christians, attend charismatic churches. What this fluid religious reality generally encompasses…

Christian leaders condemn Christian nationalism in new letter

(RNS) — A group of Christian leaders has condemned Christian nationalism in a new letter, calling it a “persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy.” The letter, published on Monday (July 29), comes from a coalition of largely liberal-leaning Christian leaders and thinkers. Entitled “Christians Against Christian Nationalism,” it calls on religious Americans to push back against fusions of religion and government they say are distortions of their faith. “Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian…

Do Not Store Up Your Treasures On Earth

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,…. Meaning either treasures that are of an earthly nature and kind, the more valuable and excellent things of…

Powerful Testimonies – Salvation Through Jesus

Atheist, Muslims, Satanist, Gangsters, Strippers, Drug Addicts, Homosexuals, and myself all have one thing in common. We sin. No sin is too big for Jesus. He died on the cross for all of us. You have the winning ticket already. Redeem that winning ticket by asking the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart. Ask him for forgiveness and to change you from the inside out. There is no gift on earth that compares to the gift or eternal salvation. For God so…

The Jezebel Spirit and How it Operates

Without question, the nastiest, evil, most disgusting, cunning, and seductive spirit in Satan’s hierarchy has to be what many call the Jezebel spirit. What is the Jezebel spirit? The Jezebel spirit is not just one spirit like Satan is. This is a “type” of evil spirit in Satan’s kingdom. There is only one devil, one Satan, but there are many spirits that would be considered a Jezebel type spirit, as they all have a particular type of personality and a specific way in which…

New Synagogue Under Western Wall Examined

New Western Wall tunnels synagogue opened By Jeremy Sharon | December 19, 2017 18:49 The synagogue is deep inside the complex and is adjacent to the area above which the ancient Jewish temples on the Temple Mount stood, and the inner sanctum of the Holy of Holies in particular. A remarkable new synagogue within the Western Wall tunnels complex that took 12 years to build was dedicated and opened on Monday night, following the traditional Hanukka candle-lighting ceremony in the Western Wall plaza. The…