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Was California church shooting politically motivated?

Officials are now alleging that the shooting that took place in California at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 15, 2022, that left one dead and four wounded, may have been a politically-motivated hate crime. The members of the Presbyterian church were from Taiwan, an island off the coast of China that the country’s communist overlords claim belongs to China. It’s alleged that the shooter was from mainline China. The Orange Country Register reports: The man accused of killing one and injuring four others with gunfire inside a Laguna Woods church on Sunday while a Taiwanese Presbyterian group was meeting was motivated by tensions between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Orange County’s sheriff said. David Wenwei Chou, a 68-year-old Las Vegas resident, lived in the United States for decades after immigrating here from China. He is a United States citizen, although his wife and a son do not live in the U.S. … Detectives found evidence that Chou “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,” Sheriff Don Barnes said, including …

Poll: How many pastors have a Biblical worldview?

A recent poll conducted by George Barna found that only 37% of America’s pastors/church leaders hold a Biblical worldview. Now to be fair some of the 1,000 church leaders surveyed undoubtedly included Liberal churches, where they even allow atheists to pastor a church. Nevertheless, George Barna, who heads Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center, stated the survey revealed that our secular culture is having a shocking impact on the beliefs of Christian leaders. The survey asked the opinions of church leaders in eight categories and in only one did the majority reflect a Biblical worldview, where 57% help a Biblical opinion on purpose and calling. However, it was not the same for the remainder of the questions, where only a minority of pastors and church leaders held a Biblical worldview on the issue: 47% held a Biblical worldview when it came to Family, Value of Life. Undoubtedly this included their opinions on abortion; 44% held a Biblical worldview when it came to God, Creation, History. This would suggest they question the Genesis account; 43% held …

McDonald’s offering a chance to win a tarot card?

CBN is reporting that McDonald’s restaurants in the US are giving people a chance to win a tarot card if they use the McDonald’s app to purchase fries. CBN explains: In an unfortunate infusion of occultism, customers using the McDonald’s app to buy a medium order of fries were given a free McDouble or McChicken and the chance to snag a tarot card reading. McDonald’s reportedly partnered with Madam Adam, a tarot card reader with expertise in astrology, to offer readings to select customers. To “win,” customers reportedly needed to go to Madam Adam’s Instagram or TikTok posts to share their Zodiac sign and name. Apparently, the offer coincided with the appearance of the Mercury retrograde, which gives the optical illusion that Mercury is going backwards. According to astrologers, this event can cause people to go through difficult times on earth. READ: McDonald’s Serves Up Fries and the Occult with Bizarre Tarot Card Offer: ‘Know Your Fate’ Now, the Bible does warn of signs in the sky, but they are just indicators that God is releasing judgments on …

US Christian schools are being overrun with applications

CBN reports that with all the controversies engulfing public schools in the US, Christian schools are seeing a marked increase in applications. Since Cornerstone Chapel’s Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick announced the church would be setting up a private Christian school in the fall of 2023, it has received over 2,500 applications for its 500 elementary and middle school positions. The church, based in Leesburg, Virginia, is located in Loudon County which has become the battleground over parental rights in public schools. However, the problems don’t seem to be isolated to Loudon County, as the school has also received applications from 27 other states. As well, over 450 teachers have already applied for jobs. CBN writes: The multimillion-dollar project is Hamrick’s response to what’s playing out in public school systems across the country.  Loudoun is considered the face of the nation’s culture war, for more than a year, parents have railed against everything from sexual assault on campus to critical race theory and transgender policies.  Teacher Tanner Cross’s dismissal for refusing to call students by preferred pronouns …

Religion is changing in Brazil: Where are we now?

Education is history. Most of the things that we learn are things that happened, and now we can look back and analyze them. That usually works, but some experts claim that the world population today is equal to all the people who lived before, all the way back to the Stone Age. We can’t prove that, but we are living in history, and it’s good to know how the world is changing around us. Whatever we think about religion, the old stories are being replaced by new ones. Religion, in the world, is nothing like what we saw in history. Modern people want something new now, and religion cannot be controlled. One example is China, governed by a Communist Party. In modern times, religion in China is supposed to be mostly for old people. The younger generation is supposed to be modern and secular, and mostly Atheist. It’s not easy to track religion in an officially Atheist country, but experts estimate that about eighty percent of the population practices some religion, and about seventy-five percent …

Did the Russian warship, Moskva, have a piece of Christ’s ‘True Cross’ on board when it sank?

You may have heard of the sinking of the Moskva, Russia’s flagship in the Baltic Sea on April 14, 2022. There are now reports that it had a piece of Christ’s True Cross on board when it sank. The high-tech missile ship provided protection to the Russian fleet trying to supply the country’s army that has invaded Ukraine. Ukraine’s military claimed it had hit and sunk the ship with land-based cruise missiles. The Russian military initially denied this stating there had been a fire onboard that ignited the ship’s ammunition resulting in a massive explosion. It also stated that the ship was still afloat, and being towed for repairs. The Russian media later stated the ship had sunk. The reaction by Russia since the sinking basically confirmed that it was indeed sunk by Ukraine’s military, and Russia was in damage control over this humiliating defeat. Moskva had a crew of over 500 men, and it is uncertain how many were killed in the attack. It is the largest warship sunk since World War II. There …

The hidden cost of faith

As believers, we like telling the world that salvation is a free gift available by faith through Christ’s death and resurrection. But though it is free to everyone who chooses to believe, it also comes with a cost. And that was evident in a recent article on CBN about a young Christian woman, Leah Church, who chose to leave the University of North Carolina’s basketball team rather than compromise her faith.

Did Jesus speak about censorship on Palm Sunday?

According to China Aid, a watchdog on religious persecution in Communist China, effective March 1, 2022, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has banned the word “Christ” on China’s social media platforms. The banning was part of rules implemented under the Communist regime’s “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services.” The Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), a house church movement that started in China in 2006, was one of the first to report the fallout of this new law. China Aid reports that one of ERCC’s members was creating a survey on WeChat, a group messaging app, asking members to vote on their favorite Christian book. Included on the list was one entitled, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. As soon the member typed the word Christ, the WeChat app refused to allow the post to be uploaded and provided the following warning: “The word ‘Christ’ you are trying to publish violates regulations on Internet Information Services, including but not limited to the following categories: pornography, gambling, and drug abuse; excessive marketing; incitement.” …

Finnish court unanimously clears former politician of hate crime

A former Finnish politician and cabinet minister, Päivi Räsänen, was unanimously cleared by a court after Finnish police charged her with a hate crime for posting a Bible verse about homosexuality on Facebook. At the time she wrote the post in 2019, Räsänen was directing her attention at the leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC), which she believed was backing away from its Biblical foundation. Her husband was serving as an ELC pastor at the time. If convicted, Räsänen was facing a potential jail sentence of six years. The court also ordered the Finnish justice system to pay over 60,000 EUR for Räsänen’s legal costs. There is no indication if the government will appeal the decision. The Blaze explains: On Wednesday, Evangelical Focus reported that the Helsinki District Court dismissed all charges against Räsänen by unanimous vote. In its ruling, the court said that it is “not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts.” Räsänen said she was happy with the outcome following the decision. “This is the decision I expected,” she said …

Has a religious ideology, ‘Holy Rus’, played a role in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine?

Premier Christian News reports that a religious ideology associated with the Russian Orthodox Church headquartered in Moscow may be part of the driving force behind Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In fact, several hundred people have already signed a petition organized by a group called Public Orthodoxy, condemning the weaponization of Christianity in the war. According to its website, Public Orthodoxy provides “scholarly research on a wide variety of topics related to the history, thought, and culture of Orthodox Christianity.” In its petition, Public Orthodoxy states that Russian President Vladimir Putin along with the senior leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church has embraced what is described as a Russian world ideology referred to as ‘Holy Russia’ or ‘Holy Rus.’ On its website, Public Orthodoxy described the fundamental principle behind this new ideology: The teaching states that there is a transnational Russian sphere or civilization, called Holy Russia or Holy Rus’, which includes Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (and sometimes Moldova and Kazakhstan), as well as ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking people throughout the world. It holds that …

Do churchgoers have greater satisfaction in family and personal relationships?

A recent poll conducted by Barna, entitled the State of Your Church, revealed that 58% of people who attend church rated their contentment in family and personal relationships as ‘strong’. When the individuals classified themselves as practicing Christians, the rate of ‘strong satisfaction’ went up to 67%.

POLL: What do people think about Christians?

A recent poll conducted by the Episcopal church, entitled Jesus in America, revealed a startling gap between how believers perceive themselves and how non-believers look at Christians. During the poll conducted by Ipsos in November/December 2021, 3,119 American adults were asked several questions related to Christianity. Those surveyed included evangelical and mainline Christians and as well members of other religious groups and those who considered themselves as nonreligious. One question asked what characteristics people associated with Christians. This list included 19 characteristics, some that were positive such as humility, honesty, and compassion, and others that were negative such as arrogance, and self-righteousness. The top four positive characteristics that Evangelical Christians applied to themselves: 72% said Christians were loving; 71% said they were compassionate; 71% said giving; and 62% said Christians were respectful. And when it came to the negative characteristics, those with no religious affiliation described Christians this way: 55% said Christians were hypocritical; 54% said they were judgmental; and 50% said they were self-righteous The survey also revealed the significant disconnect between how Christians …

Follow the science: Does religion interfere with progress?

Does religion get in the way? Is progress mostly from people with no religion? Should we just follow the science? Here is a quiz. See how many of these expressions you can understand without looking in a dictionary: Devotions Mark of the beast Spirit filled Back slider Born again Pentecost Charismatic Sanctified Resurrection New testament How did you do? Your score out of ten can show how religious you are, in traditional religion. If you scored eight or more, you are probably a regular and long-time church-goer. A low score probably means you are modern; people don’t know much about old-time religion these days. So, are we losing our religion? Is God disappearing from this world? Are we following science more, and superstition less? Yes, maybe, and no. Researchers looked at Americans and their religion, and they found a division. We are not all travelling together anymore. What we all think is not a question now. Religious people have hardly changed, and they would probably score high on the quiz. People who are not religious …

Chinese Communist Party rewrites Bible declares Jesus a sinner

According to The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has published a major rewrite of the Bible, that includes Jesus declaring Himself a sinner. Charismanews reports that the CCP announced its plan for a new officially sanctioned version of the Bible in 2019, which would include incorporating socialist values into the text or removing any that conflict with communism. The CCP officially released its communist-sanctioned version of the Bible in 2020. One of the stories that saw a significant change involved the woman caught in adultery. In the original story, the Pharisees dragged a woman caught in adultery before Christ, asking what should be done to her. Jesus told the crowd that anyone who was without sin could cast the first stone. As the Pharisees slunk away, Jesus asked the woman who was condemning her. When she replied no one, Jesus said neither do I condemn you and then told her to go and sin no more However, in the CCP’s version, the text is changed and Jesus declares Himself to …

‘The Passion Translation’ removed from popular Bible site

According to reports, Bible Gateway has removed The Passion Translation (TPT) from its service. Bible Gateway allows people to look up Bible verses online in multiple translations. According to Christianity Today, Bible Gateway decided not to renew its license for TPT and no longer hosted the version on its website effective January 2022. Bible Gateway provided no explanation on why it did this, other than stating it periodically reviews its contents. TPT was developed by a former missionary and linguist, Brian Simmons, who heads Passion and Fire Missions. Some suspect that TPT was removed because of growing concerns that it was not an actual Bible translation, but rather a paraphrase, giving it a commentary feel, as the author inserted his opinions on what verses actually meant. Though this was not necessarily wrong, some suggest by adding thoughts not found in the original language, Simmons was leading people to certain conclusions, rather than letting the original text speak for itself. In 2016, Christianity Today columnist, Andrew Wilson, stated that TPT has “too many additions to the …

Poll: Weekly churchgoers are much more satisfied with life than non-churchgoers

According to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, people who regularly attend church are much more likely to say that they are ‘very satisfied’ with life than those who don’t. Christian Headlines reports that the poll found 67% of Americans who regularly attend church said they were very satisfied with life, compared to 6% who don’t attend church at all. Overall 92% of Americans who attend church once a week, were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ satisfied with their life and this dropped to 87% for those who attend services less often, but at least once a month. The survey of 811 adult Americans between Jan 3 – 11, 2022 also revealed that regular church attendance had a more profound impact on life satisfaction than even money, as only 61% of Americans who earned over $100,000 per year reported being ‘very’ satisfied with life. Speaking on behalf of Gallup, Frank Newport pointed to several reasons that religion provides: “Belief in religion can give one a sense of purpose, a belief that life itself has purpose, and belief …

Are Near-Death Experiences proof of the afterlife?

CBN recently reported on the experience that Tina Hines had after having a heart attack in 2018. When her husband, Brian, called 911, Tina was not breathing and her heart was not beating. A friend performed CPR until the ambulance arrived and rushed her to a nearby hospital. At the hospital, doctors were finally able to restart Tina’s heart, but since she was without a heartbeat for about 28 minutes, they were not hopeful of recovery, and if she did, they prepared the family for significant brain damage. But despite this prognosis, as the family prayed for Tina’s recovery, some experienced a deep peace that she would be fine. The doctors put Tina into an induced coma to help her body recover. But no one was sure what would happen when they brought her out. But to everyone’s surprise, Tina’s eyes opened and, though she initially couldn’t speak, Tina was aware of everyone in the room. Brian gave his wife a pen and paper to write on, and initially, she scribbled meaningless marks, but eventually, …