China: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from China.

For more visit:
- http://www.chinaaid.org/2014/10/zhejiang-church-facing-demolition-after.html
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11158630/Chinese-preacher-grateful-to-be-jailed-amid-anti-church-campaign.html
- http://www.chinaaid.org/2014/10/zhejiang-authorities-take-advantage-of.html

Hillsong on Homosexuality … or Not


The link below is to an article on the Hillsong Church and its position on homosexual marriage – sort of.

For more visit:
http://christiannews.net/2014/10/18/hillsongs-brian-houston-wont-give-position-on-same-sex-marriage-were-on-the-journey-with-it/

Ukraine: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Ukraine.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue25096.html

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue25091.html

Iraq, Iran and Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Iraq, Iran and Nigeria.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/newsflashes-persecuted-church/

Malaysia: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article that reports on persecution news from Malaysia.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-40-malaysia/

Deacons sue to evict Alabama pastor who won’t leave after confessing to affairs with women in the church


Originally posted on National Post | News:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Rev. Juan D. McFarland is described as a man of “passion, prayer and purpose” in a three-paragraph summary on the website of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The site concludes by saying such an overview “does not begin to tell his story.”

Parishioners realized just how true that was in recent weeks, when McFarland dropped the bombshells: He had had affairs with several women in the parish — inside the church — but neglected to tell them he had AIDS.

“It was surprise, shock, but I think the leadership team did not react wanting to get him out. We wanted to get him help,” said James Long, vice chairman of the board of trustees.

McFarland refused — and in a later sermon dropped another bombshell: He had been abusing drugs.

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

That was enough. A church document shows members voted 80-1 to…

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Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns


Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor

(CNN) – Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high.

His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team’s top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson.

But in a remarkably fast fall from grace, Driscoll resigned Tuesday as pastor of Mars Hill Church, a congregation he founded 18 years ago and turned into a force in the mostly secular Pacific Northwest.

In a statement, Mars Hills’ board of overseers said Driscoll hadn’t committed any acts of “immorality, illegality or heresy” — sins that have felled many a powerful pastor.

Instead, the board said, Driscoll is guilty of “arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner.”

Driscoll was not asked to leave…

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India: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from India.

For more visit:
- http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/christian-persecution-feared-in-indian-state-after-church-is-razed-26701
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http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Madhya-Pradesh:-anti-Christian-violence-unacceptable-32381.html