A Form of Godliness and Departing from the Faith

Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage

06/19/2014 19:08
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal. The church also voted, by an overwhelming majority, to change the language about marriage in the church constitution to "two persons" from a "man and a woman," according to More...

Oklahoma Senator Cites Genesis 1:29 as Reason to Legalize Pot

06/18/2014 21:33
An Oklahoma state senator has turned to the bestselling book in history — the Bible — to advance her battle to legalize marijuana in the state, arguing that God created the “miraculous plant.” State Sen. Constance Johnson’s new campaign is apparently based on Genesis 1:29, which deals with the...

So. Baptist Presidential Nominee Blames 'Cool' Pastors for Declining Baptisms

06/09/2014 21:06
BALTIMORE, Md. – Ronnie Floyd, one of three Southern Baptist Convention presidential nominees and pastor of an Arkansas church, on Sunday blamed the denomination's declining number of baptisms on "cool" pastors who are more concerned with keeping up with popular culture than having a singular...

Openly Transgender Preacher Puts Church on Wrong Side of History

06/09/2014 20:47
In another first—a history-making moment that will forever serve as a signpost along the road to Christianity's rapid decline in America—the Rev. Cameron Partridge will preach in the name of Jesus at the Washington National Cathedral on June 22. It's historic because Partridge is the first-ever...

Hillsong NYC's 'Apostle of Cool' Carl Lentz Waffling on Homosexuality

06/06/2014 19:51
Hillsong NYC isn't your everyday Pentecostal church. Meeting in a night club, disco ball overhead, thousands flock weekly to the concert-like services led by Joel Houston and "hipster" celebrity pastor Carl Lentz. Maybe, then, it isn't so surprising that Lentz's stance on homosexuality is less...

Church Breaks Rank With Denomination After Pastor’s Shocking Revelation

06/03/2014 21:49
After a pastor’s son reportedly came out as gay in February, the preacher revealed that his traditional views on homosexuality had changed and he — and the Baptist congregation — had some soul searching to do. But after exploring the issue and holding a vote, parishioners at New Heart Community...

Yet another 'gay Christian' book emerges

05/26/2014 08:15
The announcement of a second “gay friendly” book, from another Christian publisher, is sending shockwaves through the evangelical community. Jennifer Knapp’s memoir, “Facing the Music: Discovering Real Life, Real Love, and Real Faith” will be released by Howard Books in October 2014. Howard Books,...

‘Gay’ Book ‘Low-Water Mark’ For Evangelical Publishing

05/16/2014 07:42
A controversial new book from a mainstream, evangelical Christian publisher is being described by a critic as a “new low-water mark” for the industry while an advocate calls it a “game changer.” “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships,” by Matthew Vines,...

Vatican defrocks over 800 priests in last decade for child abuse

05/07/2014 09:44
  The Vatican says it has removed over 800 priests in 10 years for the abuse of children. The figures were revealed during a second day of grilling by a UN committee monitoring implementation of the organisations treaty against torture. Responding to accusations that it had turned a blind eye...

First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

05/05/2014 07:37
NEW YORK — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New...
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False Christs and Religions

Princeton University Opens Hindu Prayer Space With Temple for goddess Saraswati

11/03/2015 19:36
PRINCETON, N.J. — Historic Princeton University has opened a prayer area for Hindu students, according to reports, complete with a temple for the Hindu goddess Saraswati. The Universal Society of Hinduism had been asking officials for a space for adherents to Hinduism, and the editorial board of...

‘Church of Lucifer’ to Open in Texas

10/13/2015 20:30
SPRING, Texas — The first “Church of Lucifer” is set to open later this month in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. “Never in history has anything like this has happened before: an open to the public home for the Left Hand Path, a church dedicated to the mental freedom of all mankind, a home...

Four-Year-Old Beheaded in India in Human Sacrifice to Hindu goddess

10/08/2015 07:57
ANDHRA PRADESH, India — A four-year-old boy was beheaded this week after he was apprehended by a man who sought to sacrifice him to a Hindu goddess. The incident occurred on Wednesday as the child was leaving nursery. He was apprehended by Tirumala Rao, 35, and reportedly strangled before being...

Black Mass Planned for Oklahoma City

07/03/2014 22:31
For the second time this year, a public “Black Mass” is being planned—this time in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma City Civic Center website, the event is planned for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. The website announces: "The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's...

Better than Scientology? The new Zuckerberg-based religion

05/27/2014 07:22
If you live in the Bay Area and suddenly, momentarily, lose your self-belief, there is always a religion to pick you up. You have a choice of either the established organizations, with their ornate meeting places, or you have the more modern faiths, which might have as their foundation anything...

Wicca growing in Popularity

06/23/2013 08:46
Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King. We take a look at the often misunderstood Wiccan religion. Recently they’ve made inroads into popular acceptance, but practitioners...

Pet owners turning to psychics

06/15/2013 21:52
It's the age-old and seemingly answerless question: What in the world is my dog thinking? And one that has spawned a growing market not only of scientific research but of everything from decks of pet tarot cards to television and radio shows and books by pet psychics and animal trainers. Whether...

Hare Krishna sect is alive and well

06/03/2013 07:06
Nestled in the verdant, bucolic foothills of northeast Stokes County is a tiny religious community. It's called Hare Krishna, and a closer look at its beliefs finds more similarities than differences between it and the world's other major religions. Like Christians, the Krishnas believe in leading...

Scientology cult increasingly active on social network

05/30/2013 06:45
Not only with stalls in the cities, but also in social networking sites touting the controversial Scientology organization to members. The constitutional protection in Baden-Wuerttemberg warns is often difficult to identify who is behind the websites.   "Social...

Former IT Specialist Claims To Be Jesus Reborn

05/29/2013 21:05
A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia.   Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his home near the small town of Kingaroy in the state of...
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