A Form of Godliness and Departing from the Faith

Moravians in 13 states vote to ordain gay clergy

06/24/2014 20:43
The Moravian Church’s Northern Province approved a proposal to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained and to create a religious ceremony for same-sex couples. By a vote of 181-62, delegates to the 2014 Synod approved a proposal Sunday (June 22) that also includes provisions to revise the Northern...

The Presbyterian Church Is Very PC

06/24/2014 20:34
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) wrapped up this weekend. Delegates to the bi-annual assembly voted 310-to-303 to approve a resolution calling for the church to divest its financial holdings in three companies -- Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions....

Methodist panel reinstates pastor defrocked for performing same-sex marriage

06/24/2014 20:12
Appeals panel says decision to defrock pastor was due to "errors in church law." A Methodist pastor who was defrocked for performing his son's same-sex marriage has been formally reinstated by the church. Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon, Pa., was stripped of his ministerial qualifications in...

Transgender Priest Delivers Sunday Sermon at Washington National Cathedral

06/23/2014 17:23
A transgender Episcopal priest made history Sunday with a sermon at the Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, was a guest preacher on Sunday. He was the first transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the...

US Presbyterian Church Votes to Support Israel Boycott

06/23/2014 07:42
The nearly 1.9 million member Presbyterian Church USA voted Friday after a contentious presbyterian church divests from israeldebate to divest from three companies that provide supplies to Israeli security forces and Jews living in Judea and Samaria. The 310 to 303 vote at the Protestant...

Netanyahu slams ‘disgraceful’ US Presbyterian divestment

06/23/2014 07:37
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Sunday the “disgraceful” decision by the US Presbyterian Church to divest from three companies that provide supplies to Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank.   On Friday, a group of church elders and ministers voted 310-303 to pull...

Presbyterian Church dumps companies it says help Israel suppress Palestinians

06/21/2014 07:19
Many American Protestants have a reputation for supporting Israel without demur. But a major denomination broke with that convention to jump to the aid of the Palestinian people. In a cliffhanger vote Friday, the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decided to dump its investments...

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...
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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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