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Anglican Church of Canada votes to endorse same-sex 'marriage'

The Anglican Church of Canada has followed the lead set last year by the Episcopal Church USA and voted to conduct same-sex 'marriages.' Meanwhile, the Church of England is holding discussions on the issue in preparation for a later decision.

The decision in Canada was far from clear-cut. While a decided majority of Canadian clergy, bishops and laity at the general synod in Ottawa voted Monday for the departure from traditional Christian teaching, it appeared at first that the required two-thirds majority was not achieved among the clergy, thus defeating the motion. But advocates for the change complained that their votes had been missed, and when the ballots were checked, it proved to be the case and the decision was reversed.

Leaders of the dissenting Anglican Network in Canada expressed dismay at the decision, which they said was "clearly in contrast to the scriptural teaching of marriage and moves the Anglican Church of Canada apart from the Anglican Communion worldwide."

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Ex-prisoner fears for Mississauga pastor held in North Korea

American Kenneth Bae was watching a CNN story about a Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea when he recognized the two guards in the broadcast escorting Hyeon Soo Lim into the interview room.

The 47-year-old Christian missionary was gripped by dread: he knew Lim, in detention more than a year, was in an awful place.

Bae said the guards in the January CNN report worked at the labour camp where Bae was inmate No. 103. During his incarceration, Bae said the countryside camp offered little food, brutal working conditions and scant hope that he'd return home before his 15-year sentence ended.

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Survey: 9 Out of 10 Evangelicals Disagree with Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

A new survey from the Barna Group indicates that nine out of 10 Evangelical Christians do not agree with the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. The survey also found that seven out of 10 practicing Christians opposed the ruling.

The survey, which interviewed 1,012 adults ages 18 and over, suggested that about half (49 percent) of the general population agreed with the ruling. Only 37 percent of the general population said that the ruling would have a positive impact on society, Christian Today reports.

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Lecrae receives honorary doctorate degree from Christian college

Lecrae became Dr. Lecrae Moore this week when Canada Christian College awarded him an honorary doctorate of music degree at a stop in Toronto on the Higher Learning Tour.

"Over the college's 50-year history, it has bestowed honorary degrees to notable leaders such as the Hon. Jim Flaherty, lieutenant-governor David Onley, Rev. Franklin Graham and now Lecrae, who will be the youngest recipient of such a degree," Canada Christian College president Dr. Charles McVety said, according to the Toronto Sun.

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Franklin Graham Stands with Mississippi Circuit Clerk on Same-Sex Marriage Decision

After last week's Supreme Court ruling made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, Christian civil servants across the country are grappling with whether to issue licenses to gay couples or quit their jobs.

This week, Linda Barnette, who served as the clerk of court for Grenada County, Mississippi, for 24 years, resigned from her position because of the court ruling.

Mrs. Barnette worked on several of Franklin Graham's evangelistic Festivals; her husband recently retired after three decades of service with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Franklin Graham is a good friend of the couple.

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Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes accused of sex assault

A prominent Toronto pastor and activist for LGBT rights vehemently denies sexual assault allegations dating nearly four decades.

RCMP Staff-Sgt. Craig Burnett said Monday that Rev. Brent Hawkes has been charged with indecent assault and gross indecency related to allegations of a sexual assault in Nova Scotia during the 1970s.

"I want to be crystal clear: I am innocent of these allegations," Hawkes said in a statement. "The purported events simply did not take place."

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An evangelical Christian pastor has said he would rather go to prison than withdraw a comment calling Islam "satanic". Pastor James McConnell of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is facing prosecution under the Communications Act 2003 for making the "grossly offensive" statement in a sermon streamed online.

However, he told the Belfast Telegraph that he intends to plead not guilty and will happily spend time in jail with "sex offenders, hoodlums, and paramilitaries" rather than back down.

"I am 78 years old and in ill health, but jail knows no fear for me," the pastor said, adding that he had no regrets about his words on "heathen" Muslims.

McConnell said: "I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading 'not guilty' when I stand in the dock in August."

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America will fall without a moral revival: Franklin Graham launches 50-state tour ahead of 2016 election

The Reverend Franklin Graham believes the United States of America is in danger, and will only be saved by turning back to God. And this can only be accomplished by Christians praying and bringing their faith to the public square.

America's problems are across the board, Rev. Graham said; spiritual, economic, and even racial, an area in which he believes the country is actually going backward. And he insists the answer is not found in politics.

"We have economic problems; we have political problems," Rev. Graham stated yesterday in Des Moines, IA. "And no political party is going to be able to turn this around, okay?"

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Miley Cyrus burns Bible on stage to promote tolerance

Immediately following her interview, in which Miley Cyrus confessed to being "the least judgmental person in the world" and "understanding and accepting of everyone," she started her next show by setting a Bible on fire. 

In an opening act for her recent concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Cyrus walked out onto the stage and held the Bible out to the crowd saying, "Here is a tribute to all you Jesus-lovers out there." She then set the pages on fire and yelled "Hillary '16!" before dropping the book to the ground. As the music started, Cyrus began to sing while squatting over the burning Bible and performing a sexually provocative dance with repetitive thrusting hip movements, called 'twerking.'

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Denzel Washington Says He Wants to 'Speak about What God Has Done for Me'

Actor Denzel Washington recently shared about his commitment to his Christian faith in a keynote address he delivered at the Church of God in Christ during the annual "We Care" Charities banquet.

According to Christian Today, Washington grew up in a loving Christian home. From a young age, he was inspired by the example of his father who was a pastor and had a great love for the Lord.

"My father, my earthly father, Denzel Washington Sr. was a pastor for the Church of God in Christ for 60 years," Washington said.

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Megachurch Pastor Prayerfully Allows Gays Into Leadership

Is the Bible Belt coming unbuckled? Stan Mitchell, pastor of the GracePoint megachurch in Franklin Tennessee, has apparently taken his Bible belt off altogether.

Mitchell told his congregation - a congregation that includes superstar singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood - that practicing homosexuals can be card-carrying members of his Bible-believing protestant church and can even hold their gay weddings in the sanctuary.

"Our position that these siblings of ours, other than heterosexual, ...cannot have the full privileges of membership, but only partial membership, has changed," Mitchell told the church.

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The Religious Freedom Crisis No One is Talking About

In April, the world watched as a massive earthquake in Nepal killed more than 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Recovering from this recent disaster, however, is not the only struggle this country faces.

Around 1 million Christians live in this nation of 28 million. The growing church now faces increased persecution and their religious freedom is at risk.

After nine years with an interim government, Nepal is now just days away from the finalization of a new constitution. A group of political leaders, the Constitutional Assembly, rushed the draft through while most people's attention was on the reconstruction efforts. This rough draft, submitted to the public on June 31, has raised concerns with the Christian minority in the majority Hindu nation and has church leaders calling for action from the international community.

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Canadians, like Satan, are too cozy with death, Reform pastor tells participants in March for Life

Canadian  culture is "cozying up to death," the Rev. Peter Holtvluwer told a standing-room-only audience of more than 360, mostly young, Reformed Christians gathered at the First Baptist Church of Ottawa the morning of the 2015 March for Life.

Holtvluwer, pastor of Spring Creek Canadian Reformed Church in Tintern, Ontario, based his meditation on the story in the Gospel of Mark of the self-destructive demoniac whose legion of demons Jesus exorcised. "He cut himself, he liked to stay near the tombstones in the cemetery. He was cozy with death." And when the demons drove a huge of herd of pigs to their deaths, "Satan loved it that day. Satan loves nothing better than to put an end to life."

But our society too is cozy with death, the pastor said. "Since 1988 Canadians have had unrestricted access to the killing of babies in the womb." And now, with the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize assisted suicide, many people insist "that if we want to die, we should be assisted to die in as humane a way as possible."

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We Know They Are Killing Children - All of Us Know

One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47-48). The point of this blog post is that we know what we are doing - all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.

But before I show that, let's clarify what the Supreme Court did forty years ago today. In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court in effect made abortion on demand untouchable by law. The way this was done was with two steps.

One step was to say, laws may not prevent abortion, even during the full nine months, if the abortion is "to preserve the life or health of the mother." The other step was to define "health" as "all factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age - relevant to the well-being of the patient."

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Denzel Washington to College Grads: 'Put God First in Everything You Do'

Hollywood superstar Denzel Washington was the commencement speaker at the graduation for Dillard University this weekend, and he gave the 218 students in attendance some pretty great advice: "Put God first in everything you do... Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift... I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me." He also told the graduates to not "be afraid to fail big" and reminded them that no matter "how much money you make, you can't take it with you."

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