An anonymous pastor in Wuhan, China penned a letter to the global Church saying while China is suffering from the deadly corona-virus outbreak, he believes something bigger is happening. He said it is time for Christians to proclaim the gospel in that country where the Christian faith is under fire.
And according to Chinese persecution watchdog ChinaAid, new polices which came into effect in China on Saturday introduced new laws that tighten restrictions on the freedom of religion. The laws mandate religious leaders and organisations to show total devotion to the Chinese Communist Party.
Reports are that Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus has become the third venue in the UK to cancel an appearance by evangelist Franklin Graham planned for June. According to Glasgow Times newspaper, Scottish National Party councilwoman Susan Aitken reportedly said allowing Mr Graham to speak might break the UK’s hate speech laws. It is feared much of the anger against Mr. Graham’s UK visit comes from his past comments about gay rights, Islam and his support for President Donald Trump.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has reportedly said President Trump’s new Middle East Peace Plan will preserve Israel’s sovereignty over its biblical heartland. He also believes it will create an opportunity for the Palestinians to live in peace and dignity. Meanwhile, Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future state, but for Christians and Jews, it is sacred land that is part of Israel’s biblical inheritance.
The archbishops of Canterbury and York have apologised after the Church of England declared that civil partnerships should be no more than “sexually abstinent friendships”. They said they took responsibility for the statement which has jeopardised trust.