Reports are that Chinese churches are fighting back with spiritual weapons as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues its deadly rampage across the country. The lead pastor of Root & Fruit Christian Church in Wuhan explained that no physical meetings are allowed because of the lockdown, so churches are meeting online. Christians have also been encouraged to experience the love of Christ more deeply and be closer to God, in the circumstances.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies. He made the remarks at a dinner at the US State Department launching the International Religious Freedom Alliance, earlier this month. This new alliance of 27 countries, seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe. Its priorities include advocating for people who are imprisoned or otherwise persecuted due to their religion or beliefs, and challenging blasphemy laws.
A UK Christian safeguarding charity has launched a new campaign to encourage church leaders to get involved with a movement against abuse in churches. The movement has asked churches to speak up, put survivors first, take responsibility, make change happen and hold each other accountable.
Suicide among Christian priests and pastors occurs more commonly than expected. This is according to Dr. Melinda Moore a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She noted that religious leaders are no different from the rest of us in this regard, often facing stigmas about seeking psychological help.
A new film, titled Red Sea Miracle will hit selected cinemas in the US tomorrow until May 5. The film explores the historic and scientific evidence behind the bible’s account of the splitting of the Red Sea.