Topic / Evangelicals

Failed doomsday predictions turn people off Christianity

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has had enough of evangelists making end-of-the-world predictions. According to this report, Moore last week argued that “any day could be Judgment Day,” but at the same time, warned that such doomsday predictions: Have little to do with religion and […]

Breast-loving pastor, 84, under investigation for sexual assault

Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, above, is being investigated for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl in his church while the congregation watched. According to this report, South Carolina police said that video evidence had emerged of the radio evangelist’s behaviour. Stair, 84, who leads the Overcomer Ministry community in […]

In Brazil a mad judge rules that homosexuality is a ‘disease’

The cartoon above was widely circulated this week after a judge in Brazil – a  country apparently suffering a ‘plague’ of evangelists – ruled in favor of a ‘gay cure’ evangelical Christian therapist. According to the Independent, federal judge Waldemar de Carvalho ruled that homosexuality could be considered a disease when he backed crackpot psychologist, […]

Evangelicals don’t want to be seen as a blight on Keswick

Back in August we reported that evangelicals who converge on Keswick annually for a convention do nothing for the picturesque Lake District town except throttle tourism and insult the locals by calling them ‘sinners’. The report followed news that a growing number of locals regard Keswick Convention attendees, headed by James Robson, above, as penny-pinching, […]

Sounding a very sour note at London’s St Sepulchre Church

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, central London, has been known as the National Musicians’ church for more than 70 years. The ashes of Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, lie in its north chapel, which commemorates eminent British musicians. But last month, Rev David Ingall, above, who moved to St Sepulchre’s four years ago from […]

Sense at last: C of E agrees that ‘gay cures’ are wrong

A  Private Member’s Motion proposed by Jayne Ozanne, above, saying that conversion therapy had ‘no place in the modern world’ has been backed by the Church of England. According to the Guardian, Ozanne – who underwent conversion therapy resulting in two breakdowns and two spells in hospital – said conversion therapy was: Abuse from which […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Evangelical women in Australia get in a tangle over hair length

Last weekend in Australia a bunch of evangelical women  – several thousand actually – flocked to an evangelical Christian conference in Sydney, devoted to what it means to be “a godly woman”. I have no idea what they expected to be told, but when Carmelina Read, above, Dean of Women at the Presbyterian Christ College […]

Jesus Christ tells preacher not to help save a Ghanaian soldier

Controversial Ghanaian cleric ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim, above right, claims that he could have prevented a soldier – Captain Maxwell Mahama, left – from being lynched last week, but received a message on his phone from Jesus telling him not to intervene. Mahama was mistaken for an armed robber and killed by an angry mob at Denkyira Boase. […]

Franklin Graham supports Margaret Court’s bigotry

Franklin Graham, the deranged evangelical son of Billy Graham, today came bounding to the defence of former tennis champ Margaret Court who caused outrage this week with anti-gay comments. Some tennis stars called her views “sick and dangerous” but according to this report, Graham wrote in a Facebook post that Court, who holds the most […]