Charismatic rise in Africa: The Rise of Pentecostalism

Promising prosperity, miracle cures and life-changing spiritual experiences, the “born again” faiths that are the staple of America’s multi-millionaire televangelists are fast taking over the world’s poorest continent.

The Rise of Pentecostal Churches

Pentecostalism is Christianity’s fastest-growing Branch. Many are drawn to the faith’s spirited style of worship.

Pentecostal Fellowship says Rev. King Is Not A Servant Of God

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), the umbrella body of all Pentecostal churches in the country says Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeagu King, General Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly, Ajao Estate, Lagos is not its member. The National Secretary of the group, Bishop Joseph Ojo, who disowned King in an interview with EFE EBELO also described King’s […]

Moved by the Spirit: Fast-growing Pentecostal church takes root in ‘the last frontier’

Speaking in tongues only one striking aspect of Christian denomination There’s nothing like it. Thinking back to their first time, some become giddy. Others exchange glances and grins, breathe a sigh or become teary-eyed. When the Holy Spirit takes hold, each one agrees, there’s no high in the world to match it. “It’s just like […]

A century of faith: the Pentecostals

Religious movement spread from Los Angeles worldwide Blacks and whites, men and women spilled into the streets outside a small home near downtown Los Angeles, danc ing, shouting and praising God by speaking in tongues. On those wondrous nights in April 1906, modern Pentecostalism was born. A century later, the religious movement born in the […]

UK: Pentecostals spearhead big rise in new churches

More than 1,000 new Christian churches have been created over the last seven years, double the number of Starbucks coffee shops, new research has found. All the major denominations opened new churches but the biggest growth was among the black Pentecostal churches. About half of the new congregations were created by the Pentecostal churches, with […]

Modern Pentecostal movement marks centennial

(AP) – The birth of Christianity as a world religion can be dated from an event that took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. His apostles, gathered in Jerusalem at a time when the city was filled with foreign visitors, were inspired by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel in languages that could be […]

Rev. Nathaniel Urshan, Pentecostal leader, dies

30-year pastor of Calvary Tabernacle here headed United Pentecostal Church International; he was 84. The Rev. Nathaniel A. Urshan, a one-time minor league baseball player who dedicated his life to Christ after a near-deadly bout with tuberculosis, will be remembered for his leadership of the United Pentecostal Church International. Urshan was pastor of Calvary Tabernacle […]

Pentecostals lead modest growth in U.S. church membership

NEW YORK (ABP) — The number of Protestants — particularly Pentecostals — continues to increase in the United States, with a fourth Pentecostal denomination joining the list of 25 largest U.S. religious bodies. The new numbers come from the 2004 “Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches,” published recently by the National Council of Churches. See […]

Fiery Pentecostal spirit spreads into mainstream Christianity

Buoyed by its commitment to worship, Pentecostalism is the world’s fastest-growing Christian movement. LOS ANGELES – “Did they say we can’t shout in here?” the visiting preacher teases. Why, back home in Nigeria, he tells them, the saints aren’t shy. They’re bold when they worship. They’re not quiet and pious like the people tonight. The […]

Growing Hispanic population flocks to Pentecostal, evangelical churches

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – More than 400 people pack the sanctuary of the Hillsboro Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church on a Saturday morning. They talk, laugh, sing. They throng the altar, shaking hands and patting backs. And when the Rev. Roger Hernandez roams the pulpit, hand raised to the heavens, cries of “Amen” fill the […]

Pentecostal minister pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 20, 2003 By Susan Weich Post-Dispatch A former top official of the Pentecostal church pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge that came after he tried to engage in a sex act with another man in a St. Charles park. The Rev. Ronald Oree Nation, 70, was the Sunday […]

United Pentecostal Church suspends Nation without pay

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 18, 2003 By PATRICIA RICE, Post-Dispatch The Rev. Ronald Oree Nation, a top official of a worldwide religious denomination based in Hazelwood, has been suspended without pay from his post, a church spokesman said. Nation, who was the United Pentecostal Church International’s worldwide Sunday School director, was one of 11 […]

Witnessing The New Reach Of Pentecostalism

Annual Meeting Brings 7,000 To D.C. for Fellowship, Praise Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2002 By Caryle Murphy Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, August 3, 2002; Page B09 The spreading appeal of Pentecostalism was evident this week as about 7,000 members of one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the United States gathered at the […]

Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

Aracely Meza, pastor of Iglesia Internacional Jesus es El Rey
Aracely Meza, a ‘prophet’ who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a “demon,” then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say.

Religion News for busy people

In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the ‘prophetess’ with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers.

Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles?

Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world.

Many more religion news items…

Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

Travis and Wenona Rossiter
A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter.

Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing.

Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

Ergun Caner
Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning.

In England, viewers are upset with ITV for showing a an ad during prime-time in which the Scientology cult spouts its usual nonsense.

Find out why Russian Orthodox Church priests are getting ridiculed on Twitter.

Snake-handling preacher dies of snake bite; Bob Jones dies

Jamie Coots
False prophet Bob Jones has died — again. And a snake-handling preacher known from the reality TV show ‘Snake Salvation’ has died after he was bitten by a snake.

A recently-married teenage mother claims she is a Satanist who has murdered more than 20 people. And the Son God Movie can count on sold-out theaters. Here’s why…
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