US Department of State Condemns Conviction, Sentencing of Chinese Pastor Wang Yi, Calls for ‘Immediate, Unconditional Release’

US Department of State Condemns Conviction, Sentencing of Chinese Pastor Wang Yi, Calls for ‘Immediate, Unconditional Release’

 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement condemning the conviction and sentencing of Early Rain Covenant Church pastor Wang Yi, who was tried in secret in China on Dec. 26 and sentenced to nine years in prison days later for “inciting subversion of state power” and so-called “illegal business activities.” […]

‘A Forceful Revenge Awaits’: Iran Vows ‘Harsh Retaliation’ After US Airstrike Kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani

‘A Forceful Revenge Awaits’: Iran Vows ‘Harsh Retaliation’ After US Airstrike Kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani

(Fox News) — On New Year’s Day, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei taunted Donald Trump on his favorite platform, Twitter, after the President vowed Iran would be held “fully responsible” for any lives lost at U.S. facilities abroad. “You can’t do anything,” Khamenei boldly declared. Less than 48 hours later, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head […]

Pentecostal Church in Germany Suffers Arson and Paint Attack, Feminist Group Claims Responsibility

Pentecostal Church in Germany Suffers Arson and Paint Attack, Feminist Group Claims Responsibility

(Evangelical Focus) — Radicals attacked a Pentecostal church in Tübingen, Germany the night of Dec. 26. The TOS church and conference center suffered an arson and paint attack. “The entrance area of the church was sprayed with purple paint over a large area and the church bus, which was parked in the parking lot, was […]

China Announces New Measures to Govern Religious Groups

China Announces New Measures to Govern Religious Groups

(International Christian Concern) – On Dec. 30, China’s state-run media Xinhua reports that as of February 1, 2020, new administrative measures will come into force for any religious groups operating in China. Two years after the 2018 revised Regulations on Religious Affairs have been put in place, the new “Administrative Measures for Religious Groups,” which […]

‘God Has Done a Miracle in Me’: UK Man Who Once Identified as Woman Set Free by Jesus Christ

‘God Has Done a Miracle in Me’: UK Man Who Once Identified as Woman Set Free by Jesus Christ

A man in England who had lived as a woman for seven years says that he has been set free from transgenderism by Jesus Christ after seeking help from counselors and doctors and only being told that his problems needed to be addressed by having a sex-change operation. Peter Benjamin recently told Christian Concern that […]

China’s Gene-Editing Scientist Jailed for Three Years in Modified Baby Case

China’s Gene-Editing Scientist Jailed for Three Years in Modified Baby Case

 (South China Morning Post) — Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who created the world’s first “gene-edited” babies, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (US$430,000). He, along with two others named Zhang Renli and Qin Jinzhou, was convicted by a Shenzhen court on Monday on charges related to the […]

Chinese Court Sentences Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi to 9 Years in Prison

Chinese Court Sentences Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi to 9 Years in Prison

 (Church in Chains) — Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, has been sentenced to nine years in prison following a secret trial on Dec. 26. The People’s Intermediate Court in Chengdu found the pastor guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations.” […]

Taking the Gospel to Those Displaced by Turmoil in the Central African Republic

Taking the Gospel to Those Displaced by Turmoil in the Central African Republic

Central African Republic (Mission Network News) – Militias run rampant throughout the Central African Republic. Massacre reports went from rare to commonplace this year in the struggle for control of this strategic African nation. Finding a peaceful resolution won’t be easy, explains Greg Kelley, CEO of World Mission. “You’ve got Islamic/Christianity conflict, which would represent […]