Urgent call to Government to save church buildings

Some churches are home to their local Post Office(Photo: National Churches Trust)Anglican and Catholic Church leaders have issued a joint appeal for more government funding to protect key services run by local churches, many of which have come under increasing financial pressure because of Covid-19. It follows a new report from the National Churches Trust,... Read more

Scottish Government must change Hate Crime Bill to protect free speech – Christians

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)The Scottish Government must include "robust" provisions in its proposed Hate Crime Bill to protect freedom of religion, the Catholic Church has said.  Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was recently forced to amend some of the wording in the Bill following a backlash over its free speech implications from a wide range of... Read more

The Chinese Government Is Removing Church Crosses Because Christianity Does Not Belong in China | RELEVANT

For the last several months, the Chinese government has been removing crosses and religious symbols from state-approved churches in China. The move is an effort to slow down the growth of Christianity, particularly in regions where it is growing the fastest, reports Ye Jiajia for the religious persecution website Bitter Winter. This summer in the... Read more

Catholic Church thanks Government for ‘lifeline’ heritage fund

An external view of Westminster Cathedral, in central London.Photo: Westminster CathedralThe Government's Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has thrown historic churches a "lifeline", the Catholic Church has said. The first major tranche of grants from the Government's 1.57bn fund include the Catholic Bishops' Conference, which is to receive 3m.  The Most Rev George Stack, Chair... Read more

Churches call on Government to cancel debt of poorest households

The Government is being urged to cancel the debt of people who have fallen into hardship after months of coronavirus restrictions. The Reset the Debt campaign is the joint initiative of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.  They warn that... Read more

Scottish Government launches consultation on making DIY abortions permanent

The Scottish Parliament In Edinburgh(Reuters)The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether to extend temporary arrangements allowing for at-home abortions during the pandemic.  Abortion regulations were changed early on in the pandemic to permit 'DIY' home abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy.  Pregnant women can receive the pills in the post following... Read more

Value of Life Is Downgraded ‘When God Is Left Out of Government,’ Tony Evans Says

Value of Life Is Downgraded 'When God Is Left Out of Government,' Tony Evans Says On Sunday, Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship continued his Kingdom Voting sermon series with a message entitled, God and Life.Earlier this month, as Christian Headlines previously reported, Evans started the series to teach Christians to vote from... Read more

Government sex education guidance is a ‘victory for safeguarding and common sense’

(Photo: Unsplash)Government guidance on the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum has been hailed as a "victory for safeguarding and common sense" by critics. The guidance, from the Department for Education (Df), warns schools against promoting transgender ideology among students or using resources that have been produced by organisations "that take extreme political stances on... Read more

Why I signed an open letter telling the Government not to close churches again

(Photo: Unsplash/Ricardo Frantz)Over 700 church leaders from a wide variety of denominations and organisations have sent a joint letter to Boris Johnson and First Ministers of the devolved governments. There are doubtless many more who would sign and others who cannot in all conscience sign it, either because they don't agree with something in it, or... Read more

Christians may be obliged to disobey Government, says FIEC’s John Stevens

(Photo: Unsplash/Aron Van de Pol)Evangelical leader John Stevens has urged church leaders to start thinking now about when and why it might be acceptable to disobey the Government as it continues to impose far-reaching restrictions on society to tackle coronavirus. Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), said on Twitter: "As... Read more

‘Discrimination Against Faith’: Catholic Leaders Call Out Quebec Government for Limiting Church Attendance

'Discrimination Against Faith': Catholic Leaders Call Out Quebec Government for Limiting Church Attendance Earlier this week, Quebecs Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dub, announced that churches and places that serve alcohol must lower their capacity to no more than 50 people, according to The Christian Post.Areas hit hard by COVID, such as Montreal... Read more

The Government is right to reject gender self-identification

(Photo: Unsplash/Rui Magalhes)The Christian Institute, which has a long track-record of opposing plans to allow people to self-identify their gender, has welcomed today's written statement by Liz Truss that there will be no fundamental change to the Gender Recognition Act: Liz Truss' announcement today that there is to be no fundamental change to the Gender... Read more

Government scraps gender self-identification plans

ReutersThe Government has formally abandoned plans to allow people to "self-identify" as their chosen gender.  The controversial plans were drawn up under former Prime Minister Theresa May and would have amended the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to drop the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. The Government's long-awaited response to a public consultation on the... Read more

UK Government accused of downplaying violence against Christians in Nigeria

Baroness Cox on a fact-finding mission to Nigeria with her humanitarian organisation HART.(Photo: HART)The UK Government has been urged to do more to protect Christians in Nigeria who have come under repeated attacks.  The Government's response came under scrutiny from peers in the House of Lords on Monday, with Baroness Cox warning that it "cannot... Read more

It Turns Out the Government Did Not Actually Take Down a Huge Georgia Sex Trafficking Ring | RELEVANT

Last week, the government sent out a press release that sounded like great news on the surface: U.S. Marshals Find 39 Missing Children in Georgia During Operation Not Forgotten.'” The press release explained how a government operation had rescued 26 children, “safely located” 13 more and made nine arrests. The story was broadcast from places... Read more

No change to guidance on church services as Government restricts social gatherings

(Photo: Facebook/Church of England)Tough new measures are being introduced by the Government in an effort to limit a second wave of coronavirus but for now at least, they will not affect church services.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said the Church of England had received confirmation from the Government that churches... Read more

Asia Bibi pleads with Pakistani government to help kidnapped Christian girls

Asia Bibi(Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)The Pakistani Government is being urged to help Christian girls abducted, raped and forced to marry their captors. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent nearly a decade on death row for blasphemy, is calling on the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan to take action following the high... Read more

UK Government must increase overseas aid spending to fight coronavirus – World Vision

Over half of UK adults support increased overseas aid spending to tackle coronavirusBritish people are largely supportive of the UK Government spending more on overseas aid to combat Covid-19 as fears abound of a second wave, a World Vision poll has found.  The survey found that three quarters of UK adults (77%) are concerned about... Read more

Transitional Government in Sudan Omits Christianity as School Subject

Transitional Government in Sudan Omits Christianity as School Subject JUBA, South Sudan, September 3, 2020 (Morning Star News) Fears that Christianity would again be omitted as a course subject in schools in Sudan were confirmed in a recent government directive, sources said.While Islam has long been taught in schools, the head of the body responsible... Read more

We Don’t Turn to Government, Trump Says: We Put Our Faith in Almighty God

We Don't Turn to Government, Trump Says: We Put Our Faith in Almighty God Labeling this years presidential race the most important election in the nations history, President Trump accepted the Republican Partys nomination Thursday and warned about a socialist agenda he said would be implemented if Democrat Joe Biden wins in November.Trump spoke for... Read more

Britain called to sanction Nigeria’s government officials over Christian persecution

Women displaced by Boko Haram's attacks waiting for food at St Theresa Catholic Church, Yola.World Watch MonitorThe UK Government is being urged to impose sanctions on Nigerian government officials "turning a blind eye" to the slaughter of Christians in the West African country. Ayo Adedoyin, Chief Executive of PSJ UK, said that the UK Government... Read more

Government steps down in Beirut – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Lebanon is still recovering from the massive explosion in the port of Beirut that shattered windows around the city and killed hundreds. Read more about the strength of the explosion here. We reported previously that Lebanon had authorized the military to use special powers after the Beirut explosion. But Pierre Houssney of... Read more

Government eases restrictions on singing in church

(Photo: Unsplash/David Beale)More people can now sing in churches across England after the Government further relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Before this weekend, singing at Sunday services had been limited to a lone professional singer behind a screen.   While there is still a ban on the entire congregation singing together, places of worship are now permitted to... Read more

Calls to end government aid to Nigeria over Christian persecution are ‘misguided’

The Nigerian Government has been accused of inaction over the persecution of Christians.ReutersCutting aid to Nigeria over the persecution of Christians may lead to more suffering, Open Doors UK has warned.  The calls have come after a Savanta ComRes Poll found that half of UK adults (53%) believe that foreign aid to Nigeria should be contingent... Read more

Lebanese start to rebuild without help from their government – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Lebanons government stepped down Monday night following a massive explosionin Beirut and angry protests over the weekend. This means the Lebanese government can’t make any new decisions or pass new laws until a new government is elected But Nuna from Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says this decision is doing nothing to quench the anger... Read more

Lebanon’s government steps down after Beirut explosion – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Over the weekend, Lebanese began taking to the streets for angry protests, even clashing with police.All this comes in the wake of the Beirut explosion that killed at least 200 people, injured thousands, and left over 300,000 people without homes. Monday night, the Lebanese Prime Minister and his government stepped down. Tom Atema... Read more

Court of Appeal reviews Government decision to allow DIY abortions during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash)The Court of Appeal is today hearing a legal challenge against the Government's decision to allow DIY abortions at home during the lockdown.  The Government relaxed the rules so that women could terminate their pregnancies up to 10 weeks.  Following only a phone or video consultation with a doctor, pills are sent out in... Read more

Russians protest Putin’s interference with local government – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) People in the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk have been protesting Vladimir Putins removal of the regional governor. The protests come shortly after an election resulted in Putin being retained as Russias president until 2036. Joel Griffith of Slavic Gospel Association says most protests in Russia tend to happen in Moscow, but these... Read more

High Court approves legal challenge against Government U-turn on online age checks

(Photo: Unsplash/Christian Wiediger)The High Court has given the go ahead for a legal challenge over the Government's decision to abandon age verification checks for online p0rnography.  Legislation to introduce the scheme was passed by Parliament in 2018 with the aim of protecting children.  The plans were hit by repeated delays before finally being shelved for... Read more

Renounce Christ or Lose Government Assistance, China’s Low-Income Christians Are Told

Renounce Christ or Lose Government Assistance, China's Low-Income Christians Are Told Christian citizens in China who receive social welfare payments have been ordered to abandon their faith or risk losing government support, according to a new report.The policy impacts low-income religious citizens who receive government assistance, according to Bitter Winter, a watchdog that... Read more