Pastor Saeed in Danger, Christian Singer Comes Out as Gay


Here’s what you need to know in Christian news for Aug. 15, 2014:

1. Pastor imprisoned in Iran facing death threats

American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in Iran’s prison for nearly two years, is being threatened by ISIS terrorists locked in the same prison he is in.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reported Wednesday, Abedini told family members that some ISIS prisoners are planning to kill him because he is a Christian.

“This is an extremely dangerous development that puts Pastor Saeed’s life at grave risk,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ.

Abedini was tried and convicted and sentenced to eight year in prison for his faith.

2. Worship singer says she is gay

A CCM worship songwriter and singer came out as gay this week.

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” she said. “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people.”

Vicky Beeching is the singer of the worship song “Glory to God Forever” along with Steve Fee.

The song is ranked as one of the 100 most popular songs sung in churches by the Christian Copyright Licensing International.

Beeching has three albums and has had songs appear on popular worship compilations such as WOW Worship and Here I Am to Worship.

3. Pope sends message to China while flying over country

Pope Francis, who is on a five-day visit to South Korea, passed along a message to China as his plane passed over northeastern China.

Vatican protocol says that the pope sends a telegram when he flies over a country.

In China’s message, the pope said: “Upon entering Chinese airspace, I extend best wishes to your excellency and your fellow citizens, and I invoke the divine blessings of peace and well-being upon the nation.”

No pope has ever visited China.

4. US could strike possible mission to rescue Yazidis

US forces may not try to rescue Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar, according to reports.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said: “There are far fewer Yazidis on Mt Sinjar than previously feared, in part because of the success of humanitarian air drops, air strikes on ISIL targets, the efforts of the Peshmerga and the ability of thousands of Yazidis to evacuate from the mountain each night over the last several days.”

Thousands of refugees fled to the mountain after being driven away by Islamic State militants.

5. Former Covenant Life Church member sentenced to prison

Nathaniel Morales, a former Covenant Life Church member in Maryland,was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Earlier this year, Morales was found guilty of several counts of sex abuse and sex offense.

Morales had been an active member with the church and involved with a teenage youth group. He left the church and moved to Las Vegas before his conviction.

“Mr. Morales you are a pathetic human being,” Judge Terrence J. McGann said as he announced the sentence.


  1. To Vicky Beeching I would say that yes God loves you. He loves me. He loves everyone, and He takes us where we are…we don’t have to achieve perfection before accepting His love. However He does not leave any of us where we are. We are called as His people to be holy. Set apart. Not stay as the rest of the world and just fit in. The message of Jesus is that because we live in this fallen world He has provided a way out…out of the mess that the fallen, rebellious sinful man has created. We are to still live in the ‘mess’ until He calls us home to live with Him. But we are to strive to be like HIm. We are to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, to sanctify us. That means we don’t stay the way we are…change in the heart takes place. We want to please God instead of our own selfish desires. Living the gay lifestyle is not acceptable to God. He speaks against it in both the old and New Testaments. If you were sleeping with a man who was not your husband I would have the same objections. It is a choice…not in your genes…and most definitely not in your jeans. If you are struggling with those kinds of desires, take them to God and lay them at HIs feet. Ask Him to do the work in your heart that HE wants to do. Be open to following HIS word…which means you need to know it. So spend time in it…in prayer and in the word.
    That’s all I will say. I am not looking to get into an argument with anyone on this subject. If you don’t agree that is your choice. But your argument is with God and HIs word, not with me.


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