Your Top Christian News Stories for November 7, 2014:
Christian Bakers Refusing Gay Sesame Street Cakes May Face Prosecution
Christian bakers who are refusing to make a cake in support of gay marriage could face prosecution.
The Ashers Baking Company had refused to make a cake featuring Bert and Ernie and the slogan, “Support Gay Marriage.”
The Equality Commission has said that it will sue Ashers Baking Company, which is owned by Colin and Karen McArthur and managed by their son Daniel.
The Equality Commission sent a letter to the company recently, saying that their clients will be “seeking only modest damages for the upset and inconvenience caused.” The letter continued that, “failing this, a civil bill will be issued.”
Daniel McArthur disagrees.
“It feels like a David and Goliath battle because on one hand we have the Equality Commission who are a public body, they’re funded by taxpayers’ money, they have massive resources at their disposal whereas we are a small family business and we have limited resources at our disposal.
25% of Churches Overspend Their Budget Every Year
Nearly one in four churches in the United States spend over their budget, according to a survey from Lifeway Research.
The study found that 22 percent of churches spent over their budget in the 2014 fiscal year.
Also, 46 percent of churches met their budgets and 29 percent stayed under budget.
Scott McConnell, Lifeway Research Director said: “The most recent of recession revealed poor habits among Americans in term of spending and lending. Surely churches have had to learn some of these same lessons.”
Details Emerge in Islamic Murder and Burning of Christian Couple
A Christian couple in Pakistan were beaten and then burned to death by Muslims this week for desecrating a Quran.
Shehzad, 35, and Shamah Masih, 31, were attacked by a mob of Muslims.
“It was all ashes and some bones of the couple which is left to bury,” said Human Liberation Commission Pakistan Chairman Aslam Sahotra, who went to see the victims at a local hospital, according to a PTI report.
The deaths happened after a money dispute, according to some reports.
“Two days ago, after an exchange of words, Yousuf locked the couple along with their children in a room,” said Emanuel. On Tuesday morning, an announcement was made from two mosques in the village that the couple had committed blasphemy by burning the pages of a Quran and a frenzy erupted.