Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Lawsuit Claims Sovereign Grace Ministries Hid Abuse Claims

The Associated Press reports:

Three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children, failed to report accusations of misconduct to the police and discouraged its members from cooperating with law enforcement.

The lawsuit was filed in Maryland state court against Sovereign Grace Ministries, a 30-year-old family of churches, with about 100 congregations.

The suit only covers alleged abuse that occurred in Maryland [and] northern Virginia, but the church has faced scrutiny on other occasions for its handling of sexual abuse claims, and Susan Burke, a lawyer representing the three plaintiffs, said there are other alleged victims prepared to join a class-action suit.


State-by-State Advocacy of U.S. Religious Liberty Launches

The Baptist Press reports:

Representatives from nine state legislatures have announced the formation of state-level religious freedom caucuses in a new nationwide effort to combat religious discrimination.


Days After Interview with Osteen and Warren, Oprah Winfrey Reveals She Is Inspired by Sufism

Not too many days ago, two of America’s most well-known pastors, Rick Warren and Joel Osteen, sat across a table from Oprah Winfrey at a taping of her show, Lifeclass. Neither one shared the life-saving message of salvation and forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. Rather, each espoused his own version of a man-made, self-help gospel—a gospel that cannot save. Even more unfortunately, each pastor by his silence ultimately affirmed Oprah Winfrey in her belief in a nebulous, false god.

The Christian Post now reports on some of the ideologies that have helped Winfrey in constructing this god of her own design.

Oprah Winfrey recently shared her morning routine with Harper’s Baazar magazine which includes a breakfast of fruit and almond milk, a workout and inspiration from Sufism, or Islamic mysticism.

Winfrey told the publication that she wakes up at around 5:45 a.m. and reads a passage from TheDailyLove.com and The Bowl of Saki, which she describes as “like the Sufi daily word.”