Death row prayer case goes to court
The United States Supreme Court stayed the execution of a Texas man who wants his Baptist pastor to lay hands on him and pray as he’s put to death. John Henry Ramirez murdered a convenience store clerk in 2004, stabbing the man 29 times in the process of stealing $1.25 to buy drugs. In prison, he committed his life to Christ and became a member of Second Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ahead of his September 8 execution date, Ramirez sued for the right to have his pastor touch him at the time of death. The court will consider it next term.
RZIM claims First Amendment protection
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by donors alleging the misuse of funds, because the apologetics organization is registered as a church. According to RZIM’s lawyers, the First Amendment prohibits the court from ruling on “purely ecclesiastical assertions,” such as whether Zacharias conformed to the “moral standards of ‘real’ Christian leaders” or whether the RZIM board exercised appropriate oversight over the famed apologist. According to an RZIM-funded investigation, the late apologist used a humanitarian fund to pay four massage therapists, at least one of whom said he used the money to pressure her to have sex.
Christians disagree over economic protests
Evangelicals are divided over the protests that have roiled Colombia since the proposal of a tax bill that would raise the cost of daily essentials, such as eggs and chickens, while giving more breaks to corporations. On a livestreamed show, pastors of the Misión Carismática Internacional megachurch warned real social change can only happen ...1
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Gleanings: November 2021
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