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Egyptian Explorer Shocked by Early Biblical Text

Egypt is best-known for its coveted ancient history: a continuous civilisation that has lived along the banks of the river Nile for thousands of years. Many of the finds archaeologists and Egyptologists have made in the region consist largely of things like great statues of the pharaohs and mummified remains. In the 19th century, however, Robert Curzon, an English traveller and aristocrat, set out on a journey to the North African nation in search not of ancient Egypt, but ancient Christianity.

Curzon arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, three years later, and was aware that the country held early records about the religion that once swept the world — but did not know where to start.

But he was in the right place — by 300 AD Alexandria had become one of the great centres of Christianity.

Around the same time in Britain the religion was illegal and was often punishable by death.

Its followers within the Roman Empire would have to wait another 14 years to practice their faith freely.

So, with a knowledge of Christianity’s history, Curzon knew that Egypt held some of the religion’s earliest monasteries and, by extension, some of its earliest texts.

His momentous journey was explored during the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, ‘Bible Hunters: Search for Truth‘.

Dr Jeff Rose, an archaeologist who presented the show, travelled to Egypt to follow in Curzon’s footsteps, and explained how the monastic movement began in Egypt.

He said: “Monks who had gone out to the desert to live in solitude banded together in self-sufficient communities and those became the first monasteries.

“One of the oldest monasteries in Egypt, and the world, is the Syrian monastery 90 miles west of Cairo.

“In 1834, it took Curzon nearly two days to reach it by boat and camel, today it’s less than two hours away by [motor]bike.

“Founded in the sixth century AD, the monastery was known for its wall paintings in its library of precious manuscripts.

“When Curzon visited the library, he found the place in complete disarray with manuscripts just littering the floor.”

Many of the books had been burned by poverty-stricken Egyptians desperate to keep warm.

But, some of the texts had been safeguarded and kept under lock and key.

Curzon was certain this was the case, and is said to have plied a blind monk with alcohol and coaxed him into showing him to the secret library within the depths of the monastery — and that is exactly what the monk did.

The Englishman soon found himself surrounded by ancient biblical texts.

Dr Rose explained: “Inside the room, Curzon found a treasure trove, the dusty pages of some of the earliest dated Bible texts in existence.”

He found fully bound Christian manuscripts, as well as several gospel fragments, all written in ancient Syriac — a language similar to what Jesus would have spoken.

The texts dated back to the fourth century AD.

Dr Rose continued: “Curzon also stumbled upon a surprise — a biblical text, the Acts of Peter and Paul, which was never included in the Bible.

“At the time, questions about why this Christian text was omitted led to speculation among scholars about the accuracy of the Bible.”

Five years after his now-famous voyage, Curzon, hungry for more answers, set out once again.

This time his travels took him to Mount Athos in Greece — an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.

His journeys resulted in the book, ‘Visit to the Monasteries in the Levant’.

It gained huge traction, and by 1881, Curzon had completed a further six expeditions to the Levant and the surrounding region.

His finds were viewed as breakthroughs in modern understanding of Christianity, and culminated in the British Museum’s acquisition of the collection of Nitrian manuscripts.

Miracle Appears After Fire Torches Texas Church

Pastor Sonny Smith is calling it “a sign from God” after his church’s sanctuary burned to the ground with only one thing remaining upright: the cross.

“To me, that was a sign from God, saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’m still here and I’m going to lead you forward,’” the preacher told KDFW-TV, noting the congregation would meet outside, near the scene of the fire.

“Shed some tears together over what was — but also create some excitement for what God plans for us in the future,” Smith continued, referring to the Sunday outdoor gathering, which came two days after the building went up in flames. “I can tell you what’s inside of our church family: it’s faith.”

During an interview with CBS News, Smith called the cross’ survival “an absolute miracle.”

“That cross is where we would get little pieces of paper with a string and everyone put all their family members and different ones they wanted to pray for and we hung them up on that cross,” he explained. “It’s an absolute miracle that that cross made it through the fire when nothing else did.”

A spokesperson for the Wise County Emergency Services Department No. 2 told Fox News the fire at Balsora Baptist Church was “a devastating loss to our community” but called the still-standing cross a “sight to behold.”

“The fire took the structure, but not the cross,” added the representative. “A symbol that the building was just that, a building. The church is the congregation, and where two or more gather, there He shall be also.”

According to county officials, the sanctuary was more than 120 years old.

As firefighters were working diligently to put out the flames, the roof of the decades-old building began to collapse with first responders still inside the sanctuary. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the incident is under investigation.

The pastor, for his part, said the fire broke out after a construction crew left the property for lunch on Friday. The church has been doing renovations on the fellowship hall to expand the kitchen.

“They came back, the fire was going, and they tried their best to get it out, but they just couldn’t get it out,” he said, adding he’s trusting God to “carry us through.”

The Truth About the Shroud of Turin

Since it first popped up on history’s radar hundreds of years ago, the Shroud of Turin has captivated scientists, the public, and people of God worldwide. The linen is viewed by some as the burial Shroud of Jesus Christ and others as a medieval forgery.  
    
The story of the piece of cloth is an age-old tale that threads together a centuries-old debate about a religious artifact that has survived fires and a series of perils across a journey through history. 

The first gaze upon the mysterious relic resembles a Rorschach’s test of damage dating back hundreds if not thousands of years. 

Zoom in a little closer, though, and the faint image of a tortured and crucified man comes into focus. Look longer, and the serene face of that man becomes clear.

“It seems so peaceful in comparison to the violence that you see all over the rest of the body,” said Brian Hyland, an exhibit curator at the Museum of the Bible.

In an interview with CBN News, Hyland said that “there have been questions about the veracity of this image ever since its first documented appearance in the late 14th century.” 

In 1988, carbon testing dated the Shroud back to medieval times. That test has repeatedly been called into question by various experts.

“The only single sample they took did not represent anywhere else on the cloth because it had been manipulated,” said Barrie Schwortz, a Jewish photographer based in Colorado who was called upon to photograph the Shroud in the 1970s. 

Now, a new scientific procedure dates fabric from the Shroud to roughly 2,000 years ago. That Italian study is just the latest in a long series of scientific testing, including studies of pollen plucked from the Shroud with a scientific tape dispenser. 

“The pollen samples that were gathered they, a lot of them are from plants that are native to not just the Middle East, but specifically the area around Judea, Palestine, and Syria and stay where it was in that time period,” said Hyland. 

“There’s also pollen from the area around Constantinople. There’s a lot of pollen from Europe,” he said. 

The pollen samples suggest a journey of thousands of miles from Jerusalem, through modern-day Turkey, France, and now Italy, where the artifact has been kept since the 16th Century. 

Some say the cloth housed in the Turin Cathedral is a vessel for human blood, and therefore may be nothing less than the Holy Grail, an object of some captivation that is said to have gone missing in 1204. 

British filmmaker David Rolfe said of the Holy Grail theory, “You realize that the cloth is a vessel that’s containing Christ’s blood. I mean, there it is, and it is blood, and not only is it blood, it is type AB, which is the type that’s consistent with Palestinian Jews.”

Still others call this “bit of linen” a forgery by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. Clive Prince, who along with Lynn Picknett, wrote The Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History, said “It’s a 500-year-old photograph by Leonardo da Vinci.”

“And if that doesn’t sound crazy enough, we’re saying it’s a 500-year-old photograph of Leonardo da Vinci because he used his own face as the model, because that’s the kind of thing he did,” Prince added.
 
The co-authors even put together their own experiments to try and replicate the religious relic using a bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. They also compared da Vinci’s disputed Salvator Mundi painting to the image on the Shroud.

Like nearly every theory surrounding the mystery, that, too, is disputed.

“The Shroud has been publicly shown 100 years before da Vinci was born. He was a good artist, but it wasn’t that good,” said Schwortz. 

Before Schwortz first photographed the Turin Shroud over four decades ago, he said he was “biased against it,” adding, “I even said somewhere along the line to somebody that, you know, we’ll get to Turin, we’ll give it five minutes, we’ll find the paint, we’ll come home, we’ll be done.”

But there is no paint on this cloth, and there are no brush strokes, and there’s another mystery: it’s 3-D. Scientists using an image analyzer revealed decades ago that the lights and darks of the Shroud image translate into dimensional shapes. 

In his fourth film on the subject, “Who Can He Be,” Rolfe, the director, released previous footage showing image analyzing tests. An expert in the film said, “A normal photograph records only variations in light and does not record information about the distance the camera was from the subject.” 

Then a photo of the Shroud is put under a VP8 image analyzer. “This image is clearly recognizable,” he says. “This can only be explained if the intensity levels of the Shroud image itself are encoded with distance information from the cloth to the body.”

Now, in “Who Can He Be,” Rolfe’s team uses the latest technology to digitally extract data encoded in the fabric, revealing a three-dimensional model of a man. “We can see what I believe to be the body of the crucified Jesus in front of us,” he said. 

Rolfe contends that, “the only way that the image could’ve got on to that cloth is a miraculous one. A miracle that emanated from the body with unbelievable amounts of energy but within an infinitesimally short space of time.” 

No matter the evidence, the Shroud of Turin may always remain a mystery. But for many, this “mirror of the gospel,” as Pope John Paul II called it, connects them to the divine. 

Savage Burglars steal $2 million tabernacle

A gold tabernacle decorated with jewels — worth an estimated $2 million — was stolen from a Catholic church in Brooklyn over Memorial Day weekend and police are now on the hunt for who carried out the carefully planned heist.

The tabernacle, which is pure 18-karat gold, dates back to the 1890s, according to the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The burglars broke into Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope and cut through the metal case protecting the tabernacle.

The person is believed to have left through the front door, according to New York ABC station WABC. The perpetrators also made off with the security footage, WABC reported.

A statue of an angel beside the tabernacle was also decapitated, authorities said.

The theft took place sometime between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, according to the New York Police Department. The pastor, who discovered the theft on Saturday, said he believes it took place on Friday.

“This is devastating, as the Tabernacle is the central focus of our church outside of worship, holding the Body of Christ, the Eucharist, which is delivered to the sick and homebound,” Father Frank Tumino, pastor at Saint Augustine, said in a statement. “To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful Church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect.”

The burglars also apparently cut into a safe in the church’s sacristy, but there was nothing inside, according to WABC.

The Holy Eucharist, or communion, kept inside the tabernacle was also tossed all over the alter.

Transgender bishop resigns

An openly transgender cleric from San Francisco, who made history last year with an appointment as a bishop by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has resigned amid allegations of racism after firing the pastor of a predominantly Latino congregation.

The Rev. Megan Rohrer, who uses the pronoun “they,” led one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. They were elected in May 2021 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod.

In a letter to the synod Saturday, Rohrer said they were resigning because of “the constant misinformation, bullying and harassment” they experienced after the synod voted to remove the pastor of Mision Latina Luterana on Dec. 12, the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a significant holiday for congregants of the Stockton, California, church.

Rohrer fired the Rev. Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez after an investigation by the church into verbal harassment and retaliation allegations against the pastor, all of which he has denied. The synod council voted on Dec. 11 to vacate Rabell-Gonzalez’s call as a mission developer and to terminate his employment after they said he refused to fulfill certain mandatory requirements.

Rohrer was not available to speak with The Associated Press on Tuesday, saying they were “trying to rest and be with my family.”

A spokeswoman for the ELCA declined further comment Tuesday.

After Rabell-Gonzalez’s removal upset members of the Mision Latina Luterana, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, the denomination’s presiding bishop, appointed a three-person “listening panel” in March to review Rohrer’s actions.

That report released June 1 made several recommendations to the ELCA, including publicly apologizing to the Latino church community for the hurt caused, planning anti-racism training for churchwide staff and leaders, paying a “healing visit” to the community and creating a task force to review the church’s policies and procedures.

Church leaders initiated the process to discipline Rohrer on Sunday following their resignation on Saturday. Eaton posted on Twitter that the Conference of Bishops met Sunday, a meeting she said Rohrer “chose not to attend.”

“I shared that I am initiating the discipline process immediately including suspension of Bishop Rohrer, based on additional information that has come to light.”

She added that the process will take time and that she will continue “to provide updates as appropriate.”

On Twitter, Rohrer questioned the church’s move to continue with the disciplinary process following their resignation “without providing any specifics about what I allegedly did.”

“That appears to be in conflict with their own procedures,” Roher said.

Members of the listening panel reported that the Mision Latina Luterana congregation had no idea their pastor was fired on Dec. 12. The congregation comprising mostly Mexican immigrants had planned an elaborate program that day with mariachi singers, traditional dancers and performances by children, all led by their pastor.

A video, which one of the congregants recorded live, shows distraught congregants voicing their concerns. One woman said in Spanish: “Pastor Nelson has worked a lot for this day to happen. He has done a lot for our community. He has fought for our rights.”

Others said the move to fire him was “unfair” and “racist.” The report mentions other congregants asked if the complaints against Rabell-Gonzalez were sexual in nature and were further upset when they did not get a response from Rohrer or other leaders.

The Cherokee Worshiped the God of the Bible?

The American Cherokee Indians worship the Supreme Being, Ye ho waah or Yo ho wah, which is very similar to the Hebrew name of God (Yahweh or Yahoveh).

The Cherokee Indians believe in one Supreme Being–the Creator– and have surprising connections to Christianity.

Ancient Cherokee Indians believed before 1750 that God was going to appear on Earth as a man and they called this person by five different Old Testament (Hebrew) names for Jesus.

The Cherokees have three actual cities of refuge, they have the stories of the great flood, and many other Old Testament stories.

They also adhere to the prohibitions found within the Ten Commandments.

Cherokees keep one day without work for prayer.

http://www.cherokeediscovery.com/religion.html

The name for Cherokee People is “A ni yun wi yah”, which in English means “The Principle People” or akin to “The People of God.” The devotion of the Cherokee people was to the Supreme Holy Spirit who could not be looked upon and whose energy was the fire of all creation and the fire of all life and who resided in the heavens and on earth through purified people. They were rigidly non idolaters and neither would they observe any religious images among them or keep idolatrous religious ceremonies. Instead the Cherokee people adored the one Great Spirit, God, who they described as “the only Giver and Taker of life.” They were devoted to a higher principled way of living according to their ancient religious beliefs of the one benevolent God.

The Cherokees believed this sole Author of creation was with them and they with God by His blessing of mankind with animals and all plant and vegetable life. Their religious worship very closely paralleled the Mosiac institution in the Old Testament of the Bible. They were not pagans and were warned each year by their priests, just as the Old Testament warned about “…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1,2).

When we look as far back as the 1600s, there still existed one minority sect of the Cherokee people who declared there existed three entities above, who were always joined together in action and spirit, and were of the same mind. It was said that these three entities were always one in sentiment, in thought and action. They created all things and governed all things. The three entities sat on white seats above and all prayers were to be directed toward them. They had helpers and messengers known as angels who came to earth to help attend to the affairs of men. The Cherokees believed that in the beginning this trinity of entities created all creatures and creation to be harmless, as in Eden

THE COMMANDS OF YE HO WAAH

The Cherokee people were obedient to Ye ho waah (Jehovah God) and assembled for worship at the structures they were commanded to erect. They met early in the morning. When the people were all seated and silent, the priest known as U ku wi a hi (Uku), would commence his speech. The Uku would command the Cherokees to obey Ye ho waah in every respect, telling people they must do all that He directed them to do and to never disobey Him secretly because they were never alone because Ye ho waah was with them. They were never to indulge in idle or vain conversation, or call anyone wicked names. They were to abstain from all lewdness and polygamy. Children were to be hardworking and obedient to their parents

This and many more fascinating facts about the history of the Cherokee people can be found at this link. http://www.cherokeediscovery.com/religion.html

Canada Listed On Christian Oppression Watch-list?

This week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a resolution asking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to add Canada to your watch list from countries where religious freedoms are threatened.

State Representative Tim Ginter introduced the legislation, saying Canadian lawmakers mishandled COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and targeted churches, Faithwire Reports. In one case, Alberta officers arrested and jailed James Coates, the pastor of GraceLife Church in Edmonton. He was jailed for more than 30 days for holding in-person worship services in violation of government lockdown restrictions.

“This resolution is not the result of a single incident or even a handful of incidents,” Ginter said in a statement. according to WKSU-TV. “It is a persistent pattern of religious rights violations that has brought us to this point,” she added.

Ohio State Representative Reggie Stoltzfus also said Coates’ treatment was unacceptable.

“While Ohio has upheld religious freedom and protected the right to attend religious services, it is clear that Canada has not done the same,” Stoltzfus said, describing the nation’s mandates as “very similar to what we see in the Communist controlled China. ”

In an interview with CBN’s Faithwire, Coates also said the restrictions felt like the beginning of “totalitarian” measures.

“I think this is going to continue to happen; there will still be battles,” he explained, calling his experience a “practical illustration of what taking a bold stand on God’s Word looks like.”

In another case, Alberta pastor Artur Pawlowski was arrested and spent two months in solitary confinement for inciting “mischief” when he participated in the “Freedom Convoy” along the U.S. border. United and Canada. The Freedom Convoy was a rally led by truck drivers against pandemic restrictions.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in Ohio say the resolution isn’t necessary.

“We should be addressing the issues our constituents are asking for, like tougher gun policies, legislation to protect women’s rights, and reforming our rigged criminal justice system,” said State Rep. Latyna Humphrey (D). “Right now, we are focusing on matters that are not even within our jurisdiction.”

Prayer Alert: At least 50 killed in Church Shooting

As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday.

At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack, according to a state lawmaker from the area.

Worshippers had just arrived for Pentecost Sunday Mass when gunfire erupted at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state, said Bishop Jude Arogundade of the Ondo Catholic Diocese.

Steven Omotayo, who lives near the church, rushed to the scene upon hearing the gunshots.

“I saw a lot of dead bodies — both young and old, even children,” he said. “The people came in and started shooting from the gate.”

He said the church has three entrances and the main entrance was said to have been locked, making it difficult for many to escape.

“They were just shooting. If they see anyone trying to escape or stand up, they will just shoot the person,” he said. “Everybody standing was bombarded with bullets.”

It was not immediately known who was behind the church massacre and authorities said the gunmen managed to flee the scene. While northern Nigeria has battled an Islamic insurgency for more than 13 years, Ondo state has long been considered one of the most peaceful states in the country.

Hospital workers struggled to treat scores of wounded following the attack. The Nigeria Medical Association in Ondo state directed all available doctors to head to the hospitals to offer any help to dozens of critically wounded.

“At a stage, even the blood got exhausted at our blood bank and we had to be pleading for blood,” said a doctor at the Federal Medical Center in Owo who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

“Even as a physician, I have attended to a good number of casualties but what I saw yesterday was far beyond whatever I have seen before in my life and in the practice.”

Brooklyn Church Looted and Vandalized

In a crime Catholic Church officials in Brooklyn are calling brazen, hateful and disrespectful, the New York City Police Department is investigating after thieves decapitated angel statues and ripped a centuries-old solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from the altar of a local church.

In a statement Friday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced the theft at St. Augustine Catholic Church, located at 116 6th Ave. in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

“This is devastating, as the Tabernacle is the central focus of our church outside of worship, holding the Body of Christ, the Eucharist, which is delivered to the sick and homebound,” the church’s priest, Father Frank Tumino, said in a statement. “To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful Church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect.”

Diocese officials said that the tabernacle, which dates back to when the church was built in the late 1800s, “is irreplaceable due to its historical and artistic value.”

John Quaglione, the diocese’s deputy press secretary, told The Christian Post Tuesday that no motive has yet been established for the robbery.

The parish has been buoyed by an outpouring of support from across the country.

“The faithful of the Church are shocked and greatly upset by what has happened, and are turning to prayer. There is a sense of sorrow among the people of St. Augustine,” Quaglione wrote in an email.

“People throughout the United States have been calling and contacting the parish and also expressing their prayerful intentions for the return of the Tabernacle. There continues to be a sense of hope that as the story has received so much attention, something as distinctive as this Tabernacle may possibly be returned.”

Police suspect the theft of the 18-karat gold tabernacle occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Saturday, according to CNN. The thieves likely used power tools to “forcefully cut open” the altar to get to the tabernacle, according to the New York City Police Department.

Thieves decapitated angels flanking the tabernacle and scattered the Holy Eucharist at the altar.

Father Tumino, who discovered the theft, detailed in his sermon Sunday how the robbery made him think about quitting his assignment at the church momentarily.

“I noticed the doors of St. Augustine were slightly ajar, and if you listen to the news this morning, you’ll know that someone very organized and quite violently took the tabernacle from St. Augustine. They cut the doors open,” he said.

“As I was cleaning after the police left, Eucharist was strewn all over the altar. And as I was cleaning, I felt so abandoned. I was thinking to myself, why am I assigned here? This is not a good assignment. This is nothing but trouble after trouble after trouble.”

“I was thinking to myself, you know how easy it would be to just say ‘it’s time to go,'” he said, waving goodbye. “As I was cleaning, I started getting into this place where I said, ‘look at this.’ No one from the diocese even called me, and then I got into an even deeper depth. I said, ‘Look at this. You do all the right things and you don’t get any type of reaction.'”

Tumino said he rejected the despair that crept upon him once he checked his messages and found that everyone he had called in “administration” about the robbery had called him back from different parts of the world to assure him that “things would be OK.”

He remembered one profound conversation with a friend who said, “you are so lucky that you’re safe.”

“I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he said, ‘I’ve known you for so many years, and I know that when you walk past your church and you see lights on, you go in,'” Tumino recalled. “And how lucky you are and how lucky the many people that go in and out of St. Augustine Church … that no one was there and they caught them in the act.”

Tumino said he is grateful for that perspective.

The priests said some might wonder why the church kept such an expensive tabernacle.

“People might tell us, ‘Why does the church have something that expensive? That should be sold,'” he said.

“That’s a gift to us as part of our patrimony of those who have gone before us,” he continued. “Those, who like us, waited for the return of Jesus.”

Man Throws Molotov Cocktail into Church

A man investigators say was caught on video hurling Molotov cocktails at two churches in North Carolina has been arrested.

Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright announced on Facebook Monday that 57-year-old Terry Wayne Raeford of Fayetteville was arrested in connection with the vandalism of the two churches.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Wright noted that sheriff’s investigators initially responded to the first incident at Grays Creek Church in Hope Mills just after 10:30 a.m. A half-hour later, New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville reported a similar incident, Wright said.

Arson investigators obtained video footage from both churches, which showed a black male in his 50s pull a gray sedan with tinted windows into a parking lot. No injuries were reported in either incident. Security cameras captured the suspect’s vehicle at both locations, enabling them to identify Raeford as the man in the video.

Raeford was charged with “two counts of Manufacture, Assembly, Possession, Storage, Transportation, Sale, Purchase, Delivery, or Acquisition of Weapon of Mass Death and Destruction; Exceptions, and two counts of Malicious Damage of Occupied Property by Use of Explosive or Incendiary; Punishment.” 

Wright indicated that Raeford, who is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond, is cooperating with the investigation. He made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

The social media pages for both churches appeared to show predominantly black congregations. The motive for the vandalism remains unclear and it is unknown whether any hate crime charges would be filed.

The attack against the North Carolina churches marks the most recent acts of vandalism against places of worship.

The nondenominational Axis Church in Nashville reported a similar attack involving a Molotov cocktail last September. Federal investigators offered a financial reward for any information on who may have been responsible for the attack. Two months after the incident, church leaders were still working to repair the damage, which forced them to “strip everything down to studs” and rebuild.

New York City police are investigating after thieves decapitated angel statues and ripped a centuries-old solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from the altar of a local Catholic church.

Last month, pro-abortion vandals targeted two separate churches in Colorado with graffiti messages like “Abortion Saves Lives” and “My Body My Choice.” Windows were broken and church statues were defaced as well.

The vandalism occurred days after Politico published the contents of a leaked draft majority opinion that indicated the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in the coming weeks.

Since the publication of the draft opinion, reports of vandalism and other damage have been reported at churches and pro-life pregnancy centers across the U.S., including in Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.