PERSECUTION IN THE USA

U.S. ALARM: 'UNPRECEDENTED DEMONIC OUTPOURING'

'I believe God is done with our once-great country'

August 17, 2016

They hailed from all Christian denominations and backgrounds, coming by the hundreds to defend their faith.

More than a thousand Christians rallied in Oklahoma City to protest a long-scheduled blasphemous ceremony designed to mock Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Though the “black mass” ritual took place as planned, the protests seemed to have an effect, as few attended the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to witness a ritual entitled “The Consumption of Mary” performed by the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, a group of “devil-worshipers.”

The Catholic group the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was one of the most prominent groups at the protest, appearing with their signature banners and sashes.

Dakhma of Angra Mainyu leader Adam Daniels appeared to reference the group and other Christian protesters as the explanation of the ritual’s low attendance.

“When you have the whole Roman legion out there, how likely are they [attendees] to come and buy tickets?” he asked.

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Daniels’ ritual incorporates a mix of occult practices designed to corrupt and desanctify a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The statue is placed within a Solomonic triangle, a tool of occultism. A pig’s heart is placed within the statue and is consumed after the likeness of Mary is smashed. Burned pages from the Quran and menstrual blood were also reportedly part of the ritual.

Archbishop Paul Coakley called for prayer “in response to the blasphemous event” and a Christian ceremony held outside the civic center was attended by hundreds of people.

More than a thousand Christians from different denominations also attended a “Unity Prayer Walk” to counter the event.

However, the anti-Christian ritual did take place inside the civic center, as local officials said they could not prevent it for fear of a costly lawsuit.

Karl Payne, pastor of leadership development at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the Seattle Seahawks, is the author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance.”

He suggested there exists a double standard in both the media and the legal system in which attacks on conservatives and Christians are permitted or even justified.

“At this time in history our legislators and courts seem to be very concerned about any type of speech or actions giving offense to others, and seemingly promoting tolerance as a virtue that has replaced truth and common sense, but they seem to go deaf, dumb and mute over these concerns if those being offended or shown intolerant disrespect represent those holding conservative religious or political views,” he said.

“If the object of this obvious display of contempt was directed at liberal political ideologues, leftist advocates, homosexuals or transgenders, the same legislators and courts who have green-lighted this activity would probably shut it down before it ever got a head of steam.

“This individual, who apparently believes he is doing something courageous, is certainly selective regarding who he takes his stand against. He picks on people or groups who are told to love their enemies and pray for those who spite them. Does this action represent courage or convenience?”

Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk-show host and the author of “Final Warning,” believes Christian persecution is on the increase.

He also argues the “demonic” realm is a spiritual reality and demonic activity will increase in what he believes are the end times.

“The prophetic days in which we are living are going to increasingly demand a high level of spiritual discernment from God’s people,” he told WND. “There are times when God’s people will need to act, or react, with boldness and direct and tangible action – as the case demands. However, there will be other instances when an assault by the demonic forces of evil will need to be met with prayer and supplication, giving as little public attention to the affront as possible.

“Regardless, the Word of God is clear that the last days would be marked by an unprecedented demonic outpouring. I believe we are at least in the edges of that outpouring even now – from international calls for demonic deliverance ministries to open displays of demonic and satanic rituals.”

The “Consumption of Mary” is not the first act of deliberate blasphemy against Christians in Oklahoma City.

Daniels and his group particularly have targeted believers. On Christmas Eve in 2015, he poured fake blood on a statue of Mary, a desecration dutifully approved by city officials. Another “black mass” was held by the same group in 2014.

Oklahoma City was also targeted by The Satanic Temple, a separate group, which wanted to place a statue of Baphomet on the capitol grounds.

The group’s efforts were not successful – but they were able to display their statue in Detroit.

Payne is pessimistic about the future of the United States as demonic and occult practices become more common, especially as they are conducted with the sanction of governments.

“I personally believe God is done with our once-great country,” he told WND. “This is just one more activity, apparently under government sanction, that makes me wonder how much longer God is going to protect it from the chaos and destruction of secularism and anarchism running unfettered.

“The foundations of this country made it a wonder to the rest of the world, but now they are being systematically destroyed. Whether this country is conquered by apathy, anarchism, atheism or Shariah, the same people who see no problem with grown men in little girls’ bathrooms, babies being murdered in the womb, rioters burning and killing without reprisal, and terrorism being promoted as justice, are going to be in shock when the mob violence turns on them after they have served their useful purposes.”

Payne suggested the spiritual collapse of the country will eventually lead to the collapse of political institutions. He said many of the issues being discussed by the media are relatively unimportant and tangential compared to this shocking cultural change, and compared contemporary Americans to the rich passengers on the Titanic.

“People are busy shuffling chairs and listening to the band while this ship is sinking, to the delight of some and tears of others,” he said. “Assuming our children and grandchildren live to old age, which is not a sure bet, I am guessing some of them are going to wake up at some point, and ask, ‘What in the world were you thinking when you allowed chaos to replace order while you slept?'”

Gallups also charged modern Americans are ignoring the reality of spiritual warfare and the presence of the demonic – even when it is right in front of them.

“Because of modern technology, the whole world sees these demonic displays, one after the other,” the pastor said. “We are under the prophesied demonic deluge. The problem is it is so in your face that few actually ‘see’ it. There is such a technological saturation of evil – from entertainment mediums to virtual fantasy porn – that a ‘normalcy bias’ kicks in to overdrive.”

And Gallups concluded ominously what modern Christians are witnessing is nothing new.

“It’s kind of like the days of Noah,” he said. “Everyone just ‘ate and drank’ even though their judgment was staring them in the face, just like Jesus warned. The Lion of prophecy is roaring. I wonder if anyone actually hears it?”

Media Silent As Persecution of

Christians Escalates

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Reports from mission organizations around the world tell us that millions of Christians are being persecuted for their faith, with more than 7,000 having been murdered just within the last year. However, few in the West are hearing about it as the media ignores the growing threat that Christians face.

Highlights were as follows:

– North Korea has been named the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian for the 14th year running.

– Iraq has replaced Somalia as the second most dangerous place to be a Christian.

– Eritrea, now nicknamed the ‘North Korea of Africa’ due to high levels of dictatorial paranoia, follows at number three.

– Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan, in that order, comprise the next three most difficult places for Christians.

– Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Libya make up the final four of the top ten countries in that order.

– From the rest of the countries, the lowest ranking country in 2013, Niger, had 35 points. This year’s lowest ranking country, Oman, had 53 points, still an increase of more than 50 percent.

– India, the second most populous country in the world, has seen persecution levels rise dramatically for the third straight year, rising to number 17 from a ranking of 31 in 2013.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland, said: “This is a cause of great concern. Many countries have dropped down the list, not because persecution there is decreasing, but simply because others are getting worse faster.”

Pearce added with a mixture of concern and hope: “The persecution of Christians is getting worse, in every region in which we work – and it’s getting worse fast. In many parts of the world, despite the pressure and the often terrible cost, the church continues to grow. There is always hope, and yet we are in unmarked territory – the pace and scale of persecution of Christians is unprecedented and growing fast.”

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Indications are that, by geographical spread, most of these deaths and persecutions are carried out by Muslims. Christian charity Open Doors, (separately described a humanitarian relief organization that specializes in helping Christians who are persecuted worldwide), compiled the list.

The organization said extreme Islamic fundamentalism is rising most sharply in sub-Saharan Africa, where more people are killed for their Christian faith than anywhere else in the world.

From an individual country perspective, North Korea is by far the biggest culprit and antagonist against the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Christians. Mansfield noted that in North Korea it is estimated 70,000 Christians are currently in prison or labor camps because of their faith- which is illegal under Kim Jong-un’s regime. Christians are forced to worship in secret and risk torture and death to do so.

Iraq has been named the second most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian where the church is on the brink of being wiped out. Christians have been increasingly persecuted by Islamic extremists.

The Christian population or Iraq has been decimated from two million in 2003 to less than 200,000 today. Thousands were forced from their homes when Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists captured large swathes of territory. Christians in Iraq face abduction, sexual abuse and death threats at the hands of the extremists.

In Syria, Christians have been targeted by crazed jihadis as well as being caught up in the ongoing civil war. With an estimated 772,000 Christians, it is forbidden to be a Christian in ISIS- controlled areas. In areas outside of ISIS control, it is illegal for people to convert from Islam. Christian villages have been attacked by ISIS terrorists and it is estimated 3,000 Christians were forced to leave their homes in February 2015 alone and hostages were executed.

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In recognition of the scale and ferocity of these persecutions, a petition with more than 400,000 signatures has been submitted to the UN calling for the Security Council to formally declare the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria as genocide.

In a separate report by Hollie McKay published in FoxNews.com, only a handful of mostly sick or elderly Christians remain in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, and Syrian Christians fear the forces that have brought that city’s population of Gospel followers to the brink of extinction could do the same for the entire nation.

An estimated dozen Christian families are still in the northern city, forced under threat of execution to convert, pay an “infidel” tax or go into hiding. Forbidden from leaving, they are also in danger of dying from attacks directed at ISIS by Damascus, Russia, and the U.S.-led Western coalition.

“We are trying to help them escape or stay safe, in hiding,” said Ayman Abdel Nour, executive director of Syrian Christians for Peace. “Their life is horrible. The people of Raqqa are being forced to live like it was 1,400 years ago.”

The Rev. Ibrahim Nseir, pastor of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and the Presbyterian Church in Aleppo, told FoxNews.com from the conflict-torn city:  “We are facing terrorist action in the whole geography of Syria…They are destroying our churches, killing and kidnapping Christians, stealing our homes and our businesses.”

In Eritrea, believers have been imprisoned in metal shipping containers in scorching temperatures and forced to work long hours of manual labor.

In Afghanistan, it is believed there are just a few thousand Christians, as those converting from Islam risk arrest. Buildings used as underground churches have been attacked and ex-pat Christians have been killed.

Based on these reports, it would seem that Christians within the West are much safer. Not quite – as a recent reminder by Chris Tomlinson for breitbart.com would indicate. Tomlinson’s report makes reference to a new study showing that potentially thousands of Christians have been attacked and harassed in German migrant homes by Muslim guards and fellow migrants.

Markus Rode, a member of Open Doors said that the study is only “the tip of the iceberg” and called for more action to address the problem, Frankfurter Allgemeine reported. Volker Baumann of Action for Persecuted Christians (AVC) claimed that up to 40,000 Christians are being persecuted for their faith in Germany according to the group’s research.

Baumann joined Rode and several others who represent Christian charities at a press conference where they recommended that the German government house Christians in separate homes, increase the number of non-Muslim security guards, and reach out to Christian migrants who may not report incidents of abuse for fear of reprisal from Muslims in their asylum homes.

It’s not just in Germany either. According to Breitbart London reports, Christian refugees now in European asylum homes are finding more and more that they are in as much danger from radical Muslims in Europe as they were in their home countries. Most attacks include verbal insults, physical assaults and death threats against themselves and family members.

The perpetrators of most of the attacks were fellow migrants who look down on converts and believe them to be apostates. More interesting was the prevalence of Muslim security guards who participated in the attacks.

Almost half of those surveyed said they had received abuse from security guards and in the German capital of Berlin the figure rose to two-thirds. Many of the security guards hired to keep order and protect migrants regularly come from migrant backgrounds themselves and even more often have no qualifications.

In Berlin, Christian refugees were threatened after they refused to take part in Islamic prayers with Muslims from Iran and Afghanistan.  About 80% of refugees surveyed say there’s a need for separate accommodation for Christians and Muslims. Others say seminars should be held for all refugees on German law, rights and the freedom of religion.

Such arguments, of course, are purely academic where the invaders do not recognize the rule of law, refuse to assimilate into the culture, and there is no enforcement of the law by the host country.

Perhaps there has never been a greater time or need for support of Christians under persecution throughout the world. The prayers, giving and encouragement from Christian organizations and individuals towards alleviating the sufferings of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ remains critical.

The forces of Satan and darkness are hard at work to steal, kill and destroy in these last days with the prime target being true believers in Jesus Christ.

However, the words of Jesus still ring true today, more than ever before regarding His church: “…the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it”. (Matthew 16:18b)

It’s no longer just “over there;” Christian persecution has arrived in America

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2 Timothy 3:12: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Christians in America who preach and teach the unadulterated and undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ will be persecuted, prosecuted and ultimately killed for their activities, and it will happen within the borders of America.

I suspect most people, including the majority of Christians living in America, will call this claim absurd and ridiculous, and mock anyone making it as a fear-mongering conspiracy kook. Anyone believing such nonsense will also be openly demeaned and subjected to derision, held in contempt by even those within their own families and churches.

Those who dare to warn others about what exists today and what is yet to come suffer the scorn of those who refuse to believe that it will ever get that bad or has reached this critical point. Others argue that God’s people will be spared from such tribulation, causing further division within the body of Christ.

Despite the evidence before us now and historical accounts memorialized in places such as Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s, there are people who still contend that it simply cannot happen here. Well, it IS happening here, and is worsening at an exponentially alarming rate. There are those, however, who cannot see it, those who refuse to see it, and others who will deny it regardless of the evidence presented.

Students of unrevised history have seen this happen before. Prior to Adolph Hitler, Germany was a Christian nation. After Hitler was democratically elected and assumed his leadership role, he perverted the Gospel into “Positive Christianity,” which required the mainstream Christian churches to change under the pretext of freedom, peace, and fairness if they were to remain in existence under his rule.

Under the banner of “Positive Christianity,” the Gospel of Jesus Christ was altered to the extent that it became unrecognizable. Hitler even met with the pope during his reign, who essentially provided his imprimatur of acceptance to this perverted form of Christianity upon which the German people found legitimacy.

He also met with the leaders of Islam, and to the extent that Hitler found such meetings expedient to his tightening tyrannical role, promoted these meetings as an inclusive form of Christianity that ultimately served the state, not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The true followers of Jesus Christ found themselves in death camps along with the Jews, yet this part of history is often little more than a footnote in history books.

It is within this historical context that Christians in America should find chilling similarities. Instead, mainstream mega-churches appear to be following the same pattern as those in Nazi Germany, where their primary objective seems to be maintaining an existence under the pretext of inclusion and tolerance.

It is critical to understand that tolerance of evil is itself evil, and the perversion of the Word of God must never be tolerated. For this, the true followers of Jesus and his teachings will be persecuted and prosecuted, both of which we are seeing take place in America today.

Yet, people continue to say it cannot happen here.

In America today, the true followers of Jesus Christ are suffering prosecution and persecution, some with subtlety and others more overtly. The body of the church in America has never been more divided, and that division is increasing concurrent with the oppression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and amid the distressing silence from the pulpits.

Never before in the history of America have Christians been in the crosshairs of such a blatantly rabid and tyrannical agenda headed by the most Godless and lawless. America has been in a moral and spiritual freefall, and we’ve yet to reach terminal velocity.

Steve Quayle has been warning about the coming persecution of the followers of Jesus for the last three decades. People scoffed. Pastor David Lankford has been warning about the persecution of Christians and the dilution of the Gospel of Jesus for the same length of time. Not only did people laugh, but he suffered sanctions as a pastor because he refused to alter the message of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to tickle the ears of the carnally minded.

As we are about to witness the pope address Congress and the United Nations, are we about to see history repeat itself?

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The Persecution Of Christians Is

Intensifying As Anti-Christian

Hatred Sweeps The Entire World

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There is very little that the entire world seems to agree upon, but there is one very frightening trend that is now taking hold literally all over the globe. A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church? In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith, and many employers will immediately mentally disqualify a potential candidate for a job if they discover that an individual is a Bible-believing Christian. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution than we have seen already.

When most people think of “Christian persecution”, they immediately think of what is happening in the Middle East. And without a doubt, what ISIS is doing to Christians in Iraq and Syria is beyond horrifying. But that is only part of the story. In this article, I am going to share with you 10 examples that show how the persecution of Christians is intensifying as anti-Christian hatred sweeps the world, and most of them are from outside the Middle East. I have specifically done this to show that this is truly a global phenomenon.

But to start off this list, let’s begin with how ISIS has been treating Christians in areas that they have conquered…

#1 Iraq

Eliza Griswold is the author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam“, and he has spent a great deal of time examining the demise of the Christian faith in the heart of the Middle East. The following is an excerpt from a recent piece that he did for the New York Times

Recently, ISIS posted videos delineating the second-class status of Christians in the caliphate. Those unwilling to pay the jizya tax or to convert would be destroyed, the narrator warned, as the videos culminated in the now-­infamous scenes of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya being marched onto the beach and beheaded, their blood running into the surf.

The future of Christianity in the region of its birth is now uncertain. ‘‘How much longer can we flee before we and other minorities become a story in a history book?’’ says Nuri Kino, a journalist and founder of the advocacy group Demand for Action. According to a Pew study, more Christians are now faced with religious persecution than at any time since their early history. ‘‘ISIL has put a spotlight on the issue,’’ says Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose parents are from the region and who advocates on behalf of Eastern Christians. ‘‘Christianity is under an existential threat.’’

#2 Kenya

As I discussed above, the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is only part of the story. What is getting much less coverage is the horrific persecution that is going on in many parts of Africa. The following is from a recent CNN piece about the ongoing persecution of Christians in Kenya…

In April this year, hundreds of students at Garissa University in northern Kenya came under attack when Al-Shabaab militants from across the border in Somalia raided dormitories at the college. Separating Christian students from their Muslim classmates, the raiders killed 147 and wounded dozens more. Today, the university stands empty.

Christians in North Eastern Kenya have come underrepeated attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

At Sunday Mass in Garissa’s Cathedral, Our Lady of Consolation, the benches are full. The congregation is praying under armed guard but they’re praying nonetheless.

Each Sunday brings with it new threats from Al-Shabaab.Garissa’s Christians are told that if you worship here, you’ll die. One of those attending Sunday Mass, Patrick Gitau tell us that despite the risks: “Every Sunday I’m here it’s my cathedral. Yeah I’m here I was baptized in this church.”

#3 India

It isn’t just Muslims that are viciously persecuting Christians. In India, radical Hindus are regularly conducting violent attacks against Christians and churches. The following is just one recent example

The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.

EFI shared the news with Fides News Agency, reporting that the attack took place on June 14. The radicals apparently shouted slogans like “Bharat Mathaki Jai” (“Hail Mother India”) during the attack, which was broken up after police arrived.

#4 Pakistan

Some of the most vicious attacks against Christians in recent years have happened in Pakistan. Sadly, the authorities often willingly ignore these attacks. The following are just a few of the incidents that have happened recently

On Sunday, May 24, a Christian man in the Sanda neighborhood of Lahore was accused of blasphemy when some Muslims saw him burning newspapers that reportedly contained Arabic verses from the Koran. After the accusation, a Muslim mob caught the Christian, severely beat him, and even attempted to set him on fire. A few months earlier, another Muslim mob burned a Christian couple alive inside a kiln after they, too, were accused of insulting Islam. The Christian youth — named Humayun Masih, said to be “mentally unstable” — was imprisoned and charged under section 295-B of Pakistan’s penal code, which prohibits the desecration of the Koran. After the attack on the Christian youth, the Muslim mob, reportedly thousands, rampaged through the neighborhood and set fire to Christian homes and a church. Christians in the region were attacked, and most fled the region; some of the mob was armed and gunshots were heard.

#5 Nigeria

Did you know that Islamic terrorists in Nigeria have killed more than 2,000 people (most of them Christians) so far in 2015? Why isn’t this getting much more attention from the global media?…

Since its formation in 2009, Boko Haram has perpetrated the killing of over over 10,000 Nigerians, including thousands of Christians. This year alone, over 2,000 people have been killed as a result of the group’s attacks and an estimated 750,000 have fled their homes. While most of the attacks have taken place in northern Nigeria, they have extended to Cameroon and Chad in recent months.

Earlier in July, Muslim extremists ravaged northeastern Nigerian villages, killing nine villagers and burning down 32 churches and about 300 homes, according to Stephen Apagu, chairman of a self-defense group in Borno state’s Askira-Uba local government area.

#6 China

The Chinese government has been brutally persecuting Bible-believing Christians for decades, but this year things have been taken to an entirely new level. The following is an excerpt from a recent Washington Free Beacon article

The CCP considers the rising popularity of Christianity as a threat to its dominance, China Aid said, and has used aggressive measures to intimidate members.

“The Chinese government’s persecution campaign included forced demolition of churches and crosses, the detention and imprisonment of pastors and church members on criminal charges, forcing churches into bankruptcy by confiscating church property and imposing fines, and manipulating state-run media to label house churches as ‘cult’ organizations,” the report said.

A local police force—including 600 SWAT officers and government agents—demolished the cross last year at Salvation Church, a Christian house church in the eastern coastal city of Wenzhou. The officers attacked 14 church members on July 21 and seriously injured five, according to the report.

Zhang Shaojie, former pastor at the Nanle County Christian Church in central China, was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined after being convicted of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order” and “fraud.” Zhang mobilized his congregation to petition the government in Beijing after local authorities seized property that the church had set aside for a new building. Local officials responded by detaining some church members and barring their travel to Beijing.

#7 Nepal

In Nepal, churches cannot buy property, and the new constitution actually bans people from converting to Christianity

The largely Hindu nation of Nepal has published a draft of a new constitution that would ban religious conversion. Father Silas Bogati, vicar general of the Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal, told Catholic News Service that “Christianity is not recognized as a religion here, unlike Hinduism, Buddhism or Islam.” “Hence, churches cannot be registered as a legal body, and we cannot buy property,” he added. “We are severely handicapped by this.”

#8 Italy

Normally you wouldn’t think of Italy as a place where Christians would be persecuted, but thanks to Islamic immigration this is rapidly changing

Accounts of Muslim immigrants taunting and even assaulting Christians in Italy are increasing. Earlier this year, a crucifix was violently destroyed in close proximity to a populated mosque, and a statue of the Virgin Mary was destroyed and urinated on by a group of North Africans in Italy.

#9 Canada

Canada is becoming increasingly hostile to Bible-believing Christians, and attacks on churches are becoming more common. Just check out this recent example

On May 26, a 22-year-old man of Muslim background was charged with alleged hate crimes committed against the St. Catherine of Siena Church and its neighboring elementary school in Mississauga, Ontario. Iqbal Hessan faces five counts of mischief, and over $5,000 in fines. On May 20, the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue that stands in front of the church was covered in black paint and the fingers of its outstretched arms were broken off. Behind the church, graffiti with the words “There is no Jew God” was scrawled across the brick wall along with a drawing of a face labelled “Jewsus.” That vandalism was the fourth time the church was targeted.

#10 The United States

If Christians stay in their homes and don’t say anything, normally they don’t get physically persecuted in this country. But in recent years there have been an increasing number of incidents where street preachers and others that do try to actively influence the culture have been violently assaulted. The following is one recent example that happened in Seattle

Two street preachers were brutally beaten—punched and kicked—by a crowd at a gay pride festival in Seattle and the entire melee was captured on video.

The preachers were holding signs reading “Repent or Else” and “Jesus Saves From Sin.” The video shows a group of people initially screaming and threatening the men during Pridefest at the Seattle Space Needle.

Television station KOMO reported that some of the attackers belonged to a group called NOH8.

A group of women tried to steal their signs but were unsuccessful. The video then shows a group of men grabbing onto one of the preacher’s signs and dragging him to the ground. At some point he was punched in the back of the head a number of times while others can be seen kicking the man.

Of course all of this is just the beginning.

In the years ahead, hatred toward Christians is going to continue to increase, and many believers are going to be faced with some extremely difficult choices.

What would you do if you were forced to choose between your job and your relationship with Jesus Christ?

What would you do if you were forced to choose between your life and your relationship with Jesus Christ?

Nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus told us that his followers would be hated and persecuted. So none of this should be any surprise to us. Consider what Jesus had to say in John chapter 15…

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, the world therefore hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also.”

Just like we saw during the times of the early church, sometimes the fire of persecution provides the perfect fuel for the growth of the kingdom of God. And sometimes the persecutors end up becoming extremely radical believers themselves. The following is one particularly miraculous example

“One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed many Christians already. I mean that’s a horrible situation, and admittedly, he was probably on guard,” Gina Fadely, director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM), said during a recent appearance on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network.

YWAM, a nonprofit missionary organization active since 1960, describes itself as “a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.” The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is another nonprofit that draws attention to Christians facing persecution around the world.

Fadely, who appeared on the VOM radio program along with Kevin Sutter, another YWAM leader, went on to share that this Islamic State jihadi confessed not only to killing Christians but “that he had actually enjoyed doing so.”

“He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’ And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,” Fadely continued. “The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, ‘I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.’ The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled.”

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Faith Leaders Call on United

Nations to Address World’s

‘Strange and Immoral Silence’ to

Slaughter of Christians

 
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4/6/15

Via charismanews.com

At a historic event to address what Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn described as a “satanic evil” reminiscent of Nazi Germany, prominent faith, business and military leaders called on the United Nations Friday to take action against what many are calling the worst persecution of Christians in 2,000 years.

Cahn, the New York Times bestselling author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, told the audience that a holocaust similar to the one that took place during World War II is now underway in the Middle East with hundreds of thousands of Christians dying in horrific manners.

“Seventy years after the bystanders of Nazi Germany walked through the death camps of the holocaust, another stream of victims are being led to their deaths,” Cahn told the audience. “Again it involves a satanic evil of hatred, violence and sadistic cruelty.

“And again it involves an innocent people marked for destruction—the followers of Jesus, known throughout the world as ‘Christians,’ those who are taught, when struck to turn the other cheek, when cursed to bless, and when persecuted to forgive those who oppress them. These constitute, by far, the most persecuted religious group on earth, oppressed, afflicted, hunted down and killed—men, women and children—the sacrificial lambs of the modern world.”

The event, sponsored by the Global Strategic Alliance, the Eng Aja Eze Foundation and the National Israel Hispanic Coalition, was entitled, “The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security.” The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness that the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is a threat to international peace and security.

“With the rise of ISIS, along with concerns that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technologies, all eyes are on the Middle East,” said Steve Strang, the founding editor and publisher of Charisma magazine. “As the world witnesses the beheadings, crucifixions and torture of thousands of Christians, it’s become clear that this will have far-reaching consequences for not only Christianity, but the entire world.

“Left unchecked, the inhumane carnage we are watching in the Middle East and other parts of the world will eventually come to the United States and other western nations. It will pose a threat to international peace and security.”

The event comes amid growing international concern about the widespread crucifixions, beheadings, immolations, kidnappings and torture of Christians in the Middle East by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Today, the Middle East is at the top of the international agenda and the fate of the region’s religious minorities has prompted alarm by an increasing number of prominent figures worldwide. As tens of thousands are butchered, the mass exodus of Christians who have been an integral part of the Middle Eastern mosaic for centuries is drawing growing concern.

A century ago, Middle Eastern Christians represented about 20 percent of the population. Today, that percentage has dropped to about 4 percent. Prior to the Gulf War, there were about 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. Those numbers have dropped to about 200,000 and the head of the Catholic Chaldean Church in Kurdistan has said Christians have “little time left.”

“We are literally watching the genocide of Jesus’ followers in the Middle East,” Strang said. “From kidnappings and the execution of journalists and aid workers to beheadings, crucifixions and the burning of Christians, the Islamic State is exhibiting shocking cruelty.”

Meanwhile, the war in Syria is continuing and Syria has turned into a hotbed of international terrorism. Foreign fighters, gathered from around the world, are creating mayhem and an atmosphere of intolerance. Recent studies reveal that Christians are the most persecuted religious group today, with the direst form of persecution occurring in Muslim lands at the hands of extremists. Middle East Christians in Syria and Iraq are facing more persecutions than ever with the political upheaval in the region and the emergence of ISIS.

A majority of Christians in Syria and Iraq belong to the ancient Assyrian or Chaldean churches. They trace their spiritual heritage to the prophet Jonah whose preaching in Nineveh ultimately led to the mass conversion to Christianity in the region.

Beyond the carnage wrought by the Islamic State, Christians are being persecuted throughout the world—often by their own governments in North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam and Indonesia, Cahn said.


Hirdetés

“In North Korea, Christians are imprisoned, sent to labor camps, tortured and killed, for the crime of owning Bibles,” Cahn said. “In Nigeria entire Christian village populations have been massacred. In Orissa, Indian, 70,000 Christians have been forced to flee their homes. In Syria, 80,000 Christians have been quoted ‘cleansed’ from their homes. In Indonesia, Muslims have put 10,000 Christians to death.

“And now, after almost 2,000 years, some of the most ancient communities of Christians, from the Copts of Egypt, to the Nestorians and Assyrian believers of Syria, to the Chaldean and Assyrian believers of Iraq are now in danger of extermination, genocide.  As the evil of ISIS and its allies sweep across the Middle East, an ancient civilization is being annihilated, its people perishing, crucified, decapitated, and buried alive in their ancestral soil. The Vicar of Baghdad recounted this year how ISIS ordered four Christian children to renounce Jesus and follow Mohammed. ‘No,’ they said, ‘We love Yeshua … He has always been with us.’ These were the last words the children were ever to speak in this life as ISIS beheaded them.”

Each year, 100 million Christians suffer persecution, imprisonment and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ. According to The Voice of the Martyrs, “more people have died for their faith in Christ in the last 100 years” than in the previous 19 centuries combined.

“This very body, the United Nations, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declares that everyone has the right to ‘manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,’ Cahn said. “In the World Summit Outcome Document of September 2005, paragraph 139, the United Nations declared that the international community has the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

“So the question must be asked, ‘Where are all the resolutions?’ ‘Where are all the troops?’ ‘Where are all the actions taken to protect the most persecuted people on earth?’ ‘And where’s the universal outcry?’ It’s a strange and immoral silence, the same strange and immoral silence that allowed 6 million Jews to be delivered to their deaths. We must not repeat the mistake of the last century. Evil never stays put. The same darkness that destroyed 6 million Jewish lives would end up destroying over 60 million lives throughout the world. The evil that first warred against the Jewish people was a harbinger of what would soon overcome the earth.”

Strang pointed out how the media, until recently, has largely ignored the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere.

“It should have shocked the conscience of the world, but it registered barely a blip on the media’s radar for decades,” Strang said.

Kevin Jessip, president of the Global Strategic Alliance, a Wellington, Florida-based ministry that helped host the event, said the U.N. was born in the midst of a “horrific global conflict, sparked by outrageous, murderous political ideologies—which led to the slaughter of millions around the world … .”

“Today, we stand on the precipice of the greatest holocaust-like aggression of world domination, as the extreme Islamic ideologies of ISIS has declared Christianity as its No. 1 enemy,” Jessip said. “The plight of Christians globally is a growing threat and the frightening situation facing Christian minorities in Muslim countries and elsewhere should cause grave concern for all peace loving free societies.”

Those speaking at the event, including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin, Archbishop Bernadito C. Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N., and many others, called on the U.N. Security Council to sponsor a resolution regarding the protection of Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East. They also called on President Obama to appoint an envoy to begin taking action against persecution around the globe and for an International Day of Prayer in solidarity for the plight of Christians.

“It’s no coincidence that you are here today, or that you are listening at this time,” Strang said. “The Lord will not hold us blameless if we pretend this isn’t happening. We must act and we must act soon. We have been called by the Lord to serve at this critical time, not only in the history of our nation, but in the history of the world.

“Allow me to close with two thoughts—one from Edmund Burke and the other from Moses. Burke, the Irish statesman, is best remembered for saying, ‘The only necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ Moses, who received the Ten Commandments from God, offers us this encouragement down through the mists of time: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

COMMENT BY Steve author of this website:-Sadly these well-meaning writers are entirely MISSING THE POINT: THE ELITE have created ISIS deliberately, to first of all DESTABILIZE THE MIDDLE EAST. THEY WANT TO CREATE A BIG WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THAT, THEY HAVE TO GET RID OF THE ONLY STABILIZING AND MODERATE FORCE: THE CHRISTIANS WHO TEACH "LOVE YOUR ENEMY INSTEAD OF KILL HIM" THAT IS A DANGEROUS DOCTRINE THAT THE ELITE WHO RUN THE PLANET CANNOT STOMACH.

Once the Christians are OUT OF THE PICTURE or slaughtered, then a BIG WAR between MUSLIMS AND ISRAEL, WHO BOTH TEACH "SLAUGHTER YOUR ENEMIES" WILL FOLLOW as prophecied in EZEKIEL 38-39.

THE WONDERFUL LOVING AND FORGIVING CHRISTIAN BELIEVE IS JUST TOO DANGEROUS FOR THOSE WHO WANT A NEW WORLD ORDER

 

AS GOES THE CHURCH, SO GOETH THE NATION

 

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 21, 2015
NewsWithViews.com

Five Valuable Lessons from the Kent Hovind Case

Against incredible odds, Pastor Kent Hovind has won in Federal Court.

In my mind, this was the biggest upset since David stoned Goliath. My sources tell me that citizen victory in Federal Court is exceedingly rare. One court observer even stated that it was the first time in 9 years that someone beat the government in the court of Pensacola. I don’t know about you, but I think something is terribly wrong with that. The government always winning is not justice.

Read what Forbes Magazine reported regarding the stunning victory.

I have been intimately and actively involved with the effort to free Kent from prison, and I rejoiced when I got word that the government had dropped all charges against him. Playing a part in helping to set an innocent man free was one of the most important and fulfilling things I have ever done in my life. But being up close and watching the dynamics of this saga unfold, I learned 5 highly valuable lessons that I would like to share:

1. Christians are the worst at eating their own. Kent Hovind spent 20 years visiting churches and sharing the Gospel as he proved Biblical Creation to be true. When he got in trouble with the government—initially the IRS—pastors and churches abandoned him and headed for the high grass. They didn’t want to be associated with a “tax-cheat” even though that was not what he was charged with. He spent 8.5 years in jail and those same pastors who had him speak from their pulpits would not defend him and help him regain his freedom. The dynamic duo of the Federal judge and the prosecutor sought to keep him in jail for the rest of his life, and even the “public defender” cooperated with his boss’s (judge) orders. Most of Kent’s “pastor” friends sat quietly and approvingly on the sidelines; some actually rooting for the government. They’ll show more grace to sodomites than they do one of their persecuted friends.

The amazing brief produced by www.lawandfreedom.com with the aid of the www.USJF.net had the same impact on the court that the atom bomb had on Hiroshima. In less than 48 hours after the motion to dismiss had been filed, the entire case was dismissed. After nearly a year of harassment and false accusations against Pastor Hovind the Federal Prosecutor and Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers were forced to admit that what Pastor Hovind had been charged with was not a crime. Yes, you read that right. They were attempting to put him in jail for the rest of his life for something that was not a crime.

Even today I keep hearing from “Christians” who believe that Pastor Kent was guilty and was only getting “what he deserved.” And although it has been proven that he did nothing wrong, many “Christians” still want to see him punished.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Kent was guilty of the “structuring” charges. Let’s also say he was a “tax-cheat.” Pastor Hovind has spent nearly 8.5 years in jail. Is there no grace available for him from his Christian brothers? Aren’t we all, thanks to Jesus, glad that we don’t “get what we deserve?”

2. Jurors Have a Great Responsibility and Possess Remarkable Power. Interviews with some of the jurors after the first trial revealed some very interesting information. It seems the initial vote was 6-6. The second vote was 10-2 to convict. The final vote was 11-1 to convict. One juror held out claiming that what Kent had done was not illegal. He would not relent, causing the jury to be ‘hung.” If he had given in, Pastor Hovind would have been sentenced to 20 additional years in prison…for mailing a legal document. His life would have been effectively over. Eleven jurors, the Federal Prosecutor and her team, the IRS court representative, and his own “public pretender” all thought Kent was guilty.

But one man said no. He stood his ground. Pastor Hovind almost spent the rest of his life in prison for something that isn’t even a crime. I wonder how often this happens to other defendants in the Federal court system.

3. Disobedience to Government Isn’t Necessarily Sin. Christians are taught today that to disobey the government is a “sin” and violates the teachings of the Apostle Paul found in Romans 13. This false teaching has put us in the position we are in today. Paul wrote 2/3 of the New Testament…most of it from jail. For a man who instructed us to “obey the authorities” he sure spent a lot of time disobeying his own instructions. “Obey God rather than men” is the true teaching of the Bible. The entire New Testament is filled with stories of men and women who stood up against “ungodly” edicts and authorities. What if the church had refused to permit prayer to be removed from the schools…or the Bible to be banned from education…or stood up in resistance to the slaughter of the unborn? WWJD? He already showed us HE would do.

People tell me that Jesus didn’t try to fight the government and we shouldn’t either. They show a great misunderstanding of the Scriptures. Jesus did not fight against the Romans because, as He told Pilate, “you have no power over me unless it had been given to you from on High.” But Jesus was a headache for the “religious leaders” of His day. The Pharisees went to Pilate because they said that “they had no power to put a man to death.” All Jews were under the authority of the religious leaders, not the Roman government. Jesus called them unflattering names and raised a rebellion against that evil religious system. He refused to “follow” them and the religious system foisted upon them by the religious thugs. Christianity, as well as America, was birthed out of righteous rebellion.

4. All “Nobodys” are Potential “Somebodys.” Kent Hovind is free today because of the efforts of “lay” Christians. The efforts of Rudy Davis, Racer X, Ernie Land and other “nobodies” won Pastor Hovind his freedom. Most Pastors and national religious leaders refused to get involved. They’re afraid of the government to whom they have yielded God’s authority. They have very little faith that God can or will still move today. They preach a message of fatalism that has stolen the precious faith from the hearts of the saints. But the Moms and Pops all over this nation partnered together to appeal to heaven for a miracle on Kent’s behalf. God honored and answered the prayers of His people. Most of our Christian leaders only seek the help of the Republicans.

One woman filed with the spirit of the anti-Christ, Madeline Murry, removed the influence of God from the minds of America’s children. How could this happen? Perhaps a better question to ask is how have Christians become so powerless against the forces of darkness? If one devil-filled woman could move the direction of a nation what could millions of people filled with the Holy spirit of God do against the evil spirits in high places? But we won’t fight. We’ve become convinced that we can’t win. We are convinced that God has given up on America. We won’t admit it, but we really believe the devil has won; that the forces of darkness are stronger than the children of the light. The sad reality is that we’ve lost because we have not fought. Our hope, courage, and faith, has been stolen from us by a defeatist, fatalistic, powerless Gospel spewing forth from America’s lukewarm pulpits.

 

5. The Salt and Light Brigade is making a difference. We used targeted prayer, targeted phone calls, and a clear targeted strategy to fight the forces of darkness. Our prayers weren’t scattered and directionless. Everyone prayed upon the same target, at the same time, for the same result. I am convinced that this “shock and awe” campaign was the death blow to the prosecution and their minions in the judicial system. This is the formula that we are going to employ all across this nation! Why don’t you join the Brigade and become part of a living, breathing organism that will shake the very foundations of this nation?

The Christian tragedy in the Middle East did not begin with Isis

A hundred years on from the Armenian genocide, and a Christian minority is again suffering

SOURCE:- THE INDEPENDENT

Sunday 5 April 2015

 

 

One summer's day in 1990, I walked into a beautiful Crusader chapel in Keserwan, a gentle mountainside north of Beirut, where an old Catholic Maronite priest pointed to a Byzantine mosaic of – I think – Saint John. What he wanted to show me was the holy man's eyes. They had been stabbed out of the mosaic by a sword or lance at some point in antiquity. 'The Muslims did this,' the priest said.

His words had added clarity because at that time the Lebanese Christian army General Michel Aoun – who thought he was the president and still, today, dreams of this unlikely investiture – was fighting a hopeless war against Hafez Assad's Syrian army. Daily, I was visiting the homes of dead Christians, killed by Syrian shellfire. The Syrians, in the priest's narrative, were the same ‘Muslims’ who had stabbed out the eyes in the ancient picture.

I remember at the time – and often since – I would say to myself that this was nonsense, that you cannot graft ancient history onto the present. (The Maronites, by the way, had supported the earlier Crusaders. The Orthodox of the time stood with the Muslims.) Christian-Muslim enmity on this scale was a tale to frighten schoolchildren.

And yet only last year, as shells burst above the Syrian town of Yabroud, I walked into the country’s oldest church and found paintings of the saints. All had had their eyes gouged out and been torn into strips. I took one of those strips home to Beirut, the painted eyes of the saints staring at me even as I write this article. This was not the sacrilege of antiquity. It was done by ghoulish men, probably from Iraq, only months ago.

Like 9/11 – long after Hollywood had regularly demonised Muslims as barbarian killers who wish to destroy America – it seems that our worst fears turn into reality. The priest in 1990 cannot have lived long enough to know how the new barbarians would strike at the saints in Yabroud.

Note how I have not mentioned the enslavement of Christian women in Iraq, the Islamic State’s massacre of Christians and Yazidis, the burning of Mosul's ancient churches or the destruction of the great Armenian church of Deir el-Zour that commemorated the genocide of its people in 1915. Nor the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls. Not even the very latest massacre in Kenya where the numbers of Christian dead and the cruelty of their sectarian killers is, indeed, of epic, Hollywood proportions. Nor have I mentioned the ferocious Sunni-Shia wars that now dwarf the tragedy of the Christians.

 

 

Soldiers standing over skulls of victims from the Armenian village of Sheyxalan in 1915, believed to be victims of the Armenian Holocaust

But the Christian tragedy in the Middle East today needs to be re-thought – as it will be, of course, when Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide of their people by Ottoman Turkey. Perhaps it is time that we acknowledge not only this act of genocide but come to regard it not as just the murder of a minority within the Ottoman Empire, but specifically a Christian minority, killed because they were Armenian but also because they were Christian (many of whom, unfortunately, rather liked the Orthodox, anti-Ottoman Tsar).

And their fate bears some uncommon parallels with the Islamic State murderers of today. The Armenian men were massacred. The women were gang-raped or forced to convert or left to die of hunger. Babies were burned alive – after being stacked in piles. Islamic State cruelty is not new, even if the cult’s technology defeats anything its opponents can achieve. In Kuwait last week, a good and thoughtful Muslim, an American university graduate – within the al-Sabah family and prominent in the government – shook his head with disbelief when he spoke of Islamic State. ‘I watched the video of them burning the Jordanian pilot alive,’ he told me. ‘I watched it several times. I had to, because I had to understand their technology. Do you know they used seven camera angles to film this atrocity? We could not compete with this media technology. We have to learn.’

And this is true. The West – that amorphous, dangerous expression – has still not understood the use of this technology – especially the use which the cult makes of the internet – nor have the Muslim Arab imams who should be speaking about the fearful acts of Islamic State.

But most are not, any more than they denounced the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, when around a million Muslims killed each other. Because they were on Saddam’s side in that war. And because the Islamic State’s ideology is too obviously of Wahabi inspiration, and thus too close to some of the Gulf Arab states.

The crimes of Islamic State are as brutal as any committed by the German army in the Second World War, but Jews who converted were not spared Hitler’s plan for their extermination. What the Islamic State and the 1915 Ottoman Turks have in common is a cruelty based on ideology – even theology – rather than race hatred, although that is not far away. After the burning of churches and of synagogues, the rubble looks much the same.

The tragedy of the Arab world is now on such a literally Biblical scale that we are all demeaned by it. Yet I also think of Lebanon where the old priest showed me his mosaic with the missing eyes and where the Lebanese Christians and Muslims fought each other – with the help of many foreign nations, including Israel, Syria and America – and killed 150,000 of their own people.

Yet today, Lebanese Muslims and Christians, though still politically deeply divided, are protecting each other amid the gale-force winds around them. Why? Because they are today a much more educated population. It’s because they value education, reading and books and knowledge. And from education comes justice. Which is why, when compared to Lebanon, the Islamic State is a nation of lost souls.

Author of this site:- Not to minimize the SLAUGHTER of 1.5 MILLION ARMENIAN CHRISTIANS in 1915......But note also the following even worse tragedies, at least in the numbers):-

THE SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF 50 MILLION RUSSIANS IN THE DAYS OF STALIN'S SOVIET UNION, & 70 MILLION CHINESE UNDER THE CULTURAL PURGES OF EARLY COMMUNISM IN CHINA, & 2 MILLION IN POL POT'S CAMBODIA, just to mention some other recent terrible PERSECUTIONS in the past century alone!

 

ARCHBISHOP MAKES DESPERATE PLEA FOR ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS

SOURCE:- WND

'I will die, but I will not abandon my flock'

 March 14, 2015

LEO HOHMANN

 

 

The pleas are getting louder and more desperate from Middle Eastern Christians whose ancient homelands stand in the path of the rampaging Islamic caliphate ISIS.

The latest sign of desperation came in the voice of the Syrian archbishop, cracking with emotion and dismay as he described the plight of more than 200 Assyrian Christians kidnapped from their homes by ISIS in northeast Syria in late February near the Turkish border.

“Many were plucked from their beds at dawn,” CBS News reported. “A man who refused to leave his home was set on fire along with his house.”

ISIS is still holding as many as 220 of the Assyrians Christians, an indigenous people who trace their roots back to ancient Mesopotamia, where the Apostle Thomas brought the gospel in the first century. It was in Antioch, Syria, where followers of Jesus first called themselves “Christians.”

The archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clement Jeanbart, issued an urgent appeal through ABC News on March 8, begging the West to intervene and stop the slaughter of more Christians in his country.

ISIS has torched their churches, some dating back 1,800 years, and destroyed their ancient Bibles and relics.

Their language, Aramaic, is the same language spoken by Jesus. If their communities are destroyed, the language will eventually also disappear from the face of the earth.

“We in this country, Christians in this country, used to live quietly, safely and friendly with the Muslims in Syria,” the Syrian archbishop said. “But now that ISIS came, they are doing whatever they could to frighten Christians, push them away, and perhaps, so often to hurt them in many ways. Execute them.”

Earlier this year, Jeanbart divulged to an Italian publication what he said was a plot to empty the Middle East of all Christians, whom he said ISIS fears more than any other non-Muslims because of their connection to the West.

“As pastor of this church, I will never leave this people,” he told Italian journalists of the 300,000 Christians under his care. “I will die, but I will not abandon my flock. I am convinced that the Lord will ask me an account of my commitment, my courage and my hope for this portion of his people that He entrusted to me.”

The attacks on Christians in Syria were touched off by the so-called Arab Spring, he said.

They are killing our history, our memory’

Jeanbart told ABC News he was afraid that America and European countries do not have enough interest or understanding of how desperate the situation is for Syrian Christians.

“We are in front of savagery, and we do not know what they will do if they arrive in other cities,” he told the network. “It’s terrible what we have seen. They are killing our history, our memory. All this culture we had and we have was supposed to help us to find understanding.”

He said Syrian Christians are confused as to why those with the same faith in the West, who are supposed to share the same values of peace, love and freedom, continue to stand off at a distance. Many have called for air raids on ISIS strongholds in Syria.

“They do not understand that civilized countries and people who believe in the freedom and dignity of humans and the rights of human beings may let down human beings, let them die,” Jeanbart said.

“It’s sad. I do not understand that. I do not understand, and I suffer a lot. ”

Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of “The Legacy of Jihad” and several other books about Islam’s history, said even the “peaceful times” that many Middle Eastern Christians refer to is a relative term.

“All the jihad campaigns waged in the Middle East were targeting Christians primarily. That’s why there is so little Christianity left in the Middle East,” said Bostom, a Jewish physician and scholar. “Everywhere you turn, you see the persecution of churches, the burning of churches.”

One of the sources Bostom cites in his research is the 1,000-page tome by Jewish historian Moshe Gil, “A History of Palestine: 634-1099.” In it, Gil says the destruction of Christian communities was so complete that archaeologists were still unearthing destroyed churches from the Byzantine era in the second half of the 20th century.

In “Legacy of Jihad” Bostom includes a table showing the widespread atrocities of the Ottoman Empire’s jihads.

“It takes the reader through all the towns they destroyed. It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “It’s sickening.”

“It’s the Ottomans, it’s the Arabs, the Persians, and it’s just the mass destruction of Middle Eastern Christianity,” he said. “There’s just an overwhelming historic record going back to the beginning of Islam.”

The “living side-by-side in peace” meme is largely a false narrative perpetrated by Western historians, Bostom said. Peace compared to what? ISIS? Perhaps some were not as brutal, but even the most peaceful living arrangements in the Middle East have not involved Christians being treated with equal justice under the law, and having legal and professional opportunities on par with Muslims. That never happens in Muslim countries living under Shariah law, Bostom said.

“It’s not even true of the recent history. Going forward from the genocide of the Armenians and the Syriac Orthodox Church, you will see steady persecution. There was a big program in 1933 in Iraq, a big massacre of the Christians that were left when the Ottoman Empire was defeated,” he said, referring to the slaughter of 3,000 Assyrian Christian men, women and children in northern Iraq by Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish irregulars.

“We see this from every historical period,” Bostom said.

The persecution of Christians in Iraq’s Nineveh plain after the fall of Saddam Hussein went largely unreported in the years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation, but the U.S. did not do a very good job of protecting the Christian minorities there.

Crucified just like Jesus’

In 2007, the Assyrian Christians were being forced from their homes in Iraq by Islamic thugs unleashed by the imams. The orders for such activity invariably come from the mosques.

“We’ve got families that are being butchered, crucified, just like in Jesus’ time,” Mona Oshana, an Assyrian activist and author living in Arizona, told reporter Joe Dana of ArizonaCentral.com in September 2007.

“Talk to any local Assyrian (in Phoenix, Arizona), and they will likely be able to tell you a story about a sibling, cousin or friend who has been given the infamous ultimatum by religious Islamist extremists: Convert to the Muslim faith or else you will be forced out of your home,” Dana reported. “The targeted Christians are usually given a couple days to make their decision. If they don’t act, they are killed.”

That was in 2007, four years before anyone in the West had heard the word “ISIS.”

Since then, hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Assyrian Christians have been targeted for religious cleansing by Islamic terrorists. ISIS has picked up where al-Qaida left off, only on a larger scale: crucifying, beheading, burying Christians alive, shooting them execution-style, dowsing them in oil and burning them alive, cutting the Assyrian Christian children in half in front of their parents, raping and murdering girls and women, and selling the most beautiful Assyrian Christian women into sex slavery.

The Greek Catholic Relief Agency has reported that 300,000 Syrian and Assyrian Christians refugees have been seeking resettlement in the U.S. through the United Nations refugee program, but they have been rejected by the U.N. and by the Obama administration.

Now, the news is finally starting to get out that Christians in the Middle East are under the gun. The slaying of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya drew massive media attention and is still being talked about in Christian social media circles and blogs. But it’s still hard to get church leaders in the U.S. to take seriously the topic of Christian persecution in the Middle East.
Bill Warner, who has doctorates in physics and math, authors the PoliticalIslam.com blog. For the past 13 years he has dedicated his life to raising awareness about the persecution of Christians living under Shariah law. It’s been a hard road. His audiences are small, and his critics are loud, but he plods forward nonetheless.

“I have spoken almost weekly about what I call the ethical collapse of Christianity, which is quiet in the face of the greatest human rights crime in the history of the world – the persecution of Christians under Islam,” he said. “All religious minorities are persecuted under Shariah, and the Christians are the most persecuted of all.”

Silence in the Bible Belt

 

Warner lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and concentrates on getting his message out in surrounding areas, although his video blogs reach thousands worldwide on YouTube.

“I live in what’s called the buckle of the Bible Belt, Nashville, and I have to say if this is the buckle, the church’s pants are down around its ankles,” Warner said. “I am condemning 95 percent of the churches. They simply don’t care. If they do care, they care like they care about a drought in California. (Dietrich) Bonhoeffer was right: Silence in the face of evil is the same as evil itself.”

Warner said when he speaks on the radio he is condemned as a bigot and a hater.

“I am not about hating Muslims. I sort of admire Muslims (for their dedication). What I despise is the leadership of the church,” Warner said.

He said his goal through his website and YouTube channel is to provide a voice for the voiceless. He gets little response from Christian media or church leaders. Most pastors, he says, are too concerned about growing their membership and maintaining their tax-exempt status to take on controversial issues like helping persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, Egypt or Nigeria.

“I have often said that the favorite Bible verse of many pastors is 501(c)3. They’re concerned about their buildings, and their ministry extends out to their parking lot. I have tried teaching the church for 13 years about the doctrines of Islam,” he said. “It’s like a brick wall for them to learn it. They say they don’t need to know about the doctrines of Islam; they only need to know about the gospel and Jesus.”

So what is the answer? How does one get too comfortable, Western Christians in their comfortable churches, to not only notice what is happening to their Christian brethren in the Middle East but do something about it?

“I say you have to create first an insurrection within your own church. Caesar is running your church,” Warner said.

Bring the suffering into the church’

“Bring the suffering Christians into your church, and if you can’t do it physically, bring in their stories,” he continued. “Don’t talk about the Muslims; they’re afraid of them anyway. But are you not concerned about the persecuted churches? You need to teach what a dhimmi is, the fact that Christians are being taken as sex slaves and women are being raped and mutilated. So bring the suffering into the church. After a while, somebody might say, ‘Hey, why are they doing this?’ That’s when you say, ‘Aha, now you are ready to meet Muhammad.’”

Someone will inevitably ask, “Well now, are those real Christians?” Warner said.

“And you can tell them that the Assyrian church was a church 1,800 years before John Wesley. So you’re talking about a church that was following Jesus long before Wesley, long before Luther. So yes, they’re real. And their suffering is real.”

The difference between a lukewarm, do-nothing church and an active, engaged church boils down to the church’s place in American society. Warner and others believe the church has willingly taken a backseat on the sidelines of American culture. It sits in the background, marginalized, mocked and no longer respected.

“When you look at the early church, you have to look at the ethos of what Islam came out of. The church used to be a civilizational force and a religious force,” Warner said. “Today the church is only religious. It is no longer a civilizational force. The tragedy is, it is content with these crumbs.”

The Muslims, while they make up only about 2 percent or less of the U.S. population, are much more aggressive in getting their message out.

“The Muslims brought 1,000 people down to rally at the Tennessee Legislature for an issue they were concerned about last year,” he said. “I couldn’t get 50 Christians to rally for the persecuted church. The church wants to tie; the Muslims want to win. The Christians have reduced the gospel down to two words, ‘Be nice.’ As I read the gospel, Jesus was despised, He stirred things up, He irritated powerful people.”

The storm is coming to America’

One high-profile Christian leader who has taken a public stand against the violence of Islam and the vulnerability of Christians in the Middle East is Franklin Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham.

In a recent interview with Gordon Robertson of CBN News, Graham issued a stark warning. He said violent jihad won’t remain in the Middle East or even Europe. “The storm is coming,” he said.

Robertson asked Graham what kind of storm he was referring to.

“The storm of Islam. This isn’t just radical Islam. This is Islam. And they’ve been persecuting Christians, minorities, for centuries. This isn’t something that just started with ISIS,” Graham said in the interview with CBN News. “It goes all the way back to the time of Muhammad. When he began to turn his sword on Christians and Jews in Arabia. At that time, there were large Christian communities in Arabia. Now there is not one Jew, not one Christian left. It’s against the law in Saudi Arabia to have a church. There’s been a very large community of Christians in places like Iraq, but after 9/11 those communities have dwindled down to thousands.”

He said the same thing is happening is Syria, in Egypt, in Sudan and in so-called “moderate” Muslim countries like Indonesia and Turkey.

“There is not any place for these Christians to run anymore. Those that could escape to the West have come, and we’re going to see persecution coming to this country,” Graham said, warning that Muslims have access to President Obama in the White House and that Obama grew up being influenced by Islam, not Christianity.

“Our foreign policy now has a lot of influence from Muslims,” he said. “They hate Israel, and they hate Christians. So the storm is coming, I believe, Gordon.”

Robertson asked, “Why is our government insisting that it’s a religion of peace? And now we have this new phrase, they refuse to call it Islamic terrorism. For the 21 Christians killed in Egypt, they call them laborers; they don’t want to call them Christians. Why is that?”

Graham said the answer to that question requires one to go back to the administration of George W. Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“It’s because the White House has opened the doors. It started after 9/11 when the Bush administration began to allow Muslims to come into various governmental agencies to advise us how to respond to Muslims and how to respond to Islam after 9/11,” Graham said. “What’s happened is you now have radical Islamists that are advising various levels of government, and it’s going to get worse. And nobody seems to be alarmed by it. Nobody is saying anything about this. And we as Christians are going to lose.”

Growing up, Graham said he was influenced by the Christian faith. That left him wanting to emulate “the person of Jesus Christ,” he said. “Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for you and me and for the Muslims and for all the people of the world. I want to follow Christ and I want my life to model His.”

But for the Muslim, the model is Muhammad.

“The followers of Islam. They want to emulate Muhammad. Muhammad was a warrior. He killed people. He was a brutal person, and so what you see with ISIS and the other groups is they’re just emulating Muhammad. So this is Islam, and we’ve got to wake up to the truth of Islam. And we talk about radical Islam … radical Islam are the people who go to the mosque. The millions of moderate Muslims out there, they don’t go to the mosque; they don’t want anything really to do with it. But they were born into Islam, and they can’t get out of it because if you try to leave Islam, they’re going to kill you. So they have to stay there, but they just don’t participate. They just sort of sit on the sidelines, and they want to live their life and go on. Those are the moderates. But the ones who go to the mosque are the ones we have to be afraid of.”

As Muslim immigration continues unabated, there will come a day when many Christians wake up to what is happening. It will be too late. America will be like Europe is now, at the tipping point when civilizational jihad turns into violent jihad. The persecution will be at their doorstep, and they will be unprepared, both spiritually and intellectually, said Warner.

“What church has prepared its children for the coming onslaught of dawah (or Muslim missionary outreach)? What church pastor can give Shariah advice to that question from a young girl, when she says, ‘I am dating a Muslim’ and needs to know the rules of life in an Islamic marriage.”

“If we don’t have answers, we are complicit in the greatest evil on the face of the earth, the persecution of all religious minorities, and there appears to be nothing that will motivate the preachers of Tennessee,” Warner said. “We have textbooks in our schools now that represent Islam as the greatest civilization and that denigrate Christianity. We held a rally against the textbooks in Murphreesboro, and one pastor came. There is no limit to the passive evil in the church. And when I talk about these things, I am called the old man who frightens people. I am the bigot; I am the hater. I used to talk to the preachers, but they don’t want to talk to me anymore. There will be a great judgment on the church in America one day, and it will be bitter. And no one cares. I’ve harangued groups publicly, and they just sit there and take it. They say, ‘Well, what can we do?’ I say start by teaching your own children about Islam.”

Comments: by S.N.Strutt  26.3.15

The above is indeed a very sad state of affairs that should simply not be allowed.

If you have read different articles on my website, then you will know some of the reasons WHY we have the above scenario of INDIFFERENCE by the USA churches.

How is it possible that the USA and other nations like the UK stand back and do absolutely NOTHING to stop MONSTERS like ISIS?

For those who have taken the time to do your homework, then you would know that ISIS was created by the CIA; and the ELITE'S plan is to simply rid the MIDDLE-EAST of the only moderating FORCE:- the CHRISTIANS. The ILLUMINATI'S insane plan is to deliberately cause a big war between ISRAEL & THE MUSLIMS.

First though, they must get rid of the peacful people, as they have acted as a moderating force in the MIDDLE-EAST.

Christians have a belief in Love, Mercy, forgiveness and tolerance, when Christianity is actually practiced; which actually is a direct HINDRANCE to the ELITE'S  NEW WORLD ORDER plans.

It is very sad that these innocent Christian people of SYRIA, and other countries, are caught right in the middle of an ETHNIC CLEANSING EUGENICS of the ELITE.For the REAL ANGLO-AMERICAN ELITE, their motto is simply  "MIGHT IS RIGHT" & "THE ENDS JUSTIFIES  THE MEANS".

I would not like to be those responsible for all of the horrors that are currently being orchestrated on this planet to bring about the ILLUMINATI'S NEW WORLD ORDER when they have to give an account before the throne of God one of these days for the "Senseless Slaughter of millions" in all of their fabricated wars & ethnic cleansings which were not caused by MUSLIMS, JEWS  or CHRISTIANS.