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"... we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God..." 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

 

November 2014

 

The Crucifixion of Pastor Scott Lively: "Christians, pastors, take heed.... Whether at home or abroad, if you follow God’s command to speak biblical truth in all things, most especially, it seems, on matters of sex and sexuality, you will be persecuted....

     "Pastor Lively is one of the most 'Christ-like' people I’ve had the honor to know.... 'Lively loves those who seek to defend him just as he loves those who seek to destroy him – and, make no mistake about it, precisely because Pastor Scott Lively has chosen to both obey and emulate Jesus Christ, there are people, very powerful people, who seek to destroy him.... These people, unless and until they come to know, accept and surrender to the Lord Jesus, are, and will remain, enemies of God. And so Scott Lively prays for them.... "Pastor Lively...has... been 'Hitlerized' by a left-wing extremist group ironically calling itself the 'Center for Constitutional Rights' (CCR)...a George Soros-funded organization..." (I met Scott Lively twice back in the 90s when we both spoke at the same conferences. I so appreciated his firm stand and his faithfulness to God!)

 

October 2014

 

Prepare for Persecution: "Official government documents say that Evangelical Christians are potential terrorists, and the American Family Association is a hate group. Christian doctors and nurses are being forced to assist in performing abortions. A Christian baker has been threatened with prison for not baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Christians in Colorado and New York are being forced to go through 'sensitivity training' to make them become 'rehabilitated' from their religious beliefs and resulting moral convictions." (Sent by my friend Maria)

Christians, Jews Team Up to Fight Islamic Persecution: "As stories of new beheadings of Christian children in Iraq come to light, many wonder - who will speak out against it? Now Jews and Christians are banding together to fight growing persecution of Christians in Islamic countries. 'When hundreds of thousands of Christians - men, women and children - are killed, this isn't a war, this is genocide. And Jews know what happens when the world is silent to genocide."

Commission says Christian business owners should leave religion at home: "...a Christian business owner is being ordered to attend diversity training – because of his religious beliefs. ...  The examiner concluded that Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals broke the law in 2012 by declining to print shirts promoting the Lexington Pride Festival. The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization subsequently filed a complaint."

[Slow to open]  Young Jewish Swedish Leader: ‘All My Friends Are Getting Death Threats': "Death threats, daily anti-Semitic attacks, and harassment are causing many young Swedish Jews of the shrinking 20,000-member community to say 'enough,' and seek to establish their futures elsewhere.... 'It used to be unacceptable to talk about it so openly,' he said, but added that 'today, talk of anti-Semitism has become commonplace.'
     "..the young Jewish community in Sweden took to social networks to explain the Jewish state’s position. But that message was not welcomed among tens of thousands of Muslims who have migrated to Sweden over the last decade. 'We acted on behalf of Israel on social networks, but every time I wrote something about Israel, I received death threats, about three times a week,' he said."

The Judenrein Port of Oakland: "Judeophobia is to be expected in Europe where growing Muslim populations have asserted their power and have become increasingly radicalized. Chants of 'Hitler was right,' 'Jews to the gas,' 'Allahuakbar” and “Heil Hitler” have become commonplace. But what was once limited to Europe and the Muslim Middle East is now crossing the Atlantic and creeping its way into the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave.
     "In Oakland, California, a motley assortment of radical leftists, anarchists, fascists and Islamists have found common ground and banded together in a scheme to prevent an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo at an Oakland port. The list of participating groups includes such lunatic outfits as “Queers Undermining Israeli Terror” and “Totally Radical Muslims.' It makes no difference that if given the chance, members of the latter group would likely behead members of the former – ISIS style – to shrieks of 'Allhuakbar.'”

 

What's the threat of Islamic State to the Church worldwide? "The evolution of the persecution pattern driven by IS has been typical for Islamic extremism....Typical are the extremely high levels of pressure for Christians... in all spheres of life, and the extremely high level of violence. Once IS has established itself, the high level of violence should, in theory, drop because Christians will either have been killed, have fled or have conformed..." See  Spiritual Warfare

 

Why don't we hear about persecuted Christians?"...no Christians now remain in Iraq's second-largest city after the Islamic State militants controlling the city gave them an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay an (unaffordable) tax, or face death.... Terrible stories of brutal persecution are filtering through....

     "Christians are persecuted in 139 nations around the world; it is estimated that up to four out of five acts of religious discrimination worldwide are directed against them. Countries that were previously moderate or avowedly secular have stepped up their hostility to Christians...." See Preparing for Persecution

 

September 2014

 

We Will Enslave Your Women by the Permission of Allah: "The Islamic State has another reminder that Muslim immigration is an instant fifth column. A video released today by the Islamic State (IS) urges Muslims to “slaughter” Westerners from those nations which are taking part in an international anti-jihadist coalition. “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian … including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”... 'We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.”  See Preparing for Persecution 

 

Disgusting silence on church bloodbath: "The murderous attack on the church in central Baghdad last Sunday by Muslim terrorists... was merely another not unusual blood-soaked event in the daily cycle of news from Muslim countries. But if such an atrocity was not just another criminal event in a 'normal' day across the Arab-Muslim world, then we should have heard of a special meeting being called at the UN.... We then should have heard of Muslim political and religious leaders expressing their grief over the dead and wounded .... Instead, we have deathly silence..." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Bible College, Churches Shut Down as Boko Haram Claims Territory in Nigeria | Christian News Network: "Leaders of northeastern Nigeria’s Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) said Boko Haram attacks that have killed more than 300 Christians in the past week have forced the temporary closure of Kulp Bible College and many churches. In an emergency prayer message sent Saturday night... EYN President Samuel Dali said the headquarters of the church is under grave threat from the Islamic extremist insurgents who seek to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country." See History of Persecution

 

August 2014  - Please excuse the formatting below. My computer has a problem!

UK: 1,400 non-Muslim children exploited by Muslim rape gangs, authorities did nothing 'for fear of being thought as racist: "The British government for years ignored an Islamic supremacist takeover of public schools 'for fear of being thought as racist.' 'As Britain collapses into inevitable chaos, civil war, and jihad in the streets, Blair, Cameron... and the rest... can congratulate themselves that as they bring down a once-great civilization upon their own heads....

      "At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.... Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated.... Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.'” See Preparing for Persecution

For Yazidis, Christians: ‘They Cut Us Like Sheep: "Tens of thousands of Yazidis made the 100-mile trek from Mt. Sinjar all the way to the United Nations refugee camp on the northern border. When ISIS, the Islamic State, attacked Sinjar, home to most of the Yazidis, Guli Udayda — a name that means 'God giveth' — said it felt like the end of the world. 'When they [ISIS terrorists] came, they caught some people and kidnapped beautiful girls and took them away.'...
      'We escaped. The ones that stayed ISIS killed.' When they reached Mt. Sinjar, her son went back for food. ISIS captured him, shot him, gouged out his eyes, and beheaded him. His friend buried him....
     "The Yazidis who escaped from Mount Sinjar walked some 100 miles through the desert before reaching a desert road. ...Twelve-year-old boys, like Tasim and Rezyen, saw things that are likely to haunt them for the rest of their lives.... I was there when ISIS came and shot one girl with a bullet in the head because they told her to convert. She refused and they killed her.'...
     "We wait for the mercy of God and people like you to be protected from the evil men,' Guli said. They’re also asking for the United States and the West to help. 'My request for all the believers in America and all over the world in all the church[es] [is] to pray for these people.”  
Please join me in prayer for these precious fellow Christians!

 

Anti-Semitism Update: August 25: "To the north, Jewish communities around Scandinavia were rocked over the past week by a series of Judeophobic attacks. In Uppsala, Sweden, a woman was severely beaten by a Muslim girl for wearing a Star of David necklace....

     "Sjögren – who suffered injuries in her jaw, eyes and all over her body – said she could not report the attack to police because the attackers would find her 'and know I was the Jew who reported it.'” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

[Slow to open] Young Jewish Swedish Leader: ‘All My Friends Are Getting Death Threats:" Death threats, daily anti-Semitic attacks, and harassment are causing many young Swedish Jews of the shrinking 20,000-member community to say 'enough,' and seek to establish their futures elsewhere.... 'It used to be unacceptable to talk about it so openly,' he said, but added that 'today, talk of anti-Semitism has become commonplace.'
     "..the young Jewish community in Sweden took to social networks to explain the Jewish state’s position. But that message was not welcomed among tens of thousands of Muslims who have migrated to Sweden over the last decade. 'We acted on behalf of Israel on social networks, but every time I wrote something about Israel, I received death threats, about three times a week,' he said."

The Judenrein Port of Oakland: "Judeophobia is to be expected in Europe where growing Muslim populations have asserted their power and have become increasingly radicalized. Chants of 'Hitler was right,' 'Jews to the gas,' 'Allahuakbar” and “Heil Hitler” have become commonplace. But what was once limited to Europe and the Muslim Middle East is now crossing the Atlantic and creeping its way into the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave.
     "In Oakland, California, a motley assortment of radical leftists, anarchists, fascists and Islamists have found common ground and banded together in a scheme to prevent an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo at an Oakland port. The list of participating groups includes such lunatic outfits as “Queers Undermining Israeli Terror” and “Totally Radical Muslims.' It makes no difference that if given the chance, members of the latter group would likely behead members of the former – ISIS style – to shrieks of 'Allhuakbar.'”

 

Saeed ISIS Militants Issue Death Threats Against Pastor Saeed from Within Rajai Shahr Prison: "The same barbaric jihadists that are perpetrating mass genocide against Christians in Iraq are now targeting Pastor Saeed because he is a Christian and an American. ISIS militants imprisoned in the same ward of Rajai Shahr prison as Pastor Saeed have communicated through other prisoners that they will kill him because of his Christian faith....

      "President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry must take immediate action to ensure that Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – is protected and brought safely home without delay.... 'September 26th will mark two years since the 34-year-old Pastor Saeed was imprisoned. On that day, thousands across the globe will participate in worldwide prayer vigils in hundreds of cities." See Preparing for Persecution

 

 Iraq’s Christians are Crying Out for Help, Facing Jihadist Genocide: "The reports coming out of Iraq are horrendous. Christian homes have been marked with the sign of the Nazarene for slaughter. Children are beheaded and even crucified. Christian women are being sold as sex slaves.

     "This jihadist army has unleashed unthinkable atrocities on Christians in the region. It is believed that over 400,000 Christians have been displaced from their homes. ISIS militants gave them an ultimatum: leave or face 'death by the sword.' "They are fleeing in droves, but it is not stopping the onslaught of ISIS. Iraq’s Christians are crying out in desperation for aid from the West, from America." See Persecution Scriptures

 

ISIS Actively Joining Gaza Terror War on Israel: "...evidence has come out revealing the extent of the extremist Sunni group Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS) involvement in the terror war against Israel from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. Terror organizations associated with IS and Al Qaeda have been proven to be joining the fight against Israel in Gaza, firing rockets on Israeli civilian population centers and attacking IDF troops." See Chronology of Conquests in the Name of Allah

 

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent: "It might seem like this revolution has nothing to do with us in the West, but that's more than a little naive. The genocide of local Christians did not begin with Isis but with the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Prior to the conflict, there were 1.5 million 'Chaldeans, Syro-Catholics, Syro-Orthodox, Assyrians from the East, Catholic and Orthodox Armenians' in the country – living, of course, under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.... Today, their number has dropped to just 400,000." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

The Spreading Scourge of Anti-Christian Persecution: "Intolerance that fosters pogroms abroad is taking root in U.S. communities. Sobering and unforgettable images are projected across our television and computer screens. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion. I'm referring to images of showing the persecution of hundreds of thousands. ... whole families are wantonly slaughtered in cold blood."

 

World Ignores Exodus from Islamic World: "...It is to the media's shame that those who slaughter, behead, crucify and displace people for no other reason than that they are Christian rarely get media coverage, while Israel, which kills only in the context of trying to defend itself from rocket attacks and terrorism, and not out of religious bigotry, is constantly demonized. ... While the world fixates on the conflict between Israel and Hamas—and while most mainstream media demonize Israel for trying to survive amid a sea of Arab-Islamic hostility—similar or worse tragedies continue to go virtually ignored."

July 2014

 

"Pastor Farshid Fathi is incarcerated in Iran’s most notorious prison, Evin. He is serving a six year sentence and has been separated from his family and loved ones for over three years. His crime is his Christian faith.... Farshid's friends invariably describe him as loving, cheerful, selfless and faithful, and always eager to help and serve others.

     "Born into a Muslim family in Iran, he became a Christian at age 17.... In his 20s he began ministering full-time and by 2010 he was leading a network of house churches in Iran. Now 34, he is married with two young children, Rosanna and Bardia. It was Christmas 2010 when he was cruelly ripped away from his family." See  Persecution Scriptures 

 

Daring to Stand for Truth. Portland Child Evangelism Fellowship Under Fire for Preaching to Kids About Sin: "The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem?

       "CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior. Those who oppose the group assert that because of this, CEF does not present 'Jesus loves you' mainstream Christianity, and claim that the organization is 'hardcore evangelical fundamental.'” See The Victory of the Cross

 

Bloodguilt Over Jews Leads to Blood Libels Against Jews: "In 1933, boycotts targeted Jews; by 1938, Germans were burning synagogues down. Between 1933 and 1945, the Jewish population of the city was decimated, dropping from 30,000 to 602. ...So Frankfurt seems an odd place for a new blood libel against the Jews.

     "Nonetheless, this week, 2,500 protesters, including Muslims and neo-Nazis — allied once again — showed up downtown to scream about Israel’s defensive action against Hamas.... Police reportedly helped out the protesters, allowing them to utilize a loudspeaker and a vehicle to shout anti-Israel diatribes. 'You Jews Are Beasts,' read one sign....

     "Every Passover, Jews recite a paragraph: 'in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!' ... And the God of Israel is always watching." See Signs of End Times

 

Jewish leaders outraged after rally featuring anti-Semitic slogans given police sound system to broadcast message of hate: "Islamist anti-Israel protesters used a police car's speakers to broadcast messages of hate during a march against Israel's defensive operation in Gaza. The rally, which took place in the center of Frankfurt on Saturday, was mainly Muslim youths and featured signs reading 'Israel kills children' and 'Allah is great', alongside more openly anti-Semitic banners such as 'You Jews are beasts!"...

     "The initial group of 300 demonstrators swelled to a crowd of roughly 2,500... with protesters hurling rocks and bottles at police, who responded with riot-control measures." See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

   

The Terrorists' Reality Show Who Has the "More Romantic Story"?'' "If a rocket succeeds in going through Israel's anti-missile defense and causing damage to Israel, Hamas is 'showing its strength,' by hitting the Jewish state. If a retaliation by Israel sadly results in the death of Arab civilians, Hamas is 'showing how inhuman Israel is'....   For Hamas and similar terror groups, therefore, the 'show' is always a win-win.... In societies where the distribution of power is the key to freedom, freedom of speech is a solid counter-power, capable of revealing corruption, denouncing a policy, and reshaping a system. The media are the real leaders of the free world." See The fall and rise of human violence

Children's Christian ministry called 'psychologically harmful to children': "Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing opposition in Portland as it seeks to bring youth to Christ. The group's 'Good News Club' is being called 'psychologically harmful to children' by a newly formed coalition – Protect Portland Children. ... On its website, CEF states that 'the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God.... Critics of CEF...say the program teaches fundamentalist beliefs to children...."  CEF is a great program for children! How sad that its enemies want to stop it!  

Stand With the Persecuted Church: "Christians are reportedly being crucified in the Middle East. That’s right, crucified. This latest atrocity – by jihadists in Syria – is part of a wave of Christian persecution that is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, a wave of persecution worse even than in biblical times. From Pastor Saeed imprisoned and beaten in Iran, to Meriam Ibrahim giving birth in chains in Sudan, to the slaughter of Christians in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and Kenya – jihadists are trying to wipe Christianity off the map...."

Stand With the Persecuted Church: "Christians are reportedly being crucified in the Middle East. That’s right, crucified. This latest atrocity – by jihadists in Syria – is part of a wave of Christian persecution that is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, a wave of persecution wbama WH Calls for Islamic War Against Israel: "The head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group, called upon fellow Islamists and Arabs to declare holy war against Israel 'for the sake of Palestine.'” See The Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

Children's Christian ministry called 'psychologically harmful to children': "Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing opposition in Portland as it seeks to bring youth to Christ. The group's 'Good News Club' is being called 'psychologically harmful to children' by a newly formed coalition.... On its website, CEF states that 'the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God....Critics of CEF...say the program teaches fundamentalist beliefs to children...."  (CEF is a great program for children! How sad that its enemies want to stop it!)  

 

Canadian City Bans Events ‘Associated’ With Christians: "In Canada... in the city of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island... all you need, to qualify for persecution, is some vague, undefined 'association' with 'divisive groups' (Christians) that 'promote homophobia and other expressions of hate." See Persecution Stories for Children

 

June 2014

 

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim 'safe and well' in US embassy: "The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum.... He said his wife and two children... were doing well at the heavily guarded facility....

     "Under Sudan's penal code Muslims are forbidden from changing faith, and Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men. Ibrahim insisted she had been brought up as a Christian. The case prompted outrage, with more than a million people backing Amnesty International's campaign for her release." See When Iron Gates Yield

 

ISIS Members Rape Christian Mother and Daughter, Kill Four Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil: "...on June 21 ISIS began demanding a poll tax (jizya) from Christians in Mosul. In one instance, ISIS members entered the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul and demanded the poll tax. When the Assyrian family said they did not have the money, three ISIS members raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father. He was so traumatized that he committed suicide.

     "...four Christian women were shot and killed by ISIS members because they were not wearing veils". See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

The War on Christians: "For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing....The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Christians are suffering persecution in more places today than any other religious group; between 2006 and 2012, Pew says, they were targeted for harassment in 151 countries....

     "Most people in the West are unaware of these facts, though that may be changing. A few cases do get press coverage—the desperate plight of Meriam Ibrahim, for instance.... She was raised a Christian, but after officials learned that her long-absent father was a Muslim, she was sentenced to death for apostasy—for leaving Islam. ... These punishments will be dropped if she renounces her Christian faith, which she steadfastly refuses to do.

    "Another case receiving attention is North Korea’s sentencing of a South Korean missionary, Kim Jong-uk, to life with hard labor. On May 30, he was convicted of espionage and trying to start a church.... German chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly stressed that Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religious group." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Anti-Semitic Chicago Kids Tell Jews to Get in the Oven: "Several eighth graders in the Chicago public school system were suspended for being anti-Semitic bullies and playing a game that they called 'Jew incinerator,' ...But the mother of the 14-year-old boy who was told to get into an oven and put on striped pajamas, as concentration camp prisoners were made to do, still was upset Thursday, saying the district isn’t doing enough to address the racism behind the bullying." See The Ominous "Success"of Re-Education

 

Military Chaplains Sue After Being Ordered Not to Quote Bible, Pray in Jesus’ Name: "Chaplains Major Steven Firtko and Lieutenant Commander Dan Klender state that they were repeatedly harassed and threatened while enrolled in the San Diego Clinical Pastoral Education Center program last fall and winter.....Ms. Dietsch pounded her fist on the table and ordered Chaplain Firtko to not quote Scripture in the classroom, stating [that] it made her feel like she had been ‘pounded over the head with a sledge hammer.’” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

May 2014

Why is Christian Persecution Getting Worse in Every Country the US 'Liberates'? "As the mass exodus of Iraq’s Christians continues, so does the call for ending the plight of those who have remained. Like Iraq’s ancient Jewish community before them, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities may soon cease to exist. 'The disappearance of Iraq’s religious minorities has been a troubling trend since the US-led invasion in 2003, and it has threatened to end the cultural diversity of Iraq.'" See  Preparing for Persecution

 

Pregnant woman sentenced to be tortured and executed for her faith: "Meriam was raised Christian, but the government of Sudan does not recognize her faith. To Sudan, she is Muslim because her father was Muslim. Her Christianity makes her an apostate, a criminal. The Sudanese judge gave her three days to recant her faith – to reject her Christian beliefs. She refused. Meriam is pregnant, and her husband is an American citizen. After she gives birth, Sudan will punish her with 100 lashes, then kill her." See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Honor Violence: "In 2009, the Danish writer and historian Lars Hedegaard, spoke in private in his home about the treatment of women in Muslim some communities saying, 'They rape their own children.' When these words were made public, Hedegaard was charged in Denmark with the crime of hate speech.... The trial began last week. Below is an English translation of Hedegaard’s final word’s to the court:
      "Honourable Supreme Court, My attorney has presented juridical arguments to the effect that I must be acquitted....However, allow me to express my quiet bafflement. ...it was never my intention to disseminate such an absurd contention.... I would not be able to live with my guilty conscience if – out of fear of public condemnation and ridicule – I refrained from telling the truth as I see it. And regardless of the outcome of this trial, I intend to continue my struggle for free speech and against totalitarian concepts of any stripe." See Persecution Scriptures

 

North Korea: Blame the Christians: "Hitler blamed the Jews and killed 6 million of them. Iran's Ayatollah blames America, 'The Great Satan' for his government's problems. And now North Korea's Kim Jong Un blames Christians for his abysmal human rights record.

      "Speaking recently before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, North Korean Ambassador So Se Pyong said Christian missionaries based in northeast China indoctrinate North Koreans with anti-government ideas, and then send them into North Korea with 'assignments of subversion, destruction...."

     "Seoul USA CEO Rev. Eric Foley is seriously concerned about the affect Pyongyang's allegations may have on missionaries working near the border. The Chinese government may respond by cracking down... by giving North Korean agents more freedom to act aggressively against Christians in China." See Preparing for Persecution

 

The Holocaust: "Since 1945, the word has taken on a new and horrible meaning: the mass murder of some 6 million European Jews... by the German Nazi regime during the Second World War.

      "To the anti-Semitic Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Jews were an inferior race, an alien threat to German racial purity and community. After years of Nazi rule in Germany, during which Jews were consistently persecuted, Hitler’s 'final solution'–now known as the Holocaust–came to fruition under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps of occupied Poland..."  Bonhoeffer: Nazi Religion versus "Religionless" Faith

 

Recent Attacks on Students of Faith: "With the recent attacks on religious freedom in the schools—including the story of a 5-year-old told she could not pray over her lunch and a second grader told she could not read her Bible—Liberty Institute’s Kelly Shackelford was asked to appear on Fox & Friends last weekend to discuss this critical issue." See  Don't mention Jesus

 

Lunch Lady Lineup: 5-Year-Old Identifies School Prayer Monitor: "...[5-year-old] Gabriella Perez positively identified the school district employee who told her praying over her meal was 'wrong.'  ...just a few weeks earlier, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez was told it was 'wrong' to bow her head in prayer before she ate lunch. School officials initially denied the incident took place.

     "During the meeting, Gabriella re-enacted the prayer and recounted the incident in its entirety to the principal and school attorney. At the request of the school, Gabriella also participated in a lineup, positively identifying the school employee.

     "Situations like this are happening all to frequently."

April 2014

Liberals Announce Plan to ‘Purge’ Christians: "They were always deadly serious about criminalizing Christianity and killing free speech, but now the American left has stopped pretending otherwise.

     "In a recent column titled, 'Why Are They Called ‘Homofascists’? Here’s Why,' I wrote that 'progressive,' 'Christian-hating fascists' ... are “hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.” See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

[Notice the hostility toward Christianity]   Air Force Academy Orders Cadet to Remove Bible Verse: "Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation .... said the Bible verse on the cadet’s personal whiteboard created a hostile environment at the academy. 'It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,' he said. 'It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.'...
      "Retired General Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council...was outraged by the removal of the Bible verse. 'Once the academy allowed cadets to use these whiteboards for their personal use, censorship of religious commentary is unacceptable." See Preparing for Persecution

 

The Islamic war on Christians in the Middle East: "...dhimmitude is actually not just some 'ancient law' that 'radical Islamists' have unaccountably decided to revive. It is, on the contrary, a Qur’anic imperative.... 'Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth....'

     "This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible’s Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today..." See Spiritual Warfare

 

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school: "Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials.... Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234....

      "Security sources have said they are in 'hot pursuit' of the abductors, but so far they have not rescued any of the girls and young women, aged between 16 and 18. Parents and other town residents have joined the search for the students in the Sambisa Forest which borders Chibok town and is a known hideout for the militants.....

      "The kidnappings are believed to have been carried out by Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels.... Boko Haram... means 'Western education is sinful' — is violently campaigning to establish an Islamic Shariah state in Nigeria, whose 170 million people are about half Muslim and half Christian. Boko Haram has been abducting some girls and young women in attacks on schools, villages and towns but last week's mass kidnapping is unprecedented. The extremists use the young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Franklin Graham: Christians Are Persecuted at Home and Abroad: "We see the anti-Christian position in this country. We see so much of it coming out of the entertainment industry, especially in certain segments of the news media." "Christians are being attacked and ... we see it now in Europe. Anti-Semitism, no question, it's there. We are living in a world that is changing, and it is frightening to see how quickly [it] is changing, and we're going to see real persecution of Christians and Jews in the years to come," said Graham, who followed his father into the ministry."

 Idlib, northwest Syria, seven soldiers were recently captured by 'rebel' forces. They were tortured and executed, by beheading, echoing Koran 47:4: “So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve [or "infidels"], then smite the necks [decapitate] until when you have overcome them… That is the command.”

 

Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor: "ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after 'grotesque' anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country.... The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave. They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War....

     “'There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.'

     "During the war, the Nazis exterminated more than 900,000 Jewish people in Ukraine....As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question." See  Preparing for Persecution

 

Anti-Semitic flyer handed to Jews in Ukraine was a fake aimed at stirring up trouble and discrediting pro-Russians, says Rabbi: "A flyer ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian forces or face deportation has been branded a fake by religious leaders, including the area's rabbi."

 

Nigeria Christians Mourn Hundreds Killed By Islamic Militants, Many Kidnapped: "Christians in volatile Nigeria were mourning their dead Good Friday, April 18, ahead of Easter, after Islamic militants killed more than 200 people and kidnapped hundreds others in the region.... Rights investigators and churches said the group Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in Africa's largest oil-producing nation, carried out massacres in less than seven days....

      "Boko Haram, or 'Western education is a sin' also 'massacred 71 and destroyed more than 30 vehicles in the nation's capital city of Abuja,' as well as conducting 'a mass-kidnapping of 243 girls from a government secondary school in Maiduguri... '" See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Naghmeh Abedini on Saeed's Imprisonment: God Counted Us Worthy Enough: "Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of pastor Saeed Abedini who is serving eight years in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has said that God has chosen her family and her husband for the ordeal they are going through in order to reach people in despair.   

     "'The Lord has counted our family worthy enough to send Saeed to a dark place that he would be able to share with people who are in complete despair,' Abedini said in a testimony to persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern....

    "She told the watchdog that while in prison, her husband has seen 'so many give their hearts to Christ.' The pastor, who was arrested in Iran in July 2012 while working on an orphanage project, was tried and sentenced to eight years in prison for 'threatening the national security.'" See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

March 2014

 

U.S. blocks Christian governor from Nigeria peace talks: "The United States Institute for Peace recently brought together the governors of Nigeria’s mostly Muslim northern states for a conference in the U.S., but the State Department blocked the visa of the region’s only Christian governor, an ordained minister, citing 'administrative' problems. The visa of Plateau State Gov. Jonah David Jang, has been held up by the Obama administration for more than a year.... 'Jang’s visa has been tied up in security background checks... since July 2012'.... despite the fact that he has never violated the terms of his visa.'

       "The USIP... did not respond to requests for comments on holding the talks without the region’s only Christian governor. Emmanuel Ogebe, a human rights lawyer... said the Christian governor’s 'visa problems' are because of bias in the U.S. government. ... it’s not unusual for the U.S. government to exclude Christians in Nigeria discussions and meetings.

      "...the State Department 'is steadfastly refusing to admit... that Boko Haram’s rampages against Christian communities in Nigeria have anything whatsoever to do with Islam.'.... On Feb. 17, the terrorist group Ansaru, believed to be a Boko Haram faction, kidnapped seven foreigners.... Ogebe noted the other attacks listed were all against Christian targets." See Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106

 

The Cost of Being a Christian: "Elaine respectfully declined a request from a woman to photograph a same-sex 'commitment' ceremony.

       "Despite Elaine and her husband Jon's constitutionally protected right to live – and run their businessaccording to their Christian beliefs, the woman filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and charged them with violating the state's 'sexual orientation discrimination' law....

      "Regardless of their solid legal case, the Commission ordered the Huguenins to pay $7,000 in fees to the couple. ...the state is essentially saying: You will be punished if you don't fully endorse or promote the homosexual agenda, whether you agree with it or not." See Why "Hate crime" laws ban Biblical Christianity

  

Franklin Graham: Some Administration Officials Are ‘Anti-Christ: "Some of the people working in the Obama administration and in the White House are trying to 'completely secularize our military' and are 'hostile to Christians,' to the point that they 'are anti-Christ in what they say and in what they do,' said Christian evangelist Franklin Graham....

      "Perkins asked Graham, '...when you were scheduled to speak at the Pentagon a few years ago they disinvited youare you concerned about this intense religious hostility that we see manifesting in our nation’s military?'

      "Graham said, 'No question. And my son just got back from his seventh [military] tour this weekend. So, I love the military. There has been huge pressure on the chaplains in our military.... But there is a move to get rid of the chaplains in our country, and to completely secularize our military." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Why does Air Force Academy encourage atheism, prosecute Christianity? "The Academy is defending its promotion of an atheist event just a week after a Christian cadet was pressured into removing a Bible verse from his personal white board because it allegedly offended non-Christian cadets.... 'Ask An Atheist Day' was sponsored by The Freethinkers Club, an Academy approved cadet club.

      "....a cadet 'voluntarily' removed a Bible verse he had written on a white board hanging outside his dorm room. "I have been crucified with Christ, therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians 2:20 read.' "That verse led to a formal complaint from Mikey Weinstein, of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation....." See  Persecuted - but not forsaken

 

‘Pushed to leave’: Packing moods among Ukraine’s Jewish minority amidst far-right rise: "With the beating of the head of Hatzalah’s local branch in Kiev and an earlier attack on a synagogue, many from the Jewish minority... feel they will be forced to leave the country.... Mikhail Kapustin, rabbi of Sevastopol and Ukraine, told RT that he could no longer stand it after he had found swastikas drawn on his synagogue – the first time in twenty years that his synagogue was vandalized.... On the walls of his home, the rabbi also found a blood-chilling message, 'Death to the Jews.'” See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Pastor Saeed Abedini Taken to Hospital, But Shackled and Forced to Return Untreated: "A little over a week ago, Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – was moved from Rajai Shahr Prison to a private hospital in Iran. He was told he would receive further tests on his deteriorating medical condition and undergo surgery to address chronic pain in his stomach area – the result of numerous prison beatings. For the past week and a half, he has undergone various tests and received much needed nourishment....

     "Today, that all changed. This morning Iranian guards lashed out violently against Pastor Saeed and an elderly relative who had been able to visit him in the hospital. Pastor Saeed was pinned down and shackled. His elderly relative was roughly handled and expelled from the hospital." Please continue to pray for him and his family. See Preparing for Persecution

 

Pakistani Taliban kills Christian girl: "Pakistan, March 8, 2014: A Christian girl was shot dead by the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region of the country last week. She was hiding with a male cousin who had converted from Islam to Christianity few years ago. Since the conversion, he was declared ‘apostate’ and had been the target of the Taliban....

   "Pakistan Taliban has been trying to impose its extreme views and has been killing whoever has gone against its diktats. A dialogue between the government and Pakistani Taliban reached a deadlock after Islamic militants told the government that 'there is no possibility of peace in the country unless Pakistan changes its political and legal system and officially adopts Islamic law.'" See Spiritual Warfare

 

Obama Administration to Court Martial and Punish Christian Military who Share Their Faith: "A growing number of atheists in the military are calling for the appointment of lay leaders to give spiritual guidance to service members who do not believe in God. As many as a dozen members of the U.S. military have applied for the status, which some see as a step on the path to calling for nonbelieving chaplains who could provide support to fellow comrades.... Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, was brought in by the Obama administration to come up with procedures that will be used to literally persecute those who share the gospel of Jesus Christ." See Preparing for Victory - A year old but still relevant

 

Syria’s Christians Under Sharia Law, Snowden And Ukraine And Moral Clarity On Iran: "Radical Islamists seized control of the Syrian city of Raqqa last year. Now they are forcing Christians in the area to submit to a dhimma – a feature of Sharia law that makes them second-class citizens....

     "Christians in Raqqa must pay a tax of roughly $1,000 per person. Poor Christians will be required to pay $250. They can practice their faith in private. But, they cannot pray in public. They cannot build new churches. They cannot rebuild destroyed churches.... Many Christians in Raqqa signed the agreement on threat of death if they did not.... Those who refused were warned that 'nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword.'”

 

Sudanese Muslim cleric: “The shedding of the blood of infidels is for the sake of purification and security: "Al-Jazouli quotes the Qur’an: 'Fight them until there is no more strife and Allah’s religion prevails” (8:39). He says that shedding the blood of Infidels in jihad is a way to prevent strife and create order."

 

Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106: "The unimaginable horror of this is compounded by the world’s indifference. The few who dare to call attention to jihad attacks like this one are vilified, mocked, shunned, ridiculed, and defamed, even as such attacks multiply and the body count mounts ever higher. ...

     "Western governments have apparently decided that jihad attacks like this one can’t happen in their countries, and so don’t matter, and that when they take place in faraway lands such as Nigeria, they need not disturb the comforting fictions about Islam’s jihad doctrine that form the cornerstone of so much of their domestic and foreign policy. See Preparing for Persecution

 

February 2014

 

Nigeria: Jihad mass murder death toll at Christian village reaches 106: "The unimaginable horror of this is compounded by the world’s indifference. The few who dare to call attention to jihad attacks like this one are vilified, mocked, shunned, ridiculed, and defamed, even as such attacks multiply and the body count mounts ever higher. ... "Western governments have apparently decided that jihad attacks like this one can’t happen in their countries, and so don’t matter, and that when they take place in faraway lands such as Nigeria, they need not disturb the comforting fictions about Islam’s jihad doctrine that form the cornerstone of so much of their domestic and foreign policy See Preparing for Persecution

 

Central African Republic: Muslim group threw 13 people into disused fuel tank and left them to die: "As far as the mainstream media is concerned, Christians in the Central African Republic are gratuitously targeting innocent Muslims.... And they never mention how Muslims murdered 1,000 Christians over a two-day period. Or how 450,000 Christians fled their homes in the face of Muslim attacks....

     ”BANGUI: Thirteen decomposing corpses have been discovered in a camp housing ex-rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic.... The corpses, some mere skeletons, were found in a disused fuel tank at a camp of former fighters of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group whose coup a year ago sparked the country’s descent into chaos.... The bodies 'were found in different places in the tank, which suggests that the people were thrown in there alive and struggled to get out...'

    "At least 133 children have been killed and maimed, some of them in horrific ways, in the past two months and Unicef has verified cases of children intentionally beheaded and mutilated…"  See Persecuted - but not forsaken

 

Raymond Ibrahim: Confirmed, U.S. is Chief Faciltator of Christian Persecution: "...Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, 'extreme persecution' (other designations are 'severe,' 'moderate,' and 'sparse' persecution).

      "Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three—Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya—were 'liberated' thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring 'freedom fighters' against the regime, many of whom would be better labeled 'terrorists.”' See Spiritual Warfare

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