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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 Cor. 1:8-9

 

May 2015

 

Harassing a faithful and humble Christian!  Push to court-martial general for thanking God: "A civil-liberties group is demanding a two-star Air Force general be court-martialed for mentioning God at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7. Despite the religious nature of the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation [an anti-Christian organization] has called for Olson to be 'aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions,' adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated.....'

      "During his 23-minute address, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson referred to himself as a 'redeemed believer in Christ,' who credits God for his accomplishments in the Air Force. He spoke of 'flying complex aircraft; doing complex nuclear missions – I have no ability to do that. God enabled me to do that.” "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

 

Video: Air Force Major General Craig Olson speaking in uniform at Shirley Dobson's May 7, 2015 National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill.

 

Activists Warn Congress of Christian 'Ethnic Cleansing': "Every day, thousands of Christians in the Middle East are brutally persecuted by Islamic jihadists demanding they convert to Islam or pay the penalties....

    "Speakers from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the horrors Middle East Christians are facing on a daily basis. 'Entire ancient Christian communities right now are being wiped out by hatred and terror,' Yael Eckstein, senior vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Prison next step for American Christians? "Former Congressman Frank Wolf warned that Americans’ freedom of conscience is under attack and it’s mainly Christians with conservative values who are in the crosshairs of the new champions of political correctness.'

    "Wolf, 76, said Christians may have to resort to civil disobedience because their views are increasingly considered 'intolerant'. When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fails to extend tolerance to people of faith, we are headed down a perilous path....' said the former 17-term congressman from Virginia.'"  See History of Persecution

 

Wake Up Church! Christians Dying for their Faith: "From the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians are enduring attacks for their faith like never before....

     "'When you are dealing in a world where uncontrolled, uncontainable, and extremely violent non-state actors are ranging so freely that has created an even more frightening situation for religious freedom.'...

     "...a Christian holocaust is unfolding across the Middle East and the world, especially the Body of Christ, cannot afford to remain silent."

 

 Fate of 242 Christian Hostages Could Include Slavery, Rape, and/or Execution by Islamic State: After failed negotiations, the Islamic State (IS) has refused to release 242 Christian hostages captured during a late February raid along the Khabur River in Syria.

     "On May 1, IS demanded 242 million U.S. dollars for the release of the 93 women, 51 children, and 98 men taken captive. The Assyrian church, family, and friends, unable to raise such a large sum, made a lesser, undisclosed offer, which the Islamic State rejected, saying it would no longer negotiate concerning the fate of the captive Christians. 'Based on Islamic law, their fate will now likely be slavery (women and children especially) or execution (men especially)." See Preparing for Persecution 

 

The Forgotten Americans Jailed in Iran: "While President Obama continues with his agenda of nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic and attempts to give a legacy to his name, he has completely ignored the fate of several American citizens who are jailed in the Islamic Republic....

     "...the Christian pastor Saeed Abedini... was detained in 2012 and incarcerated in the notorious Evin Prison. The infamous Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested him on ambiguous charges such as endangering national security. The question is how building orphanage in the Northern city of Rash and helping orphans are endangering the national security of the Islamic Republic....

     "On his son’s seventh birthday, Mr. Abedini wrote a heartbreaking letter that began, 'To my dear beloved son Jacob. I saw your beautiful birthday invitation that you had made me and I know how much you want me to be there on your birthday. Daddy loves you so much. I long to be there for your birthday and to make this reunion happen, but my chains are keeping me from you....

     "Another young prisoner is Amir Mirza Hekmati, a former United States Marine. IRGC arrested Hekmati on charges such as being 'corrupt on Earth...and 'an enemy of God 'Mohareb.' He was sentenced to death and is currently serving time in prison awaiting another secretive retrial." See  The Revolutionary Roots of the UN

 

Egypt: Five Christian children held for blasphemy – for insulting the Islamic State: "Thabet said the children remained detained by the authorities, as were other Christians who’d been victims of Muslim assaults. 'We have five Coptic children charged with blasphemy and insulting Islam,' he said. 'We still have other open cases where Christians are charged with inciting violence as if they were the perpetrators, but where they were the victims.” See Hope, Hate & Human Nature

 

Principal Says He Was Fired for Praying at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting: "A high school principal in Georgia is speaking out after he says that he was fired for praying at a voluntary Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting last month. Dr. Michael Lehr... told reporters that he was informed last month—just two days after he led prayer with the group—that his contract was not being renewed.

     “We’re all kind of baffled by the decision.... The superintendent has heard me pray at meetings before. She’s been beside me when I cite Scripture at graduation. Her own board meetings begin with prayer.'...  A meeting is scheduled for May 12 to make his termination official." See Global War on Christian Values

 

Will the Supreme Court open the door to the criminalization  of Christianity?  "We are already seeing the targeting of Christian public servants, including former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired for his faith and his beliefs regarding God’s model for marriage and sexuality. ... One Christian wedding service provider faces a $135,000 fine; others have had to close shop. ... 'They don’t want any traditional marriage supporters to be in business." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Crackdown on Christians triggers exodus from military: "A leading defender of Christians in the military says the crackdown on the free religious expression of Christians in uniform is increasing despite Pentagon assurances to the contrary, leading active-duty personnel to re-evaluate their careers and young Americans and their parents to reconsider service at all.

     "Recent discipline for military chaplains dispensing biblical counsel have made national headlines, but a recent piece in the Washington Times suggests enlistment numbers are in danger of dropping as well."

 

April 2015

 

America’s Institutional Enablers of the New Anti-Semitism: "Incitement and indoctrination are at the heart of the Jew-hatred raging through the Arab and broader Muslim world and now infecting much of Europe. Within the Palestinian realm, both Palestinian governments – the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza – regularly call for annihilation of the Jews....

     "Beyond explicit calls for genocide, anti-Jewish indoctrination entails labeling Jews as sub-human... and attributing to them the most reprehensible qualities and the most vile crimes." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Turkey’s Jihad on Christian Churches: “Even though Christians are a tiny minority in Turkey today, Christianity has a long history in Asia Minor, the birthplace of many Christian Apostles and Saints, including Paul of Tarsus, Timothy, Nicholas of Myra, and Polycarp of Smyrna....  Today, Turkey has less Christians as a percentage of its population than any of its neighbors — less than Syria, Iraq and Iran....Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and reportedly a candidate for membership in the European Union, has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Persecution Scripture

 

Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction: "'One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches.... The message conveyed... is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.'...

     "The physical devastation of the Christian Armenians was followed by a cultural devastation. Countless Christian churches and schools have been destroyed or turned into mosques, storehouses or stables.... Turkey... has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Genocide

 

Putin blasts treatment of Mideast Christians: "Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. 'As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East,' Putin told reporters." See Preparing for Persecution 

Former Lebanese President: I Have Never Witnessed Middle East Christians in Such Extreme Danger: "Christianity in the Middle East could face extinction at the hands of Islamic State if the United States and other international powers do not intervene, Former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel said last week. 'I have never in my life witnessed Middle East Christians in such extreme danger,' the former president warned.

     "If present negative trends continue to intensify, we must start thinking about the unthinkable: the extinction of Christianity.' Gemayel said that so far, 'the response by the United States has been a resounding non-response,' explaining that the United States has not done enough to take action. He said the U.S. has 'the military means to do more,' and has 'strong relationships with regional governments' to take action.

     "Gemayel's son, Samy... said in a radio interview on Sunday that '...the Christians are paying the price all over the region and that's why we have been calling for the international community to do something about the Christians all over the region.'" See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

UN Warns of 'Slaughter of Innocents' at Refugee Camp in Syria; Level of Humanity Is 'Unimaginable': "United Nations officials warned on Wednesday of a potential 'slaughter of innocents' unless aid and assistance reached a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria where thousands of civilians are trapped up in a vicious battle.

    "Some 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children, are caught in the camp outside Damascus just a few miles from President Bashar al-Assad's palace. The camp largely fell under Islamic State control last week and is surrounded by the Syrian army. Some 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children, are caught in the camp outside Damascus just a few miles from President Bashar al-Assad's palace....

    "But as fighting intensified in and around the camp, the remaining refugees have been left without food, water and medical supplies...."

 

Christian martyrdom is back – with a vengeance: "Recent video of 21 orange-clad Egyptian Christians being simultaneously beheaded by ISIS thugs – along with a steady stream of other horrifying reports of their crucifying, decapitating and burying Christians alive, including children – have shocked the world. But while ISIS is unquestionably a nightmare-come-true, when it comes to the alarming increase in Christian persecution worldwide the 'Islamic State is just the tip of the iceberg." Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians!

Persecution is evident in the spiritual warfare now raging in nations around the world. The following illustrations remind us of the early Christians who gladly gave their lives out of love for their Lord!

Report: Global Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014: “While the year 2014 will go down in history for having the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era, current conditions suggest the worst is yet to come,” Open Doors USA wrote in a press release on Wednesday. The organization has released its annual “World Watch List,” which outlines the most dangerous places to live as a Christian. It notes that while there are a number of factors behind Christian persecution, “Islamic extremism is the main source of persecution in 40 of the 50 countries on the 2015 World Watch List.” "The exception to the statistic is North Korea, which was #1 on Open Doors’ list for the 13th consecutive year. There are estimated to be between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps in the communist country."

 

Faith of Niger Christians Grows Stronger in Face of Unprecedented Violence: "Christians in Niger are joyfully meeting in homes under police protection as they plan to rebuild church buildings and houses after attacks last weekend (Jan. 16-18) that were unprecedented in scale.

     “'Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in this nation,' wrote one missionary couple in the capital, Niamey. 'Nearly every church in the capital city of Niamey was burned or looted, along with some schools and orphanages and several other churches and Christian homes throughout the nation.” See Persecution Scriptures

 

It Is Open Season on Christians’: "Gunmen burst into a Christian prayer service, proceeded to shoot down the innocent worshipers. That comes after a mid-March suicide bombing in Pakistan killing 14 Christians, wounding 70 others. A few weeks before that, Libya — ISIS killers beheading 21 Egyptian Christians. ... Christians are being slaughtered....

     "Here in the U.S.A., verbal attacks against Christians are the headlines. As we reported yesterday, some far-left people aided by a sympathetic media are now smearing Americans who oppose things like abortion and gay marriage. No question it is open season on Christians."

 

Jihadis Cleansing Pakistan of Christians: "On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers. At least 17 people were killed and over 70 were wounded.... The Taliban claimed responsibility....

     "According to eyewitnesses, two suicide bombers approached the gates of the two churches and tried to enter them. When they were stopped — including by a 15-year-old Christian who blocked them with his body — they self-detonated. Witnesses saw 'body parts flying through the air.'... Agents present at the time of the attack were busy watching the cricket match on TV, instead of carrying out their duty to protect churches."

 

From Missionary friends in Pakistan: Please Pray: "The situation is very critical and the potential of even more people fleeing for their lives is very great. We MUST pray... May our Precious Savior and King grant each of us wisdom to hear and respond to His Voice as we continue to Journey with Him on the Calvary Road.

      "Young boys are physically tortured, families are disturbed and in pain due to their children. They have to flee for their safety to safe places. Those students who have final examinations can’t take the exams, as they fled or they are arrested by the police. Severe physical torture has made them unable to leave a normal life. CTS strongly ask your continue prayers and moral support to Christians in Pakistan especially those who live in Lahore...." See Preparing for Persecution

 

March 2015

 

Christians Living In Persecution Speak Out Against Obama: "Three Christians living in persecution recently spoke out about President Obama’s remarks dealing with ISIS and the Crusades. 'I strongly condemn this statement by US President Obama. Christianity has never caused persecution. Christianity has always preached to love our neighbor. The Bible teaches us, 'But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If any one slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too.'

       "I know of no Christian extremist groups attacking people of other faiths. All over the world, especially Pakistan, Christians are attacked mostly for their beliefs. So I do not agree with President Barack Obama." See Persecution Scriptures

 

UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities: "Dwight Bashir, deputy director for policy at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom ...[said]: 'The situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran is very dire because the Iranian regime is a Sharia state.'

      “This dictatorship oppresses viciously all these precious groups with the abhorrent justification of Islamic law [Sharia] and by that it violates Iran's constitution and a long-lasting tradition within Persian culture of peaceful tolerance and respect towards fellow Iranians with diverse religious backgrounds." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Franklin Graham: New Obama danger for Christians: “'We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam, and the reason I say that … is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama,' Graham said.... 'His mother married another Muslim man. They moved to Indonesia. He went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up, his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity..." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

February 2015

 

Syria: 72 Christian families kidnapped; More under siege by IS: "...sources from Syria’s embattled Hassaka province confirmed Tuesday that at least 72 Assyrian Christian families - thought to be around 200 people - from three villages have been captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). ... An additional 50 or more families are still under siege in Tel Shamiram village, surrounded by IS fighters.

    "On Monday Kurdish fighters from Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) took back control of Toma Yelda, an important hill on the battlefront. However, the military struggle for Tel Shamiram is continuing." See Persecution Scriptures

 

ISIS Captures Christians: Piece by piece, Middle Eastern Christianity is being shattered: "Still reeling from last week’s news of the Islamist beheading of 21 Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya, Middle Eastern Christians were again targeted by a large scale Islamist terror attack with thousands of victims Monday, in Syria.

      "Islamic State jihadists laid siege to a string of Christian Assyrian villages, along the Khabour river, in northeastern Syria, kidnapping or killing scores of residents. Those abducted are now in imminent peril and thousands more who were expelled have joined the ranks of mendicant displaced. Piece by piece, Middle Eastern Christianity is being shattered." See A Taste of Blood: Human nature without a moral conscience!

 

Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: ISIS releases video claiming to show 17 Kurdish fighters in humiliating procession through Iraqi city: "In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages. Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners..."

 

Mainstreaming Jew Hatred in America: "Israel’s ambassador to Denmark reportedly warned Jews to avoid being identified as such in Copenhagen. 'We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street...'

     "Two days before, protesters spray-painted the words 'child killers' on the white walls that surround the Israeli diplomatic mission in the embassy complex....“ See Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

 

Austria Prosecuter: Calling for the Killing of Jews is Legitimate Criticism of Israel: "Twenty-nine-year-old Ibrahim B. wrote on Facebook in December, attributing a quote to the infamous Austrian-born Nazi leader, 'I could have annihilated all the Jews in the world, but I left some of them alive so you will know why I was killing them.' In another message, Austrian media reports that Ibrahim called for “Allah” to “annihilate the Jewish State” and its people.” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Student reprimanded for saying 'God Bless America': "...the student at Yulee High School deviated from the approved script on the morning of Feb. 9th and uttered the words 'God Bless America' -- apparently causing angst among two atheist students. 'It wasn’t part of the scripted morning announcements,' district spokesperson Sharyl Wood said. 'The principal took the appropriate steps in speaking with the student and disciplining the student.

     "'Disciplining the student? What’s the penalty these days for asking God to bless America...?

    "...the atheist students reached out to the American Humanist Association.... 'It is inappropriate and unlawful for a public school to start the school day with an official statement over the intercom stating, ‘God Bless America,’ for such a statement affirms God-belief, validates a theistic worldview and is invidious toward atheists and other nonbelievers,' the American Humanist Association wrote....

     "The AHA said the student violated the Constitution and broke the law by invoking God’s name over the public address system. They demanded the school immediately cease and desist under the threat of a lawsuit." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Christians burned alive: The story of Sidhom Bishay: As the world reacts with shock and horror at the recent immolation of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State, it is well to remember that this particular form of savagery has a long history in Islam....

     "Sidhom Bishay, a Coptic Christian... was immolated in 1844 by local authorities for reportedly 'insulting Muhammad,' the prophet of Islam. Today deemed a saint for his martyrdom — he was tortured and eventually immolated with burning tar for refusing to renounce Christ and convert to Islam." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Islam and Burning People Alive: "Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was a Muslim fighting for the King of Jordan, in coalition with non-Muslim governments, against the Islamic Caliphate of IS. This combination would allow IS to declare their captured pilot a Hypocrite... someone whose external appearance was that of a Muslim, but who... was actually showing his inner disbelief in Islam.

      "The Koran says...: Allah has cursed them and prepared the fires of Hell for them... and Allah commanded Muhammad to 'strive hard against' and 'be harsh' to the Hypocrites.... So IS was not killing a fellow Muslim; they were killing a Hypocrite who was already cursed by Allah...Muhammad had no qualms about burning people." See The fall and rise of human violence

 

Christians in Mexico Deprived of Homes for Refusing to Renounce Their Faith: "In one of at least three instances of persecution of Christians in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state last month, village leaders reneged on their agreement to allow 47 evangelicals who were expelled for their faith to return to their homes and land." Preparing for Persecution 

 

Walls Closing In for Jews at UCLA and in America: "The targeting and mistreatment of Jews on the UCLA campus has grown increasingly virulent.... One particular Jewish student at UCLA, Avinoam Baral, is being vilified and targeted incessantly by Muslim groups. Muslim Brotherhood groups... are demanding that Jewish students sign Nuremberg­like oaths not to associate with Jewish groups, in their continuing jihad against the Jews."

January 2015

 

Kristallnacht for French Jews: "...France ceded sovereignty to a growing Muslim community by allowing over seven hundred 'no go' areas where Muslims are permitted to run their own affairs, including imposing Shariah law, and where French police do not tread for fear of violent reprisals....  January 9, 2015 should be a watershed date not only for the Jews of France, but also for Jews anywhere. For, just as Kristallnacht targeted the Jews of Berlin, the sound of terror and broken glass were the alarm signals to Jews and civilization everywhere." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Christians Burned Alive Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2014: "In Pakistan, 'A mob accused of burning alive a Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan allegedly wrapped a pregnant mother in cotton so she would catch fire more easily, according to family members who witnessed the attack.... Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran.... Their legs were also broken so they couldn't run away....

     "About the Christian couple, Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti, President of the Pakistan Christian Congress, wrote a letter to U.S. President Obama expressing surprise that the U.S. did not even bother to condemn this crime." See Preparing for Persecution   

 

December 2014

 

Prayers for Iranian pastor on fourth anniversary of his arrest: "Fathi, who has now been four years behind bars, was arrested and detained in Tehran's Evin Prison in December 2010 for leading a network of underground evangelical house churches.

     "He was later on found guilty of 'acting against national security' and sentenced to six years in prison. ... Fathi was convicted simply for being Christian in an Islamic country.

     "The 35-year-old father of two was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity when he was 17. ...being a Christian convert in Iran, wherein the official state religion is Shi'a Islam, is a dangerous thing.... The mullahs reserve the most vicious treatment for Iranian Muslims, like Pastor Fathi, who have dared to convert to Christianity.

    "Persian-language Bibles are banned in the country, and apostasy is punishable by death under Shariah law, which lies at the heart of the Iranian penal code. 'Yet to mask its naked persecution of Christian converts, the Tehran regime usually jails them on national-security charges or on the pretext that they spy for foreign powers....

     "More recently, he was transferred to a different prison, Rajai Shahr, outside Tehran, where he shares a cell with hardened criminals. "His right to family visits, guaranteed under Iran's own laws, is routinely violated. He isn't permitted to sing Christians hymns, and prison authorities have confiscated his Bible."

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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 sea of Arab-Islamic hostility—similar or worse tragedies continue to go virtually ignored." http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4572/christian-exodus-islamic-world

 

Christians and Churches Attacked in the West: "...describe for our readers what life would be like for the average American if ISIS actually managed to takeover the United States and create a worldwide Caliphate?

     "ISIS, other Islamic based terrorist groups, and the Islamic ideology are the world’s most dangerous threat. ISIS has money, supporters, world leaders, a military, and a ‘Strategy’ to conquer the world....

     "Proof One: ON Dec. 3, 2014, a direct warning was blared to Americans, regarding ISIS and their directives to 'sleeper agents' in America. Inherently, countless jihadists are scattered throughout the U.S. Therefore, the commentary focused on their specific target; military personnel – whether active duty or vets – and their families....
     "Proof Two: ...U.S. military leaders confirmed: Obama is sabotaging the fight against ISIS!"
See Revolutionary Steps to Global Tyranny

 

Death Penalty for Smuggling Bibles? "Unconfirmed reports of a new decree imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling Bibles into Saudi Arabia has many Christian ministries and support groups on edge. Practicing any religion other than Islam has long been illegal in the desert kingdom, and that includes rules against foreigners bringing in any type of religious material that does not conform to the royal family’s strict Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth

 

Chaplain punished for sharing his faith in suicide prevention class: "An Army chaplain was punished for discussing matters of faith and quoting from the Bible during a suicide prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion -- leading to outrage from religious liberty groups and a Georgia congressman.

     "Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn was issued a Letter of Concern that accused him of advocating for Christianity and 'using Christian scripture and solutions' during a Nov. 20th training session held at the University of North Georgia."

 

‘We Love Jesus!’ Iraqi Children Proclaim Love for Christ in Face of Islamic Beheading: "Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, relayed the story in a recent video as he shared both about the persecution that Christians face in the country and the bravery of the children in standing up for their faith despite the consequences.

    "ISIS turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammad,’ White explained. The children, all under 15, four of them, said, ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus). ... Yesua has always been with us.'

    "The Muslims then again demanded the children to say that they will follow Mohammad.... [The children] said, ‘No, we can’t,' he recalled. ... 'They chopped all their heads off, 'White said, visibly moved and holding back tears." See The fall and rise of human violence

 

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
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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.'”

 

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

 

Free Farshid: Farschid's Story"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 

 

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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