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Most of the news items below illustrate the challenges Christians will face in a world that's growing increasingly hostile to Biblical values. We hope the information will encourage you to stand firm in God's Truth -- no matter how great the pressure to compromise.

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  "Jesus said... 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
 

"Please pray for God's people around the world!  As in Europe,  Christian faith is  fading in America, while persecution is spreading in many other parts of the world. Countless Christians would rather face death than deny their beloved Lord!

 

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....

     "Consider the case of the Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who 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.

     "President Obama needs to use the nuclear talks to pressure the Iranian clerics to release Saeed Abedini so he can live with his family in peace. Instead, currently Saeed Abedini has to write moving letters to his family from a harsh prison in Iran.

     "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

 

Persecution.  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

 

Persecuting Christians. 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

 

Worship: True or False? 'Freedom to worship' – Obama's next bait & switch: “Worship at its core is essentially a private and personal process, a communion between God and an individual. No government could restrict such worship.... Even forbidding individuals to worship together in public, which coercive communist governments like China’s have done, cannot actually prevent individuals from worshiping God in private. ...

    “The free exercise of religion under the American Constitution, by contrast, includes the freedom to openly express, follow and live out our faith – not just in private but also in the public square – without government coercion, censorship or any other form of restriction. The concept of religious liberty held by the Constitution’s framers included not merely the freedom to worship, but also the free exercise of conscience – carrying out one’s moral beliefs with conviction and action.” See Purging the Memory of our Christian Roots

Obama.  Is this Obama's declaration of war on Christian schools? "The yawning chasm of a potential loss of accreditation reportedly faced Gordon College just a few months back. It seemed that the Christian school’s Statement of Life and Conduct included 'homosexual practice' as a forbidden activity and that had riled the politically correct officials at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges..."

Faith & Prayer!  U.S. lets American Pastor Saeed Abedini Rot in Iran's Prison: "Recently, prison guards have threatened that even if he serves the full eight years, he will not be released, and that they will find new grounds to continue to hold him indefinitely.'

     "On 28 July 2012, during a visit to Tehran to visit family and to finalize the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained Abedini, asserting that he must face criminal charges for his Christian faith.'...

     "If Islam truly is a religion of peace, then why are they holding a man, beating him and torturing him because of his faith in Jesus Christ? If Islam is a religion of peace, then I call on the Iranian President to let Saeed come home to his wife and children and quit torturing him... and trying to get him to renounce his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

 

Genocide.  The Islamic Genocide of Christians: "In November, 1914...  the Ottoman caliphate issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree, proclaiming it a 'sacred duty' for all Muslims to 'massacre' infidels....

      "The same Koran verses that the Islamic State and other jihadi outfits regularly quote permeated the Ottoman fatwa, including: 'Slay the idolaters wherever you find them...  and 'O you who have believed! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends.... Many Muslims still invoke this doctrine."  See GENOCIDE - Prevention, Sovereignty & Human Nature

 

Tyranny. Obama and mayors planning not only to reform but to totally replace America’s police forces: "Mayors and city councils—in office largely courtesy of public apathy—are President Barack Obama’s boots on the ground in the ongoing, carefully orchestrated racial riots coming soon to a city near you....

     "While diverting public attention by snubbing senators, and overriding both Constitution and Congress, Obama is now hammering the final nail in the Fundamental Transformation of America coffin.... It is through complicit mayors and councils that the United Nations has been able to forge the road to Agenda 21 for all of Western society. As incredible as it may seem, It is with the cooperation of municipal politicians that Obama will get to replace every police force in the United States with a more military styled one that is answerable only to him.

     "We the People should have seen Baltimore and Ferguson coming on July 2, 2008, when Obama boasted in Colorado Springs, CO: 'We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”... Getting there has been Marxist Community organizing all the way." See From Freedom to Servitude

 

Faith.  'If there is no God, everything is permitted': J. Edgar Hoover stated: "The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation.... We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of Secularism on our Christian way of life. ... A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of ‘God-centered’ deeds and thoughts. ... When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God.'

     "Noah Webster wrote in his 'History of the United States,' 1832: 'All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” See A Reminder

 

Faith.  There Are Not Two Sides': Atheists Seek to Stop Teacher from Presenting Alternative to Evolution: "Two prominent atheist organizations are urging an investigation into a Christian science teacher [Pettenger] for teaching 'both sides of the argument' surrounding evolution, as they believe that he should not be permitted to do so.

     "The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Washington, D.C.-based Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) recently sent a letter to the Lucia Mar Unified School District to complain.... 'I understand that you might be worried I am teaching religion in a public school science class, which is not the case,' he wrote. 'There is debate within the scientific community about how to answer the question where did life come from. I feel it would be a disservice to my students not to present both sides of the argument.'"

 

Faith.  Atheists Seek Investigation Into Christian’s ‘Presence’ in Debate Class to Speak on Critical Thinking: "In late March, Eric Hovind, the president of the Florida-based ministry Creation Today, addressed a debate class.... But as Hovind had engaged in a debate with a local humanist two days prior... and since he is a born-again Christian who is known to speak against evolution, atheists became upset with school officials for allowing Hovind to address students...." (What about Islam in schools? Why are they free to speak and enforce their beliefs?) See Victory

 

Faith.  Nepal Pastor's Last Words: God Will Grant Power to Continue Ministry: "It was about two minutes before noon when the quake hit. Sixty-two Christians were gathered on the fourth floor of a building for their Saturday morning worship service. The ground started shaking; the fourth floor collapsed on top of the other floors below it, killing 17 Christians, including the Senior Pastor Elija Gahle....

      "'He [Pastor Elija Gahle] ... planted 60 churches in western Nepal. And four years ago he started Vision Salvation Church in Kathmandu. 'Santi Oli was among the 44 church members who survived the earthquake. Her 16-year-old daughter, Manisha, did not... 'She was a servant of God, always encouraging and helping others....

      "When he met the 23-year-old at the hospital, he said he was buried beneath a pile of bricks, trapped beside Pastor Elija. He said, 'Death is near for me, but you will be rescued and the Holy Spirit will give you power to continue your ministry,' Vikram said.

      "And with Pastor Elija's passing, Pastor Jacob will now lead the church in its goal of planting 777 churches in the Hindu nation. 'I hope that because of this incident, because of this great disaster, God will do miraculous things in this land of Nepal,' he said."  See Victory

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us..." Romans 8:35, 37

 

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