A Huge Contrast between the American Church and the Persecuted Church

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For those who still need proof that the Church has gone from bad to worse over the past couple decades. 

In one production below, they have Jesus in hell, being beaten by Satan. Sorry, that is not true. Jesus said on the Cross, “It is finished.” He did not go to hell and take some kind of beating from Satan. To use a Church/Building for such stuff as this, is for one purpose only: entertainment for the sheeple. I can just imagine afterwards the applause and back patting that went around. Wow! You played a good devil. You were such a great Jesus. Please people, can you actually see the disciples actually going around and performing like this? If not, then why is it ok today? Times have changed, you may say?    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. — Hebrews 13:8 — Call me unimaginative or whatever, but I just can’t imagine His disciples and followers going around putting on some kind of show when they had the Word of God, which they were willing to die!

The scene where the two girls meet a drug pusher, take drugs, then die. They appear before I don’t know who or what he is suppose to be, and they say, “we didn’t mean to do drugs,” then they are cast into hell. Hmmmm, what’s wrong with that picture? It is misleading. It is as if the sin of drug abuse is the thing that causes a person to go to hell. It is rejection of the perfect sacrifice — Jesus — that takes one to hell. Personally, I think when we stand/fall on our faces before a holy awesome God, we will not even be able to utter a word in our defense. We will be so over taken by the Truth standing before us, that any preconceived notions or excuses will be utterly destroyed by the Light. Therefore the only thing we will do — both the saved and unsaved — is bow before him and confess with our tongue that Jesus is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  One in total joy and gratitude, the other in utter defeat and sorrow. 

Another scene of a Christian family driving home from Church and mother tells little boy, “Now, that you’ve asked Jesus into your heart, we’re a complete Christian family.” I certainly do not mean to sound like I am belittling the Christian family. However, that sounds so hokey in light of Christian families who are like any other family, in not having it all together.

Another scene where a man and son are driving. Dad says to son, “If I had spent all my time in Church, instead of working, we wouldn’t have this nice new car or that big house we live in.” I have to agree with the guy on that one. Phony Preachers would have sucked him dry building their little empires. My point here: Church does not save you. And honestly, by today’s standard of what goes on in most American Churches, who wants to go anyway? UNLESS, you happen to blessed enough to have found one without all the foolishness.

Do people really think that we are suppose to take this kind of thing seriously? That it actually leads to people accepting the truth? And if so, would it be the kind of truth one would be willing to die for?

If I was on the outside (meaning not being a Christian) looking in, I would find the first video ridiculous.  However, I still find it ridiculous.

HoneydewWilkins:

Meanwhile in other nations:

Corey Price:

Surely, you are you able to see the contrast? Kind of puts a different light on things, doesn’t it? Gee Redeemed Hippie, can’t you just chill and show us happy things? No. Not when I see what is going on with my brothers and sisters in other countries. Somehow it takes the fun out of watching a bunch of I – wanna – be -a- star – and – there’s – no – other – way – than – to – stand – up – in – church – and – look – like – an – idiot people who are living in some make-believe ivory tower. 

A Few Differences between the Early Church and Today’s Church

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Pretty much tells it like it is, don’t you think? 

Wounded Soldier

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Over the past few years, as I’ve seen the apostacy unfold and how it has been full of nothing but manipulation, I even reached a point where I could not allow myself to listen to most, if any of today’s so-called Christian music. If I ever step foot in a Church/Building again, I will believe that even the very act of worship is being manipualted from those leading it. But, that is my problem, and I will have to learn to deal with it.

There still are certain songs I remember and love. This is one of them. It has always made me think of our brothers and sisters in other lands who truly are being persecuted for the one true faith. I think of them every day and there is nothing I can do, but pray. I think of their sufferings some of us have yet to go through. I love them though I have never met them.

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.               — Hebrews 13:3 —

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Brigitte Gabriel: Radical Islam — The Plan to Destroy America from Within

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I’ve been familiar with this woman for some time now. Her story is a remarkable one. She explains how she grew up Christian in Lebanon and what she and other Christians went through. America truly has no clue what is trying to rear it’s ugly head.

Her story is a graphic one. She warns us.

And to think our government is helping fund those who desire not only the downfall of other nations, but ours too!

Do not become so complacent that you think this can never happen in your own backyard.

The Church in America better wake up.

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Professor makes students stomp on Jesus

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We can continue to thank liberals/democrats for this sort of thing. As it is their professors, their teachers who do these kind of things. We can also thank obama voters who call themselves “christian” for continuing to put their brains on the back burners for helping to elect the garbage who are put in office, who stand behind this sort of thing. 

I am not into trying to build the Kingdom of God here on earth, as some are in both the church and in politics — both liberals and conservatives. In fact, if nothing else, it will just help usher in a one world government at some point.

However, I find it more than appauling that Christianity seems to be the only faith that is quickly becoming the one faith to mock, ridicule and an agenda against it to wipe it off the face of the earth. Liberal Democrats are the ones behind this. So you “christians” who vote on skin color alone without getting a clue what it is who and what you are voting for, are partly to blame for this kind of thing. You help put this filth in high places.  

But what can we expect? The truth is always hated. And one truth is, the institution of learning in this nation have become a habitation of every foul bird, full of devils.

Yeah, I know the one guy who stood up and said “no” to this was a Mormon. So what? Is the Bible believing Christian to sit back and not care just because it didn’t happen to one of us? If I remember right, seems something like that happened in Germany many years ago.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/professor-makes-students-stomp-on-jesus.html

A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor’s directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it. The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson in debate.

“I’m not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated,” student Ryan Rotela told television station WPEC. “I truly see this as I’m being punished.”

Rotela, who is a devout Mormon, said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class told the students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper. Then, they were told to put the paper on the floor.

“He had us all stand up and he said ‘Stomp on it,’” Rotela said. “I picked up the paper from the floor and put it right back on the table.

The young college student told the instructor, Deandre Poole, that the assignment was insulting and offensive.

“I said to the professor, ‘With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate,’” Rotela said. ‘I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.’”

Rotela took his concerns to Poole’s supervisor – where he was promptly suspended from the class.

Poole did not return calls seeking comment.

According to his university profile, he has a PhD from Howard University and is authoring a book titled, “Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero.”

A university spokesperson told they could not comment about Rotela’s case due to student privacy laws.

However, the university is defending the instructor’s assignment to stomp on the name of Jesus.

“As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives,” said Noemi Marin, the university’s director of the school of communication and multimedia studies.

“While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate,” Marin added.

The lesson on bashing the name of Christ is included in a textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson that got Rotela in trouble.

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”

Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom lesson.

“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.

Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.

“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.

The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.

“Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of Mohammed,” Kengor wondered.

Rotela said the idea of stomping on the name of Jesus was beyond his comprehension.

“Any time you stomp on something it shows you believe that it has no value,” he told the television station. “If you were to stomp on the word Jesus – it says the word has no value.”

The Syrian Revolution’s Dire Threat to Christians

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This event has been very hard for me to understand. I have had to read this article more than once and I can only hope I have understood it correctly to mean exactly what the title says. 

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/theodore-shoebat/the-syrian-revolutions-dire-threat-to-christians/

December 4, 2012  By

The Syrian Revolution geared toward the establishment of an Islamic state. As this revolution’s fire burns, therefore, it is no surprise that Islamists are massacring Christians. If an Islamic state becomes the reality in Syria, and the developments reveal that that will soon be the case, we can expect a full-out genocide against Christians to be implemented by the Islamists in Syria. The fall of Assad will mean a mass cleansing of anybody who believes in the Bible, since the Assad regime protects the Christian population.

Just in late November, two car bombs went off in a Christian and Druze suburb of Damascus, killing forty-five and injuring 120. In a recent report by the UK’s Independent, one Syrian said that the rebels

wanted to kill us because we were Christians. They were calling us Kaffirs [infidels], even little children saying these things. Those who were our neighbours turned against us.

Archbishop Issam John Darwish said that there has been “an influx of jihadists in the rebels in the last six, seven months.”

On November 8th of this year, Agenzia Fides reported that the Catholic Church was trying to rescue ten Christians who were abducted by Islamists as they were traveling from Aleppo to Beirut.

According to an article written by Beatriz Schiava:

Christian neighborhoods like Bab Touma, Qatana, the Christian Quarters of Damascus, Hamidiye, and neighborhoods of Aleppo such as Sulaymaniya, AL Jarbiriya, Al Tilal, Villas, and many others have been targeted with bomb attacks and snipers that kill and injure hundreds of innocent bystanders.

On September 25, the Vatican News stated that 150 Greek Catholics, working in their apple fields near the village of Rableh between the Lebanese border and the city of Qusayr, were kidnapped. The next day, another 130 Christians from Rableh were kidnapped by armed thugs. The perpetrators behind this were part of a Sunni Islamist group from Lebanon called Ahmad Ammoun.

Though Ahmad Ammoun was said to have no known connection with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), it turns out that they do have a relation. As I reported on the event, both Ahmad Ammoun and the FSA are Salafist, and both have waged attacks on Christians and Alawite Muslims.

Attacks on churches, looting, the seizing of private property, and murder, are now common crimes done against Christians.

Christians who are not wealthy enough to leave Syria have stayed behind, becoming an easy target for rebels, who have blocked there homes.

In September, it was reported that 150 Christians took up arms to prevent rebels from entering major areas of Aleppo. In the Christian quarter of Jdeidah, Christian militia, with Syrian military assistance, took out Free Syrian Army thugs who were hiding in the Ferhat Square of the area. The reason? FSA members were hiding in buildings killing random Christians. According to one Christian witness named John,

“FSA snipers were on the rooftops and they were attacking the Maronite church and Armenian residents there.”

Manaf Tlass, a very famous rebel in Syria, has a cousin named Abdul Razzak, who commands the notorious al-Farouq brigade of the opposition, which was responsible for the forced exile of 80,000 Christians out of Homs.

In Aleppo, about 100 rebels invaded a Christian area of the city. One report on Syria had this to say:

The violent situation deeply hurts the entire Syrian population, the Christian community as well as other people groups. But about two or three weeks ago we observed an increase of violence that specifically is targeting Christians or Christian neighborhoods. Bombs now are placed in Christian areas where there is no strategic or military target at all.

Also in Aleppo, in November, a bomb went off near a Syriac Orthodox Church leaving between 20 and 80 people dead. An Armenian church was also bombed after being raided and vandalized by rebels.

One Christian named Michel said that the persecution toward Christians began after the first protest against the Assad regime. He continued to say:

“Then suddenly arms were being used and there were Arabs from different countries … They broke into Christian houses and accused them of blasphemy.”

Michel also recounted a horrific event which happened to his family while he was gone from his home:

“It was indescribable fear. They burned tyres in front of the house and wanted to burn the house….[My wife] took the children and was jumping over walls from one street to another until they managed to escape.’

The St. Gevorg Church in Aleppo’s Armenian Nor Kyugh district was set in flames by rebels, being almost put to ashes, while the Mesrobian Armenian school next to the church was also attacked. Moreover, in the Armenian district of Damascus, a bomb went off that killed 10 people, and wounded another 50.

Agnes Mariam, the Mother Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St. James the Mutilated in Qara, said that while the Assad regime does “not favor Christians, the social fabric of Syria is very diverse, so Christians live in peace.”

Right when Assad’s regime topples, the Christians will be amongst the greatest victims.

While Israel has not gotten involved in the revolution, it is not optimistic either. Syrian rebels have taken almost all of the villages near the frontier with the Golan Heights. Ehud Barak said: “Almost all of the villages, from the foot of this ridge to the very top, are already in the hands of the Syrian rebels.”

One rebel named Mateen said that the rebellion has “a big fight against the Jews ahead of us. We will take that up, God willing.”

Pope Benedict XVI has in fact objected to sending any arms into Syria, where they will be put into the hands of the rebels:

“The import of weapons has to finally stop …Without the import of arms the war cannot continue. Instead of importing weapons, which is a grave sin, we have to import ideas of peace and creativity.”

Redeemed Hippie: The pope’s words mean very little to me. Trying to “import peace and creativity” makes about as much sense as letting a fox guard a hen house. I’m sure those who are being persecuted over there, just loooove his idea.  

Where are the voices from major contemporary churches? Where is Rick Warren, Joel Olsteen? America and Europe have not offered any help for the Christians, and while mainstream churches stay silent, the U.S. government and Western allies are making matters worse. Within hours of Obama’s re-election victory, Western allies had already designed a development for Syria, expecting a much more aggressive approach to Syria by the president. England and Turkey have been discussing the use of NATO against Bashar al-Assad, expecting more support from Obama.

Let’s not forget that Obama last month recognized the official Syrian opposition as a legitimate group, saying,

I’m encouraged to see that the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they’ve had in the past, …We consider them a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people. We’re not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of government in exile, but we do think that it is a broad-based representative group.

What will this do? Remember Egypt. What caused the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian revolution to be so confident? They got Obama’s approval in his famous “New Beginning” speech of 2009, which he gave in Cairo (a speech which, I believe, will be judged by history as one of the most destructive acts of a U.S. president).

While Obama has been vocal on his support for the Syrian revolution and the toppling of Assad, his administration is now considering giving weapons to help the rebels. The New York Times reported in November:

“While no decisions have been made, the administration is considering several alternatives, including directly providing arms to some opposition fighters.”

Turkey wants NATO to provide them with surface-to-air missiles to supposedly protect the country from the Syrian military, and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the Patriot missile system would not be “for use beyond the Turkish border.”

The chances are high that the Obama administration and NATO’s involvement will go beyond just talk, and will involve working with terrorist groups, just as they did when they worked to oust out Gaddafi, as Walid Shoebat reported:

Appointing Libyan fighters to oust Qaddafi was akin to appointing the same individuals with the same ideology as Al-Qaeda. That ideology was established by the fighting groups that were involved in the Afghan-Russian war. It was these groups that were aided by NATO forces and supported by the Obama administration, which wanted the removal of the Gaddafi regime.

From what I have heard, the reasons why America is in support of toppling Assad is because they see him as a brutal tyrant who needs to be removed. Also, because America sees the Shiites as the major threat, and it believes that by removing Assad, Iran will then be weakened significantly. But what America and the rest of the West need to realize is that that by getting rid of Assad, the road will be paved for Turkey to invade Syria, and will yield Turkey’s rise as a major superpower in the Middle East.

With all of this said, the point is clear: Islam is an anti-Christian ideology, and when its fundamentalist followers take Syria, the Christians living there will be enslaved and become the victims of genocide.

Theodore Shoebat is the author of For God or For Tyranny.

 

A Little Bit More Perspective

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Taken from my sister Mkayla’s place. I am constantly amazed at how she and others are able to say what I can not. Thank you, Mkayla. This is a word fitly spoken for such a time.

http://mkayla.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/a-little-bit-more-perspective/

 1 Timothy 6:3-5

3 (If anyone teaches otherwise and) does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of fain. From such withdraw yourself.

2 Timothy 3:12-13

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Just thought I’d throw that out there to anyone struggling with what to do with those who do not listen to warnings of false doctrine. I know that many of us suffer personally, we are called names, de-friended and un-churched and snubbed. We are told we are without love, are vengeful, angry and are in need of inner healing (this was the first rock thrown at me – I was wounded and in need of healing when I questioned Todd Bentley’s ways to those in leadership over me). We are Pharisees, judgmental and probably not even saved. We stand in the way of God’s anointed, anointing and wrongly touch those who are. We misunderstand and speak against things we know nothing about, are in need of fresh revelation, a touch, a word, a supernatural experience. And if we are not careful may be in the greatest danger of all – blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. We who are women are reminded of our sister Eve and the sin of the apple-biting, thereby rendering all those after her, useless. So, brothers and sisters, to those of you who have been greeted by these italicized words, take heart and be encouraged that those who have gone before us, who suffered the same were first called Christians at Antioch. Acts 12:26

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