Posts tagged ‘persecution’

January 26, 2009

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God, the salvation of everyone who believes – Romans 1:16

 

The Bible is illegal in 52 countries across the globe.  That is a hard statistic to swallow, especially when you think of the day and age we are in where the clock ticked twelve midnight less than a month ago to 2009! 

Really?  Illegal in 52 countries?  No way?  That is my reaction as well, but it’s true.  You can check it out for yourself at www.persecution.com 

I bring this up because I have a heart for missionaries and for getting the Gospel(good news) out to the entire world that is in desperate need of a Savior.  Everyone might not know they need a Savior, but we all do.  His name is Jesus and I love Him! 

The sad part for me is that I know I don’t act the way I should all the time nor am a great witness all the time for Him, but I try and that also is the reason why I need Him.  To save me from my sins when I don’t act like I always should.  Should I continue on sinning?  By no means, states the Apostle Paul.  I should never take God’s grace and forgiveness for granted and I don’t.  But, this is the human condition from the beginning of time.  We are born into sin, live a life of sin and need forgiveness for that sin and the answer is Jesus, the perfect lamb that was slaughtered for our sakes, a propitiation if you will for that sin.

Let’s pray for the missionaries that are persecuted for their faith in Christ around the world and who are fighting to get the Gospel out into these 52 countries and others like them across the globe.  Let’s pray that God will make a way, when there seems to be no way.

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October 29, 2008

Christian Iraqi’s

After watching this video, it saddens me to hear and see about the displacement of many Iraqi Christians.  They have left Iraq for fear of their lives as they have received death threats.  Many have been murdered in Iraq itself.  Persecution of Christians is still rampant throughout the world, especially in Iraq today. 

Christianity has it’s roots strong in the middle east, including Iraq where the tower of Babel was built from in the Book of Genesis as well as believed to be the location of The Garden of Eden.  Yet today, there is no place for home in this country for believers.  The Christian people have fled to Lebanon, my father’s country of origin.  Lebanon has a diverse and welcomed culture of diversity.  Christians and Muslims live side by side, city by city.  Thus, the reason for these folks to flee as refugees to Lebanon.  Let’s pray they find a home and make a living there.  I do know that jobs are not rampant and the economy is not in great shape as my family tells me.  But life and freedom is better than death and living in fear.  To see and hear this saddens me. 

In 2008, we still have death because of religion.  The worse part is, if it were the other way around, the Muslim world would up-rise and call for Jihad against any travesty of death or persecution to Muslim’s.  Something is wrong with this picture! 

Then again, Jesus told us we would be persecuted even to the point of death for our faith, yet we still strive for the higher goal and calling that is find in:

 THE ONE AND ONLY, OUR PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, HOLY, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, JESUS THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS.

October 24, 2008

missing the gospel

The term Gospel means “Good News”  I always repeated this phrase to my Sunday School kids I taught at Church.  I love the fact that sharing the Gospel to a lost world means that your sharing “Good News

In a recent news article there is a young lady that is still in college here in the states and decided to go to Iran to visit family and whilst she is there, to write a report on the lack of women’s rights in that country.  She was found out by the authorities and was subsequently arrested by the police in a traffic stop.  She is currently sequestered and unfortunately, it’s going on 10+ days she has been held in captivity without a means for release.  Let’s pray she is freed soon and can share her experience with the world.  She is not the only one in Iran who has been treated unfairly this way, it’s been going on for decades!  In recent years has the news of government oppression towards women and the fact that anyone who speaks against the government has been coming to light.

You can find that anywhere in the world where the Bible, Jesus and Christians are either oppressed, outlawed or punished/imprisoned, you will find a lack of Freedom.  Iran is such a state.  As well as many other countries in the world as well.  Saudi Arabia, China and other countries as well.  Even though the perception of freedom is there, the lack of religious freedom is oppression of the worst kind.

My point is: where Jesus is not found, you will find serious tyranny and oppression!  Where the Bible is outlawed you will see Government’s trying to control the people.  Why is that?  I believe that the Bible opens eyes to freedom!  I believe that truths throughout scripture open hearts and minds to things that were not thought of or believed in or even conceived.  I believe Jesus brings fear to those who oppose Him.  Even the demons shudder!

Let’s pray for freedom, religious REAL freedom, comes to Iran and to the rest of the countries around the world.  Let’s keep these countries and people in our prayers.  The Bible League has an excellent ministry to spread the Gospel and Bibles to regions where persecution is rampant.  You can read here about the places around the world specifically.

June 27, 2008

christians in iraq

I read a really sad and true depiction of what Christian’s are experiencing and going through in Iraq.  Please keep in your prayers our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted for their faith there.  Here is the article from the NY Times.  Thank God over and over for our freedom that we have here at home in the USA.  We should thank God everyday for the freedoms we have and be grateful for it.  Let’s be in action and stand in the gap for the body of Christ around the world as well.

 

blessings,

Sam

June 26, 2008

have we shamed the face of Jesus?

12/6/01  Have we shamed the face of Jesus?

Muslims in our Pulpits

 

 

It was called the “Congress of the Cults.”  Over 4,000 priests, pastors, and ministers from all denominations were assembled.  They had elected Joseph Stalin as their honorary president.  One after another went to the podium proclaiming that Christianity and communism were fundamentally the same.  They could co-exist.  They could “all get along.” 

A young Christian woman could bear it no longer.  She looked at her husband, a Lutheran pastor, and said, “They are spitting on the face of Jesus.  Go wash the shame off His face.”  Her husband warned her, “If I speak against the communists, you will no longer have a husband.”  The pastor’s wife, Sabina Wurmbrand, simply replied, ” I don not wish to have a coward for a husband.”

          So Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a lone voice among the 4,000, went to the microphone.  He was well known in Romania, and everyone believed he would go along with the assembly for the sake of “peace.”  He didn’t.  He spoke only of loyalty to Jesus Christ.  He could not “co-exist” with any entity that opposed the Great Commission principle.

          For his simple protest, Richard paid dearly–as did countless Christians who refused to “bow down” to the ways of communism.

          Today we face the same scenario.  Jesus is being spit upon in American churches.  Christians are selling their soul for a “peaceful co-existence” found in deceit.  But who will come forward and wipe away the shame?

          I cannot take it any longer.  How many of our brothers and sisters must be beaten, tortured, burned or decapitated, before we realize that Christians and Muslims DO NOT serve the same God?

We love the Muslims.  Many of our co-workers put aside their own safety to reach them for Christ.  We print special literature in their languages; we produce and broadcast special programs into the Middle East.  We are willing to give our own lives to win the soul of a single Muslim.  But we will never, never align ourselves with Islam and its militant teachings.  To do so would destroy the very witness many of our brothers and sisters are dying for.

Across America pastors and Christian leaders are allowing representatives of the Islamic faith to freely speak in their pulpits.  This happened at Willow Creek Community Church, the largest church in America, where a Muslim man named Faisal Hammouda was allowed to share the pulpit.  During the interview with Pastor Bill Hybels, Hammouda claimed:  “As a matter of fact, we, all of us…believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus.  I believe in Mohammed and all the prophets.  So our mission here is to introduce people to God.”  He also stated, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.”

But the Koran says, “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth.  The Messiah ‘Iesa(Jesus), son of Maryam(Mary), was no more than a Messenger of Allah and His Word…” The Koran also claims that Jesus was never crucified.  Muslims do not recognize the sovereignty of Jesus Christ of His sacrifice.  They do not accept the way of the cross.  So how could this be the same God? (Read 1John 2:22-23)

Faisal went on to say, “Jihad means striving to improve oneself, striving to change conditions to better conditions, striving against evil.”  Even the Chicago Tribune noted that laughter could be heard “rolling” throughout the audience as Hammouda discussed the “true” definition of a “jihad” saying, “It even could refer to a personal holy war to overcome, say, a desire to eat more candy.”

How foolish have we allowed ourselves to become?  Three Sundays after Faisal Hammouda gave his “enlightening” presentation, 16 of your brothers and sisters were gunned down in a church in Pakistan.  You may blame this on the war against terrorism, but you would be mistaken.  If it was against America, why did the gunmen target their countrymen?  If Faisal is right and Islam is “peace-loving,” why are our brothers and sisters in ALL Islamic-controlled countries facing severe persecution?  Unfortunately, in his interview, Pastor Hybels left that question out.  This may sound harsh; it isn’t.  The treatment that the Body of Christ is facing in Islamic countries is harsh.  WE feel truly sorry for Willow Creek.  In an effort to “love,” they left out the truth.

There is no love in deceit.  We are in danger of loving the Muslims to hell.  What will they say before Christ?  Will they say, “But we all served the same God.  We even spoke in Your churches.  When did we persecute You?”  God forbid we trade salvation for “safety.”  Could Christ have peaceful co-existed with the religious rulers of His time?  Could the apostle Paul have “just gotten along” with the religious and political powers of his time and avoided martyrdom?

Jesus said that if they hated Him, they would hate us.  Nevertheless, we are called to be a witness.  WE are not called to figure out a way to get people to accept us.

If you love the Muslims, tell them about the Jesus they so fervently persecute.  If you love the Muslims, support those who are willing to lay down their life to be a witness among them (John 15:13).  If you want to reach your congregation and help “bridge the gap,” invite Christians who have converted from Islam to speak to your congregation.

The simple fact is: Muslims do not “peacefully co-exist” with Christians.  Faisal Hammouda did not speak for Islam.  If he thought he did, he was deceived.  Islamic teachings offer no tolerance for those who reject Mohammed for Christ.  Read the Koran for yourself.  Study Islamic history.  Learn the truth about what is happening right now in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Tajikistan and other countries where Islam has a foothold.  Remember, less than one percent of the Muslim population in the world lives in America.

If you study Islamic history, you will learn that Mohammed traveled to Mecca and offered a peaceful doctrine.  But is was not accepted.  In fact, he was even persecuted.  So he later traveled to Medina where his teachings took on a more hard-line militant form.  Once he gained a following, he ruled by force.  Now his teachings dominate in many nations.  Islam struggles, fights, and even kills for its faith.  Once it gains power, its real face is revealed.  “Accept Allah and his prophet Mohammed, or die.”  This is happening right now in Indonesia, where the largest population of Muslims exists.

We challenge Pastor Hybels and other American pastors who believe Islam and Christianity can peacefully co-exist to visit the Maluku islands of Indonesia or the capital of Islam, Saudi Arabia, where no church is allowed.  We ask you to speak with your brothers and sisters who secretly worship there.  (We have.)  WE invite you to learn the truth, then decide if you will join with them in winning Muslims for Christ, or sell your soul for a shroud of peace.

The main issue at stake is the deity of Christ, not mutual understanding, dialog of feeling good about each other.  Any question-and-answer session or dialog where Christ is not clearly presented as the only way (John 14:6) and as the complete Godhead in the flesh (Colossians 1:15-20 and 2:8-10, 1 John 2:22-23) is blasphemy and a shameful attack on the cross.  Christ described His was as narrow, not an “all faiths club.”

The issue is about access and power, not about negotiating away our Christianity. In Matthew 25:31-32, Jesus proclaimed this path and power as solely His.  As a result, in Matthew 26:3-4, the chief priests and scribes consulted that they might kill Him.

Muslims wish to neutralize Jesus for the same reasons the chief priests and scribes did.  Some Christian leaders may try to squirm out of this conflict to maintain a politically correct, man-pleasing church.  Choose this day whom you will serve.  If we begin to present a fuzzy God (such as, we all worship the same God), we are opening the doors of hell to our people, not the door of heaven.

We may be able to peacefully dialog with a Muslim man in America or in another Western culture.  But this is a distorted reality.  It is a partial truth at best.  And when we present Islam as another truth, we spit on the face of Christ and those who serve His kingdom in Islamic countries.

We do not hate the Muslims.  We hate deception.  We do not advocate violence.  We advocate love and truth.  We desire peace, but will not trade it for compromise.  We will reach out to Muslims but will not deny the sovereignty of Christ and the cross as the only way to salvation.  And we will not turn our back on our family members who are suffering and being killed under Islam for their faith and witness in Jesus Christ.  Islam is the dominant force trying to eradicate Jesus Christ in their nations and neutralize Him worldwide as another “prophet.”  We will not prostitute the gospel for a politically correct peace.  Should any of us do otherwise?

If you find any news articles or sermons endorsing all faiths “serving the same God” in your community, please send this material to us as we take a stand together for Christ.  This will help us as we try togging a better understanding of the American church and how it is addressing Islam.  If you or your pastor needs more information about Islam, please call our office.  Thank you for standing with our persecuted family this Christmas season.

 

In Christ and for the martyr’s,

 

 

Dr. Tom White

P.O.Box 443 Bartlesville, OK  74005

(918) 337-8015

www.persecution.com

thevoice@vom-usa.org

http://www.persecutionblog.com/2008/06/tom-white-inter.html

 

June 9, 2008

what’s going on in our country?

I just read an article about some clarification on “Maryland Textbooks on Islamic Teachings Dumbed Down”

This really is firing me up.  Our country is fighting any type of Christianity viewpoints to show up in schools across the nation and take up a viewpoint that there is a God and that creation could possibly be an option other than a ‘big bang or evolution’ story, among others.  Yet, an entire state has decided that they need to teach their children in junior high and high school what a jihad is or isn’t?  That understanding of Islam needs to be taught in order to understand tolerance or acceptance of a group that has personally drug our flag on their streets and burned it for decades across countries all over the world.  That explosions to our embassy’s and tower’s of buildings have been demolished and exploded into by whom?  By some passive group of people that think it’s OK for these things to occur?  Islam itself has caused itself to be defamed across the world.  and were going to teach our kids that it’s OK and that jihad isn’t really a way of declaring war in Arabic, but more of a subtle viewpoint that a few radicals have decided to use?  How do you water that down???

I don’t get the logic or understanding behind this?  Why don’t we just get some more viewpoints on other religions as well since were at a good point in time to share about other religions?  Let’s get some Buddhism and Hinduism as well?  Why just Islam?  Political Correctness is out of control.  When PC begins to invade our schools rather than work places, there is a big problem starting to happen.  When schools start shoving this down our throats as a class that must be taken, there is a problem.  When a religious group is able to force the hand of law makers to add classes just for a special religious group, not as an elective, but as a must, we have a problem.

It seems that legislature has given into pro-Islamic groups in the area and declared for our children that this must be taught to them.  I don’t know about you, but If I was in Maryland and had children in public schools, I would pull them out and send them to a private school or home school them.  I would also start bombarding the legislature in Maryland with emails and letters with disdain over this unruly new position that has entered into our schools and our homes. 

Make your voice heard by contacting the Montgomery county, Maryland website here and make your voice heard and known by all that this is an injustice that should not be taught by our schools, period!

When Imams come forward across the world and start saying NO to jihad’s and other violence that continues to pervade the Islamic culture, then can we start saying that there might be hope.  We have yet to see this across our world.  But, the truth is, that the Koran is not a very peaceful book.  One half of it says to live a worthy life with all that is right and then there is a second half to the book that goes into infidel’s and how those who are unbelieving should not be allowed to live.  There is no other major religion in the world that promotes violence this way.  I know this because I have grown up in the culture and have lived a short life of believing in Islam.  There are also many more radical groups that get deeper into the religious cult of Islam.  There is additions to the Koran that exist, including one that believes in Ali, who is the husband of one of Muhammad’s daughters.  He was very extreme in his views on the world and has more explicit things to say about infidel’s and how they should be treated.  This is a very shortened version of the Koran, but is needed to be expressed this way due to the length of the current blog.

We have many countries that are all over the world that DON’T allow religious freedom.  These countries are oppressors of truth and dictate to their people what should be said and done and believe.  This is a travesty!  These countries include ally Saudi Arabia, where you can not visit as a tourist, but only by way of business reasons or religious reasons(of course that religion is Islam and no other).  There is Iran, who is a big oil producer in the world, and continues to proclaim condemnation upon the United States and Israel and I’m sure anyone else that gets in their way and disagrees with them.  We still have communist China that works on keeping a state controlled church, but disallows people to gather in a personal setting to speak on their views of Christianity.  Persecution is very evident across China as well, jail terms and death to those who break the law(religious aspects of it, not for people that commit murder or the like, but break the religious law).

There is a great website that speaks on persecution of the Church, stories of Martyrs of modern day and countries that are persecuting the church as a whole here.  There is also a great book by DC Talk that is called “Jesus Freaks” and I highly recommend getting a copy of it and reading these stories of people that have died for their faith in Jesus Christ and not because they blew themselves up with explosive devices, but because they believed in Jesus and were burned, murdered or a number of other ways that the oppressors felt they needed to kill them.

You alone have the power to make a change, DO IT!