John 12:31-32 Now is the Judgment of this World: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me
IS PREACHING SALVATION NECESSARY?
QUESTION: If, on the cross, Jesus paid our sin debt past, present and future, then everyone in the world is already saved, because all sins by everyone now alive were future sins when Jesus died. Why are so many preachers who teach this doctrine still trying to get people saved? It seems that most of them are talking out of both sides of their mouth. The truth remains that provision for forgiveness of sin was accomplished on the cross. I don’t get it.
ANSWER: John 3:16 is the defining verse here. The Lord began by saying, “God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son …” At the cross every sin of mankind, past, present, and future was paid for. But then He went on to say, “… that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”
That means that it wasn’t just His death that saves us, but our belief that He died for us. So even though all of mankind’s sins are paid for, we each have to accept the pardon His death purchased for us to be saved. It’s our choice. If we reject it, we’re saying we don’t believe in Him. At that point we’re on our own and the penalty for our sins is ours to pay.
Those who preach this are trying to help people understand that even though God’s pardon is available to anyone and everyone without exception, we each have to choose to accept it in order to be saved. We do so by accepting Jesus as our Savior.
IS BAPTISM NECESSARY FOR SALVATION?
QUESTION: My intention here is not to be insulting, but you are cherry-picking. Jesus established the minimum requirement when he said in Mark 16:16 that you must believe and be baptized. So what gives with your explanation? Belief is to be active; you must apply some action for faith without works is dead! I’m glad you mention John 3:16 because it flows from what Jesus said in 3:5 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. This “water” birth Jesus speaks of is baptism. None other!
ANSWER: By saying I’m cherry picking, I assume you’re referring to my use of John 6:28-29 to support my view that belief is the only requirement for salvation. Do you realize that you’re also implying that Jesus was less than honest with the people who had asked the question “What is the work that God requires?” If ever He had an opportunity to lay out clearly everything that God needs from us, that was it. All He said was, “The work of God is this. Believe in the One He has sent.” If you’re right about the necessity for baptism to assure salvation, then Jesus didn’t tell them the full story, the thief on the cross didn’t go to paradise, and Paul was also wrong in Romans 10:9-10, 13 and in 1 Cor. 1:13-17 when he said the Lord didn’t call him to baptize people but to preach the Gospel.
You’ve misinterpreted James on the issue of faith without works being dead. He was saying that true faith will manifest itself in works, not that works must be added to faith to make it real.
I also think you’ve interpreted John 3:5 incorrectly. Remember the context is being born again. Being born of water is our first birth, the physical birth from our mother’s womb and the birth water that surrounded us. Being born again is when we’re born of the Spirit. It’s our second birth. Baptism is not in view in this passage.
Don’t get me wrong. I support baptism as the public confirmation of a private decision, but I don’t believe the Lord intended it to be essential for salvation.
IS CHURCH ATTENDANCE NECESSARY
QUESTION: Thank you for making such an informative site, I am blessed to be able read it often! I love the revelation story and think this is a perfect first person account to share with children in a way they can understand it.
My question is: What is your thought about people who are Christians but don’t attend church on a regular basis? I have found that I spend much more time learning and therefore glorifying God by all my studies on the net but several preachers tell me I am wrong and should invest in going to church…when I did that I didn’t spend near as much time studying the bible or studying online. I feel as though we do not need to be in church to worship God. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
ANSWER: There’s no Biblical mandate for regular church attendance as far as I can tell. In my opinion, the main reason for attending church is the fellowship with believers. This includes socializing with people who share our world view, praying with and for other believers, hearing the praise reports of answered prayers, and worshiping the Lord together. It’s a time when your spirit is uplifted and your faith strengthened.
I agree that many (most?) congregations don’t fill this need, but keep looking. When you find the right one for you, you’ll never miss another Sunday
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- ‘Israel will not give up Jerusalem’ – Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, tells Congress members that moving the embassy would bring a diplomatic solution closer
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- Iranian Control of Strategic Kurdish Mountain Poses Serious Threat to Israel, Top Security Official Says
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- EMERGENCY ALERT! GOVERNMENT AND BIG PHARMA TO MAKE VACCINES MANDATORY The fight against medical tyranny is just beginning
- DAILY MAIL: The cynical conspiracy to stop us using cash: ROSS CLARK says the push for a cashless society is all about greed
- ‘Scientists shocked as fisheries collapse along West Coast — ‘It’s the worst we’ve seen… they’re starving’ — Death rates skyrocket, no babies being born — Fish stocks at all-time record lows
- Should Children Form Emotional Bonds With Robots? For better and worse, toys powered by AI are becoming an intimate part of kids’ lives. SQ-THE GOAL IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NUCLEAR FAMILY,AND TOTAL ‘NANNY- BOTS’
- When AI rules, one rogue programmer could end the human race SQ-ESPECIALLY IF THAT ENTITY IS A DEMON POSSESSED MALCONTENT OR SATAN INFUSED WORLD LEADER-MOST DO NOT CONSIDER THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR:THERE ARE NO RESETS WHEN YOU DIE!
- Catharsis brings Burning Man spirit to nation’s capital: SQ NEO PAGANISM-COSMIC DESTRUCTION AND RE-CREATION -‘SHIVA STATUE’ BEFORE THE GIANT PHALLIC SYMBOL AND ‘HELL FIRE IN OUR FACES’-THE U.S. IS MYSTERY BABYLON!
- Texas church massacre survivor says there was a shooter ‘on top of the roof-‘-‘I didn’t just hear them, I saw them, and then people went down.’ the woman said in a brief interview with ABC News from the hospital.
- DAILY MAIL: Donna Brazile criticizes Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for their ‘Titanic egos’ and claims they ‘stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes’
- The-economic-causes-for-americas-second-civil-war: These pre-existing racial economic divisions are being used against America to start a civil war and globalists behind this strategy are winning.
- Former US Senator: All these Navy sailors have died after Fukushima radiation exposure, TV program reveals many are now dead , Veterans break down in tears… suffering cancers, paralysis, amputations, bleeding from anus, severe pain
- VAULT 8: WIKILEAKS BEGINS PUBLISHING SOURCE CODE FOR CIA HACKING TOOLS ‘Hive provides a covert communications platform for a whole range of CIA malware…’
- ‘Fear Is Everywhere’ In Hollywood As The MSM Covers Up The Sex Scandals Within Their Own News Outlets – The ‘Morally Superior’ Elite Get Their Self-Created Pedestals Ripped Right Out From Under Them
- South Africa has serious problems with murderous cannibals: Mount Frere police found a man who had beheaded a woman and was eating her body on his front lawn. He charged at the police, screaming, and they shot him in true horror movie fashion.
- Legal Experts ‘Have never seen anything like this before, ever’ — 294 MORE SEALED INDICTMENTS NATIONWIDE ! ! ! ! Elite / Pedophiles / Politicians Going Down !
- VIDEO: Ozone Layer Collapse, A Former NASA Contract Engineer Warns Of Planetary Omnicide ( Dane Wigington ) MUST LISTEN
- URGENT ALERT: Saudi Arabia Orders Its Citizens To Leave Lebanon Immediately :Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman was in Athens and asked for Greek and Cypriot support. Israel is ready to make military moves into both Lebanon and Syria.
- Fire and ice: Mapping the magma flow to Antarctica’s most active volcano: SQ-NOTE HOW THE ANTARCTICA IS FILLING THE HEADLINES ONCE AGAIN
- From Nuremberg to California: How Eugenics Destroys the Lives of Children by Removing Consent to Medical Procedures Like Vaccines
- Climate Engineering Is A Gateway To Global Government SQ-HEGELIAN DIALECTIC– ‘HELL STORMS UNDERWAY’-THE LIES AND FRAUD ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE ENGINEERING IN ORDER TO ENSLAVE MANKIND!
- NASA DISCOVERS MANTLE PLUME ALMOST AS HOT AS YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO THAT’S MELTING ANTARCTICA FROM BELOW;SQ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN MY 2O POINT YOU TUBE PROPHETIC PANORAMA YOU REALLY SHOULD WATCH IT!–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfMToJo_m74
- China to Add 5th Antarctic Outpost:The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong left Shanghai on Wednesday enroute to Inexpressible Island in Antarctica to establish the country’s fifth outpost on the frozen continent.
- France: A Decomposing Civilization: France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its inner strength broken.
- MUST READ: On Corruption, by Sheepdog and Son–Corruption of the Church–Corruption of the Government–Corruption of the Mainstream Media-Corruption of the Economy-Corruption of the Self-Corruption of the Spirit
- Sisi to Iran: Stop meddling in the region Egyptian President sides with Saudi Arabia, calls on on Iran to stop meddling in the Middle East, but stresses he is against war.
- Russia Presses Ahead With Combat Robots In the air and on land, a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers.
- Socialized health care system COLLAPSES in Venezuela… no more hospital beds, no matter how sick you are
- Transgender Makeup Artist Leads Thousands of Occultists in Monthly Hexes on Trump: SQ-BELIEVERS AND INTERCESSORS COVER THE PRESIDENT WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS-THE CURSE CAUSELESS SHALL NOT COME TO FRUITION!
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By Michael Snyder – endoftheamericandream.com
People better start waking up and paying attention to what is happening in the Middle East, because the situation is becoming quite serious. If things go badly, we could be facing a major regional war which would involve not only Saudi Arabia and Iran, but also potentially the United States and Israel.
Yesterday, I quoted an article in the New York Times that warned that tensions between the Saudis and the Iranians were raising “the threat of a direct military clash between the two regional heavyweights”. And now Jake Novak of CNBC is saying that a “direct conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as opposed to the proxy war they’re fighting in Yemen, looks inevitable.”
I put those last two words in bold so that there wouldn’t be any confusion. In fact, Novak is warning that the Saudis “are marching ever closer towards a wider regional war”.
Novak understands the dynamics of the Middle East, and he realizes where things could be headed if cooler heads do not prevail.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have already been fighting proxy wars against one another in Syria and Iran for quite a while, but a direct military conflict between the two could literally be a nightmare scenario.
One of the primary characters in this ongoing drama is Saudi Arabia’s extremely hawkish crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He hates Iran with a passion, and he has already said that he believes that a peace dialogue with Iran is impossible.
And over the past several days, events in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have moved talk of war to the front burner…
First, the kingdom squarely blamed Iran for a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemen that was thwarted by the U.S.-made Patriot anti-missile system. The Saudis called that attack “direct military aggression by the Iranian regime and may be considered an act of war.”
Second, the Saudis accused Lebanon of—figuratively at least—declaring “war” against it because of aggression from Hezbollah. That statement spurred even Saudi ally and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to publicly urge for calm.
And now Saudi Arabia has issued a notice for all it’s citizens to leave Lebanon immediately.
In an article yesterday, I discussed the “purge” that is currently taking place in Saudi Arabia. Many believe that this purge is all about removing any potential obstacles to a war with Iran.
Mohammed bin Salman and his father have made dealing with Iran their number one strategic priority, and they have even enlisted the Israelis as allies in their cause…
As is already well-known, the Saudi and Israeli common cause against perceived Iranian influence and expansion in places like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called “Shia crescent” as their primary policy goal in the region.
For Israel, Hezbollah has long been its greatest foe, which Israeli leaders see as an extension of Iran’s territorial presence right up against the Jewish state’s northern border.
If Saudi Arabia and Iran go to war, it is probably inevitable that Hezbollah will strike Israel at the same time, thus getting the Israelis directly involved in the conflict.
Not only that, if a major regional war does erupt in the Middle East it would almost certainly mean that the U.S. would have to get involved as well. Here is more from Jake Novak of CNBC…
But if full blown war breaks out directly between the two countries, it’s hard to see the U.S. being able to sit it out without at least some form increased weapons support and other aid. Then it will be up to Iran’s possible allies, like Russia and China to make the next move.
If you are thinking that this sounds like the type of scenario that could cause World War III to erupt, you would be correct. Others nations such as Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey could easily be drawn in not to mention Russia.
The conflict between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam has a long and bitter history, and the bad blood between the Saudis and the Iranians is never going to subside until one side or the other ultimately prevails.
Let us hope that a “hot war” between Saudi Arabia and Iran does not erupt any time soon, because such a war would not be good for the United States whatsoever.
Pretty much every scenario that you can imagine ends with enormous numbers of innocent people dead, and such a conflict could ultimately be the spark that sets off World War III.
ISRAEL PLANNING UN ACTION AGAINST IRAN, SAYS INTELLIGENCE MINISTER
Yisrael Katz says international community must enforce ceasefire agreement with Hezbollah, keeping Iran-backed terror group out of south Lebanon
Following the surprising resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, Israel is planning a diplomatic offensive to step up pressure on Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah at the United Nations, a senior Israeli government minister said Thursday.
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told The Associated Press that he believes conditions are ripe to take a stand against Iranian actions in the region, including its support for the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group.
In particular, he said that Israel wants the world, after years of inaction, to tightly enforce a 2006 cease-fire agreement that called on Hezbollah to disarm and stay away from Israel’s border.
“The resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister (Saad) Hariri exposes Hezbollah’s real face,” said Katz, who is also transportation minister. “Iran is taking over Lebanon. Hezbollah is taking over Lebanon.”
Israel has long considered Iran to be its greatest foe, citing the Islamic Republic’s hostile rhetoric, suspect nuclear program, development of long-range missiles and support for anti-Israeli terror groups.
It has closely been watching Iran’s involvement in the war in neighboring Syria and is deeply concerned that Iran, along with Hezbollah, will maintain a permanent presence in post-war Syria. It fears that Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks on Israel, or create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah.
Hezbollah and Israel battled to a stalemate in a month-long war in 2006 that ended in a UN-brokered cease-fire.
The agreement, UN Security Council Resolution 1701, called for the disarmament of militant groups in Lebanon and an end to arms transfers to them. The only armed forces allowed in southern Lebanon were the Lebanese national army and UN peacekeepers.
The cease-fire, however, has been poorly enforced, and Israel believes Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel, much of it stockpiled near the border.
“We don’t need a new resolution. We just need to implement an existing one,” said Katz, who will head to the United States later this month to press Israel’s case.
“I think Hariri’s resignation allows Israel to lead a process with the United Nations, with the Security Council, United States, France and other countries and demand to implement Resolution 1701,” he said. “That first of all is a process we plan to lead.”
Announcing his resignation last Saturday in a pre-recorded speech from Saudi Arabia, Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and Hezbollah of holding Lebanon hostage. Hezbollah has members in the Lebanese unity government that Hariri formed last year.
Hariri’s surprise resignation has thrown Lebanon into turmoil, with many people accusing Saudi Arabia of carrying out a power play aimed at wrecking the unity deal with Hezbollah. On Thursday, Hariri’s party in Lebanon demanded he return from Saudi Arabia, implying he was being held against his will.
Katz spoke before Thursday’s accusations against Saudi Arabia, but discounted the possibility that the kingdom was behind his resignation. “I don’t think they forced him to resign. The threat against him in Lebanon is concrete,” Katz said.
Israel has long sought better enforcement of the UN cease-fire. But Katz said changing circumstances make the time ripe for diplomatic action.
He cited the strong support for Israel by the new US administration, the international jockeying for influence as the Syrian war moves toward an end and what he called Israel’s “shared interests” with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries who also feel threatened by Iran.
In a sign of progress for Israel, the Security Council under American pressure renewed the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon in September with new orders for more patrols and detailed reports on run-ins with Hezbollah.
Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines throughout the six-year Syrian war. But officials have acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes inside Syria against suspected weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah.
Israel has been lobbying both the US and Russia, Syria’s strongest ally, for safeguards that Iran and its allies will remain far from its borders in post-war Syria and that sophisticated weapons will not be able to reach Hezbollah.
Katz said Israel prefers diplomatic arrangements, but is ready to use military action if necessary.
“Israel has made clear what its red lines are and we will stand by those red lines,” he said.
SAUDI ARABIA V IRAN: WHAT’S BEHIND BITTER FEUD BETWEEN MIDDLE EASTERN POWERS?
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are on the rise as the two states have engaged in a bitter war of words over Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. RT explores key current conflicts between the two and the possibility of a full-blown war between Tehran and Riyadh.
On Monday, Riyadh said that an attack targeting Saudi territory that was launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels on Saturday was in fact orchestrated by Tehran, and denounced it as a “clear act of aggression.” It also used the incident to accuse Iran of “aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally.”
In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the Saudis of Iran’s might, telling Riyadh on Wednesday that “those more powerful than you have failed to do anything against the Iranian nation.” He also described the recent missile attack near Riyadh’s international airport as “Yemeni people react[ing] to the bombardment of their country.”
Riyadh and Tehran are engaged in a bitter dispute over Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is waging a military campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in support of the ousted Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Riyadh accuses Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis, which Tehran denies, although it admits it backs the rebel cause.
In another recent development, Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, abruptly announced his resignation, citing fears of assassination and accusing Iran and its local ally, Shiite militant movement Hezbollah, of a “desire to destroy the Arab world.” Days after his resignation, Riyadh accused Lebanon of “declaring war” on Saudi Arabia by allowing Hezbollah “aggression” against the Gulf kingdom. Meanwhile, some Lebanese authorities claim Hariri is now being “held” in Saudi Arabia.
Syria has also become major playfield for the two regional powers. While Iranian forces came to assist and train the Syrian Army following the request of Bashar Assad’s government, the Saudis have emerged as one of the main backers of the Syrian armed opposition groups. In April, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said that Iran has “no place in Syria or in any other part of the world.”
The two states are also struggling for influence over neighboring Iraq. Tehran funded and trained the local Shiite militia, helping Iraq with its war on terrorism. The Saudis rushed to improve their relations with the Iraqi government, which had been damaged by Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The two old foes are also engaged in a bitter war of words over alleged links to terrorism. In May, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud criticized Iran for its “extremist ideology” and ambitions to “control the Islamic world.” Tehran responded by accusing Riyadh of “confrontational and destructive policies.” It also claimed that it is Saudi Arabia that supports terrorist groups, including Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL).
Some of the origins of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran are of religious nature and go back to a centuries-old doctrinal conflict within Islam: a more than 1,000-year-old argument between Sunnis and Shia.
Relations between the two countries have never been particularly friendly. However, their rapid deterioration could be traced back to the times of the Iranian 1979 Islamic Revolution, when a religious dispute was exacerbated by geopolitical and ideological differences.
The revolutionaries called for the overthrow of monarchies and their replacement with Islamic republics, raising concerns in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, most of which are kingdoms. The leader of the revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, questioned the legitimacy of the Saudi monarchy and accused it of protecting the interests of its Western allies rather than those of the Islamic world.
Relations between Tehran and Riyadh took another blow in 2011 during the Arab Spring, when Iran supported Shiite forces, while Saudi Arabia backed Sunni ones. In 2016, Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Tehran after Iranian protesters set the Saudi embassy ablaze. The crowd was protesting Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, accused of inciting riots in the kingdom.
Outbreak of war ‘not in Riyadh’s interest’
The recent increase in tensions between Riyadh and Tehran is just a “war of words,” Konstantin Dudarev, a Middle East expert and a specialist in Arabic studies, told RT, adding that Saudi Arabia’s belligerent rhetoric is unlikely to be followed by real actions. The Saudi officials and particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have repeatedly stated that Riyadh is not interested in war with Tehran, he added.
“A war does not serve the interests of Saudi Arabia” as it declared “modernization and economic development its strategic goals,” Dudarev said, adding that Riyadh would “do everything it can” to avoid an outbreak of conflict.
Udo Steinbach, a political analyst from the German Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform think tank, also doubted that the ongoing war of words between the Saudis and Iranians would lead to a real military conflict. However, he drew attention to the fact that the relations between the two regional powers have clearly deteriorated in recent months, which has negatively affected the political and security situation in the Middle East.
The analyst particularly said that the resignation of Lebanese PM Hariri, which he called “an indication of tense relations between the Saudis and Iran,” could lead to the resumption of the Lebanese Civil War.
Kamel Wazne, a political analyst from Lebanon, believes that “the Saudis are not able to start a war against Iran unless [US] President Trump loses his mind and gets involved directly along with Israel in this war.” Wazne also called Hariri “a victim” and “a hostage” of the rivalry between Tehran and Riyadh, arguing that the PM “does not believe that Lebanon is able to afford a regional confrontation.”
TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SIN NOW CONSIDERED “EXTREMIST”
By PNW staff
A Church of England primary school has found itself thrust into an unexpected controversy over an essential doctrine of the Chrisitian faith. what would seem like a perfectly normal religious instruction to children has a group of parents complaining such teaching is “extremist”.
Bowing to pressure, Dan Turvey, the headmaster of St. John’s School in Tunbridge Wells, has broken off the 16-year working relationship with CrossTeach, an educational charity group.
What is the “potentially damaging ideology” that the children were exposed to? A group of 25 parents have signed their names to a letter complaining that the children were being taught about our sinful nature and, that because of sin, if they didn’t believe in God, “they would not go to a good place when they died.” The students were said to have been “upset and disturbed emotionally” by this lesson, and as a result, CrossTeach won’t be invited to conduct any more assemblies or Bible lessons.
An unnamed parent explained in a statement to the press, “I do know some of the children have been upset by what they have heard. No one minds Nativity plays and Bible stories, but considering most of the parents at the school aren’t practicing Christians, I think the feeling is that it’s all too much.”
Non-practicing Christians sending their children to a church-run school is not unusal. But when those same parents complain that they are being instructed in the basic tenets of Christianity and advocate for the school to bar further such religious instruction, the irony is overwhelming.
Despite the fact that Headmaster Turvey has broken off the school’s longstanding relationship with CrossTeach, he said in a public statement, “I do not believe Crossteach has done anything wrong. They do not deserve the tarnishing of their good name and allegations of extremism that have taken place over the last few months.” Even the parents raising complaints fail to cite specific horrific descriptions, graphic imagery of tormented Hell-scapes or age-inappropriate instruction or threats to the children.
For their part, CrossTeach defended themselves by saying, “In 16 years of Christian schools work no teacher has ever raised a concern that something has been said that could be interpreted as in any way ‘hateful’ or ‘extremist’ and we strongly refute this current parental allegation.
On the contrary, schools have consistently expressed appreciation for the contribution that Crossteach has made and for the quality of the work,” according to their National Director Wayne Harris explained.
When our culture is taught that all truth is relative and there are many paths to God, we see why many have no objection to filling students’ heads with cute Bible stories but demand they be shielded from anything that may be upsetting – especially the subject of sin and hell. Yet without these essential teachings the gospel is left incomplete.
Sadly, even in most churches today you won’t hear the word “sin” mentioned as pastors shy away from topics that are perceived as negative or controversial.
We are in a dangerous place today. We need to confront again the message of the Bible about sin and it’s never to early to start.
CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION HITS ALL-TIME HIGH WORLDWIDE
If you only watched the mainstream media you might be shocked to learn that we are now hitting new all-time highs for the persecution of Christians worldwide. Numerous countries are now expecting to see the near-total eradication of their Christian populations yet it is rarely reported in the news.
Hundreds of thousands each year face torture, imprisonment, persecution, forced displacement and death, according to data presented by several Christian persecution watch organizations.
Among the 13 countries that regularly rank among the worst for religious tolerance, in 12 of these the situation worsened in the two-year period of 2015-2017 when compared with the preceding two-year period. In the thirteenth country, Saudi Arabia, treatment of Christians has not worsened but neither has it improved in one of the most religiously intolerant countries on Earth.
In raw numbers, the level of abuse is appalling with an estimated 600,000 Christians suffering serious persecution in 2016 alone. For some this means imprisonment and torture, for others it means being driven from their homes and forced into refugee camps where they are victimized further.
And whereas firm numbers are hard to gather, roughly 100,000 Christians worldwide, between 2015 and 2017, have lost their lives to religious intolerance.
Once again, North Korea is ranked as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians. In this totalitarian communist state, Christians are forced to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbors and often, even their own spouses and children.
Due to ever-present surveillance, many pray with eyes open, and gathering for praise or fellowship is practically impossible. Worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all citizens, and those who don’t comply are arrested, imprisoned, tortured or killed.
Entire Christian families are imprisoned in hard labor camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings, overexertion and starvation. Those who attempt to flee to South Korea through China risk execution or life imprisonment.
In Syria and Iraq, the situation is especially dire. The Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria reports a drop from 1.2 million to just 500,000 Christians in a 5-year span. As ISIS, Hezbollah, the Assad Regime and dozens of smaller factions of Islamic militants all vie for control, Christians face constant threats of abuse and even massacre. Time and time again, both State and non-State actors in Islamic countries have targeted Christian minorities for extermination, ISIS being the most brazen.
Boko Haram, which is now an Islamic State affiliate, has waged a brutal campaign of anti-Christian genocide in Nigeria that has killed thousands of Christians and forced others into slavery. And Boko Haram is not the only group in Nigeria targeting Christians.
Between October 8th and October 17th of this year, Islamic Fulani herdsmen massacred 48 Nigerian Christians in violent attacks that saw them breaking down doors, setting fire to churches and slaughtering families in the night. Many more have abandoned their villages in fear.
Village leaders report that the Islamic Fulani herdsmen have continued to carry out their attacks despite the presence of soldiers nearby who do nothing to intervene. “These attacks are being carried out daily. Every day we witness the invasion, killing of our people, and the destruction of their houses,” according to Moses Tsohu, a Zanwrua village leader and member of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).
In Iraq, the Christian population has decreased from 1.5 million in 2003 to an estimated 150,000 currently. Now that ISIS has been pushed out, some who fled may return to their homes, but even those will only find their homes looted or utterly destroyed, their lives in ruins. If this trend continues, the Iraqi Christian population will disappear entirely by 2020, some experts believe.
Iran is now the source of a new round of crackdowns on Christians as well, many of them hauled off to secret prison and threatened with hefty fines, prison sentences, torture and even death for converting to Christianity or worshipping in “house churches”. Iran, feeling the pressure of a less-religious youth despite its billions spent on Islamic indoctrination, has lashed out at its Christian minority. After requiring all Churches to register with the government and banning all public displays of Christianity (including weddings), it has launched a campaign of terror against private worship services.
News reports now abound of religious police breaking down doors, confiscating Bibles and sending entire families off to prison where they are told to renounce their faith.
In Islamic countries, blasphemy laws are used as an effective tool to persecute Christians. Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and many others Islamic nations now see the law being used regularly to imprison Christians who simply do not submit to the rule of Islam.
But Islam is not the only offender. India has also seen large spasms of anti-Christian violence with the rise in 2014 of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. China too has cracked down on Christian clergy and Christian symbols in a new push to make sure obedience to the Communist state is first priority.
In the developed world, the ranks of believers have dwindled more with every passing decade and in the developing world, theocratic and authoritarian regimes along with violent mobs, Islamic for the most part, have intensified the pace of persecution and slaughter to new levels.
Now, more than ever, Christianity needs to come together and be strong in the face of such violence and evil.
Top 10 Persecuting Countries according to Open Doors Ministries:
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PSALM 23 – THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD:
Psa. 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa. 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa. 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever
FROM THE IGNORANT FISHMEN.
The following documents were written to help you in coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
God’s Simple Plan of Salvation Explained in a clear and straightforward way
Am I a True Believer? Do I have a real and right relationship with the living God? Am I really saved?
Salvation as Taught in the Bible What does the Bible really say about life and death, heaven and hell?
Gospel of John Challenge – Have you ever seriously considered the claims of Jesus Christ?
For further studies about salvation and how to know the Lord, see Help for the Seeking Heart.