Iraqi Christian survives being burned alive by ISIS 3 times: ‘[Jesus] spoke to me’

By Caleb Parke | Fox News

An Iraqi Christian who said Jesus appeared to him twice in his dreams recounts being imprisoned by ISIS, tortured and burned three times by the terrorist group.

The man, a Yazidi, recounts his harrowing story in a documentary by Sean Feucht and Bethel Music.

“The Yazidis… were really targeted by ISIS for genocide…they were raped, they were beaten, they were executed,” Feucht told Fox News. “ISIS didn’t even want to imprison them, they just wanted to kill them, wipe them off the map.”

Feucht interviewed the man, who was not named, through his non-profit, Light A Candle Project, which goes into all parts of the world but primarily Iraq, where the Islamic State was at the height of its brutality, to help people who’ve experienced some of the world’s worst suffering.

Sean Feucht, the founder of The Light A Candle Project, told an Iraqi Christian who was tortured by ISIS that Jesus appeared to him in his dreams because he loves him. His story was their first supernatural encounter documented in an upcoming documentary with Bethel Music called "Heart and Hands: Iraq."

Sean Feucht, the founder of The Light A Candle Project, told an Iraqi Christian who was tortured by ISIS that Jesus appeared to him in his dreams because he loves him. His story was their first supernatural encounter documented in an upcoming documentary with Bethel Music called “Heart and Hands: Iraq.” (Bethel Music)

 

The Yazidi man says he was burned alive three times by ISIS after they found out he was a follower of Christ. He said his body “didn’t burn” a single time when he was imprisoned and tortured by the radical Islamic terrorists for two months.

“He spoke to me,” the persecuted Christian shared, referencing Jesus in his dreams.

Feucht told him: “Jesus appeared twice to you in a dream because He loves you.”

The man said he was stoned and ISIS members drenched him in 20 gallons of gasoline. But even though he was burned alive, he said he inexplicably survived unharmed. He credited Jesus for surviving.

“And they burned me, but I didn’t burn,” he said.

 

 

The Iraqi Christian’s story is one account from the upcoming documentary film “Hearts and Hands: Iraq” that is expected to be released later this year. A preview was shown at the “Heaven Come” conference in Los Angeles.

Feucht said it shows what persecuted Christians go through overseas.

His group recently raised over $100,000 to distribute food, blankets, mattresses, and other materials, as well as offering trauma therapy counseling and kids programs, teaching music, and praying with persecuted Christians in the region where Christianity once flourished but is now near extinction, according to faith leaders.

“I feel like we’re really called to the most persecuted, closed, dark, marginalized places,” he said. Over the past 15 years, the Bethel Music worship leader has gone into North Korea, India, Afghanistan…”some of the topmost closed countries and places where it’s illegal to be a Christian,” he said. But they said they’ve seen and heard stories of incredible miracles.

Bethel Music worship leaders Bethany Wohrle and Sean Feucht play music with refugees as part of the "Light A Candle Project."

Bethel Music worship leaders Bethany Wohrle and Sean Feucht play music with refugees as part of the “Light A Candle Project.” (Rachel Soh)

 

Feucht said he is encouraged by the growth of the church in Iraq, China, and India, places where it is most persecuted.

“Our team’s in Iraq right now, and the U.S. State Department just sent out this notification that said ‘All US personnel leave Iraq’ and all the NGOs left but our guys are still there. We were there through ISIS. We’ve been there through the worst of the worst,” Feucht said. “Everyone thought we were crazy. Right as everyone was leaving, we came in, and because of it, we have a thriving, flourishing project there.”

For Feucht, mission work is in his family’s DNA, as the son of medical missionaries who took him on trips to unreached people and remote places, he has seen what most Americans Christians, who make up just 5 percent of the global Christian population, don’t get to see.

“We want to re-define missions for a generation to where we’re actually the first ones to respond,” Feucht concluded. “That’s the essence of the gospel to go into places where no one else is willing to go.” (Click to Source)

Christian Teacher Called Nazi, Fired For Opposing Transgender Lessons in School

Mother of two’s life turned upside down for critiquing LGBT lessons 

By: Pippa Monroe  |@NeonNettle on 21st April 2019 @ 6.00pm

A Christian teaching assistant who dared to voice her opinion on about transgender teaching at her son’s primary school has been fired. Mother of two Christie Higgs had a faultless track record and reputation in her teaching profession, but that came to a grinding halt when she dared to question LGBT lessons being forced upon her son.

Higg’s life was turned upside down when a single anonymous complaint was accusing her of offending gay and transgender pupils.

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Ironically, many gay and transgender teenagers turned to Higgins for emotional and practical support. Following the accusation, Higgs was immediately suspended before being fired.The school governor compared her to a pro-Nazi, far-Right extremist.

School chiefs later question why she had used her school email to receive ‘inspirational’ quotations from the Bible;A school governor told her she had no ‘absolute right’ to freedom of speech.Ironically, many gay and transgender teenagers turned to Higgins for emotional and practical support.

‘I loved my job, and I loved the children that I cared for,’ she says.‘It wasn’t just kids who were in trouble; I also helped children who were gay or changing gender.

When they came to my office, I opened my arms to them and treated them like any other young people.

I never discriminated against them and never would.’According to the DailyMail: Kristie’s ordeal began in October when the Church of England primary school attended by her youngest son adopted ‘No Outsiders’ teaching about sexual minorities.

The same programme has generated a row between schools and Muslim parents in Birmingham.

Books given to children as young as four include stories about a boy who wants to wear a dress and one about a red crayon that discovers it is blue.

Kristie felt that her son was too young to appreciate the issues so, with the agreement of teachers, excluded the nine-year-old from the lessons.

The statement in the books that people can change gender at will jarred with her firmly held Christian beliefs.

The dubious teaching programme ‘No Outsiders’ was created by gay assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat in 2014 to promote tolerance of sexual minorities.

It is now taught at primary schools across England and Wales but has sparked protests among Muslims in Birmingham where parents have withdrawn pupils from lessons.

Children as young as four are taught about same-sex relationships and transgender people using brightly illustrated books.

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Kristie felt that her son was too young to appreciate the issues so, with the agreement of teachers, excluded the nine-year-old from the lessons The ‘No Outsiders’ programme is not officially part of the Government projects to make relationships education compulsory in primary schools next year but last month schools watchdog Ofsted gave it is backing.

In a recent interview, Tory MP Andrea Leadsom said it was ‘absolutely right’ for parents to be allowed to choose what age their children should be taught about LGBT issues.

Never anticipating the catastrophic consequences, she posted on her Facebook page a petition, which did not originate from her, against Government plans to make ‘relationships education’ compulsory in schools adding: ‘They are brainwashing our children!’

While some may not agree with the petition’s views, it’s hard to understand why it caused so much offense.

It alerts parents to the plans, pointing out: ‘Children will be taught… gender is a matter of choice, not biology so that it’s up to them what sex they are.

At the same time, it means that expressing and teaching fundamental Christian beliefs, relating to the creation of men and women and marriage, will in practice become forbidden – because they conflict with the new morality and are seen as indoctrination into unacceptable religious bigotry.’

It continues: ‘Freedom of belief will be destroyed, with freedom of speech permitted only for those who toe the party line!’The online petition then warned: ‘We say again, this is a vicious form of totalitarianism aimed at suppressing Christianity.

’Kristie then put up a second Facebook post linking to an American blog criticizing schools for using children’s books to teach youngsters about changing sex.

The blogger, who argues that someone’s sex can only be biologically determined, branded the stories a ‘perversion of the truth’ and ‘a form of child abuse.

’Kristie says: ‘My only crime was to share information about what was happening in schools with other parents and I can’t see what was so terrible about that.

‘I was raising concerns about my son being educated in matters that are not aligned with my religious beliefs and people could choose to agree or disagree.

I would never tell others what to think.‘My bigger worry was that they were introducing the confusing idea of changing gender to children at such a young age.

’Kristie’s accuser, one of her Facebook friends, complained to her headteacher in an email on October 26 last year and asked the school to keep their identity secret.

Kristie has never been allowed to challenge them and still doesn’t know the identity of her accuser.In the message, the unnamed parent, whose child attends Farmor’s School, alleged that Kristie had been ‘posting homophobic and prejudiced views against the LGBT community on Facebook.

’And in light of her ‘offensive’ views, they were worried that the softly spoken pastoral assistant ‘may exert influence over the vulnerable pupils who may end up in isolation’ – the very pupils she had been helping for seven years.

Days later Kristie was called into the headmaster’s office without warning and told she was suspended pending an investigation into whether she had broken the school’s code of conduct.

After hearing the allegations against her, Kristie told the headmaster that millions of Christians around the world shared her view.

He insisted the suspension had nothing to do with her religion, but she suspects he had been warned to say that to avoid allegations of religious discrimination against her.

‘It had everything to do with my Christianity. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous’, she says

.In the weeks after her suspension, which she was banned from discussing with anyone, Kristie was ordered to attend two further ‘investigation’ meetings with the school’s human resources officer

In the second of these sessions, it emerged that the school had been trawling through her work emails in search of any wrongdoing.

Bizarrely, one school official demanded to know if she had used her professional email address to subscribe to a Christian broadcast service that sent out daily inspirational Bible readings.

‘I could not believe they had gone into my email messages looking for evidence that I was a Christian. It felt as if I was being persecuted for my faith,’ Kristie says. (Click to Source)

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Pastor Loses Job After Church Sign Stating ‘Homosexuality Is Still A Sin’ Causes Uproar

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Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California, has lost his job following both community and alleged internal backlash over the language used in his most recent church sign.

In early January, Hoke designed a sign that read: “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.”

According to SFGate, “a couple dozen” community members gathered to protest the sign on January 6. The protest, called the “Shastina Love Rally,” was organized in part by local resident Amelia Mallory.

A second protest was held on Sunday. According to the most recent count on the official Facebook invite page, 71 people were “going” to the event, and 182 people were “interested.”

In a pinned post on the official Love Rally Facebook page, a message from Mallory reads in part:

We are there to support the LGBTQ+ community in a positive way. Debating with any church members isn’t the goal. We are not there for them. Some of us on our side of the street still are also religious. All of us are capable of treating everyone with respect, even if we disagree. Do not engage anyone trying to escalate the situation to violence.

On or around January 9, the sign was vandalized:

In an article published just several days ago, Yahoo Lifestyle quoted Pastor Hoke, who said: “We believe that Jesus commands all Christians to let their light shine. We also believe that salvation is only for sinners. Jesus said he came to call sinners, not the righteous. If we give in to cultural demands to stop calling sin ‘sin,’ then we are robbing people of opportunity to hear the truth.”

Despite there being no outward sign of fracture within the church, on Saturday evening, Hoke published the following unexpected update on Facebook:

As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church.

After much prayer and counsel, I have decided that it is best to briefly communicate what has taken place.

  1. I was informed by our other elder that he felt he could no longer follow my lead as Pastor of TBPC.
  2. I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor of TBPC.
  3. Our other elder and the couple felt that those who left would likely return if I would leave.
  4. Our other elder was agreeable to stay and assume the pastoral responsibilities.

Therefore it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the local body for us (TBPC and the Hoke family) to part ways.

Over one hundred people have commented, a majority of whom are supportive of Hoke:

“I am sorry the church doesn’t support your stance. God bless you for being faithful to the Word of God, and not the ungodly secular culture.”

“Brother, I am speechless but not surprised. You preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is hard to handle for most. I am praying for you and the family right now. God bless you and keep you.”

“We are praying for you brother. You boldly spoke the truth. Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

The Daily Wire spoke with Pastor Hoke, who walked us through the situation from his perspective.

According to Hoke, he was inspired to create the sign after seeing the news story in which a biological male who identifies as female “threw a fit because a clerk had accidentally referred to him with the masculine gender [pronoun].”

Hoke said that because “the culture has drawn a line in the sand and dared [Christians] to step over,” he came to the conclusion that the church should accept the challenge — not with hate, but by simply preaching “the gospel.”

The pastor also noted that he wasn’t “fired,” but that the church faced a potential fracture in the wake of the fervor surrounding the sign, and that in order to keep the church intact, he felt it was best to vacate his position. Hoke repeatedly stated that he wanted to be circumspect in the way he spoke about the incident because he “loves” the people at Trinity Bible Presbyterian.

Regarding the protesters, Hoke said: “I believe they’re sincere — sincerely wrong, but sincere. I believe that it is hypocritical that their position is taught in schools and pushed on children, while our position is asked to be kept within the walls of the church.” He added that he hopes and believes that “within their midst, there are people whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, and that the command for all Christians is to preach to them the gospel faithfully, calling them to repentance and faith, that they might be changed by the Holy Spirit and brought into the family of God.”

Hoke concluded our conversation by stating that if he could stand in the pulpit again for just a few minutes, he would continue to preach “the gospel as concisely as [he could].”

Reported by: Frank Camp – The Daily Wire (Click to Source)

 

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Christians, Stop Saying Jesus is the Son of God, it Provokes Muslims

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Buried in the concluding paragraphs of a Christmas Eve Washington Times report about Muslims in Uganda forcing Christians to convert to Islam was the extraordinary revelation that in that country, Muslims now consider any public statement of the Christian Faith to be a calculated insult to Muslims, for which they can justifiably exact revenge.

This is, or should be, sobering news for the comfortable Christians of the West who have made an idol out of “interfaith dialogue” and fastidiously avoid saying anything remotely critical about Islam, even as the Muslim persecution of Christians continues worldwide.

“In June,” the Times reported, “a group of Muslims attacked Christian preachers in eastern Uganda during a ‘crusade,’ where Christians publicly profess their faith and invite others to join. Muslims in the town accused the Christians of mocking Islam by publicly saying Jesus was the Son of God.”

In response, said Christian pastor Moses Saku, the Muslims became violent: “They became very angry and began throwing rocks at Christians, chanting ‘Allah Akbar.’ Many Christians were injured during the incident.”

The Christians appealed to the Muslims to have respect for those of other faith; the Muslims responded with contempt. One Muslim, Abubakar Yusuf, declared: “We have now declared a jihad against them. We are not going to allow anybody to despise Islamic teachings at their church or crusade. We will seek revenge.”

How did the Christians “despise Islamic teachings”? By preaching aspects of Christianity, such as the divinity of Christ, that Islam denies. The Christians, knowing how delicate their situation was, would never have dreamed of actually saying something critical about Islam itself; but to the Muslims who heard them, just enunciating the tenets of their Christian faith was criticism enough. And they refused to stand for it.

A few years ago, when jihadis attacked AFDI’s Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas, some Christians castigated me for co-sponsoring and speaking at the event. They said that Pamela Geller and I, as co-organizers of the event, were being needlessly provocative, poking Muslims in the eye, goading them, etc.

These charitable and enlightened Christians said that Christians should instead be deferential to others’ religious sensibilities. At the time, I responded to these people by explaining that giving in to violent intimidation (our event was a response to the jihad murder of the Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoonists in Paris) would only encourage more violent intimidation, and that given the fact that Muslims frequently found even basic expressions of Christian faith to be “provocative,” they were effectively cutting the ground out from under themselves and their children, making it impossible for them to practice Christianity in the future.

These incidents in Uganda are proof that this was correct. In declaring jihad and stating that the Muslims were now on a quest for revenge, Abubakar Yusuf and the Muslims who agree with him are in effect saying that the public expression of the Christian Faith mocks Islam and despises Islamic teachings. Abubakar Yusuf’s announcement that the Muslims had “declared jihad” against the Christians and would “seek revenge” against them was tantamount to a declaration that the Christians must submit to the hegemony of the Muslims, not daring to practice their faith openly, but only in private, behind closed door, and at the sufferance of their Muslim overlords.

This is exactly the status that Islamic law prescribes for Christians in lands governed by Islamic law, and so it is clear that Abubakar Yusuf is no lone fanatic, but is enunciating what many Muslims in Uganda believe to be only right and proper.

The lesson is clear, and not just for Uganda. If the advice of the cosseted, suburban Western Christians who were excoriating me for the Garland event is to be heeded, Christians should make no public expression of their faith at all, and convert to Islam, so as to avoid mocking, provoking, and offending Muslims, and poking them in the eye.

And when it comes to it, that is most likely the exact thing that those Christians will do. (Click to Source)

Reported by: Robert Spencer – Israel, Islam & End Times
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Is Islam compatible with America? 10 questions to ask

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November 21, 2018 (American Thinker) – Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the globe who identify with Islam are good, hardworking, loving people. But that’s a separate issue from Islam itself. Here are ten questions about the compatibility of Islam in America. Depending on your answers, does that make you an Islamophobe?

10. Are Islam and sharia law compatible with American culture? The generally accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving speech, sexuality, and lifestyles as well as equal rights for women, minorities, and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed sharia law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife-beating, and censoring speech that insults Islam.

9. Does Islam threaten to destroy our system of law and our Constitution? Islam is not merely a religion. It is an entire societal and quasi-governmental structure with its own legal edifice called sharia. The holy Qur’an calls for subjugation of infidels or non-believers, if necessary through armed jihad. Dr. Irwin Lutzer in his book The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, describes a Muslim demonstrator in Dearborn, Michigan holding a sign stating: “We will use the freedoms of the Constitution to destroy the Constitution!” That’s the game plan. You see, sharia law is in direct conflict with the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment, for instance, states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the “free exercise” of religion. Yet Mohammad said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject Islam must be killed.” Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells, or saying anything considered “insulting to Islam.” Islamic law relegates non-Muslims to “dhimmi” status, where they are forbidden to propagate their customs among Muslims and cannot display a cross, Christmas decorations, or the Star of David. There’s a lot more, but you get the idea.

8. Are Islam and sharia law tolerant of other religions? Tolerance is a fundamental American value. That is the polar opposite of Islam. When Muslims are not in a position of authority, they naturally call for tolerance and cooperation. But one only has to look at Muslim societies to understand how far that goes. How many Christian churches are there in Saudi Arabia? Zero. Non-Muslims (infidels) are not permitted to visit Mecca? Christians are routinely attacked or murdered in Pakistan. More than 600 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran in the past year. Iranian authorities routinely raid church services, threaten church members, and arrest and imprison worshipers and church leaders, particularly Evangelical Christian converts. Christian church leaders have been explicitly been targeted by the Iranian authorities charged with “unfounded national-security-related crimes.”

7. When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love, are they lying to the non-Muslim world? Ask Hicham Nostik, a former Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad’s famous quote, “War is deceit.” Lying is permitted to deceive an “enemy.” The Qur’an defines the “enemy” as “disbelievers.” There is no way to cover up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out of 49 Muslim-majority countries; in other Muslim nations such as Morocco, apostasy is not illegal, but proselytizing Muslims is illegal. It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, to the death penalty.

6. Has there ever been a period in history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer’s new book, The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS, as well as Raymond Ibrahim’s Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West; Pamela Geller’s Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance; and similar books written by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel, and Amil Imani.

5. Is Islam in the process of swallowing Europe? If any more proof of the danger of Islam to our society and culture is needed, look no farther than the downward spiral of Europe. Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, and Britain continue to be well documented. The Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along that I fear that only a bloody civil war could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense Muslim immigration, Britain features 3,000 mosques; 130 sharia courts; 50 Muslim Sharia Councils; and dozens of “no go zones” where Muslim “sharia” patrols ensure that no one disobeys sharia law. Britain has recently released from prison Anjem Choudary, described as the most dangerous Islamic preacher in the U.K. Among other pronouncements, he says, “When sharia law is implemented, maybe in 10 or 15 years’ time, [the queen] would be expected like all women in Britain to be covered from head to toe, only revealing her face and hands.” Or how about this? “There will be no more pubs, no more gambling houses, no more national lottery. All women would have to be covered up appropriately and wear the niqab or veil and so there will be no prostitution. By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country if demographic trends continue. It will be the end of freedom of democracy and submission to God. We don’t believe in democracy; as soon as they have authority, Muslims should implement sharia. This is what we’re trying to teach people.” Is there anything about this you don’t understand? Could we get any Muslim leaders to denounce this? The Brits are afraid to.

4. Will Muslim immigrants assimilate? In 1991, James Walsh, former associate general counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, said:

Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today. They claim the right not to assimilate[.] … Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system.

But please, let the Muslims speak for themselves. Linda Sarsour, a leading Muslim activist, told the North American Islamic Society last year:

I hope that when we stand up to those who oppress our community struggling against tyrants and rulers that Allah will accept this as a form of jihad not only in the Middle East but here against the fascists, white supremacists and Islamophobes here and reigning in the White House. Our top priority is to protect and defend our community and not to assimilate and please any other people or authority. Our top priority is to please Allah and only Allah.

3. What is the record of radical Islamic killings since 9/11? The Religion of Peace website counts 34,034 Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide since September 11, 2001. Mosques financed by Saudi Arabia and Iran are primary sources of jihadist activity. Israel has foiled at least 40 ISIS attacks in Western countries in just the last three years. Since 9/11, an additional 158 Americans have been killed in 53 separate acts of deadly Islamic terror or Islam-related honor killing in the United States. Hundreds of mass murder plots have been thwarted or botched. Between 5 and 25% of Muslims in America believe that violence in defense of Islam is justified.

2. Can there ever be a reform of Islam? A titular reform Islam movement in the U.S. led by Zuhdi Jasser, a second-generation Syrian doctor who practices in Phoenix, says yes. But others do not believe that Islam is reformable. Muslims have attempted to reform Islam for 1,400 years and have always failed. In Indonesia last month, a rally to promote moderate Islam was canceled after threats of violence from hardliners. Leaders of such movements have been beheaded for apostasy. Jihad and sharia are foundational principles of Islam. No mincing of words will change that. Lying, deception, and terror as basic Islamic tools to maintain control provide a platform no reformer could possibly build on.

1. Does Islam belong in America? The companion question is, are Americans willing to take steps to neutralize the threat of Islam? In its current form, with the explicit goal of a global caliphate under sharia, Islam must be regarded as an existential threat. Specific ways are needed to deal with an ideology that openly seeks to destroy Western civilization. What could be done to deal with this threat? Before it is too late, consider these steps:

• Our political leaders should openly acknowledge the threat of traditional Islam to a pluralistic democracy and insist that Islamic institutions formally and in practice reject violent jihad as a condition for tax-exempt status.

• Our schools should teach the violent history and core beliefs of Islam including the strict rules and requirements of sharia law while contrasting that with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

• Muslim leaders who preach violence should be aggressively prosecuted for incitement.

• Congress should pass laws outlawing foreign financing of mosques or at a minimum require full reciprocity with Muslim countries granting complete religious freedom for Christian, Jewish, and other groups to establish houses of worship and to openly proselytize.

• Conspiracy and accessory before- and after-the-fact laws targeting anyone, including family members of terrorists, failing to report illegal activities of which they had knowledge should be strictly enforced. We can’t afford for America to become another Muslim-dominated nation. (Click to Source)

Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist. He currently lives in retirement in North Carolina. 

Published with permission from the American Thinker.

 

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Pastor warns that millennials are ‘on the verge’ of losing all knowledge of God and faith

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An expert on millennials is warning that society is “on the verge of having a generation that has completely lost the knowledge of God.”

Mike Sherrard, director of RC College Prep, a high school ministry of Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics group, recently appeared on “The Billy Hallowell Podcast,” where he offered a detailed explanation of this concern and said he doesn’t believe it’s all that dramatic of a statement.

“Seemingly, no young adult has a biblical worldview anymore,” he said. “They don’t know who God is. Even fundamental things about salvation and heaven and hell and things that are in the category you might argue are Christianity. They have no understanding of these things.”

He continued, “And, so, there is a rush to catch up and there’s a lot of work to be honest, not to be doom and gloom, there’s a lot of work to be done because we have so many young adults that do believe in God, but they have very little understanding why they even should believe in God or who this God even is, which makes them of course ripe for the attacks of the militant atheists when they go off to university that offers them one compelling reason why they should leave behind the fairytales of their childhood, and they’re ripe to be harvested in that regard.”

What is Ratio Christi?

Ratio Christi is among the organizations on the front lines of that education battle. The group began a few years ago to “help equip college students to withstand the attack on their faith” that many have experienced on U.S. college campuses.

Beyond mere survival, though, the ministry also attempts to help young people “thrive” in difficult circumstances, working diligently to help high school students better prepare their hearts and minds before they enter into the university system.

“[It’s] a program whereby we can equip and train adults to meet weekly with high school students teaching them, helping them to understand the reasons why Christianity is true, why Christianity is good for this world,” he said. “Because we know that the attack on Christianity today isn’t just that it’s unintellectual, but that it’s immoral, that it’s oppressive to women, and minorities, and it robs people for life and whereas maybe 10 years ago, it was just Christianity was intellectual, now it’s immoral.”

He continued, “So, we want to teach students that Christianity is true, why it is good, but then also how to be persuasive and effective communicators of that truth. And, so, that’s what we’re doing at College Prep.”

Sherrard said that apologetics — the defense of the Christian faith — is an ever-popular field, as church leaders realize that culture is rapidly changing. But as culture seems to be transforming, so is the understanding that it is paramount to reach youths with the gospel, he said.

What happens next?

A few years ago, Sherrard said interest was much less pronounced, but that cultural developments have sparked worries — and action.

“As we have seen things happen and legislation on certain sexual issues, sexual morality, parents and pastors alike are now desperate for a tool to help their kids survive this attack,” he said. “So, they’re very receptive to this.”

Sherrard also spoke about Generation Z, the generation behind the millennials. He described its members as well as millennials as “passionate” and bent on changing the world, but cautioned that they have been “deprived of truth” and “eat it up” when it’s given to them.

“They become so hungry for it, more and more and more and it’s not just an intellectual game for them,” he said. “We see them quickly become evangelists and teachers.” (Click to Source)

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Christians who tolerate other religions ‘serve Satan,’ says Air Force chaplain

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An Air Force chaplain has posted a blog saying Christian service members who support religious liberty serve the Constitution “and not Christ.“

Capt. Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, ministers to thousands of men and women serving in the Air Force. He contends that Christians serving in the military “serve Satan” if they support other service member’s rights to practice their own faiths.

In a blog published on BarbWire.com, Hernandez wrote: “Counterfeit Christians in the armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ, and they have no local church home — which means they have no accountability for their souls.

“Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions — because the language in the Constitution permits — are grossly in error, and deceived,” he wrote.

Hernandez asserts that “Christian service members must share the Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved, not support unbelievers to worship their false gods that will lead them to hell.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said in a statement it’s received multiple complaints regarding Hernandez over the past few years and that they’ve filed complaints with the DoD regarding his conduct.

The foundation said Hernandez’s article “blatantly and indisputably advocates the subordinating of the U.S. Constitution to his personal Christian ideology and violated his oath of office as a commissioned officer.”

In a blog for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, author Don Byrd writes that the idea that only counterfeit Christians wou whld support the rights of all Americans to practice their faith is “outrageous.”

“Personal theological beliefs do not disqualify an individual from public service,” Byrd writes. “However, Hernandez’s post goes well beyond questions of theology. He encourages Christian service members to refuse support for the “rights of all Americans.”

”Denying the rights of non-Christians is an offense to American liberty,” Byrd writes. “But it also undermines the strength of the Christian faith by suggesting it is threatened by a truly free conscience. The success of a religion should not depend on the extent to which the rights of others are restricted.”  (Click to Article)

The Specifics of Sharia’s Savageries

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Although Western media regularly claim no “motive” for many of the Islamic attacks on non-Muslims, many are by now at least vaguely aware that the Muslim perpetrators rely on generic Islamic teachings that foster hostility for non-Muslims.

Yet often overlooked are the very stringent and detailed Islamic rulings behind many terror attacks.

Take the recent attack on St. Peter’s Cathedral in Egypt, which left at least 25 Christian worshippers—the majority of whom were women and children—dead and which ISIS claimed.  While many might write it off as just another generic attack targeting Coptic Christian “infidels,” the reality is that ISIS and other Islamic groups and individuals relied on arcane and little known Islamic rulings to justify their violence.

For instance, why was St. Peter’s specifically targeted?  The obvious answer is that it holds a prestigious place among the Coptic Orthodox community, as it stands within the St. Mark complex, the seat of the Coptic Pope in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.

Yet there is another reason.   In November 2014, ISIS called on its Muslim followers and sympathizers to attack all churches in Cairo.  Then, one Abu Mus‘ab al-Maqdisi, an ISIS leader, said in a statement that “It is necessary to take the battle to Cairo,” and for jihadis to target the Copts: “For targeting them, following them, and killing them is one of the main ways to serve the cause of our virtuous male and female hostages of the tyrants.” (Click to Article)

Pastor Saeed Abedini Released From Solitary Confinement; Wife Praises ‘Small Victory’

After spending his 33rd birthday inside the “small dark hole” of solitary confinement, U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini has been returned to the general prison population of Evin Prison in Iran.

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“His release from solitary is a direct result of the multitudes praying. I am relieved my husband is out of solitary, but still am deeply concerned about Saeed’s health. While this is a small victory, I am still demanding justice be done and that Saeed be released,” Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, said in a statement posted by The American Center for Law and Justice.

The pastor, who has been in jail in Tehran since September 2012 and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January, supposedly for endangering national security, had been in solitary confinement for more than a week.

The ACLJ, which represents his wife and two children back in the U.S., has warned that Abedini is in need of medical attention for a number of health issues, but so far prison officials have refused to provide him with that care.

“This is a critical development and does raise hope after a very discouraging week. It was believed that Pastor Saeed may have faced 20 days or more in solitary confinement. Pastor Saeed described the first time he spent in solitary confinement, some 200 days ago when he was first imprisoned for his Christian faith, as some of the worst days he has ever faced,” the ACLJ wrote in an update on the pastor.

The law group noted that it is unclear how many of the other 10 prisoners that were placed in solitary confinement have been returned to the general prison population. The men were punished alongside the pastor apparently for writing a letter complaining about the lack of medical treatment they received while in Evin.

“We are hopeful that Pastor Saeed’s early return to the general population of Ward 350 is a sign that international pressure on Iran is beginning to have an effect,” the ACLJ added.

The fight to have the U.S. pastor released from prison continues. The U.S. Department of State, the European Union and the United Nations have all called for his release, while over 575,000 people around the world have now signed a petition supporting Abedini.

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Bible Verse of the Day – April 12,2013 English Standard Version (ESV)

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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely  on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for  so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

 “You are the salt of the earth,  but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so  that they may see your good works and  give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

“Do not think that I have come to abolish  the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but  to fulfill them.  For truly, I say to you,  until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Therefore whoever relaxes  one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least  in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great  in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds  that of the scribes and Pharisees, you  will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:10-20

 

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