Persecution Fridays – Iran – Government Takes Child

October 14, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Iran: Government Takes Child

Agents of Iran’s intelligence ministry recently took a Christian couple’s adopted child, demanding that the couple file a complaint against other Christians being held in prison, according to Mohabat News. The couple was taken to the hospital because of emotional stress caused by the loss of their child. “This is the first time I have ever seen this tactic — taking a child hostage,” said a VOM contact. “In the past, it is always the parents.”

The Christian couple legally adopted their child after years of waiting, according to Mohabat News. Security officers reportedly took the child as a way to pressure the Christian family and other Christian converts. Mohabat News reports that the security agents threatened the couple, saying, “If you want your child back, you must file a complaint against your fellow Christians in prison.”

Within the past year, Christians have been arrested, falsely charged and imprisoned for extensive periods of time. House and church raids are common occurrences, and the Christian community faces continual threats and pressure. Please pray that this Christian couple will get their child back soon and that they will rely on God during this time of extreme emotional stress.

Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom

July 3, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Freedom
by
J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)

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© Copyright 2001 by Tony Capoccia. This updated file may be freely copied, printed out, and distributed as
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Verses quoted, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION © 1978
by the New York Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

A copy of this sermon, Preached by Tony Capoccia, is available
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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”–John 8:36

The subject before us today deserves our attention. It should ring in the ears of every person like the voice of a trumpet. We live in a land which is the very cradle of freedom. But are we ourselves free?

The question is one which demands special attention during the present state of public opinion. The minds of many are absorbed in politics. Yet there is a freedom, within the reach of all of us, which few, I am afraid, ever think of–a freedom independent of all political changes–a freedom which neither the prevailing government, nor the cleverest politician can bestow. This is the freedom about which I speak today. Do we know anything of it? Are we free? Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – J.C. Ryle – Freedom…

Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions

June 12, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Christian Cautions

or

The Necessity of Self-Examination

by

 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

Dated September 1733.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23, 24


INTRODUCTION

Subject: Persons should be much concerned to know whether they do not live in some way of sin.

This psalm is a meditation on the omniscience of God, or upon his perfect view and knowledge of everything, which the psalmist represents by that perfect knowledge which God had of all his actions, his downsitting and his uprising; and of his thoughts, so that he knew his thoughts afar off; and of his words, “There is not a word in my tongue,” says the psalmist, “but thou knowest it altogether.” Then he represents it by the impossibility of fleeing from the divine presence, or of hiding from him. So that if he should go into heaven, or hide himself in hell, or fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, yet he would not be hid from God. Or if he should endeavor to hide himself in darkness, yet that would not cover him. But the darkness and light are both alike to him. Then he represents it by the knowledge which God had of him while in his mother’s womb, Psa. 139:15, 16, “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret; thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions…

What has Jesus done for me? (long)

April 22, 2011 at 11:08 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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It seems that more and more these days people are asking one simple question. It may take a few different forms, but at it’s root, it’s all the same: “What has Jesus done for me?”. Sometimes it comes out in the attitudes, sometimes in actual words but it’s there none the less. Man’s pride puts himself at the top of the pyramid with everything else beneath him. Even family and friends are often under self. Some that ask this question, do so because they can’t see how Jesus has done anything for them. They think that they are responsible for their own success. Ironically, they always seem to blame God for their failures. Continue Reading What has Jesus done for me? (long)…

Persecution Friday: Nepal

April 8, 2011 at 9:11 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Nepal: Evangelism Ban?

As Nepal continues its transition from a monarchal Hindu Kingdom to a democratic secular state, Christians are becoming concerned that the country’s new constitution may limit or even ban evangelism.

The draft proposal includes a seemingly liberal religious freedom clause that states, “Every person shall have the freedom to profess, practice or preserve his or her own religion in accordance with his or her faith, or to refrain from any religion.” However, an explanatory note adds that while every person has the freedom to “convert on his or her will … no person shall be entitled to … convert a person from one religion to another.” Christians fear that the explanatory note could be used as a means of restricting evangelism.

The potential ban on evangelism seems to have raised no concerns among parliament members; the religious freedom provision is listed under “Areas of Agreement” on the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue website. Several parliament members told Compass Direct News that they were unaware of the religious freedom provision’s implications. One member of the Nepali Congress political party said, “Perhaps the words, ‘force, inducement and coercion’ should be inserted to prevent only unlawful conversions.”

Under terms of the Interim Constitution that has been in place since 2007, the new constitution is to take effect this year by May 28. A Constituent Assembly is now condensing drafts from 11 parliamentary committees into a final draft constitution, negotiating with the committees to create a document that represents the many interests of the vying political parties.

Nepal was a Hindu nation until 2006, when the Maoists, a communist popular movement, helped push the king from power and establish a democracy. Currently, three leading political parties, the Maoists, the Unified Marxist Leninists and the Nepali Congress, control the government through a majority.

Persecution Fridays: Iran – “Dismantle Evangelism”

March 25, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Iran: Dismantle Evangelism

Iran’s Religious Leaders Continue Public Attacks on Christianity

Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani spoke out against Christianity and evangelism during a recent religious class at the Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran. On Wednesday, March 9, Khorasani stated, “People [in Iran] have become Christians, and Shiite youths are being misled by Christianity.” His statements were published on the government website “Ayandeh.”

Khorasani told his students, “There is no one to tell to the government officials what this misled and distracted Christian evangelism is doing even in Qom.” Qom, an important religious city for Shiites, is home to the largest center for Shiite scholarship in the world. “Christian-deviated teachings are being diverted to our nation,” Khorasani said. “If the authorities even assume that something is going to shake their power, they will confront it with full force, but they do nothing against these evangelists who are misleading our Shiite youth population.”

Khorasani joins several other religious and political leaders in acknowledging the rapid growth of Christianity in Iran and criticizing the government’s inaction. During an October 2010 visit to Qom, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned against the growth of house churches in Iran. He called house churches “enemies of Islam.” Using similar rhetoric, the governor of Tehran Province, Morteza Tamaddon, has called Christians “radicals who want to corrupt and divert the body of Islam.”

The inflammatory words of Iran’s leaders seem to reflect a rising fear of Christianity within the government. In recent months, Christians in Iran have faced a systematic wave of arrests, and new converts from Islam have been especially targeted. More than 200 Christians have been imprisoned since Christmas. To date, 20 of them have seen no progress in their cases, and they continue to face difficult circumstances inside detention centers.

Evidence of the Iranian government’s disdain for Christianity continues to mount. During a routine inspection of a bus at a border crossing recently, the office of Contraband Search and Seizure, along with members of the revolutionary guard, discovered two boxes containing 300 New Testaments each. The revolutionary guards seized the boxes and burned the Bibles.

Persecution Friday: Iran – Pastor Charged with Apostasy

November 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com 

Iran: Pastor Charged—Apostasy

The Assize Court of the province of Gilan, in Iran, has officially charged Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani with denying that Mohammed was a prophet. The court stated that this resulted in apostasy because Nardarkhani believes in Jesus and has shared his faith with others, according to The Voice of the Martyrs.

The indictment, which was issued by a public prosecutor in the presence of a jury, stated, “He has frequently denied the prophet hood of the great prophet of Islam and the rule of the sacred religion of Islam. … He has proven his apostasy by organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and denying Islamic values.”

According to court documents, when Pastor Youcef was asked about his faith, he told authorities, “Since I was born in a Muslim family, I was Muslim until I converted to Christianity at the age of 19.” He openly acknowledged accepting Jesus Christ. Continue Reading Persecution Friday: Iran – Pastor Charged with Apostasy…

Church Business

February 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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The other day on my “safe for the whole family” radio station, I was listening to the ~Christian~ hosts talk about children, youth, and young adult ministries. I will preface all of this with the fact that I find it really hard to listen to much “Christian” radio anymore. The topics of discussion seem to have no real value and the music isn’t much better. There is no theological discussion, as you’re about to see. Instead, it seems like it’s just a bunch of church-going people who are trying to be “relevant” and sound like the world so that they will gain unbelieving listeners. Then, they can sneak the name of Jesus in on them (which they always seem to forget to do…) and maybe make a false convert. Continue Reading Church Business…

The Bubble Syndrome

January 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The more I see on the news and hear on the radio, the more concerned I get.

 

Most people have heard the stories of the people who are forced to live their lives in bubbles because of serious medical conditions. These bubbles protect them and help them to enjoy, as much of what life has to offer as they safely can. But, they haven’t put themselves in the bubble.

 

America has put itself in a bubble. The American people have put themselves in a bubble and it is starting to show. We have elected a president who lacks experience in a number of places that we need someone in his position to know about. We are so self-centered that we care more about what Brad and Angelina are doing than we care about what those who like to destroy our country are doing. We can no longer differentiate between enemies and friends. We turn our backs on those who have supported and stood by us, even making plans to divide their country. At the same time, we pander to nations who have made it clear that they wish to destroy this nation, even allowing their megalomaniacal leaders to speak at our universities like they were someone we could learn from. We have forgotten our past numerous times over and are on the verge of repeating it. We have turned our backs on the Christian heritage that founded this country and made it a haven for Christians to worship the way they should. Instead, we’re allowing the true history to be erased or revised to remove God and Christian values when we need them the most. We have allowed our courts to write the law instead of upholding it. We have called evil good and good evil, condoning murder and sexually immoral acts as “normal” and “natural”. We bail out multimillion-dollar corporations (I thought that this was a capitalistic nation?) with taxpayer money so that their CEOs can get another 2 million dollar bonus and the people that work for them can struggle to make ends meet. We have deluded ourselves into thinking that our nation is invulnerable and that everyone loves us. We hang on every word of scientists, lawmakers, and politicians who stand on thin ice promoting ideas and theories that are valueless. We laud comics for speaking out against all that is good, give awards to actors, singers, and other “entertainers” who blaspheme the name of God and live lifestyles that would make those in Sodom and Gomorrah look like saints. We push anti-God agendas that teach our school-age kids everything but morality, and yet, we wonder why our nation is suffering like it is right now…

 

As sickening as this is, it’s not the worst part. While America has put itself in a bubble, the church has done so as well. It has surrounded itself with a false idea of what the church is, what is expected of it, and what it needs to be doing. It spends more time entertaining those that attend and cheerleading for the people to be happy and feel good about themselves than telling them the truth about their lives and sin. The church in America has encased itself in a bubble and has no idea what really goes on outside the nation. By drawing ourselves into a bubble, we have lost contact with sinners. We have forgotten that we are the ones that should be shouting from the rooftops that Jesus is coming back. We are to be the watchmen on the walls telling others of the impending dangers. Instead we sit inside our little fortress of religion and false doctrine, warming our hands by the hearth of false godliness, singing our uplifting songs of “worship”, and working as hard as we can to stay oblivious to the plight of those who are outside going to hell. Our weapons sit off in the corner rusty and dull from lack of use. Our armor stands in the hall dusty and covered with cobwebs while we tell stories about the “good ole days” back when real Christians preached fire and brimstone sermons that brought the fear of God and caused people to tremble with the thought of eternal punishment. The scriptures are almost unrecognizable, having been cut up and pieced together with scotch tape to say things that we’re comfortable with. We have even gone to the point of compromising what little truth we’ve decided to hang on to in order to try and get people to join our congregations so that we can rejoice over new “decisions”. Then, when the new (false) converts decide to go back to their former lives (because the world is a lot more fun), we call them backsliders. What we don’t seem to realize is that part of the reason that they are back in the world is because we haven’t told them the truth to begin with! We’ve deluded ourselves into thinking that our bubble is necessary because we are to be separate from the world. We seem to think that God wants us to be in the bubble, even though scripture says He doesn’t. We have deceived ourselves into thinking that what takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays is exactly what God wants, when it does very little to teach those who believe what they’re supposed to be doing and those who don’t believe what their fate is without having their sins paid for.

 

What are we doing? Why have we put ourselves into a bubble? It’s made us unable to see ourselves for what we are. It’s made us unable to reach out and actually connect with the unsaved to see God change their lives. It’s time for us to pop the bubble that we’ve put ourselves in. It’s time that we stopped mocking the God we profess to follow and cast off the trappings of the worldly church. It’s time that we got to work and started preaching the truth in our nation. It’s time we started actually caring for the lost enough to tell them they will go to hell whether they end up liking us or not. It’s time we actually got a backbone and started telling people they’re wrong. It’s time that we started using scripture to defend what we believe. It’s time that we actually learned how to defend what we believe according to the scriptures. It’s time that we popped the bubble around America and showed the nation the depth of its sins. It is time that the church started restoring the foundation of our nation. It’s time that we stood up and stopped allowing our rights to be taken away. It’s time that we started speaking boldly against sin and stopped cringing in fear.

 

It’s time church…


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