Persecution Fridays: Nigeria

April 1, 2011 at 9:22 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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Nigeria: Churches: Bomb Targets

Two failed bomb attacks on churches in Jos, Nigeria, have magnified the fears of Christians in the region. On Sunday, March 20, a bomb exploded prematurely, killing three men who were carrying it toward two churches. The intended targets were worshipers at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and the nearby Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN)

The same day, a bomb planted at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church on Jengre Road in Jos failed to detonate. The two men who placed the bomb escaped on a motorcycle. It is not known whether the two attempted bombings were related or committed by the same group.

In neighboring Bauchi state, more than 4,000 people were displaced in a series of night attacks by Muslim Fulani tribesmen that began March 10. In the Tafawa Balewa area, 463 homes, 11 shops and 13 churches were burned.

Attacks by the tribesmen have continued even after the deployment of security personnel. Locals attributed the attacks to a group of 2,000 militants from other northern Nigerian states who assembled in the area. The attackers reportedly wear army and police uniforms.

Anti-Christian violence has increased in northern Nigeria since January of this year, when 200 armed Fulani youths attacked churches and Christian homes. Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria began in 2001 with a large-scale riot in the city of Kaduna.

False Teachers

May 10, 2010 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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With all of the different events taking place in the church and all of the men and women who claim to be preaching the gospel, a question arises. How do you know? How can you be sure that the man (or woman) that you are hearing speak is actually speaking the truth? Some talk about how they’ve heard from God and how God “told them” things. Others proclaim that the growth and size of their ministries is proof that God is “blessing” them. There are many “preachers” today, especially in America, and all of them profess to be Bible-believing, truth-preaching, Christians. But are they?

 In the New Testament, there are a number of passages of scripture that should give us pause before we go proclaiming that “Pastor so and so” is the next “up and coming” pastor. Unfortunately, a number of people in the church seem to go by appearance or charm. Others go by whether or not the one preaching agrees with what they already believe. We go by sound or size of the church or by popularity or by relevancy.

 So, how should Christians be testing their pastors/preachers and other people claiming to do the work of God?  Continue Reading False Teachers…


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