Persecution Fridays: Pakistan

September 24, 2010 at 5:49 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: 

Pakistan: Church Property Burned

On Sept. 19, Islamic extremists broke into the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in Sharif Town, Karachi City, Pakistan, and set fire to Bibles, hymnals, a musical instrument and a table, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.

The church, which is led by Pastors George Rakha and Peter Shahzad, was established six years ago and is actively involved in Muslim evangelism. “At 4 a.m., some fanatics broke the lock of the church door and entered the church,” VOM contacts reported. “They burned three crosses, nine Bibles, five books of worship songs, a table and a musical instrument Tabla [local drum].”

On Sept. 20, the Christian community displayed a banner protesting the burning of their Bibles. Christians believe this incident was a reaction to an American pastor’s widely publicized threat to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11. Christian leaders in the U.S. spoke out against the pastor’s plan to burn the Quran, and he ultimately decided against it. But it seems that no Muslim leaders spoke out against the actual burning of Bibles in Pakistan.

VOM encourages you to pray for believers in Pakistan who courageously live for Christ in the midst of opposition. Pray that believers’ testimonies and love for Christ will draw their Muslim neighbors into fellowship with Christ.

An ultimatum for Liberty

December 1, 2007 at 9:28 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been given an ultimatum in regards to their policy disallowing homosexual men from being involved in the organization. Philadelphia City Solicitor Romulo Diaz said that if they haven’t changed their policy by December 3rd that he will begin to look for others to replace them in the building they now rent. The Liberty Council currently rents the building for $1 a year, which is part of a perpetual agreement with the city of Philadelphia made in 1928. The Scouts national organization has had this policy in place since its inception.

Diaz said that if the Council could pay the market value rent for the building ($200,000), they could remain there.

I have already commented on this in another blog, but wanted to bring up a few things that I wasn’t aware of when I first wrote on this.

The Boy Scouts are actually the ones who built the building they now reside in. It was built by them in 1928 and then given to the city. Continue Reading An ultimatum for Liberty…

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