Now, China Aid’s Annual Persecution Report for 2016 found that incidents of Christian persecution rose about 20 percent on the previous year, while the number of Christians imprisoned went up by nearly 150 percent. Officials with the Chinese Communist Party, which is officially atheist, also called for the forced demolition of churches and removal of church crosses.Read more
While the Boko Haram insurrgency still dominates the northeast, Fulani cattle herdsmen are still devastating Christian communities in Southern Kaduna and parts of Plateau State, in central regions of Nigeria, taking over farmlands and displacing thousands of people from communities.
"The Nigerian government is yet to effectively address the menace of the Fulani terror group," the Venerable Dauda Yakubu, a resident in Gidan Waya, said.Read more
"Some of our Middle Eastern broadcasters have shared testimonies [about many turning to Christ] with us, which they hear directly from listeners when visiting there...."
VOMC made clear that that amid war and Islamic attacks in the region, "God has been very faithful." The group added there are "strong Christian believers remaining" in the Middle East "and tremendous growth is taking place in the lives of new believers who were Muslims."Read more
The Church of Sweden's campaign against the "My cross" initiative has led Dr Ann Heberlein, a lecturer in Theology at Lund University to accuse it of effectively replacing Christianity with Humanism. In a newspaper article commenting on the church's stance she suggested that:
"The leadership of the Church of Sweden no longer wants to lead a Christian community; they want to lead a general ethical association for humanistic values of the most vulgar kind."Read more
In following the Christian calling of peace making, will informed Christians in the UK come to the same conclusion as Lambeth Palace: that even the two Pakistani clerics, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman who hailed the murderer of Salman Taseer as an Islamic Martyr, should be welcomed to Lambeth and treated as religious leaders?Read more
Consider the following sayings of the Lord to the Seven Churches of Asia: - "This you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate" (Revelation 2.6). "I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam..." (2.14). "Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezabel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants" (2.20).Read more
Trinity Church in Steglitz, Berlin has seen its congregation grow from 150 to nearly 700 in the last two years and another Berlin church has seen its congregation grow by more than 300. In both cases much of the growth is from former Muslims who have come to Christ. While at the end of last month a church in Hamburg baptised more than 80 former Muslims from Iran and Afghanistan. Similarly, in the UK Liverpool Cathedral now hosts a Sunday afternoon worship service in Farsi.Read more
There are many factors behind the emergence of the phenomenon of Islamic violence, including political, economic, social and psychological ones, and the most important of these is the "intellectual" factor resulting from the interpretation of texts of the Qur'ān and the hadith, in addition to many concepts and fatwas contained in works of fiqh and the Islamic tradition.Read more
The Rev'd Samuel Dali, President of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, says: "We want the Church worldwide to recognise that this is not just our problem. It is the problem of the whole body of Christ... Dozens of our churches have already been completely razed down and many pastors killed while others have fled along with their members. If the situation does not stop, there is a real danger of eliminating churches in north-eastern Nigeria."Read more
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