Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. – Revelation 1:19
Clockwise from upper left: Church burning in Peshawar, Pakistan; feminists attack a cathedral in San Juan, Argentina; cross burning in Pakistan – courtesy Abiz Nawaz; massacre of Christian students at Garissa University College in Kenya; army tank sale to Nicaragua; young Christians pray in a burned-out church in Egypt; RSS Hindu paramilitary rally in India.
Announcement – October 30, 2019
The Seven ‘Good’ Emperors – courtesy CoinWeek
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Weekly Commentary October 6-12, 2019
Another priest killed in Colombia. More high school students abducted in Nigeria. Our report is short (please click here to read) in material but long in pain and suffering. Please continue your prayers.
Weekly Commentary September 29 – October 5, 2019
Almost one third of this week’s report (please click here to read in full) comes from Great Britain, three tales of modernity’s disgust with Christianity.
First, though, allow us to mention the murdered Christians in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and the United States; the captive Christians in Nigeria (now freed, thank God, along with many Muslims) and Pakistan; and the Christians denied the ability to worship together in Russia.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States
Verkhnebakansky Baptist church, Novorossiysk, Russia – courtesy Google
Church is the larger structure behind the residence
A Chinese cleric officially objected to Communist appropriation of an historic church ruin for propaganda.
St Paul ruin, Santo Antonio, Macao, China – courtesy GG001213
A Christian judge in the United States was subjected to the beginning of a judicial ethics witch hunt for giving a Bible to a defendant she had just sentenced to prison.
And so we come back to the British stories.
The first story is of a congregation in Cornwall that has left the Church of England. All Christian Creeds profess “one baptism for the forgiveness of sin”, and so this congregation decided that it could not accept the Church of England’s decision to allow the second baptism of the transgendered after their transitions. A small local media outlet proceeded to not only label this congregation as ‘extremist’ but also to create and provoke division against them in their community. We have transcribed a lengthy analysis from Bishop Gavin Ashenden which explains how this event has shown the monumental difficulties that Christians face in spreading the Gospel.
Fowey Parish Church of St. Finbarrus, Cornwall, England – courtesy Chris Downer and geograph.org.uk
The second story is of an actor who was blacklisted from her profession for endorsing traditional Christian morality on social media. In this week’s irony award, her peers decided she was a hypocrite because her most recent theatrical role was that of a lesbian!
The third story is perhaps the worst. A doctor fired from the National Health Service for refusing to affirm transgenderism was told by the Employment Tribunal that his Bible based beliefs [cf Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:4, and Mark 10:6] were ‘incompatible with human dignity’ and ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society’. So what? Aside from his loss, isn’t this just a fundamental difference of opinion or belief? No, this goes much deeper. These phrases have a very clear and particular meaning in English law: these are the words that are applied to neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers to justify their legal suppression. This legal standard application, if not overturned, could someday be used to outlaw the Bible and orthodox Christianity itself.
Dear readers, please look at what is happening. The gates of hell will not prevail against Christ’s Church, but those gates are multidimensional, they face the Church – us – in many directions, they are Legion. All of us feel their attractions. Please pray not only that they not prevail, but that those we love (and please consider just who Christ calls us to love) turn away from the glamour and lure they seem to possess, for the greater beauty that lives elsewhere.