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Pulpit & Pen first brought to reporting regarding China’s human rights abuses that include harvesting the organs of Christians in prison for medical research and organ transplant back in
September of last year.
According to a finding yesterday by the Independent People’s Tribunal in London, China is continuing the practice.
The tribunal was chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice, who formerly had led the prosecution of war criminal, Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia. The findings again confirm the assessment by human rights groups that China is putting people in jail for Christianity and other crimes of conscience and then taking their organs to sell.
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I have been watching and listening to the powerful testimony of Doreen Virtue who was trapped in the New Age movement. She was gloriously saved from it by hearing the true Gospel.
If you or someone you know has the first edition of “Deceived No More,” here is the updated Chapter 9 read aloud by Doreen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASLzKDoBbRI
Concerns have been raised about the free speech implications of plans to extend hate crime legislation in Scotland.
The proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill "seeks to modernise and extend existing hate crime legislation".
One proposed addition to existing laws would create new offences relating to stirring up hatred that apply to all listed characteristics including age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sex characteristics. At present, the offences relate only to race.
The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has been seeking views on the proposals and will analyse responses in the coming months. ...
Fifteen children were freed in a raid on Sunday after being held and tortured at an informal Koran school in Nigeria, according to Barron’s.
The children were found with scars and wounds, indicating they were tortured, Barron’s reports. Additionally, three chains used to tie the children’s legs were recovered by the police. The children ranged between two and 10-years-old, a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson stated that the cleric who ran the school, Umar Ahmed, 46, was arrested in the raid, according to the Daily Mail. ...
Students at Quran Schools Shackled and Tortured in the Name of Allah
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It's a tragedy that seemingly just won't go away. Each day roughly 20 military veterans take their life – a staggering number that's remained consistent for years. The Trump administration hopes a new pro-active approach will help prevent suicide.
In 2019, the president signed an Executive Order offering a roadmap of sorts to help stop the heartbreak. Second Lady Karen Pence serves as the lead ambassador for the effort, known as "PREVENTS", which stands for the "President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide". ...
Gosh! Pray for these people, pray that they can find freedom in Christ.
Thousands of Iranian Muslims have left Islam and have put their faith in Jesus Christ since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Iran in March, CBN News reports.
As Iran’s Islamic extremist regime grapples with widespread protests and anger at the government and with a spate of explosions striking key military and infrastructural sites, Iranian Christian leader Mike Ansari has said a “pandemic of hope” revival has been taking place in the country.
Ansari, who runs Mohabat TV, a popular Christian satellite channel in Iran, told CBN News: "We are registering around 3,000 personal decisions by Iranian Muslims to leave Islam for Christianity during this revival." According to Ansari, Mohabat TV is recording 10 times more online salvations than this time last year. ...
"I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name." - Revelation 3:8
So far, 2020 is not turning out to be my favorite year. I had high hopes for it too, seeing as how we are now in the overtime period beyond Israel's 70-year marker. Still, we are one day closer to the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For that, I am thankful.
Back in January, I retired from the Army after 21.5 years. I had spent the past two-decades travelling the world, getting married, raising kids, and maturing into the man God has called me to be. Definitely not arrived "yet" to that mature phase, but I reckon I am still a work in progress.
It's also a bit of divine-irony I suppose that I have been a writer since 2011. I always hated writing. Had Jack Kinsella not asked me to join the Omega Letter back in 2011, I don't suppose I ever would have written anything...at least not to the degree I have today. I've lost count of how many articles I've actually written, but I figure they are in the neighborhood of 500. Not too shabby for a "non-writer" I suppose. Nevertheless, I have yet to arrive at Jack's level of mastery of the art even after all these years.
But after the Omega Letter, I decided I had to keep going. It wasn't a want or like too, it was a NEED too. I had/have so much flowing through my gray matter that I would probably burst if I didn't have an outlet. Seems like God knew what He was doing with me after all.
Still, it doesn't feel like enough.
I feel like I need to be teaching, preaching, and getting involved in many other things than just putting words to the computer. But with five young kids and a full-time, temporary, job, it's hard. It's also hard to get involved when you are the round peg in a square church because you don't share the same hermeneutics or eschatology. Because of this, I often feel like I don't matter much in the big scheme of things. Even still, as blessed and fortunate as I consider myself as having been worthy to live in times like these (ahead of Christ's return), I feel like I should be doing more.
Perhaps you feel the same way. I want God to do something impossible with me. Like parting the Red Sea impossible. I don't care about fortune or fame, I want to be used by God mightily. You can keep the Publisher's Clearing House or the Mega Lotto Millions, I'd take God using my earthen vessel to do something that has eternal ramifications, any day of the week over earthly riches that will rust and fade.
Yet, I come back to Revelation 3:8, and I empathize greatly with this Philadelphian Church. We are living in the age of Antichrist. We are living in the age of lawlessness. We are living in the age right before Christ returns, and when I should be my most, I seem voiceless...powerless...irrelevant. It feels like the machinations of the world are in full swing, and things are happening, and all I can do is be a spectator.
We vote, and nothing changes. We get the right judges in, and evil still seems to get legalized. We protest, boycott, and complain on Facebook or email, and we call, but who really cares about what we have to say. We are the "huddled masses." We are the faceless crowds in flyover country. We are the "bitter-clingers," and "deplorables." We are the way to silent, silent masses.
And nothing seems to change.
But things will change.
Like, twinkling of an eye fast.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" - 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
And as much as I long for that day, it has not yet come. Things seem to just be going from bad, to worse. We are living in increasingly perilous times. We are living in the age of do what thou will. This is what a post-modern, post-American 'America' looks like. This is what one major political party (i.e., Democrats) are offering as their alternative vision for our future. The gloves are off and they are now capitalizing on decades of progressive indoctrination through public education, public universities, and pop culture to hopefully flood the streets of America with this demonically charged, spirit of lawlessness.
As such, we are watching the threadbare tapestry of our national fabric, unwinding quickly. We no longer have to wonder what it was like to be a Roman when the empire finally collapsed in 476AD, because we are literally living through the final death throes of a nation on life support. We are witnessing a nation being given over to debased minds; either unable or unwilling to come to the truth as to be saved.
And yet, this is not even as bad as it gets. I believe God is allowing this global dumpster fire to show the world what will happen, one second after the Rapture of the Church. Once the Restrainer is removed (2nd Thess. 2:4-8), the wheels are coming off the bus and there will be nowhere to hide. It will be an explosion of vitriol, violence, and insanity everywhere. Imagine all the rioting, looting, murder, rape, and every other vile form of human behavior being fully unleashed without any restraint everywhere. Not just in the big cities, but in the small towns, the neighborhoods, everywhere. That is what the world is going to look like moments after the Rapture.
As I've said numerous times, evil men love chaos and crisis, because it provides them opportunities to take advantage of said crisis in ways they would never get when times are calm and peaceful. The final human government that arises after the Rapture, will be the most totalitarian, authoritative, and oppressive system ever devised. And this time (unlike in times past), this final government will have the technology to match its evil ambitions. Their brutality will make the Third Reich look like amateur hour.
We are on the cusp. We are near the edge of this global abortion, and it is causing us (God-fearing believers) to recoil in horror.
This is our wake up call to witness to the lost now.
And as much as I respect what Dr. Tim LaHaye did with this Left Behind books, there is a complaint I had with them all. They failed to convey just how horrific these last moments of human history will actually be.
Not only will humans lose their minds and become absolute savages, but the supernatural world is going to come crashing into our world with a vengeance. The demonic forces are no longer going to be restrained from physically manifesting. They are going to come out of the shadows. They are going to full-on possess people. They are going to allow people to perform false signs and lying wonders (2nd Thess. 2:9-12) like the world has never seen.
When I say false signs and lying wonders that does not imply the magic is fake, or not real, but that it comes from a source apart from God. It will become the age of monsters and magic, much the same way the world was right before God destroyed it with the flood (Gen. 6:1-4).
So this is our world, on the verge of its final plunge. We are watching it with eyes wide open, fully understanding what is currently happening, and what is about to take place. Satan wants you to feel powerless, irrelevant, and useless. He wants you to stay the "silent majority" because he wants to keep as many people here as possible. He doesn't care what you talk about, so long as it's not about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Good News (Gospel) is that Jesus died for your sins, and He paid the price no one else could pay (Romans 10:9-10). He not only paid for your sins, but He conquered sin and death in the process, and provided a way for you to receive the righteousness of God through His shed blood (2nd Cor. 5:21). All He asks, is that you believe in Him, and His finished work on the Cross for salvation.
So while the world might see you as weak and irrelevant, recognize that God has chosen you to live in these final moments of human history. He saw you before the foundation of the world was laid, and decided that YOU should live in times such as these. You don't have to be the next Billy Graham or Charles Spurgeon. You just need to be the person God has called you to be, to those people in your life. Plant the seed, or water, and let God give the increase. Lastly, comfort each other in the knowledge of the truth that Jesus is not going to put His bride under His wrath (1st Thess. 1:10, 5:9), but rather, take us home to be with Him.
"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name."
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."' - Revelation 3:10-13
Even so, Maranatha!
By now, the images of George Floyd’s senseless death on a Minneapolis street have been etched into our national consciousness. We have seen the subsequent protests—and the riots, looting and violence that have followed. Tensions have risen, and Christians of all colors are asking hard questions.
Does God care about justice? Absolutely! In fact, God says of Himself in Isaiah 61:8, “For I, the Lord, love justice” (NKJV).
What about life? Does God care about life? Yes, because above all other created things, only human beings are crafted and molded in His image! Psalm 139 powerfully communicates the value, worth and sanctity of human life.
God’s concerns for life and justice are woven throughout the Bible, and the two are not mutually exclusive. So we as Christians should care about justice and defend life. Likewise, we must make sure that our endeavors to plead for justice or defend life don’t inadvertently align us with veiled missions and agendas that seek to undermine God’s standard of holiness.
What about the protests themselves, often led in the name of the Black Lives Matter organization? Many well-meaning Christians, seeking to communicate compassion with black Americans in this cultural moment, have used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
If you are wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt right now, stay with me. Because this goes right to the heart of the Gospel.
The question is not whether evangelicals should tackle a discussion on perceived or actual racism; the question for all Biblical Christians with an interest in social justice is “do the core values of Black Lives Matter square with the Bible’s clearly-prescribed ways of holiness and morality?” The short answer is no.
Historically, the church of Jesus Christ has always been at the forefront of the justice movement, but without being aligned with entities or movements that are antithetical to the Gospel we preach and the Lord we follow. We are called to speak for justice, but our message is distinct and our methods are peaceful and Gospel-driven. Because Christ first loved us, we are able to love others.
What’s the Harm?
Because of its thoughtfully-crafted agenda, values and mission, BLM is unmistakably incompatible with Biblical Christianity, and the many reasons Christians have to reject this movement can easily be found at BlackLivesMatter.com. According to its own “herstory,” BLM was founded by three black women, two of whom are self-proclaimed “queer.” And while these women may care about injustice and racism, they also care about normalizing sexual deviance, deconstructing the Biblical definition of family, and emasculating strong, black men who identify as straight.
Before you hashtag anything else, you might strongly consider the fact that this particular tag is an organized movement with leadership and core convictions. We are not simply talking about an organic movement with social justice as its aim; BLM is far more sinister than that. In fact, this movement has inextricably linked its calls for black justice to core convictions that are the antitheses to any Biblical Christian’s convictions.
Here are three reasons Black Lives Matter is incompatible with Biblical Christianity:
1. Black Lives Matter seeks to dismantle the Biblical definition of family. In their own words, they are “committed to disrupting the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” One man married to one woman is not a Western prescription for family; it’s a Biblical one. The mystery of two (man and woman) becoming one flesh is so powerful a union that the Apostle Paul used this illustration to talk about Christ and the church in Ephesians 5.
2. Black Lives Matter champions the celebration of homosexuality. They refer to it as “queer-affirming,” but it simply boils down to rebellion against God’s created design for sexuality. In their own words, BLM gathers “with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.” No matter what secular culture decides about sexuality, the Bible is still unequivocal regarding God’s design for sexual intimacy. Romans 1, for example, lists homosexuality as a “vile passion.” We love homosexuals and wish them to be redeemed through faith in Christ. So how can we link arms with a group whose mission is to undermine and celebrate rebellion against God’s design?
3. Black Lives Matter touts gender confusion as normal and seeks to make heroes of those who are mentally confused. The movement taking culture by storm and increasingly validated by Christians, black and white alike, wants to “dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk.” Yep—their justice movement is also the movement of gender revolution. BLM is “committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead.”
There are two genders: male and female. The science is clear, and the Bible is crystal clear when it comes to God’s creation.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV).
Gender confusion is an attack of Satan to mar the Imago Dei. Black Lives Matter is complicit in this destruction.
Aside from its divisive nature, Black Lives Matter calls for violence and holds an insatiable desire for lawlessness, so Christians have deep, spiritual reasons to resist aligning with this movement, its founders and their core convictions. Just a few of the movement’s “guiding principles” should provide plenty of evidence to believers that aligning with such an ungodly ideology is at least troubling and at most diabolical.
Again, Christians can and should stand up against injustice, but we should absolutely refuse to stand behind an organization and movement that vehemently opposes God and His righteous standards. On this question there is no room for debate.
I can support working with people on a common cause, even when we disagree on secondary issues. However, when the primary issues are inextricably linked to secondary issues that also happen to be some of the greatest spiritual battles I fight, those issues cannot be ignored. I would suggest that sexual revolution, gender confusion and dismantling the family are not secondary issues for BLM—I believe they are equal to the movement’s well-televised “justice” work.
These issues, however, could never garner the support and traction currently enjoyed by the movement if they were widely known. So, Black Lives Matter benefits from two epidemics in our culture today: ignorance and apathy.
So, yes, stand and speak for justice and mercy and humility before God (see Micah 6:8). In fact, Christians should lead the way. But don’t attempt to do it in the name of an organization that despises the Gospel and the only God who can bring lasting peace. ©2020 Meeke Addison
This article was first posted on The Stand, a blog of the American Family Association, in February 2016, and has been updated to reflect current events.
Meeke Addison is co-director of special initiatives at American Family Association and co-host of the program “Airing the Addisons” on American Family Radio network.
MLB was the star of the sports world on Thursday night as the league became the latest professional sport to get underway.
Players for both the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals knelt along the foul lines holding a black ribbon during a moment of silence and then stood for the national anthem. It was a demonstration for racial unity that played out similarly in the second game of the night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
The only player who didn’t kneel during either of the pregame ceremonies was Giants reliever Sam Coonrod.
Giants’ Coonrod says he only kneels before God
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BLM movement agenda is incompatible with the Born Again Christian faith.