Another difficulty. Why should hard working law abiding citizens, have to house very dangerous and often demonically possessed men and occasionally women, who have committed the most horrific crimes, proven beyond any shadow of doubt, in prison, even if sometimes that is a whole life sentence, and which is the more normal case, in my country and in Europe, where the death penalty is banned, spending millions of pounds, dollars, euros or whatever the currency, and then even worse, in countries where life sentences do not mean life, where there is a risk of these very dangerous people going out again into the community.
Of course if there is some doubt, or there are some extraordinary mitigating circumstances, then a long or even whole life sentence may be the most just thing in that particular case.
However we should always remember that the Gospel can be preached to those on death row, and many a man or woman has responded and gone to his or her execution, fully repentant and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for his or her salvation.
A little bit rich from this Jesuit Pope Francis, as many of his more distant predecessors had their own unpleasant variants of the death penalty, involving burning alive "heretics", and they had their own "police force", the Inquisition, mainly composed of energetic and zealous friars, who were experts at torture and tricky judicial processes such as revealing the full evidence against prisoners, let them know who their accusers were, and even defending themselves were unknown!!!
This is the 2nd report I have read via SA of a Pakistani Christian young person being killed for his faith in an educational or school setting.
State schools in Pakistan, and most private schools are basically all Islamic, even if they purport to be secular. This is very dangerous for Christian pupils and their families.
Most Christian children are from very poor families, and cannot afford to go to school, (I think even state schools charge fees), so organisations like Barnabas Fund are working with local churches and organisations to open and operate subsidised Christian schools, where the Christian children can go in a safe environment.
They are also raising funds for very poor families to be able to send their children to school in the first place, to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on crafty and wicked Islamic landlords and employers.
It is amazing and sad, and yet heartening that in the Belgian town where the brave English Bible translator William Tyndale lost his life, being strangled and then burnt, having been betrayed by a false "friend", for translating the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek into English, that the local "evangelicals" who occupy the site where he was martyred are ecumenical and have forgotten why he died, whereas down the road, the lively solid evangelical church is the Arab church; these are people who have fled from persecution of the sort that William Tyndale would have known.
I have just found out that a London council, the London Borough of Ealing has just taken a decision almost unanimously (all councillors in all parties on the council voted in favour, with just two councillors abstaining, and none voting against), to seek to ban an ongoing anti-abortion protest outside a Marie Stopes Clinic, (the British version of Planned Parenthood), in the borough.
They cannot ban it outright until a public consultation has taken place, and then I believe the Council can apply for a Public Spaces Protection Order, presumably enforced by a court and the police, which would ban protesters from coming near the clinic, or approaching any staff or potential patients from going in. or showing "distressing" pictures of abortions, etc.
Such is the perversity even here in Britain. Marie Stopes, just like Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist, and an admirer of Adolf Hitler' and his eugenics programme in the 1930's.
These corrupt and evil officials like the Attorney General of New York, the Governors of California, Oregon, and the turncoat Governor of Illinois who broke his word, just like our British politicians here that espouse LGBT and Transgender rights, and facilitate the Canaanite death cult of abortion and euthanasia are not only wanting people to affirm these things, but will force godly Christians, and even people of other religions to violate their consciences, or be punished by the state, and even to pay for these things through their taxes. What wickedness!!!
To return to the Balliol College Oxford Freshers Fair, I wonder if the Student Union turned away the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, New Age or pagan tables, or the usual Cath Soc, Meth Soc (Methodist), Anglican Soc, or otherwise, or is it only the Christian Union that is dangerous for new students???!!!
Dr John Wycliffe would indeed have been amazed, as I said before. Even the corrupt medieval Catholic Church would not have envisioned or sanctioned "homosexual marriage".
fully repentant, faithful and clean loving member of the congregation, active in the church as an ordinary member in submission to the pastor and elders of the church, there is probably no reason why he cannot receive a non-leading, non-teaching church office in the service ministries of the church such as usher, caretaker or something like that.
Tragically, I suspect that this man would be allowed to lie low for a year or so, then some other senior mega church pastor somewhere will take him up under his tutelage and within only a year or so further or even less, he will be "restored" as a pastor or evangelist, after a period of "rehabilitation and reflection".
This is just not Biblical. I believe that someone who has failed in this way morally, should be sacked or removed as a pastor with immediate effect, conferences withdraw his speaking privileges, his books taken off the shelves immediately, excommunicated immediately from his church, strongly encouraged to repent, get right with his wife if she will have him, and if so live with her under observation from mature leaders in his congregation.
If his wife will not live with him because of his betrayal, he should live a strictly celibate life. Whether still with his wife, or as a single, celibate man under scrutiny from his church elders, perhaps maybe even in a new area or a different church, he should humbly sit under the ministry and never again for the rest of his life seek or receive office as pastor, elder, deacon, evangelist, Sunday School teacher, or any other leading or teaching office in the church, though if he lives for an extended period of time as a
Ignominious Emirakan has identified an interesting report about HMP Gartree, a prison in Leicestershire in the East Midlands of England, which I visited on a couple of occasions with a team from the church I was attending at the time.
It is a moderate high security prison, mainly for prisoners serving "life" sentences, usually for murder, or other serious offences, (life in the UK does not mean whole life sentences, but a long minimum prison term before possibility of parole decided by a judge, but with lifetime restrictions and prohibitions on the prisoner, even if he is released on parole).
It is sad to hear of the radical Islamic prisoners terrifying and bullying non-Muslim prisoners, but it does not surprise me. In my view all Muslim prison chaplains are suspect, and should be booted out of the prison system, and Islamic inmates placed under very strict supervision.
When my team visited some years ago, the response we got from the prisoners was very good, and there was a good Christian Union in the prison.
Interesting. Balliol College, Oxford, had a very famous and learned Master (Principal to our US friends) in the mid 14th century, none other than the pre-Reformer, Dr John Wycliffe, also parish priest of Lutterworth Parish Church in Leicestershire, who supported by John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and other nobles, defied the whole Catholic Church, the Papacy, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the many travelling friars of his day, to translate the Latin Vulgate Bible into English, and produce handwritten copies of it, (this was before the invention of printing), and send out his "poor priests" to preach from it in the towns and villages.
He would indeed be shocked to see what was happening in his old college!!
The conditions in the concentration and labour camps and prisons in North Korea is indeed terrible.
However, even outside, life in North Korea for "free" people is also barren and bleak, and for those outside the political elite who are allowed to live in Pyongyang, in the small towns and villages is not much better than the camps.
We must not forget to pray for the faithful Christians inside and outside the camps in North Korea, as well as those who have fled to China, and / or on their way to South Korea, USA and so on.
We need also to pray that guards, soldiers, police, party officials and others in power in that terrible regime will be converted.
While many "evangelical" churches will fall over themselves to celebrate a "Christianised" form of Halloween or some Christian family service to keep the kids off the streets at this time, I bet virtually no church will think of celebrating the 500th Reformation Day, remembering the 500th anniversary of Brother Martin Luther, the Augustinian monk, pinning the 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, protesting the sale of indulgences by the Catholic. Church, supposedly for forgiveness of sin, that were being hawked by Johann Tetzel, the renegade Dominican friar and his team, to pay for the reconstruction of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, and to repay the bankers who loaned money to Albert of Brandenburg who purchased the Cardinal Archbishopric of Mainz from Pope Leo X, which was also a principality of the Holy Roman Empire, and this sparked off the Protestant Reformation.
I do recall some of the excellent services on Sermon Audio, where churches have celebrated Reformation Day, and recall the sermons of Dr Alan Cairns, the retired pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville.
This so called Presbyterian pastor in Chicago sounds suspiciously to me like a wolf in sheep's clothing, who unlike the famous Presbyterian preachers of old does not preach or believe the Bible, except that he may cherry pick and distort some favourite NT verses for his own purposes.
His congregation need to be born again and to flee that place and find another church with a faithful pastor shepherd who expounds the Word of God consecutively, book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse, and preaches the Gospel faithfully.
If they stay where they are, they will be lost in their sins.
I wouldn't watch the video attached to the article with its blasphemous and vile comments of the cafe bar owner.
Perhaps the Christians were not wise to select a coffee bar with the name of Bedlam for their coffee break.
Bedlam was a mental hospital in London in the 18th century , I believe, which was actually called Bethlehem, and the satirical painter Hogarth painted a typical scene from this hospital.
Perhaps this "gay" coffee bar owner picked a most appropriate name for his coffee bar, as Bedlam describes very adequately the mad lifestyle that he lives, and his attitude proves that his lifestyle is not at all "gay", in the original "happy" meaning of the word, but actually a very miserable and unhappy lifestyle!!!
Though a wicked system, at least Cardinal Pell handed himself in for justice to the Australian authorities for trial, unlike a certain Italian Monsignor who was on the Vatican Embassy staff In USA and Canada, and accessed child pornography, as reported recently, was recalled to Rome, is no doubt hiding in a monastery in the Vatican grounds, and no doubt, when things have quietened down will be smuggled out quietly to a monastery in central rural Italy to end out his days instead of a jail in USA or Canada.