These Chinese Communists just havenâ€™t learnt from their former colleagues of what was the mighty seemingly unconquerable Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted just 70 years, or its satellite Eastern European states which lasted 40 years, and where the atheistic regimes collapsed.
As fast as these governments with their schools, Young Pioneers youth organisations, and state media, mandated atheism, more and more Christians arose, even though their churches were raided and closed down, they were tortured, imprisoned, and even executed, and those that escaped that fate, were sacked from their jobs, or thrown out of school or university, and the Gospel went forward more and more. The gates of hell will not prevail against the church, as our Lord Jesus Christ said.
With regard to the wearing of the hijab, at the same time as New Zealand non-Muslim policewomen and schoolgirls were wearing the hijab in voluntary solidarity with the Muslims, in Iran a lawyer who represented Iranian women convicted of but wearing the compulsory hijab, and the associated gown required by Iranian religious law, (many of these women have been imprisoned and beaten), has herself been arrested and sentenced to a long prison term. In Saudi Arabia, despite the supposed reforms of the Crown Prince, the religious police, the muttawa, still arrest women in the street, who do not wear the required full hijab and burka as required by Saudi religious law.
The feminists in the West have obviously â€śdone a bunkâ€ť, and are nowhere to be found when Islam is about!!!
This is indeed an amazing story of deliverance and rescue by the sovereign hand of God Himself.
Interestingly, however, we will never hear the problems that Christians have at the hands of Muslims. That is no doubt too â€śIslamophobicâ€ť for the mainstream liberal leftist globalist press, and would rather spoil the perception of Islam as a religion of peace that they are trying to purvey.
Do notice the quick and rapid reaction of New Zealand to an admittedly wicked gunman, because he killed Muslims at 2 mosques. If it had been Muslims carrying out the atrocity in a Christian Church, it would probably have been explained away as a mentally ill and disturbed person, with perhaps a little handwringing, but Islam would most likely not be mentioned or blamed.
Instead, New Zealand is about to become a â€śdhimmiâ€ť state where Islam must not be criticised, non-Muslim policewomen and schoolgirls wear hijabs in solidarity with Muslims, nothing must be revealed about what made this wicked guy carry out his crime, except that he must be â€śa right wing Christian extremistâ€ť, the call to Islamic prayer is broadcast on national radio and television, and legally held guns are to be seized (albeit with some monetary compensation), from perfectly respectable citizens without any argument or discu
1st of President Bolsonaro is Catholic, he is certainly completely out of sorts with the current Jesuit Leftist Interfaith Pope Francis , as their ideas are completely opposed to each other.
2nd, it is true that the majority of Brazilian evangelicals are Pentecostal, and tragically much of that is prosperity geared.
However, we must not tar everyone with the same brush. There are very godly traditional Pentecostals whose doctrines I may not totally agree with, but who are completely opposed to the wicked liberal leftist LGBT / Transgender / abortion / euthanasia / globalist / environmentalist / pro- Islam agenda.
They also support cracking down on crime and drugs, and what Mr Lincoln is wrong with that?
Yes, of course theonomy and dominionism are wrong, because you cannot have the kingdom without the King. However, this is not dominionism, but a responsible President carrying his duty.
I am not able to comment on the life of this Democratic Presidential Candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, except to day that her opposition to Vice President Pence is obviously politically and personally motivated.
I think also that the Democrats and socialist leftists are absolutely scared stiff of VP Pence, because unlike President Trump, he is a very discreet and balanced man, and a very forthright evangelical man, who is very firmly against things like abortion.
As to his moral stance, very wisely he avoids any appearance of evil, by always insisting his wife or a male third party are with him, whenever he has to be in the presence of a woman, who is not his wife or a close blood relative. This is extremely wise, particularly in these days of the #MeToo movement, and also the possibility of false accusations, and in fact of lying leftist biased media and internet cameras, with doctored pictures. The Bible not only commands us to avoid the appearance of evil, but also to be as wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves.
What is so horrendous and shocking to me is that this modern subtle clinical version of the worship of Baal, Astarte, Chemosh, Molech and other Canaanite and Babylonian pagan gods, is being urged, promoted, enforced, even at taxpayer expense, and with punishment of any who oppose it, often in countries, that were involved in the 2nd World War against Hitlerâ€™s Nazi Germany, or like the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, invaded by and occupied by the Nazis.
We have reached such an advanced state of wickedness that surely, the Lordâ€™s return cannot be too far off. Adolph Hitler would be, I am sure astounded at his former enemies adopting his policies, and Charles Darwin, the evolutionist pioneer, would also no doubt be amazed at where his doctrines has led supposedly civilised countries!!!
It is rather like the madness and chaos in the nation of Venezuela, where President Maduro, is clinging in to power with the help of his Army, and friendly Marxist neighbour, Cuba, and bigger powers, such as Russia, China and Iran, while his country falls apart and descends into chaos. At least his infamous predecessor, President Chavez had some charisma, and could even sing a little. He hasnâ€™t even got that, and neither do these folks in the US Congress.
â€śconversion certificateâ€ť, and do virtually the girl or woman is effectively imprisoned for life in the home of her abuser., and is never able to see her family again. We must pray for these victims, and also for a complete turn round and repentance for their abusers.
We had here in Britain not all that long ago, the disgraceful cases of Rotherham, Rochdale, and some other towns, where vulnerable girls of teenage years, many of them in public care, were literally taken off the street by gangs of almost entirely Muslim men and abused, over a long period of time. Social workers, police, teachers, health professionals, and other authorities knew or suspected what was going on, or had complaints made to them, by concerned individuals, yet it was swept under the carpet because of political correctness, and they didnâ€™t want to offend the Muslim community.
Thankfully after very long and protracted investigations, many, but probably not all, of the perpetrators were finally brought to justice, and sent to jail, and there were some resignations in town halls and other places of power.
Tragically, justice is completely denied in many Islamic countries, where Muslim men, sometimes individuals, sometimes groups, will take non-Muslim girls and young women (particularly Christians), off the street, kidnap them, forcibly marry and â€śconvertâ€ť them to Islam, and when their families complain, the local authorities and police either do nothing or even threaten the families with prosecution, as the perpetrators produce a â€śmarriage certificateâ€ť or a â€śconve
That is precisely what happened in Birmingham here in Britain recently, when the homosexual deputy headteacher of a large primary (elementary), with about 99% Muslim pupils, brought in a revolutionary â€śNo Outsidersâ€ť LGBT friendly sex education programme as approved by both the British Government, and the infamous OFSTED, the childrenâ€™s and young peopleâ€™s inspectorate for England and Wales.
The Muslim parents, backed up firmly by their community and religious leaders protested as one body, 600 children taken out of school, even though the school and LEA insisted the lessons had to continue.
The school has now backtracked, stating that the lessons are â€śtemporarilyâ€ť suspended, though I doubt they will ever be resumed.
I suspect that the award winning LGBT deputy head, will be quietly spirited out of the school sooner or later, and given an irresistible offer of a promotion as head, not deputy, of a large and prestigious primary school not located in a Muslim area, where his programme can be carried out without interference!!!!
I just wish the Christians were as strong as the Muslims in this point.
Yes, it is true that the people not the building are the church. Interestingly, the Bible translator and martyr William Tyndale, refused to use the word â€śchurchâ€ť as the translation for the Greek â€śecclesiaâ€ť but used the word â€ścongregationâ€ť. (I have a facsimile reprint copy of his 1525 NewTestament translation!)
Having said that, if a Christian congregation or local church owns or has exclusive rent of a building, they should obviously ensure that it is used exclusively for their work and witness for the Lord and not for wrong purposes.
Also with more and more restrictions on religious freedom imposed by local, state and federal governments, it is just not wise for them to claim tax exempt or official charity status, that involves any kind of official registration. Too many strings may be attached and they may be put under pressure to compromise.
This whole transgender and LGBT affirmation nonsense and wickedness for kids, along with such things as â€śdrag queen story hoursâ€ť and compulsory LGBT / Transgender friendly sex education for schools without parental consent, and with no religious exemptions allowed, together with a criminalisation of all counselling that would question this, and virtual banning and disciplining of any teacher or other professional, no matter what their religious beliefs and objections, who do not cooperate with this agenda, will tragically lead to the corruption of a whole generation.
The reason for this strange turn around is simply that the school is almost 99% Muslim, and the Muslims just will not put up with it!!!
The â€śgayâ€ť deputy head who piloted all this nonsense, will I am sure be given a nice diplomatic sideways promotion to a better paid and more prestigious headship at a non-Muslim primary school, where he can push his LGBT-friendly sex education programme without any parental or community interference.
Needless to say, outside Islamic and Muslim areas, our â€śLiberalâ€ť Conservative Government, and OFSTED, the schools inspection authority in England and Wales, (and folks, that is not just for state or public schools, but private schools as well), with its aggressive secular humanist chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, is absolutely and resolutely committed to forcefully implementing LGBT and Transgender friendly sex education at all levels of education without parental consent.
I do believe that there is a Foundations Bible College and Collegiate Church, in Dunn, North Carolina, with Dr HT Spence, which is totally separate from any denominational foundation, thoroughly evangelical and fundamentalist, and also has a 24 hour radio station with very conservative Christian Music, and regular conferences. It does not generally broadcast on Sermon Audio, although some special sermons Dr H T Spence did on music which I have heard, on Sermon Audio, which he gave at Toronto Free Presbyterian Church some years ago, were excellent.
Yes, Christopher, you are right about Tai Chi, and what about Yoga? It is at the heart of Hinduism, and the word â€śYogaâ€ť means yoke, as in yoking with Brahman, the Hindu concept of the Supreme Being, the summation of all their millions of gods.
Whether it is the full blooded Hindu Yoga form, or a watered down â€śsecularisedâ€ť version, or worse still, a pseudo-â€śChristianisedâ€ť form of it, it is still pagan!!
A large Methodist Church near me, has a large notice board, announcing â€śChurch Activitiesâ€ť, but apart from a lone church service on Sundays at 11.00, and a huge sign on the side of the church which says in large letters, â€śWORSHIP FOR THE PEOPLEâ€ť, whatever that means, the only other activities, on nearly every night of the week are Zumba, with some Kick Boxing, and Aerobics, and even, I think, Tai Chi!!! No prayer meeting, no Bible Study, and not even any Christian Young Peopleâ€™s or Childrenâ€™s activities, only a daytime secular French language pre-school that rents the church basement. John and Charles Wesley would definitely have something to say about it!!
The only other possible application of a female deaconess or similar female pastoral worker could be as a kind of chaplain to women in a womenâ€™s prison, school or institute, where it may not always be appropriate for a male to carry out these kind of activities.
Before the disastrous and unbiblical decision to ordain women as full deacons and priests, and now later on as bishops, the Church of England did have a separate order of deaconesses, abolished by this move, which were separate from the male deacons. The Lutherans still, I believe, have something similar.
The only way I could go along with female deaconesses, is if they were indeed totally separate from male deacons, and their role was solely and only for purposes of female counselling and visitation, as sometimes it is not always wise or appropriate for a male pastor or elder to visit or counsel a woman.
Having said that, often a pastorâ€™s or elderâ€™s wife often unofficially acts as a kind of deaconess, and may well carry out this activity, but in any case any such female workers must at all times be answerable to the pastor and elders of the church, and submitted to them. There is no biblical case for a woman to be a full male type deacon, and definitely not an elder or pastor.
The PCA need to be very careful that this is not the thin end of the wedge, leading to wrong ordination of women as full deacons, elders or pastors!!
This doesnâ€™t sound at all like the Liberty University I heard of from the 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s, where there were strict rules in this kind of thing. I hope that Bob Jones hasnâ€™t gone that way!!
I think the trouble is that the churches these students have come from have gone very soft, and maybe even very nominal, and as stated by Wayfarer Pilgrim, a quick and not well regulated â€śadultâ€ť child baptism at 14, without proper examination will not do.
Also the lure of government money, grants, public scholarships and so on, together with official tax free status, leads inevitably to compromise.
I did not know about this lady until I read a newspaper or magazine article about women in science and engineering. This also suggested she had a lesbian relationship.
It seems typical of the low standard of the popular media today, that anything and everything has to have a sexual element to it, previously only heterosexual, but now increasingly homosexual/ lesbian / transgender.
Some people seem to have forgotten that there are some men and some women who actually prefer to be single and function that way.
Mary Anning lived at a time when women could not attend university, and she probably could have published her findings under a male name if she had found a publisher that would do it. It was only later in the 19th century, that women could go to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, but only to segregated womenâ€™s colleges, and they would not get a degree, but a kind of certificate at the end of their course. The new University of London was more forward in this, and finally Oxford and Cambridge very reluctantly allowed women to take degrees, and the major scientific professions such as medicine followed some fine after, admitting women to their numbers.