I heard of a most horrendous case in Brazil through a Christian website which will never make the liberal press or television in USA or Europe, certainly not in my country of Britain, where it will be totally censored.
It did however apparently make the South American Spanish and Portuguese press, where it was rather more featured.
A lesbian couple had effectively kidnapped the son of one of them from the father, gone into hiding, watched medical videos, castrated the poor boy, and then when he died of the complications of this amateur surgery, tried to destroy his body. The father raised the alarm, some quick witted children playing football nearby saw the women trying to hide their wicked handiwork, and they were speedily arrested and are standing trial in Brazil.
This I think is one of the logical outcomes of this appalling immoral revolution that has taken the Western world by storm, and tragically is even invading not only the liberal apostate church denominations, but all too many professed evangelical churches.
The logical conclusion of this wickedness, is physical ‚Äúcastration‚ÄĚ and sterilisation, cancer, heart trouble, strokes, organic illnesses, breakdown of the vital glands and organs of the body, alongside mental instability, suicide, etc., alongside the spiritual problem in many cases of demonic oppression and even possession.
Would we tell a young child who had a drink or drugs problem, gambling, or was addicted to hard core pornography, or starving themselves obsessively from food or cutting themselves, that they should actually entertain these wicked fantasies, yet we tell children and young people who defy God, hate their male or female body, given to them at conception, and believe that they are the opposite, or even simultaneously both sexes, ‚Äútrapped in the wrong body‚ÄĚ, to just go ahead and we must honour that, on the pain of prosecution or losing our jobs if we do not!!‚Äô This is the politics of the mad house.
These US American atheists are determined that like as in the USSR of old, Communist China and North Korea of today, and of places like Vietnam, Laos and Cuba to a certain extent, that atheism and secular humanism are to be the official enforced state religion of the USA, contrary to your Constitution, and the wishes of the Founding Fathers.
What was conceived by the Founding Fathers as an idea that the USA would not be under the tyranny of a prescribed state religion, as had happened to the forefathers who emigrated to what became the USA from other countries where they had been persecuted for not following the state prescribed church, but yet with broadly Judeo-Christian foundations has been totally subverted since the 1960‚Äôs and before to mean that everything in the public sphere must be atheistic and totally godless.
As the people under the USSR and other regimes discovered, and as the Communist Parties of China and North Korea are discovering now, it is an idea that in the end will not work, and the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ will not be destroyed, however much persecution is thrown at it.
I am absolutely sure that if the Founding Fathers of the United States of America returned now from over 200 years ago, they would be absolutely horrified in many ways, and would go back and rewrite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and would redo the Establishment Clause so that, yes there is no state religion, but there would be a statement that USA was to be built on Judeo-Christian foundations.
What the atheists and secular humanists have effectively done since the late 1950‚Äôs, and even a little before that, is gradually, mainly through activist court cases, but now increasingly through legislation as well, made atheism and secular humanism the actual enforced state religion of the USA in defiance of the Constitution and opposed to the real intentions of the Founding Fathers of the USA. Flatly illegal, but except on odd occasions like this, (praise the Lord for this particular case), they often get away with it.
Even the 4 state allowed religions are under threat. The Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church was effectively deposed by the Government of Eritrea and is under permanent house arrest, because he would not tow the government line, and the other three groups have to be very careful.
However, anything else outside the Eritrean Orthodox, Sunni Islam, the Lutherans and the Roman Catholics are totally banned.
The people of Eritrea are also subject to long term compulsory military service, which is ill paid, and effectively closed down all their normal business and family life.
This government in Eritrea seems to have set up a kind of state idolatry of complete and absolute obedience to the government. I remember when the province of Eritrea fought and won its independence from Ethiopia, many years ago, and I guess many Eritreans wonder if it was worth it!!!
Obviously this demonically inspired hard line feminist woman, (tragically I noted her British accent, even though she lives in the United States), has never really bothered to study history.
I have no doubt that members of the Nazi Party , the SS, the Gestapo, and numerous doctors and scientists employed by them in the 1930‚Äôs and 1940‚Äôs really thought in their demonic delusion that they were actually doing society good.
This kind of wicked thinking takes us also back to the ancient Canaanite religions, of Molech, Chemosh, Baal and Astarte, where infant sacrifice and ritual prostitution were the norm, all done in the name of fertility and producing the right crops, etc., etc. The true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator has made it very clear what He thinks of such wickedness.
He will indeed bring His judgment and wrath in such a society. We can only pray tact this demonically deluded woman will repent and get right with God, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and denounce her previous teachings. She will lose all her friends, and her position, but she will gain an eternal inheritance.
One of my very close relatives died in a hospice. As far as I know, everything was done as it should be. She had terminal cancer, of an aggressive type, had had one very brief course of chemotherapy which did not go well, radiotherapy, and surgery before that. The palliative care provided at the hospice was very professionally done.
Though we do not have full blown euthanasia permitted by law in Britain, and pro-life MPs in the House of Commons, and peers (nobles) in the House of Lords, many of them permanently disabled or with a terminal illness themselves have successfully managed to resist proposed laws that are constantly being raised up by secularists and liberals, we have had many very subtle forms of euthanasia such as the infamous ‚ÄúLiverpool Pathway‚ÄĚ used in hospitals on elderly people.
I have heard of relatives who have successfully objected when a hospital tried to withhold basic food and water from their loved one when they had a stroke.
Tragically I believe it is only a matter of time before the leftists and secularists get their way, and get a bill successfuly through Parliament, aided by activist court cases.
I really do wish that the person with large letters would stop his anti-Semitic comments.
I would like to remind him that the patriarchs from Abraham onwards, the prophets, the apostles and our Lord Himself were Jewish. I would also like to remind Him that there are many Jews who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour!!!!
Local radio in Britain is a fairly new phenomenon.
Apart from illegal pirate radio stations (usually pop based) in the 1960‚Äôs and 1970‚Äôs, basically the BBC had a compete monopoly, for decades, since its foundation in the 1920‚Äôs, and the service was mainly national, but with some regional programmes, until truly local BBC and private commercial stations were specially licensed by the 1980‚Äôs.
There was also when I was in college, a special scheme for very local generally non-commercial stations that were allowed to run for a temporary period of time over a very limited area for special occasions. There was something like that in the University next to my college for about a month each year, run by the students.
Also the infamous BBC licence fee, which covered both radio and television, was completely taken off for radio, (and in my opinion, should be taken off for television as well).
Now with the advent of the internet, digital radios, and even many work places have ‚Äúclosed circuit‚ÄĚ type radio stations, there has been a tremendous increase in this kind of coverage. It is still however strictly regulated.
This is nothing new. When crash helmets were made compulsory for motorcyclists many years ago here in Britain, there was a landmark court case, and religious Sikhs were exempted from the law, provided they wore their turbans.
There have been similar decisions that could have security implications, as Sikhs carry a ceremonial knife as part of their religious observance.
True most Sikhs are generally fairly peaceable folk, but it does set a dangerous precedent.
God is working however, with Sikhs, as a leader and his wife of an Asian ministry at a Pentecostal Church I attended for some years, were converts out of Sikhism to Christianity, and the former deputy pastor of a Reformed Free Evangelical Church I also attended for some years, and is now a pastor at an international English speaking Reformed church in a foreign country, was converted at an evangelistic meeting when he turned up out of curiosity at the meeting as a zealous Sikh university student in his turban!!
Tragically another megachurch with a very charismatic leader with great claims. When a church centres on a man, rather than God, and supernatural ‚Äúrevelations‚ÄĚ replace the Berean study and teaching of the Bible in its full context, this kind of grief is going to be the result!!!
Dear Wayfarer, I saw an interview video of Dr Robert Oscar L√≥pez, and what he had to suffer during his 6 years as a tenured professor in a Leftist state university in ‚Äúthe People‚Äôs Republic of California‚ÄĚ! He was abused, false accusations made against him, harassment, and real hate crimes against him, and all because he rose up, having come out of the LGBT lifestyle himself, (when he fell in love with a woman, and soon after was solidly converted to Christ), and defended children‚Äôs rights, basically to have what he never had, a proper family life with a father and a mother. A very impressive testimony. He abandoned secular academic tenure, and was blessed to receive a post in a Baptist theological seminary. Thanks for sharing that encouraging testimony, Wayfarer.
Even when I went to college in the late 1970‚Äôs, though much more elemental, the LGBT community were very much about, and though my own college was not affected much, the neighbouring university was, and this community caused Christians to stumble and get sucked in to this lifestyle.
Already, a previous EU directive on data protection has made it impossible for me to view or download some USA websites, or news articles, as these are now blocked from European readers.
I suspect this latest EU bureaucratic directive will cause a lot of churches to stop streaming services, or even running news videos if their activities. If Britain is cheated of Brexit, which looks extremely likely, we will increasingly get stuck in an EU bureaucratic censorship.
It is hard enough for Christians to get videos on the increasingly leftist and anti-Christian video media, without the EU complicating things even further and messing things up!!
No, Mr Lincoln, we do not need to appeal to either a Jesuit interfaith Pope, or to a Westcott & Hort / Nestle Aland modern Bible for our understanding.
Matthew Henry says about this verse:- It is not that God tempted any to sin, but ‚ÄúLord, do not let Satan loose upon us chain up that roaring lion, for he is subtle and spiteful Lord, do not leave us to ourselves (Psalm 19:13), for we are very weak Lord, do not lay stumbling-blocks and snares before us, nor put us into circumstances that may be an occasion of our falling‚ÄĚ. Temptations are to be prayed against, both because of the trouble and discomfort of them, and because of the danger we are in of being overcome by them, and the guilt and grief that then follow.
It appears that this change is only in Italy, although the French bishops have made a similar change, but traditional Catholics are getting weary of such pronouncements from Pope Francis. Perhaps the Lord will start them questioning the whole Catholic doctrines, and they will be truly born again, and added to the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ!!
I think the person that Kenneth. Copeland was speaking to ‚Äúin tongues‚ÄĚ at the convention meeting was the infamous laughing ‚Äúbartender of Joel‚Äôs Bar‚ÄĚ, who claimed his ‚ÄúLaughing Revival‚ÄĚ was of the Holy Spirit, Rodney Howard-Browne. I vaguely remember seeing a critical video, that showed this extraordinary event.
With regard to the late Pastor Henry Mahan, I know very little of his ministry, but I have heard a couple of his sermons on SA, and he indeed sounded an earnest godly man who loved his Saviour and Lord, and preached His Word faithfully.
What a total contrast to the wolves in sheep‚Äôs clothing we have discussed on this thread. I must listen to some more of Pastor Mahan‚Äôs preaching!!
Though people often watch tv through digital device, phones, etc., and private videos via YouTube, Vimeo, etc, the large screen stereo all round tv in homes is still popular here in Britain.
Also, many people, men particularly, flock to the pub to watch live sporting events, while others go to betting shops (quite legal here in the UK), where they place their bets and watch matches, but particularly horse racing live in the shop!!
I think in Britain what puts some people off from tv is the exorbitant compulsory annual licence fee exacted through government for the BBC, our semi-public broadcasting service, and the rather expensive deals that many people have to make if they want the full freedom of cable tv. Even Internet tv, bbc iPlayer, and other tv replay services, are now subject by law to having to pay the licence fee, for the BBC, even if you don‚Äôt watch the BBC provrammes.
Some people do reluctantly cough up the licence fee on an instalment plan, and avoid further fees by using a Freeview cable style service, but through a special converter in their tv, and the normal aerial.
I have up this sort of thing a long time ago, and still have a rarely used tv monitor, linked up for mainly Christian dvds and an ancient, now obsolete vhs video tape machine, and main
The British Methodist Church is about to go through this unpleasant process in a forthcoming General Conference as a long awaited LGBT motion is about to be presented. There is, apart from an isolated number of elderly members here and there and the odd lay preacher who believes in historical Gospel Methodism, virtuality no one in the Methodist Church who is likely to make a stand against much of the doctrinaire liberal leadership and leftist activists that are all too prevalent in the modern Methodist Church.
Also like as in the US, all Methodist churches are owned by the denomination, and would be forfeit if the local church decided to make a stand.
Pastors are moved around every 5 or so years by their circuit, so evangelical minded pastors or ministers don‚Äôt have time to get too established in any local Methodist church.
Apparently Mr Copeland is so bothered about flying in a ‚Äútube filled with demons‚ÄĚ, that he obviously forgot about the apostle Paul, and his travelling companion Silas, long before airplanes were even invented, who actually ministered to the demon-possessed slave girl in Philippi, who was used (or perhaps I should abused) by her masters as a spiritist medium, and were scourged and improsoned for their pains, (but praise God for the supernatural earthquake in the gaol after the singing after the midnight praises of Paul and Silas, and the conversion of the gaoler and their release by embarrassed magistrates who discovered that they were Roman citizens).
The Apostle and his friends also witnessed to and spoke to practicing occultists in Ephesus who repented of their sin, burnt all their magic books and equipment (very expensive and valuable stuff) and became valued members of the Ephesian church!
What about our Lord Himself, who much to the disgust of the religious Pharisees, dined with publicans, prostitutes and sinners, and shared the Gospel with them.
No Mr Copeland, you are not concerned with preaching the Gospel to the ‚Äúdemons‚ÄĚ in the airplanes. You wish to travel in luxury and comfort, all on the backs of those poor sheep who support your church and ministry, while
Of course, this is not just about the ‚Äúbeatification‚ÄĚ of persecuted and martyred Eastern Rite Catholic bishops, priests and laypeople (basically an autonomous branch of the Catholic Church that uses Eastern Orthodox liturgy and appoints it‚Äôs own bishops, but acknowledges the supremacy of the Pope), which under Ceaucescu‚Äôs Communist regime refused to join the main state approved national Rumanian Orthodox Church, which of course is not, and was not under the Pope at all.
This is a much wider ecumenical interfaith agenda, and the usual desire of Pope Francis to see all the faiths get together on a premise of ‚Äúpeace and security‚ÄĚ world faith led by him.
Many traditional Catholics will not be fooled by this man, though they are in a minority, and those of us who are non-ecumenical evangelical Protestants should not be fooled by him for a moment either.