Quoting the Bible can’t land you in American prison(yet), but in Helsinki, it’s a different story.
In a case that’s stunned the West, Finland’s former interior minister and leader of the Christian Democrats has been criminally charged for posting a picture of the Bible, opened to Romans 1:24-27. She was disturbed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church joining a gay pride event and decided to remind it what God says about homosexuality. Now, after a two-year investigation, the tweet could put her behind bars...
Lifetime TV demanded in February that D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) eliminate all “controversial” content from Truths That Transform, its weekly half-hour Christian broadcast.
Specifically, Lifetime announced it would no longer air programming that addressed abortion or Left-wing financier George Soros. And it refused to carry any DJKM programming—even broadcasts celebrating George Washington—unless the media ministry founded in 1974 agreed to Lifetime’s sweeping new conditions.
“Because of Lifetime’s newfound ban on so-called ‘controversial’ content, D. James Kennedy Ministries has been forced off the cable channel—to which we have paid enormous fees since 2018 to air our program,” said Frank Wright, Ph.D., DJKM President, and CEO…
On February 16th, 2021, Pastor James Coates turned himself into the Alberta police. He has been charged with two counts of violating the Canadian COVI-19 restrictions and one criminal act. He is being held in Jail pending hearings, refusing bail because the conditions are too restrictive.
We Stand with Pastor James Coates
The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men. When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear. To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age…
Discrimination against someone for their color, looks, etc is wrong. When following the Word of God in a manner that does not morally or ethically harm anyone. This is not wrong it is biblical discernment.
Jack Phillips Legal Battles Continue
On June 4, 2018, it looked like Jack Phillips’s long legal nightmare was finally over. The Supreme Court had ruled in his favor in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, overtly rebuking the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for attempting to coerce him into using his artistic skills to endorse a message and then slandering his religious views in the process. Finally, after several years of fighting, Jack could return to his business and his artistry without compromising his faith.
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]
I am not a Presbyterian, but I ascribe to their weekly newsletter The Christian Observer because of the content. In this week’s February 17th edition, I was saddened to see every article was about church persecutions in one form or another.
Australia, Canada, France, and Scotland have all endured religious intolerances that clearly (in my opinion) would make one be forced to chose whether to obey God or man.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You are a gracious and merciful God, but I also know that you are also holy and righteous and cannot and will not look upon sin.
Be merciful I pray, to the nations whose leaders have turned their backs on You and the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom You sent to die for their sins. Be merciful to all those in positions of power who are seeking to implement a humanistic and anti-god agenda. Be merciful to those men and women in high places that are seeking to remove all vestiges of Christianity and the One true God from their nation’s laws and rules.
If you read through the book of Acts, the text v.17-32 is a good example you can not help but notice the Apostles were criminals.I do not say that to be ugly, it is just that they got arrested, a lot. Of course, that is a view tainted from the ruling Roman (and Jewish leaders) point of view.
We Christians see their arrest as being obedient to God. We know and the bible clearly states that we are subject to the rulers God has appointed over us Romans 13:1-2.However when those rulers subjugate God’s authority, no matter the cost we MUST then join with the apostles and say, “We must obey God rather than men [we have no other choice].” (AMP).
It is far too “EASY” to just go along with the crowd to get along with the crowd. I have even had folks say to me ‘aren’t you supposed to be a peacemaker like Jesus?” My answer is always the same I am to live peaceable with all men whenever possible Romans 12:17-19 but sometimes it just ain’t possible! Whenever man and God disagree we must side with God.
I greatly fear that time has come in America as more and more of our “religious” liberties are being trampled upon and the constitution ignored. Here is an example of two churches facing unjustifiable fines (in my opinion) for holding Christmas services. Christian Observer – Presbyterians Week 27 Jan 2021
Pray with me today:Prayer for Discernment- Almighty and Everlasting God, far be it from me to want to fall into sin. I would rather keep doors for You than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. Yet, there are often times where it is unclear what it means to be obedient. In these moments, I ask that You impart to me Your wisdom. Let Your Holy Spirit enlighten me with his gifts so that I can execute Your will in my life. Amen. – ConnectUs
The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being tallied, both in terms of lives and livelihoods lost. In addition to the millions dead, the millions more who’ve been infected (including some who face long-term physical damage), there’s the psychological and emotional harm of extended isolation, and the millions who face financial ruin. In the midst of all of that, we are now learning of another, less obvious, but just as deadly fallout from the pandemic.