All posts filed under: Persecution

US Supreme Court overturns California’s ban on house churches

The Supreme Court has just ruled that California’s limits on house churches and other religious gathering in homes is unconstitutional.

How Jesus became front and center during ‘March Madness’

Each year, the NCAA holds a basketball tournament of the top ranked colleges in the US to determine a national champion. This year’s national tournament, often referred to as March Madness, was unusual because Christian universities were the talk of the town as it ended with Baylor, a Christian university out of Waco, Texas, winning the men’s crown. But it all started on a negative tone, with a USA Today columnist, Hemal Jhaveri, writing a hit piece on Oral Roberts University (ORU). The 15th seeded ORU, referred to as this year’s Cinderella team, rose to prominence advancing to the final 16 round of the tournament. This also put a target on the team’s back. Jhaveri called for the NCAA to ban ORU from the tournament because the Christian university did not hold the writer’s personal views on homosexuality and morality. Oddly, Jhaveri, called for the team to be banned in the name of diversity. Stories about Jhaveri’s call to ban ORU were all over the internet with most condemning the article asking why woke politics …

Interview with Calgary pastor who drove police out of his church on Easter Friday

I recently posted a story of how Pastor Artur Pawlowski of Calgary, Alberta, Canada demanded several police officers leave his church after they showed up during the church’s Easter Service (April 2, 2021) without a warrant. In very colourful language, Pastor Pawlowski drove them out of his church calling them communists and Nazis.

University group receives death threats after organizing an Easter egg hunt with Bible verses

A conservative group at the University of North Texas decided to hold an Easter egg hunt, that included Bible verses, hidden across the North Texas campus. The Blaze reports that members of the group started receiving death threats from woke university students, who only tolerate people that agree with their opinions.

Albert Mohler warns ‘they’re coming for you too’

In a recent podcast, Albert Mohler, who serves as the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, warns that the recent call by a USA Today columnist for the NCAA to ban Oral Roberts University (ORU) from future sports tournaments is a warning for all believers. Mohler was referring to a column by Hemal Jhaveri, when she called for the NCAA to ban ORU from its tournaments because the university does not embrace the LGTBQ+ ideology. She even suggested that the school should be booted from the NCAA because of its position prohibiting premarital sex and homosexual behaviour among its students. ORU’s rise to prominence at the NCAA’s national basketball tournament has many in the secular media referring to the team as the Cinderella story of this year’s March Madness. The 15th seeded ORU Golden Eagles advanced to the final sixteen round by beating the No. 2 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 7 seeded Florida Gators. This is only the second time in the tournament’s history that a 15th seeded team …

Columnist calls for ORU to be banned from NCAA basketball tournament

Many secular sport’s writers are referring to Oral Roberts University (ORU) as this year’s Cinderella team at the NCAA Division I national basketball tournament, after ORU came from behind to beat the 7th seeded Florida Gators 81-78 to advance to the 16 team round (Sweet 16). Also referred to as March Madness, the annual tournament determines the best college basketball team in America. In its previous game, the 15th seeded ORU Golden Eagles beat 2nd seeded Ohio State in the tournament’s first round allowing ORU to advance to the 32 round and became only the second 15th seeded team in history to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Oral Roberts will play Arkansas on Saturday. Oral Roberts, a charismatic Christian evangelist who died in 2009, started the Oral Roberts University based in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1963 to “develop Holy Spirit empowered leaders through whole education to impact the world.” It has grown to become one of the most influential Christian universities in the world expanding to six colleges and offering 70 undergraduate and 20 graduate degrees. …

The Atlanta Killings: Why we need to be bold

You probably heard the news about the killings near Atlanta, Georgia recently. On Tuesday, March 16, a young man took a gun and killed eight women in massage parlours near the city. Six of the women are described as ‘Asian’ and apparently they were from Korea. The man with the gun claimed to be a Christian and attended a Baptist church. It’s a terrible event. It’s also complicated. The man with the gun claimed that he has a sex addiction and he was trying to remove temptation. The victims were all female, and most were Korean, and apparently most of them were older than forty, or even fifty. They were at work when someone came in with a gun. READ: Suspect in Atlanta-area spa shootings might have intended more shootings in Florida, mayor says That seems simple, but in the morality of our times, there is now a hunt for someone to blame. The victims were all women, and the killer might hate women. That would be a feminist interpretation. The victims were mostly ‘Asian’ …

Freedom of speech means freedom to preach the Gospel, even on a campus

In an 8-1 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of a former student of Georgia Gwinnett College, Chike Uzuegbunam, after the institute prevented Chike from sharing his faith on campus. The court ruled that it was in complete “violation” of Chike’s constitutional rights. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was the only Justice who dissented in the final ruling. In a controversial move the 12,000 student school had set up two small areas on campus where people were allowed to exercise their constitutional right to free speech. But in the end, even these were not free speech zones if a woke student was offended by what was said. According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who represented Chike in the lawsuit, the space where the college allowed free speech only represented 0.0015% of the school’s total property. In 2016, Chike was sharing his faith and distributing leaflets on campus, when he was initially stopped by college security. After being told these type of activities were only allowed in the two free speech zones, Chike then …

Venezuelan believers had crosses carved in their backs and were forced to eat pages of the Bible

Four Christians in Libertador, Venezuela were horribly attacked on February 16, 2021 at a drug rehabilitation center being operated by the House of Restoration, a church in the city. According to a report by Open Doors, the group was assaulted by eight hooded members of a local drug gang associated with the Communist regime of President Nicolás Maduro Moros. When the regime’s socialist policies resulted in the utter collapse of the country’s economy, Maduro’s government reportedly linked up with drug lords to ensure additional revenue. Though none of the church members were killed all required hospitalization. The attackers brutally beat the believers, stabbed them, forced them to eat pages out of the Bible, carved large crosses on their backs with knives and broke ribs and limbs. In addition, members of the attacking group also pronounced curses on the believers and the church. In an interview with Premier Christian News, Dr David Landrum, a spokesman for Open Doors noted: “The cutting of crosses into the bodies of these young Christians, and the forced eating of pages of the Bible is deeply disturbing.   …

Why is that pastor in jail?

We were driving today, and we went further than we usually do. We drove out of the city to a suburban place, for our shopping. That travel is permitted, under our COVID restrictions, the change of scenery was nice, and I like to get away from the busy places where infection rates might be higher. It was all good, until I saw a huge crowd of people, on a street that is usually quiet. We drove closer, and we saw people waving signs, to protest something. It was a surprise. When we got close, we could see that no one in the protest rally was wearing a mask, or doing anything to prevent Covid infections. There was no social distancing in that crowd. A large crowd of people were protesting something at a suburban courthouse. I didn’t have to ask what was happening. A pastor named James Coates is in jail because churches are restricted, for COVID safety. READ: Despite pastor behind bars, members of GraceLife Church near Edmonton continue to defy COVID-19 rules My …

India: ‘I will not leave Jesus’

A Christian family in the village of Kambawada, India was forced to leave after radicalized villagers demanded they renounce their newly found faith in Christ. Christian Headline writes: A family that recently converted to Christianity was banished from their Indian village this year after they stood firm in their faith and refused to recant. Jaga Padiami and his wife accepted Christ in December after hearing the gospel when a group of Christians visited their home village in Kambawada, India. But in January, they were called to a village meeting and told by the village chief, Koya Samaj, to renounce their Christian faith. Both refused, according to a report by International Christian Concern. Residents then began to harass the couple, and Samaj gave them an additional five days to recant their faith or face banishment from the village.  READ: ‘I Will Not Leave Jesus’: Indian Family Forced from Village after Refusing to Renounce Christ

Online Censorship: Are they banning the Bible now?

Are some parts of the Bible being banned from the Internet? A woman in England, Seyi Omooba, posted some Bible quotes about homosexuality on Facebook. She stated that the Bible position on the subject is “clearly evident.” Several people called for her to be fired from her job, and later she was fired. READ: Theater Fired Christian Actress for Facebook Post Citing Bible Verses on Homosexuality, Suit Says That was not censorship by Facebook. She lost her job because people read her quotations from the Bible, on Facebook. The issue is now in the courts, and I’m sure the managers at Facebook don’t want to be involved. Other people have claimed that some parts of the Bible cannot be quoted on some Internet platforms. Paul Joseph Watson recently posted a video “Facebook bans Bible passages to YouTube.” His claims were investigated by Newsweek, and reporters questioned Facebook management. After an internal investigation, Facebook apologized and reversed the decision to ban the video. The Newsweek article is “Facebook Unbans BibleHub Passages After Censoring Them ‘In Error’” …

YouTube bans LifeSiteNews, a pro-life group

YouTube has completely removed all of LifeSiteNews’ videos and effectively banned it from the popular social media platform. LifeSiteNews is a pro-life organization and had 300,000 subscribers on YouTube before it was deplatformed. The Catholic pro-life group has moved its videos over to Rumble, a growing free-speech video platform.

Persecution: What do you really believe?

Most people reading this are completely free to follow any religion, and to change their minds any time. We are free. We are so free that some believers have a hard time explaining what they believe, and maybe some struggle to understand what they believe. That is the price of freedom. I remember going to church, when I was a boy; my whole family went to church, and I had no choice. When I became an adult, I decided what I believed, and who I was. That was a big adjustment for me. In some places in the world, it’s very important to know what you believe. A person can be prosecuted, and even killed for believing the “wrong” thing. “Wrong” is an idea from the government or some powerful organization. We may be going in that direction in the comfortable free countries. READ: Varvel: Why ‘The View’s’ Joy Behar finally apologized to Mike Pence If you are a Christian, how do you feel about the accusation that you are mentally ill? In the U.S. …

Will America have a ‘Ministry of Truth’?

In his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, that was supposed to be the fictional account of the nation of Oceania, George Orwell refers to the four ministries set up by government to control the masses. Ironically, he noted that these ministries were the polar opposite of what they were intended to represent. In the book, they are described as: The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink. As mentioned, the Ministry of Truth was the exact opposite of what it was named. In reality, its primary purpose was to decide what truth was and then to rewrite history and facts if they did not align with the party’s current determination of truth. Facts were changed as needed. This included promoting statements that 2+2=5, if necessary. Orwell writes: In the end the Party would announce that two and two made …

300 million Christians in China by 2030?

In an interview with the Christian Post, Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMillan, who serves as Director of Strategic Research with Open Doors, stated based on current growth trends there will be over 300 million Christian believers in that communist country by 2030. In 2019, China’s population was reported to be 1.4 billion people. He believes this rapid growth is behind the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to crack down on Christianity in that country. Boyd-MacMillan told Christian Post: “And if it grows at the rate that it has done since 1980, and that’s about between 7 [percent] and 8 percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030. And, you know, the Chinese leadership, they really do long term planning, I mean, their economic plan goes to 2049, so this bothers them. Because I think if the Church continues to grow like that, then they’ll have to share power.” The Communist regime’s persecution of believers is three-fold. First it is employing an outward attack using its Social …

750 people slaughtered at church alleged to hold the Ark of the Covenant

According to Europe External Programme with Africa, a Belgium NGO, the Maryam Tsiyon Church in Axum, Ethiopia was recently attacked by a group made up of soldiers with the Ethiopian army and members of the militant Amhara militia who slaughtered 750 members of the congregation. Amhara is a brutal terrorist organization that has been responsible for several massacres in Ethiopia in recent years. Several eyewitnesses reported at least a thousand people were hiding inside the church when the armed group arrived. Hundreds of people were dragged from the cathedral and shot. For decades, the overseers of the Maryam Tsiyon, also referred to as the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, have claimed that they have the Jewish Ark of the Covenant. Apparently, members of the congregation went to the church believing the militia intended to steal the Ark. But reports suggest the leaders of the church had hidden the ark before the militants arrived. The Ark of the Covenant is housed in the Chapel of Tablet beside the main Cathedral and only one of …

Enforcing religious freedom in Moscow, Russia, err Idaho

A court has just ruled in favour of Gabriel Rench who was arrested on Sept 23, 2020, when nearly 200 believers gathered to worship and praise God during an outdoor service in the parking lot of the city hall in Moscow, Idaho. The event, called Psalm Sing, was sponsored by Christ Church and according to Gabriel Rench, who serves as a church deacon, they had been holding services for several months with no problem. The church believed its right to worship is guaranteed under the US Constitution. But the Sept. 23 service would prove to be different. Police were in attendance and arrested three people including Gabriel Rench as the group was singing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.” Though they were not wearing masks, neither were most of the people attending the service. The police had arrested the three for violating the mayor’s emergency health order. But according to Michael Jacques, a lawyer with the Thomas Moore Society who represented Rench, under this legislation, the city exempted “[a]ny and all expressive and associative …

OpenDoors reports a 60% increase in the number of believers who died for their faith in 2020

According to OpenDoors annual report, there was a 60% increase in the number of Christians who died for their faith in 2020 over 2019. This was a largely led by a dramatic rise in the number of Christians murdered in Nigeria by Islamic extremists. OpenDoors reported that 4,761 Christians died for their faith last year with 2,200 of them taking place in Nigeria. Several have been warning of a potential for a Christian genocide in the African nation. It also appears that the violence directed at Christians in Nigeria is spreading into neighbouring countries. This has been part of an overall increase in the persecution of Christians around the world noted by OpenDoors, an organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world. In their report, OpenDoors added that governments have also been using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to come down on Christians. They are not only trying to stop churches from meeting, while allowing similar secular events to continue, but in some areas of the world, they are purposefully cutting back aid …

Communist China: Jailed for doing God’s will?

On Dec. 28, 2020, China’s despotic communist regime sentenced a young woman, Zhang Zhan, 37, to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in the communist regime. Zhan, a former lawyer, was working as a citizen journalist when she went to Wuhan, China in February 2020 to report on the COVID-19 pandemic that had broken out in the city. She shared videos showing empty streets and packed hospitals to reveal the full extent of the crisis that was taking place. In some of her videos, she criticized the communist regime’s attempts to silence whistleblowers and as well its harsh lock down that included welding the doors of people’s home shut and sealing their windows with metal bars so they couldn’t escape. In one of her last videos Zhan reported “The government’s way of managing this city has just been intimidation and threats. This is truly the tragedy of this country.” Shortly after this, Zhan was arrested. Many believe the severity of Zhan’s sentence reveals the regimes desire to stamp out any dissenting …