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Wyoming sued after threatening Christian ministry for not hiring non-Christian

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the Wyoming Rescue Mission (WRM) in its lawsuit against the Wyoming government after officials allegedly threatened the organization when it didn’t hire a non-Christian, WND reports. WRM not only provides food, shelter, and clothing to those in need, but its core message also includes having workers share the Gospel of Christ. The problem started when WRM did not hire a ‘self-proclaimed non-Christian’ to work in its Thrift store. WND explains: The dispute erupted when a “self-proclaimed non-Christian” was not hired for a position in the ministry’s thrift store, a position where workers are “expected to teach the mission’s Discipleship Recovery Program guests how to spread the gospel and model of Christ.” That failed candidate complained, and government officials now are claiming the ministry possibly violated the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the employee complained, the government ordered WRM to pay back pay and then stated it can not reject people because they are not Christians. …

Pope Francis says we shouldn’t call Communist China undemocratic

Pope Francis recently caught everyone’s attention when he said he would not call Communist China undemocratic. You know the country that is being run by a communist tyrant, Xi Jinping, who nominated himself as dictator for life, and who likes throwing Christians in jail and uses other ethnic groups as slaves. Yeah, that one. Breitbart explains: ROME — Pope Francis has rejected the label “undemocratic” to describe China’s communist regime, insisting that the issue is too complex to allow for such characterizations. “I cannot get on board with calling China undemocratic; I won’t do that because it’s such a complex country,” the pontiff told journalists during his return trip from Kazakhstan to Rome Thursday. “Sure, there are things that seem undemocratic to us, that is true.” “Labeling is difficult and I’m not ready to do that, since they are impressions, so instead I try to support the path of dialogue,” he declared. READ: Pope Francis: Not Fair to Call China ‘Undemocratic’ Of course, this shouldn’t really surprise because Pope Francis is an avowed communist at …

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Did Democrat Senator issue a call to arms against the pro-life movement?

Some are accusing Hawaii’s Democrat Senator, Mazie Hirono, of issuing a call for violence against pro-life groups in a speech in the US Senate on Wednesday, Sept 14, 2022. The Blaze provides the details: Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said she was issuing “literally a call to arms” against the pro-life movement in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. “When I hear my colleagues talking about how, you know, it should be states’ rights, or government should not be telling us what to do, the word ‘hypocrites,’ it doesn’t even go far enough to call them out on what they’re doing,” said Hirono during her speech. “This is an outright attack on women in this country. That is how I see it.” […] Hirono ended her speech with the odd call to arms. “Madam president, I yield the floor, but clearly, you know, this is a — literally call to arms in our country, I yield the floor,” she concluded. READ: Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono issues ‘literally a call to arms’ against pro-life …

New Jersey’s ‘holy’ war over a pier?

It’s a story on how bizarre society is getting. According to an article, in the New York Post, there has been a huge uproar over a new pier being built at Ocean Grove Beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The old pier was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the new 500,’ $1.3 million pier being built to replace it looks like a cross from the sky. The Methodist’s Camp Meeting Association (CMA) owns the land on which Ocean Grove Beach was built. Even though the new pier is located on CMA property, the public will be allowed to use the new pier. Despite the fact, the pier is being built with private money (it took ten years to raise the funds), the new pier’s design has outraged some of Ocean Grove Beach’s woke tenants. They are apparently offended by its cross shape, with some likening it to ‘Christian bullying.’ In response, CMA COO, Jamie Jackson told News12: “We make no apology for that — we love the fact that it looks like a …

The Atlantic in damage control after comparing the Rosary to an assault weapon

Some suggest, The Atlantic, a left-wing news site, has been going through convulsions by the number of changes it’s made to an outrageous article comparing the Roman Catholic Rosary to an ‘assault weapon.’ After a major backlash, it apparently changed its original headline, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol” a couple of times, before settling on “How Extremist Gun Culture is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary.” It also replaced its original photo of a Rosary with bullet holes instead of beads, with a normal Rosary. Breitbart provides more details: Authored by Daniel Panneton, the article, originally titled, “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol,” featured a rosary that had bullet holes in place of beads and argued that the Catholic sacramental had become a tool of violent militants. “Militia culture, a fetishism of Western civilization, and masculinist anxieties have become mainstays of the far right in the U.S.—and rad-trad Catholics have now taken up residence in this company,” he wrote. […] The article instantly went viral, prompting outrage from Catholics who have historically been portrayed in America as …

Concerns over looming Bible shortage in Hong Kong

As the atheistic Chinese Communist Party tightens its stranglehold on Hong Kong since the city lost its freedom in 1997, believers are concerned that there may soon be a Bible shortage. The Christian Post reports: The Catholic religious order of Franciscans, which runs the biblical research institute Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Hong Kong, has found that printing companies fear that printing the Bibles without government approval might lead to trouble with authorities, according to the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern. “Studium Biblicum Franciscanum has been unable to find a suitable printing house for the Catholic Chinese Bibles and therefore has not been able to print the new Catholic Chinese Bibles,” the U.S.-based watchdog group ChinaAid quoted Franciscan Friar Raymond Mary Yeung, a member of the SBF, as saying. Studium Biblicum Fanciscanum reported that it has released all of its supply of Bibles to bookstores and if its stock is not soon replenished, a Bible shortage is just weeks away. The Chinese Communist Party is officially atheistic. READ: Fears of Bible shortage in Hong Kong tied …

Man murdered after helping lead 8 Muslims to Christ in Uganda

When six Muslim men and two women became Christians after a public debate between Christianity and Islam in the village of Sirimula, in Uganda on July 6, 2022, Islamic extremists attacked the Christian participants, killing Robert Bwenje, 28. As Pastor Ambrose Mugisha, 25, and Bwenje, who had participated in the debate, were returning to their home village, Nyamiringa, they were attacked by a group of men shouting, “Allah akbar, Allah akbar [Allah is greater].” The assailants fled when a passerby stumbled upon the assault. Both the Christian men were taken to a local hospital, where Bwenje later died from his injuries. Mugisha, who works as an assistant pastor at Elim Pentecostal Church in Nyamiringa, had initiated the debate as part of a plan to establish a church in Surimula. READ: Christian man killed by Islamic extremists in ambush attack after 8 Muslims put their faith in Christ

Canadian pastor wins big in court

Artur Pawlowski is the pastor from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who refused to let police and a health inspector from the Alberta government into his church on Easter Sunday 2021, to ensure everyone was abiding by the government’s COVID regulations. He was subsequently charged with several COVID violations and as well for his his support of truck convoy protestors calling for an end of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate. Well, Pawlowski had a big day in court, and it did not go well for the government, according to True North. Though the pastor lost in lower court cases, on appeal, the Alberta Court of Appeals basically found Pawlowski innocent on all charges. TNC explains: Now, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the injunction against him, his arrest, his jail time, the censorship order and fines against him were illegal. Justice Barbara Lea Veldhuis, Justice Michelle Crighton and Justice Jo’ Anne Strekaf ordered Alberta Health Services (AHS) to reimburse Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid, for the costs of their appeal and the return of any fines and penalties …

This is so boring; until they come for us

Are you familiar with the term “World View”? I usually click on something else, when I hear that in the news. This is one of those sleeper topics, that we ignore, and we pay a price later. The commentator with Fox News, Tucker Carlson, has been speaking about this, recently. He believes that Christians will be attacked because of different world views. He is correct, and we should know what he is saying. Let’s analyze: When you saw the words “Tucker Carlson” and “Fox News” you had an opinion, probably. You were either happy or unhappy. U.S. politics are very polarized, these days. If you didn’t feel anything, you might be Canadian. That is a picture of a worldview. We make small decisions and they grow into an orientation. The small things that we decide make us into the people that we are, they give us a world view. So, with a world view, you admire one person from one news source, or you have strong feelings the other way and you don’t like him. …

Poll reveals growing intolerance to Christianity in America

Jesus warned His disciples that they would face times of trouble (John 16:33), and the Lord purposefully did this, so they could prepare their hearts beforehand on how they would deal with it. And then the Lord added in the midst of it, they could still find peace in Christ because He had conquered the world. It is advice that we need to heed today, as we are witnessing an increasing intolerance to Christianity in America, confirmed in a recent poll conducted by Lifeway in the first two weeks of September 2021. The poll found that 59% of Americans believe that there is an increasing intolerance to Christianity, and of those, 24% strongly agreed. For the remainder, only 32% said there wasn’t, while 18% said they weren’t sure. Of course, it was most noticed by those who are on the receiving end of this intolerance, as those with a Christian affiliation, 69% of Protestants and 59% of Catholics, believed this intolerance was growing. It was particularly noticed by those who have greater respect for the …

Hints of the digital age in end times prophecy

As we read of the Biblical end times, we see hints scattered through the prophecies of the modern digital age we are living in today. When the angel of the Lord delivered a prophetic message to Daniel about the end times, God’s messenger said these prophecies would be sealed until the end of the age that would be marked by a rapid increase in knowledge: 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4 ESV) Even Sir Isaac Newton, a 17th century scientist who studied the end times prophecies, suggested that there would need to be an increase in technology to fulfill the events he saw taking place in the end times. One example include the death of the two prophets of God, who had tormented the world, in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John’s vision of end-times events. John saw that when the beast killed the two prophets, people from every tribe and …

Christian News: Chris Pratt, the Christian Taliban, Jane’s Revenge, Ex Mafia boss, exorcisms on the upswing, NHLer Josh Manson, Canadian military chaplains, and a mother’s prayer

Here is a brief round-up of some Christian news this past week: Christ Pratt talks about religion Hollywood actor Chris Pratt found himself in a bit of controversy this past week, when in an interview with Men’s Health, Pratt said that he was not religious, but added that he had a relationship with God. “I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God — and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it is,” Pratt explained. When asked if he attended Hillsong, which has found itself in a pile of controversy recently, Pratt said he attended Zoe Church in Los Angeles. READ: ‘I’m Not a Religious Person’: Chris Pratt Addresses Online Backlash Concerning His Faith Facebook labels Jane’s Revenge a terrorist group? According to Life Site News, Facebook has labeled Jane’s Revenge a terrorist group and given it, Facebook’s strictest Tier …

Did a reporter try to infiltrate Sean Feucht’s intercessor group?

In his last message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul warned them to be on alert for wolves that were going to attack the flock (Acts 20:29-31). Jesus issued a similar warning, but with a slight twist. He said beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15 ESV) The Lord said there would be people who would purposefully try to infiltrate the church, pretending to be spiritual and like-minded. And if possible, some may even try to worm their way into leadership positions. And worship leader Sean Feucht got a lesson on how easily this can happen when a reporter tried to infiltrate one of his groups. Over the past two years, Feucht held worship/prayer sessions across the US, including spots where the riots took place and the street where George Floyd died. Most recently, Feucht has set up intercessor groups to pray for the Supreme Court decision on the potential overturning of Roe …

Sports Illustrated claims prayer at sporting events erodes democracy

In a recent article (June 13, 2022), Sports Illustrated (SI) suggested that allowing players and coaches to pray prior to a game would lead to the erosion of democracy, Breitbart reports. The magazine was discussing a court case before the Supreme Court involving Joe Kennedy who was fired as an assistant coach by Bremerton High, because he prayed with his players on the football field. Breitbart explains: “This Sports Illustrated article is little else but a long smear against Christians, conservatives, and white people in general, and coach Kennedy in particular, and on a vicious personal level, at that,” Breitbart News noted. Conservatives and religious freedom activists took to social media to lambaste Sports Illustrated for such a disgraceful display of left-wing bias. It’s expected that the Supreme Court will soon make a ruling on the case involving religious freedom. READ: Sports Illustrated Blasted for Saying Prayer in Sports is ‘Eroding Democracy’ Breitbart also supplied a few tweet responses to SI’s article written by Greg Bishop: A couple of my favorites:

Pro-abortion group targets Amy Barrett, her children and church

A radical, left-wing pro-abortion group has recently encouraged its supporters to target Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett’s children, church and home, The Blaze reports. Ruth Sent Us, which is named after now deceased Supreme court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, issued its instructions through a Twitter post, which included photos of Barrett and the name of the church she attends. Ruth Sent Us is protesting the possibility that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe vs Wade, which would give state governments the final say on their abortion laws. READ: Pro-abortion group hints at targeting Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s children, church, and home Before this, Ruth sent a message to Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, with a photo of a billboard near the school where his children attend. The message, which was posted the same day that an armed man was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home, read, “We feel for you” as members of congress are not concerned about your safety. .READ: Abortion activists send ‘special message’ to Brett Kavanaugh’s wife and children, post picture outside their …

Armed man allegedly targeting Justice Kavanaugh arrested near his home

There are concerns that pro-abortionists are becoming increasingly violent after the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision that suggests it is considering overturning Roe vs Wade that forced US states to legalize abortions. The latest involves a man armed with a gun and knife arrested at 2 am (Wednesday, June 8, 2022), near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home, Fox News reports. Justice Kavanaugh is a conservative justice, who supports the US Constitution. The man’s name has not been released, but reports indicate he is in his 20s and from California. According to Supreme Court spokeswoman, Patricia McCabe, the man allegedly threatened Kavanaugh. RELATED: Nolte: AG Merrick Garland Refuses to Enforce Laws Protecting SCOTUS AND WATCH: Jen Psaki Says White House Encourages ‘Peaceful’ Protests Outside Justices’ Homes A day earlier, a pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, CompassCare, was firebombed early Tuesday morning, causing substantial damage. It appears that the extremist pro-abortion group, Jane’s Revenge, was behind the attack, as the organization’s signature trademark, ‘Jane was Here,’ was sprayed on the building. …

‘Vile, satanic attack’ in Nigeria leaves over 50 worshipers dead, including children

This past Sunday, June 5, 2022, gunmen attacked a church in Southwestern Nigeria, killing at least 50, many of them children. The governor of Ondo State, where the attack took place, described it as a ‘vile and satanic attack,’ and he may have a point. According to reports, the people were just gathering for morning mass, when the gunman opened fire on members of St. Francis Catholic Church. One group of terrorists entered the church firing their weapons, while others remained outside, gunning down members of the congregation fleeing the carnage. The group also set off explosives inside the church, and there are reports that they kidnapped the church’s priest. It is suspected that the attackers were connected to Islamic terrorists in Nigeria that have been attacking Christians in the northern regions of Nigeria for the past several years. Nigeria has a population of 216 million and 54% of them are Muslim, who are concentrated in northern Nigeria, and 46% are Christians with nearly three-quarters protestants. Since the beginning of January, CBN reports that Islamic …

Don’t be surprised by the fiery trials

Police have arrested a man who allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at two churches in North Carolina on Sunday morning, May 29, 2022 while services were going on, Christian Headlines reports. The attacks, which were apparently 30 minutes apart, took place at Gray’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Hope Mills at 10:37 AM and then shortly after 11 AM at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church located in the nearby town of Fayetteville. Security cameras at both churches, caught a man throwing several Molotovs. Fortunately, no one was injured in either attack. Police have since arrested Terry Wayne Raeford of Fayetteville, NC charging him with “two counts of two counts of manufacture, assembly, possession, storage, transportation, sale, purchase, delivery, or acquisition of a weapon of mass death and destruction; exceptions, and two counts of malicious damage to occupied property by use of explosive or incendiary; punishment.” In North America, Christians have been able to worship peacefully with no fears of personal attacks, but that is starting to change. And it shouldn’t surprise us. The Book of Revelation …

Was California church shooting politically motivated?

Officials are now alleging that the shooting that took place in California at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 15, 2022, that left one dead and four wounded, may have been a politically-motivated hate crime. The members of the Presbyterian church were from Taiwan, an island off the coast of China that the country’s communist overlords claim belongs to China. It’s alleged that the shooter was from mainline China. The Orange Country Register reports: The man accused of killing one and injuring four others with gunfire inside a Laguna Woods church on Sunday while a Taiwanese Presbyterian group was meeting was motivated by tensions between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Orange County’s sheriff said. David Wenwei Chou, a 68-year-old Las Vegas resident, lived in the United States for decades after immigrating here from China. He is a United States citizen, although his wife and a son do not live in the U.S. … Detectives found evidence that Chou “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,” Sheriff Don Barnes said, including …

Christian couple face flogging after a Sharia court nullifies marriage and charges them with adultery

A bizarre situation took place in Sudan when an Islamic court ordered a married couple with two small children to receive 100 lashes for committing adultery. The problem started when the Sharia court nullified the couple’s marriage because the Muslim husband had become a Christian. Since the court no longer considered the couple married, they were then charged with adultery, which has a penalty of 100 lashes under Sharia law. Christian Post reports that the couple, Hamouda Tia Kafi, 34, and his wife, Nada Hamad Shukralah, 25, were both Muslims when they married in 2016. The problem started after Hamouda converted to Christianity in 2021, followed by his wife. They both now attend a Baptist church. This resulted in his wife’s brother bringing charges against the couple because of their illegal conversion. Sudan, which is located in North-East Africa, has a population of 48 million people. Sharia law governed the country’s justice system between 2005 and 2019. That was abandoned after the country transitioned to a democracy after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir. Under …

Did Jesus speak about censorship on Palm Sunday?

According to China Aid, a watchdog on religious persecution in Communist China, effective March 1, 2022, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has banned the word “Christ” on China’s social media platforms. The banning was part of rules implemented under the Communist regime’s “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services.” The Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), a house church movement that started in China in 2006, was one of the first to report the fallout of this new law. China Aid reports that one of ERCC’s members was creating a survey on WeChat, a group messaging app, asking members to vote on their favorite Christian book. Included on the list was one entitled, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. As soon the member typed the word Christ, the WeChat app refused to allow the post to be uploaded and provided the following warning: “The word ‘Christ’ you are trying to publish violates regulations on Internet Information Services, including but not limited to the following categories: pornography, gambling, and drug abuse; excessive marketing; incitement.” …

We Are Called to Be Disciples, Not Consumers: Learning a Lesson from the Persecuted Church

By Dr. Michael L. Brown

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand were Jewish Christians from Romania who were imprisoned, mistreated, and (especially Richard) brutally tortured for their unwavering faith. They would not bow the knee to the spirit of the age. They would not submit to the godless Communist agenda (or any other godless agenda). They would only bow the knee to Jesus.

Preachers and Truckers: Have you been persecuted yet?

So, have you been persecuted, recently? Persecution is “the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook.” READ: Persecution (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I recently read a news story about a Christian pastor in India who was arrested and charged, something about not respecting other religions. He talked about Christian things in his Christian service, and the police arrested him; in India! I tried to find the story again, and I couldn’t. There were too many stories like it: Where I live, some people who opposed COVID restrictions claim that they were persecuted for their beliefs. Whatever we think about COVID protests, we can see the mechanism of persecution. People with ideas that threaten power can be punished and silenced. Imagine telling the authorities to slash vehicle tires. You don’t have to imagine that: READ: Free speech becomes roadkill in the crackdown on Canadian truckers And here is another crackdown: So, peaceful democratic countries have the potential to persecute people. Persecution is a normal part of life, in most places. …