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The counterintuitive church

It is one of those good news, bad news scenarios. No Christian likes persecution, and increasingly believers are being targeted for their beliefs in Western Democracies and as counterintuitive as it sounds, this may actually be good news for the church. According to a study by Nilay Saiya and Stuti Manchanda, published in Society of Religion, an academic journal, there is a strange anomaly in Christianity where it does better in places where it’s not the favoured religion and even faces active persecution, than in countries where it is embraced. The authors came to this conclusion after studying the growth and acceptance of Christianity in 166 nations between 2010 and 2020. The authors noted that of the ten countries with the fastest growing Christian populations today, seven of them involve nations that have low acceptance or even resistance to the Christian faith: Malawi, Uganda,  Rwanda,  Madagascar,  Liberia, DR Congo, and  Angola. Only three nations, where Christianity was politically and culturally accepted, made it in to the top ten: Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya. Saiya and Manchand added …

UK school reports its Chaplin to anti-terrorist authority

Trent College is a protestant and evangelical Church of England boarding school outside of Nottingham, England with over 1,000 students. n 2019, the school reported its Chaplin, Rev Dr Bernard Randall, to Prevent, an anti-terror watchdog set up by the British government, after he delivered a chapel sermon stating that though the students needed to respect members of the LGBT+ community, they could still hold to traditional views on marriage and sexuality.

Video: How Canadian police arrest a pastor

I have run a couple videos on Calgary Pastor, Artur Pawlowski, driving an Alberta health inspector and police from his church when they demanded entrance for an inspection. Well, apparently Alberta’s Health Department had Pawlowsi arrested for standing up to the department’s tyranny. The police were dutifully just following orders. Rebel News explains: They hunted him down like he’s a terrorist. Police cars swarmed him as he drove home from his church. They ordered him out of his car and made him kneel down on a busy highway. Heavily-armed SWAT police arrested him. But he’s not a terrorist. He’s Artur Pawlowski, a Christian pastor. And he’s now in jail. READ: POLICE STATE: Watch the moment a SWAT team arrests a Canadian pastor The recent arrest even caught the attention of international media. READ: Canadian pastor whose Easter confrontation with police went viral arrested after holding church service

Reformed pastor denounces contemporary worship

A reformed pastor with a Presbyterian church recently caused controversy when he publicly criticized the styles of worship being used in many churches today. In his presentation to the Gospel Reformation Network conference, David McWilliams, who pastors Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida, criticized the modern worship that is moving away from the hymns sung in traditional churches. In his presentation, Pastor McWilliams not only focussed on such trends as using smoke, lighting and video displays in sync with the music, but as well on the type of music being incorporated in these worship services. In his presentation, McWilliams noted: “For example, who can think that a service peppered with salsa rhythms will lead the congregation to worship God in reverence and awe? Or rock music. Will sentimental tunes or music that remind one of night clubs lead us to reverence and awe?” “Therefore, certain forms of music, attitudes, and actions are immediately excluded from worship by the one principle that we are to worship our God in reverence and awe.” It is an interesting …

Chinese Communist Party launches snitch app for wrong think

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) just released an app allowing people to report those who are not thinking according to communist lines. The app produced by Cyberspace Administration of China is initially focussing on people who dare to insult China’s national heroes. According to The Independent, it was released in the lead up to CCP’s 100th anniversary to deal with people “denying the excellence of advanced socialist culture.” The CCP explained the app’s purpose writing: For a while now, some people with ulterior motives have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering, and denying party, national, and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking. We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society and enthusiastically report harmful information.” This would include reporting anyone who refers to Mao Zedong, the founder of Chinese communism, as one of the world’s biggest mass murderers. It is estimated that Mao’s communist policies, directly or indirectly, resulted in the deaths of 45 million Chinese people (many now believe the number is …

Court allows Calgary police ‘to do anything necessary’ to enforce church inspection

I previously reported on how a Canadian Pastor, Artur Pawlowski, who grew up under communism in Poland, twice drove an Alberta health inspector from his Calgary church, The Fortress (Cave) of Adullam, when she demanded entrance for a COVID health inspection. According to the Daily Wire, Alberta’s health department has now received a court-ordered warrant allowing the police “to do anything necessary,” if Pastor Pawlowski obstructs the health department’s third attempt to enter the building.

‘WE’RE BACK’: Police revisit Calgary church

Earlier in April, five police officers and one health official showed up at a Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Good Friday for a COVID lockdown inspection but were driven out by its pastor, Artur Pawlowski, who was from Poland and has lived through communism. Well, the police returned again this past Sunday with more officers, you can’t have too many armed officers when dealing with an unarmed pastor, and a health inspector claiming she had a warrant.

Change your religion? I don’t think so.

Take a good look at yourself. Here is a question we should all answer about ourselves: How much of me was chosen by me? Or: How much of this person was designed by the owner? In public places, I see some interesting hair colors and styles, and tattoos. I’m not a big fan of tattoos because people change as they grow older, and a tattoo will endure long after the idea changes, or he breaks up with that girlfriend. Hair grows, and it turns grey. I am reminded when I look in the mirror. Our grandchildren can laugh at the crazy things we did with our hair, if they see the pictures. We like to think that we choose to be who we are and what we do, and most important, we choose what we believe. So, how much of you is you, and how much was imposed on you by family and other people in your life? I had a text message from a young man that I know well, and he was worried …

The Bad News in the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Behalf of Religious Liberty

By Dr. Michael L. Brown It was good to see the Supreme Court rule yet again in favor of religious liberty in the latest California case to reach the nation’s highest court. Yet the fact that the ruling was only 5-4, not to mention some of the reasoning in the dissenting opinion, gives real cause for concern. This should not have been a close vote at all. Instead, it should have been a slam dunk for religious freedoms. As reported on Forbes, “The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin late Friday that California’s coronavirus-related restrictions on gathering in private homes violated constitutional rights on the free exercise of religion, the latest ruling from the high court that prohibits authorities from enforcing limits on religious services.” Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the three liberal justices, and the dissenting opinion was written by Justice Elana Kagan. As for the majority opinion, the reasoning was as follows. “First, California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, …

Justin Bieber warns of ‘celebrity pastor worship’

In many ways, Pop Star Justin Bieber, 27, summed up what ails the North American Church when he warned against “celebrity pastor worship” in a recent interview with CQ Magazine. It happens when we look to powerful men and women anointed by God for the latest word or miracle because of their special access to God. Justin said part of this stems from leaders who put themselves on a pedestal: “I think so many pastors put themselves on this pedestal, And it’s basically, church can be surrounded around the man, the pastor, the guy, and it’s like, ‘This guy has this ultimate relationship with God that we all want but we can’t get because we’re not this guy.’ That’s not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God.” Unfortunately, this celebrity worship often leads to disappointment, because fame is a difficult thing to handle. It is so easy for a person to be manipulated by their celebrity status. And Justin witnessed its failings first hand as he used …

What we can learn from the Long Hollow Baptist Church revival

As the Apostle Paul was struggling with issues in his ministry, in his second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote how God told the Apostle, that the Lord’s grace was sufficient, and that God’s power was made perfect in Paul’s weakness. A couple sentences later, Paul added, “for when I am weak, I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:11). And a story by the Baptist Press on the revival currently taking place in Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN is testimony to this verse. The church pastored by Robby Gallatay has been experiencing a revival since the end of December and the church has recorded over 1,000 baptisms by April 11, 2021. The church estimates that upwards of 75% are new declarations of faith and 80% are adults. This included 201 baptisms during the Easter service, that exceeded the total number of baptisms the church recorded in 2018. It all started shortly after two of Gallatay’s ministerial friends, who had spoken at Long Hollow, committed suicide. In an interview with the Baptist Press, Gallatay said: …

“Did you ever think you’d be part of an underground church” in Canada?

It is unbelievable this is happening in a democracy, but a church in Canada has been forced to go underground in order to hold services. On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, RCMP showed up at GraceLife church outside of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and put up double barricades around the building to prevent people from attending services. The church had been holding services in defiance of the provincial lockdown that limits attendance to 15% of capacity. It’s pastor, James Coates, was also in jail for 35 days when he was arrested for breaking the lockdown rules. None of the charges against Coates warranted jail time, only fines, yet Coates ended up in jail because the RCMP demanded Coates voluntarily sign an undertaking that he would not attend services. Coates refused so, the RCMP refused to release the pastor. He was eventually released once that undertaking was removed. His court case is scheduled for May 3, 2021 where he is facing a fine of $1,500 for violating lockdown orders. With its building barricaded, this past Sunday (April 11, …

Stopping COVID … in Israel?

I remember this time last year, when we were told that COVID 19 would be gone by now. We had a spike in the number of infections in March of 2020, and then the numbers declined. I was one of many people who were told to stay home from work, in March of 2020. My employer was good to us, and kept us on the payroll for weeks; and then, when everyone thought that COVID-19 was disappearing, we were sent back to work, with safety precautions. And now here we are. Where I live, the virus is active and now we have mutations of the virus, that may or may not respond to vaccines. The medical authorities are warning us that the mutations, variants, are spreading rapidly. Also, there is growing concern about vaccines that are not fully tested, and are only permitted for emergency use, and are not widely available. Where I live, people are arguing in public places. A man tried to correct some strangers who were not wearing masks in a shop, …

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.

Watch an Easter service from the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

If churches in your area are still locked down, you may want to watch CBN’s Easter Service live from the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. It’s available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Click here to watch the service. CBN writes: As the sun rises over the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, thousands of people will be turning to the Garden Tomb to celebrate in a place many believe to be the place where the resurrection occurred almost 2000 years ago. The sermon will be available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Some believe that the Garden Tomb is the place where Jesus was buried after His crucifixion and then rose from the dead. But those who manage the site do not make this claim but rather point to it as an example of what a tomb in that day looked like, including a ramp where a stone was rolled to block the entrance. Archaeologists have dated this particular tomb to the 8th or 7th century BC. While it was very common for tombs to …

How the Death of a 20th-Century Rabbi Helps Demonstrate the Reality of the Resurrection of Jesus

By Dr. Michael L. Brown For many years, scholars and skeptics and psychologists and sociologists have told us that the disciples experienced a form of cognitive dissonance after Jesus died. It so rocked their world and crushed their expectations that they went into deep denial to the point of believing that Jesus really rose from the dead. To be sure, other scholars have attacked this theory from a number of powerful and persuasive angles, but my book Resurrection tackles it from a different angle. Specifically, I focus on a modern-day, parallel test case that completely demolishes this argument. To give the relevant background, in 1994, a leading rabbi, one of the most influential Jews of the 20th century, died at the age of 92. His name was Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and he was known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe. But this rabbi had become so influential that, before his death, his followers began to proclaim that he was the long-awaited Messiah. Redemption had come for Israel! Toward the end of his life, however, he suffered two …

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.

Over 70 Canadian churches will defiantly hold Easter services

LifeSite News is reporting that nearly 80 Canadian churches have publicly stated they will be holding Easter services this weekend in defiance of government lockdowns. LifeSite News reports: April 1, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The threat of fines and possible imprisonment will not deter over 70 Christian churches in Canada from defying COVID lockdowns and holding religious services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The churches have vowed to open for Easter services “to stand together in unity and to oppose further lockdowns.” All churches involved have signed on to Liberty Coalition Canada’s (LCC) “We Will Gather Easter 2021” initiative. To date, eight Canadian provinces are represented: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. READ: Over 70 Canadian churches vow to defy lockdowns, will fully open for Easter services Click here to find out if a church in your community will be holding services. The simple fact is, Canada can not continue is this lockdown indefinitely. COVID is not going to go away, and we have to learn to live with …

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. …