All posts tagged: Vladimir Putin

Has a religious ideology, ‘Holy Rus’, played a role in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine?

Premier Christian News reports that a religious ideology associated with the Russian Orthodox Church headquartered in Moscow may be part of the driving force behind Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In fact, several hundred people have already signed a petition organized by a group called Public Orthodoxy, condemning the weaponization of Christianity in the war. According to its website, Public Orthodoxy provides “scholarly research on a wide variety of topics related to the history, thought, and culture of Orthodox Christianity.” In its petition, Public Orthodoxy states that Russian President Vladimir Putin along with the senior leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church has embraced what is described as a Russian world ideology referred to as ‘Holy Russia’ or ‘Holy Rus.’ On its website, Public Orthodoxy described the fundamental principle behind this new ideology: The teaching states that there is a transnational Russian sphere or civilization, called Holy Russia or Holy Rus’, which includes Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (and sometimes Moldova and Kazakhstan), as well as ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking people throughout the world. It holds that …

Russian troops kidnap Christian aid worker in Ukraine

CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) is reporting that one of its aid workers in Ukraine has been kidnapped by Russian soldiers or collaborators. Valentina works as part of CBN’s Orphan’s Promise Children of War Project in the city of Mariupol. The organization helps to evacuate women and children from war zones and as well provide food and spiritual help to those in need. According to one report, individuals believed to be working with the Russian army threw a hood over Valentina’s head and dragged her away as she was distributing food to people hiding in bomb shelters. CBN is requesting urgent prayer for Valentina. READ: URGENT PRAYER NEEDED: Orphan’s Promise Aid Worker Kidnapped in Ukraine It is part of Vladimir Putin’s intimidation tactics As Putin’s plan for a three day war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, Russian troops are increasingly turning on the people it expected to welcome them with open arms. As part of this, Putin’s army is resorting to intimidation and terror tactics in an effort to force Ukrainians into submission. Writing for …

Is Satan manipulating Vladimir Putin through a spirit of fear?

A curious story emerging out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine involves a Roman Catholic priest in Ukraine who is performing a ‘ritual’ exorcism on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Father Tykhon Kulbaka, who made the announcement on Facebook on Feb. 25, 2002, believes an evil spirit is influencing Putin and the priest has committed to performing this exorcism daily during the war. Faithwire reports that there are two levels of exorcism in the Roman Catholic Church, major and minor. Major exorcisms are intended for people whose bodies have been possessed by an evil spirit, and minor is for those who are being unduly influenced by an evil spirit. It seems, that the priest is performing the latter on behalf of Putin. I have no doubt that evil spirits can influence political leaders. In the book of Daniel, we read after defeating the demonic spirit over Persia (Prince of Persia Daniel 10:12-13), a godly angel took a position in the spiritual realm beside the Persian King to strengthen and protect him (Daniel 11:1). This …

The Putin ISIS War … and Nehemiah

What Nehemiah Did and How You Can Do Anything: Chapter 5 and conclusion, Locate the North Star. [by Sandy McIntosh] Today we have ISIS, a militant group that has kidnapped and sold young women as slaves, beheaded Egyptian Christians with knives, and burned a Jordanian pilot with gasoline, in a cage. The group strives with great energy, but success eludes them. We also have Vladimir Putin in Russia who lost controlling influence over Ukraine when its corrupt government collapsed. He responded by occupying Ukrainian Crimea, resulting in the devastation of that region’s economy. Crimea was followed by the subversive invasion of eastern Ukraine. Affected areas of Ukraine are now in ruins and the population is growing desperate. Success also eludes Mr Putin, in spite of his great efforts.