God works in mysterious ways, they say. And it’s true. A recent report issued by Voice of the Martyrs, Canada, indicates that Muslims are converting to Christianity by the thousands.
‘There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ. We are in regular contact with our FM stations in Iraq and have talked with many people who have family in the Middle East. Some of our Middle Eastern broadcasters have shared testimonies [about many turning to Christ] with us, which they hear directly from listeners when visiting there ...’ a spokesperson of the Voice of the Martyrs said to BosNewsLife.
In Iran, in spite of the deadly persecution, it is estimated that there are now 360,000 Christians, up from roughly 500 in 1979.
God works in mysterious ways, indeed.
You see, the fact of the matter is, persecution leads to CONVERSION more than it leads to EXTINCTION of Christians.
Think about it this way - every person on this planet is doing either of two things:
He’s either running TOWARDS Jesus, or he’s running FROM Jesus
There are really no other options. Christians are running TOWARDS Jesus. Atheists, Muslims, Liberals, Agnostics, Buddhists, followers of transcendental meditation or Scientology or astrology are ALL running FROM Jesus. The last thing they want is to hear about Jesus.
During times of reasonable peace, when you don’t hear about beheadings as much, each one of us would typically continue on our path towards or from Jesus – we go to work, we pay our bills, we watch movies and depending on which direction we go, we may not really be thinking much about Him and how blessed we are to have a job, a family and friends, or we may thank Him every day of our life.
But then, people around the world start witnessing these horrible terrorist acts – not against governments, or institutions, or a political system like the old IRA (Irish Republican Army), or the Bolsheviks – but against Christians. Against people who all they want to do is read their Bibles and worship God. That’s all.
Now, instead of Christians submitting to these terrorists and convert to Islam, they CHOOSE to die horrible deaths.
So unbelievers, including Muslims, wonder: ‘why don’t they just convert to Islam? Why die for Jesus? Isn’t that crazy?’
After a while these unbelievers get a little bit more curious and start reading about Jesus. And that’s when they fully understand why people are willing to be martyred for Him.
In Laos, for example, according to Voice of the Martyrs, conversion happens because people ‘understand the importance of God’s love towards them as an individual. Many have never really experienced this form of love in their life and they have embraced the message of salvation willingly.’
Each period of harsh persecution leads to a period of Christian expansion, which in turn leads to more persecution as the leaders of certain regimes see Christians (or rather, Jesus) as a threat to their power. It happens in America too – Obama sees Jesus as a threat to his power. He is running FROM Jesus too.
God is building His Kingdom. And He uses evil leaders for His purpose. The Roman Empire is a good example of this. One of the reasons Christianity made it to Europe was because of Rome. As you know, it was the Roman Empire that conspired with religious leaders in Judea to crucify Jesus. Roman Governor Pontius Pilate and the Jewish leaders had Jesus arrested and in a mock trial condemned Him to death. Romans were not big fans of Jesus Christ for the same reasons Obama isn’t a big fan of Jesus: He was a threat to their power. But thanks to the roads that the Roman Empire in its majesty built as they conquered land, the apostles and their followers were able to travel all through Europe to bring the Gospel.
Without the evil Roman Empire, Christianity wouldn’t have made it into Europe and obviously, it wouldn’t have made it into America either...
Terrorism must be defeated, but make no mistake, it’s all part of God’s plan. Nothing is a surprise to Him – to us it is, but not to Him.
So, are you running TOWARDS Jesus or FROM Jesus?
If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
Author: Daniela R.
When Leftists mock Christians, they usually try to appeal to ‘reason’, pointing out that Christians must be really stupid and uneducated for believing in a ‘guy’ whom they have never seen.
As a former atheist, I’m going to tell you upfront that my conversion to Christianity had absolutely nothing to do with emotions and everything to do with REASON. My conversion started with Economics, followed by Politics and ended in Faith. I REASONED all my way to Jesus Christ.
You see, God makes sense. The existence of God makes sense and you cannot explain Creation without the Creator.
Just to give you a short version of my conversion let me tell you that I was born and raised a SOCIALIST – big government of any kind. Little by little I started listening to ‘the other side’ from an economic point of view.
Because as a Finance professional, I’ve learnt to appreciate numbers – either a company is making money or it isn’t; either a certain strategy is working or it isn’t…either a POLICY is working or it isn’t. Socialist policies, I determined, weren’t working.
So I became a fiscal Conservative – small government is really the only way.
Then, I realized that big government also has tremendous negative political implications on our freedom – big government tends to be abusive as our founding fathers came to realize, with the inevitable loss of your freedoms.
Think of it this way, Obamacare forces people to buy health insurance even if they don’t want to. Whether or not you need health insurance isn’t the point – the point is you really don’t have a choice. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. So I became a full Conservative.
Freedom took me to Christianity, as it really is its basis – free will. You’re never forced to become a Christian – it’s your choice.
Free markets and political freedom is in absolute synchrony with Christianity.
Christianity is the ONLY religion that’s in synch with freedom
Try burning the Cuban flag in Cuba or the ISIS flag in Syria…you get executed.
Later on, I studied Creation and compared it to Evolution, which as you know is just a theory and not science. The name itself is indicative we cannot really call it science: ‘The THEORY of Evolution’. Even Charles Darwin, its author, didn’t think of it as science.
Evolution doesn’t make sense (you can read more about it here), because the idea of an ape turning into a human being is simply ridiculous.
Then I thought – wait a minute…where does music come from? Where does shame or love or any other emotion come from? Our ancestors the apes?
I don't think so...
At this point I was even more curious and I started reading the Bible and listening to really good pastors.
But I still needed reassurance…which I’m now sharing with you.
Let me tell you why you should believe.
The 11 Apostles should convince you just like they convinced me - Simon Peter, James the Elder, John, Philip, Nathanael, James the Younger, Andrew, Matthew, Thomas, Jude and Simon.
These apostles all had different backgrounds: you find fishermen, a businessman, a political activist, a doubter, a cynic, a numbers guy (what we would call a Finance guy these days), a philosopher and even a tax collector among the apostles. You won’t find a more diverse group than these apostles.
But how did they manage to convince me?
Because they were ALL executed for their FAITH.
My friend, nobody would willingly DIE for a LIE.
People live for a lie, but they wouldn’t willingly die for a lie.
These folks suffered the most horrendous persecution and their deaths were unbelievably CRUEL. They died by hanging, they were crucified, they were sawn in pieces and Peter was crucified upside down! Do you think anyone would face such horrible deaths for a LIE?
They didn’t die for a lie – the SAW what they saw and they were willing to die for it.
They WITNESSED everything they preached about.
You see, there are THREE things that the Apostles WITNESSED that should convince you just as they convinced me:
My friend, if, like the apostles, you’re living in a territory occupied by Romans, who will chase you down and crucify you for what you PREACH, wouldn’t you rather save your life and stop preaching if you knew what you’re saying is a LIE? Why would you want to be crucified for a lie? What lie would you be willing to die for?
They SAW, they SAW, they SAW…all of these things…
Think of it this way: Muslim Jihadists kill and die because Muhammad has TOLD them so in the Koran. The apostles died for telling other people what they SAW.
Muhammad didn’t die for your sins – Jesus did. Buddha didn’t die for your sins – Jesus did. Obama wouldn't die for your sins - Jesus did.
And we have 11 witnesses who DIED telling the truth. The Left doesn’t want you to know any of this because they want to replace GOD with GOVERNMENT just to control you.
Jesus was and is the SAVING Son of God. The Apostles were only human. You wouldn’t knowingly die for a lie. Neither did they. They died for the TRUTH.
John 8:32: Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free
Author: Daniela R.
Whenever the left fights to remove the Ten Commandments or a Christmas tree from a public building, or your children’s right to read their Bible in school, they usually refer to the separation of State and Church as the reason behind their fight.
Never mind that, instead, they’re polluting our minds with their own version of religion – atheism. Atheism, after all, is the BELIEF that there IS no God. Atheists, in other words, are BELIEVERS - they believe in SOMETHING, they just don’t believe in the same thing Christians do. They can't prove God doesn't exist any more than Christians can prove He does.
Atheists are religious people too...
The decades-long war on God Atheists have been pursuing has had terrible consequences on our society: in public schools or buildings, Evolution is in and the Bible is out; promiscuity is in and the Ten Commandments are out.
What am I saying?
I’m saying that while atheists devote their lives to condemning righteousness and everything that’s good for you, they’re also committed to promoting everything that’s wrong for you.
Evolution is just a theory, as even scientists agree – and, worst of all, it’s a theory that's never been proven and can never be proven. Nobody's ever seen a monkey evolve into a person. It’s not just a theory, it’s a ridiculous theory based on the IMAGINATION of an atheist who found it hard to believe that God had anything to do with the creation of this world.
Charles Darwin was ready to accept the evidence of creation while denying the existence of a CREATOR. As if, for example, I saw the evidence of this computer I’m using to type this blog, without recognizing the fact that someone, somewhere in Asia built it. Somebody I’ve never met built this computer whether I want to accept it or not. Similarly, somebody we’ve never met created this awesome universe…
And don’t get me started with promiscuity. Promiscuity leads to disease, depression and poverty. Women feel used, men can't find anybody to spend the rest of their lives with, gays feel awkward and rejected, and they get sick so they spend money on doctors and shrinks. There’s nothing good about promiscuity.
But, behold! Bring the Bible into the class and just wait to see how quickly they label you a bigot, a lunatic, a cross worshiper. You bet I’m a cross worshiper – what else would you worship? Miley Cyrus? Obama? Money?
But do they teach you any of this in school?
Of course not.
If they taught you anything of value in school you would know that the separation of State and Church was determined so that the government would not adopt any one particular religion. The founding of this country was based on religious liberty, so the government per se has never adopted a religion.
But did the Framers intend to forget about GOD altogether?
No. On the contrary.
The separation of State and Church does not mean the separation of State and God. It’s not what our Founding Fathers intended.
James Madison, the architect of our Constitution said this:
‘We have staked the whole future of American Civilization NOT upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, ACCORDING TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS’
George Washington said:
'We ought to be no less persuaded that the perpetual smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that DISREGARDS ETERNAL RULE of order and Right which HEAVEN ITSELF HAS ORDAINED'.
Abraham Lincoln said:
'In regards to this great book, the Bible, I have this but to say: it is the best gift God has given to men. But for it, we would not know right from wrong’
Not only is there RIGHT and WRONG – it’s the BIBLE that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong.
And I could go on and on - but you get the picture.
Friend, our Founding Fathers never intended for the state to be separated from God. In fact, God has been the light, the inspiration and the guidance to our leaders ever since the Pilgrims landed on our shores. Given the experience of persecution that Jews and Christians have been subjected to for thousands and thousands of years, the Framers didn’t want the state to adopt any specific religion and potentally one day justify persecution. But make no mistake – God has always been a key source of guidance to our BEST leaders. Those wonderful leaders who have promoted righteousness and what is good for us have always sought God before making crucial decisions.
Separation of State and Church is another lie propagated by democrats – good governments and God are supposed to walk together.
1 Peter 2:13-17: Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
When President Obama decided to send $100 Billion of your tax dollars to Iran, a radical regime which hates America and Israel and has sworn to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, many people were shocked. Why would the leader of the free world want to fund terrorism?
To answer this question, you have to step back a little and wonder: Is Obama really the leader of the free world?
We know he’s the leader of something. We know he’s been the President of the United States for the last 8 years. But what is he the leader of?
He’s the leader of the LEFT in America – we know that for sure.
Now that the Clintons are ancient history, thanks to their massive loss in the November presidential election, Obama will most likely use his community organization skills to mobilize the left once President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Obama is not going anywhere.
But none of this explains why Obama would want to fund terrorism – isn’t terrorism the enemy of the Left as well?
There’s an old adage that goes like this: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Obviously Obama is helping a friend, not an enemy.
But who’s the enemy?
The enemy is JESUS CHRIST
You see, it’s a well-known fact that Communism is responsible for the MASS MURDER of more than 100 MILLION people in the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and other countries where communists have ruled. So we know the Left is a murderous philosophy.
As you know, in these countries listed above, there is no religious liberty. You can’t be a Christian and profess your faith freely in North Korea or Vietnam. You can get killed if you try. Similarly, in areas in the Middle East dominated by radical Islam you can’t profess any religion other than Islam. That’s the reason they behead ‘infidels’.
In other words, both regimes have God as their #1 enemy. They'll kill you in North Korea for the same reason they'll kill you in Northern Syria: your love for Jesus Christ.
Radical Islam wants to force you to worship Allah.
The left wants to force you to worship the Government.
Radical Islam and the Left disagree on WHO you’re supposed to worship, but they agree you’re NOT supposed to worship Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the enemy of Islam because His existence disproves their Koran. Radical Islam hates Christianity because Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was just a regular Joe who just happened to walk on this earth.
You see, Muhammad was just a regular man because if he wasn't, his grave would be empty - like Jesus'. Muhammad lived, died and was buried - and you can go visit his grave, called the Green Dome in Medina and you will find what's left of his bones. The guy is really buried there.
Now when you go to Jesus Christ's grave, called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, you won't find his body there - because He is risen.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection is a problem for Islam because it proves Muhammad was just a guy and he was simply WRONG.
To the Left, the resurrection of Jesus is also problematic. In their case, the idea that there’s anything ABOVE the government proves them WRONG. They're atheists.
If you’re not afraid of anything or anyone simply because you’re a Christian who TRUSTS the Lord, then you won’t be afraid of the Government. And if you’re not afraid of the government, the Left cannot control you.
Once you know WHOSE you are, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
The left is violent everywhere in the world – they can control people only to the extent people are scared. In the former Soviet Union as well as in other communist countries, churches have been destroyed and Bibles have been banned. The reason for this is simple: the Bible teaches you that you’re valuable and God is Sovereign. These teachings go against what the Left is trying to accomplish – global government and full control of everyone on earth.
So, as you can see, the Left and ISIS have one common enemy: Jesus Christ. They both want their guy – either Allah or the government – to be sovereign over you. To the extent that they both have the same goal – to eliminate the Judeo- Christian world – they will cooperate with each other.
Obviously they both think they’re going to rule over the world one day: either the entire world would convert to Islam or to Communism. That’s when Islam and Communists would start fighting each other.
But it’s a long way till we get there, and quite frankly, it’s never going to happen - at least not until after the Rapture. The Bible speaks about the period of Tribulation, but Christians will not face that period as they will be called to Jesus during the Rapture. After the Tribulation, the Bible says Jesus is coming back:
Thessalonians 4:16-17: For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
While we wait for Jesus, we have to face this fight against ISIS and the Left - our common enemy. This fight is for your heart and for your head and you're the ONLY one who can fight it.
Ephesians 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Both Islam and the left are the powers of this world’s darkness.
The Left hates Israel as much as Hamas does – and for the same reason.
As you know, Israelis live daily with the threat of terror hanging over their heads. The wildfires some news outlets are reporting these days are nothing but a twist to Islamic terror.
Israel is surrounded by enemies – Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar are all enemies of the State of Israel. And on top of that, leftist US President Barack Hussein Obama recently gave Iran $100 BILLION of YOUR tax dollars to fund terrorism. Yes, my dear friend, the US is a sponsor of terrorism.
You may remember that Jews were slaves in Egypt for 400 years. Then they conquered the promised homeland, but they were continually attacked by hostile tribes. After that, the glory days of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah ended and the Jews were beleaguered by wars with neighboring countries. In 722 BC the Assyrians conquered the northern part of Israel and deported its people. The Jews returned to their land seventy years later, but the Romans finally crushed them in AD 70 and they scattered around the world without a country for 1878 years..until the State of Israel was created in 1948.
You see, the Holocaust’s 6 million murders led the Jews to the creation of Israel – a piece of land where they would feel safe. After Hitler, the Jewish people had no choice but to return their promised land.
Israel’s enemies are holocaust deniers, but they promise a true holocaust if given the chance. They want to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth – just like Hitler tried to, just like the Soviet Union tried to and just like every liberal tries to, now with fresh funds from our current President.
Islam hates Israel and wants to wipe it off the face of the earth for one simple reason:
The very existence of Israel proves the Bible is TRUE and the Koran is FALSE
If the Bible is true, then Israel IS the Promised Land and the Jews ARE God’s chosen people.
That leaves Islam with NO TRUE GOD. And that’s a huge problem for them – they’re indoctrinating their own people that Allah is the true God and Israel’s existence goes against that idea.
What Islam doesn't like is the idea that God made a covenant with Abraham:
Genesis 12: 1-3: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
This covenant is unconditional. God says He WILL make Abraham a great nation – He doesn’t say He ‘might’. God says He WILL bless Abraham – He doesn’t say He ‘is kind of thinking about it’. It’s always ‘will’ – ‘I will, I will, I will…curse him who curses you’
Islam is in the business of proving the Bible wrong – that’s why they behead Christians and Jews and that’s why they’re at war with Israel. If Genesis is real, then the rest of the Bible is real - and Jesus is real. And He's risen. That is a huge, huge problem for them...
So we know why Islam hates Israel. But how about the Left? Why does the Left hate Israel?
It’s the SAME reason: the VERY existence of Israel proves the BIBLE TO BE RIGHT!
The left doesn’t want anything to do with the Bible. The left wants to replace God with Government so anything that helps the cause of the Judeo-Christian beliefs is an ENEMY of the left.
Liberals and radical Islam have the SAME ENEMY: God.
My friend, the left wants to be your god – it wants to tell you how to live your life, what to think, what to feel. Liberals want to control you. But if you’re obedient to God, by definition, you’re not obedient to THEM. And that’s a problem for them.
In countries such as Cuba, North Korea or China, when you disobey the government, they simply put you to death if so these oppressive, leftists in government please. To the extent that you don’t FEAR the government because you have GOD on your side, that’s a problem for them.
Please, don’t believe the left’s lies. They don’t want Israel any more than Hamas wants Israel. And the reason is the same: they are at war with GOD and the battle is for YOUR MIND and for YOUR HEART.
Make sure you give your mind and your heart to the only one who loves you in this war: GOD.
A lot of people are wondering if there’s persecution of Christians in America today.That is a sad thought but also a very valid concern.
There’s no question that Christianity is declining in America. While according to the Pew Research Center about 70% of Americans identify as Christians, a study conducted by sociologists C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler indicates that less than 20% Americas regularly attend Church. Momentum is building against the Christian religion in America: the current government, the media, the educational system, the entertainment industry no longer share our Christian values. As a result, Christians are becoming more and more alienated from the key forces of society.
But does that mean that there is persecution in America?
Typically when we think about persecution we think about Nero throwing Christians to his lions for entertainment, or crucifying Christians in the Roman empire. Or today, we think about the horrible be-headings and senseless murders taking place in the Middle East.
While there is no question that those horrific acts definitely qualify as persecution, there are other, more subtle acts, that qualify as persecution as well.
Let me give you a couple of examples...
Remember David and Jason Benham? They are twin brothers who used to have a TV show on HGTV calles ‘Flip It Forward’. Everything was going well until activists found out that the two brothers were Christians and had expressed opposition to abortion and gay marriage in the past – before the show was even a project. Their views on abortion or gay marriage, naturally, have nothing to do with a house renovation show. Still, the network decided to cancel their show.
How about the bakers in Oregon who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, citing their Christian values as their reason? The state charge the bakery with a $135,000 fine.
Obviously this is all done in the name of civil rights – the very rights that Christians are not recognized. What used to be good is now bad, and what used to be bad is now good.
I remember when the bakery case in Oregon happened – I thought ‘you know, when I realize I’m not welcomed in some place, I just leave. Why didn’t the gay couple go to some other bakery?’
Well, my dear friend, it’s because of …PERSECUTION.
You see, in America we’re not yet at a point where we behead Christians. But there are four other forms of persecution aside from death.
The four forms of persecution
That's right - there are other forms of persecution other than death.
Let's examine these four forms of persecution:
What it tells me, my dear friend, is that we’re now apparently living in a post-christian America.
In a Clinton administration, things would have likely gotten worse. Now that Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election, it looks like God has answered our prayers and there’s a chance to course correct. But the left will always be there and it’s a matter of time until they get back in office – and, boy, are they going to ramp up persecution.
But not to worry, my dear friend. This mess can only end up in either of two things: a religious revival (it’s happened many times before and it might be happening right now) or Rapture (where all the Christians will be called by Jesus to join him in Heaven).
No matter how you look at it, it all ends in victory for us Christians.
What side will you be on when Rapture happens?
Danielle Cross and Freddie Drake Marinelli will bring you the TRUTH that the Left denies you. You'll live a more joyful and victorious life, because the Truth will set you free...