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  • "Why Barcelona, a tourist paradise, is a ‘Salafist city (Really).

    08/22/2017 12:59:13 AM PDT · by Djl3668 · 5 replies
    Barcelona, a world-renowned tourist destination, has also been an attraction for jihadists on a trail linking European countries such as France and Belgium to Moroccan criminal networks. Since the 2004 Madrid train bombings – the deadliest Islamist attack on European soil -- Spain had been spared the sort of jihadist violence that has struck France, Belgium, Germany and the UK over the past two years. That was until Thursday, August 17, when a van mowed into crowds on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas, killing 13 people, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. Hours later, a woman was...
  • Iranian Youths Mass Converting to Christianity Despite Islamic Indoctrination, Government's Efforts

    08/20/2017 8:52:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The massive rise of Christianity in Iran, especially among youths, continues despite the Islamic government's efforts to suppress the faith. Even Islamic leaders admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christ.According to Mohabat News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the "exponential rate" of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades.Now even leading Islamic seminary officials, such as Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, have pointed to "accurate reports indicating that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches."Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has also been raising alarm over...
  • The Letters To The Seven Churches

    08/10/2017 2:55:52 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 8/10/17 | Gary
    Recently I wrote about the hermeneutical principle of trusting what the Bible plainly says - in other words, a literal interpretation of Scripture and letting Scripture interpret Scripture.  It is my belief that if Christians adhered to this principle there would be few if any divisions in the Church.  Approaching Scripture with a certain humility is also important.  We should tremble at God's Word, not act as though we are the masters of it.  Don't assume you've figured it all out because none of us have.  The strongest evidence I see demonstrating that someone knows the Scriptures inside and...
  • Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

    08/10/2017 7:05:41 AM PDT · by Javeth · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2017
    Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders. A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic. As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches
  • Hungarian PM Warns Europe Being Deliberately De-Christianized

    08/05/2017 6:55:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/4/17 | Stephen Wynne
    EU, George Soros acting against the will of the peopleBUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) - The leader of Hungary is warning that an effort to de-Christianize Europe is underway. Speaking in Romania in July, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke of a deliberate plan to transform Europe into a "mixed, Islamicized" society. "In Brussels," he warned, "an alliance has been forged against the opinion of the people." Orbán said Europe is being prepared to surrender its heritage and identity: We are observing the conscious, step-by-step implementation of this policy. In order for this to happen, for the territory to be ready to...
  • “Allah Is Gay” Sign Banned [semi-satire]

    08/01/2017 11:19:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 July 2017 | John Semmens
    London police barred Britain’s Council of Ex-Muslims (CEMB) from displaying their “Allah is gay” sign in the City’s annual gay pride parade. Police did allow a “Jesus is gay” sign to be displayed. London Mayor Sadiq Khan explained that “calling Allah gay is a slander that cannot be tolerated. Anyone who has read the Quran can clearly see that Allah is NOT gay. In fact, in the Quran Allah prescribes death for homosexuals. A proclamation that Allah is gay is obviously untrue.” Khan contrasted the clarity of Islam’s stance on homosexuality with what he characterized as “the ambiguity of Christianity...
  • Why The Church Is Divided

    07/29/2017 9:05:47 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 15 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 7/28/17 | Gary
    This is a subject I have very much wanted to address of late seeing as there continues to be so much division, even in the watching community.  It shouldn't be this way.  Those of us who have a genuine saving faith in Christ should be unified even if we disagree on the details.  Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for godly division, but I see many Believers dividing for the wrong reasons. Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants...
  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious

    07/25/2017 6:15:21 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | July 24, 2017 | david french
    "...I’d urge you to read a fascinating article in this Sunday’s New York Times. It turns out that America’s less religious citizens are far more likely to believe in things such as ghosts and UFOs than people who attend church. The author, psychology professor Clay Routledge, locates this phenomenon in the quest for meaning..."For instance, my colleagues and I recently published a series of studies in the journal Motivation and Emotion demonstrating that the link between low religiosity and belief in advanced alien visitors is at least partly explained by the pursuit of meaning. The less religious participants were, we...
  • Nero, the Execution of Peter and Paul, and the Biggest Fake News in Early Christian History

    07/23/2017 9:02:39 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2017 | Candida Moss
    Christian tradition maintains that after Rome nearly burned to the ground, Nero engaged in a brutal crackdown on Christians which led to the executions of Peter and Paul. On the evening of July 18, in the scorching summer of 64 CE, a fire started in a shop under the Circus Maximus in Rome. The fire quickly spread to nearby homes and businesses and the Circus itself. The fire burned for six days, ravaging the city. It left only four of Rome’s fourteen quarters untouched. The reigning emperor, Nero, a man known for his cruelty and love of theater, scapegoated the...
  • Islam is an Anti-religion? [Satan's Battle Plan to Defeat Christianity]

    07/22/2017 2:28:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Free Republic | July 22, 2017 | Jan_Sobieski
    Nonie Darwish gives a westernized definition of "religion" in her polemic against Islam, "Cruel and Usual Punishment", as follows: 1) a religion must be a personal choice; 2) no religion should kill those who leave it; 3) a religion must never order the killing and subjugation of those who do not choose to be its members; 4) a religion must abide by basic human rights. For the last 70 years, the west has been ostensibly tolerant of individual freedom of conscience and human life (note: the exceptions being abortion, euthanasia, Socialism, etc.) Accepting this definition leads one to conclude that...
  • Controversial Moroccan Christian Preacher Challenges Salafi Scholar to Debate

    07/19/2017 7:12:07 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Morocco World News ^ | 18 July 17 | Unattributed
    The controversial Moroccan Christian preacher Brother Rachid has challenged Moroccan Salafi scholar Mohamed El Fizazi to debate Islam and Christianity. Brother Rachid posted a video on Youtube on Sunday alleging that El Fizazi has been avoiding a debate that they had agreed to hold back in 2014. He said that he recently called El Fizazi but the scholar refused to talk to him. According to the preacher, El Fizazi responded, “I have no time for you.” The Moroccan Christian preacher known for his opposition to Islam rejected El Fizazi’s apparent excuse not to debate him because he is an “apostate.”...
  • Some Christians ‘massacre, misquote’ Bible for political points, this ex-pastor says

    07/17/2017 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 7/14/2017
    Rob Bell, who once enraged many evangelicals by questioning hell, is back with a new book that could re-ignite their fury. It’s called “What is the Bible?” And in it, Bell calls for the Bible to be read “literately, not literally.” In these polarized times, many Christians who claim to read the Bible are really more interested in cherry-picking verses to support their political or social points of view, Bell said in a phone interview with the Observer. “You can pull a verse out to justify almost anything,” he said. “When you read the Bible fuller and in-depth, suddenly you...
  • The Secret Lives of Chinese Missionaries in Northern Iraq

    07/16/2017 8:49:06 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 3 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday July 16, 2017 | Mimi Lau
    Used to persecution at home, two young Chinese Christians say life can be more peaceful in northern Iraq, where they work with Yazidi refugees Last month’s execution of two Chinese missionaries by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Pakistan put the risks of such work into stark relief but two young Chinese Christians who have lived close to an ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq for more than a year said life could be more peaceful there than back at home. The South China Morning Post obtained an exclusive interview with the couple, who live in a guarded compound that serves as...
  • Praying for the President: Evangelical pastor shares image of prayer circle laying their hands...

    07/12/2017 2:19:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    This is the moment evangelical leaders laid their hands on Donald Trump's back as they prayed over him in the Oval Office. Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne led a prayer circle alongside his wife Adonica in the White House and then shared the image on Facebook. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence can be seen closing their eyes and bowing their heads in the solemn moment. The group were invited to pray with Trump during a meeting with members of The Office of Public Liaison. Others pictured included Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and...
  • Trump’s Stunner in Poland: An America and Europe First Speech for the Ages

    07/10/2017 4:32:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Fr Mark Pilon
    When I read the president’s speech in Warsaw the other day, I was stunned. Who could have “thunk” it? Certainly in my lifetime, I have never read a presidential address that caught me by such surprise. It was the context that grabbed me. Western civilization has a context, and that’s what has been missing from presidential addresses for a long, long time, perhaps with the exception of Ronald Reagan. But this speech seems to grasp the contextual situation much better than Reagan did in terms of the full scope of the struggle for survival going on in our world. A...
  • Pew Research: Christianity is growing in Eastern Europe

    07/10/2017 8:42:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 07/10/2017 | John Burger
    U.S. President Donald J. Trump evoked images of the Cold War during his speech in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square Thursday, and reminded listeners of one Pole whose tenacity helped lead to the defeat of an atheistic communist regime. “When the day came on June 2, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first Mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down,” Trump said to applause. “They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when...
  • The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries

    07/09/2017 8:19:44 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 132 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2014 | Andrea Palpant Dilley
    The legacy of Protestant missionaries a century later is higher literacy rates, better public health and stronger institutions than places where Catholic missionaries were or state sanctioned Protestants worked.
  • Question: "What makes Christianity unique?"

    07/08/2017 10:26:52 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 45 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | unknown
    Answer: Is Christianity really unique, or is it just one of many roads on the path to Truth? Is Christianity truly unique among the many religions around the world? If it is, what makes it so? Unique among all religions, Christianity makes several claims that others do not. First, all other religions exhort man to reach up to God and grasp hold of Him through their own efforts. Christianity is the only religion where God reaches down to man. Second, other religions are systems of do’s and don’ts to appease God; whereas Christianity is a relationship with God. Third, Christianity...
  • CNN Attacks Christian Poland (and we know why)

    07/07/2017 1:43:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/07/2017 | Josh Goldstein
    Failing CNN, not content with attacking the president of the United States with fake news stories while ignoring the Fast and Furious, illegal immigration, and Benghazi deaths caused by the Obama/Clinton regime, had to attack one of the greatest nations on earth; Christian, Catholic Poland.During President Trump’s second overseas trip CNN published a series of articles critical of President Trump. One of the articles concluded that Poland was an oppressive regime.CNN’s attack on Poland is not due to this so-called repression, which is false anyway, but because Poland was, and still is, one of the most conservative and one of...