A Taiwanese Christian pastor was detained for singing the worship song “Jesus Love You” in Zhengzhou, Henan, in China, which officials there have branded as an “illegal religious activity.”
ChinaAid, which reports on persecution and human rights abuses in the world’s most populous nation, said Pastor Xu Rongzhang from Taiwan was detained on Saturday, the day before Easter, because he led a group of Christians in Zhengzhou to sing the song.
Xu was released later on the same day, though his identification documents and permit to travel to mainland China were not returned until Monday.
Local officials never explained why singing “Jesus Loves You” is now deemed to be an illegal activity, though several Christians across China in recent months have been arrested and even sentenced to prison for participating in religious activities…. read more
Christians in Sydney, Australia, are being advised to hide their crosses after an Arabic-speaking gang shouting “F*** Jesus!” attacked a couple on a train while transport officers looked on from a “safe space” and did nothing.
The Sydney-based Daily Telegraph – a News Corp outlet unrelated to the Telegraph Media Group newspaper of the same name – reports the couple were attacked while riding the train through “Muslim enclaves” in south-west Sydney.
Mike, who asked for his surname to be withheld for fear he might be targeted, said that four men of Middle Eastern appearance ripped his cross from his neck, stomped on it, and rained kicks and punches on his face, back, and shoulders. Two women attacked his girlfriend when she tried to protect him.
Five uniformed transport officers watched the attack take place but failed to intervene, Mike claimed, leaving the police to meet the train at a later station…. read more
lhwm notes: Are you running from your enemy? Just exactly who is your enemy?
John 10:10 (AMPC) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy…
Your enemy is Satan – in order to break free learn more about the word enemy.
A former imam from Egypt with strong family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood leadership who converted to Christianity, said Friday that some Muslims in the U.S. are using “Islamic deception” to fool Christians into believing misconceptions about the religion.
Mark Christian, who became a Sunni imam at the young age of 13 because his great uncle was a co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, detailed during a webinar hosted by the American Pastors Network how he began to question Islam around the age of 23, and eventually left the religion. He explained that he lived “dead inside” for a period of six or seven years before the “truth” ultimately led him on a journey to Christ that took over 10 to 15 years.
“If I look back at my life, I see that Jesus was at every corner trying to get me in, and many times I listened and many, many times, I ran away,” Christian said. “But God lured me in and I became a follower of Jesus Christ, and my story is really in the process of being put in a book.”… [read more]
(March 15, 2017) A mob of Muslim extremists attacked the pastor and believers of a church of Bibles for Mideast in Central Africa today, coming at them with swords and iron bars and completely demolishing their church. The group had been participating in the 21 days of fasting and prayer called by the Assembly of Loving God (ALG Church).
Pastor Musthafa, who also co-ordinates “Bibles for Mideast” in Central Africa, had been leading the 40 (mostly women) in attendance in prayer. Church members were taking part in the fast, now into its third day.
The pastor, his family and most of the believers had all once followed Islam. For the last two years, all have been avid but underground followers of Jesus… [read more]
…One man stabbed the pastor’s neck with a large sword. But just as suddenly, Pastor Musthafa felt…
Two pastors conducting a Bible study for new believers in an underground Middle East church were beaten, arrested by police, and taken to a secret jail. But after Jesus appeared to an official at the prison, their situation changed dramatically.
“Police brought us to the religious (Shariah) court,” Pastor Irshad* told Bibles4Mideast. “We were accused of blasphemy charges against the prophet, as well as misguiding Muslims into a false religion. The court ordered we be imprisoned, and we were taken to a secret jail run by secret police.”
During the first few days in prison they received harsh treatment. “The jail wardens brutally beat and persecuted us,” Pastor Irshad recounted.“They tied our hands up through the hole of a steel bar which forced us into a bent position while they beat us.”……
…….After three days, he had yet another dream. Jesus appeared before him and said, “My children are being tortured in your jail. I leave them before you. My children are the apple of my eyes.”…. [read more]