The Jailed American Christian Pastor Brunson Has Been the Nucleus of President Trump's Punitive Tariffs Against Turkey
8-12-18, President Trump announced punitive doubling tariffs against the nation of Turkey in protest over the detention of American Christian Pastor Andrew Brunson who was arrested on terrorism charges after the attempted coup against Mr Erdogan in 2016, saying: “Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”
The Turkish lira tumbled more than 16 per cent on Friday, 8/10/18 – a record low against the dollar – after Washington imposed sanctions as well as steel and aluminum tariffs demanding that jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson be released. The US is the biggest destination for Turkish steel exports with 11 per cent of the Turkish export volume.
On July 25, 2018 it was reported that Pastor Brunson was released to house arrest ... apparently not or not good enough!
President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said: “It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor. I am calling on those in America again. Shame on you, shame on you. You are exchanging your strategic partner in Nato for a priest. We have not made concessions on justice so far [on Brunson] and we will never make any!" More here
Pennsylvania City Bans Bible Study in Private Home of Scott and Terri Fetterolf - they sue!
The Scapegoat - A Symbol of Satan
The scapegoat was not killed, just as the spirit Satan cannot be killed. Instead, all of the guilt of the people was symbolically placed on the head of the scapegoat, who was then taken out into the wilderness and released (Leviticus 16:21-22). This goat represents the condemnation of Satan for the Satan-inspired sins of all humanity, and his being put away in a spiritual wilderness (Revelation 20:3,10).
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England: Proposed New Law
Criticizing Religion and Homosexuals
People promoting “hostility” towards a religion or the transgendered
online law - up to six years in jail
May 10, 2018 · People promoting “hostility” towards a religion or the transgendered online could be charged and sentenced to six years in jail, especial if they have a large online audience according to new proposals. The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has drafted changes to public order offences, including anyone perceived as targeting online a “protected characteristics” including “race; sex; disability; age; sexual orientation; religion or belief; pregnancy and maternity; and gender reassignment.” [Focus on criticizing Islam and homosexuality ... clearly no prosecution for scoffing at Christians & Jews.]
The most severe punishments will be handed to those “in a position of trust, authority or influence and abuses their position to stir up hatred,” such as political leaders or figureheads and anyone whose offences are “persistent.” If an “offender was a member of, or was associated with, a group promoting hostility based on race or religion,” their sentence will also be harsher. The Sentencing Council believes that the use of social media, YouTube, and other “websites” to stir hatred is a growing problem
England: Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin - Telegraph
May 2, 2010 - The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Workington ... Mr McAlpine was handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments or offering a 'ticket to heaven' with a church colleague on April 20, 2010 when a woman came up and engaged him in a debate about his faith ... During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness. After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language. McAlpine said, “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator”. The PCSO then said he was homosexual liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: “It’s still a sin.” He then began a 20 minute sermon, in which he says he mentioned drunkenness and adultery, but not homosexuality. Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during the address, arrested Mr McAlpine. He was charged with Public Order Act, which outlaws the unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress.
North Korea: Christians have been persecuted for decades ... perhaps a miracle has occurred ... and Kim Jong-un is a new man?? Watching with great hope.
The North Korean PEOPLE have massive potential to drive change in their country.
8-18-17, Fox News -- For 16 years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians,” and this week the U.S. State Dept re-asserted it as one of the world’s worst religious persecutors – torturing and executing those even suspected of worshiping God. But that still hasn't stopped an estimated 36 percent of the population – around 9 million – from practicing Christianity.
Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern said, “Christians are accused of being imperialists seeking to overthrow the government and those who are caught practicing their faith are arrested, horrendously tortured, imprisoned and [sometimes] immediately put to death.”
So how do these brave devotees do it in the most closed country on earth?
One Huge Obstacle Christians Face is Paranoia
Fear of close friends and family members snitching; the Kim Jong Un regime encourages tattling for rewards. Vernon Brewer, founder and president of humanitarian organization World Help reported on one case: There was a girl named Eun, whose third-grade teacher gave the class a “special assignment” to go home and “look for a book” and if it’s the right book, the student will be honored. Eun found a Bible. “The next day she received a prize at her school. But when Eun returned home, her parents weren’t there. It’s hard to imagine such cruelty that would turn children on their own parents.”
Despite efforts to eradicate Christians, the Church of Christ in North Korea is actually growing.They know only God is powerful enough to break through the darkness of the most oppressive regime on earth. More here
American Pastor Andrew Brunson Has Been a Christian Missionary to Turkey for Twenty-Three Years - New Trial He Will Remain in Prison
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Senators warn of 'measures' against Turkey over Andrew Brunson
4-20-18, NBC -- In a letter to President Erdogan the senators describe the indictment detailing the allegations against Christian evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson as "an absurd collection of anonymous accusations, flights of fantasy, and random character assassination. In September 2017, Erdogan hinted that Brunson would be returned to the U.S. if Washington extradited Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen...
Turkey Leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan Admits IT! Brunson is a political pawn ...
On April 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a live interview that if the United States government wants Brunson to be released, they must extradite Fethullah Gulen and hand him over to Turkey. Gulen is a Muslim cleric residing in the United States whom the Turkish government believes orchestrated the failed 2016 coup. Erdogan declared, “The US is behind [Gulen]…. If you want Brunson, look at the steps you have taken in the past. Why don’t you deport this man in accordance with the extradition treaty?”
ALIAGA (Turkey) (AFP) - Monday, 4/16/18 a Turkish court ruled that American Pastor Andrew Brunson will remain in prison one more month. He has been officially accused of “dividing and separating the country by means of Christianization” of the population. Prior to his imprisonment, for 23 years Brother Andrew lived peacefully in the city of Izmir. He stands accused of aiding the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by the Turkish government for its separatist insurgency. He is also accused of having links to followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim imam who lives in Pennsylvania USA and who the government blames for the coup against President Erdogan. His heartbreaking appeal to the court was denied although Pastor Brunson revealed that he had suffered a breakdown in jail and stopped eating. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina USA, Brunson’s home state, was present for the trial; also Sam Brownback, a former senator and governor from Kansas whom President Trump recently appointed as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. More here
NBC Weekly Show 'Timeless'
Not an episode passes without a major politically correct leftist/liberal theme being infused into the storyline - last episode God & prayer attacked
The series follows a group of government agents who use a time machine to track a murderous madman with his own time machine, who is bent on making major alterations in the timeline to destroy the United States both in the past and for the future.
On Sunday, one of the heroes of the show went after Christianity. Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) in a conversation about a “higher power” with fellow traveler Jiya (Claudia Doumit) asked Rufus if he ever thought there was “something bigger out there,” or a higher power in the universe. In reply, Rufus garbled the concept of prayer and mocked Christians for bothering. More here
This is one show that will not appear on my screen!
Chinese Authorities Demolish Evangelical Christian Golden Lampstand Church
There are an estimated 60 million Christians in China, many of whom worship in independent congregations like the Golden Lampstand Church. The surging popularity of non-state-approved churches has raised the ire of China's authorities, wary of any threats to the party's rigid political and social control.
The Church was built by husband and wife evangelists Wang Xiaoguang and Yang Rongli as a permanent home for their followers. The couple had been preaching around Linfen since 1992, establishing congregations in improvised spaces such as factory dormitories and greenhouses.
ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building, which was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China's poorest regions.
The church, with a congregation of more than 50,000, has long clashed with the government.
In an earlier 2009 crackdown, hundreds of police and hired thugs attacked the church and congregation. They seized Bibles and destroyed church property ending with church leaders receiving long prison sentences. The leaders were charged with illegally occupying farmland and disturbing traffic with a prayer gathering.
A local pastor at a nearby church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw large numbers of paramilitary police on Tuesday blanketing the area around the church, which was being taken apart by heavy machinery. He later heard, but did not witness, a loud explosion.
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1 Corinthians 9:22
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