The Great Abandoning: These Alarming Faith Stats Should Rock Every Pastor, Church and Christian to Their Core

 – September 6, 2017

Much has been said about the rise of the religiously unaffiliated here in America, but over in England it seems the situation is much more dire than it is here in the states.

In fact, more than half — 53 percent — of Brits now report that they are not at all religious, up five percentage points since 2015, the Independent reported.

And, perhaps more stunningly, this year’s proportion is up 19 percentage points when compared to 1983 when just 32 percent of the public said the same, according to statistics collected by the National Centre for Social Research, a social research group.

Overall, just over four-in-10 British citizens said that they are Christian, with the declines coming in hardest among Church of England members, with just 15 percent of the population claiming allegiance to the Anglican church.

http://www.faithwire.com

Saudi Arabia 5th-Grade Schoolbook: The ‘Hour’ Will Come After Muslims ‘Kill the Jews’

Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. – September 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia has come under fire for using schoolbooks for children that disparage Christians as “unbelievers” and promise that the day of resurrection will not come until Muslims have fought and killed the Jews.

An official textbook for fifth graders published by the Saudi Ministry of Education states that the approach of the Day of Resurrection will be recognizable by a series of signs. “The Hour will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews, and Muslims will kill the Jews,” it declares.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), a U.S.-based advocacy group, Saudi Arabia’s religious studies curriculum “contains hateful and incendiary language toward religions and Islamic traditions that do not adhere to its interpretation of Sunni Islam,” including the labeling of Jews and Christians as unbelievers “with whom Muslims should not associate.”

http://www.breitbart.com

Catholic Charity Still Euthanizing Patients

TruNews – September 14, 2017

A Catholic charity in Belgium declared Tuesday that they will continue to offer euthanasia to mentally ill patients, despite Pope approved orders to stop immediately.

The Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity, also called the Brothers of Love, issued a statement Tuesday that they will continue offering euthanasia in each of their 15 psychiatric hospitals, despite receiving orders from the Vatican to reverse their euthanasia policy by the end of August, according to Crux Now. The Vatican issued an order, personally approved by Pope Francis, for the Belgian branch to not only reverse their policy, but also for each member of the charity’s board to sign a letter re-affirming their commitment to the church’s stance on the sanctity of life. The charity now faces expulsion from the Catholic Church, and the members of the board face dismissal from the their institute, despite maintaining that their euthanasia policy is fully in line with Catholic doctrine.

Belgian branch’s statement reads:

The organization Brothers of Love remains behind her vision statement about euthanasia in psychiatric suffering in a non-terminal situation.

As for the question of whether or not their stance is in line with Catholic doctrine, the brother’s statement reads, “We emphatically think so.”

http://www.trunews.com

U.S. judge tells Christian churches they must cover abortion in insurance plan

Fr. Mark Hodges – September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO, California, September 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A federal judge told three Christian congregations in California that they have no case in wanting to opt out of the state’s requirement that they cover abortions through their health insurance plans.

U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller upheld a 2014 requirement of the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) that all employers throughout the state must pay for abortion insurance for their employees. She told the three churches that they failed to state an adequate claim.

The churches — Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch — sued the state in 2014 after being informed that they could not prohibit or restrict coverage for elective abortions.

The churches “believe and teach that abortion destroys an innocent human life” and “participation in, facilitation of, or payment for an elective abortion is a grave sin,” according to court documents.

https://www.lifesitenews.com

Reports: China banning children from church

Bob Unruh – September 9, 2017

China’s Communist Party-controlled government long has tried to stamp out faith.

It has banned churches unless they are affiliated with the government, imprisoned pastors and lay leaders, and discriminated against church goers.

Lately, government officials have removed crosses from church buildings.

Now, according to UCA News, at least four regional governments in China are banning children from church.

The governments have issued notices that “restrict children from joining Christian groups and attending religious activities,” the report said.

Children are being turned away from church, even if they show up with parents.

“Additionally, the ban includes promises that officials will launch investigations into both government approved churches and underground congregations who operate outside the tightly controlled official Beijing-run Catholic and Protestant churches,” the report said.

http://www.wnd.com

17-Y-O Pakistani Christian Boy Beaten to Death by Muslim Students in School Classroom

Anugrah Kumar – September 3, 2017

A Christian boy, who was doing well in his studies despite being from a poor home, was beaten to death by his Muslim classmates inside his school in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. The victim’s parents say he was targeted for being a Christian soon after he joined the school.

“You’re a Christian; don’t dare sit with us if you want to live,” a Muslim student had once told the victim, Sharoon Masih, who was studying at MC Model Boys Government High School in the Vehari area in Punjab, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association, which has reported on the killing.

Masih was beaten up by several students on Aug. 27, his fourth day at the school. He died on the spot, inside the classroom.

The attacking students were shouting insults at him while beating him, but no teacher or school staff came to his rescue.

http://www.christianpost.com

The Sound of the Messiah: First Jacob’s Sheep Shofar in 2,000 Years Blown in Israel’s North [VIDEO]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz< – September 3, 2017

For the first time since the Temple stood in Jerusalem, the sounds of shofarot (ram horns) from Jacob’s Sheep were heard in Israel, trumpeting out from the mountains of Naftali, in a powerful chorus that may soon be announcing Messiah in the far corners of the world.

A small ceremony was held in Ramot Naftali near the Lebanese border on Sunday afternoon to inaugurate the Jacob’s sheep shofarot. Jacob’s Sheep originated in Northern Israel and though it is a sought after-breed in Europe and Canada, the sheep have not existed in Israel since Biblical times. The breed derives its name from the unique dark spots that correspond to the story of Jacob and Laban.

Let me pass through your whole flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted animal—every dark-colored sheep and every spotted and speckled goat. Such shall be my wages. Genesis 30:32

The ceremony was a bittersweet celebration. After struggling many years to overcome bureaucratic hurdles and practical obstacles, Gil and Jenna Lewinsky finally succeeded in bringing their flock of 119 sheep from Canada to Israel last year.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com

Woman appeals being fired for observing Passover

Bob Unruh – September 1, 2017

A woman contesting her firing by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority – for observing the Passover – is taking her complaint to the nation’s highest court.

The Becket Fund, which has pursued the case brought by Susan Abeles with friend-of-the-court briefs, warns of the consequences of allowing her termination to stand.

“Talk about chutzpah,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at Becket.

“The Airports Authority says it was OK to fire Ms. Abeles for observing Passover because it hasn’t said anything openly anti-Semitic. If that becomes the rule, then federal agencies will have a license to terminate all of their religious employees, as long as they are careful to hide their tracks. Even Pharaoh honestly admitted that he was discriminating against Jews.”

http://www.wnd.com

Comment: John Durrad http:setapartbytruth.org

For those of us who require time off work for God’s commanded Passover and the Holy Days this woman’s dismissal from her job could spell a trend that could also work against God’s people.
The airport authorities seem not to be worried about the anti-discriminatory laws, (R.F.R.A.) Religious freedom Restoration Act, riding rough-shod over an individual’s right to practice what they believe. If they are allowed to get away with this it will open the door to more discrimination, and we know the persecutor of Christians in on the increase already.
This woman is to be applauded for standing up for her faith no matter what. She is in good company. The Apostle Paul stated that Moses also kept the Passover no matter what the consequences.

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: … Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he tht destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” Heb 11:24-28

So, for God’s people, although affliction and persecution may follow, the choice is simple. We obey God rather than man.

 

Sanhedrin bans all Messianic Jewish marriages in Israel

Leo Hohmann – August 31, 2017

The state of Israel’s religious establishment is taking its persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus to a new level.

A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country.

“An Israeli couple who are Messianic Jews cannot marry in a traditional Jewish religious ceremony in Israel because they are considered converts to Christianity, a rabbinical court ruled on Tuesday,” according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

It was the first time a rabbinical court has ruled on the issue of the status of Jews who believe in Jesus as Son of God, after a Messianic couple requested they be married in Israel according to Jewish law or “halacha.”

http://www.wnd.com

Comment: John Durrad http://setapartbytruth.org

A member of the True Church of God has been baptised and had hands laid on them to receive the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born into human flesh as a Jew. All converts into God’s Church, no matter what their nationality, became spiritual Jews.

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Rom 2:28-29

What a shame then that many born of Judah who do not recognise Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour of mankind also do recognise this fact that True Christians are deemed to be Jew, spiritually!

This Jewish couple must be very upset and confused. Unfortunately, this whole world is confused, not just on marriage but on the whole issue of right and wrong! We pray – not for much longer.

As Australia Considers Legalizing Gay Marriage, Psychologists are Encouraging Children to Support It

Veronica Neffinger – August 30, 2017

Australian psychologists have released a guide encouraging parents and teachers to support teaching students about gender identity and gay marriage.

The Christian Post reports that the guide comes at a time when Australia is considering legalizing same-sex marriage with a postal survey next month which will gauge support one way or the other.

The Australian Psychological Society is urging support for same-sex marriage and gender transition, even among society’s youngest members.

The guide claims that, contrary to some beliefs, children are not harmed by being in same-sex families or being taught about LGBT issues.

http://www.christianheadlines.com