The Falling Away of the Church (Pt. 2)

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Is the church of Jesus Christ allowed to address the sin in the camp, or are we to remain quiet and be politically correct instead of Biblically truthful in these last days as the world faces the judgment of God.

From the watchman’s wall we can see a persistent downward spiral of our culture that makes up our global society and our churches. There is a collapse of faith, morality and ethics – in the church! Are we to hold back the gift of prophecy and not sound the alarm? Have we gone beyond the point of no return or will some take heed of good instruction? Continue reading

The Falling Away of the Church (Pt. 1)

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Is the end-times church falling away in apostasy? Will this happen all at once or will it be a gradual falling away from the doctrines of Jesus? Perhaps the traditional church rationale has already become so much like the philosophy of this world that it is difficult to see much difference in the way people think and live their lives.

“Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end, by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10) Continue reading

Muslim Mobs Burn Down Christian Homes and Churches

A man holds a copy of the Koran during a protest against Niger President Issoufou's attendance last week at a Paris rally in support of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in Niamey

Muslims in Niger attacked Christians, burning their homes and churches over the weekend, in retaliation for the French magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing a cartoon of Muhammad.

The International Christian Concern reported missionaries in the capital city of Naimey said all of their churches have been burned to the ground along with the homes of every pastor in the city. Some of the missionaries’ homes are among those destroyed by the mobs.

However, the missionaries reported that while smoke is “around all of side our house”, they are going to remain in Niger to speak the truth of Christ.

The protests apparently began at the grand mosque in the city and the mob then began their attack on Christians.

“I just rushed and told my colleagues in the church to take away their families from the place,” Pastor Zakaria Jadi said. “I took my family to take them out from the place. When I came back I just discovered that everything has gone. There’s nothing in my house and also in the church.”

Boko Haram’s leader was born in Niger and is believed to continue to have strong contacts in the country.

Supreme Court To Hear Church Sign Case

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The Supreme Court is going to hear arguments in the case of a lawsuit brought by a small church against the town of Gilbert, Arizona.

The city has a law that prohibits the church from posting roadside signs.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the Good News Presbyterian Church in the case. ADF Senior Web Writer Marissa Poulson said Monday that the signs are important.

“By stating the church’s signs are less valuable than political and other speech, the town is ignoring the church’s free speech rights and claiming to have the power to handicap, and even eliminate, speech it deems unimportant,” wrote Poulson.

The suit focuses on the fact that church signs are given restrictions that are not placed on other form of speech.

  • Political signs can be up to 32 square feet, displayed for many months, and unlimited in number.
  • Ideological signs can be up to 20 square feet, displayed indefinitely, and unlimited in number.
  • Religious signs can only be 6 square feet, may be displayed for no more than 14 hours, and are limited to 4 per property.

The ADF says that if the government can use this law to restrict religious speech, there’s nothing to stop them from restricting other speech.

Suicide Bomber Attacks Nigerian Church

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The latest terror attack by Islamic extremists in Nigeria happened Thursday morning in the city of Gombe.

Local officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the ECWA church.

“There was an explosion outside the ECWA church this morning. A suicide bomber who was restrained from getting into the church blew himself up,” Abubakar Yakubu, the head of the Nigeria Red Cross in Gombe, told the Christian Post. “Luckily no one was killed but some people were mildly injured.”

Witnesses say that the bomber arrived on a motorcycle and was furious when he was not permitted to drive past a security checkpoint that had been established by church members. The church had built the barricade as a defense against Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

The bomber had explosives strapped to his body that detonated while he was yelling at church members who had blocked his way.

The attack was the second bombing in Gombe on Thursday. A female bomber was blown up outside a military barracks when a soldier shot the explosives strapped to her body.

Turkey Allows First New Church Since 1923

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The last time Turkey allowed a new church to be built, Time Magazine was publishing its first issue, Warner Brothers established their movie studio and President Warren Harding was succeeded by Calvin Coolidge.

The Syriac Christian church will be built not far from Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches in a suburb of Istanbul. Until this new construction was approved, the only construction allowed by the government was refurbishing established church buildings.

Only about 100,000 of the 80 million people in Turkey are Christian.

The move is seen as mainly political. Turkey has been under fire from the European Union after an ancient Byzantine church was converted into a mosque and all traces of Christian history wiped from the building.

The ruling party in Turkey has been working to align themselves with other Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East.

Auburn, New York Officials Targeting Church

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Officials with a New York town are targeting a church for an outreach to their community.

A code enforcement officer for the city told First Presbyterian Church that a “glee camp” they hosted at a building they own. A cease-and-desist order was issued in July saying that the church’s camp was a violation of zoning because they were operating a commercial action in a residential zone.

“Cease operating a summer glee camp @100/camper in a residential district. This is not an allowable use here,” the order said.

“I believe this action is a misguided and discriminatory act on the city’s part that not only harms the church’s ability to carry out its religious mission in the community, but also threatens a chilling effect upon other faith organizations similarly situated in residential areas throughout the city,” Pastor Eileen Winter said in a deposition.

The church charges $100 per camper but the money goes entirely to offset the church’s costs to put on the camp. The church makes no money on the camp and some years even loses money.

Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute says that the city is in violation of the Religious Land Use Act.

Spiritual Flash Mob Blessed 12,000 On Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve became a little more joyful for over 12,000 residents and workers in the area of Liquid Church in New Jersey.

The pastors arranged for what they called a “Spiritual Flash Mob” after services on Christmas eve where members gave bags of cookies and vouchers for meals at local restaurants as a way to show love to their community.

“It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm to go out and share God’s love after each service,” said Liquid Church Pastor Tim Lucas. “And we just heard from some police officers in Times Square sharing that they just received a bag from a Liquid Church family. It made their day to know that they matter, especially on a day like today. Now that’s what we call putting our faith into action.”

“People who work on Christmas Eve, they’re the shepherds keeping us safe – police, firefighters, EMS, nurses and doctors. And there are plenty others who have no choice but to work today,” Lucas told the Christian Post. “So we are commissioning our families to go and spread good news before they do anything else today. We need to let the people they will meet today that they matter to God and to us.”

The church said it was a way for the members of the church to reflect in a way the herald of good news that brought the good news of Christ on Christmas eve.

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos Remembered As Man of Ministry

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Officer Rafael Ramos, murdered at the hands of a madman on Saturday, was remembered as a man with a deep commitment to the church and a passion for ministry.

Ramos, 40, had been working to become a chaplain and was just hours away from completing the New York State Chaplain Task Force at the time of his death.

“Ralph Ramos was a long-standing member of 14 years at Christ Tabernacle. When he was not working, he was highly involved in our church. He served as an usher, was part of our marriage ministry and life group ministry. He and his family are well loved throughout the congregation,” said Rev. Adam Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church.

“Ralph was definitely a family man. He always talked about his kids and how well they were doing athletically and academically. He loved his church and family. He leaves behind his wife, Maritza, and two sons, Justin and Jayden, plus a host of family and friends. This is a tragic loss for us as a church, but we are committed to Maritza, Jayden and Justin to give them what Ralph gave us week in and week out.”

The daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died after a chokehold incident with the NYPD, reached out to the son of Ramos after Jayden Ramos posted a tribute to his father on Facebook.

“It hit my heart because I know what it feels like with this upcoming season and you don’t have your father around,” Emerald Garner wrote to Ramos. “I know firsthand what you’re feeling.”

ISIS Selling Church Artifacts On Black Market

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A British publication has conducted an undercover investigation that shows terrorist group ISIS is selling artifacts from Christian churches on the black market as a way to fund their actions.

Oliver Moody of The Times published an article showing ISIS taking antiquities worth millions of dollars and selling them to western buyers.

“Willy Bruggeman, a former deputy director of Europol who is now president of the Belgian federal police council, said that some of the artefacts had almost certainly been sold illegally to buyers in the UK, although none had yet been traced to Britain,” Moody wrote.

“Iraqi Intelligence Service confirmed earlier this year that ISIS was able to collect 23 million pounds from the sale of artifacts from the Syrian city of Nabaq, which is full with Christian Collectibles.”

In addition to selling the artifacts, the group has been using a bulldozer to destroy Christian churches so they can sell the gypsum inside the walls.

The United Nations has stated in multiple hearings that the cultural heritage of Iraq is in danger from the terrorist group.