This story becomes sadder if you have ever worshiped with local Nigerian Christians before... 3 years I have interacted with African students in my uni, and I don't consider any of them saved, for they believe in a gospel of works, or salvation by baptism, oneness pentacoastals, Seven day Adventists and prosperity preaching.
This is a really good and encouraging article, I think for the first time (at least for me) we have a clear statement of faith, which was always missing from other articles that were highlighting the persecution.
I truly believe these believers were always bold, but some western news sites wanted to paint them in a different light, make it politically motivated rather than spiritually and theologically.
Let's also pray that such dangerous jobs would be wiped out, or at least become safer. Pray for Indonesia, we don't know what these lamp keepers did do deserve this dangerous life that none of us would ever want. What do we do with the grace that God has given to us westerners? Something to think about for this upcoming sunday worship at your church.
With so much fake news, I believe we are forced now to read articles instead of just trusting the headlines, hidden away in this article is this quote that says it's not always biological reasons...
"Other potential causes for the gap suggested by the researchers include peer pressure on boys to behave in a more masculine way and the increased frequency of behavioral problems amongst boys that may delay their learning."
It's happening very rapidly, for the most part last year the persecution was politically motivated, with groups like China Aid siding with cults to promote democracy under guise of religious persecution, now it's quickly becoming spiritually motivated, a real anti-Christian mentality.
1 Peter encourages persecuted believers, that there is a place waiting for them, and the pain in this life is short lived, compared to eternity in heaven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3, 4 ESV)
Your offer to help someone is nice I don't struggle with suicide, but I really appreciate your offer at the end of the podcast. I still have on my old phone a podcast of yours from 2012, where you said the same thing for any pastor who struggles. Many times I've been thinking of emailing your church, but even though your offer to help is genuine, I have this fear of being just another Internet person, a nobody, just an unknown, coming from the online world and connecting with the real world, I fear I won't be able to relate. But I will try someday
not sure if that post about christopher is a joke or bullying, i guess herein lies the challenge to discern such things. Can you imagine being a public school teacher dealing with things like that?
As a young boy I often skipped classes, more than normal.As a teacher now, I often see myself in some students, though I understand how they feel, I'm powerless to help. It's not that encouragement is not available or offered, but it's that it's never taken. Kids prefer help from other kids, or gangs.
I often don't love living here, the constant evil, and sin, real life slavery, rascism, the constant cheating and theft, and thought control since everything is monitored, cameras everywhere.
But I have friends from Africa and Ukraine, where life is much more hard, so much so that most of them find jobs as dancers in Chinese bars, hoping to make ends meet in the prostitution industry, because white and black are considered exotic.
I recently learned that word Apostle in Latin means missionary, people who are sent. I meet so many missionaries who are ignorant, unprepared, and unteachable. And they get financial support to be tourists.
But in all of this, I have grown in my relationship with God, Opening the bible and studying is not a chore, I can relate with so many things Jesus and the apostles went through, that it's cool to see the Bible speak to me!
There are many things to be concerned about in this article, but this one stands out:
"âParty members who have religious belief should have strengthened thought education. If they still donât change after help and education from the party organization, they should be encouraged to leave the party,â the new rules say."
We know that "help and education" part means re-education prison camps that house about a million minority Uyghur today.
A normal Chinese person can lie and get out of most persecutions and accept corruption as is their way of life, but I don't know what will happen to Christians, hopefully their testimony shine brightly.
And yet I see many people remain in the church. Anyone who has invested their whole life supporting a lie, financially, prayerfuly, physically, simply can't leave it. I have always angered many people with my claim that the Catholic church is the worlds largest cult. When I was young I would read the Left Behind series of books, and it would always mention the Pope getting raptured! Many protestants believed the popes were saved, which is sad.
The neighbor thought she was less than 5, and alone for 90 minutes outside, in Chicago. I can understand his concern.Even if she is 8 years old, that's still too young to leave them outside for so long!
I would agree that some africans are quite zealous and pray loudly to god. Similiar are the Mormons and J.W who do much of the evangelism in america.
Too bad majority of them all are relegious, but not saved. Recently I talked to a friend from Nigeria, he loves God, Bible very much and shares scripture with his secular teachers. But when confronted with the truth that he is a guilty sinner and must pay the price, he could not answer the question "What did God do so that you don't have to go to hell"
It's not a good feeling to find out that some many nigerian christians are murdered and many could be like him.