Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Anti-Christian hatred is rising

Hatred. Hatred of each other, Hatred toward God. Vicious hatred of Jesus. It is all rising.

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you." (John 15:18).

"The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright." (Proverbs 29:27)

"All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." (Matthew 10:22)

"Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you." (1 John 3:13)

In Jerusalem, Christianity is increasingly targeted. The Jerusalem Post reports, "Vandals 'price tag' Jerusalem monastery"
"JERUSALEM, Oct. 2 Assailants vandalized the Franciscan Convent on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion early Tuesday morning, in the third price tag attack against a Christian site this year. According to police, vandals spray-painted the words "price tag" and "Jesus is a bastard" on the door of the convent, located adjacent to the Dormition Abbey cathedral. ... Assistant commander Moshe Bareket, chief of the David precinct in Jerusalem, confirmed that police were notified of the incident early Tuesday morning by a priest. "We will do everything we can to get to the bottom of whoever spray-painted these sentences," Bareket said outside the convent." (photo source)

It was not the first time that extremists had vandalized the church, and every few months authorities have to deal with some kind of graffiti in the area, the article states. Vandals scrawled “Jesus is a monkey” in large orange letters on the outside of the Latrun monastery. They also burned the wooden door at the monastery entrance. earlier this year, at the Valley of the Cross Monastery in Jerusalem, cars and a fence were covered with anti-Christian graffiti, and cars’ tires were slashed. The vandals wrote “Jesus drop dead,” “Death to Christians” and “Kahane was right.”

Though the hate-vandals are as yet unknown to authorities, the media outlet Russia Today displayed their own bias when they reported on the incident, by blaming Israeli settlers. The reporter wrote:

"Radical Jewish settlers vandalized a Christian church outside of Jerusalem, spray-painting “Jesus is a bastard” and “price tag” on its outer door. Such attacks have been on the rise despite police promises to curb hate crimes in the Holy Land."

I must make a point. Most of the secular world and much of the Christian world believes Catholicism to be part of the Christian faith. Catholicism is not. It is a false religion. However, idolaters don't know that and they target Monasteries anyway.

A horrific attack on a church service for children targeted a Christian church in Nairobi, Kenya this week. Worthy News reports, "A grenade attack by suspected Islamist militants rocked an Anglican church in Kenya's capital Nairobi killing a nine-year-old boy and injuring several others, the church and police said Sunday, September 30. The blast occurred during a Sunday school service for young children at the Anglican Saint Polycarp Church, which lies in the Pangani district on the outskirts of Nairobi." (photo source)

I read in one comment stream, "nothing a good Interfaith potluck supper won't solve, eh?"

They hate Jesus.

"But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." (John 15:25)

And they hate the faithful. Take heart. If they hate Jesus and they hate us because of Jesus, we are in good company! They may hate us, but we love each other! If you are in a part of the world where grenades are not being lobbed at your kids just for being Christian (hatred without cause) then please pray for those who are. And if you are in a part of the world where just living for Christ is cause for death, take heart. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU!

10 comments:

  1. well according to your logic anglicans arent "christian" either

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    1. I didn't lay out any logic. I offered no explanation. I simply made a declarative statement. So your comment is really a non sequitur...but in fact, the doctrine of the Anglican Church is an interesting mix of Catholicism and Protestant Reformation theology.

      Therefore while I can say with certainty that the doctrine of the Catholic Church is anti-Christ, the doctrines of the local Anglican Churches vary. You would have to research the particular church to see what they believe and then make a Godly determination as to whether they adhere to the Gospel Jesus delivered, or not.

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    2. well you should care about the chrisitians murdered in the middle east as well because they are almost all catholic or orthodox, and therofore not "real" christians, and you should care about them and your attack against the RC is a strawman, because the defination of "christian" CARM had taylored so that they could spit on Catholics

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  2. Please expand. How truly Christian of you to dismiss millions of Churches and congregations. What certainty do you have on the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church? Do you wipe away with certainty the Coptic Christians, the Greek Orthodox, the Russian Orthodox, the Eastern Rite, the Byzantine Orthodox, just to name a few, Churches and their congregations too? Without the Universal Church, giving a solid foundation to your protests, there would be no protestant religions. Me thinks thou doth protest too much The Truth.

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    1. And.....
      Matthew 7:21-23
      21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

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    2. Jeff, I really appreciate your comments, but I admit I don't always follow your train of thought when you post just a verse as a response. Can you give some context as to why this verse, and how it fits into your thought pattern for the comment stream? Thanks.

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    3. OK, I'll expand. Thank you for asking. While I do say that millions of churches and congregations are false and teach a non-saving doctrine. And that as a result millions will go to hell, do not mistake the fact of this for dismissal. I literally mourn over the loss of so many souls fact daily with tears and petitions.

      OK, what is false about the RCC?

      There are many different issues that identify the RCC as being unbiblical.

      "Are Catholic beliefs and practices biblical?"
      http://www.gotquestions.org/Catholic-Biblical.html

      "The issue concerning any church and its practices should be “Is this biblical?” If a teaching is Biblical (taken in context), it should be embraced. If it is not, it should be rejected. God is more interested in whether a church is doing His will and obeying His Word than whether it can trace a line of succession back to Jesus’ apostles. How then does the Roman Catholic Church compare with the teachings of the Word of God?

      Salvation: The RCC teaches that salvation is by baptismal regeneration and is maintained through the Catholic sacraments unless a willful act of sin is committed that breaks the state of sanctifying grace. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace which is received through simple faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and that good works are the result of a change of the heart wrought in salvation (Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17) and the fruit of that new life in Christ (John 15).

      Assurance of salvation: The RCC teaches that salvation cannot be guaranteed or assured. 1 John 5:13 states that the letter of 1 John was written for the purpose of assuring believers of the CERTAINTY of their salvation.

      Good Works: The RCC states that Christians are saved by meritorious works (beginning with baptism) and that salvation is maintained by good works (receiving the sacraments, confession of sin to a priest, etc.) The Bible states that Christians are saved by grace through faith, totally apart from works (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9;Galatians 3:10-11; Romans 3:19-24).

      Baptism: In the New Testament baptism is ALWAYS practiced AFTER saving faith in Christ. Baptism is not the means of salvation; it is faith in the Gospel that saves (1 Corinthians 1:14-18; Romans 10:13-17). The RCC teaches baptismal regeneration of infants, a practice never found in Scripture.

      Prayer: The RCC teaches Catholics to not only pray to God, but also to petition Mary and the saints for their prayers. Contrary to this, we are taught in Scripture to only pray to God (Matthew 6:9; Luke 18:1-7).

      Priesthood: The RCC teaches that there is a distinction between the clergy and the “lay people,” whereas the New Testament teaches the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9).

      Sacraments: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a believer is infused with grace upon reception of the sacraments. Such teaching is nowhere found in Scripture.

      Confession: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that unless a believer is hindered, the only way to receive the forgiveness of sins is by confessing them to a priest. Contrary to this, Scripture teaches that confession of sins is to be made to God (1 John 1:9).

      Mary: The Roman Catholic Church teaches, among other things, that Mary is the Queen of Heaven, a perpetual virgin, and the co-redemptress who ascended into heaven. In Scripture, she is portrayed as an obedient, believing servant of God, who became the mother of Jesus. None of the other attributes mentioned by the Roman Catholic Church have any basis in the Bible. The idea of Mary being the co-redemptress and another mediator between God and man is not only extra-biblical (found only outside of Scripture), but is also unbiblical (contrary to Scripture).Acts 4:12 declares that Jesus is the only redeemer. 1 Timothy 2:5 proclaims that Jesus is the only mediator between God and men.

      These issues alone clearly identify the Catholic Church as being unbiblical.

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    4. There are, as it say's many (how many? a lot.) Who think they have it right when the truth is none of us have it right nor can we ever, we must trust in the One who is. My adding that verse was simply to affirm what you had explained as evidence that you do not get to heaven by simply "getting on the bus".

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  3. Amen.I have one current Catholic friend, who sadly, used to be baptist, but then converted to Catholicism, believing it's the true faith. And I had another friend who was raised Catholic, and she told me that they aren't encouraged to read the bible. So that may be why so many are deceived, because they aren't reading the word themselves, to see how it contradicts the man made fabrications that the religion of Catholicism teaches. Anyone who puts God's word (the bible) first, and reads it, gets to know it, knows how Catholicism doesn't adhere strictly to scripture, which the bible tells us, is wrong.

    I think the reason why so many are so convinced that the religion they believe is the right religion, is because of satan's influence. Satan is the father of lies, of deception. They become fooled because of satan and his lies, carried out by people, and then pride takes over, and it's hard for them to even consider much less admit, that they're deceived, and believing wrongly.

    I feel bad for such people, just as I do those who call their selves atheists. That's why I think prayers for anyone deceived, anyone who doesn't have the truth, are imperative. I hope those who don't realize that Jesus Christ is The One True Way, and that God's Word, The Bible, is our One Written Authoritative Source, as far as Who God is, His character; His plans; Who Satan is; his character; his plans; Who Jesus is; His Character; His divine purpose; Who we are; our purpose, and the commandments we are to adhere to, and our potential, and our destiny.

    J.L.

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  4. I think what Jeff was inferring is that there are those who believe they are saved, and are obedient servants, (and that applies to both those who claim to be saved by grace non denominational Christians, and those of denominations, and those like Catholics, and LDS and Jehovah Witnesses) however, as the scripture Jeff quoted proves, that it's not just about believing in Christ and doing good works. It's about recognizing we are sinners who sin, who without Christ and the forgiveness we receive through Him, and without our daily repentance, we are wretches that God in His righteousness would send to hell. Being saved is about recognizing Jesus Christ as The Son, and accepting Him as Saviour. Being Christian is about being repentant, and obedient to all of God's commands, the greatest being to love, all. So no matter how strongly we believe in Christ, no matter our good works, if we aren't fully obeying all God commands of us to obey, and we aren't fully loving all, we aren't truly saved, we are nothing.

    Maybe not all Catholics, but a good majority of them, are selective when it comes to redemption, to forgiveness, and acceptance. As the scriptures state, that isn't Godly.

    J.L.

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