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 Persecution & Revival------P.Hammond and various testimonies

Testimony of Maria Mutango:

In April 1986 at LUENA ir MOXICO province, ANGOLA over 40 women met for Bible study. We were surprised by the MPLA soldiers, who came and said, God does not exist. Your God grows out of your Bibles — So eat you Bibles.” They forced us to eat our own Bibles. We were crying and some refused They were shot. So we all started running into the bush. Many were shot. I escaped and was later captured and taken to th MPLA command post at Luena, where I was imprisoned for 2 months. The Cuban and MPLA beat us and violated us daily. In July I escaped and walked many days to Jamba, and safety.

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“The Cuban soldiers came and locked people into huts — burned them alive, others—their arms and legs were cut off. They ripped away my baby out of my arms and swinging her by the legs smashed her head against a tree. . .I was pushed into a lorry with other women. Later I was raped by ten Cubans. Those who resisted were stabbed by bayonets.”

Severina Chilombo is one of many mutilated women victims of Marxism in Angola, who now live in ‘the village of the living dead’ in Southern Angola.

“The Cubans took my son who was 12 years old —they shipped him to Cuba. I tried to stop them but a Cuban cut off my arm with a bayonet. Madalena Ngueve

“When the Communists came, all the older men were killed, the boys were taken to the army, the young women to prison. The pregnant were cut open with bayonets.” Veronica Kahali

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Persecution Or Revival

Volume 3 1990

Are you prepared for Persecution?
Are you praying for Revival?
Are you working for Reformation?
If not, why not?


PERSECUTION
Throughout the Bible, believers are warned that:

“All who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12
“Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another.” Matthew 24:10

The Apostles’ ministry included:

“Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,’ they said.” Acts 14:22

The danger of persecution needs to be realistically faced and practically prepared for.

REVIVAL
Don’t these Scriptural prayers echo the desire of your heart:

“Restore to me the joy of your salva tion and grant me a wilting spirit to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:12

“Restore us, 0 God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”
Psalm 80:7

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6

The single greatest priority and crying need of churches today is to seek God that He may revive and restore us to a God-honouring condition.

REFORMATION
Surely all Christians desire that God’s law be honoured and obeyed in our society. Don’t you want to see our nation truly ‘In humble submission to Almighty God, who controls the destinies of nations and the histories of peoples”, as our constitution states? Are we still “Conscious of our responsibility toward God and man.”?

As Psalm 101 reminds us, the duty of godly rulers is to destroy the wicked, root out evil and protect the righteous, all to the Glory of God.

Therefore Asa expelled the prostitutes and destroyed idols (1 Kings 15:12). Jehu demolished the temple of Baal and turned it into a latrine (2 Kings 10:27). Jehoiada led the people in the destruction of the temple of Baal smashing the idols and altars (2 Kings 11:18). Josiah ordered articles of false religions removed from the temple of the Lord (2 Kings 23:4).
Jehoshaphat rid the land of Asherah poles and set his heart on seeking God (2 Chron. 19:3). Hezekiah and Manasseh also removed offensive materials, that were not in accordance with God’s law, from their land (2 Chron. 31:1; 33:15). Ezra required the people to bring their marriages into obedience to God’s law (Ezra 10:3). Nehemiah enforced Sabbath observance in honour of the Lord (Nehemiah 13:19).

In History courageous reformers like Wycliffe, Huss, Zwingli and Luther dared to stand up and speak out against the unBiblical practises of the medieval Roman Catholic system. Calvin turned Geneva into a model city of God-fearing, law-abiding citizens by applying Biblical law to every area of legal, economic and social life. These reformers laboured to restore to the Church the Lordship of Christ, the Sovereignty of God, justification by faith, liberty of conscience, the priesthood of all believers and the Bible as the final authority for faith and conduct. As Martin Luther declared:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, l am not confessing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
And that is the point where we find our selves today. Our society is in desperate need of Biblical reformation and our churches need revival. While the Reformers, Puritans, Huguenots and Pilgrims were characterised by courage and uncompromising faithfulness to God’s Word, our generation is clearly full of cowardice, love of pleasure, and compromise.

THE HUMANIST POSITION
Our society seems to be gripped by the humanism of eighteenth-century French philosophers like Voltaire and Roussouw:

That man is basically good; that human nature is improving and perfectable. For this reason thieves, rapists and murderers are treated as “victims of society”, needing treatment and rehabilitation, instead of villains needing retribution and punishment. The present world climate is one of “negotiation” (meaning: compromise), “unity” (meaning: conformity), “love” (meaning: passive acceptance of evil), and “peace” (meaning: non-resistance to terrorism). The scandal is that under these delusions, terrorists can be freed even while police men are jailed. Murderers can be granted indemnity even while soldiers are prosecuted. Clergymen and politicians can campaign to save murderers by ending the death penalty, while condemning babies by promoting abortion.
In this age of appeasement, personal and public policy does not seem to be decided by “what is right?” but by “what is popular?” Our society no longer is faithfully building every area of life in obedience to the Word of God. The “new South Africa” seems to be abandoning Biblical principles and embracing humanism at a breathtaking pace.

Francis Schaeffer defines humanism as:

“the placing of man at the centre of all things and making him the measure of all things.”

Alexander Solzhenitzyn described it as:

“the proclaimed and practiced autonomy of man from any higher force above him,”

According to humanist thought, there is no clearcut standard of right and wrong.

The inevitable results of humanism are seen in the totalitarianism and massacres of the communist East and in the permissiveness and decadence of the democratic West.

Humanists have to take responsibility for the abortion holocaust, the pornography plague, the drug epidemic, the crime wave, and the proliferation of perversion. These disasters are the logical result of rejecting God’s law and promoting situation ethics, evolution, permissiveness and “alternative lifestyles.”

THE REFORMATION POSITION
The Biblical doctrine of the total depravity of human nature — that man is by nature sinful and unable to please God — led the Reformers to hold an opposite position to the humanists. The Reformers believed that human nature is basically evil and selfish. Therefore they favoured a form of government with strict laws and strict punishments for criminal behaviour. They recognised that the civil government needed to be powerful enough to restrain the evil impulses of sinful people. However, believing that “power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” they knew that rulers could not be trusted with absolute power either.

Their solution was not the pagan Greek utopia of democracy — where man rules — but a constitutional republic — where law rules. Therefore the reformers strove to build their republics upon the unchangeable law of God’s Word. lnstead of rulers, they elected servants — civil servants — bound down with the chains of the constitution. And they erected a system of checks and balances to divide the power and responsibility into trinitarian model of Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of civil government.

Being cautious of the human nature of foreign powers, they also favoured a strong military defence to be a deterrant against attacks and to preserve liberty and security for their inhabitants.

Reformed Christians believe that God’s Law, as revealed in His Word, the Bible, contains the absolute and unchanging principles by which all areas of life must be governed. The laws of God reflect the eternal and unchanging character and will of God and therefore can not be ignored. Our concern to apply God’s revealed law to every day life flows from the Biblical doctrines of the Sovereignty of God and the sinfulness of man.

The Lord is our King
The Lord our Law-giver.
The Lord is our Judge. (Isaiah 33:22)

One of the basic differences between Biblical Christianity and humanistic religion is that: the Biblical faith is a response to Truth, while man-centred faith is an attempt to manipulate God. The Biblical faith aims at pleasing God, while the man-centred faith aims at self-satisfaction.

The Bible asserts that “Jesus is Lord” over all areas of life (Cot. 1:15-17).” The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” Psalm 24:1.
Christians are to be salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), preserving what is good in our society and enlightening the world with our witness to Christ. In the Great Commission, our Lord commanded us to “disciple the nations. . .teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.” Matthew 28:19.

THE NEED FOR REVIVAL
We in the West have been warned by great Christian writers like Alexander Solzhenitzyn, Richard Wurmbrand and Francis Schaeffer. Our societies are morally corrupt and in rebellion to God’s Word. We are in danger of incuring the wrath of God in judgement upon our sin saturated societies. The murdering of the unborn through abortion, the glamourizing of adultery by Hollywood, the proliferation of drug addiction, the promotion of perversion, the increase in theft, murder, rape and terrorism, child abuse and satanism. How can we avoid the just condemnation of our Holy Creator?

“Does the church have a future in our generation? ... I believe the church is in real danger. It is in for a rough day. We are facing present pressures and a present and future manipulation which will be so overwhelming in the days to come that they will make the battles of the last forty years look like child’s play.” Francis A. Schaeffer

Only by nationwide repentance, revival and reformation can we re-build the moral walls of our society (as recorded in Nehemiah).

Where do we start? I believe that reading the writings of Solzhenitzyn, Wurmbrand and Schaeffer would be a good beginning. In this superficial world of compromise and ignorance, it is so refreshing to read deeply perceptive and Biblical messages like “The Great Evangelical Disaster”, ‘The Church at the end of the 20th Century” and “How shall we then live?” by Francis A Schaefter; “Where. Christ is still Tortured” by Richard Wurmbrand; “The Gulag Archipeligo” by Alexander Solzhenitzen; “The Institutes of Christian Religion” by John Calvin; “Productive Christians in an age of Guilt Manipulators” by David Chilton and other great classics.

These books will help us see through the media manipulation, superficiality, decadence and suicidal death wish of Western civilization, and churches. More importantly these writings will take us back to the Bible in all its glorious depth, breadth and height.

The choice is ours. It is God’s law or God’s judgement. Revival or persecution.

“If my people, who are called by my name, wilt humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

Peter Hammond





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CHRISTIAN

 2007/6/7 16:58Profile









 Re: Persecution & Revival-

[b]The Faithful sung by Steve Green

In dark, filthy places, forsaken, forgotten, our brothers and sisters are paying a price.
They will not deny Him to purchase their freedom. For these are the faithful, the martyrs for Christ.

Twisted and broken abandoned and beaten, their bodies confined in unseen sacrifice. But deep in their spirits they know perfect freedom. For they are the ones who’ve been set free by Christ.

CHORUS
From under the altar the voices are crying: How long, Lord, till you come judge the earth? But He’ll wrap and redeem them in robes of pure white. For the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Oh, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

Deafening silence, the faithful refusal to doubt or deny in the presence of man. They lived by His promise before His own Father that in His kingdom He’ll not deny them.

(Chorus)
From under the altar the voices are crying: How long, Lord, till you come judge the earth? But He’ll wrap and redeem them in robes of pure white. For the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
Oh, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.[/b]

{Words and music by Michael Card and Phil Naish
Copyright 1998 Meadowgreen Music, Devaub Music and Mole End Music. Meadowgreen Music and Devaub Music Admin. by EMI-CMP, Mole End Music Admin by Word Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.}



Good post brother.

I've read a lot of Richard Wurmbrand's books. Some are no longer offered at The Voice of the Martyrs.

He said he wrote them to prepare us in the U.S. mainly, because he felt strongly that we 'will' see this persecution.

At the Voice of the Martyrs, they used this song above to go with The Jesus Freaks books. Like Foxe's Book of the Martyrs type books.

The feeling is, that as persecution caused the almost comfortable first Church to spread out and become more zealous, that that is what will happen again.
That persecution, will bring out the best in The Church, the real McCoys - the Overcomers, in the true Biblical sense.

It is said, that the Christians in persecuted countries have been praying for many years for the American Church to see persecution so that they'd get serious, instead of so comfortable and entertained.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, we should be walking in personal revival presently and daily. Doing what He was doing while here in the flesh, according to the Light that we've already received.


God Bless you - Appreciate you posting this.

His strength to you hmmhmm.

 2007/6/7 21:37
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Dear Annie,
This is beautiful:
Quote:
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, we should be walking in personal revival presently and daily. Doing what He was doing while here in the flesh, according to the Light that we've already received."
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Does anyone else see what is hindering the church from doing the works of Jesus? People it is more than praying for revival, it is;

Please read this and then apply it to what Annie said above, and then each one of us take

'A Long Look At Where We Stand In Doing What He Was Doing.'
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“Be zealous.” Revelation 3:19

"If you would see souls converted, if you would hear the cry that “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord;” if you would place crowns upon the head of the Saviour, and his throne lifted high, then be filled with zeal. For, under God, the way of the world’s conversion must be by the zeal of the church. Every grace shall do exploits, but this shall be first; prudence, knowledge, patience, and courage will follow in their places, but zeal must lead the van. It is not the extent of your knowledge, though that is useful; it is not the extent of your talent, though that is not to be despised; it is your zeal that shall do great exploits. This zeal is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: it draws its vital force from the continued operations of the Holy Ghost in the soul. If our inner life dwindles, if our heart beats slowly before God, we shall not know zeal; but if all be strong and vigorous within, then we cannot but feel a loving anxiety to see the kingdom of Christ come, and his will done on earth, even as it is in heaven. A deep sense of gratitude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking to the hole of the pit whence we were digged, we find abundant reason why we should spend and be spent for God. And zeal is also stimulated by the thought of the eternal future. It looks with tearful eyes down to the flames of hell, and it cannot slumber: it looks up with anxious gaze to the glories of heaven, and it cannot but bestir itself. It feels that time is short compared with the work to be done, and therefore it devotes all that it has to the cause of its Lord. And it is ever strengthened by the remembrance of Christ’s example. He was clothed with zeal as with a cloak. How swift the chariot-wheels of duty went with him! He knew no loitering by the way. Let us prove that we are his disciples by manifesting the same spirit of zeal." (Spurgeon)
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Christian Zeal:

Quote: “It looks with tearful eyes down to the flames of hell, and it cannot slumber:”

Have we bothered to look?
If we have then our gaze to the glories of heaven will stir us to see the needs of OTHERS and the example that Christ set for us to follow.

Quote: “it looks up with anxious gaze to the glories of heaven, and it cannot but bestir itself. It feels that time is short compared with the work to be done, and therefore it devotes all that it has to the cause of its Lord. And it is ever strengthened by the remembrance of Christ’s example. He was clothed with zeal as with a cloak. How swift the chariot-wheels of duty went with him! He knew no loitering by the way. Let us prove that we are his disciples by manifesting the same spirit of zeal."

Zeal, His kind of Zeal, do we have it?

In His Love
pastorfrin


 2007/6/8 18:02Profile





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