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 Sing a Little Louder


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Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
Prov. 24:12 NLT 

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.
...Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Prov.31:8-9 NLT

Posted by Blaine Scogin 

 2018/2/16 15:39
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 Re: Sing a Little Louder

Oh!
"You cannot photograph suffering. Only it's results!" - Corrie Ten Boom

You know, I think that it is a big problem, when we (the Christians, the church) are trying to be "modern", to follow the spirit of the age. Isn't this the reason why the official church supported the government? If we are following, who is going to correct society?

May the Lord have mercy on us!

 2018/2/18 7:50Profile









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I will let the video speak for itself.

https://youtu.be/ofcs9Y7qL4s

Blaine

 2018/5/31 10:24









 Re: The Global Persecufed Church and the Silence of Christians

The Global Persecuted Church and the Silence of Christians
Greg Strand
October 4, 2013
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being martyred for their faith. The numbers and the atrocities are astronomical. One incident with few deaths would be too many. But the incidences of this “slaughter” recur with the deaths of many Christians. And many of these murders are committed by Muslims.

Kirsten Powers, “A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent,” writes of these atrocities and impugns the church in the America for its deafening silence.

Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.

Powers refers to the book Saturday People, Sunday People, the title which is an Islamist slogan, “First Saturday People, then the Sunday People.” To the Muslim this means that “first we kill the Jews, then we kill the Christians.”

The recent attacks on this Sunday People, Christians, have occurred in Egypt, Pakistan, Kenya, and Syria. These brutal attacks on Christians because they are Christians ought to be condemned, particularly by Western Christians. Christians in the West are able to collaborate and cooperate on moral and ethical issues of concern. “Yet,” writes Powers, “religious persecution appears not to have grabbed their attention, despite the worldwide media coverage of the atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.”

Molly Hemingway also addressed this vital and important issue: “Can We Finally Start Talking About the Global Persecution of Christians?.” She notes, quoting from Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians,

Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. This is confirmed in studies by sources as diverse as the Vatican, Open Doors, the Pew Research Center, Commentary, Newsweek and the Economist. According to one estimate, by the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, 75 percent of acts of religious intolerance are directed against Christians.

Hemingway points to the silence of the media to address these heinous acts of evil committed against Christians, and then if/when they do publish anything about them, their explanations of the evil acts are often cloaked in politically correct language so as not speak anything negative against Islam. In fact, not only is there a fear of saying anything negative about Islam, the general tendency is to say something positive that may be partially true or not true at all.

Not only is this the general approach of the media, it is also of politicians. Regarding the commonly stated solution to this Muslim violence against Christians as an aberration because Islam is a religion of peace, Hemingway notes,

One problem with this approach, and I’m not even talking about the 1300 years of history that speaks to the use of violence in pursuit of the spread of Islam, is that the politicians claiming Islam is nothing more than a peaceful religion usually aren't exegetical experts.

In order for a conversation to occur regarding the “persecution of Christians and others at the hands of Muslims,” Hemingway lays some groundwork for journalists, politicians and the Christian Church. I conclude with her words to the church.

However much we may wish Muslim violence against Christians would resolve itself or go away, being in denial serves no purpose. To combat the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, we must first acknowledge its existence. And we need to be clear about exactly who is perpetrating violence against Christians and what is motivating them.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer believed, lived, wrote and died, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

God has the last word on this matter as recorded in the Word.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15).

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Cor. 12:26).

“Remember . . . those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” (Heb. 13:3).

Posted by Blaine Scogin

 2018/5/31 13:57
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Thanks


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Mr. Bill

 2018/5/31 14:18Profile
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If God wants them tortured and killed why should we be praying about it?

No, our default position must be that God does not want that and therefore we should be praying against it. And I certainly don’t think it is improper to pray that doom will come to their persecutors. Maybe if God turns the heat up on the persecutors they’ll go running to Him. If not, better dead than alive. But ultimately that is Gods call.


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 2018/5/31 17:40Profile









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/// All the rest of you can set by and read this horrible stuff posted day after day, but I'm not going to do it.///

I am sure that was the attitude portrayed in the German church as the death trains rolled by and the Jews crying out for help.

Honestly the vitriolic hatred displayed toward our persecuted brothers and sisters in this forum is nothing short of surprising.

God have mercy on us all.

Blaine

 2018/5/31 17:56
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Nice try Bear but it won’t wash here. No one here ever has showed one ounce of vitriolic hatred toward our persecuted brothers and sisters. That is only part of your vain imagination.


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 2018/5/31 18:01Profile
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 2018/5/31 18:08Profile









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I beg to differ. There is a disdain by many in the forum for our our persecuted brethren. But then that is simply a disdain by many for the cross of Christ.

The message of of the persecuted is the message of the cross. A cross that is rejected by many. A cross we are commanded to pick up and carry.

Blaine

 2018/5/31 19:27





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