Church & Ministry
Posted 11/28/16 at 12:57 PM | Marvin Thompson
The 2016 presidential election is over and all true Christians must pray sincerely for President-Elect Donald Trump. That is required by scripture and anything else will be willful disobedience to God. Christians do not have the luxury of pouting and expect to be excused for disobedience because of what they perceive to be a natural reaction to disappointment, for that would not be righteous indignation, but sin - pure and simple. Be upset, be angry, and be disappointed, but do not sin.
Being a Christian means being theologically and morally consistent regardless of circumstances. We serve an unchanging God. He was the same in the past as he is today, and as he will be forever. The famous Hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness says “There is no shadow of turning with thee.” Throughout the ages this notion of a steadfast and sure God has been an anchor for the faith of believers everywhere, in every situation, and at every stage of life. That is, until now.
For all that has happened within the Christian community during the presidential election campaign season, the most important revelation is the theological and moral crises facing the Church. The Church is theologically confused and morally compromised as never before. We have seen the long standing bulwark of biblical morality toppled for political expedience as moral relativism and religious hypocrisy invade the confines of orthodoxy, aided and abetted by evangelicals. Such ecclesiastical treachery must not be allowed to linger or the community will be corrupted for a generation. FULL POST
Posted 11/22/16 at 2:42 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
He was uncertain and purposeless when he immigrated to the UK from Iran as a Muslim. But eight years later, God is using Shapoor to build His kingdom among the refugee population.
“When I was a Muslim I didn’t believe God could talk to ordinary people and have any relationship or use ordinary people,” Shapoor told a ministry leader with Pioneers.
When Shapoor began to read the Scripture for the first time, it changed his life. “When I came to Christ and read the bible I found out God has a heart for sinners and everybody,” he says.
After Shapoor first believed, God filled him with a contagious zeal to spread the Gospel. “When I saw this unconditional love and the grace of God in my life I couldn’t keep this Good News to myself,” he told Pioneers. “Because we came from darkness to light we don’t keep this to ourselves. As you receive freely, give freely to other people.” FULL POST
Posted 11/21/16 at 4:08 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Over three days, 170,000 people crammed into the Yangon Love Joy Peace Festival with Franklin Graham and more than 7,600 made decisions for Christ.
Christians comprise a small minority of the heavily Buddhist population, and Open Doors ranks the persecution level as “severe,” with radical Buddhist monks intensifying their campaigns against religious minorities and laws introduced for the “protection of race and religion” in 2015 that create obstacles for conversions and religiously mixed marriages.
Yet thousands converged on the Myanmar Convention Center grounds for three meetings held November 18-20, with crowds building each night. They filled plastic chairs set up in the gigantic, outdoor square in front of the convention center.
Thousands more viewed the proceedings on huge screens in overflow areas. People filled the steps and outdoor balconies of the convention center itself, and even more stood or sat in grassy areas outside the property. FULL POST
Posted 11/7/16 at 6:30 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
He not only hated Christians, he directed his followers at the mosque to attack them. But after he died and was being prepared for burial, he stunned his family by returning to life with a new message of salvation.
Munaf Ali*, 45, was an influential imam as well as scholar and preacher of Islam in a Middle Eastern country.
One day a team from Bibles4Mideast approached the imam and they entered into a vigorous discussion about the authority of Jesus and the Bible. Munaf denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the credibility of the Bible.
Pastor Paul offered him a copy of the New Testament but he refused to receive it. Visibly upset, the imam cursed the pastor and his team.
That night the imam incited a mob to attack the place where Pastor Paul and his team had been staying with shouts of “Allahu Akbar.”
But the Holy Spirit directed them to leave that location a few hours earlier, narrowly escaping the attackers before they arrived, according to Bibles4Mideast. FULL POST
Posted 11/7/16 at 3:13 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
More than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in mid-September at a jubilant, pool-side service near Iran. People from eight different Persian-speaking churches gathered together to share the story of how Jesus transformed their lives, according to a report by Elam Ministries.
The theme for the day was “Jesus changes lives,” and this powerful truth was underscored by many testimonies. One man had been suicidal, but Jesus intervened and brought new hope. One was searching for the truth and found it after he read Romans chapter three.
Another shared: “I never thought I would find freedom from my past, but Jesus has set me free.”
Growth in the Iranian church has been spectacular, with several statisticians noting it may be the fastest growing church in the world. “Twenty years ago, everyone thought there were 2000-5000 believers in Iran,” says Mark Howard, with Elam. FULL POST
Posted 10/27/16 at 12:40 PM | Marvin Thompson
There is a silver lining for evangelicalism based upon a report in Christianity Today: recent polling suggests that most evangelicals will not vote for Donald Trump; just most white evangelicals. However, that is merely irenic comfort, and overlooks a more weighty concern. That will be discussed momentarily. But first, the rank hypocrisy of Trump supporting evangelicals is breathtaking, especially of those who pontificate in opinion pieces and speeches about values while excoriating the character, motives and faith of the “liberals.”
Values no longer matter to Trump evangelicals
When these Trump evangelicals started justifying their support of him, they proffered philosophical reasons mainly clothed in a false choices and false dilemmas, and dubious scriptures savaged to imply a principled biblical choice. But the outcry from biblically sincere evangelicals forced them to abandon the farce that their decision to support him was rooted in any real value, principle or biblical morality.
Mark Creech in an opinion piece on Christian Post, “Why Evangelicals Should Vote for Donald Trump,” demagogically implied that voting one’s conscience is not voting in the interest of the country, if that conscience vote is not for Trump. He says, “…with the deepest respect, you may be seeking to serve your conscience, but you are not necessarily serving your country.” Wayne Grudem says much the same thing in renewing his support for the most unqualified nominee to run for president. Talk about a false choice! FULL POST
Posted 10/26/16 at 2:21 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Seven young Catholic students in Kirkuk hid under beds for eight traumatic hours while ISIS fighters used their bedroom as a hideout. They say the Virgin Mary guarded their safety during Islamic State’s assault on the city.
“The Virgin Mary was with them,” Father Roni Momika told the Catholic News Agency (CNA). Father Momika ministers in the refugee camps near Erbil.
Remarkably, the priest spoke with two of the young women by cell phone while they hid under the beds, providing a live account as the terrifying ordeal unfolded.
The seven university students found themselves in the line of fire after Islamic State attacked the city October 21st.
“ISIS entered the house of our students, the girls,” the priest told CNA. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 4:20 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
He hadn’t set foot in church for 12 years, but got caught up in the revival that hit Burlington, North Carolina this year and became one of its primary evangelists. He’s been preaching almost every night since the revival “officially” ended, but God is still moving and many are responding.
“We’ve seen over 300 people saved over the last 4-6 weeks,” says D.R. Harrison. “All the sparks from the Burlington revival have overflowed and broken out in other areas. People are getting saved, people fired up for God. It’s been amazing to see what God’s been doing.”
Last May revival arrived in Burlington at New Hope Baptist Church and lasted through July. Pastor Randy Hobbs had invited evangelist C.T. Townsend to spend a week in his church, and as the power of God fell many were saved and the revival stretched on in a borrowed tent that held 3500 people — filled to capacity every night. FULL POST
Posted 10/19/16 at 8:31 AM | Yvonne Perkins
Halloween is just a few days away. Stores have packed their shelves with candy, party stores have changed their decor and scary costumes are everywhere. Church's debate on whether to celebrate Halloween or offer alternative gathering for the children. Reports of "Creepy Clowns" intent on hurting, kidnapping and scarring children are on the rise. What is really going on?
Let's back up. I encourage you to read my previous blog "http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/halloween-dont-be-tricked-12825/". I will share the following excerpts here: Did you know that October 31st is considered New Year's Day for witches and warlocks? Their New Year starts October 31st and ends October 30 of the next year. According to Witches and Warlock Annual Wiccan Holidays, "The wall between earth and the underworld is thin at this time of year. On Halloween night, the wall opens. Samhain, the Lord of Darkness, rises from the underworld. He roams the world looking for lost souls. It is an evil and wicked night, a perfect night for a witch to celebrate New Year’s."
Some people don't believe that witches and warlock exist. They think that's just old fairy tale stuff to scare children and feeble minded people. The bible speaks of witches: Leviticus 19:31 - Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God. Read the following for more information: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Witchcraft/. James Melton has written a very enlightening track on this subject that can be found at this site: http://biblebelievers.com/jmelton/Wizzards.html.
What is really going on? Intercessors recognize that something more sinister is going on? What you must understand is that witches have been preparing with joy for this season. It is their time to release evil into the atmosphere. To establish an atmosphere of fear, horror and torment in the earth realm. There is a those that are drawn to evil, violent, horrific crimes. spirit behind the "Creepy Clown" and video games such as "Slender Man" and a connection between There are some people that wait all year long for this opportunity to get behind costumes and openly walk the streets, hide in alleys and gangways to perpetrate evil, fear and bring harm to others. The rapist, thief,pedophile, murderer and perverted are excited about this opportunity.
In light of the early manifestation of lurking evil and releasing of fear and intimidation into the atmosphere it is urgent that Intercessors take back territory and be on high alert.
INTERCESSORS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY TO PENETRATE THE HEAVENS AND BLOCK DEMONIC ACTIVITIES. We are not alone in this fight but must call upon our Heavenly father to release Warring Angels with swords dipped in the Blood of Jesus, Lamb of God, to cut off the head of the enemy. We must intercede for protection over our homes, our children and communities. WE MUST INTENSIFY PRAYER AND COVER THE GATES TO OUR CITIES.
What is really going on? Intercessors clearly understand Ephesian 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Gates are entry way in and out of the city. Gates allow or forbid or block access. One does not need the spirit of discernment to recognize the spirit of murder and destruction that is hovering over our cities. What is needed is for intercessors, prophetess, prophets, pastors, and leaders to suit up for warfare and man the gates to evict the enemy, and retake territory.
Declare that the gates of this city is closed to Satan and demonic activities, That warring Angels are assisting us in evicting the enemy. Declare the King of Glory is welcome to possess our gates.Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. HEAVENLY FATHER we invite you to possess our nation, states, government, cities, communities, and homes. Evict the enemy, sweep him out with all of his demonic spirits and allow your presence saturate this territory. We ask you to allow the shed Blood of your son,Jesus to cover us. Protect our children and families particularly doing this Halloween season as we intensify our warfare against the spirits being released over our region. Take the blinders off the eyes of people that the enemy cause to sit in darkness and allow the light of your word to gain entrance to their hearts. Pull down every contrary thought, believe, ritual, routine that goes contrary to your word. We bind up murder, rape, perversion, fear and torment. We loose safety, love, hope, peace, comfort and the fear of the lord upon each and every soul. Protect us from the violent man and let the warring angels chase him down a dark slippery path which has no escape. Let your people rejoice in your righteousness and dwell under the shadow of your wings. Thank you God for ordaining peace and safety for those that love you and all that are connected to us in any way. You are our loving father, our protector, our shield and our solid rock. We declare that all of power is in your hands. Therefore we bow down before you and glorify your name for you are worthy of our love and praise forever,forever and forever. We trust you and believe that you will do this for us in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit and your word.
Posted 10/17/16 at 4:37 PM | Mark Ellis
Pastor Paul and his team are courageously spreading the Gospel in restricted countries in South Asia and the Middle East. A very pointed, dire death threat he received recently caused him to reach out and request prayer from believers around the world.
This is the text of the death threat he received October 15th:
“Hey Paul, son of Kafir,
"You are not pastor paul. You are bastard paul. You betrayed your mother, Deenul Islam. We know where you are and what you are doing. We will not allow you to go further at any cost.
"You are attracting and misguiding innocent people to the hell by magics and vulgar tricks to the hated and cursed christian religion. You are not worthy to live any more. Time is up to throw your meat for pigs and dogs.
"Your days are counted. Your head and body will be hanging in your gate face to face within no time. Your family and children are not excused. The world will see and laugh at the end of a cursed man and his family.
"No doubt we will kill everybody who followed your hated religion unless they turn back to Islam. You are going to see the sea of blood of your people this week before your execution. Mind it.”