This video is making the rounds and I wanted to share it with my readers. This woman shouted down an Islamic iman who was giving a call to worship at the historic Memorial Church of the Reformation, built in honor of Martin Luther. She proclaimed that Jesus Christ is Lord over the church and Germany. During an interview afterwards, she says what so few understand about Islam, that they worship another god all together. They do not worship the same God as true Christians do. Here is the video:
We need to strive to be a bold as she was. She is following in the footsteps of the apostles who went from town to town proclaiming the truth. We need more Christians like her, and more pastors with her courage to stand up and proclaim the truth of Christ. This really is an inspiration.
I woke up this morning realizing just how much danger our brothers and sisters who live in Pakistan face every day. This was brought on by my conversation with a man who has two daughters living as missionaries in Pakistan. I spoke with the man last night and he asked me and our church to pray for his daughters and the other believers who live there.
He shared with me some horrible news that you will not find in MSM or even VOM. On September 21, when the radicals rioted over the bogus film Innocence of Muslims, which is the supposed excuse given for the riots and death for one U.S. Ambassador, they did far more than was reported when they killed five Christians in one area of the country and cut off the hands of a Catholic priest in another area of the country.
I cannot imagine the horror that our brothers and sisters in the LORD faced on September 21. They have since seen the hand of God answering their prayers as the terror has abated. But living here in the comfort of our own country, it is hard to imagine what it must be like to wonder if your church is going to be torched every day. They live with the reality that they could be thrown in jail, attacked and even killed for their faith. When these realities hit me this morning, all I could do is pray.
I also remembered Paul’s words to the Colossians: For if you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. For some reason that gives me great comfort for those who face those tribulations every day. They are on the forefront of persecution from the world, but their lives are hidden with Christ in God. Satan can attack in many ways, but in the end, those attacks are fruitless because those who are hidden in Christ will be raised again in glory. Satan may attack, strike, and even kill us, but if our lives are hidden in Christ, then we are secure in Him. He truly is our shield, rock, protectors and stronghold.
The body of Christ in Pakistan faces true and real persecution. Remember then in prayer and be thankful for the freedoms still have today. Those freedoms may be removed in the future, but while it is yet today, let us trust in Him and remember that those “in Christ” are hidden with Him in God.
The Telegraph reports:
Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother-of-five, denies blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith in a country where Christians face routine harassment and discrimination.
Here is a woman who is really being faced with persecution. As is the case in all Muslim countries, she is being charged with something falsely because the local Muslim women didn’t like her. The end result is that she has been charged for blasphemy and is facing death by hanging. It’s everything in me to keep from saying, “but wait, these are Muslims that doing this to her. We were told they were nothing but sincere loving peaceniks.”
Here is the reality of Asia’s situation.
The court heard she had been working as a farmhand in fields with other women, when she was asked to fetch drinking water.
Some of the other women – all Muslims – refused to drink the water as it had been brought by a Christian and was therefore “unclean”, according to Mrs Bibi’s evidence, sparking a row.
The incident was forgotten until a few days later when Mrs Bibi said she was set upon by a mob.
The police were called and took her to a police station for her own safety.
Shahzad Kamran, of the Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, said: “The police were under pressure from this Muslim mob, including clerics, asking for Asia to be killed because she had spoken ill of the Prophet Mohammed.
“So after the police saved her life they then registered a blasphemy case against her.” He added that she had been held in isolation for more than a year before being sentenced to death on Monday.
“The trial was clear,” he said. “She was innocent and did not say those words.” Earlier this year, Pakistan’s internet service providers were ordered to block Facebook to prevent access to supposedly blasphemous images.
Truly, this happens all the time all over the world to fellow Christians. They truly are faced with persecution by Muslims who are sworn to wipe out all those who refuse to submit and become Muslim. We need to keep our brothers and sisters in prayer who face this every day. The most persecution we get here in the states is some driveling liberal saying something derogatory about us (did I just use “driveling liberal” in a derogatory way?).
The point is that Islam is not peaceful. It is a religion driven by hatred of fellow man. On top of that, it is a false religion. Fortunately for Asia, even though she faces death, she is far better off than those who persecute her. The King of kings has His hand upon her. She is His precious child. They may kill the body, but He owns her soul.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I believe this verse will become more and more precious to us who are in Christ as the world continues to ramp up it’s hatred of Christians and the truth we hold to. We see this especially when it comes to the homosexual community and those politically-correct pawns in power. They hear that homosexuality is a sin and immediately call it hate speech. As one blogger put it, it only becomes hate-speech when what we say is something that they hate.
The real example of this has taken place in the United Kingdom, where two street preachers were arrested when they said that homosexuality is a sin. They were not preaching that, but someone in the crowd asked them if they believed that, and then went to get police to arrest them for: “unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress.” That is the law according to the UK, which, reasonably could outlaw the gospel completely since the gospel does cause distress, either leading to repentance and salvation, or the hardening of the heart and damnation.
Read Marcia Segelstein’s blog here. Also, Alisa Harris reports on another pastor that was arrested a month earlier in Scotland for the same thing. You can say that Dale McAlpine and Shawn Holes are both blessed because they have lived out what Jesus spoke of above. One of the realities of the gospel is that when we suffer for Christ, we are blessed in Him as well. Jesus suffered His entire life on our behalf to bring about salvation for us. In that, we suffer for and with Him when the world persecutes us and we are blessed by being able to identify with our Savior. He has sovereignly allowed us to be partakers of Christ.
I know there are those who might wonder about justice in this case. Yes, it was unjust for them to be persecuted, but we need not worry about that. Jesus will take care of that as well. See Matthew 25:41 ff. Those who mistreat His sheep, thereby mistreating Him, will be dealt with accordingly on judgment day.
The key here is for us to realize the blessing that we have been given to suffer for His sake. Of course the world hates Christians. The same world hated Christ and put Him to death on a cross. Why should we expect any treatment other than what He had? We should not, but rest in the reality that Christ has designed our persecution for our blessing and for His glory.