Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Gathering Stormclouds

I recently read this on another website, found it worthy of reposting.

Currently, over 200 million Christians worldwide are living under the threat of persecution. In countries near and far, people are being persecuted simply because of their faith. Hundreds of men and women are in prison serving sentences that range from a few months to life. They are not criminals who have robbed or murdered other citizens but Christians who were put on trial for their faith in Christ and found guilty. Christians are beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and murdered by those who are hostile to their faith in Jesus Christ.

Never before in American history have Christians experienced being hated for following Jesus Christ as they are today.

Here in America the persecution of Christians has not yet reached the feverish pitch as in other parts of the world. There is still a Constitution that protects them and allows them to freely practice their faith. But, broiling beneath the surface, the same hatred of God that exists in other parts of the world is festering in all our institutions. Slowly, methodically, and incrementally the anti-God forces are working to remove that Constitutional barrier.

It is important to recognize that those who are working for the dissolution of our society have a spiritual agenda. They are not merely attempting to dismantle the historic cultural values of this nation and move us toward a homogenized world. They also want to destroy Christianity and Bible-based religion. It is a clear part of their agenda, and they have already moved a long way in that direction.

In America it is called ‘secularism’ and is becoming visible in all walks of life and in all our institutions. Numerous legislative and legal battles which I’ll discuss below attest to the fact that religious warfare is taking place.

In the month of May 2009 the Obama administration has excluded the Bible quote from his daily intelligence briefings. In its prayer which the CHPP published regarding this news coming out of the Obama White House it asked God’s forgiveness for “the rebelliousness of our nation to go against You! We pray that You will quickly remove those who are burdening our nation with laws against You and replace them with righteous people.”

However, the rebellion against God is at its increasing pace then ever before in the land that once said “IN GOD WE TRUST”

The Supreme Court in June 1962 has banned organized prayers from the public schools in USA.

The entertainment industry and the news media sneer at anyone who defends Jesus Christ in public and have been leading a propaganda war of stereotyping Christians into a subordinate class. Their distortions reflect a genuine misunderstanding of who Christians are and what they believe.

The anti-Christian bias is a reality in many companies today — as you will discover if you refuse to work on Sundays, if you question “shading the truth” in presentations, or if you stubbornly hold to your Christian standards.

A Christian employee of Hewlet Packard was fired for posting Bible verses condemning homosexual behavior on his desk in response to posters displayed during a company campaign to promote a diverse work force. (WorldNetDaily)

The trend in the public forum is to replace the word “Christmas” with “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.” Christmas has become X’mas and Jesus Christ is become JC.

In March 1998, The ACLU put pressure on the small town of Republic, Missouri to remove a fish symbol from its official logo, calling it a “secret sign of Christianity.”

In April 1998, Rev. Patrick Mahoney was arrested for praying on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Tourists visiting Washington D.C. in 1997 were ordered by the police to stop praying in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

In 2003, the National Park Service removed 30 year-old plaques inscribed with Bible verses at Grand Canyon following complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union. (Agape Press)

Possibly the most sinister battlefield in the war on Christianity takes place in the classroom. The Ten Commandments have been prohibited on school bulletin boards and most forms of prayer have been declared unconstitutional in the nation’s schools, even that which is student initiated.

Atheists and others who hate God despises Christians who help others come to a saving knowledge of Christ. They are determined to battle those who would help immature Christians — particularly Christian children — grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Increasingly, our children are discriminated against for trying to present their Christian convictions in school.

Dozens of Albertville Alabama middle school students were suspended for two-days for walking out of class to protest a federal court ruling that bans school prayer. In 1997 U.S. District Court Judge Ira DeMent struck down a law that required schools to allow voluntary student-initiated prayers at school events, saying it created excessive state entanglement in religion. He ordered the end to school-sponsored religious activities, such as prayers during morning announcements and at school events even though it isn’t forced on students.

In 1997, a high school student in Florida was suspended for handing out religious literature before and after – but not during – school hours. Two high school students in Texas were told by their principal they could not wear rosaries. The Principal claimed that they were symbols of gang activity, even though the boys were not involved in any gang.

In 2002, music teachers in Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia didn’t allow students to perform traditional carols like “Silent Night” and “The First Noel” during Chrismas. A New Jersey public school banned the Charles Dickens play, “A Christmas Carol” because of its spiritual overtones and message of redemption.

Lawsuit challenges state ban on Bible
Officials say constitution forbids ‘religious teaching

Some countries in the Far East have even gone to extent to ban bible from teaching children because it contains sexual contents but they have failed to control prostitution trade, internet porn, morn magazines on the bookstands and guess what the highest numbers of buyers of the porn magazines are teenagers.

Oct 3, 2009 – A Georgia School is banning Bible verses from football games. The cheerleaders for the Warriors of Fort Oglethorpe High School football team will not be promoting Bible verses during public school football games any longer. The school district was right to ban the Bible verses. These people have no right to try to shove their religious superstitions down the throat of every individual who wants to come out and watch the high school football team. In past games cheerleaders have displayed banners with Bible verses during the game. The school district banned the banners because they are unconstitutional and would provoke a justified lawsuit.

What I have collected above is just to name a few or else we shall be reading this note for the next two days, what surprises me is that this was not the idea of the founders of the USA and let me not tell you that this is some sort of end time prophecy. What I can say is to my fellow Christians that we cannot be weak in the faith and allow such evils to overcome us. We need to spread the word of the God and save our brothers & sisters from falling into the trap of devil.

I will also not ask you to go and fight a similar war like the Jihad or a crusade, but the fellowship and spreading the word of God starts from our Home, our local community, our society and our town.


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