Officials, Police in India Halt Worship in 10 Churches

“It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector’s office for such permissions,”

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News)  Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said.

Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, and the extremists intend to target 20 others in the same way, church leaders said.

“It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector’s office for such permissions,” pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore, told Morning Star News. “The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many more years.”  The district revenue officer (Tehsildar) told church leaders that orders against six churches were issued on the complaint of members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist, paramilitary organization widely regarded as the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Orders were issued in one case based on a complaint by the Hanuman Sena, a fairly new Hindu extremist group.  

A Christian delegation met the minister of Internal Affairs of Tamil Nadu early last week and expressed concern and fear about the recent notices. The state minister on Oct. 24 called on the deputy superintendent of police and the local Member of the Legislative Assembly of Sulur to look into the matter and take steps to ensure that the worship services can resume, Pastor Sathyanathan said.

“Altogether there are 10 churches that have been directly affected in the last two months,” he said. “They are all residents of the area, and people have never had trouble with these churches before. These pastors have been doing ministry for many years now.”

Besides the six churches, another congregation, an Assemblies of God Church in Thennampalayam, was first targeted during its Vacation Bible School this summer, when the members of RSS attacked its van transporting children, assaulting three young people. The revenue officer has closed down the church based on a complaint by the RSS, saying the pastor must secure permission from the collector to continue worshiping.  

The pastor has been leading the church at its present location for more than five years.

Other Shut-Downs

In Myleripalayam, a police inspector called the pastor of an independent fellowship, Solomon Raja, following a complaint by members of the Hanuman Sena, and forced him to sign documents stating that he would “obtain proper permission” to continue worship services.

“This happened with Solomon on Sept. 1, and since then no worship service has taken place in his church,” Pastor Sathyanathan told Morning Star News.

In Mathampalayam, where pastor Vinod Kumar had constructed a small hall for church services, about 25 RSS members on Oct. 15 disrupted a church service and called police.

“The inspector deliberately vacated the church, and Kumar was ordered to stop conducting worship in the future,” Pastor Sathyanathan said.

Though no case has been registered against Kumar, he has been threatened with warnings to halt worship services or bear the consequences, he said.

In Kalampalayam, police accompanied by 20 RSS members approached a church leader identified only as Pastor Charles and ordered him to close down services until he obtained permission from the collector, Pastor Sathyanathan said.

In Sulur, pastor Selva Singh of Sultanpet has filed a case with police against the notice the revenue officer issued to him. A court has granted him one month’s permission to continue the regular church service, but with a condition that there should be no use of amplifiers during the service. The permission will be voided if there are complaints.

The court instructed Pastor Singh to obtain permission from local officials within one month.

Pastor Singh has been leading the area church for more than 10 years.

Demand to Re-Open Churches

Nearly 500 protesting Christians approached the district sub-collector and the superintendent of police on Oct. 11 and submitted a memorandum demanding protection and appealing for the churches to be re-opened.

Pastor Sathyanathan, who participated in the protest, told Morning Star News that the city superintendent of police flatly refused any support or action.

“They said that they can do nothing about it, and why should we create unnecessary trouble, that instead we should go ahead and get legal permission for our churches,” he said. “We had organized a day of silent protest on Oct. 21, but we were denied permission to carry it out, as they stated that it was a law-and-order situation.”

Clarifying reports that 30 churches had been targeted, Pastor Sathyanathan said Hindu extremists had yet to take action against 20 of them.

“The Hindu extremists have openly threatened Christians that they are going to do the same in 20 more churches of the area that they have done to these 10,” he said.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, the hostile tone of his National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against non-Hindus has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians, religious rights advocates say.

 

South African “pastor” Daniel Lesego tells followers to drink fuel, eat grass and poisonous tree leaves to be closer to God

Pastor convinced his followers to eat grass and drink fuel to be closer to God

This monster  pastor Daniel Lesego from Pretoria, South Africa must have a POCKET FULL of fairy dust to be able to convince his followers to drink fuel, and eat grass to be closer to God, and to eat the leaves of a poisonous tree. He also claims to have turned his followers to “goats”, and has even taken his congregation to “heaven” and “hell” via his “spiritual taxi”. pastor-lesego-daniel-rabboni-centre-ministries

 

This clown called Pastor Lesego Daniel Mosoue is a charismatic “faith healer” from Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 5, North of Pretoria. He is the founder of Rabboni Centre Ministries and has ties to the ritualist TB Joshua. 

On their website he actually compares himself to Jeremiah, John the Baptist and William Brenham.  Just another example of how foolish religion is and the reason why Yeshua, the son of God commanded his followers to “Come from among them.” I often hear Christians say “Christianity is being attacked”, well, the truth is that God didn’t form Christianity or any other religion, religion is Man-Made which is why the leaders (and followers) make their own rules. 

There’s no doubt that we are living in perilous times, a difficult season- a period where you can’t discern who’s who spiritually without having a genuine revelatory gift of God. An elevated level of deceivers have emerged and are operating mainly within the Christian churches calling themselves prophets, apostles, pastors and bishops.  Paul compared these false prophets who will arise in the last days to oppose the truth of God with the story of Moses and Jannes and Jambres. Paul said the same way Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses in the presence of Pharaoh, would be the same method that the diviners, sorcerers, and the psychics who will secretly introduce destructive teachings in the church will resist the truth. Paul called them men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith (2Timothy3:8).  Peterol pastor

However, one of the main reasons why most are being deceived and will continue to be deceived is because the deceivers are performing their lying wonders using the name Jesus Christ because it is generally believed that anyone who uses the name “Jesus Christ” to perform miracles is of God. However, this false idea that anyone who performs miracles using the name “Jesus Christ” is of God is based on misconception of a few scriptures from the new testament…

Written by Mordecai Uka Dike

TEACHER MAKES KIDS RECITE GENDER NEUTRAL VERSION OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: THIS PARENT DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT

“You teach what’s written. You don’t get to rewrite it and teach it how you feel you believe. — Elizabeth Vaillancourt

(Mesa, AZ) — Boys and girls at an Arizona elementary school were ordered by their teacher to recite a gender neutral version of the Declaration of Independence.

ABC15 News reports a fourth grade teacher at Salk Elementary School in Mesa crossed out the words “man” and substituted it with the word “human.”

Parent Elizabeth Vaillancourt was so outraged by the teacher’s desecration of the Declaration of Independence that she posted a picture of the altered document on her Facebook page.

I was hurt. I was mortified. I was disturbed at the fact that somebody is changing historical documents and nobody has the right to change our historical documents,” she told the television station.

School leadership told Vaillancourt that the Facebook posting “hurt the teacher’s feelings,” television station KGUN reported. (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Vaillancourt via Facebook)

Instead of dealing with a teacher forcing her political ideology on children, the school simply moved Vaillancourt’s daughter to another classroom.

“You teach what’s written. You don’t get to rewrite it and teach it how you feel you believe,” she said.

Mesa Public Schools later issued a statement admitting the teacher made a mistake by desecrating the Declaration of Independence.

“It should be recited as written, and not modified in any way. School administration, when learning of the alteration to the text, provided feedback and guidance to the teacher to restore the document to its original format,” the statement read.

[written by Todd Starnes]

China Ramps Up Christian Persecution After Two Missionaries Are Murdered

Chinese officials have repeatedly targeted the country’s Christians and destroyed more than 1,000 church crosses in  2015 and 2016. 

After Muslim extremists murdered two Chinese missionaries, many hoped the Chinese government would take efforts to protect the country’s Christians. Instead, the government is cracking down on the spread of the gospel even more.

According to a BBC report, Meng Lisi and Li Xinheng  went to Balochistan, one of the most violent cities in Pakistan, to tell local Muslims about Jesus. However, they were met by violent extremists who murdered them in cold blood.

Now, the Chinese government is cracking down on Christians in their country. Chinese officials arrested four preachers from a church in the Zheijing province shortly after the murders. They later released them but they are banned from preaching the gospel and are prohibited from giving any media interviews.

Xinheng’s mother says she is “proud” of her son for sharing his faith, but is upset the Chinese government didn’t “save our children.”

Many suspect China’s economic interests in Pakistan are keeping them from condemning the terrorists who murdered its citizens. China is investing more than $55 billion in Pakistan, a key country in its plan to connect Asia and Europe with a new Silk Road.

Experts also say China’s atheistic government views its Christian missionaries as a problem.

“They thought Christianity was a western religion imported into China, so how can you export Christianity from China?” Says Fenggang Yang, an expert on religion in China at Purdue University.

“This is new and the Chinese authorities are still struggling to figure out what to do with this,” he added.

Chinese officials have repeatedly targeted the country’s Christians and destroyed more than 1,000 church crosses in  2015 and 2016.

However, despite the crackdown, the recent murders of the two Chinese missionaries reveals that not only is the church in China alive and well, believers are even trying to take the gospel beyond the country’s borders and to some of the most hostile parts of the world.