CHRIST AT THE CHECKPOINT – A COUNTER MANIFESTO

CHRIST AT THE CHECKPOINT – A COUNTER MANIFESTO

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our ‘counter manifesto’ has been written in response to the CATC4 manifesto: http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/index.php/en/catc4-manifesto This response has been written out of genuine concern and love for the Palestinian Church whose plight and suffering we publicly acknowledge, stuck as they are between a rock and a hard place: a highly defensive militarised Israel on the one side, and the intransigent hardening hearts of their Palestinian Muslim neighbours on the other. As Jesus/Yeshua suffered, so we too as His disciples must expect to suffer. Such suffering must of course be for righteousness sake, for which we are blessed. “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3). Amid suffering, Jesus’ disciples first and foremost must stand on the immutable word of God and obey it. For God’s ways are not like man’s. When we do, and “when our ways please the Lord He can make our enemies be at peace with us” (Proverbs 16:7). So this counter manifesto was written to our Palestinian brethren out of love and we ask them to prayerfully consider what we have written. The Emmaus Group – 7th March 2016   ___________________ Counter-Manifesto:   1. Bethlehem Bible College (BBC): The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. Emmaus Group (EG): The opening statement, “the Kingdom of God has come”, is misleading. The Bible says in many passages such as Matt 10:7, Mark 1:15, Luke 10:9 and others, that the Kingdom of God is ‘at hand’...
IS BRITAIN STILL A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY? – PART 2

IS BRITAIN STILL A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY? – PART 2

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) In part one of this paper[i] we examined statistics and trends that demonstrate it is no longer applicable to claim that Britain is a Christian country; especially not when only 3.5 – 5% are actually practicing believers. In this second part we will consider further that not only are we are not a Christian nation, but that the nation is actually taking a stand against Christianity. “All practicing Christians are now a “minority” in Britain like persecuted Roman Catholics during the Reformation, according to two of Britain’s most senior Anglican and Catholic clerics.”[ii] Bishop of London Richard Chatres & Cardinal Vincent Nichols – 9.2.16. We highlighted in part one that when a nation turns its back on God and becomes stiff-necked towards His ways, there are consequences: for our God is a God of justice.[iii] The reality we face today is that God’s laws conflict with man’s and with our state-defined ‘British values’. Man is on a collision course with God’s word – of which “every word is God breathed, profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped for every good work.”[iv] So let’s consider a few examples of how man’s laws now conflict with God’s, and the potential consequences for believers. The government’s new Counter Extremism Strategy (CES) states: “Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.[v]” At...
EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS SCAPEGOATED BY MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD

EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS SCAPEGOATED BY MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD

In the wake of President Morsi’s overthrow, the Moslem Brotherhood has been venting its fury on Egypt’s Coptic Christians.   Violence, intimidation, murders and burning of properties have spiked significantly as Christians are now unjustly targeted and accused of being co-conspirators in Morsi’s removal. Anonymous letters were addressed to Copts threatening them not to join the protests, otherwise their businesses, cars, homes, schools, and churches “might” catch fire.   On July 3rd in Upper Egypt, St. George’s Church was looted and torched.  The evangelical Saleh Church in Delga was attacked and burnt while the majority of Copts had their homes and businesses looted and torched.  According to the pastor of Delga Catholic Church, who was able to escape the fire only through the roof, “supporters of former President Morsi are engaged in continuous and unprecedented harassment of Copts.”  He said that people broke into Christian homes at gunpoint, terrorizing women and children, seizing gold jewelry and furniture. Another Islamist mob tried to attack the main Coptic cathedral in Qena.  The group then moved on to attack Christian-owned homes and businesses in the area.  On Wednesday July 3rd a mob attacked the Church of the Holy Virgin in the coastal town of Marsa Matrouh.   On July 6, one brother was shot dead as he left his church in al-Arish, north Sinai – the same area where al-Qaeda linked Brotherhood affiliates, attacked and expelled Christians a few months ago.  Four Christians were slaughtered by radical Moslems in Luxor province.  Dozens of Christian homes and businesses were looted and torched. In a new and equally disturbing trend is the kidnap of Christians for money,...
SYRIAN CHRISTIANS ARE OFFERED FOUR CHOICES BY THE REBEL FORCES FIGHTING ASSAD:

SYRIAN CHRISTIANS ARE OFFERED FOUR CHOICES BY THE REBEL FORCES FIGHTING ASSAD:

1. Renounce the ‘idolatry’ of Christianity and convert to Islam. 2. Pay a heavy tribute to the Muslims for the privilege of keeping their heads and their Christian faith (this tribute is known as jizya). 3. Be killed. 4. Flee for their lives, leaving all their belongings behind.……..recently the EU lifted its arms embargo to the rebel forces! British taxpayers money could be killing Christians in the months to come and our leaders will have the blood of Syrian Christians on their hands....