By Ivana Kvesic – “Christians throughout Nigeria are fasting to invoke divine intervention and protection from the Islamic cult, Boko Haram, that has threatened to attack Nigerian Christians on the anniversary of their founder’s death.
Churches and their followers all over the country have begun a 21-day period of fasting in the hope of divine intervention to avert the looming attack.
Due to heightened insecurity, church attendance has dropped significantly in recent weeks. Less than half of those that attended church regularly can be found in attendance due to safety concerns.
Bombs have been going off on a daily basis in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, while the Nigerian capital of Abuja faced a bomb attack on a car park last month.
The anniversary attack is expected to occur on July 30, the day Boko Haram was founded by former leader Mohammed Yusuf.
Yusuf died in police custody in 2009, and was allegedly killed while trying to escape from prison.
Boko Haram, which can be translated to figuratively mean, ‘Western or non-Islamic education is a sin,’ claims that it is fighting for the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria.” Read more.
July 9, 2011: Islamist Terror Group in Nigeria to Muslims: Stay Away from Christians … Because They Are Now Targets of Attacks – “The Boko Haram menace has taken a dramatic twist with its call on all Muslims in Nigeria to stay away from Christians, Security Agents, Government institutions and functions or face death. It maintained that since the present Federal Government is not Islamic, every employee is considered an infidel marked for elimination… The deadly group urged Muslims to stay away from Christians, their houses, businesses and churches because they are targets of attacks.” Read more.
In the article below Episcopal theologian Marcus Borg is referring to a ‘pre-trib rapture’. And he is correct. It was never taught by the early church at all — and not until the mid 19th century — which is just one of the many reasons why I do not teach it. But ‘the gathering’ (post-tribulational ‘rapture’ of the elect) is explicitly taught by not only Jesus and Paul, but even John …
Have you told anyone ‘I’m born again?’ Have you ‘walked the aisle’ to ‘pray the prayer?’
Did you ever ‘name and claim’ something and, after getting it, announce, ‘I’m highly blessed and favored?’
Many Americans are bilingual. They speak a secular language of sports talk, celebrity gossip and current events. But mention religion and some become armchair preachers who pepper their conversations with popular Christian words and trendy theological phrases.
If this is you, some Christian pastors and scholars have some bad news: You may not know what you’re talking about. They say that many contemporary Christians have become pious parrots. They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort.
Marcus Borg, an Episcopal theologian, calls this practice ‘speaking Christian.’ He says he heard so many people misusing terms such as ‘born again’ and ‘salvation’ that he wrote a book about the practice.
People who speak Christian aren’t just mangling religious terminology, he says. They’re also inventing counterfeit Christian terms such as ‘the rapture’ as if they were a part of essential church teaching.
The rapture, a phrase used to describe the sudden transport of true Christians to heaven while the rest of humanity is left behind to suffer, actually contradicts historic Christian teaching, Borg says.
‘The rapture is a recent invention. Nobody had thought of what is now known as the rapture until about 1850,’ says Borg, canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.” Read more.
Coincidence, or a sign?
The films – ‘Deep Impact’ and ‘Armageddon’ – had plots so similar, many people confuse the two.
Now 13 years later, a newly discovered, real-life comet named Elenin is racing toward our home planet.
No, it’s not an asteroid, and no, it’s not on a crash course, but it is expected to be at its closest point to us – some 21 million miles – during the culmination of God’s annual holy days mentioned in the Bible.
This has sparked a wave of speculation that it could be some sort of miraculous sign possibly heralding the long-anticipated return of Jesus to Earth.
‘It’s coming!’ thunders Paul Begley, a preacher at Community Gospel Baptist Church in Knox, Ind., in a YouTube video. ‘It’s on its way and right in the middle of the Feast of the Trumpets, it is going to come through and get in between the Earth and the sun.’” Read more.
Conspiracy Theorists: Comet Elenin is Either an ‘Incoming Spacecraft’ or an ‘Intelligently Controlled Object’ – “Comet Elenin is an incoming spacecraft or intelligently controlled object according to a number of presenters at a recently completed conference hosted online by the popular whistleblower website – Project Camelot. Several presenters agreed that Elenin will approach its closest points near the Sun and Earth at a time of extraordinary planetary and societal changes coinciding with the end of the Mayan Calendar. A number of anonymous whistleblowers were cited in support of the view that Elenin was an artificially controlled object responsible for widespread planetary changes in the solar system.” Read more.
Revelation 6:8, “… They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague …”
The Al-Shebab insurgents have expelled several foreign aid groups from regions under their control since 2009 and reiterated recently that the ban was still in force after the United Nations declared famine in two regions they rule.
Shebab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage denied there was famine in the southern Somalia regions of Bakool and Lower Shabelle as declared by the UN, but admitted that there was drought.
In a speech to the rebel radio, Rage said local traders and other residents have been the main providers of help to the drought-hit population and that ‘God did not make them need an outside enemy or non-Muslims, the people in the country fed them very well.’
‘We need Muslim people to be aware that the external enemy especially non-Muslims have been thinking of a new strategy.
‘The new strategy is to transport them abroad, especially in Christian countries like Ethiopia and Kenya, so that their faith can be destroyed and that they could be staff and soldiers for the Christians,’ Rage charged.” Read more.
Somalia: Islamist Group Bans Samosas After Deciding They’re Too ‘Christian’ – “Somalia’s al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after ruling the popular snacks are ‘offensive’ and too Christian… Aid groups including the UN Food Programme say they were not given permission by militants to provide aid in the country, where it has been warned that 800,000 children could die from starvation. It is now thought islamist militants have taken offence at the three-sided samosa’s supposed resemblance to symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity.” Read more.
As soon as it was revealed Anders Behring Breivik was not a Muslim, and not part of some jihadist gang, the knives were out. Because, it was claimed, he was a fundamentalist Christian. Please!
The main photograph of the man used by the media showed him dressed as a freemason.
I know journalists are pretty dumb these days, but it doesn’t take a theologian to realize freemasonry is anathema to fundamentalist Christianity, as well as Roman Catholicism.
In his personal manifesto the killer wrote: ‘Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God.’
He also quoted various atheist philosophers when he posted on blogs, was supportive of the gay community, hadn’t attended church in 17 years, and seems to have had no connection to organized Christianity.
But that did not hold back the hysterical Christian-bashers out there.
The same happened, and still happens, with Timothy McVeigh. The Oklahoma killer was an atheist, who even in his final letter before execution screamed against God. No matter, he is still said to be a Christian.
Many of us assumed the Norway attack was the work of Islamic terrorists.
Actually, how could we not?” Read more.
“SYDNEY — The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea was jolted by a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake Monday, prompting a minor tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 16 kilometres (10 miles), some 131 km (81 miles) east of Wewak and 706 kilometres north of the capital Port Moresby.” Read more.
“Another powerful earthquake has jolted a pacific island nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck near Vanuatu at 4:34 a.m. Hawaii time. There were no reports of damage and no tsunami alert was issued.
The USGS says the quake was about 226 miles east of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. It was at a depth of 12.1 miles. A 7.3-magnitude quake struck near Vanuatu on Dec. 26, causing a tsunami a few inches high but no damage.” Read more.
“A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday morning off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The earthquake was centered 27 miles (43.5 kilometers) beneath the surface about 114 miles (184 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, the agency said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.” Read more.