Indonesia: Hundreds of Hard-Line Muslims Rally to Denounce the ‘Arrogance’ of Local Church Congregation for Continuing to Exist
How dare they, members of Yahweh’s Ekklesia resisting the demands of Allah’s Ummah! …
By Vento Saudale – “Hundreds of hard-line Muslims rallied outside the Bogor City Hall on Sunday to decry the ‘arrogance’ of a beleaguered church in the city that remains shuttered by authorities despite a Supreme Court order to open it.
The protesters, from Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia and the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami), said they wanted to show that all Muslims were united in opposition to the presence of the GKI Yasmin Church in the city.
‘We’re here to refute the arrogance of the church, which continues to insist on setting up in the Taman Yasmin [housing complex],’ said Achmad Imam, the Forkami head in Bogor.
The Bogor administration issued a building permit for the church in 2006, but it revoked it two years later, alleging the church had falsified the signatures required to obtain it.
The Supreme Court ruled in December 2010 that the closure was unlawful and ordered its reopening, but the city administration continues to ignore the ruling. Mayor Diani Budiarto has used several excuses to keep the church closed, most recently saying there should not be a Christian church on a street with an Islamic name.
Church members have been forced to hold services on the sidewalk.” Read more.
Judging from Joel’s previous work, this is sure to be another recommended reading. It will be available as early as the Spring of 2012. In the meantime, I am currently reading a book called “Islam – The Cloak of Antichrist” by Jack Smith, which I also recommend for any student of Biblical eschatology …
Joel Richardson: “I just wanted to drop a note to my readers and regular visitors to let everyone know that my new book is finally complete. While we’ll keep the title a secret for now, the subtitle is ‘The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.’ The purpose of this book is to examine only the most pertinent texts that relate to the eschatological debate between the Roman Antichrist theory and the Islamic Antichrist theory.
The purpose of this book is not to merely debate what many some may feel is irrelevant end-time trivia. Many may ask why it even matters if the Antichrist will emerge from Europe or the Middle-East, whether he will be a Humanist or a Muslim. The fact of the matter is that the practical and applicational implications of the many subjects discussed in this forthcoming book are absolutely profound. If in fact Islam is the religion of the Antichrist, the implications of this are earth shattering. As much of the Church today, including large segments of the missions movement, increasingly embraces an approach to outreach toward Muslims that flirts with syncretism and outright heresy (I am referring to what has become known as ‘The Insider Movement’), it is imperative that followers of Jesus determine exactly where they stand concerning the origins and nature of Islam. As we strive to love Muslims, must we also love Islam? Or is it possible to passionately care for Muslims, while hating Islam? Is Islam a faith system that can create a genuine relationship with God, or is it purely a soul-destroying ideology? Can one be both a Muslim and a follower of Jesus as many evangelical missiologists claim? Are the Allah of the Qur’an and the God of the Bible one and the same? And what about Israel and the Jewish people? As a fierce anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism spreads from the Muslim world into the Christian Church, what do the prophets say about these things? Where is a disciple of Jesus seeking to love both Muslims and Jews to stand on these matters? What about the ‘Arab-Spring’? Does the Bible inform us say as to where this sudden and drastic change in the Muslim world is heading? Read more…
The one flaw in Yadlin’s logic below is this: The Iranians will not publicly reveal anything. They have, and will continue, to speak through the facade of “peace” and “peaceful purposes” while planning for something else entirely. If the West continues to wait until Iran publicly admits that they have produced or will soon produce a nuclear weapon before it attacks the suicidal Shia theocracy, then this war will definitely not simply be a campaign to prevent the production of nuclear weapons. It will include them …
“Former Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Tuesday that Iran had enough material to develop ‘four or five’ nuclear bombs, adding that it was imperative for Israel to maintain good relations with members of the international community capable of dealing with that threat.
‘Once Iran decides finally to move forward in developing a nuclear weapon, a whole new range of opportunities will open up for a fight which the international community will fight,’ Yadlin said in an address at the Institute for National Security Studies, where he is beginning a term as director.
‘Israel is not alone in the game,’ Yadlin said. ‘When the Iranians publicly reveal that they are pushing toward a nuclear weapon, Israel will no longer be the central player in the game.’
‘This situation requires us to maintain good channels of dialogue and understanding with those who have better operational abilities than us,’ Yadlin added.
The former MI chief said there was a good chance that sources within Western intelligence bodies would know in advance should the Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, order the country to advance toward a nuclear weapon.
A general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Yadollah Javani, over the weekend threatened retaliation against Israel if any of its nuclear or security sites are attacked.
‘If Israeli missiles hit one of our nuclear facilities or other vital centers, then they should know that any part of Israeli territory would be target of our missiles, including their nuclear sites,’ told ISNA news agency.’They [Israel] know that we have the capability to do so.’” Read more.
Tehran: Protesters Storm 2 British Embassy Compounds, Wave Flags Symbolizing Martyrdom Chanting ‘Death to America, England, Israel’
This is not simply some spur-of-the-moment “protest”. Waving flags symbolizing martyrdom and calling for the death of America, England and Israel is one clear indication in my mind of precisely who gave the OK for this to happen. The coming war with Iran may not begin with a sudden “shock-and-awe” campaign. In light of all recent developments, it may have already begun …
“TEHRAN – Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.
The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions, and warnings from a lawmaker that angry Iranians could storm the British embassy as they did to the US mission in 1979.
Several dozen protesters broke away from a crowd of a few hundred protesters outside the main embassy compound in downtown Tehran, scaled the embassy gates and went inside. Iranian security forces appeared to do little to stop them.
The semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters pulled down the British flag, burned it, and put up the Iranian flag.
Inside, the demonstrators threw stones and petrol bombs. One waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth, state TV showed.
The British Foreign Office said it was outraged by the incursion into embassy.
It was not clear if British diplomats had been caught up in the action, or had been harmed. Embassy staff fled protesters ‘by the back door,’ the Mehr news agency reported.
Demonstrators waved flags symbolizing martyrdom and held up portraits of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” Read more.
Iranian protesters chant Ahmadinejad’s popular rallying cry – “The semi-official Fars news agency said security forces were trying to eject the protesters, who were a minority from a larger group staging an anti-UK demonstration outside the compound. The agency referred to the protesters as students who were chanting ‘Death to America’, ‘Death to England’ and ‘Death to Israel’ among other slogans. Live TV pictures showed several of the people on top of the entry gate to the embassy, waving Islamic flags… Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari, reporting from Tehran, said that the police and various ministries had prior knowledge of the protest, which was organised by the student arm of the Basij armed group. ‘Any such action of this could scale can never be independent in the Islamic Republic. These gatherings are always approved by higher officials,’ said Jabbari.” Read more.
Iranian news agency claimed protesters took British hostages – “Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters took six British diplomatic staff hostage from an embassy compound in the north of the city but it withdrew the story from its website minutes later without giving any explanation. The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions. A lawmaker had also warned Sunday that angry Iranians could storm the British Embassy as they did the U.S. mission in 1979.” Read more.
Is Britain plotting with Israel to attack Iran? – “Last February Britain’s then defence minister Liam Fox attended a dinner in Tel Aviv with a group described as senior Israelis. Alongside him sat Adam Werritty, a lobbyist whose ‘improper relations’ with the minister would lead eight months later to Fox’s hurried resignation. According to several reports in the British media, the Israelis in attendance at the dinner were representatives of the Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, while Fox and Werritty were accompanied by Matthew Gould, Britain’s ambassador to Israel. A former British diplomat has now claimed that the topic of discussion that evening was a secret plot to attack Iran.” Read more.