..Although, Muslims are welcome to convert ‘Christians’ ..by the tongue (or) by the sword
by, Tom Heneghan | RNS | Gene Veith | Cranach via. Patheos | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
The Protestant state church in the Rhineland has issued a statement saying that Christians should not try to evangelize Muslim immigrants. It maintains that the Great Commission does not mean Christians should try to convert others to their faith. This, despite the phenomenon of more and more Muslim immigrants becoming Christians, thanks in part to the efforts of the independent Lutheran church (SELK). — Gene Veith | Cranach
(RNS) One of Germany’s largest Protestant regional churches has come under fire from other Christians for speaking out against efforts to convert Muslims just as tens of thousands of refugees from the Islamic world are streaming into the country.
In a new position paper, the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland says the passage in the Gospel of Matthew known as the Great Commission — “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” — does not mean Christians must try to convert others to their faith.
“A strategic mission to Islam or meeting Muslims to convert them threatens social peace and contradicts the spirit and mandate of Jesus Christ and is therefore to be firmly rejected,” the paper entitled “Pilgrim Fellowship and Witness in Dialogue with Muslims” argues.
This initiative by the mainline Rhineland church, published in early October, prompted a sharp response from Germany’s small evangelical movement.
“We declare firmly that the fundamental missionary task of Christians, namely to preach the Gospel of Jesus to others and invite them to follow it, cannot be given up,” said Hartmut Steeb, secretary general of the German Evangelical Alliance.
The 32-page document could hardly have come at a more sensitive time.
Germany expects to receive 800,000 to 1 million asylum seekers this year, mostly Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The country’s Islamic minority could soon overtake France’s 5 million to become Europe’s largest. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warm welcome to all refugees fleeing war and oppression has led to major political controversies at home and abroad.
Some fellow Christian Democrats accuse Merkel of recklessly flinging open Germany’s borders. Far-right groups protesting against a purported “Islamization” of German society are gathering support.
At the same time, hundreds of Muslims are reported to have converted this year. The fact that most are Iranians and Afghans, who could face the death penalty for apostasy back home if they were deported, has prompted some German Muslims to ask whether they are only converting to better their chances for political asylum.
The dividing line over proselytizing roughly runs between Germany’s mainline Protestant churches — mostly the Lutheran, Reformed and United groups — that make up about 30 percent of the population and its evangelical churches that account for only about 1 percent.
Both call themselves evangelical (evangelisch), with the latter sometimes using the term “evangelikanisch” to show the difference.
While most Christian churches have mobilized to help the newcomers, Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants have not spoken of the refugee crisis as an opportunity for evangelization.
By contrast, the Consortium of Evangelical Missions — an association linking mission activities of evangelical groups around the country — told its members in late September: “We have today the unique opportunity to introduce Jesus to countless people right here who have not yet heard the Good News.”
The consortium statement stressed that most refugees were Muslims who “have escaped Islamist terror (and) are deeply shocked at the inhuman barbarity committed in the name of their religion.” Many had never met a Christian and would ask why Europeans were so friendly to them “while their cousins in Arabia turn them away so heartlessly.”
The statement even pointed out that many Syrians were well-educated, hardworking and had a relatively low birth rate. “Fears about a ‘biological takeover’ do not correspond to the facts,” it stated.
Barbara Rudolph, head of mission work for the mainline Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, said the position paper had been misunderstood. “This is not about ending our missionary work,” she said.
In 2011, she noted, the World Council of Churches, the Vatican and the World Evangelical Alliance issued a joint code of conduct entitled “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” that said Christians should avoid “inappropriate methods of exercising mission by resorting to deception and coercive means.”
Rudolph said the document by her regional church was part of a broader discussion within the Evangelical Church in Germany, the country’s main national association of Protestant churches, based on the 2011 code of conduct.
“We want to live in a way that makes others curious about our faith,” she said. “Whoever wants to become a Christian can be baptized.”
This new approach to the Great Commission has come under criticism even from within Rudolph’s church. Comments about it on her blog are mostly negative. “This new understanding of mission … excludes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It mixes up law and Gospel by arguing that a certain ethical behavior amounts to missionary work,” wrote one pastor.
Another mission official for the Rhineland church said the document seemed to give up the very idea of spreading the Christian faith. “I base my life on the fundamental truth of the Gospel,” Pastor Christoph Noetzel told the independent Christian news service Idea. “I’d like to do it in the future as well, without it being relativized by my church.”
An official for mission work with the Evangelical Church in Germany, Hans-Hermann Pompe, told Idea: “If someone concludes from this document that it’s all the same to Protestants whether they follow Jesus or Mohammad, its authors should not be surprised.”
by, Lynn Arditi | Providence Journal | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Four male Johnson & Wales University students have been arrested in connection with a reported sexual assault and alleged drugging of two female students at the university.
The police have charged Mohammed Alsaqer, a 20-year-old sophomore, and Yazeed Alasiri, a 23-year-old senior, both from Saudi Arabia, with assaulting the women at the young men’s residence in Pawtucket after meeting the women at a nightclub in Providence on Thursday night.
Late Tuesday night, Pawtucket police charged two more Johnson & Wales students — Mohammed Aljohani, 20, and Tareq Alharbi, 22 — with first-degree sexual assault.
Video courtesy of: WPRI
Aljohani, a sophomore, enrolled at the university in the fall of 2014; Alharbi, a freshman, enrolled in March 2014, a university spokeswoman said.
All four accused students have been placed on interim suspension pending the university conduct board’s review of the case, the university said.
Alsaqer and Alasiri had danced with the women at the Colosseum nightclub in Providence and met them again late Thursday night, according to the police during a District Court appearance by the men Tuesday.
Pawtucket police Sgt. Mark Boisclair said during the court appearance that the men invited the women back to their apartment at 413 Central Ave., in Pawtucket, to smoke marijuana. The women agreed and were handed open containers of beer to drink during the ride back, Boisclair said in court.
The women later told the police that they smoked a hookah at the apartment and began feeling ill. One woman told the police that she went into a bathroom and was followed by Alsaqer, who covered her mouth and raped her, Boisclair said. She told the police that Alsaqer carried her into a bedroom, where she woke up to a different man raping her. Boisclair said the police have not yet identified that man.
The other woman said that she blacked out, but woke up to Alasiri groping her in a bed, Boisclair said in court.
Both women told the police that they were unable to fight back, leading investigators to believe they had been drugged, Boisclair said.
The police were called Friday evening after one of the women went to Women & Infants Hospital.
Alsaqer is charged with first-degree sexual assault, and Alasiri is charged with second-degree sexual assault. Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito Jr. ordered Alsaqer held without bail and set Alasiri’s bail at $100,000 surety. The men were assisted by an Arabic-speaking interpreter.
The federal Clery Act requires that a university notify the community when it becomes aware of a threat to the physical safety of the campus community, even if the incident occurs off-campus, Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said.
“Until [Tuesday], Pawtucket police requested that JWU not take any action or provide notice to the community so not to hamper their investigation,” JWU’s Pelosi said.
Mona Walter, an ex-Muslim living in Sweden
‘..Reading al-Qur’an turns Muslims into killing machines..’
by, Brenda Walker | V Dare -|- Dale Hurd | CBN -|- h/t Glen Roberts | Trop
CBN reporter Dale Hurd recently interviewed Mona Walter, an ex-Muslim living in Sweden, to learn about her spiritual journey. After she left Somalia for Scandinavia as a refugee, she read the Koran for the first time and discovered the truth of what Islam is about. Her search eventually led her to Christianity, but her mission is still with Islam, namely to tell Muslims what the Koran really says.
Truth-tellers, particularly when the subject is Islam, often face a lot of resistance. Walter gets death threats and sometimes needs security when she travels. She is brave to do outreach to the Allah tribe, but the hostile reaction of Muslims again demonstrates what a monster the west has created by allowing Islam immigration.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Koran. She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Koran, more would leave Islam.
Walter came to Sweden from Somalia as a war refugee when she was 19. She says she was excited about joining a modern European nation with equal rights for women. But as a young Muslim woman, that was not the Sweden she encountered.
A Real Introduction to Islam
It was in Sweden that she first experienced radical Islam on a daily basis.
“I discovered Islam first in Sweden. In Somalia, you’re just a Muslim, without knowing the Koran. But then you come to Sweden and you go to mosque and there is the Koran, so you have to cover yourself and you have to be a good Muslim.”
Walter says she grew up in Somalia never having read the Koran.
“I didn’t know what I was a part of. I didn’t know who Mohammed was. I didn’t know who Allah was. So, when I found out, I was upset. I was sad and I was disappointed,” she recalled.
And it was in Sweden that Walters says she discovered Allah is a god who hates, and that Islam is not a religion of peace.
“It’s about hating and killing those who disagree with Islam. It’s about conquering. Mohammed, he was immoral. He was a bloodthirsty man. He was terrible man, and Muslims can read that in his biography — what he did to Jews, how he raped women, how he killed people. I mean, he killed everyone who didn’t agree with him,” she explained.
Discouraged, Walter left Islam and became an atheist, until one day a family member encouraged her to read the Bible. She still remembers the first time she read Matthew 5:44, where Jesus said to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Christianity, a New Perspective
“It was very strange for me to ‘love your enemy,’ because in Islam it is ‘kill your enemy.’ ‘Kill your enemy and anyone who refuses Islam.’ But Jesus Christ was all about love and peace and forgiveness and tolerance, and for some reason, I needed that,” she said.
She went to see Pastor Fouad Rasho of Angered Alliance Church, a Syrian immigrant who ministers to former Muslims in Sweden.
“She started to believe and she came to me. And that was the beginning of her trusting,” he said.
When she accepted Christ, Walter said she felt “so happy” and “filled with joy.”
Walter says the Lord gave her a burden for Muslims who still do not know the truth about Islam. And she began to study the Koran, and began copying verses from the Koran and handing them out on the street to Muslim women.
Rescuing Muslims with Truth
“Sometimes they listen and sometimes they become very upset, and I tell them, ‘You know your husband has a right to beat you if you don’t obey him?’ And they say ‘No, It does not say that.’ ‘Yes, it does say that.’ I thought if I tell them about Muhammed and about the Koran and about this god of Islam who hates, who kills, who discriminates against women, maybe they will have a choice and leave,” she explained.
But in politically correct Sweden, Walter has come under attack for simply repeating what is in the Koran.
“I’ve been called an ‘Islamophobe,’ and yeah [they tell me], ‘You’ve been bought,’ ‘You’re a house nigger,’ and stuff like that, terrible things, ” she said.
She has also been called a racist. Walter warns that Islamic radicalism is a serious threat in Sweden, and says Swedish society should care more about women trapped in Islam.
“[Swedes] will think, ‘Oh, we’re in Sweden; we have freedom of religion,’ but Muslim women don’t have freedom of religion. They live under the law of Allah, not under Swedish law. So they will suppose everyone has freedom of religion. We don’t have freedom of religion. It’s not for Muslim women. It’s for everyone else,” Walter argued.
Walter lives under death threats and sometimes travels with police protection. She wanted to show us Muslim areas around Gothenburg, but had to first dress as a Muslim. She believes if she were to show her face, she would be attacked.
“I can never go to those areas just being me, flesh and blood Mona. I would never get out of there alive,” she said.
“I mean, Muslims are normally good people like everyone else,” she continued. “But then when they read the Koran, then they become a killing machine.”
“This so-called ISIS, al Shabab or Boko Haram, they’re not like extremists. They’re not fanatical. They’re just good Muslims, good Muslims who follow the teachings of Islam. The prophet Mohammed, he did that. They’re doing what he did,” she explained.
Walter now uses videos and speaking appearances to spread her message. And she says she won’t stop, even though her life is in danger.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
If ‘anyone’ ever harms a hair on this woman’s head…
I will make it my personal mission to harm every hair on their head.
by, Daud Olatunji, Aeokuta | Vanguard
Nigeria: Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, arrested five suspected ritualists, including two women, with human head and other parts in Joju area of Ota in Ado Odo-Ota local government.
This came barely one month after a herbalist was caught with 18 human skulls in the same local government.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the suspects were arrested during a joint operation by men of the state Police Command and the Special Anti- Robbery Squad from Lagos Command.
The suspects were reportedly caught following a tip-off.
“The Divisional Police Officer in charge Otta Division, CSP Gabreal Idibie, led a team of operatives to assist the SARS Lagos, who got first hand information, to Joju area where the five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered for further investigation and adequate prosecution,” Adejobi said.
“The suspects arrested are Kubura Salami, Tantolorun Abimbola, Kafaya Popoola, Wahid Ibrahim and Adamu Rafiu.”
by, Bill Muehlenberg | Tulisan Murtad
When it comes to understanding the true nature of Islam, just like the true nature of communism decades earlier, there are basically two groups of people out there: those who know what a genuine menace and threat it is, and those who are utterly clueless, and think we can somehow just accommodate and appease our sworn enemies.
The communists never covered up their aims of wishing to destroy America and the West, and Islam too has not been coy about publically stating its ultimate aims: taking over the West, stamping out freedom and democracy, and instituting a universal Caliphate with sharia law becoming the law of the planet.
There have been plenty of gullible and ignorant Westerners who actually applauded the spread of communism, as there are many people today foolishly endorsing and promoting the spread of the political ideology known as Islam. Lenin called such folks “useful idiots” and we still have plenty of them around today it seems.
Throughout so much of the Western world creeping sharia and stealth jihad have been occurring at a rapid rate, but most Westerners have been sleeping right through it. In one country after another ignorance, appeasement and apathy have allowed the Islamists to cement their positions in the West.
The UK is an obvious case in point. While Christianity seems to be all but dead there, Islam is on the move big time. Simply look at how houses of worship reveal these truths. In 1960 there was one mosque in all of London. Today there are many hundreds of them and incredibly many of these are former churches! Yet most folks there have snoozed through all this.
Of course there have been plenty of voices sending out warnings – often falling on deaf ears however. For example Melanie Phillips wrote an important book back in 2006 called: Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within. I wrote a review of this incisive volume back then.
But she has basically been a voice crying out in the wilderness. Most English leaders have been woefully ignorant and appallingly clueless about the real nature of Islam. That is why I was quite startled to learn that not one but two major English leaders recently have come out slightly aware of Islamic matters for a change.
It may well be too late, but these two leaders may finally be waking up at least to some extent, and can see that not everything is sweetness and light in their nation, and elsewhere. Both men had in the past been almost sycophantic over Islam, seemingly believing it could do no wrong.
Consider a minor awakening from Prime Minister Cameron. Audrey Russo offers this commentary: “It appears that the UK’s great advocate for Islam has had a change of heart. The constant display of barbaric acts and Islamic cries of hate for the West, was never enough to open the eyes of the UK PM David Cameron. The question must be asked: What magical smelling salts was the PM given … because these suckers appear to have grown a spine!
“Cameron’s rabid defense for Islam in the past, almost required shots. He condemned the EDL (a grassroots movement of citizens desiring to retain the freedoms and culture of their homeland) with egregious barbs … but fell all over himself to protect this vile lot of Mohammedans. Now we are to believe he agrees with those who oppose Islamists?
“So, let me get this straight … Mr. Cameron has awoken out of his deep Islamic slumber. Well, then I’d like to know what it finally took for this man to awaken. The tragic event of his soldier Lee Rigby’s beheading, didn’t move him. The kidnapping and rape of British teenage girls by grooming gangs wasn’t enough. And the rallying cry of the British people in the streets, desperately trying to bring attention to the daily Islamic hate crimes committed against fellow citizens, moved him not. But now, suddenly he’s startled into reality?”
She says it may be too early to tell if this is a real change, or just more political grandstanding. But hopefully he is beginning to become aware of a few inconvenient truths here. Another English leader who finally seems to have seen a bit of light is Prince Charles.
As one news report said, “Christianity is beginning ‘to disappear’ in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of ‘organised persecution’ across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned. In an impassioned intervention, he said that the world is in danger of losing something ‘irreplaceably precious’ with communities tracing their history back to the time of Jesus now under threat from fundamentalist Islamist militants.
“Speaking openly of his own Christian faith, he said he had become ‘deeply troubled’ by the plight of those he described as his ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’. And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to ‘build bridges and dispel ignorance’ being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends. He devoted a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House to draw attention to the threat Christians have come under in recent months across Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region.”
Nice of him to finally wake up to some reality here, although anyone without Islamist eyeglasses on knew full well the horrific condition of Christians in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries. They have been suffering terribly for so very long, yet most Western leaders have chosen to ignore all this.
Indeed, Islamic persecution of Christians has been a hallmark of Islam’s 14-century history, but it has been especially ferocious in more recent times. So I am glad the Prince of Wales has finally caught on here. Whether his ongoing attempts at interfaith dialogue will now be hampered remains to be seen, but at least he is finally a bit aware.
Hopefully many other Western leaders will wake up to the real nature of Islam, their tremendous persecution of Christians, and their openly-stated goal of taking over the West. Until we wake up to these basic home truths, the future of the West remains very dim indeed.
Prince Charles: Christians ‘deliberately targeted’ in Middle East
The brothers of a Skaf gang rapist have been jailed for a brutal attack on a Sydney cleaner, with a magistrate condemning increasing violence in the community.
by, Nine News MSN – Australia | h/t Father Jon
Brothers Mahmoud Sanoussi, 28, Ahmed Sanoussi, 31, and another man, Armed Breaery, 31, were charged after a cleaner at a smash repairs store in Revesby, in Sydney’s southwest, was bashed in September last year.
They pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and the two brothers, who are siblings to convicted Skaf gang rapist Mohammed Sanoussi, also pleaded guilty to intimidating police.
In dramatic scenes at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Roger Clisdell handed down 18-month jail sentences to each of the men and called the unprovoked attacks “cowardly and despicable”.
Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery will be eligible for parole in nine months while Mahmoud Sanoussi could be out in eight months after already spending time in jail for the offences.
“Violence in our community is prevalent,” Mr Clisdell told the court.
“It couldn’t be a worse time for people to come before the courts in this environment.”
Partners and family members of the men began sobbing as they were taken away by court officers.
Lawyers have appealed the punishments and sought bail for Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery. Bail was denied.
The court was told the victim was hosing down a building when one of the men shouted “Hey f***wit you got a s*** job” to which he replied “Someone has to do it”.
It was soon after this that they set upon the victim who they called a “smartass f***wit”.
Their brother Mohammed Sanoussi had his parole revoked the day after the attack by his brothers in September.
Mohammed Sanoussi was meant to reside with his brothers after spending 13 years in jail for a series of gang rapes.
He was later given parole and ordered to stay in a halfway house.
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