Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: ‘Jesus Saved Us’

Muslim refugees are turning to Jesus despite it being extremely risky. Radwan was once stabbed while he was coming home from the church. The attackers were Syrians from his own tribe. His wife still wears a hijab outside of church for her safety.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/syrian-muslim-refugees-converting-christianity-fleeing-war-jesus-saved-176647/

An Open Letter to the Liberal/Progressive Christian.

This has been weighing on my heart for several days, but time is almost up, so I must share this. What I’m about to say is not easy for me, because I know there is a good chance I will be viewed as judgemental or accused of not having all the facts. Still, it MUST be said and I pray that you truly are as open minded as you claim liberals are, and that you heed this message. 

The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. Prov 15:31‭-‬32 NKJV

   To open I would like to ask you to take a look at a few verses of Scripture.

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:  “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.  Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow  that woman  Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.  Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.  I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.  And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father;  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

Rev 2:18‭-‬29

I understand that many of you intend to vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. I read your reasons; how you think she is best qualified to lead this nation. You support her inclusion of those you think are oppressed. She is a champion of women, you say. She will lead this nation, and thus the world, closer to unity and peace. I admire your compassion in regards to the less fortunate. 

I am also reminded of the first few verses of the above passage. 

I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience

Many of you have such big, loving hearts. You’d give the shirt off your back to anyone who needed it. You finance and volunteer at Soup Kitchens and homeless shelters. You befriend and mentor unfortunate children who are just shy of being orphans. You give of your time, skill and finances to many charitable organizations. You believe in Jesus’ sermon on the Mount and “be-attitudes”. You want to ease pain and oppression. You love people, all people, and want to meet them where their needs are.

I get that. I deeply respect that. What better way to share the Gospel and love of Christ? Jesus praises the church for this.

BUT, pay attention to the Lord’s rebuke.

You’ve allowed Jezebel to influence you. You have fallen under a great deception. Somehow you think America should be governed by a woman who thinks it is okay to murder an unborn child, even hours before it would be born. You somehow are at peace with all of the lies, corruption and controversy surrounding her. She has been accused of pedophilia. Her angry tantrums are reported by several inside sources. She will do or say whatever she needs to in order to have her way. Go back and read the books of Kings and tell me that isn’t who you want representing your nation….your very selves. It is obvious; Hillary is influenced by the same demonic spirit that controlled Jezebel. It is common knowledge that HRC’s mentor was Alinsky, who acknowledged and praised Lucifer and his rebellion against Jehovah.

Secondly, let me remind you of what Jesus said to the church in Pergamos.

But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. ” 

Rev 2:14‭-17

In short, you have compromised with the world. You have mistaken tolerance for love. There are even some among you who say there are many paths to God.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14

If you do not believe that, you are not a follower of Jesus. You may do lots of wonderful things, but you do not belong to Jesus.

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. John 

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7

You cannot pick and choose which words of Jesus you want to follow. Plain and simple. 

But, if I may quote Hillary, WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE? You may say, “We are talking about politics. We aren’t electing an elder of the church.” True. But who you vote for is a reflection of your values, YOUR character. A vote for Hillary is your way of saying you approve of her position on key moral issues, such as abortion, pedophilia, honesty and on Jehovah God Himself (if she shares Alinsky’s view, which there is no evidence that she does not).

No, there is no holy candidate. There is no one righteous on earth, outside the blood of Jesus. Yes, everyone has skeletons and everyone sins. This isn’t an endorsement for Trump. This isn’t really about Hillary. This is about YOU claiming the name of Christ and what that means.

We are told to abhor that which is evil. We are instructed to live holy lives. Followers of Jesus are the light of the world, shining truth into the darkness. We have no fellowship with darkness. 

We either follow Jesus and His complete word, or we don’t.  There is no room for compromise. Very soon God is going to separate the sheep from the goats. Follow the Good Shepherd. Hear His voice.

I also pray you not suppress the Holy Spirit for this is your “Joshua moment”:

“Now therefore, fear the Lord , serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord ! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord .”

Joshua 24:14‭-‬15 NKJV

I’m A Christian Because…. (An Open Letter)

By now you have likely heard of the viral video, “I’m a Christian But…” where people say stuff like I’m a Christian but I’m NOT (x, y or z). Usually along the lines of, “I’m a Christian but I’m not perfect”.

Let me tell you, if being perfect were the prerequisite to being Christian, there wouldn’t be any Christians.

Matt Walsh got it right when he said instead of saying “I’m a Christian but…”, we need to be saying “I’m a Christian because…”

Well, I’m a Christian because….

*I know there is a Higher Being who created the universe and His name is Jehovah, Yahweh, YHWH….the Great I AM. In short, the God of the Bible.

*I believe the Bible to be God’s inerrant, authoritative Word. Check out the tab above for details on how I know the Bible is True.

*Because I know the Bible is true, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior.  Boy do I know this. I realize I may come off a bit strong sometimes, some may even call me judgmental. I can be judgmental. God has standards that are holy. We are called to be holy as He is holy. I fall short of this DAILY, even as a Christian. Those 10 Commandments? Yeah, I’ve broken every one of them in some degree or another either by deed or thought. I can have a short fuse. I can be selfish. I can be proud. I have said things I should not have said. I have gossiped. I have been lazy. I have dishonored my parents. I have rebelled against authority, including God Himself. The list goes on and on and oooonnnnn! I do not say this because I want you to pat me on the back for being so willing to admit my sins, for admitting I am not perfect. No, I ashamed of these things.  I’ll get back to that statement in a moment.

* I trust Jesus Christ as both my Savior and my Lord. There is no other name by which we must be saved. It is through Him alone that I am deemed righteous before God. There is absolutely nothing I can do to save myself. Ever. It is only through Christ. Always Christ.

*I have confessed my sins and need of a Savior before men, repented of them and my old self was buried in baptism in the name of Christ and arose a new creation in Him. I made a commitment to follow Him because He loved me enough to die for me. It is through Him that I have life eternal. Because He conquered death, so will I.

* upon my belief and baptism, I received the Holy Spirit to dwell within me.

*this brings me to my shame of my sins. No, as a Christian I am not perfect. I still sin. a lot. BUT I DON’T WANT TO! The Holy Spirit of God dwells within me and He is in conflict with my sinful nature. I am inclined to do all those things I listed, and more, but the Spirit directs me away from them. No I was not zapped and poof I’m a robot incapable of making decisions, but the Spirit leads me and directs me down the path of righteousness….molding me to be more like Jesus. When I sin, I am deeply ashamed because I only want to honor Jesus. I WANT to be more like Him. I want to please Him. I want to turn away from the ways of the flesh and to walk by the Spirit. He enables me to do this, but I must want Him to and then let Him. He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and it is His Grace that carries me through. I believe that. I trust that. With my very soul. Jesus says if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. I love Him and I want to honor Him with my life. Sometimes I fall way short of that, but His grace is sufficient to see me through.

*I realize to continue in my sin after giving it over to Jesus is ridiculous at best.  Paul said in Romans chapter 6:

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

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If you claim to be a Christian but willfully continue living in sin, you may want to reevaluate your beliefs. Jesus said,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3

And then Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12

Being buried in Christ (through baptism) means we die to ourselves and rise again in newness of life in Him, living for Him.

5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—Colossians 3

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Folks, it is easy to see we are living in some screwed up times. Believers and nonbelievers alike can tell that sooner or later something’s gotta give. But you know what? The Bible says it is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. None of this comes as a surprise to one who studies Bible prophecy. Do you know that every single prophecy written about Messiah’s first coming came true? It’s all in the Old Testament of the Bible and every one came true. Isn’t it thus reasonable to assume that every prophecy concerning the second coming of Christ will also come true? Some already have! We are seeing the fulfillment of prophecy every single day!

Why do you think the whole world is so focused on that tiny little nation called Israel? The Arab (Persian if Iran) and Muslim people have this vast piece of the middle east yet all the nations of the world think Israel ought to give them more. All of this was predicted in the Bible! The Bible also says that those who go against Israel and try to divide the land will be cursed and fall into the hands of the Almighty God! The very fact that Israel was reborn as a nation after nearly 2000 years is a fulfillment of prophecy!

All the wars and rumors of wars? The disease? Famine? Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? All foretold in the Bible.

Let me get to the point: Jesus IS returning soon; we ARE living in the last days of history as we’ve always known it. This is not just the ramblings of fundamentalist nut jobs holding up signs on the side of the road. This is reality and one day soon you will be unable to deny it; though many will do so out of the hardness of their heart.

Terrible times are coming upon the earth and unfortunately Jesus said not everyone who calls Him, “Lord, Lord” will enter into His kingdom. The way is narrow but not elusive. You can have eternal life, in Jesus. Take a moment to read the “Are You Ready” tab above.

If you don’t know Jesus, if you have never died to yourself to live in Him, I implore you to do so before it is too late!!!

In closing I want to push home one last point. The world likes to call we Christians “haters”. They like to accuse fundamental Christians, those who take the Bible as God’s inerrant Word, as looking down our self-righteous noses and passing judgment on everyone who disagrees with us. This simply isn’t true. Because I know the Bible to be True, I know God means what He says. I know that we are all sinners in need of the Savior. God’s standards become my standards; and as I said, I hold myself to these standards more than I try to force them on anyone else. I can control only myself. However, I know that the wages of SIN is death. Anyone not found to be washed in the blood of Jesus is destined for the lake of fire. GOD IS LOVE! He manifested that love by taking our sins upon Himself so that in Him we may have life! He saved us because we cannot save ourselves. However, He isn’t going to force Himself on anyone. Everyone must choose Light or Darkness. Life or Death. It is amazing to me how many people choose death, just because they don’t want to accept Jesus’ gift, but they do. Will you be one of them? For me to applaud and encourage you in your sin is the most HATEFUL thing I could do, yet the world expects that of me. I am accused of hating when what I really do is love. God doesn’t want anyone to perish, that is why He died, and neither do I! God is love and He is also Just. The wages of sin is death. Sin must be paid for, either by Jesus or by each individual who rejects Him. Don’t reject Him a moment longer. Please, time is so short. I do not know how short, but events are happening so fast the season of His return is apparent. If you claim to know Christ but think you can still keep one foot in the world; if you think tolerance of sin means you are showing love, REPENT or perish. Yes, we are to love everybody. But do we “love” them straight to hell? The decision is for every person to make on his or her own. We all think we have so much time on this earth to make a decision…later….but sometimes later never comes. Once that last breath is taken, your fate is sealed. Others think that once it is obvious we are in the last days, like after the rapture or when the antichrist is revealed, then they will live for Christ. You may not live long enough! You may die as a result of the rapture (an unmanned car plows into you; a plane falls from the sky etc.) or any other number of horrors that await the Tribulation period. Today is the day of salvation. Jesus is the Way! Surrender to Him now, won’t you? I love you, I do! More importantly, God loves you and wants fellowship with you and is knocking at the door. Won’t you let Him in?