Central Africa Conflict and Evangelicals
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The Alliance of Evangelical Churches even pledged to take action against Christians who “distort [Jesus’ gospel]” by not pursuing reconciliation, stating:
A true child of God has received and must exercise the ministry of reconciliation as recommended by the New Testament. Therefore, AEC will take actions against those who for personal reasons and other ambitions contrary to the teachings of the Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ, distort the essence of his existence and throw an infamous discredit on people of God, by identifying themselves as Anti-Balaka militia or Séléka rebels. Our battle is spiritual, not carnal and should be carried out on the knees and not weapons in hand.
Christians Will Not Retaliate
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday said Christians will not retaliate despite killing of their members and attack on churches in some parts of the north.
Oritsejafor said at CAN’s extra-ordinary council meeting of in Akure that the association will continue to pray for the peaceful co-existence of the country.
“We will not encourage our people to carry arms against anybody whatsoever the situation may be. For those that are behind Boko Haram, you come to us with AK47, bombs, charms and other dangerous weapons, but we come to you in the name of God.
Preaching helped fuel war of 1812
by John Longhurst
When it comes to war, religion is often one of the first to enlist — or be conscripted. That was certainly true 200 years ago, during the War of 1812. Keep Reading…
One of the consequences of our war in Iraq has been the persecution and homelessness unleashed on some of the world’s oldest Christian peoples.
Gregorios III, Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem (including a lot of places with brutal violence) about not arming Christians but calling for non-violence in Syria: We call upon all our faithful, in all parishes, to refuse offers of arms. We remind them of the teachings of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, “All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26: 52) And also, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inhehttps://christianpacifismblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=47&action=editrit the earth… Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5: 5 and 9)
In Pakistan, the murder last year of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s Catholic minister for minorities, “vividly reflected” religious intolerance in Pakistan.
Shortly after his death it emerged that Mr Bhatti had recorded a video in which he declared: “I am living for my community and for suffering people and I will die to defend their rights.
“I prefer to die for my principles and for the justice of my community rather than to compromise. I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us.”
Persecuted Christians and Our Scandal of Silence
“It may be the scandal of 2012. And God forbid that it becomes the scandal of 2013.”
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Burma (Myanmar): junta escalates war against Christian Kachin
— an urgent call for prayer
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY THAT GOD WILL —
- hear the cry of his besieged and imperilled people, and hear our cry as we intercede on their behalf; may the Lord of Hosts (the commander of heaven’s forces) intervene for his beloved ones in justice and righteousness and in love, mercy and grace. ‘This I know, that God is for me.’ (Psalm 56:9b)
- intervene in foreign policy, opening eyes and piercing consciences so that the junta might be exposed and held accountable; so that it might no longer be able to persecute, kill, rape and plunder with impunity born of ‘interests’.
- supply the Christian Kachin with all their needs, spiritually and materially, that they will praise God for his goodness, and that many will see it and believe
The Revd. Canon Francis Omondi’s plea comes after at least five people were killed and four others wounded by Somali Islamist group…
Canon Omondi reminded Christians around the world about their responsibility during such times of strife and violence. He said: “Christians around the world ought to pray for us urgently! We need God to change our situation.”
How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians
And why supporting Syria’s rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs.