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Missions in Myanmar

by Dr. HL Champion on February 27, 2014

My Calling to the Burmese People Part I –  Dr. HL Champion

After two years of intercessory prayer from Samuel Lian a Burmese pastor in Kalamyo, Myanmar with his small church and college their request was granted from God. After being friended on Facebook from this insidiousness and persistent man of God, Pastor Lian rallied his prayer troupes every week in prayer for me to come and minister among his people.

After several exchanges of prayer emergences on both parts, his and mine. We grew to become true Pastor Friends. Yes, may online requests are made from third world preachers of the Gospel for those who have to come and minister to them who have little of this world’s goods. Many in other lands are fraudulent as the ministry of Christ is merchandised to receive funds mainly for the use of the ministry leader. Such as it is in America.

But, great numbers are legitimate. While many invitations come to most of the ministers on Facebook to ”come and see”.    This short page introduces to you a vast mission field so unlike other third world countries and the mission strategies of so many Christian groups. Bible Believing preachers of the Gospel have used the boarders surrounding Myanmar to cross over and provide a semi-underground evangelism. It is to the Glory of God for all that has happened in this manner.

God has allowed me to come into this Mission field directly as an American Independent Baptist by invitation which is developing into  life calling for the rest of my days! Blessings on you who follow Burmese Missions.

If you wish to participate with World Missions in any form or field contact Dr Champion at [email protected]

 

 

Dr. Ben Carson presented at the 2013 White House Presidential Prayer Breakfast 180 degree principles from that of President Obama. Within eight feet from the podium, our president experienced for thirty minutes a devotional – politico speech that disconcerted him and the liberal left. As a result of this conservative boom-bust, Republicans, Conservatives, and anti-Obama supporters loomed with adulation to their new and descript spokesperson.

As a result, this non political doctor is being catapulted to political stardom. Such is a hungry right wing America. In spite of Dr Carson’s Seventh Day Adventist identification, Bible Believing and Practicing Christians are relieved that basic logic and biblical principals are catapulted into the media. Learn from this interview by Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.


Neurosurgeon reacts to Republican praise after speech goes viral

Dr. Ben Carson talks to WJZ-TV

Dr. Ben Carson talks to WJZ-TV / CBS BALTIMORE

Dr. Ben Carson was already a world-renowned doctor when he was invited to speak at a Washington, D.C. panel a week ago. But he was launched into the political spotlight — and perked the ears of conservatives — when he spoke out against President Obama’s health care and economic policies with the president just feet away.

In an exclusive interview with CBS Baltimore WJZ, the neurosurgeon responded to speculation about his political future and what he plans on doing when he retires from Johns Hopkins in four months.

Although Republicans have expressed a lot of support, Carson said he doesn’t align himself with a political party.

“I call myself a logical person,” Carson told WJZ-TV’s Adam May. “I happen to be an independent — registered as an independent — but anything I talk about or advocate, I would challenge anybody to show me where it’s not logical.”

“If Democrats happen to agree with what I’m talking about, great. If Republicans happen to be the ones who agree with what I’m talking about, great,” Carson added.

Carson spoke earlier this month at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event hosted by members of Congress and the conservative Christian organization The Fellowship Foundation. In a charismatic, 22-minute speech, he lambasted fear of “political correctness” and called for a flat tax, a private health care savings plan and smaller, less involved government.

A YouTube video of the speech has since gotten over 2 million views and earned praised from conservative pundits. He’s been invited on numerous talk shows and his book has shot up to number one on Amazon’s best seller list. A Wall Street Journal editorial called on Carson to run for president.

Carson has said he doesn’t plan on running for office, but continues to keep the door open. “That calling has to come from God,” he said. “I never rule anything out because I’m not totally in control.”

The National Prayer Breakfast is not Carson’s debut into politics. In 2008, President George Bush honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest national civilian honor. He has also offered the White House advice on national policy. In his interview with WJZ, Carson reiterated his platform on welfare and the economy.

“The best thing they can do is stop trying to interfere with everyone’s life, particularly businesses,” Carson said of government.

Carson, whose bio states he grew up in poverty in a single parent home, said that includes the welfare system.

“There are a lot of unwed mothers who had three or four children,” Carson said. “The government and your fellow taxpayers will not be responsible for it.”

The complicated tax code, he also said, should be thrown out for something simpler.

“It’s not fair to sit and say, `You’re working exceptionally well so we’re going to hit you extra hard.’ What is fair is the way God did it. You make $10, you pay $1. You make $10 billion, you pay one,” Carson said.

While others have praised his speech, Dr. Lester Spence, who specializes in black politics at Johns Hopkins, said he’s skeptical about Carson’s political future. He said a lot of the buzz surrounding Carson has to do with the fact the Republican Party is desperate for a fresh face that appeals to minorities.

“The simple reading – it’s not right – but the simple reading is that ‘Wow, if we can find someone black and intelligent who thinks like us, we can get back on the path to political success,’” Spence told May.

Watch WJZ-TV’s full interview below:

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Christians of similar platforms often conflict politically. Such was the case of Tim Tebow and Robert Jeffress.  Baptist.org commends both parties for their respective convictions on issues facing those who are believers in the Holy Bible.  Tim Tebow has the sports world as a virtual congregation to present the basic truth of Jesus Christ as Saviour to a blinded world. Robert Jeffress  as a pastor to a physical congregation opts to be fundamentally bold to stand on comprehensive applications of the Christ life in a decadent world.  We applaud both, for their testimonies for Faith and Practice as commanded by God’s Word.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow speaks at the Easter service of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/William Philpott)

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NY Jets QB Tim Tebow has spoken at mega-churches in the past, including this appearance at the Easter service of Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas last year.

Tim Tebow apparently consulted a higher power – Twitter – and decided not to speak at the controversial First Baptist Church of Dallas in April.

Tebow, still on the Jets’ roster until further notice, tweeted Thursday that he would cancel the appearance “due to new information that has been brought to my attention.”

From @TimTebow: “While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic … First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my … upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those … needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!”

Tebow was scheduled to speak at the mega-church on Sunday, April 28, but reports quickly surfaced, pointing out that the views of the church’s lead pastor, Robert Jeffress, didn’t exactly coincide with Tebow’s squeaky-clean image.

According to a statement from Jeffress, Tebow has told the pastor that he would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak at a future date.

Jeffress has spoken out in the past against Muslims, Jews, Mormons and homosexuals, claiming that Islam “promoted pedophila” and has said that “Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists and virtually everyone else” are members of cults, according to reports. He has said Islam and Mormonism are “heresy from the pit of hell” and tied Catholicism to “a Babylonian mystery religion” that corrupted the early Christian church.

He makes no apologies for his comments.

“I think as pastors we have a duty to preach ‘the whole counsel of God,’ and not just discuss those that are politically correct,” Jeffress said. “It’s my role to speak clearly on the issues on which the Bible speaks clearly. It’s my role to preach what the Bible says, and that includes the controversial issues.

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Tim Tebow sees little action after the Jets trade for him before the 2012 season.

“The reason for this firestorm is not because the word of God has changed. It’s because society has changed.”

“I applaud Tim Tebow’s decision to cancel his appearance,” Hudson Taylor, the founder of the non-profit Athlete Ally, said in a statement. “Regardless of his reasoning, his absence serves as a reminder that the discrimination of gay and lesbian athletes and individuals has no place in sports or society. I hope Tim will take this opportunity to speak out for respect and acceptance of all people, regardless of a persons sexual orientation.”

Statement by First Baptist Church Dallas:

The leaders and congregation of First Baptist Church Dallas are disappointed that New York Jets’ Quarterback Tim Tebow today has announced he will no longer speak at First Baptist Church Dallas on April 28, 2013, as part of the month-long celebration events surrounding the grand opening of our new $130 million, state-of-the-art campus on Easter Sunday.

Mr Tebow called Dr. Jeffress Wednesday evening saying that for personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy at this time, but would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak  at a future date.

We are saddened that Mr. Tebow felt pressure to back out of his long-planned commitment to First Baptist Dallas from numerous New York and national sports and news media who grossly misrepresented past comments made by our pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress, specifically related to issues of homosexuality and AIDS, as well as Judaism.

As a Christian pastor, Dr. Jeffress takes a biblical approach to moral and social issues, closely following his duty to preach ‘the whole counsel of God,’ and not just address issues that are politically correct. First Baptist is a church built on the truth of Scripture, even though at times that approach can be perceived as controversial or counter to the prevailing winds of culture.

The reason for the recent media firestorm is not because the Word of God has changed, but because society has changed.

More important, contrary to editorializing in the media, Dr. Jeffress shares a message of hope, not hate; salvation, not judgment; and a Gospel of God’s love, grace and new beginnings available to all.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/tebow-cancels-gig-controversial-dallas-church-article-1.1269712#ixzz2LrDaDz47

January 25th, 2012 | Buen Consejo | for http://www.baptist.org

The right book!

1, 8, 3, 1…  which are you?  What is this about?  Read on and see –>>

   In the scriptures, in Matthew 26:36-46, we read about 13 people that I want to address.  Jesus and 11 of his disciples when to a place called Gethsemane.  At this time Judas was off betraying his Lord for some money.  Jesus brought Peter and the two sons of Zebedee closer and gave them an assignment to watch with him.  Jesus went on a little further and prayed to the Father.
   Here is our break down: 1 person is off betraying.  8 people are given no assignment. 3 are given an assignment and struggle with it.  1 goes on to the presence of God and perseveres.
   In our churches, Bible study groups, cell groups or gatherings we find within Christianity this same break down. Which are you?
   The bad 1.  Are you the one off running your mouth? Judging, condemning, running others down with your words?  Is there sin in your life that turns others away from the Lord? Are you giving non-Christians ammo to destroy confidence in Christ?  I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “Lord protect me….. from thy followers!” 
  The 8.  Are you just a pew-filler?  Are you one of those Christians that attends church or Bible study? You support financially, and there is no actual fault in your doings.  You just don’t actually do anything much for the Lord.  You’re just… there. This is the largest group.

The 3.  Are you a worker? Do you tell people about the Lord and his free gift of salvation? Do you actively do what the Lord wants in your life? Yes, you might struggle and mess up, but do you try to serve God? Do you take what you learn in your daily scripture reading and try to apply it? Do you actually do what you hear in church or read in the Bible? Or do you fall asleep and fail the Lord?  Do you serve God or expect to be served by him?

  The good 1.  Are you the one who goes on into a deeper relationship with God?  Not the work of the Lord only, but the Lord of the work.  Are you hungry for the presence of God in your life?  Do you continue in prayer, not to bring your shopping list of what you want from him, but to surrender yourself to him?   Do you want that closeness with God more than anything? Do you pray earnestly from the heart, honestly… until you are heard by him? Is loving him more important than anything else?  Are you willing (as Jesus was) to separate from the others enough to get alone with God and really focus on him and his will for you?

Are you a 1, 8, 3, or 1? 

  Here are the verses:
Matthew 26:36-46  “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.  And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.   And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?   Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 
  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.  And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.” 

Straight ahead!

  December 12th, 2011 | Buen Consejo| for http://www.baptist.org
 Under the law securing an eternity with the Lord and not spending eternity burning in the lake of fire was set up differently than it is now under grace.
A confusion enters here: Someone asked Jesus (while under the law):  Matthew 19:16, 17  “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”  You might say, this was a trick question. He did not ask what is needed to have eternal life. He asked, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” That is where confusion starts.
  It might seem well founded, if you don’t know enough about the scriptures. Simple requirement under the law: Leviticus 18:4, 5  “Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.”
  These are the “works” to do. But the works or deeds of the law are not going to get you to heaven. (I’m still talking old testament, under the law) Romans 3:20  “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”  The deeds or works did not and will not get anyone into heaven.
  Habbakuk 2:4  “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”  The law had to be “attempted” to be done perfectly as a demonstration and exercise of truly seeking him and his ways.  But it had to be done by faith.  Not the faith that says, “Jesus died for me, I’ll trust him.” But a faith that said, “God said to do these things, so I will try and live in them, trusting that, though I will fail, he will have a way to get me to him.”  But if you would not try to do the works and live in the holy law, you were not really seeking him.
  Under the law blood sacrifices and offerings of many kinds were prevalent.  They did not save anyone.  Hebrews 10:4  “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” These sacrifices did not take away sin, but covered it for the time being.  That is also why, when the old testament saints died they went to paradise in the center of the earth, not heaven. Their sin was covered, not taken away.  
   John 1:29  “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  When Jesus paid the price of his precious blood (and presented his risen body to the Father), the salvation of old testament saints was complete.
   So under the law eternal life came by walking in the law of God by faith, trusting his sacrifice system and mercy to not give you what the law showed you you really deserved.
  Works are not “Wow, you built an orphanage, you deserve heaven!” Works are showing you trust the LORD, seek him and want his ways. But it’s still his grace that keeps anyone out of the lake of fire!
Buen Consejo | October 24, 2011 | for http://www.baptist.org
 
What is the difference between Redemption, Remission and Forgiveness?  Did you even know that they are different?  Which one saves you?? Can you have one of the other two and still be lost?
Many people say that if you ask God to forgive your sins, you’ll be saved. That is not how it works. Forgiveness only restores the relationship that wasthere before.  If some neighborhood kid breaks your window with a baseball, then comes to knock on the door to apologize, you might forgive him.  But that will not make him your son. That will not fix the window. If a lost sinner asks God to forgive him, his life will improve. He will not become God’s child or have his sin washed away.
  Remission means to be covered up or retained to not spread, increase or be in the way. But it is still there. Like a cancer in remission is still a cancer.
  Redemption means to actually buy something and go pick it up.  That is what saves you. Jesus Christ died for  your sins to purchase you and own you. He will also one day come and pick us up.
Let’s look at some scriptural evidences-  First came preparation. Luke 1:77  “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,”  Through remission of sin (to get it out of the picture, but not gone) the way is prepared to receive knowledge.  Jesus cleared the way for your understanding of salvation so you could chose it, if you want. Matthew 26:28  “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”  Acts 10:43  “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
Next he would actually offer himself to take away that sin. John 1:29  “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” He would pay the price to buy us out- redemption.  Leviticus 25:51  “If there be yet many years behind, according unto them he shall give again the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for.”  Numbers 3:49  “And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites:”
  Romans 3:24  “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 1:7  “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”  Ephesians 1:14  “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (earnest means- down payment)
  We also get free forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:14   “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”   Romans 4:7  “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”  Acts 5:31  “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Forgiveness is only in there because of the repentance that allowed you to submit to him for redemption.
  After salvation remission is irrelevant and redemption is permanently fixed, but forgiveness to maintain and sustain a close, blessed walk with the Lord is a continual process.  It has nothing to do with going to heaven or  hell. It has to do with the personal relationship between you and the Lord.  If you have a son and he behaves poorly (imagine that!), you might punish him.  If he wants a new bike, you might deny him that. If he needs help with something, you might not help him…. but does not cease to be your son.
  In your personal walk as a Christian forgiveness is a daily, if not hourly process, even moment to moment, depending on the individual. You will not receive forgiveness with blanket prayers like, “Lord, forgive my sins..”, “Lord, forgive me for not doing what I should have and for doing what I should not have, and where I failed you…bla, bla..” The scriptures are clear: 1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  You don’t ask for forgiveness. You confess your sins to the Lord.  Confessing sins means enumerating  them, that is, name and itemize them.  “Lord, I lied.”, “Lord. I knew I should read my Bible and did not.”, “Lord, I felt I should talk to that person about you, but chickened out.”  This way, when you have agreed with the Lord that these items are sin, you get forgiveness and can’t claim next time that you did not know it was sin.
Summary:  Remission prepares the way for you to receive the knowledge of salvation.  Redemption gives you the actual salvation. Forgiveness is thrown in to start the relationship at a new beginning.  
September 10, 2011 | Buen Consejo | for http://www.baptist.org |

The right book!

As you continue reading the Bible, I thought it prudent to make you aware of what is going on in the world of truth. Since the days when Eve (Gen 3:1-6) replied to the serpent’s questioning of the words of God, the battle has been on. She replied with her own, re-worded version in her own words and easier to understand (though it was riddled with inaccuracies) and Satan answered with a more scholarly version (having more truth than hers, just one lie). Mankind fell! Jesus was also tempted of the Devil and answered with correct, word for word quoting of the words of God and stood! (Matt 4)
The current day battle over the hearts and minds of Christians is still on the forefront.
Psalms 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The word of God is the main source of Christian strength and improvement.
1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby,”
it is also the main weapon in the fight against evil.
Ephesians 6:17b “…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
There are many, even in the ministry that use the “so called Bibles” and hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
Here’s where it stands: In Old Testament times the majority of God’s people spoke Hebrew (a little Aramaic). The Old Testament was written in Hebrew (a little Aramaic). In the first century the majority of God’s people spoke Greek. Hence, the New Testament was written in Greek. God’s promise of preservation of the scriptures did not stop there.
Psalms 12:6, 7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
There was a time when the Bible went into English. It happened at the time of the reformation. It triggered it. It was in accordance with the Biblical prophesies of the book of Revelation, during the Philadelphia church period (1500 and on). The majority of God’s people speak English. That makes the English Bible the most important book on the planet.
According to the scriptures the source of the Old Testament would be the Jews. So the Hebrew Old Testament was used. It is called the Mazaratic Text. In the book of Acts and throughout the scriptures we find that Antioch, Syria was the place of Christian and apostolic headquarters. Therefore, the Textus Receptus, Antioch manuscripts were chosen for the New Testament. Theses were put together in the King James 1611, also known as the Authorized Version. And there it stood. All nations with religious freedom were established on the King James 1611.
Around 1888 (at the beginning of the Laodicean church period– the worst, most corrupt) two men named Hort and Westcott decided to stir things up. They were heretical misfits who did not believe in many sound biblical principals. They took some manuscripts based on a work called Hexapla from around 270 AD. It was the fifth column of Origen’s self proclaimed work. Other columns had grocery lists and commentaries. Origen did not believe in many of the biblical principals of Christianity. Therefore he re-wrote it to suit himself. These manuscripts were used to make the Egyptian family of manuscripts consisting of Vaticanus, Codex Ephramis, Alexandrinus and Sinaiticus. These counterfeits had always been rejected by the church.
There was also another counterfeiting job of the Old Testament back in the second century. There were some Jews that rejected the whole Messiah, Jesus thing. They re-wrote the Old Testament in Greek to reflect that. There were about 70 of them (72), so they called in the Septuagint (Latin for 70) or LXX.
Hort and Westcott took all these corrupt manuscripts and made the Revised Standard Version of 1888. Then Fundamentalists took the manuscripts and made the American Standard Version. Another denomination took them and made the International Version. Each one re-writing the counterfeit manuscripts to suit their beliefs. Then, the one-up-manship of the New Revised Standard, New International, etc.. Now there are well over 100 versions in English. All based on counterfeit manuscripts.
In 1982, as a fund raising idea, Jerry Falwell joined together with Thomas Nelson to make a New King James. It was a fiasco! To get a copyright on an existing work one must change 35% of the text. For that they had to go to the Egyptian manuscripts again. After it’s completion Dr. Falwell pulled his name from it and denounced it. Thomas Nelson went and sold it anyway.
The bottom line is: there is only one Bible in English that comes from the correct manuscripts. It is the King James 1611 or Authorized Version. It is written in Old English, more specifically, literary English for accuracy. The grammar and sentence structure resembles Greek and Hebrew better than modern English. Those that whine that we don’t talk like that anymore should know that they did not talk that way then either. Regional English then was as poor and corrupted as modern English.
The part people complain about is the blessing! The literary English is better than modern English. Not only because it uses more and more accurate verb tenses, but because of those Thees and Thous. We struggle in modern English to express the difference between You (singular) and You (plural). In Texas they use Ya’ll for plural. You’s Guys in New York, You’ins in some states. What a mess! In literary English there is no mess. Thee and Thou are singular. Ye and You are plural. One might think that it doesn’t matter much, but in makes a large difference in many critical areas.
It usually takes a couple of weeks to get used to the Old English, then, … you’re hooked!

November 4, 2010 | Da Yong –

Little to no knowledge of the Bible

The growth explosion in the Third Church of China is causing a great deal of stress and trials.  Even though the TC is made up of intellectuals there is a great void in solid biblical teaching.  Remember that China has been essentially a spiritual vacuum for over 60 years.  China is officially atheistic to it’s core even though there is a State run church.  From schools to home Chinese learn from day one that there is no God.  There is no understanding of basic Bible stories let alone deep theological issues.  Kids in the USA have a greater understanding of the Bible than most TC Christians.  This causes many false teaching and cults to grow out of this lack of understanding of the harder theological issues.  One of the strongest cults in China is known as ”Lightning from the East” lead by a woman who says she is Jesus.

Lack of Full-Time Workers

Even though all these TC fellowships are popping up all over the urban centers of China there is a lack of leadership (pastoral and lay leaders) among them.  Member care is falling short because there are large numbers coming to the Lord and very few people to disciple, guide and ground these new Believers.  There is a real need for pastoral/lay leadership training to help build up and strengthen the new coverts and to keep out false doctrines, teachings and the cults.  It is unfortunate that many of the new Believers are not receiving the milk they need as ”baby Believers” and end up falling away.  One church that we helped plant was being lead by a pediatric heart surgeon.  This Brother was working 60 plus hours a week as a doctor, he is married and has a newborn.  On top of all of that he needed to be ministering to his flock.  In reality this Brother should be a lay leader not the pastor, but, there was no one else that could take his place.

Intellectuals and Continued Learning

The intellectuals that make up the TC fellowships pursue knowledge and wisdom continuously.  The Chinese have a real love for reading and expanding their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.  In the past most Christian literature was written to the uneducated masses in the country-side.  These books are intellectually inferior to the TC Believers.  They find these books and materials too simplistic.  Some big cities in China now have Christian book store with a wide variety of Western Christian books translated into Chinese, but, the supply for the demand simply does not make the cut.  The need for more resources is staggering.  The Chinese Christians here in the West need to help meet this need by translating more Christian resources.

Living Daily for Christ

In our work among the Chinese we saw a real disconnect between “my Sunday life as a Christian and my weekly life as a citizen”.  The mentality was that they were two separate lives that did not merge together.  One brother explained as most Chinese look at their faith as a “hobby”, something they did on the weekends.  The TC Believers need relevant and practical training for every day life.  They need to understand that their faith is not a “hobby”, but, a radical life changing event that goes everywhere with them.  Whether it is the home, the
office, on the street or in church they exist for the glory of God and therefore they need to live their new life out in front of everyone.  The Chinese are faced with more and more social problems as the country as a whole gains wealth, power and influence.  Divorce, abortions, homosexuality, immorality and many more sin issues are coming to the surface and the TC Believers need to be grounded so they can resist these sins as well as help unbelievers out of these troubles to Christ.  Training the TC Believers is a huge task, but, it will be well worth the effort when we see the TC making a godly influence at all levels of life.

How Can You Help

Prayer of course is the first step in helping our fellow Brothers and Sisters in China.  Pray for the need for more full-time workers, literature and training materials to be translated and that their Biblical knowledge will be increased and deepened.  We are all called to SEND and to GO, so, which of these two are you doing?  There is no in between!  If you want to know more about how you can help send or go contact the author of this article.


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Posted on Nov 4, 2010 | by Erin Roach

BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)—Al-Qaida in Iraq has declared that Christians in the Middle East are “legitimate targets” for violence, after the group carried out an unprecedented attack on a Baghdad church.

The Islamic State of Iraq, with ties to al-Qaida, released a message Nov. 3 saying, “The Ministry of War of Islamic State of Iraq declares that all the centers, organizations and bodies of Christian leaders and followers have become legitimate targets by the Mujahedeens, wherever our hands will reach them,” according to a CNN report, which the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom circulated to its e-mail list.

Richard Land, a USCIRF commissioner and president of the Southern Baptist Ethics Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press members of al-Qaida have shown themselves to be murderous barbarians.

“This is just further confirmation that they operate outside the rules of civilization. They should be condemned by every civilized people and every civilized faith,” Land said. “This is an excellent opportunity for the too often silent Muslim community in the United States to condemn these threats against Christians and to condemn the atrocities that are being committed in the name of their faith.”

The Islamic State of Iraq claimed that its declaration targeting Christians was brought on by a dispute regarding women they allege are being held captive by Egypt’s Coptic Church, and they attributed their anger over the situation to prompting the attack on a Baghdad church that left nearly 60 people dead Oct. 31.

“The sword of slaughter will not be lifted off the necks of their followers until they denounce what the dog of the Egyptian church has committed, and until they show the Mujahedeens their serious endeavor to pressure the combatant [Coptic] church for the release of our Muslim sisters, who are captive in the prisons of their [monasteries],” the militant group said Wednesday.

Mike Edens, professor of theology and Islamic studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary who ministered in the Muslim world for 25 years, said to understand the accusation against the Coptic Orthodox Church, one must understand that historically claims have been made against Christian churches in the Middle East that they are comforting and protecting women who are identified as Muslims.

“Frequently these women have come from a Christian background and they were secured as a wife by a Muslim and were forced to convert or chose to convert, and then they’re seeking to convert back,” Edens told Baptist Press.

“They don’t have the freedom to do that, and they seek the protection of the church and they may even take vows to be a nun and be in a convent or a monastery. There is an element of factual basis to the claim, but it’s more complex than the secular news media is capable of helping us understand.”

The claim that al-Qaida in Iraq is making, Edens said, is a red herring because the jihadists make it seem as if they would accept a Christian presence among them if the women were not being held by the Coptic Church.

“That is not true,” Edens said. “Unlike the general Islamic population, members of jihadist Islamic groups, members of al-Qaida in particular in this case, have committed to an ideology that is opposed to all Christians in their midst. Not only that, they are opposed to all other religious expressions including expressions of Islam that are different from their own.”

Al-Qaida has killed more Muslims than Christians, Edens said, and they are antagonistic and belligerent against anyone who holds a different worldview than the jihadist ideal, which is the establishment of a global Islamic republic that is ruled by nothing but the Quran.

“They were clearly attacking this Syriac Catholic church, which is not connected with the Coptic Orthodox church, to try to mute the effect of the Christian Gospel and the Christian church,” Edens said. “Ideally, they would like the church to be removed from their presence. They see the church as an obstacle to their objective of having complete political power.”

Al-Qaida will give various reasons for opposing Christians, but the bottom line is that unlike the majority of Muslims, the jihadists are ideologically opposed to Christianity, Edens said.

“It was clearly an attack against vulnerable Christians to try to encourage them to emigrate out of Iraq, to reduce their voice in Iraq, to intimidate them,” he said. “I think also that contrary to the popular view, Islam is not a monolith, and the few people who were engaged in this assault represent a very small minority of Islam.”

The jihadists, Edens said, are trying to eliminate voices of peace, moderation and cooperation, and the Christian church is “a large voice in that choir” of making a better society.

“We as Christians who are in freedom need to pray for our brothers and sisters not just in Islamic countries but in much of the rest of the world who are suffering for their identification with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Edens said. “We have freedom to pray for them and to intercede for them and to learn of their plight and to send missionaries to walk alongside of them, and we need to be faithful in that.”

Southern Baptists have a strong heritage of religious freedom and a strong evangelical witness, Edens said, and believers must continue the mission even amid real threats of violence.

At Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., associate missions professor Eddie Pate said news of the “legitimate targets” statement can help believers in the West understand the intense pressure that Christians in the Middle East have lived under for many hundreds of years.

“Their life has never been easy,” Pate, a former mission worker in North Africa and the Middle East, told BP. “The church in the West could learn from and take courage from their faith and commitment under pressure. We should pray for them and support them.”

Pate noted that in countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, churches and mosques exist on the same street with their members interacting in daily life. The leaders of those countries, while often Muslim themselves, typically feel more of a threat from fundamentalist Islam than from Christians, he said.

Also, the situation in Egypt has been tenuous in the past 50 years with an uneasy peace existing most of the time between the Coptic Church and fundamentalist Islam.

“This peace is broken from time to time in often violent ways,” Pate said.
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Erin Roach is a staff writer for Baptist Press. For Baptist Press’ initial story on the attack against the Syrian Catholic church, Our Lady of Salvation, in Baghdad, go to http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34004

Mon, Oct. 18 2010 08:59 AM EDT | By Lillian Kwon | Christian Post Reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Some 2,000 people from around the world convened at a Charlotte megachurch over the weekend to hear renowned apologists defend the Christian faith.

(Photo: The Christian Post) Some 2,000 people attend the National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 15-16, 2010.

While the National Conference on Christian Apologetics addressed the usual topics of intelligent design, evidence of the resurrection and atheism, one of the highlights of this year’s event was a talk on President Barack Obama and his ideology.

“President Obama is in some ways a mystery man. He was perhaps the most unknown guy to come into the White House,” said bestselling author and renowned apologist Dinesh D’Souza.

D’Souza isn’t a stranger to the annual apologetics conference, organized by Southern Evangelical Seminary. As one of the most requested speakers, he has previously spoken on the evidence of Christianity, the existence of God, the topic of suffering and life after death.

But with the release of his new book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, the Indian-born scholar turned his attention to the man leading America.

Christians, he said, are called to understand the world so that they can be a positive influence in it.

“We need to be aware of how our leaders think and [be] active in our culture,” he told attendees Saturday at Northside Baptist Church as he stressed the importance of engaging the public debate.

So what motivates Obama? he posed.

It’s neither the American dream nor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. Rather, his dreams come from his Kenyan father who was an anticolonialist.

Obama did not follow his father as a man – his father had four wives and was often drunk. He also hardly knew his father since he left when the younger Obama was two years old.

But D’Souza concludes, mainly from reading Obama’s autobiography, that Obama has chosen to take on his father’s mission.

Obama Sr. was an economist. He wrote an article titled “Problems Facing Our Socialism” that was published in 1965 in the East Africa Journal. In the article, he proposes eliminating power structures and raising taxes with no upper limit.

The proposals are based on the anticolonial assumption that the rich got rich by ripping off the poor and thus whatever they have is undeserved.

This “helps us a little bit to understand our debates now,” D’Souza said.

If you plug in the anticolonial assumption, he noted, much of what Obama does makes sense.

D’Souza clarified that his argument is not that Obama is an anticolonialist, but that in some way, “he is frozen in the time machine of his father’s anticolonialism.”

“My fear is, in some sense, America today is being governed by the dreams of a Luo tribesman from the 1950s who was in a sense locked into a view of the world that is completely irrelevant in the world today,” he said.

D’Souza, who was recently named president of The King’s College in New York City, emphasized that he isn’t trying to bash Obama.

“I’m trying to understand him,” he said. “As Christians and as citizens, I think that we always have to look at our leaders and try to understand them.

“When you know a man’s compass, you can not only explain what he’s doing but you can help to predict what he’s going to do in the future.”

(Photo: The Christian Post) Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, addresses thousands at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 15-16, 2010.

Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, also sees the need for Christians to be involved in public life, especially as it relates to government. It’s what the Bible says, he underscored.

And to get involved, they must understand the worldview of the people they elect, he said.

“If we didn’t present this … they probably otherwise wouldn’t have heard it,” McFarland said of D’Souza’s talk.

The U.S. preamble starts with “We the people,” he added. “In the United States of America, we the people are the authority. So I believe that Christians who aren’t informed on the political issues of the day, not only are they not fulfilling their duty as an American, I really think that they’re leaving undone some of the responsibilities of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.”

The National Conference on Christian Apologetics was held Oct. 15-16. For 17 years, Christians have gathered in North Carolina every year to learn how to defend their faith philosophically, scientifically and evidentially.

But while providing the “intellectual tools” to help Christians engage the public sphere, McFarland provided believers with two important reminders: love and the Holy Spirit.

“I’ll tell you what apologetics is not: Apologetics is not a license to be abrasive or to be a jerk,” McFarland stated. “Can we blow the doors off an atheist in a debate? Absolutely. But in our walk and in our witness, we are to be winsome and Christ-like and an argument to be won is never more important than a person to be loved.”

And the key ingredient to it all is the Holy Spirit.

“All of the great apologetics, the arguments … would amount to nothing without the Holy Spirit,” he stressed.

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