The Watchman On The Wall

The Watchman On The Wall
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Verse 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Slaughter of Christians

Sergeant Monk
Friends, Gwyne Falo is my co-host on the weekly telecast The Watchman Repot.

Dear Al, Jean, Jeff, and Chris,
I called Senator Rob Portman's office today and talked with a man, who did not want to give me his last name, yet I gave him my full name when he asked me.  I told him that I had written the senator early September and received his letter that addressed only the persecution going on outside of our country and not what was going on in our country, namely in  the military.  I told Asher that I wanted the senator to address this urgent concern in regards to Sargent Monk and the court martial he is facing, that this is completely wrong since our military is called to protect our freedoms.  How insane that our own military do not have freedom of speech or religion!  I spoke of those commanders who are unable to tolerate Christians!  So he told me that he would relay this to Senator Portman and then when I asked what his last name was, he did not want to give it.  Then I said, "You see what this causes, Asher, it causes fear to be able to speak our minds!  I am not afraid to give you my full name."  He started to give me an excuse saying that he works for the senator and can not give his opinion.  Then I said, "I did not ask your opinion.  I asked your name."  So then he chuckled and said that if I called again, he would answer and that everyone knows who he is.  So I said God bless you and we ended the conversation.  Would you pray this with me?
Lord, we pray that Sargent Monk will be released from these insane charges and that there will be an apology given to him for such unethical conduct.  We pray that You would raise up prayers for Sgt. Monk and all those like him, who are facing any kind of charge in the military because of their faith.  We ask that You strengthen these military personnel from this persecution and evil, giving them the faith and the strength they need.  Please raise up the necessary prayers for them and for all of Your people who are facing any  persecution and may You bring good out of all this evil.  Lord, we ask that You have mercy on our country and multiply grace like never before, especially towards our leaders, especially our president.  We ask that You humble President Obama, because You are against the proud, but You give grace to the humble.  (James 4:6) We pray that President Obama will be able to receive grace, so we ask that he be a humble man.  You are able, Lord, to humble anyone who walks in pride.  (Daniel 4:37)  We believe that You are returning soon and so before this happens, we ask that amazing grace could be seen in our country so that a harvest of souls are brought into Your kingdom.  Give the body of Christ the courage, the conviction, the zeal, the wisdom to continue to fight the good fight, to continue to pray and to preach the gospel boldly in love and in truth.  Deliver us from the fear that is invading our country, fear of speaking our minds, fear of even giving our names.   In Jesus' name we pray these things. Amen.

Thanks for praying with me!  In God we trust, Gwyne

P.S. I copied this email to send  to Senator Portman (without your names), saying how I sent this to friends, and included this last touch:

I trust, most Honorable Senator Portman, that you will be a humble man as well, fearing the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) May God bless you and direct your steps and your decisions according to His will, so that Americans lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity, since this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-5)

My prayers are with you, Gwyne Falo

Friends, you know where I stand on this issue. I see the slaughter of Christians in Africa, in the Middle East and in Asia as a deliberate policy of the Illuminati who allied with satan. We can expect NO help from Obama, the U.S. govt., our lost churches or the international community.
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this horror might be consuming the pulpits and pews of American churches. Not so. The silence has been nearly deafening.
As Egypt’s Copts have battled the worst attacks on the Christian minority since the 14th century, the bad news for Christians in the region keeps coming. On Sunday,Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 85 worshippers at All Saints’ church, which has stood since 1883 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Christians were also the target of Islamic fanatics in the attack on a shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, this week that killed more than 70 people. The Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabab “confirmed witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free.” The captives were asked questions about Islam. If they couldn’t answer, they were shot.
In Syria, Christians are under attack by Islamist rebels and fear extinction if Bashar al-Assad falls. This month, rebels overran the historic Christian town of Maalula, where many of its inhabitants speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. A resident of Maalula called her fiancĂ©’s cell and was told by member of the Free Syrian Army that they gave him a chance to convert to Islam and he refused. So they slit his throat.
Nina Shea, an international human-rights lawyer and expert on religious persecution, testified in 2011 before Congress regarding the fate of Iraqi Christians, two-thirds of whom have vanished from the country. They have either been murdered or fled in fear for their lives. Said Shea: “[I]n August 2004 … five churches were bombed in Baghdad and Mosul. On a single day in July 2009, seven churches were bombed in Baghdad … The archbishop of Mosul, was kidnapped and killed in early 2008. A bus convoy of Christian students were violently assaulted. Christians … have been raped, tortured, kidnapped, beheaded, and evicted from their homes …”

Lela Gilbert is the author of Saturday People, Sunday People, which details the expulsion of 850,000 Jews who fled or were forced to leave Muslim countries in the mid-20th century. The title of her book comes from an Islamist slogan, “First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People,” which means “first we kill the Jews, then we kill the Christians.” Gilbert wrote recently that her Jewish friends and neighbors in Israel “are shocked but not entirely surprised” by the attacks on Christians in the Middle East. “They are rather puzzled, however, by what appears to be a lack of anxiety, action, or advocacy on the part of Western Christians.” 
As they should be. It is inexplicable. American Christians are quite able to organize around issues that concern them. Yet religious persecution appears not to have grabbed their attention, despite worldwide media coverage of the atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
It’s no surprise that Jews seem to understand the gravity of the situation the best. In December 2011, Britain’s chief rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, addressed Parliamentsaying, “I have followed the fate of Christians in the Middle East for years, appalled at what is happening, surprised and distressed … that it is not more widely known.” “It was Martin Luther King who said, ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ That is why I felt I could not be silent today.”
Yet so many Western Christians are silent. In January, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)penned a letter to 300 Catholic and Protestant leaders complaining about their lack of engagement. “Can you, as a leader in the church, help?” he wrote. “Are you pained by these accounts of persecution? Will you use your sphere of influence to raise the profile of this issue—be it through a sermon, writing or media interview?”
There have been far too few takers.
Wolf and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sponsored legislation last year to create a special envoy at the State Department to advocate for religious minorities in the Middle East and South-Central Asia. It passed in the House overwhelmingly, but died in the Senate. Imagine the difference an outcry from constituents might have made. The legislation was reintroduced in January and again passed the House easily. It now sits in the Senate. According to the office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the sponsor of the bill there, there is no date set for it to be taken up.
Wolf has complained loudly of the State Department’s lack of attention to religious persecution, but is anybody listening? When American leaders meet with the Saudi government, where is the public outcry demanding they confront the Saudis for fomenting hatred of Christians, Jews, and even Muslim minorities through their propagandistic tracts and textbooks? In the debate on Syria, why has the fate of Christians and other religious minorities been almost completely ignored?
In his letter challenging U.S. religious leaders, Wolf quoted Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed for his efforts in the Nazi resistance:  “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

That pretty well sums it up.

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