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In Galatians 3:5 Paul ask if “ does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” At the time there were false believers in Galatia who were trying to convince the church that they must be circumcised to be saved. Paul corrected the church in Galatia very harshly. He reminded them that it is only by believing and trusting in Jesus that we are saved and we can add nothing to what Jesus has done for us.

To make this easier to understand, think of it this way. There are various people in the church who believe they are more righteous than others because they have never touched alcohol, or tobacco, or caffeine. Perhaps they have never used vulgarity, or maybe they have never told a lie. What Paul is saying is that people who take pride in such things and believe it somehow makes them more acceptable to God have placed themselves under the entire Law. In the eyes of the world they may appear more righteous, but before God they stand condemned. Paul is telling the church in Galatia not to try… Continue reading

Judge for yourself:

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Evangelism is sharing the good news about Jesus. Discipling is teaching a believer how to live his life.

Monday, September 9, 2013 (10:13 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Nearly 300 villagers were effectively held as hostage and trapped in the standoff, authorities said, including a pastor whose name was not revealed amid security concerns.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)– About 200 Muslim rebels were holding a pastor and nearly 300 other people hostage on Monday, September 9, in the southern Philippines following fierce clashes with government forces that left at least eight people dead, officials and a Christian aid group said.

The Philippines has seen clashes between Muslim rebels and security forces,

The Philippines has seen clashes between Muslim rebels and security forces,

The latest fighting, which also injured several Christians, broke out when troops backed by tanks blocked the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels, who fight for an Islamic state in the region, from marching far into Zamboanga city to raise their flag at city hall, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala told reporters.

Earlier, a Philippine navy patrol clashed with the suspected Muslim rebels aboard several boats off southern Zamboanga city, a major port city, which killed one naval special forces member and wounded six others, military officials said.

Following the sea clash, rebels managed to enter Rio Hondo, a crowded coastal Muslim slum on… Continue reading

I see so many posts and comments against going to war with Syria that it baffles me. The Syrian government has closed Churches as well as killed, tortured and mutilated Christians in dozens of prisons used as torture centers across the nation. Syria has also used it’s military forces to persecute Christians in neighboring Lebanon. How can Church leaders defend or support this countries leadership?

Christians in cross-fire in raging Syrian conflict.

Christians in cross-fire in raging Syrian conflict.

The closest thing to a logical argument I have heard is the fear that Christian persecution will elevate to the levels it has in Iraq. Read the news, it already has and both the Syrian Government and the rebel militants are involved.

Syria also supports terrorism and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Abu Musa Organization, and the Popular Struggle Front.

War with Syria would destroy it’s military infrastructure. If nothing else, it would leave Syria powerless to invade neighboring countries and territories as well as limit it’s ability to support terrorist groups.

It never ceases to amaze… Continue reading

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (9:54 pm)

By Stefan J. Bos,  Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Ahead of the vote, Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka said he had spoken with outgoing Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok about more than 11,000 land claims made so far, but it remained unclear what would happen with those requests.

Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections

Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections

PRAGUE/BUDAPEST  (BosNewsLife)– Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections that are expected to be dominated by left-wing parties who oppose a plan to pay billions of dollars in compensation to churches for properties that were seized from them by the previous Communist regime.

Churches faced more uncertainty Wednesday, August 21, as the chairman of the Communist Party, Vojtěch Filip, said he would push for a referendum on the controversial law on restitution “if there will be a strong left-wing showing” in the October 25-26 ballot.

The main Social Democrats (CSSD), who also oppose the scope of the restitution and are open to form a coalition with the Communists, said they would prefer to reach “an amicable agreement” with church representatives.

Under the plan 16 churches will receive 59 billion koruna ($3 billion) in financial compensation over the next… Continue reading

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (5:57 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

“If the accused is [not a Christian but] a Muslim, they have many ways to investigate and try to save them from this…possibly death-sentence carrying blasphemy allegation,” he said.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

Cleric Khalid Jadoon Chishti has been released.

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A leading rights lawyer says he is “disappointed” that a Muslim cleric who  “falsely” accused a Christian girl of blasphemy has been released, while several Christians remain in Pakistani jails for allegedly hurting Islamic feelings.

“We were disappointed about the judgment of the [Islamabad] court in the case of Khalid Jadoon Chishti. He tempered the evidence by adding Koranic pages into ashes [to blame the girl] Rimsha Masih of blasphemy,” said lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of the Legal Evangelical Association Development group.

Masih, 14, was detained in August 2012 and spent three weeks in one of Pakistan’s toughest jails, but the case against her was eventually quashed amid international pressure.

She moved to Canada, after the cleric himself was accused of “desecrating the Koran” and “tampering with evidence” against Rimsha.

Yet on Saturday, August 17, the court acquitted Chishti of all charges “as six out of eight eyewitnesses retracted… Continue reading

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (7:47 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Li believes the perpetrators were working for the local government as part of attempt “to threaten house church leaders.”

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

Church leader Li Shuangping says he has been attacked by government forces.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Chinese government forces threatened to kill a prominent church leader and his family after beating him, as part of a crackdown on house churches, his supporters said Tuesday, August 20.

Church leader Li Shuangping, a leader at the Linfen house church movement, reported that he was attacked by unknown assailants on the night of August 13 while driving home in Shanxi Province, explained China Aid Association (CAA), a group supporting Chinese Christians.

In published remarks, Li said he was forced to stop his car when a man who seemed to be intoxicated staggered into the road.

He was then allegedly dragged into a black car which had pulled up alongside his vehicle. The church leader told CAA he had been, tied up, blindfolded, and pinned down while three men beat him around his head and body.

One man also allegedly threatened to kill Li and his family members, including his children.

MEN BEATEN

He recalled that… Continue reading

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (10:17 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

many Farsi-speaking churches have been closed down in Tehran and other cities across the country and pressure on Christian converts is increasing

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was "a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles."

Judge Ali Babaei said holding house church services was “a criminal act which spreads profligacy among youth and creates doubts in their minds about Islamic principles.”

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– An Iranian court has sentenced a young evangelical Christian to one year imprisonment and two years exile to a remote border town for his involvement in evangelism and house churches, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Tuesday, August 20.

The Revolutionary Court in the city of Robat-Karim, some 27 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Tehran, reportedly told Ebrahim Firouzi that his “Books (Bibles), and other means of evangelism taken from him, including his personal computer, which were used to commit this crime will be seized in favor of the government and destroyed.”

Judge Ali Babaei allegedly said the sentence was justified as Firouzi had been “propagating against the Islamic regime [by] starting and directing an evangelism group, contact with opponents of the Islamic Revolution and anti-Islamic regime networks in foreign countries”.

He added that Firouzi started a Christian website, distributed… Continue reading

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

The case has underscored the issue of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which rights groups say are often used  to settle personal disputes or attack religious minorities

Rimsha Masih was accused of blasphemy.

Rimsha Masih was accused of blasphemy.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A Pakistan court has acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused Christian girl of blasphemy against Islam, before he himself was detained on similar charges, trial observers said.

Khalid Jadoon Chishti, the imam of the local mosque, had accused Rimsha Masih of burning pages containing texts of the Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims.

The 14-year-old girl was detained in August 2012 and spent three weeks in one of Pakistan’s toughest jails with adult  inmates, but the case against her was quashed amid international pressure.

Soon after, Chishti himself was accused of  “desecrating the Koran and tampering” with the evidence against Rimsha.

He allegedly planted pages of the Koran in a bag full of ash that was seized from the girl, believed to be mentally disabled.

CLEARLIC DETAINED

Trial observers said that though the cleric was detained, he was never formally indicted. His lawyer said the Islamabad court released him Saturday, August 17, after accepting there was not… Continue reading