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The Gathering Storm Against Christians

Mar 3, 2015

All over the West there is a war against Christians and Christianity taking place, and each day this is hotting up even more. Indeed, on a daily basis we find further ugly examples of anti-Christian bigotry taking place. I could easily stop writing about everything else and simply document all this as a full time job.

Consider a shocking case in California as an example:

A school in California has caused controversy by banning all Christian material from its library. Staff at the library were told to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians or published by a Christian company. One of the books to be removed was Corrie ten Boom’s ‘The Hiding Place’, the story of a Christian family who helped Jews escape the Holocaust.

persecution 10Or take this recent case from Georgia: “An Army chaplain was punished for discussing matters of faith and quoting from the Bible during a suicide prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion.” And things are just as bad in the UK:

A Christian magistrate has been disciplined by a Tory Cabinet Minister for expressing the belief that children should be raised by both a mother and a father. Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors during an adoption case that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple. He was shocked a week later when he found he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog for alleged prejudice, and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said that the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice “have declared war on even residual notions of the faith having any place in our legal process. The Government, and law officers, it seems are intent on preventing Christians from manifesting their belief in the public square.”

The situation in Europe is equally alarming, if not even worse. An article on all this in today’s press begins this way:

Discrimination against Christians is being “ignored” by governments and courts, MPs from across Europe have warned in the wake of a string of cases involving the rights of British workers to wear crosses or discuss their beliefs.
The parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe has issued a formal declaration urging states to recognise the principle of “reasonable accommodation” for the beliefs of traditionalist Christians on issues such as homosexuality for the first time.
The first test of the new call will come as early as this week with the opening of an employment tribunal case involving a London nursery worker who claims she was dismissed for telling a lesbian colleague her beliefs on same-sex marriage.
Sarah Mbuyi denies claims that she harassed the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, during the conversation in January last year. She also alleges that she was asked to act against her beliefs by reading stories about same-sex couples to children. Ms Mbuyi is supported in her case by the Christian Legal Centre which has instructed the human rights barrister Paul Diamond to represent her at the tribunal in Watford.
The legal team is planning to cite a new declaration issued through the Council of Europe, the international body which operates the European Court of Human Rights, insisting that Christians are now subject to “intolerance and discrimination” across the continent. Members of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly, made up of MPs from national parliaments, passed the resolution in response to a report detailing a series of cases involving British Christians.

The article concludes;

Ms Mbuyi said: “In a Christian country one should be free to explain what Christians believe on issues if asked. And in any country, to state the agreed view of the historic Abrahamic Faiths on sexuality should simply be a matter of fact and history, and not taken by anyone, whether employee, or employer as personal or abusive.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre said: “Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by an oppressive ‘cultural correctness’. There is a culture of fear which shuts down freedom of speech and the expression of faith.
“It’s indicative of the sad state we’re in that we’re using EU Law in Sarah’s case because she was prevented from living out her faith in a country which once led the world in freedom and justice. This culture tries to portray the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive. Sarah’s case demonstrates the confusion we’re experiencing in current times.”

And another recent article also highlighted this ongoing war against Christianity in the so-called free West. And so much of it is coming directly from the Christophobic homosexual militants:

Christian churches are under increasing assault all over Europe, reports a Vienna-based group charged with monitoring such attacks. They report that Christian churches have been increasingly vandalized in Switzerland, Christian graves desecrated in France, and churches graffitied in Italy. Much of the vandalism comes at the hands of those opposing church teachings on homosexuality.
Earlier this month, someone vandalized a Catholic Church in the Swiss Canon of Jura, two hours north of Geneva. The vandals wrote, “Jesus is Gay” and “Your Religion is Not Mine” along with satanic symbols on the outside of the church.
Also this month, in the Calvados region of France, dozens of Christian symbols in a graveyard were vandalized.
The Observatory reports the Church of Saint John the Baptist in the Italian town of Lecce was spray painted, “God is a transgender” and “Priests are pedophiles.” Other graffiti indicated that the attack was related to a recent pro-family conference held nearby.

Individuals as well as properties are being targeted:

Not only are Christian buildings coming under attack in Europe, but Christians themselves. A year ago, leftist activists attacked Christian parents who organized a protest against a new sex-ed curriculum in Germany. According to the Observatory, the parents were spit at, and eggs and “little bags of feces” were thrown at them. Additionally, “Pages were ripped out of the Bible and used to wipe backsides then formed into a ball and thrown at the parents.”
During the massive demonstrations against same-sex marriage in France, protests that drew upwards of one million of mostly Christians in the streets of Paris, peaceful demonstrators – men, women, children, and at least one former French Cabinet minister – were gassed by French security forces under orders from the Socialist President François Holland.
In Sweden, Mona Sahlin, national coordinator against violent extremism for the Swedish Ministry of Justice, compared a midwife who refused to participate in abortion to the terrorists of the Islamic State. The Observatory was founded to provide information on discrimination against Christians to the institutions of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the United Nations.

A combination of factors – the secularisation of the West, political correctness, the intolerant homosexual lobby, judicial activism, etc. – are all leading to increased persecution of all things Christian in the West today. Given that it was the Judeo-Christian worldview which helped to bring about Western civilisation in the first place, and all of its freedoms, it is ironic that the West is now targeting those whose faith gave rise to the West.

Christians cannot sleep through their own execution. We must wake up to the new anti-Christian hysteria sweeping the West. While these are still democratic lands, we have every right to stand up for our faith, not just in the private arena, but in the public square as well.

We may not have gotten to the place of being thrown to the lions as a form of entertainment for the masses. But the way things are going, we cannot rule anything out. Secular left governments are not going to stand up for Christian freedoms. So we need to start raising our voices here before it is too late to do so.

www.christian.org.uk/news/california-school-bans-all-christian-books/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+christianinstitute+%28The+Christian+Institute%29&utm_content=FaceBook
www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/12/09/chaplain-punished-for-sharing-his-faith-in-suicide-prevention-class/?intcmp=obnetwork
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914951/Suspended-sent-equality-training-Christian-magistrate-said-Adopted-child-needs-mum-dad-not-gay-parents.html?printingPage=true
www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/lord-chief-justice-disciplines-christian-magistrate-for-belief-about-family
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11440548/Discrimination-against-Christians-ignored-across-Europe-MPs.html
www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/27/not-just-jews-christians-under-increasing-attack-in-europe/

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25 Responses to The Gathering Storm Against Christians

  • Thank you for bringing us this news, Bill.

    Australia is supposed to be the country of the Fair Go, Mate.

    I wonder when it will hit here, in full force. All we need is another Labor Government, with the need for the Greens to back them passing ordinary legislation, and then they’ll be pressured, if not outright blackmailed, into going against what keeps this Country alive.

  • These stories are important, Bill. Thanks for collating & highlighting them.

  • So does this mean that The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series all go? If you remove all Christian ‘message’ material the shelves will be sadly decimated! What’s the scripture about fools being wise in their own eyes? The Philistines are well and truly inside the gates now.

  • I have just read this morning, that the Marks & Spencer department store in the UK, will not allow you, at their florist shop; to mention in any shape or form the name Jesus Christ on the message card. However, you are allowed, if you are jihadist to have the words terrorism, and colourful adjectives on the card if you are of that persuasion. I received an email today from www.saltshakers.org. I immediately emailed Marks & Spencer. I will not expect a response from these scoundrels.

  • To make matters worse, Christian persecution is not even seen or reported in in the MSM. Only Jews and Moslems are at risk, apparently…see Fred Nile’s media release today –

    Media Release
    TERROR SECURITY FUNDING IS UNFAIR TO CHRISTIANS!
    3rd March 2015
    The Christian Democratic Party believes that the NSW Government’s $18 million funding, declared yesterday, needs to be explained and clarified to the Christian community.
    The terror security funding has been allocated predominantly to Jewish and Islamic schools around NSW. “It is reassuring that the Government is taking measures in protecting school children, but can the Government guarantee that there is no threat to our Christian schools? asked Rev Fred Nile”.
    “There has been a series of vandalism and hate messages towards Christians in the past year including the desecration at a Ukrainian Church in West Sydney, vandalism at St Andrew’s Catholic Church and the Virgin Mary statue at St Charbel’s Church in Punchbowl was destroyed along with hate messages and broken windows”.
    Rev Nile also stated that, “What we are experiencing world-wide is predominantly Christians who are being threatened, persecuted and attacked and one would presume that in the Government’s announcement of security measures in schools yesterday, that our Christian schools and Churches would equally be included” said the Christian Democratic Party Leader, Rev Fred Nile.
    Authorised
    For Media Interviews contact:
    Rev Fred Nile (02) 9230 2478 or 0418 619 731
    Research Assistant: Belinda Dover (02) 9230 2978
    www.cdp.org.au

  • Thankfully I believe Marks & Spencer have seen sense and done a turnaround on this policy. A very small win.
    Thanks Bill for another great article.

  • Hi Bill
    This is a personal special prayer request for you. I am humbly requesting that all recipients of Bill’s write-ups should endeavor to offer a word of prayer for him anytime we open our mails to read his articles. Bill has asked this several times but I think those of us who are being blessed by his articles should always remember him in prayer for the great job he’s doing for the Lord. The LORD told Moses how the children of Israel should be blessed. Bill needs this Aaronic Blessing to be pronounced over his life as well as the sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus over him as we remember him in our daily devotions. Bill, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Num 6:24-27). God bless you Bill.

  • Many thanks indeed Kwasi. Much appreciated.

  • “….So we need to start raising our voices here before it is too late to do so….”

    Yes, and we can skin that cat in a few ways.

    I once read a comment on a blog where a women said that religion should only be practised in private and not in public.

    So I replied that Christ told us to be nice to one another, and if Christians then have to leave that at home it would mean I would instead be replying to her with some very disgusting language. And no Christian would be charitable, anywhere, ever! She didn’t reply.

    And then there are the ‘progressive’ gays who want sexuality to be out in the public domain and celebrated, but when I suggest to ‘proud’ gays that they are willing to discuss in the public domain that ‘gayness is biological’ but not willing to discuss the biological fact that sodomy is performed on the outside of the body, they get all victorian on me instead, and tell me to “shut up you are being mean”.

    Why gays arn’t publicly proud of the fact that sodomy – bumsex in their venicular- is a form of mutual masterbation performed on the outside of the body, and has nothing in common with sex at all, I’ll never understand; as being a proud gay ‘man’ is being a proud ‘gay man’ I would’ve thought. Maybe being a ‘gay man’ means something else altogether again. And besides, arn’t they ‘born that way’? – the disabled don’t shy away from the public and tell lies do they? – Why then do ‘gay men’ tell the ‘bumsex’ lie?.
    From the above behaviour of gays I don’t see what they mean by ‘equality’ as they appear to be rather dishonest with themselves – and the public.

    Society under the ‘progressives’ is clearly ‘regressive’ Bill, and I don’t think for one minute that we Christians are the bigots.

    Thanks so much again for the good work you do Bill. God Bless.

  • Bill, you are right on target. But aside from FB posts here and there HOW do I raise my voice? I write my representatives on specific issues, but they already have their minds made up one way or the other. I try to be persuasive, rationale and polite on FB, but again, people have already made up their minds. What more can I do?

  • Dear Bill, A victory this morning re: Marks & Spencer commentary yesterday. They contacted me this morning via email, saying you can now use Jesus Christ on message cards from their florist. With apologies I might add. Wonderful news for here and in heaven.

  • Christians must get organised to meet the threats coming from so many different organisations with anti-Christian agendas. Individuals can be easily dismissed or intimidated but an organisation is much more difficult to ignore or squash. Defending God’s sovereignty does not have to be done alone.

  • And its only going to get worse. On top of the world pushing Christophobic words and actions to break us down, we also have the threat of the new religion of hyper-grace acting as ambassadors of the faith.

    …but, the glory of the Lord shall arise upon us. Any old dummy can see that we are in the last of the last days.

    Thanks for the article Bill, keep warning us mate.

  • Mona Sahlin is being criticised and compared to people who behead people by those who behead people because she believe people shouldn’t be beheaded. What a crazy world we are living in.

  • Dear Bill,
    Thank you for compiling some examples of anti-Christian bigotry and persecution in Western countries into one article which can be printed out and distributed. Our anti-Christian media prefers to ignore such incidents so Christians must do the work themselves.

  • Mike Marshall I believe that your comments embody very accurately some of the reasons why same-sex attracted people hate Christians. There are a couple of “gay” people in my life who are not Christians but whom I love dearly because Jesus has given me a love for them and I hope (and believe) that they will one day turn to Him.

    If any of them read your comments I would be horrified for them and absolutely livid with you. It would materially damage their chances of wanting to get to know Jesus, because we represent Him.

    Where is the love in your comment? Do not lose sight of the fact that these are PEOPLE. Yes they are lost in sin but SO WERE WE. Jesus loves them and desperately wants them to repent and come to know him. When we call them names and deride them it only serves to further reinforce the idea that “God hates homos.”

    Our responses to the gay community have for too long been lacking in compassion for their lost souls. Our rhetoric continues to imply that somehow homosexual acts are worse sins than any others. Perhaps if from now on you saw them as the bible describes them: people “trapped/ensnared” by sin – and focused on spirit-led prayer for them, binding the devil and asking the Lord to soften their hearts to the truth: perhaps then they would stop persecuting us and start falling in love with Jesus. That is, after all, the entire point of our life with him: to serve Him for His glory – and nothing glorifies him more than when a sinner trusts in his name.

  • Thank you for speaking up, Bill. It is interesting how Christianity is discriminated against … when other religions cannot be discriminated against. A sign of the times.

  • Thanks Nicole. You are partly right – but partly wrong. We are to speak the truth is love. But speaking the truth always produces a reaction. As the prophets, Jesus and the disciples discovered, no matter how loving you are as you speak truth, some people will hate you for it. They sent Jesus to the cross for speaking truth. We read in the gospels that the most loving and compassionate man on earth constantly got a hostile reaction, with the crowds being divided and angered over what he said. If we faithfully follow Christ, how in the world are we supposed to escape such a response?

    So the idea that if we were somehow just ‘nicer’ the militant homosexuals would lay down their arms and stop their war against Christianity is a bit of a pipe dream. Those who have actually studied the agendas of the homosexual lobby and other activist groups will not be naive about their stated aims to silence the churches. Indeed, you simply ignore the cases I offer here – and there are many hundreds more like them. Pretending that we do not have these groups dedicated to our silencing if not destruction helps no one.

    But I speak to this more fully here: billmuehlenberg.com/2013/05/21/the-unpleasantness-of-truth/

    And here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/09/20/proclaiming-truth-will-always-offend/

  • Kwasi, I’m glad to know you are praying for Bill as I’m sure we all are. I ask our Heavenly Father every day to sign and seal Bill and his family with the Blood of Jesus and surround them with the light of the cross of Christ, that thus no evil have any power to hurt or harm them now or ever. I pray in this way, every day, for all who struggle to bring in the Kingdom of God in the times we now face. Let’s all be of good courage and remember with confident trust, “There are more with us than there are with them”. We are all very small and insignificant but we are servants of Almighty God and our prayers are heard in heaven.

  • Even Peter Hitchens (convert from Atheism to Christianity) and brother of the late Christopher Hitchens (a “militant atheist”) tells us he is very worried about the coming tribulation. (in effect, he says) “The hour is late but it is not too late. Civilised people MUST speak out NOW. I am speaking out NOW – BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.”

  • “Christians cannot sleep through their own execution. We must wake up to the new anti-Christian hysteria sweeping the West. While these are still democratic lands, we have every right to stand up for our faith, not just in the private arena, but in the public square as well.

    … Secular left governments are not going to stand up for Christian freedoms.
    So we need to start raising our voices here before it is too late to do so.”

    Well said, Bill!

    This is why even Peter Hitchens (a convert to Christianity and the brother of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens) has stated “I am speaking out NOW – WHILE I STILL CAN!!!” (said on recent “Q and A” program ABC TV)

    To survive, we MUST follow his example!!! NOW!!!

  • On the topic of homosexuality and ethical considerations, the following articles are of considerable interest:

    1. “Christians Must Go on the Offensive Against Gay Mafia”
    Stephen M. Krason April 7, 2015
    www.crisismagazine.com/2015/christians-must-go-offensive-gay-mafia

    2. “Animus Towards Gay Sex Means Love for Homosexuals”
    (= Animus Towards Gay Sex [actually] Means Love for Homosexuals and for a civilized culture)
    John-Henry Westen April 15, 2015
    www.crisismagazine.com/2015/animus-towards-gay-sex-means-love-homosexuals.

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