Saturday, October 9, 2010

Towards 2011: Pastor Adeboye calls for political vigilance among Nigeria’s Christians

At the major event of the week-long 58th Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the highly respected General Overseer of the Church, stepped forward to rally Nigerian Christians together to an active participation in the currently unfolding political process. In his usual soft and measured manner, Pastor Enoch Adeboye dramatically shifted gears from a low profile “annual report” he was giving on the enormous progress made in the RCCG within the past year when he said he wished to sound one thing “loud and clear”. He called for three imperatives: “I am calling on every Christian, you must register. You must vote.” The third imperative was a bombshell: “You must be ready to defend your vote!”. Expatiating further on this he said: “In other words, from now on, if anybody messes with our votes, we will fight!”
Addressing the electoral body directly, Pastor Adeboye added: “Let the message go out loud and clear. INEC we love you. INEC we will pray for you. But if anybody dabaru (local lingo for “messes up”) our votes, we will fight”!
Unusually strong words with a clear message: we are not going to mess up our Jubilee opportunity. Our time is now!

Boko Haram broke Bauchi Prison, threatens to strike in Jos next.

Despite having written ahead in several pamphlets and at least one direct letter to authorities at the Bauchi Prisons, members of the Boko Haram sect successfully broke through the Bauchi Prison and set their members and other convicts free on Tuesday Sept 7. Prior to the strike, the infamous Islamic group had boasted that their members awaiting trial in the prison would not spend the end of Ramadan Eid-el Fitr celebrations in prison. Surprisingly, they succeeded in releasing all 157 male and 17 female sect members during the broad day time operation during which four people, including a policeman and a soldier, lost their lives.
Quite significantly, the Islamic sect ominously warned that its next dastard action should be expected at Jos. In the same pamphlets and letters which were used to pre-announce the attack on the Bauchi Prison, the Boko Haram commiserated with the Moslem community in Jos, Plateau State capital “over the recent crises” and explained that its mission is to “bring back the full implementation of Sharia law, freedom of Moslems and takeover of power from Christians”. (Guardian and Vanguard newspapers of Saturday, 11 September 2010). See Vol 12 No 5 for more on the deadly Bokos Haram Islamic sect.
A number of these escapees later returned voluntarily following the promise of an amnesty for those who renounce the sect. However, at press time, only a few names among them have been announced as qualifying for the amnesty. This indeed led to the burning of the school prison in protest early October.
Meanwhile, the Boko Haram continues its parallel war against the establishment that probably created and nurtured it – the Sharia-pushing government in Borno state. At the last attacks on 7th October, the National Vice Chairman (North East) of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and in-law to the state governor, Alhaji Awana Ali-Ngala was killed by Boko Haram – right in his Maiduguri residence. A few hours earlier the Boko Haram had paid a deadly visit to the residence of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, where they shot two security operatives.

Islamic war against Christian evangelism – 10 killed in Afghanistan

On Thursday August 5, Taliban militants in Afghanistan brutally terminated the lives of 10 aid workers on a Christian medical mission.
Knowing the particularly sensitive nature of their Afghanistan field, these medical missionaries operating under the International Assistance Mission (IAM) are known to exercise extra-stringent caution to steer clear of proselytization. According to IAM director, Dirk Frans, they don’t even carry Bibles in Afghan languages.
Though gagged from speaking the gospel to the individuals they meet on the field, the sheer lifestyle of these types of missionaries, together with the unquestionable love that motivates them to the remote fields clearly bear eloquent witness of the gospel loud and clear to the entire watching world. Apparently, this is too much for radical Islam to quietly bear!
However, there is no wisdom or counsel against the LORD, and whatever step the enemies of the Church takes against Her is bound to backfire. As clearly demonstrated over the ages, the blood of the martyrs is indeed the seed of the Church.
It is an instructive sign of the times that in the wake of the callous cold-blooded murder of these fine Christian ladies and gentlemen, the issue in most of the news coverage has been on whether the IAM does or does not engage in clandestine soul winning. Rather than put Islam and its Scriptures to task for these heartless and barbaric acts done in the name of God! Ed Stetzer articulated this concern when he wrote on August 9 “Media keeps saying medical workers weren’t proselytizing. OK, but is [it] OK to murder if they were?” (
In short, the whole world is gradually concluding that evangelism is indeed a most reprehensible vocation! This trend will only worsen in the days ahead, as the Lord clearly teaches in Mathew 24ff. (For more about the IAM and this story, visit

North Korea executes underground church leaders

The Christian Post has reported (August 19) the execution of three leaders of the underground church by authorities in North Korea. Although the execution and imprisonment happened in mid-May, news only got out three months later, in August. Citing AsiaNews, the Christian Post reported that North Korean police raided a house in Kuwal-dong in Pyungsung county, Pyongan province, and arrested all 23 believers who were gathered there for religious activity.
The leaders were sentenced to death and soon after executed while the other 20 were reportedly sent to the infamous prison labour camp No 15 in Yodok. The 23 Christians had come to faith after some of them travelled to China on business and met with church members there.
Last year, as reported by the Associated Press, a 33-year-old Christian woman was publicly executed in that communist enclave, for the crime of distribution of Bibles.
Most Christians in the free world can hardly imagine what it means for brethren in restricted regions of the world to live a life where the major identity is not the job title or social status, but rather what one’s views are concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a Christian in North Korea is considered one of the worst crimes by the oppressive government. There are an estimated 400,000 Christians in North Korea who live under the constant threat of imprisonment, torture or public execution if authorities discover their Christian faith. It is estimated that at least 10 percent of these our brethren (between 40,000 to 60,000), are currently in prison labor camps because of their faith.

In the US, Campus Ministries must now open leadership positions to all-comers

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Christian Organizations in public universities must allow anybody, whether they agree with the Organizations’ tenets or not, not only to become full members but also to aspire to leadership positions. This latest display of growing intolerance towards “intolerant groups” is supposed to promote non-discrimination (especially on faith and moral grounds) on campuses. Even in associations formed on the basis of shared faith or morality!
This ruling, given on June 28th, now opens up the possibilities, for instance, of atheists, (or homosexuals) joining a Christian fellowship en mass, and putting up one of theirs for the top posts at election times. Such infiltration, of course, will be carried out on targeted Fellowships, one at a time all over the country.
Fellowships who feel they cannot abide by this ruling are in jeopardy of being deregistered, with consequent loss of access to the student population, as well as on-campus facilities for their activities.
In an article in Christianity Today, Alec Hill, president of Intervarsity Christian fellowship (with 860 chapters nationwide) and a former professor of Law examined the legal impact as well as the cultural significance of the ruling. He however also offered assurances, pointing out from Scriptures that such persecution of the Church by civic authorities is not new or unexpected. He concluded the article in the never-say-die spirit of the Church as he wrote: “As the people of God, we believe in a sovereign God. His purposes will be accomplished whatever obstacles present themselves. …. If—in the worst case scenario—several Christian chapters were to be derecognized as a result of this ruling, God's mission on campus would continue. If access to newly arriving freshman were lost, if campus communication channels were closed or if access to university facilities were denied, the gospel would continue to be presented through small groups, Bible studies and off-campus large groups. Though limiting campus access would no doubt make ministry more difficult, God's purposes will not be thwarted.” (
Lessons? When the goings get tough (as the Bible assures they would increasingly get these end times), the tough must get going.

At Zanzibar University, Tanzania, no room at all for Christianity

If Christian fellowships are being driven off campuses at Christian-majority America. What then would a moslem-majority location like Zanzibar not do? At the Zanzibar University, a private institution, Islamic administrators have banned Christian worship and other activities on campus. Whereas two mosques, (sponsored by a foreign-based Islamic charity) proudly stand within the same University.
Christians at ZU are already used to being treated as second-class people on Campus. This is clear from issues ranging from the specified dressing code for women (a veil and headscarf is mandatory), to effectively requiring them to participate in fasting during the Ramadan as the Cafetarias are closed, and no cooking is allowed at the hostels. However, it was the complete ban on Christian activities, first pronounced by the Vice-Chancellor’s office on Dec 28 last year, and now being enforced with increasing rigour that is threatening to be the last straw that could break the camel’s back. The Christian students are thinking of going to court.
Even if the Christian students should choose to move off campus, there would be little relief in sight in Sunni Muslim dominated Zanzibar. Only a few weeks ago, in August, Evangelist Peter Masanja of the Pentecostal Church in Zanzibar was arrested by security agents following indications that he was making part of his land available for Church activities. As at the time when Compass Direct News broke the story, bro Peter was still in jail. Zanzibar is the unofficial name for the island of Unguja in the Indian Ocean. The Zanzibar archipelago (with moslem majority) united with Tanganyika (Christian majority) to form the present day Tanzania in 1964. (

Other Persecution News In brief:

Even in the larger off-campus community in the United States, things are getting increasingly tough for Christianity. Among dozens of cases happening virtually every day are that of Ron Baity a military CHRISTIAN chaplain who was relieved of his duties as honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives for refusing to stop closing his prayers in that House, “in the name of Jesus”, his Lord! (see the Lord’s promise in John 14:14) ( And in Michigan, Arabs Christians preaching the gospel peacefully at an Arab festival were arrested. Apparently being Arab must be synonymous with being a moslem, even in America! ( Even the established tradition of distributing Bibles on school campuses is being challenged at several fronts. Very vocal opponents now claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and that the distribution should stop. (

A similar situation of Christian bashing is going on in reputedly moderate Indonesia, the world’s most populous moslem country, see In that country, the relevant authorities refused (for years) to process the renewal request of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP) to continue using its premises. Spurred on by demonstrations by some Moslem organizations, the authorities then decided to close the premises; but Christians are defying the closure and are meeting on the grounds. Apart from official police harassment, individual moslem groups are itching to carry out Sharia justice on the members of the Church.
On Sunday Sept 12, the Rev. Luspida Simandjunktak was ambushed and struck on the head with a wooden plank while church elder Hasean Lumbantoruan Sihombing was stabbed on the stomach, while on their way to church around 9.a.m.

Meanwhile in Somalia, Sharia-rule continues to rampage the country. One of the latest atrocities involved the killing of a leader of the underground Somali Church. Al Shabaab militants broke into the house of Osman Abdullah Fataho in Afgoi on July 21 and shot him dead in front of his wife and four children. The assailants then abducted the children (aged 5 – 15) to become soldiers and be indoctrinated into Islam.

Child Sexual Abuse in Roman Catholic Church – Belgium next Bus stop

The sad revelations about respected and trusted adults sexually molesting innocent children in the Roman catholic church continue to reverberate all around the world. Further confirming what a catholic writer has written, suggesting that such abuse is potentially occurring wherever in the world “there is a substantial catholic population” (see Vol 13 No 2), the latest scene for these sickening stories is Belgium.
According to the BBC, the level, extent and duration of abuse revealed early September, shocked even members of the commission set up by the Catholic Church to investigate the allegations. The independent commission found that such abuse occurred in EVERY diocese and in EVERY Church school over decades. The commission said some victims were infants when the abuse started and that, at least,13 had committed suicide as a result.
The catholic Church is under pressure to prevent further abuse and help the victims who have suffered at the hands of priests, teachers, lay workers and in at least one case, a bishop. (The Punch, Sept 13).

Music Porn: How the Music Industry Sexualizes Your Children

Rebecca Hagelin has written an important article alerting parents to the on-going extensive sexualizing of young children through the music industry. Citing the over 1.5 billion dollars being raked in by the music industry in the US alone, Hagelin wrote that the industry is “no longer primarily about music” but rather it has become another avenue for selling porn. Increasingly younger and younger children are sexualized in the process.
An unexpected voice, drawing attention to this epidemic, is Mike Stock, one of Britain's top songwriters and producers. According to Stock, “music industry has gone too far” and now markets “99% soft pornography." Only a few years ago, Stock himself had been a purveyor of unwholesome explicit lyrics.
Much of the music's not just raunchy anymore--it's explicitly sexual. And it's only a download away from limitless play on your child's iPod. Hagelin’s article avers that nearly every major pop star produces pornographic music videos which are pushed to children through Facebook fan pages (new videos generate tens of thousands of hits in just hours) and YouTube videos, plus MTV. Live concerts are often worse, and a recent appearance by Rihanna at New York' reportedly included simulated sex and masturbation before an audience full of pre-teen and adolescent girls.
The example is cited of pop star, Katy Perry, wildly popular with the pre-teen set, whose latest album titled “Teenage Dream” reportedly features blatant pornographic romps which, she later revealed, even the recording company was not comfortable with. Well, this same Kate Perry (who rose to stardom from a Christian background) is being forcefully recommended to the pre-teens by being featured on such platforms as Nickolodeon's "Kid's Choice", Sesame Street, and the 2011 kids' movie, The Smurfs.
Hagelin warns that the music industry has perfected a “purposeful, deliberate, crossover marketing”, deliberately reaching out into the children’s market in other to cultivate new fans, create brand awareness among even the youngest children, and thereby ensure future success and million dollar revenues.
On what to do to save your child, Hagelin counseled: that first, parents should understand the problem, especially the well-established fact that exposure to sex on TV dramatically increases the risk that children will become sexually active. Next, parents should also carefully monitor the child’s song lists, refrain from facilitating bad choices and at the same time provide desired alternatives, (rather than ordering a total blockage of entertainment.) Finally, Hagelin advises parents to be consistent. She says: “Don't let battle fatigue wear you down. Our children need to know that we protect them because we love them. And even when we're tired or worn down, that will never change.” Read the full article at

Sex is everywhere

Above is the title of a recent article by OneNewsNow columnist, Marcia Segelstein. (
Segelstein recounted how her mother shared women’s magazine with her when she was a girl, and expressed frustration at finding anything appropriate for her own daughter in these days, obsessed as it were, with sex.
She describes contents of magazines she would have thought of sharing. Citing the magazine Redbook for instance, a recent cover headline screams: "28 Sexy Things to Try in Bed – He So Wants to Test These Out With You!" Other recent articles gleaned from a table of content in the same magazine include "Why You Shouldn't Be Shy About Oral Sex" and "Hot Little Sex-Life Ideas."
TV of course provides no respite from sex assaults. Segelstein recalled trying to watch what was supposed to be a crime-solving/mysteries movie one late evening. Her account: “Sadly, the actual crime-solving seemed like a mere sub-plot. The more important storyline revolved around the main character's love life, or should I say sex life.”
The Internet is even much more deadlier, providing easy access to raw sexual materials on multimedia platform: documents, audio and video. Innumerous young folks, even those who initially had not the least interest in the subject matter, have suddenly been confronted with explicit sexual materials. Segelstein recounted looking through the Fox News website the other day and coming “across an entire section devoted to none other than – you guessed it – sex.” She offered a sample of the articles on the Fox site. Including one titled "Fox on Sex: When Three is Not a Crowd." The article explained that "now more than ever folks in serious relationships are becoming open to inviting a third into the bedroom to keep monogamy from becoming monotonous." Segelsein wowed in mock excitement!
Globalism (internet and cable TV) apart, Nigeria is generating enormous amount of its own sex filth. What with scores of NGOs having nothing else doing but advocating full-time for more liberality on sex and sexuality issues. No thanks to the virtually limitless financial resources made available by the Gates and Buffetts of this world (See Topic Issue). And increasingly open supports being offered by the UN for the satanic agenda (see for instance
A recent story from the Daily Sun of 8th October well captures the Nigerian situation. “The Divisional Police Officer of a police station in Aba, Abia State (names withheld), has allegedly raped a lady to death inside his office” the report began. It then went on to describe what appears to be a drug-rape situation, and that the assaulting police officer was probably under the influence of a form of local sex-enhancing aphrodiasics. These herbal drugs are increasingly being widely advertised over loud speakers on the streets at most city centres, at late evenings, using extremely vulgar languages. In any case, at the end of a critical article detailing the sad situation of sex matters in the country, the Daily Sun offers its usual adverts, found on every on-line page: “How to Give Your Woman Earth-Shaking Orgasms. Click Here!” “How to Easily Get Any Woman You Want. Click Here!”

The Latest American Invention: Divorce Insurance

A company WedLockDivorceInsurance is out convincing couples in the US about the wisdom of squarely facing the realities of contemporary times and buying insurance to financially protect themselves in the event of their marriages hitting the rocks. Launching the scheme in August, John Logan claimed to have suffered great financial loss after a divorce, and wishes others would learn on his dime.
Counselling that “statistics don’t lie”, WedLockDivorceInsurance cites the fact that in the US, the chance of a first marriage lasting is only 50 percent. The statistics get even worse for subsequent marriages, reflecting waning level of commitment. The divorce rate is 67 percent for second marriages and rockets to 74 percent for third marriages. On WedLockDivorceInsurance website is featured a large counter showing the official number of divorces in the US so far this year (686,025 as at the time of the article). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only one third of marriages being contracted today will reach their 25th anniversary.
John Logan believes all these data is reason enough for rational people to buy divorce insurance, just like they do in other aspects of life, even where the statistics is less threatening! By paying a regular token premium, the insured stands to reap a hefty compensation in the event of a divorce. Further statistics show that 44% of American families who suffer a divorce spend some time below the poverty line. For instance, in 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared with 38.4 percent of children in female-householder families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Thankfully, most Christians understand the great danger in this latest evil invention which can only further accelerate the decay to marriages and family life.
Jenny Tyree, marriage analyst for CitizenLink, the political arm of Focus on the Family, said divorce insurance builds into a marriage an “escape plan” rather than setting it on the foundation of strong marital commitment. She warned: “When the going gets tough, which it inevitably will in every marriage, that money might look better than the hard work required by the husband and wife to get through the hard times.”
All of these of course only pointedly demonstrate to the Church the great work crying out to be done out there. Unfortunately, at least in the US, the divorce figure between church members and non-church members are virtually the same. And if the figures look bad now, they are bound to get much worse with inventions like Divorce Insurance.

Flying car debuts in 2011

The revolutionary car that can fly will start rolling out in the next few months. Straight out of James Bond, the Terrafugia Transition is a lightweight airplane that can also double as a car. As reported in the Guardian, “The vehicle would allow the driver and a passenger to drive to the airport, hit the runway after deploying the wings, fly to their chosen airport and then drive to their destination.”
At the heart of the concept are folding wings that, at the press of a button, tuck in neatly beside the cockpit for road use. Priced around $200,000, the manufacturer indicated that about 70 people have already placed orders for it so far. The car can fly for 450 miles at a stretch. (

Documentary eye-opener to black genocide

“They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known. But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America's wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done.”
With these words, a US group, Life Dynamics, is presenting its compelling video documentary detailing direct links between Planned Parenthood and the movement to consciously decimate the black population in the United States.
A trailer of the video Maafa 21 ( features copious quotes from leaders of the eugenic movement clearly advocating that blacks be lured to voluntarily embrace measures to curtail their population growth, and that if voluntary means don’t go far or fast enough, involuntary means must be used. The outcome of these policies championed by organizations such as Planned Parenthood is evidence today in changing demographic data of US blacks relative to other races. (see Vol 6 No 4 for more on this agenda even in places outside the US, e.g. Brazil). According to Maafa 21, “The plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don't think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it's happening right now”
Arnold Culbreath, urban outreach director for Protecting Black Life, has hosted many screenings of Maafa 21, and he follows them up with panel discussions. According to Culbreath: "When we do screenings with largely white audiences, folks are broken, there are tears [and] people are sorrowful for the undeniable, systematic assault against a people." African-American audiences, he says, express shock after seeing the video. He lavished praise of Life Dynamics, and its Director, Mark Crutcher, for an incredible job of compiling such vast amount of “incontrovertible data”.
Culbreath says once a person views the documentary, there will be no doubt as to why Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities are often located in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

British Professor advocates forced sterilization of “unfit” members of society

As if to confirm that the eugenics movement is still well and alive, a British Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences has added his voice to the call that the mentally and morally “unfit” should be permanently sterilized. Speaking on a BBC programme (Aug 28), Professor David Marsland’s focus at this time, is on people who neglect or abuse their children. According to Marsland, “Children are abused or grossly neglected by a very small minority of inadequate parents.” Such parents, he said, are distinguished by “a number of moral and mental inadequacies” caused by “serious mental defect,” “chronic mental illness” and drug addiction and alcoholism. In the opinion of Prof Marsland, “Short of lifetime incarceration,” the solution is “permanent sterilization.”
The question, of course, is why should permanent sterilization be the ONLY solution? In fact, it is one “solution” that introduces far more problems than the one it is supposedly addressing.
Brian Clowes, director of research for Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews that in his view Professor Marsland is just one more in a long line of eugenicists who want to solve human problems by erasing the humans who have them. Clowes compared Marsland to Lothrop Stoddard and Margaret Sanger, prominent early 20th century eugenicists who promoted contraception and sterilization for blacks, Catholics, the poor and the mentally ill and disabled whom they classified as “human weeds.”
A co-participant with Marsland on the BBC programme, Janet Radcliffe Richards, (Professor of Practical Philosophy at Oxford) further faulted the arguments. Apart from serious problems about who makes the decisions, and inevitable abuses, Radcliffe Richards doubts that proponents are actually sincere with the claims that they are trying to protect the children. According to her: “It’s curious case that if the child doesn’t exist, it can’t be harmed. And to say that it would be better for the child not to exist, you need to be able to say that its life is worse than nothing. Now I think that’s a difficult thing to do because most people are glad they exist.”

Cyber Bombs for Iranian Nukes?

In the past several months, tension had heightened on the question of whether or not Israel would attack the burgeoning Iranian nuclear programme. While no bombs have been released, there are speculations that the Iranian programme is already reeling under an Israeli attack - from cyberspace. ( Eurasia Review)
The computer worm Stuxnet was discovered in July this year, when a Belarus-based security company discovered it on computers belonging to an Iranian client. After months of study, the consensus among security experts is that the worm, which easily surpasses anything they’ve ever seen before must have been built specifically to sabotage Iranian nuclear facilities, presumably the Bushehr reactor complex.
According to Wikipaedia: Russian digital security company Kaspersky Labs released a statement that described Stuxnet as "a working and fearsome prototype of a cyber-weapon that will lead to the creation of a new arms race in the world." Kevin Hogan, Senior Director of Security Response at Symantec, noted that 60 percent of the infected computers worldwide were in Iran, suggesting its industrial plants were the target.”(
Last year, Israeli media reported that some of the Iranian centrifuges refining uranium may have been undermined by deliberately erroneous commands received from cyberspace, which eventually may have either destroyed equipment or corrupted the enrichment process. The Iranians confirm disruptions and delays in their operations. It would appear the attack is still on-going; and this one, at least thus far, has not involved any troops or bullets.
According to PC World : “So scary, so thorough was the reconnaissance, so complex the job, so sneaky the attack, that (all the experts consulted) believe it couldn't be the work of even an advanced cybercrime gang. The size and scope of the cyber attack suggests that only a sophisticated nation state capable of devoting considerable resources to the effort would be capable of mounting such an effort. Of course the most likely nation to mount such an attack would be Israel.”

PostScript: It is interesting that the “experts” have concluded that the Stuxnet worm is so complicated that it could not have been developed even by just some talented hackers, but by a State with considerable resources to deploy. Yet it is also “experts” who tenaciously insist that real biological worms, infinitely more complicated than cyberworms, evolved just by accident without any intelligent creator at all. Hmm!