Hot Trend:Indian Pastor is Severely Beaten for Refusing to Deny Christ- Repost

We are living in a world where religion is misunderstood, causing violence everywhere. Most people don’t want to accept the fact that it’s not the religion that justifies our faith, but our belief. I pray in the future we don’t experience and witness “a religious war”.

According to the source, When Hindu extremists in India told pastor Karma Oraon they would not stop beating him until he worshipped the monkey god, he felt Christ close to him, he said.
“In those moments when they were kicking and beating me, I felt that even if I die now, the Lord will make the ministry I leave behind fruitful,” Pastor Oraon told Morning Star News. “We are just a few gathering in the name of Jesus. He is our strength.”

His small flock of eight people was meditating on Scripture on Christmas Eve at 10:30 a.m. in Harmu village of Ranchi District, Jharkhand state, when twice as many Hindu nationalists brandishing wooden stick intruded, shouting, “Praise Bajrang Bali.” Bajrang Bali is another name for the popular monkey god Hanuman.

“They forcefully dragged me outside when we were in the middle of meditating on the Word of God,” Pastor Oraon said. “They spewed many words in extreme foul language and beat me on my chest repeatedly.”

As he was dragged out by the collar, one of the Hindu extremists video-recorded the scene, also asking his accomplices to record, forward and circulate the video, sources said.

The Hindu extremists repeatedly asked the pastor his name, refusing to believe him, as his name is typical of area tribal people who practice indigenous religions, not Christianity, he said. They called him an idiot, slapped him and told him to stop lying, and when he showed them his national identification card, they tore the original document to pieces, Pastor Oraon said.

“They slapped me and said, ‘You are Oraon? Tell us what you must do, being an Oraon? Should you should follow the Adivasi [indigenous] religion or this foreign religion?’” he told Morning Star News. “They told me, ‘Immediately you should give up Christianity and embrace Sarnaism/Sarna

[indigenous religions) – if you don’t, you will be brutally murdered.”

Pastor Oraon said they told the congregation, “All the Christians in this area beware! There is no place for Christianity here. All of you must embrace Sarna. If anybody goes against this rule, their houses will be set on fire and they will be killed along with their families.”

They kicked him and expelled him from the village, he said.

Chotu Munda, 21, said he was beaten when he tried rescue the 34-year-old pastor and female church members who had also tried to separate the assailants from Pastor Oraon. The pastor noted, “They scolded the sisters in very vulgar language for coming to help rescue me.”

That night at 10 p.m., he went to a police station, but officers refused to register a case against the assailants or even receive his complaint, he said.

“I never had an experience of opposition when I preached gospel or visited families to pray for the sick. But I seek inspiration from my Lord; people have crossed every limit to humiliate Him and crucify Him, but He patiently bore their torture for my sake, for my sins,” Pastor Oraon said. “I strongly feel the presence of my Lord Jesus in all this. Had He not granted the strength to endure, I could have never overcome from what happened.”

Worship Anything but Christ

In a separate incident in Jharkhand state, another group of Hindu extremists beat tribal Christians while they worshipped – also reviling them for leaving their indigenous religion for Christianity.

About 60 Hindu nationalists stormed into a house church on Christmas Day in Behratoli village, Ranchi District, where 16 Christians had gathered to celebrate Christmas.

“They rushed inside and held me by collar – it was sudden,” said pastor Rakesh Tirkey. “They were at least 60 people, and we were just 16. They shouted at us and asked us to stop the singing.”

They arrived on 25 motorcycles, slapped him and asked him his name to determine his indigenous heritage, he said.

“They abused me in extreme foul language, saying, “Idiot, if you are a Tirkey, then how did you become a Christian?’” the 35-year-old father of three told Morning Star News. “They beat me with wooden sticks; the blows got heavier after they got to know that I am a Tirkey.”

Initially they accused him of stealing a motorcycle, and when he showed them the ownership and insurance papers, they told him they didn’t want to see any Christians in the area, he said, adding that they snatched away his Bible, tore the pages to pieces, spit on it, kicked it, and told him, “Stop converting Adivasis – we will slash your neck off.”

When they tried to light a match to set the torn Bible on fire, they were unable to ignite it, he said.

Jeevan Munda, at whose house the worship service was held, was also injured in the attack.

That night Pastor Tirkey went to a police station to file a report, but officers refused to accept his complaint, the pastor said.

“After the attack, I invited the believers to my house in Khunti District and urged them to pray in their houses,” he said. “I told we must stand firm in Christ no matter how severe the opposition.”
He became a Christian eight years ago. Then an alcoholic with declining health that no doctor was able to relieve, he was healed after putting his faith in Christ, he said.

“It was then I decided that the Lord has given me good health, so I will dedicate it to my Lord’s work, and as long as I live, I will serve Him,” he said. “Now I am leading a life full of joy.”

Endangered Religious Freedom

Pastors Oraon and Tirkey belong to the Believers Eastern Church. The Rev. Somnath Honhaga, Believers Eastern Church secretary of the Diocese of Chakradharpur, told Morning Star News that religious freedom in Jharkhand is in danger.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May 2014, the hostile tone of his National Democratic Alliance government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against non-Hindus has emboldened Hindu extremists in several parts of the country to attack Christians, religious rights advocates say.

The growth of Christianity in Jharkhand state has also brought increasing attacks by Hindu nationalist groups, Honhaga said.

Unable to get police to register their cases, the two pastors have filed First Information Reports online, though there has been no progress in the investigations, Honhaga told Morning Star News.

“The police did not make any arrests,” he said. “Instead, we have been told that since the pastors cannot identify the assailants, it is difficult to catch the culprits.”

Politicizing Conversion

Indigenous leaders on Dec. 24 raised black flags in parts of Jharkhand in protest of rising Christianity and “Western culture,” and Christian leaders suspect indigenous Sarna advocates supported by the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were behind the attacks.

The Central Sarna Committee (Kendriya Sarna Samiti ) of Jharkhand state issued a press release demanding the government enforce the state’s “anti-conversion” law. The law passed last year bans forcible or fraudulent conversion, though comments by Hindu nationalists indicate they mistakenly take it to mean it bans any conversion from Hinduism.

People convicted of fraudulent or forcible conversion can be punished by prison terms of up to three years in Jharkhand state, or up to four years if the person fraudulently or forcibly converted is an indigenous tribal known as Adivasi. Adivasis are entitled to government benefits.

“Christian missionaries are forcefully taking away the rights of Adivasis by converting them,” the Central Sarna Committee statement read, labelling as “Westernization” people converting to Christianity. “People from other faiths representing themselves as Adivasi are rising to the positions of village president, ward members and government employees.”

Phulchand Tirkey, director of Sarna Samiti, demanded the government stop considering Christians as Adivasi, saying, “Christians must not be given the status of Adivasi.”

The Constitution of India recognizes tribal populations who are original inhabitants of a given region as Adivasi regardless of their religious beliefs, a constitutional expert who requested anonymity told Morning Star News.

“There is potential threat to the Christian converts from those who believe in the deep-rooted casteism,” the source said.

During the Dec. 24 protest, Sarna activists were reported to have taken an oath to disrupt Christmas celebrations, according to local media reports.

“Standing in the middle of the main road in the state capital, Ranchi, they shouted these words,” Honhaga said. “They raised slogans against Christianity.”

The smaller churches were attacked, he noted.

“It was a pre-planned attack by the Sarna committee supported by the RSS,” Honhaga said. “They are trying to divide the aboriginal people of this state. The Christian missionaries have played a vital role in bringing education to the Adivasis. They have reached even the remotest parts of Jharkhand, started good schools and propagated the love of God through various activities.”

The Hindu nationalists cannot abide tribal people rising to higher positions, he said.

“The word Adivasi means native of the region, and they want to use tribals as their vote bank by creating divisions among them,” Honhaga told Morning Star News. “If an Adivasi converts to Christianity, how can he lose the status of being an Adivasi? He is the native, and he will remain so. They have left behind the pointless beliefs and myths, idol worship and have come to the Light. Instead of encouraging their progress, they are creating rifts among them. It is pathetic.”

Adivasi Christians in Jharkhand requested prayers for freedom to worship.

India ranked 11 on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians experience the most persecution, up from 15 the previous year, and ahead of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Egypt.

Source: morning star news

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New Music: Psalmos Ft Tope Alabi- Jesu Joba

Join Psalmos and Tope Alabi to sing this heartfelt and sensational new song that lays emphasis on the supremacy, kingship and lordship of Christ Jesus, and also His imminent return for the saints.

​The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof psalm 24. Brand New Music Jesu Joba  by Psalmos @psalmosofficial (ft. Tope Alabi @tope_alabi_) exclusive release on Boomplay Music @boomplaymusicng

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LYRICS

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

Jesu j’oba o O nj’oba

Oba to kari aye there is none like you

King of the universe You reign O nj’oba

Oba to kari aye there is none like you

King of the universe You rule O nj’oba


O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

Oba to kari aye there is none like you

King of the universe You rule O nj’oba

Oba to kari aye there is none like you

King of the universe You rule O nj’oba

Sovereign God doing mighty things

Pouring out your Spirit on us

You reign in heaven and on earth

You are God all by Yourself

O nbo 

O nbo wa o

O nbo 

To take His people home.


Oba to te’le bi eni t’eni

O k’aye jo bi esusu

Ero aye lo suwa 

Won po o  l’egbe l’egbe

Iwo naa lo s’eda  oniruru l’eranko

Agbara re po and there is no one like unto thee

Oba to gb’orun duro

There is none to le da bi Ire

The King that reigns and will reign forever more

Glory is your name and that glory is You

Mo wa rii mo se’ba f’Olodu to mo are 

O f’owo leran reti aye ni ijoba Re o

Eru nba aye gidi fun eni to ni idajo igbeyin


Oh Jesus reigns 

My Jesus rules

Halleluyah Hosanna Amen

Fun eni to l’emi


O nj’oba o O nj’oba

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

O nj’oba o O nj’oba

Ijoba ti o nipekun (Your kingdom is forever)

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

Iwuye ti o l’ounka O nj’oba

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

Ogo to bori Ogo

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

O nj’oba

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

Ipa to bori ipa, ola to kan ola m’ola

O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

O nj’Oba


O nj’oba  O nj’oba O nj’oba

L’aye mi, Ni’le mi, L’ona mi, Ni’se mi lori Ogo


O nj’oba O nj’oba

Ola nla lo wo ni aso o O nj’oba

O nj’oba igunwa ogo O nj’oba o

O nj’oba eleru ogo O nj’oba

Onile Ogo, Olona Ogo, Oni ite Ogo

O nj’oba E f’ola Oba fun 


Lift up your heads O ye gates and be ye lifted up 

Ye everlasting doors

And the King of glory shall come in

E f’ola Oba fun


O nj’oba O nj’oba o

Jesus reigns, Jesus rules

He reigns

Trending: Christian Ministries Aim to Influence Every College Campus with the Gospel

Am happy the missionary outreach around the world are doing a good job bringing the gospel to unbelievers and also building their faith.  For example in the university campus environment, where there is a lot more of drunks, drugs, and nude acts. 

According to Christian Headline, there is a prayer movement beginning to take flight for God’s Word to be heard in hard to reach collegiate student bodies across the country. “The goal is zero,” Mark Gautheir told CBN News, “Zero campuses without an expression of a student ministry by 2025.” Gauthier is the executive director of Cru’s U.S. campus ministry, who is teaming up with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to launch this mission. They are hoping that youth engagement in moments of participation with organizations will help the success of their cause.

The #everycampus campaign aims to reach 1,800 college campuses with the Gospel message. The campaign website,

everycampus.us , states, “God loves every student on campus. But, more than half of today’s college students attend a campus where there is not an active group of Christians sharing the love an hope of Jesus with their classmates. We want to change that.” CBN News reported that the two campus ministries, which are the biggest of their kind in the country, are teaming up in hopes to encourage other churches and organizations to join them in their mission.

The method behind the mission is deeply rooted in the passion both ministries have to reach college students. The purpose of InterVarsity is as follows: “In response to God’s love, grace, and truth …to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.” Cru (formerly Campus Crusade)’s website reaffirms, “when you take on the task of reaching the world, you have to think big.”

The executive vice president for field ministry at InterVarsity, Jason Thomas, told CBN News, ”We would love to see a gospel movement planted in every campus in the country, particularly in every campus that has at least 1,000 students.” Thomas went on to state that traditionally underserved communities like smaller state schools, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities and tribal colleges tend to go unreached. “You need different kind of effort to contextualize the gospel,” he said.

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Singer-Actress Jennifer Hudson Says the Bible Changed Her Life: ‘It Hasn’t Failed Me Yet’

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, 36, revealed in a recent interview that the Bible has been an important influence in her life.

Hudson was thrown into the spotlight after she became a beloved contestant on American Idol in 2004. From that point, her singing and acting career took off, but she never forgot her roots.

In the interview with The Guardian Hudson recalls growing up in Chicago and what an important role her mother played in her life. “I owe my mother everything. I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t been there to raise me right,” she said.

She also shared that she has achieved her dream career. When asked what she wanted to be growing up, she said, “I always wanted to be a singer.” One of her earliest memories even involves her pretending she was a famous singer. She said she remembers “Sitting on the steps of my mother’s home in Chicago when I was little, singing into a brush like it was a mic.”

Perhaps the most revealing answer Hudson gave in the interview was her answer to the question: “Which book changed your life?”

“The Bible,” she responded. “I’ve been reading it since I was little and it hasn’t failed me yet.”

Hudson is continuing her singing career as a coach on The Voice UK, which starts this month. She lives in Chicago with her son.

Culled: Christian Headline

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Trending: North Korea Tops 2018 Open Doors World Watch List; Islamic Extremism Expands at Alarming Rate

North Korea claims the No. 1 spot on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List—an annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution. With more than 50,000 people in prison or labor camps, such a ranking is little surprise for the totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of life in the country and forces worship of the Kim family.

But the new report reveals an alarming trend as countries driven by Islamic extremism, such as Afghanistan (No. 2), reach persecution levels rivaling those in North Korea. Of the 50 countries on the Open Doors World Watch List, 30 saw an increase in persecution during the reporting period.

Within the countries on the Open Doors World Watch List, approximately 215 million Christians experience high, very high or extreme persecution. Trends show that countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are intensifying persecution against Christians, and perhaps the most vulnerable are Christian women, who often face double persecution for faith and gender.

Every day six women are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage to a Muslim under threat of death due to their Christian faith. The 2018 Open Doors World Watch List documented 2,260 such incidences against women—a number that only covers those who had the courage to report such an incident, and is estimated to be a mere fraction of those actually raped and harassed in this way.

“Open Doors monitors the intensity faced by Christians around the world, and the World Watch List quantifies what we see,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “This year, as incidents of violence related to persecution have increased—especially those related to women, it is imperative we continue to advocate and call leaders to prioritize issues of religious freedom.”

The Open Doors World Watch List is a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and destabilization. This is the 26th year of the Open Doors World Watch List, and it remains the only comprehensive, annual survey to rank the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

Quick Facts

One in every 12 Christians in the world lives in an area, or in a culture, in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished.

North Korea tops the list for the 16th year in a row.

The countries where persecution increased the most are Egypt, India, Libya, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Nepal and Azerbaijan are newcomers to the list.

Comoros and Tanzania fell off the list.

Pakistan had the most violence recorded against Christians.

Islamic extremism remains the global, dominant driver of persecution, responsible for initiating oppression and conflict in 35 of the 50 countries on the list.

Middle East

Dramatically increasing persecution against Christians in all areas of their lives, Afghanistan models alarming trends that reverberate through the top 10 on the list: no central government, extremist Muslim factions trying to control the country and an intense, conservative Islamic population.

“Afghanistan and North Korea nearly tied. Never before have the top two countries been so close in incidents. Both countries are extreme in intolerance and outright persecution of Christians in every area Open Doors monitors. Afghanistan now meets the same level of persecution as North Korea in five out of the six areas. This is a tragedy considering the efforts being made by the international community to help rebuild Afghanistan are failing to ensure freedom of religion,” said Curry. “Reports of violence and human rights atrocities from North Korea are pervasive, while the situation faced by Christians in Afghanistan may be underestimated. It is hard for westerners to imagine a second country could nearly meet the levels of persecution seen in North Korea, but Afghanistan has reached that level this year.”

In addition to Pakistan being the most violent toward Christians, the country scored the highest in churches or church building attacks, abductions, and forced marriages.

Asia

Twenty-two of the 50 countries on the list are in Asia. India experienced a dramatic rise in persecution, moving from No. 15 in 2017 to No. 11 this year. Radical Hinduism and Indian nationalism are driving factors in the increasing levels of unrest and instability Christians face. In 2014, India scored only 55 points, while during the 2018 reporting period, Open Doors World Watch List researchers assigned 81 points to the nation—one of the fastest and most intense increases seen. Nepal appears on the list for the first time and lands stunningly at No. 25 due to India’s religious nationalism spilling into the country.

Africa

Ethnic cleansing based on religious affiliation is becoming common in a number of sub-Saharan African countries like Somalia (No. 3), Sudan (No. 4), Nigeria (No. 14) and Kenya (No. 32). Terrorism connected with extreme Islam continues to plague many African nations, resulting in increased persecution of Christians.

The Americas

Mexico (39) and Colombia (49) remain the only two nations outside the Middle East, Asia and Africa to make the list. Both experienced increases in persecution, primarily attributed to organized crime, corruption and governmental instability.

Top 10

According to research calculations, the top 10 nations where Christians found it most dangerous and difficult to practice their faith in 2017 were:

1. North Korea (94 points)

2. Afghanistan (93 points)

3. Somalia (91 points)

4. Sudan (87 points)

5. Pakistan (86 points)

6. Eritrea (86 points)

7. Libya (86 points)

8. Iraq (86 points)

9. Yemen (85 points)

10. Iran (85 points)

Syria dropped out of the top 10 down to No. 15, while Libya jumped back up to No. 7 (since being No. 10 in 2016).

Persecution at a Glance

Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While persecution of Christians takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ. Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape, and even death as a result of their faith.

Source: Christian Headline 

Around The World Today: Israeli Archaeologists Discover Ancient Artifact That Supports Biblical Record

​Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that supports the Bible’s record of a governor ruling over the city of Jerusalem.

According to TheBlaze.com, the seal is comprised of a stamped piece of clay and dates back to the period of the first Jewish temple. The coin-sized seal bears an inscription which reads “belonging to the governor of the city.” Archaeologists were able to date it to the period of the first Jewish temple because it was uncovered in soil from the first temple period.

This is consistent with the biblical record which makes note of a governor ruling over Jerusalem during the first temple period.

According to one of the archaeologists, Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, the seal “supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”

The seal was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir. It was discovered near the plaza of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

“It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport, sent by the city governor,” said Dr. Weksler-Bdolah.

Culled: Christian Headlines 

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