Päivi Räsänen, a Finnish Member of Parliament is facing prosecution for her role in creating a pamphlet promoting biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality.
The prosecution insisted that “The Bible cannot overrule Finnish law,” and slammed Päivi Räsänen’s comments about homosexuality as “degrading,” and maintained that describing homosexuality as a “sin” can have a “harmful” effect. Paivi, on the other hand, has always maintained that she speaks in love, not hate. She has always said that all people are equal and all sinners, as is in accordance with Biblical teaching.
“The actions of the Finnish State in prosecuting Christians for holding to the clear teaching of the very words of Jesus regarding marriage and sex (Matthew 19:4-6) are egregious,” says the statement issued by the International Lutheran Council and joined by the bishops and presidents of dozens of Lutheran church bodies worldwide.
Sadly, they do not understand it will also bring the judgement of God on the nation.
Räsänen, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, could face up to six years in prison after being charged with three counts of ethnic agitation related to statements she made expressing her beliefs about human sexuality and marriage.
The fool and sinner hate a reprover. The righteous love faithful reproof.” Psalms 141:5; Proverbs 9:8
Good advice from Dr Michael Youssef: “The time is now upon us when we must pray for boldness rather than safety. We must obey God rather than human beings.”
At a time when many are becoming discouraged by the spiritual climate in America, Dr Michael Youssef encourages his readers that “In any contest of ideas, whether we have the First Amendment and Supreme Court on our side, or our rights have been stripped from us and the entire world has risen against us — God’s truth will prevail.”
Dr. Michael Youssef is a pastor, bestselling author, and internationally respected Bible teacher. He was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States and fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. Dr. Youssef is the host of the popular TV and radio broadcast Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, which airs more than 13,000 times every week, reaching audiences in nearly every major city in the world.
When I was a young man and had just qualified as a pharmacist from Sydney University, I was attending an Anglican Church, St Philips in a southern suburb of Sydney. Michael Youssef was the Assistant Pastor there, a recent graduate from Moore College. Michael has come a long way from his time in the Anglican church and God is using him now to warn Christians that we are in the last days before Jesus returns. A time when Jesus prophesied intense persecution for His followers.
“I think we are only seeing the beginning of the unfair treatment and persecution that lies ahead for the church,” says Dr. Youssef. “I believe we are heading into a time of severe testing where we are about to find out if we are made of the same stuff as the apostles. We are about to find out if we are willing to stand for God’s truth, whatever the cost.” The stakes are high for Christians today, and the temptation for many is to bury their heads in the sand. But believers in Jesus must be careful not to fall in this trap.
“The message of the kingdom of God won’t win any popularity contests. But it is the truth, and we need the courage to defend God’s truth boldly and without compromise,” Dr. Youssef says. “We are in a battle for the future of our children and grandchildren. We fight this battle with prayer and obedience to God’s Word. We don’t believe in silencing our opponents. We believe in fighting bad ideas with better ideas. And the best ideas of all are found in God’s Word.”
Will you stand courageously for God and His Word. Please consider it carefully, your eternal destiny depends upon it.
We don’t know the name of this young man who was out preaching the GOSPEL to people demonstrating during a George Floyd rally. An officer, Garren Hoskins saw the man sharing his Christian faith with the crowd. “As he was talking, he was quoting Bible verses. I’m personally a Christian and what he was saying is the same things I was raised on and what I believe. As he talked, I kind of talked back with him and carried on a casual conversation. There was a brief moment where he stopped and was just standing there. I felt an opportunity as a police officer and a person so I asked him, ‘Would you like to pray?’ He put his sign down, looked at me, and said, ‘Absolutely’.”
This image has gone viral and is being spoken about on the news across the country.
Officer Hoskins made the following observation: “Looking at myself and knowing that it was me there kind of touched me in a way – it’s a really powerful image,” the officer said. “At the same time, that gentleman was such a nice guy. I believe it created a solidarity there between him expressing his freedom of speech and me there as a police officer and that’s something the world needs to see.”
These two men were willing to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and God is using this one act of obedience to impact the lives of many. God uses tragedy, the sacrifice of George Floyd to bring the Gospel to many.
Great message from young man prepared to go out on the streets of New Orleans. Not sure how many heard the message, as the streets were deserted.
God is shaking things like never before. I have never experienced anything like it. The impact this virus will have on the world economy is enormous but for Christians it is not a time to be fearful, just the opposite, it is opportunity time. My recent post: GOOD NEWS: GOD’S WAKE UP CALL IS WORKING is worth a look if you haven’t done so. It demonstrates God’s shaking is having the effect He wanted.