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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:12 am 
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This warning from the Rosenberg blog regarding the situation of churches in the Middle East deserves front page headlines, yet have you heard anything about this? Today, while we pray for the outcome of the elections in Louisiana, and the situation across America, where religious freedoms are being attacked as never before, we need to remember also how very serious the job facing the next President will be. May God have mercy and give us leaders to preserve our freedoms that are based and derived from Judeo-Christian principles, ethics, and law.

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TOP SAUDI ISLAMIC LEADER: “DESTROY ALL THE CHURCHES”
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"Why is it that when Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declares that it is 'necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula,' the major media do not see this as even worth reporting?" asks Middle East expert Cliff May in a story I'd encourage you to read and share with others.

"And no one, to the best of my knowledge, has noted that he said this to the members of a terrorist group.

Here are the facts: Some members of the Kuwaiti parliament have been seeking to demolish churches or at least prohibit the construction of new ones within that country’s borders. So the question arose: What does sharia, Islamic law, have to say about this issue? A delegation from Kuwait asked the Saudi grand mufti for guidance. He replied that Kuwait is part of the Arabian Peninsula — and that any churches on the Arabian Peninsula should indeed be destroyed, because the alternative would be to approve of them.

The grand mufti explained: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded us, ‘Two religions shall not coexist in the Arabian Peninsula,’ so building [churches] in the first place is not valid because this peninsula must be free from [any other religion].”

In Saudi Arabia, of course, non-Islamic houses of worship were banned long ago, and non-Muslims are prohibited from setting foot in Mecca and Medina....This should be emphasized: Al al-Sheikh is not the Arabian equivalent of some backwoods Florida pastor. He is the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, where there is no separation of mosque and state, and the state religion is the ultra-orthodox/fundamentalist reading of Islam known as Wahhabism. He also is a member of the country’s leading religious family. In other words, his pronouncements represent the official position of Saudi Arabia — a country that, we have been told time and again, changed course after 9/11 and is now our ally and solidly in the anti-terrorism camp."


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That interesting because of course there are no churches in Saudi Arabia. The priests have to sneak into the country and conduct masses and so forth in secret in ordinary buildings since there are no churches.

But there are churches in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, so it sounds like this guy is calling on his countrymen to go burn the churches in these other countries, or he's calling on people in these other countries to burn the churches in their midst.

Let's pray no one listens to him.

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That interesting because of course there are no churches in Saudi Arabia. The priests have to sneak into the country and conduct masses and so forth in secret in ordinary buildings since there are no churches.

But there are churches in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, so it sounds like this guy is calling on his countrymen to go burn the churches in these other countries, or he's calling on people in these other countries to burn the churches in their midst.

Let's pray no one listens to him.


I understand it is for the whole Arab Peninsula that this leader is declaring an end to all churches.

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I wonder what is going on with the Egyptian church and the revival there in the past few years. Are they experiencing persecution?

http://www.awakeus.com

Terry and Barbi Franklin are singers and songwriters, as well as leaders of their prayer and marriage ministry. This is the quote from their website and you can click on the video for a story from the pastor of the largest Christian church in the Middle East (over 7,000 members):

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The video link below is an interview with Dr. Sameh Maurice of Kasr El Dobara Church in Cairo, Egypt, the church that birthed the 40 day fast at the end of 2010. This movement spread throughout Egypt, sparking a revival in the churches, a spiritual awakening in their land, and began changes in Egypt’s political system that is still in progress. This video inspired nearly 500 churches and 30,000 individuals across America to join us for “Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast and Pray” at the end of 2011. Many now see that we, right here in America, too, need a kind of “revolution”… a spiritual revolution of repentance. Without this, we will surely lose our nation as we have known it.


Also, on the right hand bar is a link to a beautiful prayer song Terry and Barbi are singing. The video of the church and its revival, and the song, are well worth the time to bless you today in listening. Yes, pray for our Christians in Muslim nations, especially with the Arab Spring and the increased unrest and anti-Christian and anti-Jewish hatred being spread in the name of a religion.

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