Cuban Christian Persecution Persists

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Although the leadership changed, Cuban Christian persecution continues. The government views Christianity as a threat to communism. Police interrogate church leaders who resist teachings that are contrary to God’s Word. Church leaders also disobey government restrictions on Christian witness. The government forbids unregistered and new churches. Cubans still are poor, with the government controlling every aspect of life.

Major Religions:

Most Cubans are atheists. A significant number of Cubans practice Santería.

Cuban Christian Persecution:

The government persecutes Christians.

What It Means to Follow Christ in Cuba:

Because of its global reputation, the Cuban government changed persecution tactics. Government officials call Christian leaders to meet with them. The police then jail them for up to 48 hours. The government either seize church buildings or hires gangs to destroy churches. The government does not allow new church buildings. Many Christians meet in unsanctioned “house churches.”

However, the church continues to grow. Some of the country’s 1 million believers do not own a Bible. Although not imprisoned, the police watch Christians so closely. It feels like they are under house arrest. In addition, Christians are often denied jobs and educational opportunities.

Access to Bibles:

Although the government allows some Bible distribution, they still restricts access to Bibles. Two years ago, Cuba allowed the legal purchase and sale of Bibles only to members of the ecumenical Protestant church. But most Christian literature remains illegal. There are no Christian bookstores on the island. Bibles can cost up to a third of a worker’s monthly income. Give Bibles

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Prayer Opens Prisons

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(Daniel 6:11)  The men who had spoken to the king watched Daniel and saw him praying to his God for help.

Daniel prayed despite the king’s decree. He knew that praying was dangerous. But he also realized that prayer was vitally important. Examine his dilemma. Praying would cost him his life. Yet, not praying would kill him spiritually.  It was a difficult choice. However, his relationship with God was more important than his life.

In Russia, prayer also met with great opposition. The devil knows only too well that praying people are victorious people.

One day, I was arrested with 30 other brothers in Moscow. The police locked us up in an ice-cold cell. It was a few days before Christmas. We thought we would not be home for Christmas. It was no use complaining. One of the brothers said, “Let’s pray.” We all knelt down on the cold concrete floor. We prayed for an hour. The policeman was dumbfounded. He said, “What kind of fanatics are you? How dare you pray in an atheist police station?” A long conversation followed.

Later, the officer said, “We don’t know what to do with you. If we imprison one of you, he will convert another prisoner. If we imprison two, another two will be converted. Go home, you won’t bother us there.”

He was right. Prayer gives strength and opens doors. If it doesn’t open the doors of prison cells, it opens people’s hearts inside prisons. What a powerful weapon! Use it.

via Gerhard Hamm from Russia; he spent many years in prisons and labor camps in Northern Siberia.

LGBTQ+ Threatens to Burn Down Church

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UK Pastor John Williamson of Newquay Baptist Church faces violent threats from the LGBTQ+ community for saying that homosexuality is a sin.

According to Christian Concern, Williamson wrote, “Wonderful news!” in response to a news article reporting the cancellation of the Cornwall Pride Parade. The parade was to occur on August 29.

An online user asked Williamson why he celebrated the cancellation. The pastor replied, “Because I don’t think sin should be celebrated.”

Williamson referred to Scripture to defend his stance on homosexuality.

The pastor shared the article on his personal Facebook page. He also noted that his church prayed for the parade’s cancellation.

“We also prayed that the Lord would save the organizers. One prayer answered. Now we wait for the second prayer to be answered,” he added.

Parade organizers learned of Williamson’s page. They took a screenshot of his post, tagged his church, and posted it with online users’ anti-LGBTQ+ comments.

The names of the users were blocked out by Cornell Pride, to make it look like Pastor Williamson made the negative comments.

Williamson’s wife received online threats. Her husband’s head was superimposed upon an image of homosexual pornography that was shared online.

Cornwall Pride followers reported the pastor to police for committing a hate crime.

Williamson received many threats. Members of the LGBTQ+ community protested outside of his church during Sunday’s service. They threatened to have the church’s charity status revoked. They also threatened to deport the pastor to Australia’s homeland.

Amid the threats, Williamson met with two members of Cornwall Pride. He continued to defend his stance on homosexuality. He shared a tract that explains why homosexuality is a sin.

But the group shared images of the tract online. This gave the appearance that Williamson was promoting hate speech.

Christian Concern shared a screenshot of a post. One member proposed to burn down Newquay Baptist Church. It was met with support.

Another user chanted, “LET’S BURN A CHURCH! LET’S BURN A CHURCH!”

Another member suggested having a mass sex orgy at the church.

Police officers told Williamson that he should not offend anyone in the LGBTQ+ community.

According to Christian Concern, the Cornwall Police are sponsors of the LGBTQ organization.

Williamson expressed concern about the threats. He said: “As Christians, we seek to speak the truth in love. We welcome all people to our services,” including members of the LGBTQ+ community.

However, Williamson stated that the Bible says all people need to repent from their sin and place their trust in Christ.

“It would be unloving for us to remain silent about what God’s Word says about sin. We, therefore, must proclaim the truth that homosexuality is a sin. But God loves sinners, and Jesus can forgive all our sins.”

Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre is representing Pastor Josh Williamson over the incident.

“It’s common in the UK to see threats and calls for violence against Christians for voicing their opposition to LGBT Pride,” Williams stated. “Police forces should show Christians they take this seriously. They should protect their free speech against mob threats rather than telling them to keep Christians quiet.”

“Christians are called to repay evil with good. I have no doubt that Pastor Williamson will continue to share the reality of sin and the good news of Jesus Christ with Newquay’s people,” she concluded.

via Christian Headlines