Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, has shared that in her years of traveling the country raising awareness for persecution, she has come to see major problems in the body of Christ that stand against serious warnings by God.
"My travels over the last three years have opened my eyes to the condition that the body of Christ is in. Pursuing fame, wealth and 'followers/numbers' has become normal in the Christian world. We are becoming like the world and we are totally OK with that. Yet the Scripture has serious warnings even calling us ENEMIES OF GOD," Abedini wrote on Sunday during one of her daily Facebook updates, as part of a three-week fast she has encouraged other Christians to join her in.
"May this time of prayer and fasting bring us to our knees. May it be a time of repentance and being raw before God admitting our adultery and enmity toward God. Revival starts with us admitting our true condition and turning back to God," she added, and posted passages on the subject as found in 1 John 2:15-16 and James 4:2-5. more >>
Mass anti-refugee protests were broken up by riot police in Cologne, Germany, over the weekend, with protesters venting their anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel and the gang sex assaults that women suffered in the city over New Year's Eve.
Reuters reported that on Saturday 1,700 protesters from the far-right PEGIDA movement marched with signs such as "Rapefugees not welcome," and chanted slogans including "Merkel must go" and "this is the march of the national resistance."
Police who broke up the march claimed that many of the demonstrators were from the "hooligan scene," and were forced to use water canons on the crowd after bottles and fire crackers were thrown at officers. more >>
Federal agents have arrested two Iraqi-born Palestinian immigrants from California and Texas on charges of having ties with the Islamic State terror group in Syria.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, was arrested from Sacramento, California, and Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, from Houston, Texas. Both are Iraqi-born Palestinians.
Al-Jayab fought against Syrian government soldiers and promised in 2013 he would train Al-Hardan in using weapons and sneaking into Syria to join the fight, The Associated Press reported, citing an FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court in Sacramento on Friday. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the mass sex assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany, can also happen in America, unless all incoming refugees are properly vetted.
"Gangs of Muslim men from North Africa and the Middle East roamed the streets of Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve attacking over 100 women — beating, groping, and raping," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"Unbelievably, authorities tried to cover it up because of fear and political correctness. Reports say that police were blocked from helping the women by groups of migrant men and were pelted by glass bottles and fireworks. This is a nightmare," he added. more >>
Islamist militants have released an Iraqi Catholic priest, who serves as a pastor in Syria, two weeks after kidnapping him. The priest, Father Dhiya Aziz, who suffered from extreme cold and severe exhaustion in captivity, is recovering.
Aziz, a Franciscan priest who was kidnapped from Syria two days before Christmas, has been released and is undergoing medical treatment, according to Catholic Online, which quoted a statement issued by the Custody of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the Franciscan order in Jerusalem.
The statement said further details could not be disclosed "due to confidentiality reasons," but "thanked all those who helped us to liberate him." more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Iraq strapped a bomb to a 4-year-old boy and blew him up after killing his father, who was accused by its militants of participating in an attack that killed two of its gunmen, according to an official of an Iraqi militia.
IS militants murdered the boy with "a bomb that was attached to the child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official with an Iraqi government-backed Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said, according to AhlulBayt News Agency.
"ISIS executed the boy's father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one of their outposts a month ago that killed two IS gunmen," el-Maamouri added. more >>