EL CAJON, Calif., Oct. 29 /Christian Newswire/ — Native-born Egyptian David Joseph, of El Cajon, Calif., in “Let My People Go So They Can Worship Me,” shares his vision that Christians “prepare the highway of the Lord” between Egypt, Israel and Assyria (Isaiah 19), by exposing the spirit of Islam, and praying for Muslims in order to win them to Christ.
In his autobiography, Joseph, now a U.S. citizen, also details the founding of his ministry to youth in Egypt in 1981, the difficulties he faced as a pastor harassed by Egyptian police, and how God led him to the U.S. in 1991, where he established an international ministry reaching Muslims for Christ.
“The spirit of Islam is a spirit of antichrist. Islam says Jesus is not the Son of God, is not God, and was not crucified. It’s also a spirit of depression, control, and violence,” Joseph said. “Christians will help prepare the highway in the Middle East for the return of the Lord Jesus by praying against this demonic spirit, and by helping to remove the stones of misunderstandings that keep Muslims from knowing who Jesus is.”
Joseph is an expert in producing materials in Arabic that answer questions Muslims have about Christianity. His ministry involves radio broadcasts, websites, and indigenous workers in over 12 Middle Eastern countries that help Christians evangelize Muslims.
He founded The Last Harvest, a 501(c)3 organization planting churches in the Middle East, in 1992; and, Advocates For The Persecuted, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that assists persecuted religious minorities in Islamic countries, in 2006.
“Christians are the largest religious minority in Egypt, and they are deprived of basic human rights,” said Joseph. “The U.S. State Department released the ‘International Religious Freedom Report’ in September stating respect for religious freedom in Egypt has declined.
“The right of free speech and the right to express ideas have never been worse in Egypt than it is currently. The world community needs to give more attention to what is going on in Egypt and the other Arabic countries in the Middle East,” he said. “November 11 – The International Day of Prayer – has been designated as a day to pray for the persecuted, and particularly for Muslims who have become Christians.”
Joseph was elected president of the Middle Eastern Evangelical Churches Fellowship of America (MEFCA) in 2006.
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December 20, 2007
SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 11 /Christian Newswire/ — Iran, December 1993: An Islamic judge in northern Iran condemns a zealous Christian convert from Islam – Mehdi Dibaj – to death. His crime was apostasy. Dibaj had already served 10 years in prison.
Bishop Haik Hovsepian, the leader of evangelical Christians in Iran, speaks out for his brother in Christ. He launches an international campaign for Dibaj’s sentence to be overturned.
Hovsepian’s campaign is successful. Dibaj is freed only a few days before his execution date. But there is a price to pay…a very heavy price.
On Jan. 19, 1994, Hovsepian disappears. Twelve days later his body is identified in a morgue by one of his sons. He had been stabbed 26 times.
Haik Hovsepian’s story – told through the eyes and camera lens of his sons Joseph and Andre – is now a compelling documentary called A Cry From Iran.
“This is the story of not only of my father’s martyrdom, but also of the victims who have been killed and continue to be tortured for being Christians. The chronicling of his life and death puts a focus on the many stories of persecution that are happening as we speak,” said film director and producer Joseph Hovsepian.
“This is a compelling, must-see documentary which graphically shows what Christians like Haik Hvsepian go through because they place their faith in Jesus Christ,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. “He is definitely one of our modern-day heroes of the faith.”
Joseph and Andre Hovsepian have put their heart and soul into the project, which included filming in five countries, interviews with 40 political and religion experts, family and friends, 42 months of production and 200 hours of archive footage.
Iran is ranked No. 3 on Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most severe persecution.
A Cry From Iran is playing at selected theaters across the United States. The DVD will be available to order October 18. For more information, to order the DVD and to view a trailer from the documentary go to http://www.acryfromiran.com. A Cry From Iran has been produced in partnership with Open Doors International, a worldwide organization which supports and strengthens Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Go to http://www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
December 20, 2007
MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 8 /Christian Newswire/ — West Bank Christian Evangelist Terry McIntosh is challenging Islam to police themselves after the murder of a prominent Christian in Gaza on Sunday. McIntosh says that Islam must purge themselves of all criminal acts and teach tolerance of other religions to halt the rising threat of harm to Christians worldwide.
“Rami Ayyad’s death is the result of a radical belief system that demands adherence to Islam. He was killed because he was demonstrating the love of Christ to Muslims. He was murdered by cowards in the disguise of religion, and it was not a pious act. It was murder. Islam must purge itself of extremists, and civilized people must take a firm stand against its radical teachings. Some moderate Muslims are doing that, but it will take many voices to apply pressure upon the Islamic world to police themselves. I eagerly add my voice to the collective effort and say to radical Islam “Count me as your enemy.”
“At the same time, it’s important that we do not blame the entire Muslim community for this tragedy. Radical elements within Islam are harming their own people, and innocent people should not be unjustly held accountable. It was a criminal act by criminal extremists.”
McIntosh, a Kentucky native, has been involved in Israel and Palestine for 15 years. His evangelistic work includes the founding of a Christian chapel in the West Bank as well as numerous radio and TV appearances on Islamic owned media.
December 20, 2007
OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ — On Wednesday, December 19, 2007, Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), on behalf of Walter B. Hoye II, filed suit in Federal Court, to immediately restrain the City of Oakland from enforcing a new “bubble law” at abortion clinics. This new ordinance, passed by the Oakland City Council on Tuesday evening, December 18, 2007, makes it unlawful, and punishable by up to one year in jail, to knowingly approach within eight (8) feet of any person seeking to enter an abortion clinic, without their consent, to counsel or distribute literature to them or to urge them not to obtain an abortion. LLDF’s suit maintains that the ordinance is a content- and viewpoint-based restriction of speech and is unconstitutional on its face.
The plaintiff, Walter Hoye, is Executive Elder of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley. Motivated by his moral, religious, and political beliefs, he regularly engages in pro-life counseling and leafleting at the Family Planning Specialists abortion clinic in Oakland. He is often joined by two elderly women (both over 80 years of age) from his church. Hoye told the Oakland City Council that “We are not a threat to public safety and these women aren’t even capable of harassing clinic clients!” Their activities include handing out leaflets, education about abortion and holding signs with a pro-life message. All of these activities occur on the public sidewalk, the traditional public forum for the exchange of ideas.
Bay area attorney Mike Millen, who filed the lawsuit in conjunction with LLDF, said “Rather than helping women, this ordinance prevents them from receiving valuable information about their developing baby and options which would let that baby live. It is sad that city leaders are spending time and money on laws that maximize revenue for the abortion industry at the expense of the health of women and babies.”
LLDF was established in 1989 and is a non-profit organization committed to the sanctity of human life.
December 20, 2007
ROCKFORD, Ill., Dec. 19 /Christian Newswire/ — World Congress of Families International Secretary Allan C. Carlson called a proposal for an Australian baby tax “suicidal.”
Barry Walters is a clinical professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia. In a recent issue of Medical Journal of Australia, Walters called for a $5,000 “baby levy” and an annual “carbon tax” of up to $800-per-child for families with more than two children.
This is intended to offset projected energy use during the child’s lifetime, to counter global warming.
“If adopted, the professor’s proposal would have the effect of throwing gasoline on a fire,” Carlson commented.
“Australia’s birthrate is currently 1.75 – less than half of what it was in 1960 and well below the number of births-per-woman needed just to replace current population (2.11),” Carlson noted.
“Who does Walters think will pay his pension, if not children from large families when they become workers?”
Carlson continued: “Any human contribution to global warming is a function of poor stewardship of the earth, not total population size.”
Carlson noted that, contrary to Walters’ assertion, a recent Michigan State University study actually showed that married households contribute less to global warming than single person households. The former (with or without children) are more environmentally efficient and use significantly less energy and resources than single households according to Jianguo Liu, an ecologist whose analysis appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0707267104v1 ).”
“Unlike the effect an additional child will have on global warming, demographic decline is a verifiable reality. Worldwide, fertility rates have dropped by half in the last 50 years. There are now 6 million fewer children in the world (ages 0-4) than there were in 1990.”
If nothing else, Walters’ proposal unmasks the real agenda of environmental extremists, which is anti- child, anti-family and ultimately anti-life.
World Congress of Families is an international pro- family movement. World Congress of Families IV – held in Warsaw, May 11-13, 2007 – was attended by 3,900 delegates from 64 countries. World Congress of Families V is now in the planning stages and accepting host proposals for 2009 or 2010 ( http://www.worldcongress.org).
The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society. The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois (www.profam.org). To date, there have been four World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw, Poland (2007).
December 8, 2007
Somehow, I don’t think people will fill the blank in with “Moslems.”
If you don’t believe me, do a quick tally of how many hateful comments come back to my articles.
If Islam were so great AND people followed it rightly, people wouldn’t be upset and say “F@$# YOU!”
They would say, Hey Salib, you’re wrong and here’s why. Will pray that you see the light. Love in Mohammed..”
But they don’t! They roll out the anger and threats in their oh so wide vocabulary.
So I guess that the only thing I can say is “Hey, I stand by my beliefs, will pray that you see the light. Love in Christ, Salib.”
December 8, 2007
Christian Bashing: The Last Acceptable Bigotry
New Group to Fight Back Against Anti-Christian Threats
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 5 /Christian Newswire/ — As Christians around the country are met with violence and marginalization, Dr. Gary Cass, has founded the Christian Anti- Defamation Commission (CADC) a new organization that aims to counter threats to millions of Christians’ First Amendment rights. While the overwhelming majority of Americans are professed Christians, it has become routine for the media and elites to openly mock and trivialize Christians because they choose to express their faith.
In his new book Christian Bashing and the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Dr. Cass examines the threats, slurs and violence being perpetrated against Christians–and the apathetic reaction of American society. “When controversial statements are made against certain groups, there is a demand for an immediate apology. When anti- Christian sentiments flow from the media, there is never a response–until now,” said Dr. Cass.
“When a group known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of radical homosexual agitators, recently disrupted a Catholic mass in San Francisco, the reaction from the entire religious community was a big yawn. It is time for Christians to stand up and call bigotry by its rightful name and to fight back when defamed.”
“It is clear that persecution has not ceased to exist in the modern era. Defamation, which leads to marginalization and persecution, is not an irrational fear for Christians,” writes Dr. Cass.
According to Christian Bashing, some of the recent egregious examples of religious bigotry include:
In Illinois, an employee of a national insurance company was fired for writing an op-ed in support of traditional marriage, even though he did it on his own time and on his own computer.
Christopher Hitchens, on the day Jerry Falwell died, appeared on CNN and referred to Falwell as, “a little toad … a horrible little person… an evil old man… a conscious charlatan and bully and fraud.”
Bill Maher, who regularly belittles Christians, began his HBO program on May 18 with a vicious, blasphemous attack on the Christian faith, making lurid remarks associating Holy Communion with homosexuality.
An employee of an Idaho computer company was fired after displaying Bible verses in his cubicle–in response to a pro-homosexual flyer distributed by the company.
Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show said, “If I was president, I would have you (pro- lifers) gassed. I would march you into the ovens.”
Kathy Griffin, a self-identified militant atheist, was honored for her cable reality show. Upon receiving her reward she said, “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this. He had nothing to do with this, …suck it Jesus! This award is my god now!”
The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission is a non- profit organization devoted to protecting the rights of Christians to confidently live their faith. Dr. Gary Cass has degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, an outreach of Coral Ridge Ministries founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy.