Connect with us

Religion

“Spiritual Leader” of Criminal Gang Arrested One Day Prior to Executing Planned Church Attack

Published

on

con Nigeria wide

12/01/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A press statement issued by Niger state police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, has revealed that police in association with the state’s Intelligence Unit have arrested a suspect planning a church attack in Nigeria’s capital.

The Nigerian Daily Post reported on the press release, stating that Umar Samaila, aged 50, was arrested and interrogated on November 20th, one day prior to the attack planned on the church in Buku village, Abuja.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to being the spiritual leader to some notorious bandits hibernating in Niger, FCT Abuja, and Nasarawa States,” said Abiodun. “During his last conversation with his gang on the same date at about 0720hrs, he directed them to go ahead with the operation and assured them of success.

Advertisement

“He also promised to pray for the release of a suspected bandit known as ‘Julli’ currently in police custody in Abuja. The suspect will be transferred to the FCT (Police) Command, Abuja for further investigation.”

In addition to Samaila, four other suspected kidnappers were arrested, all identified as nomadic herders. Their identities were released as: 27-year-old Abubakar Buba of Babana village, 20-year-old Shehu Mallam Jare of Rafindaji village, and 44-year-old Abubakar Garba and 25-year-old Abubakar Na’Allah, both of Maijaki village.

In The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2021 annual report, Commissioner Gary L. Bauer described Nigeria as a “killing field” of Christians and warned that the nation is moving toward a Christian genocide.

“All too often this violence is attributed to mere “bandits” or explained away as hostility between farmers and herdsmen,” stated Bauer. “While there is some truth in these assertions, they ignore the main truth: radical Islamists are committing violence inspired by what they believe is a religious imperative to ‘cleanse’ Nigeria of its Christians. They must be stopped.”

Advertisement

Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, for the Lord to strengthen the Nigerian church and heal His persecuted children of their trauma. Please also pray for the world to recognize the scale of the suffering that believers are having to endure in Nigeria, as well as for the souls of those who persecute the church, that all will repent and find salvation in Christ.

For interviews, please contact: [email protected].

 

Advertisement

Religion

Strong support among young people for ban on abortions after heartbeat detected

Published

on

embryo

(Photo: Getty/iStock)

(CP) A new poll released ahead of the annual March for Life reveals that most young Americans support efforts to ban abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

The poll, conducted on behalf of the pro-life organization Students for Life of America from Jan. 5–11, asked 834 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 for their views on abortion and the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide.

The poll’s release comes as pro-lifers are set to gather in Washington, D.C., Friday for the annual March for Life that’s held in the nation’s capital around the anniversary of the Roe decision.

Advertisement

The survey informed respondents that “the human fetal heart begins to beat 21 days after conception, at 3 weeks gestation” before asking if they supported banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said they supported banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected compared to 48% who opposed.

Denise Harle, an attorney with the religious liberty law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, reacted to the poll’s findings in an interview with The Christian Post. “I think that is fantastic news,” she said.

Harle told CP that she was “so encouraged” because “it means that … our younger generation understands what medical science shows us and what biology teaches us, which is that … life begins at conception, it’s a human right and it should be protected.”

Some of the young Americans who participated in the poll changed their views on abortion once they received more details about Roe v. Wade. Initially, 60% of respondents expressed some level of support for Roe, with 21% saying that they very strongly supported the decision, 26% reporting that they strongly supported the decision, and 12% telling the pollster that they did “not strongly support” it.

Advertisement

The share of respondents who expressed some level of support for Roe decreased after they learned that Roe allows abortions to take place throughout all nine months of pregnancy, right up until the moment of birth and allows women to abort their children if they do not like the sex of their baby, fear it has an abnormality like Down syndrome or believe that the baby might be same-sex attracted or one day identify as transgender.

Additionally, the poll informed respondents that Roe has “been used to justify sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to perform abortions or off-set other expenses of abortion vendors/providers,” allows women to use abortion as contraception and “ends a disproportionate number of minority lives.” At the end of the poll, support for Roe had dropped to 50% among those surveyed.

The share of participants who very strongly support Roe dipped slightly from 21% to 20%, the percentage who strongly support Roe dropped from 26% to 21%, while 9% indicated that they did “not very strongly support it.” Harle described this finding in the poll as consistent with previous polling revealing that “when you ask people about what Roe v. Wade really held, they don’t agree with it.”

When asked for their views about abortion in general, 25% agreed with the statement asserting that “I support an abortion at any time without exception.” Twenty percent expressed support for “abortion after a heartbeat is detected, up until the fetus can feel pain.” Twenty-eight percent opposed abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, while supporting exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest.

Advertisement

© The Christian Post

function facebookCallback(result) { document.getElementsByClassName("fb_share_count").textContent=result.shares; }

function pinterestCallback(result) { document.getElementsByClassName("pt_share_count").textContent=result.count; }

Continue Reading

Religion

The nuclear threat is greater than ever

Published

on

hiroshima

Peace Park in Hiroshima where a flame will continue to burn until there are no more nuclear weapons in the world.(Photo: Unsplash)

“How is it you cannot interpret this fateful hour?” In Luke 12:56 Jesus gives a glimpse of his frustration with our difficulty seeing, and acting on, the obvious. Two thousand years later, his words make an apt teaser for the recent film “Don’t Look Up”.

At the start of the movie, a young astronomer (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers a huge comet which is hurtling towards Planet Earth. She and her colleague (Leonardo DiCaprio) calculate that it will hit in about six months’ time, and they set off to alert humanity (starting, naturally, with the US president, an oddly Trumpesque character played by Meryl Streep) in the hope that the comet can be deflected and life on earth saved. No spoilers here: just watch the film.

The film is a brilliant satire on climate change. Faced with a planet-scale threat, will we take urgent action? Will we dither and cross our fingers? Will we go for full-blown denial? What are the vested interests seeking to influence us? What are our internal conflicts? What, as Christians, do we believe that the Bible and the Holy Spirit have to say about it?

Advertisement

In a sense, this film is too generous to us. The comet is not of our making and although, in the story, we have a good chance of deflecting it, we didn’t start it. Climate change is worse, in the sense that it is a problem of our own making. And we have had decades, not six months, to do something about it.

With noble and notable exceptions, the church’s reaction to climate change could hardly be called prophetic. We are finally, belatedly, throwing our (still considerable) weight behind efforts to address it, but we cannot claim to have led the way. There’s much still to do, and much doublespeak, but addressing the climate crisis is now a mainstream concern, including for Christians.

But what if climate change isn’t the only existential threat facing us? As a part of the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament I could not help feeling like the two astronomers in the film. There is a threat there which is not getting the seriousness, attention, and action which it deserves. Nobody wants a nuclear war, and most people would gladly be rid of the weapons, but our attention is elsewhere.

If climate change is ‘morally worse’ than a comet strike, then nuclear weapons are worse still. The use of fossil fuels was, at least at first, intended to do good and build a better, modern world. Nuclear weapons (like the “thief” in John 10:10) can only kill and destroy.

Advertisement

Jesus offers us “life in all its fulness”. Ninety-five per cent of the world’s countries seem to believe they can have that without possessing nuclear weapons. Those of us in the other five per cent should be looking up, not down: at a world where this threat has been permanently removed – before it’s too late.

The risk’s greater than ever, with the Doomsday Clock set at just 100 seconds to midnight experts judge that humanity has never been closer to catastrophe. We know what to do: will we do it?

function twitterCallback(result) { document.getElementsByClassName("tw_share_count").textContent=result.count; }

function facebookCallback(result) { document.getElementsByClassName("fb_share_count").textContent=result.shares; }

function pinterestCallback(result) { document.getElementsByClassName("pt_share_count").textContent=result.count; }

Advertisement
Continue Reading