The international news headlines are the same as they've been for over a year now...
ISIS Kidnaps 1,227 Children In Mosul For Jihadi Training Camp; Iraqi PM Says Terrorists Have Expanded Recruitment To Over 100 Foreign Countries
ISIS' Child Soldiers Execute 25 Men On Site Of Ancient Roman Amphitheater In New Video Showing Fearful Spectators
So much for the so-called "Religion of Peace" I guess.
In addition, ISIS has reportedly started to offer Christian and Yazidi girls as sex slaves to fellow terrorists who are able to master the Koran. ISIS's Da'wa and Mosques Department's reportedly announced on June 19th on Twitter that the group would offer the human beings as prizes for religious mastery, the Middle East Media Research Center and Clarion Project found.
Here's the thing that really gets under my sin...
If only Liberal Christians would speak out to "raise awareness" about their brothers and sisters being tortured and killed in the Middle East by ISIS for their faith in Christ like they do when they speak out to "raise awareness" about how the LGBT crowd is merely offended by the truth proclaimed by Christ and His people.
By the way, last time I checked, we simply confess what the Word of God says about sin, repentance, and salvation. The terrorists, on the other hand, don't hope that the sinner will be converted by the truth, because they just kill homosexuals when they find them!
My dear friends, this is nothing but "Liberal Christian Hypocrisy 101" and it really frustrates me.
If you have trouble believing that last part about how ISIS terrorists don't just kill Christians, but that they kill homosexuals too, then perhaps this gruesome story from just a few weeks ago will help change that...
Where's the outrage? Where's the same vehement verbal defense offered up by the Liberal Christians in the face of such travesties? Truth is, they'd rather come to the defense of transvestites than speak out about the atrocities committed worldwide by terrorists.
Bottom line? All of this is because Liberal Christians here in America seem to have a twisted understanding of "persecution" these days.
Persecution is somehow now synonymous with not being able to marry your homosexual lover or with not being able to get the wedding cake you want made by some Christian Bakers. The worst kind of persecution is being offended by the truth of God's Word we're told (sometimes we're told this from other so-called Christians!).
Meanwhile, the unspoken implication is that all those people being persecuted around the world unto torture and even unto death for their faith in Jesus Christ (or for their sinful lifestyle) aren't actually experiencing something worse. After all, that kind of persecution is mentioned in the Bible and is to be expected so what can you really do about it, right? Wrong!
I have yet to see any of the Liberal Christians I know who have been so vocal about coming to the defense of sinner caught up in an unrepentant sinful lifestyle say a single word in defense of the saints who are supposed to be their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Is that a truly "loving" response? #LoveWins or #LiberalChristianHypocrisy?
In a Lutheran layman's terms, these past couple of weeks have clearly emphasized the truth of Matthew 24:12 that says, "and because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold."
Please pray for the persecuted Christian Church around the world, and yes, please pray that the ISIS terrorists would repent of their sins "for all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27) as this recent story proves.
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