Friday, July 14, 2017

Yarovaya law's cherry picking, bring a great danger of Judgement on its supporters

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Remember that the Gospel has been considered "hate speech" in Western world cause his stance against the sin of  homosexuality and the truth of Jesus the ONLY way to the Father in heaven:

http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/07/rowdy-crowd-in-england-gets-preachers.html

In Russia the Gospel can offend many powerful people who, at the opposite of the Western world, could not dare to attack the Gospel directly, but the ones spreading it, blaming them for "misuse", creating "troubles", etc.
For the Christians this is not a news. Already the Roman Empire created its fake Christ "Mithra", because the follower of the only and true Jesus refused to bow down to the emperor. In Russia they simply made a law which, giving power to the state even to shut the mouth of the ones who freely talk of the Gospel, implicitly declares that  to support the political power in the Kremlin and  the Russian Orthodox church as the only entity in Russia with the right to interpret the Scripture, is "spreading the Gospel".
It is evident the ideological and Nicoloitane background of the legislator and backer of the law. In the hurry to try to use the Gospel as a pamphlet supporting the group of power ruling today Russia,  they cherry-picked only the verses fitted for this not-so-much Christian agenda. From Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2:13 and following verses where the submission to the power of the state is affirmed as a feature of the born again in Christ, the promoters of Yarovaya's law believe to use the Gospel for their personal goal of political pride. But if you are not in Christ, you cannot partake in His Gospel. Yarovaya law's legilators and supporters forgot the little grain of salt  in their law, whose lack shows that their true intentions is not the spreading the Gospel, but reading it with greedy eyes and with a pride heart:


For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.- Matthew, 7:2 KJV
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Russian lawmakers propose fake news law

Two Russian lawmakers from State Duma majority party United Russia have proposed a bill for the publishing of “false information” on social media to become a criminal offence, punishable by hefty fines.
If passed, the law would see individuals found to have violated the law face a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($83,000) and large corporations face a maximum penalty of 50 million rubles ($830,000), according to a report published yesterday by RBC. Referencing an explanatory note to the proposal, the news outlet cites the lawmakers' claim that they had taken their lead from Germany, where the similar Network Enforcement Act was passed last month.
One of the law's authors, Deputy Sergey Boyarsky, took to Twitter to assure critics that the law would target social media companies rather than individual users, stating that it would be “up to the organisers of information dissemination to delete illegal information”.

https://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/8593/russian-lawmakers-propose-fake-news-law 

Social Networking Sites to Remove Incendiary Comments or Face Hefty Fines Under New Russian Legal Proposals

A bill has been submitted to the Russian parliament which would require social networks and messenger services to remove defamatory statements or comments deemed to promote “war or national, racial and religious strife.”
If passed, the law would come into force on January 1, 2018 and would compel social networking sites to remove incendiary comments within 24 hours of receiving a complaint or face a fine of 30 to 50 million roubles ($495,000 to $825,000).
The draft bill, submitted by members of the ruling United Russia party, also stipulates that all social networks and messaging services with over 2 million registered users in Russia open a representative office in the country.
In recent years the Russian parliament has passed a number of restrictions on social media and online publishers including a 2016 law commonly referred to as “Yarovaya law” (named after one of its authors) which requires telecommunications and internet companies to retain copies of all content and communications for six months, including text messages, voice, data and images.
Freedom of expression advocates have described these raft of laws as “draconian” attempts to limit free speech online.
Dozens of Russians are believed to have been arrested and even imprisoned for their posts on social media. 

https://codastory.com/disinformation-crisis/news/example-social-networking-sites-to-remove-incendiary-comments-or-face-hefty-fines-under-new-russian-legal-proposals-item01

 Last nail in coffin of Russian Internet freedom

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 10 July 2017.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Duma to reject two bills that have been approved on first reading and, if adopted, would eliminate much of what remains of Internet freedom in Russia. They would ban software for bypassing the blocking of websites, censor search engines and bring messaging apps under control.

No less a person than Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), asked legislators to speed passage of the two bills. And they listened. The first reading of both bills was completed in record time and their adoption on second reading is imminent.

"If they take effect, these bills will drive one of the last nails into the coffin of Internet freedom in Russia," said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF's Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

"By seeking to perfect Russia's mechanisms of digital censorship and surveillance, these bills trample on the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. We call on the Duma to reject them on second reading."


https://www.ifex.org/russia/2017/07/10/internet-freedom-suppressed/
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Rowdy Crowd in England Gets Preachers Arrested [article Chick Publications]

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As we approach the end of the Times we assist to an increasing hatred towards the Christians. The Preaching of the Gospel is the target #1 of Satan, and he uses the “mob-ocracy”. Mob-ocracy is the natural 'evolution' of the domocracy after having being fully fecundated by the Evolutionism. It consists in the "law of the strongest". Wherever you are and whatever context you find, if you are opposed no matter with what degree of hostility or violence, by an greater number of people, they are automatically considered "right" and you "wrong", and a "trouble-seeker". The concept of the "majority is always right" and that of the "best ones has the right to suppress the weaker one" of Darwinian heritage, are the fruit of the war against the Bible, especially the preserved one the KJV.

But born again Christians have not to be troubled too much by such signs. They know that their home in heaven is firm, eternal and assured by the blessed blood of the Christ. They have only to wait the rapture which can happen tomorrow, or next 100 years. If the natural death will take out them out of this world before the rapture, having spent all the rest of their life before to die in the wait to "meet the Lord in the sky" will grant them a special place in heaven. Violence, aggression, attacks against Christians are increasing, not in Syria, but in the Western world. Don't fear, God is always in control, and the Lord will appear among the clouds of heaven to avenge His sheep.


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"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Gal. 4:1


Rowdy Crowd in England Gets Preachers Arrested
Issue Date: July/August 2017 

Consequences of the spreading belief that there are many ways to God is evident in the arrest of a couple of street preachers in England. Americans Michael Stockwell and Michael Overd were with a group street preaching in Bristol, England.
As is common in such public witnessing, they preached against sin such as homosexuality, the deception of false religions, as well as quoting John 14:6 where Jesus says that “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The men were arrested, tried, and ordered to pay a $2500 fine for “…violating the Crime and Disorder Act, which prohibits speech or behavior causing ‘intentional harassment, alarm or distress’ that is ‘racially or religiously aggravated.’”
The response of one of the prosecutors to this scripture is becoming more common, showing how the one-religion world view is gaining acceptance. “To say to someone that Jesus is the only way to God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth,” declared Ian Jackson.
The other issue in this case is related to basic freedom of speech. As they were quoting KJV verses related to homosexuality and Islam, the crowd became abusive, creating a disturbance. When the police moved in, they arrested the preachers instead of the rabble rousers in the crowd.
The peace officers were backed up by the court in their decision to go after the preachers instead of those who actually created the disorder. The constitutions of many countries include freedom of speech, but officials are increasingly siding with those who are “offended” instead of protecting the freedom to preach the gospel.
A side note of the situation was a telling statement by Jackson to the court. He declared that the statements made by the preachers “may have been in the King James Bible, translated in 1611, but that did not mean they were acceptable in 2016.”
This trend towards what some have dubbed “mob-ocracy” is part of the setup for the one-world religion for the one-world government. Anyone who goes against the “groupthink” has to be silenced. “Harmony” is the mantra, but harmony on the devil’s terms, not Biblical peace. This is a shock because we grew up in one of the few short periods of true freedom in the history of the world.
But, that era is fading fast. America is the last major hold out in the Western World and cracks are showing in the wall. Same-sex marriage lawsuits are costing Christian businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and court fees. Street preaching is becoming increasingly risky with the gospel declared as “hate speech” by the “mob.”
Quality gospel tracts will become increasingly important because of their inconspicuous nature. They can be read in private, and will wait patiently in a desk drawer till a heart is ready. Like salt, they may be small but can change the “flavor” of a whole neighborhood if widely “sprinkled.”
Soul winners, will we not be guilty if we waste this special time of freedom to further the Kingdom?
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Friday, May 19, 2017

The attack against the Bible - creeping inside

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By David W. Daniels (Attended Fuller Seminary 1984-87)
"God didn’t talk in person to His creation anymore after the Fall in Genesis 3.”
Hearing my professor say this, in his Unity of the Bible course, wouldn’t have been so shocking if it hadn’t happened in Fuller Seminary, which was once considered one of the most conservative seminaries in the country.
As we all know, God spoke directly to Cain in the very next chapter, Genesis 4! But this professor never changed his notes to match the Bible. His mind was made up.
The professor was Dan Fuller, son of the founder, Charles E. Fuller (whose preaching had led to Jack Chick’s salvation).
At Fuller, it wasn’t long before I found myself questioning everything I had believed about God and the Bible. We were frequently challenged to think differently and question our currently held beliefs. I think you will be quite surprised by what other Fuller Bible “scholars” believed.


This is Paul Jewett. He taught us that Adam didn't find a companion until he looked and saw one of the apes. He said, and I quote, "That one over there. I think it's something in the eyes." So Dr. Jewett, this champion of women as pastors, taught that the first woman was literally an ape.


This is Dr. Ralph P. Martin. He changed the meaning of a couple of Greek words in Acts 1 to make it as if Luke and Acts were written in the 2nd century, contradicting the Bible, which says Luke was an eyewitness.


This is Dr. Lewis B. Smedes. Like a confrontational talk-show host, he would try to tear down each class member’s faith in the 10 Commandments. He'd arrange us in a circle and make up tear-jerking scenarios, where breaking a commandment seemed like the only thing you could do, to solve the problem he made up. And when someone finally emotionally broke down in class, he would say in front of the others, "So you don't really believe in that commandment, do you?" He took pleasure in tearing people's faith into shreds.


These are Drs. Hubbard, LaSor and Bush. They wrote an Old Testament Introduction text that said Ezekiel was a reformer who wanted to make a bigger Jerusalem temple. But alas, his plans didn't work out. (That's Ezekiel 40-48). They said that those chapters were simply Ezekiel's wish-fulfillment dream, not from God. So they believed the Bible was written by man, not inspired by God.



Dr. Bob Schaper, my homiletics professor, said two things I still remember, almost word-for-word: “If we had a Polaroid camera, we would not have seen God forming man of the dust of the ground and breathing into his nostrils the breath of life.” And “If we had a Polaroid camera, we would not have seen Jesus ascend to heaven. ‘Heaven isn't up.’” And nobody questioned it! Yet Acts 1 plainly says Jesus “went up” before their eyes, while they watched. But Dr. Schaper never let the facts get in the way of his beliefs.


Oh, and one more thing. All the professors here, as far as they had said and I was told, were evolutionists. They thought creationism was a fairy tale, and that Genesis 1-11 was just poetry.
This is who trained thousands of present pastors and professors when they went to Fuller seminary, as I did. And they are only the tip of the iceberg.
Listening to my professors talk, was like dissecting dead things. These professors were perfectly happy to pick up the dead and rotting corpses of supposedly ancient Bible texts, cut out what they wanted, throw the rest away, and sort of “Frankenstein-together” a Bible out of the rotten remains of whatever they found.
But God's words never died. They are living! The Bibles words are "quick" —and they are powerful. They change lives.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
"Quick" means "alive." God's words are quick and powerful, not dead and powerless.
"Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:29). God's word burns and breaks whatever God wants burnt and broken. That's powerful.
In short, God's words are an extension of God. They are powerful, like God. They do what God wants, when God wants, how God wants. God's words are alive. When I approach HIS Book I can find out what my heavenly Father thinks, what He wants, and what will make Him happy.
The Bible is not like any other book. It is God's Book! But my professors treated their own words as if they were more important than God's words. And they taught the sons and daughters entrusted to them to doubt the Bible and trust them.
There is a solution. You can inoculate your sons and daughters against these kinds of faith-destroying professors. Teach them to trust the preserved words of the living God, in English, the King James Bible. As far as these seminaries, “let the dead bury their dead” (Luke 9:60).

Learn more about what is happening to the Bible:

Why They Changed the Bible
David W. Daniels
288 pages - Paperback

See who is behind the gradual changing of modern Bibles. There's no guessing about what these people believe. They will tell you, in their own words!
 
(41 reviews)



Bridge to Babylon Rome, Ecumenism and the Bible
Follow the story of the Bible’s controversial history. See how the work of Westcott and Hort inspired various Bible Societies and paved the way for the cause of ecumenical unity between Evangelical Protestants and Rome.
 
(6 reviews)



Sabotage
See the struggle through the ages to keep God's Word pure, and learn which Bible can be trusted...and why!
 
(21 reviews)

Watch David W. Daniels present this info in the vlog, “Their ideas were more important than scripture?”

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Internet censorship in Russia to be strenghtened

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US pastor challenges Russia's 'anti-missionary' law at European Court of Human Rights

"Freedom of religion is one of the most fundamental rights. Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. Despite the Russian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of conscience and religion for all, Donald Ossewaarde has been charged with a criminal offence for holding a peaceful Church service in his own home," said ADF International Legal Counsel Laurence Wilkinson.
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Russia considers putting the brakes on lawbreaking sites

 Friday, January 27, 2017
"US Missionary May Get Russia’s Anti-Evangelism Law Overturned" [article]
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/us-missionary-may-get-russias-anti.html

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Friday, January 27, 2017

"US Missionary May Get Russia’s Anti-Evangelism Law Overturned" [article]

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Pray God that it may become true!!!

Taken from Christianity Today:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/january/us-missionary-may-get-russia-evangelism-law-overturned.html


US Missionary May Get Russia’s Anti-Evangelism Law Overturned

After 32 cases, lawmakers review Yarovaya restrictions on religion. Top courts could follow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yarovaya law is only the old Czarist persecution of Evangelical Baptism

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Plus the efficency of the Soviet psychological and ideological methods in to perform the dirty war against the enemies of the regime.
One detail: in the following text I integrally report here, you will notice how with the rising of atheist anti-Christian Communism, the Russian Baptists had to face another hard task, to counter the atheist ideology of the Bolshevik regime. They opposed the fleshy Kingdom of Earth of the Bolsheviks telling the only true Kingdom, the one of GOD, which "comes without observation" and it "comes in your heart" (Luke, ch. 17). The ideals of fraternity to be implemented at any cost on earth as the revolutionist catechisms, are only a fleshy dummy of the true fraternity of all the saints in heaven and, at the present time of persecutions, among the brethren on earth. Significantly there was a parallel ideological and cultural opposition to the Bolshevik regime, which tried to occupy the field of the "betrayed fraternity" stealing it from the mouth of the Baptist brethren: the Anarchists. Who acted not only with the culture and ideology, but also with the blood of the Nestor Machno's anarchist uprising.
Today in the s.c. liberal democracies, the situation is not far away from the one of Russia between Czarist and Boshevik persecution: the liberal democracies are no more or less anti-Christian, opposing to the Kingdom of God another version of the fleshy Kingdom of Earth. Evangelical Baptists share persecutions  not only in the Russia of the Yarovaya law, but quite well in the liberal democracies, where (my personal witness and troubles) the bureucracy to which you are constrained to apply if you want decently live our "liberal democratic countries" is no less full of hatred towards the Evangelical Baptists. The hordes of feminists, homosexual-supporters, abortion militants, evolutionist-darwinist squads and other, which you can see every day in the squares of USA protesting against the new President Trump, are only the last fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:12

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 Taken from the website of Russian Baptists:
http://rusbaptist.stunda.org/engl/ecb.htm 

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS-BAPTISTS IN THE RUSSIA


Thousands of churches and groups of believing Evangelical Christian - Baptists in our country gather for praverful fellowship after their day’s or work to praise and thank Him Who gives life to all the creation on the earth.
This narration can give you just a slight impression of life and activity of the Evangelical Christian Baptists in the Russia.
Evangelical Christians - Baptists are scattered on the vast territory of our country. Churches of our brotherhood can be found in central regions, in the Far North, in Transcaucasia, in the Baltic region, and in the boundless lands of Siberia and the Far East.
Our brotherhood is multinational. It consists of Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Germans, Latvians, Armenians, Georgians, Ossets, Moldavians, Chuvashes, Komi, and other nationalities. Any nationality enjoys love, respect, and equal rights in our brotherhood.
Many foreign delegations and separate tourists visit our churches. As a rule, they are impressed by deep dedication of believers to Savior Jesus Christ and striving for carrying His divine teaching into everyday life.
The history of Christianity tells us that there had been Christ’s followers inany century, who held the name of the Teacher sacred and preserved His commandments in purity.
The Reformation, which took place in the 16th century, was a sign of its times. It moved almost all the people of Western Europe and opened again the source of salvation - the Holy Scripture.
Evangelical Baptist movement in Russia was a great spiritual heritage of the Radicals Reformation, which proclaimed the forgotten teaching of the Gospel on justification through faith. This movement stepped forward towards reaching the goal set by the Reformation - revival of the earty Christianity of apostolical times.
The year 1997 saw the 130th anniversary of the day when, Nikita Isaevich Voronin, who later became a well-know worker on God’s field, was baptized through faith in the rapid Kura river in Tbilisi.
August 20, 1867, when N.I. Voronin was baptized, is considered to be the beginning of the Evangelical Baptist brotherhood in our country. This beginning was very modest. More that 100 years ago believers did not strive for creating a special church, or for establishing their union, or any organization whatsoever. They just gathered for reading God’s Word and for prayer. They were especially characterized, by their commitment to Christ and the Gospel. This enabled the new movement to become a great family whose members are hard to enumerate.
The Evangelical Baptist movement is often compared with a river. And like any river which rises from tiny brooks, our brotherhood has three sources. These three sources, or, to put it in other words, three cradles of our Evangelical Baptist brotherhood, were the Ukraine, the Cacasus, and St. Peterburg. It was in these places that the Evangelical movement was born in our country.
Groups of believers, which appeared in different parts of the country, were called differently. They were called “Stundists” in the Ukraine since believers took part in Bible hours called “Bibelstunden” by Germans who lived in the Ukraine. They were called “Baptists” in the Caucasus (from the Greek word “baptizo” - “I immerse” or “baptize”). These Christians were called “Pashkovites” in St. Peterburg after the name of Pashkov, a believer who was a retired colonel and belonged to the circles of high society of the former capital.
Spiritual life began to exist in different times and in different ways in other parts of our country as well, such as Estonia, Moldavia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia. The rise of these national brotherhoods took place after 1867. But the event that took place on the night of September 22, 1861, is unforgettable for the Latvian brotherhood: pastor Adams Gertner, the founder of the Baptist movement in Latvia, performed the first baptism through faith in Latvia, having baptized 72 persons in the Ziros river.
The rise of Evangelical believers was strongly promoted by the fact that many peoples living in Russia could read the Gospel in their mother tongues at the beginning of the 19th century. The Bible Society issued books of the Holy Scripture in Russian, Polish, Georgian, Armenian, and Lithuanian.
The Russian Synodal Bible was published for the first time in 1876. People obtained the Book of life, which can be compared with the best Western European translations as far as the accuracy of the holy original’s reproduction is conserned.
As is known, ober-procurator of the Most Synod Pobedonostsev, due to his unlimited influence, had done all his best during 25 years (from 1890 till 1905) to crush so-called “sectarians” including Evangelical Christians-Baptists. Nearly all active brothers experiensed arrests, exile, and other deprivations.
Revolutionary riots, which occured in 1905, forced the Tsarist goverment to rescind the “crushing law” against Stundists, which had come into force on July 4, 1894, and proclaim the Manifesto on freedom of conscience, speech, meetings, and unions on October 17, 1905.
A number of congresses were held after this event. The publication of the magazine “Khristianin” (“Christian”) began in 1906, and the publication of the magazine “Baptist” and other Christian literature began in 1907.
However, in spite of some easing in the Lord’s cause, one should note that the Tsarist government tried to return to Pobedonostsev’s policy. This is confirmed by two circulars issued by the government in 1912 and 1913, which infringed upon the believers freedom of religion and called upon punishing all those who broke them. Needless to say that it somehow hindered the work of many members of our brotherhood.
When World War 1 was unleashed, the situation of the Russian Evangelical Baptist movement aggravated even more. The Bible school was closed. Many prayer houses were also closed. In September, 1916, all the prayer meetings were banned in Petrograd. I.S. Prokhanov, President of the Union, and all the Council of the Evangelical Christian Union were summoned to court for having established an “antistate union”. I.S. Prokhanov’s case was dropped only due to the October Revolution.
Under the new historical conditions leaders of the Evangelical brotherhood had to face new tasks, especially witness to Christ and His good news in the atheistic milieu.
Christianity has already shown to many people that the Kingdom of God is the Kingdom where the great idea of liberty, fraternity and equality will be fully realized. The task of Christianity nowdays it to give examples of the highest morality, the most selfless and unselfish love, beauty, purity and holiness of Jesus Christ to the world.
Christ calls upon His followers to show the world the virtue and beauty of the true Christianity in their faith, no matter how hard it would be for them.
In 1944 two big kindred movements of Evangelical Christians and Baptists merged into a single brotherly union to work zealously in the unity of the spirit and union of peace for glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This merger was an important unification of Evangelical believers in our country.
We are convinced that all baptists who love Lord Jesus Christ sincerely, with all their hearts, are united in the spirit even if they are not united organizationally. Our unity depends primarily on our personal attitude towards Jesus Christ. Living faith in Him and ardent love of Him and ardent love of Him make us members of His Body - the Church - and create unity among believers which cannot and must not be broken by any Christian man and woman. There is no other way to the true unity among Christians. There is only one way to unity: living faith in Christ and ardent love of Him!
Theology of Evangelical Christians-Baptists is based on the fundamental recognition of the divine authority of the Holy Scripture - the Bible.
We believe that all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by the Holy Spirit and given by Lord as the only necessary and adequate source for the cognition of God, our salvation, and His will concerning our faith and life.
Modernist and liberal dogmatic wiews are not widely distributed in our movement. Faith in Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior, full commitment to serving Him, thirst for and happiness of prayerful fellowship, love of one’s neighbour accompany the ministry of our brotherhood.
“The folk’s soul is revealed in the song”, says a popular wisdom. This can be said about our brotherhood. Our churches are singing churches. There have been many splendid choirs, endowed singers, precentors, and composters in our churches. There exist more than, 2000 hymns that are sung in local churches. It is really a cup of burning incence before the throne of God.
Parents in our country enjoy the right to educate their children in the spirit of the Gospel and to visit worship meetings together with their children. Education of children in the love of God, brotherhood and neigbors is a right of believing parents.
All the believers of the Evangelical Baptist brotherhood pay great attention to the Bible studies.
Knowledge of God’s Word is the prerequisit of the saint and devout life that corresponds to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The history of existence of our brotherhood is full of wonders. These wonders are visible in everything, especially in the promotion of the Gospel'’ workers by God both from the common people and the high-flown, aristocratic society.
Among the first preachers of the Gospel and selfless servants of Christ in the Ukraine were Mikhail Ratushnyi and Ivan Onishenko - serfs who learned to read and write by themselves to read the New Testament which had just appeared in Russian. Among the founders of the Evangelical movement in the Ukraine were also Efim Tsimbal and Ivan Riaboshapka.
The well-known ministers of the Baptist brotherhood in the Caucasus were V.G. Pavlov and V.V. Ivanov who devoted all their lives to God’s glory and the benefit of the His Church. One should mention D.I. Mazaev, editor of the “Baptist” magazine and eloquent preacher and spiritual writer.
Among the Gospel’s outstanding in St. Peterburg one should mention first of all the blessed preacher lord Redstoke who visited twice the old capital of Russia. His two visits laid the foundation for the spiritual revival in St. Peterburg.
One of the first St. Peterburg’s aristocrats who turned to Christ through Redstoke’s sermons and conversations was retired colonel V.A. Pashkov. Later on he became an ardent worker in the cause of the Gospel.
I.M. Korf was a magnificent Evangelical worker in St. Peterburg.
Russian Minister of railreads A.P. Bobrinskii was a fellow - champion of Pashkov and Korf in their Christian work.
I.V. Kargel worked hard in preaching the Gospel and in Christian education of the believers in St. Peterburg and many other parts of Russia. He wrote a number of Christian works and taught at the Bible courses in Leningrad.
The group of outstanding Evangelical workers of St. Peterburg and the whole of the Evangelical Baptist brotherhood included brother I.S. Prokhanov, well-known both in our country and abroad.

Such distinguished workers and injureds for True of the Evangelical Baptist brotherhood as G.I. Shipkov, G.P. Vins, N. Odintsov, V.V. Ivanov-Klyshnikov, M. Timoshenko, Datsko, N. Khrapov, N. Baturin, Y. Grachov and others brothers.
Unlike the universal Church, which includes all the revived souls, both gone to eternity and still living on the earth, the local church consists of souls believing in Christ and having received the water baptism through faith.
The Church is Christ’s school whose task is to bring up each church member “to very height of Christ’s full stature” (Eph. 4,13) and to glorify Jesus Christ by the beauty of its pure and holy life.
Each person who has believed in Christ as his personal Savior, has reached 18 years of age, and received the water baptism may become a member of the church.
The budget of a local church is made up from voluntary gifts of believers.
The purity and perfection of local churches depend on each believer. Therefore, God’s Word calls upon all members of the church to be an example “in faith, hope, and love”.
Women, sisters continuing the great dynasty of the most blessed Martha, Mary, Tabitha and many other women zealots of faith of the Gospel zealously work in all the churches. They combine care of the family, creating comfort at home, and work in industry with work in the church.
Various divine services are performed in Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches. They include the sermon, singing, prayer, baptism of believers, Lord’s supper, etc.
Sermon is the main divine service of the New Testament Church. The good message of the salivation through Jesus Christ refreshes the joy of salvation in our hearts and leads to this joy all those who have not experienced it yet.
It is not enough to know only God’s promises to grow spiritually and to reach “very height of Christ’s full stature”. The main and necessary thing for all Christ’s followers is the knowledge of the wish of the Heavenly Father. Therefore each church must deeper cognize Christ and the power of His resurrection as the supreme revelation of God’s love of man. The constant realization of Christ’s teaching in real life is the task which should be fulfilled to provide the continuous fellowship with Christ (Acts 4,42).
An important place in our services is given to the spiritual choir and general singing. Like a sermon, a song should contain an exhortation, i. e. an admonition. The Gospel says: “Teach and instruct each other with all wisdom: Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts” (Col. 3,16). Choir song of the Evangelical Baptist brotherhood are different by form and repertoire. There are some choirs that have achieved a high artistic level. We are thankful to God that He inspires many ministers of church singing to continue glorious traditions of the multinational brotherhood to sing of God’s grace and greatness.
Singers of choirs, their directors - precentors - and musicians are believers. Besides the precentor, the church superintendent is also spiritually responsible for the choir.
Christ says that the means of being filled with the Holy Spirit is the prayer (Lk. 11,13). For this reason, great attention is paid to prayer in the life and ministry of children of God. Believers continuously maintain inner prayerful relations with God.
Children of God may face many difficulties in their lives. But the prayer gives support and strength for serving God and men. Christ calls upon us to overcome any difficulties by the strenth of the prayer: “Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation” (Mt. 26,41).
The Savior Himself, when He was on the earth, continuously prayed to the Heavenly Father. He also prayed in the most difficult hour - the hour of death: “Father! In Your hands I place my spirit!” (Lk. 23,46). These words must be the last words in the life of each believer.
Another important divine service is baptism though faith. This act has a deep spiritual meaning. Receiving baptism, a believer plunges into Christ’s death, figuratively dies with Him and, leaving baptism water, he figuratively resurrects with Christ for the new life (Rom. 6,3-4).
This divine service should be preceded by the baptized’s faith and knowledge of the fundamental truths of the Gospel. That is why only grown-ups can be baptized in our churches after they received Christ though faith in their heart.
Baptism is an open witness of the baptized to his faith in Jesus Christ and the promise to God to live the new life (1 Pet. 3,21).
Lord’s supper is an obligatory commandment for those who believe according to God’s Word. By the words “do it to remember Me” Christ commanded to make Lord’s supper a constant divine service of His Church.
Wine and bread are the means of communion, i. e. contact with our crucified Lord.
As a rule, Church members who have received the holy water baptism, take part in Lord’s supper.
This commandment of Jesus Christ is carried out in local churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptists in accordance with the decision of each church; generally, Lord’s supper is observed on the first Sunday of each month.
The divine services also include the ordination to the pastor and deacon ministry, marriages, burials, etc.
We should say just a few words about ordination. Ordination is a very ancient act. It was practiced even in the Old Testament.
Ordination of a church minister is his initiation to the ministry.
The act of ordination is performed in the following way: ordained ministers impose hands on the person being ordained and make a prayer.
The following words from the Holy Scripture concerning everyday work have become the golden rule of Evangelical Christians - Baptists: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for the men” (Col. 3,23).
As a rule, each brother and sister of ours seeks to live and work at home and in industry in such a way that theier work could glorify Jesus Christ (Mt. 5,16).
The words of the Gospel: “God has called you to live in peace” (1 Cor. 7,15) - are taken by Christians-Baptists as the program of actions. Being aware that “the prayer of a good person has a powerful effect” (Jac. 5,16), our churches continuously pray to God, the Giver of true peace and perfect quietness, for establishing peace on the earth.
We believe that our prayers please God as the Gospel teaches us: “Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it” (Heb. 12,14).

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 Sunday, October 16, 2016
Yarovaya law forces to close American Independent Baptist mission in Russia
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/10/yarovaya-law-force-to-close-american.html

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fined in 2015 for "distorted interpretation" of the Bible and reading it from "electronic devices".
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/11/fined-in-2015-for-distorted.html
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

"you must be careful to not discuss a religion's teachings with anyone" [Yarovaya law]

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Mormon church is a great apostasy and full of heresies, but a Christian must be against any kind of theocratic state, exactly like the Baptist chaplain in the American Revolution which had the same view of Hubmeier, the (ana)Baptist burned at the stake in Vienna in 1528, whose execution had as witness a young Primoz Trubar, the spiritual founder of modern Slovenia:

Balthasar Hubmaier
1480-1528
http://www.mainstreambaptists.org/mbn/hubmaier.htm

The interview with a member of the Mormon church allows us to feel the true dimension of the nowadays persecution against Christians in Russia. This case show how the possibility of spreading the Gospel in Russia have been - at least for now - completely annulled. Taking as alibi the presence of many sects which are perceived by the mainstream atheist or Orthodox Russian society as "disturbing" or even "long arm of CIA", the Russian services in agreement with the Russian Orthodox church has declared as outlaw any kind of Christian missionary activity outside the State-church of Russia.
Eevidently the Russian Orthodox church, together with the high ranks of the Kremlin, FSB, GRU, financial Russian elite etc., perceive their power as based on the quicksand, if they feel threatened by a bunch of missionaries coming from foreign countries. 
And 1 Corinthians 1:27 has again been fulfilled:
 
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2017/jan/07/religiterrorism-local-mormmissionary-runs-hea/406032/


› Proselytizing, preaching, praying or disseminating religious materials outside of “specially designated places” is banned, except for the Russian Orthodox Church.

Local Mormon missionary runs headlong into new Russian law
January 7th, 2017 by Shawn Ryan   

The job was going well for Chris Hemrick after he arrived in Russia in February 2015.

As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormons, he was out on the streets, in parks, in grocery stores, basically just out and about in several cities, talking to everyday Russians about his church and its beliefs.

"When we got there, we did the normal thing, walk around and talk to people who were interested," the 20-year-old Hemrick says. "We found hundreds of people that were interested."

Hemrick, a graduate of Ringgold High School, says that, while Russians instinctively "are not very trusting of foreigners," he and the other missionaries were pretty successful at getting them to listen to what they had to say, take some Mormon literature and, in some cases, attend a discussion group about the religion or even a Mormon church service.

That all changed last July when a new anti-terrorism law went into effect in Russia. With proselytizing apparently viewed as terrorism by the government, missionaries found themselves up against the wall.

Known as the Yarovaya Law after Irina Yarovaya, the head of Russia's Parliamentary Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption, it severely restricts "missionary activity" in the country. Under its rules, missionaries of any religion — with the exception of the Russian Orthodox Church — cannot share the doctrines of their faith or hand out any information unless they're inside church buildings officially registered with the government. Even private homes are off limits for religious discussions.

According to the law, it's illegal to carry out "the activity of a religious association, aimed at disseminating information about its beliefs among people who are not participants (members, followers) in that religious association, with the purpose of involving these people as participants (members, followers)." Disobeying can lead to fines of $760 per missionary and $15,500 for the denomination. Missionaries can also be deported, which happened to some of the people in Hemrick's group.

While you can express a belief in God and invite people to come to church buildings to learn more that's as far as you can go, says Hemrick, who came home in December. And you must be careful to not discuss a religion's teachings with anyone who's not already a member of that particular church.

"We were allowed to strike up friendly conversations," he says, but not much else.

Hemrick, a freshman in biology at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, says that, prior to the law, he and other missionaries were able to get five to 10 people a month interested in learning more about Mormonism.

"After the law, that number went down tremendously," he says, estimating that they would land one or two people a month.

Immediately after the law went into effect, officials with the Mormon Church said they will obey the law, but will not call missionaries home from Russia.

"The Church will honor, sustain and obey the law," the statement read. "Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of these changes. The Church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect."

The Russian Orthodox Church has for decades exercised a heavy hand in directing Soviet policy, both social and political. It has determinedly worked to lessen the spread of other churches in the country.

Hemrick believes the Russian Orthodox church was directly involved in getting the anti-religion clause added to the Yarovaya bill.

"They are highly active in the government," he says, and joining another church is seen as being disloyal to both the Russian Orthodox Church and the country itself.

But even some members of the Russian Orthodox Church are railing against the law.

Newsweek reported that Archbishop Andrew Maklakov, administrator of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America, said the Soviet government, in concert with the Russian Orthodox Church, "has increasingly sought to harass, persecute, and destroy any religious organization that it might consider competition to its own 'state church.'"

"This law is but another weapon in the hands of the neo-Soviet Russian state to dismantle and destroy our church in a way that appears lawful to Western observers and critics," Maklakov said.

Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian Baptist Union, wrote a formal letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express his outrage over the law.

"The draft law is anti-constitutional, as it violates the basic rights of its citizens and does not coincide with the current Constitution of the Russian Federation," Smirnov wrote. "There was no public discussion of the draft law. In such a way, religious organizations lacked even the opportunity to express their opinion."

Hemrick says none of the Mormon missionaries believed the law would pass before the official vote. Once it went into effect, "we were in limbo, not knowing what to do." But they decided that "you did the same thing you did before — be friendly with people."

He's still in contact with some of his fellow missionaries in Russia and says they've adapted to the new situation.

"Things are going pretty well for them," Hemrick says, and missionaries are still meeting with Russians interested in Mormonism.

"They're gaining speed and seeing more progress."

Contact Shawn Ryan at sryan@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327.



Sunday, October 16, 2016
Yarovaya law forces to close American Independent Baptist mission in Russia
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/10/yarovaya-law-force-to-close-american.html

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fined in 2015 for "distorted interpretation" of the Bible and reading it from "electronic devices".
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/11/fined-in-2015-for-distorted.html
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