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Coping with the Enemy

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September 2020
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Coping with the Enemy

The Christian life is full of realities. God is real: Christ is real: salvation and all its blessings is real. But there are also negative things that are real: the devil is real: the world is real, and so is sin. Some don’t like that term; they prefer to speak of mistakes, wrong choices…

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September 2020
News > People > Obituaries

Dr J. I. Packer (1926–2020)

J. I. Packer went to be with the Lord on 17 July 2020. He was 93 years old. Packer was widely recognised as one of the most influential theological popularisers of the 20th century. Throughout nearly 70 years of writing and ministry, he stressed the importance of knowing and communing with God. He called…

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September 2020
News > Obituaries

Peter Maiden (1948–2020)

Peter Maiden, the former International Director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, died on 14 July 2020 aged 72. Born in 1948, Peter hailed from Carlisle where he met his wife, Win, at a youth meeting at Hebron Evangelical Church. Peter began work in industry but, following a summer…

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September 2020
News > International

Sudan: Christians celebrate the abolition of deadly apostacy laws

Christians are celebrating after the new Sudanese government abolished the country’s apostasy law. Until the law was removed, Muslims in Sudan could be sentenced to death for converting to Christianity. Even discussing other religions could lead to arrest. This greatly limited Christian evangelism, and Christians were routinely persecuted for their beliefs – including having…

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September 2020
News > International

Netherlands: MP wants to allow euthanasia for healthy over-75s

A new law is being proposed in the Netherlands to legalise euthanasia for healthy people over the age of 75. The bill, proposed by Pia Dijkstra MP, would allow over-75s with no medical problems to apply for an ‘end-of-life supervisor’. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is already legal if the person is deemed to be…

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September 2020
News > International

Chile: Covid-19 arrests of pastors ruled unconstitutional

Chilean pastors who were wrongfully arrested for holding worship services during the Covid-19 crisis have won their case setting a precedent for religious freedom. A court recently ruled that the arrest was unconstitutional and based on an illegal administrative act. They were arrested for allegedly violating Covid-19 health measures which prohibited religious activities. ADF…

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September 2020
News > Persecution

China: Covid-19 used for church crackdown

Christian advocacy group China Aid has warned that the communist state has increased crackdowns on Christians under the guise of breaking up illegal meetings under Covid-19 lockdown measures. Individuals’ homes have been raided by armed police, with Christian emblems removed from their own homes, while churches have continued to see their crosses removed by…

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September 2020
News > Persecution

Nigeria: Aid workers killed as a ‘warning’ against converting Muslims to Christianity

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has denounced the execution of five aid workers on 19 July in northeast Nigeria. The murder was carried out by the ‘Islamic State in West Africa Province’ (ISWAP), a Boko Haram faction. ISWAP militants claimed responsibility for the killings of these workers they had abducted…

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September 2020
News > Persecution

India: Christians face rising death threats

Indian extremists have increased attacks against Christians, amid fears that Covid-19 could make the rising levels of persecution even worse in the country. Reports from Release International partners in India have revealed several chilling cases, including the brutal death of sixteen-year-old Samaru Madkami. Samaru was a promising young pastor who led a tiny church…

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