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Dalit Christians rally


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seek special status for Dalit Christians. File photo
THOUSANDS of Dalit Christians rallied in Delhi on July 21 for a
special status that would grant them the same special provisions in
education and employment as Dalit Hindus.
They condemned what they termed as the repeated failure of the
Government in extending Scheduled Caste status to include them.
The status is given to Dalit Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists to ensure that
they have equal access to jobs and places in schools and colleges. Dalit
Christians and Muslims are, however, excluded from receiving special
status.
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1. Never again will I confess ‘I cannot’ for ‘thanks be unto God, which always causeth
‘I can do all things through Christ which us to triumph in Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 2:14)
strengtheneth me.’ (Philippians 4:13) 8. Never again will I confess ‘lack of
2. Never again will I confess ‘lack’ for ‘my wisdom’ for ‘in Christ Jesus, who of God is
God shall supply all your (my) need made unto us wisdom, and righteousness,
according to his riches in glory by Christ and sanctification, and redemption.’
Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:19) 9. Never again will I confess ‘sickness’
3. Never again will I confess ‘fear’, ‘for for ‘with his stripes we are healed.’ (Isaiah
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of 53:5). God ‘Himself took our infirmities,
power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’ (2 and bare our sicknesses.’ (Matthew 8:17)
Timothy 1:7) 10. Never again will I confess ‘worries
4. Never again will I confess ‘doubt and and frustrations’ ‘for He careth for you.’ (1
lack of faith’, for ‘God hath dealt to every Peter 5:7).
man the measure of faith.’ (Romans 12:3) 11.Never again will I confess ‘bondage’
5. Never again will I confess ‘weakness’ for ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is
‘for the Lord is the strength of my life; of liberty.’ (2 Corinthians 3:17)
whom shall I be afraid?’ (Psalm 27:1) 12.Never again will I confess
6. Never again will I confess ‘supremacy ‘condemnation’ for ‘there is therefore now
of Satan over my life’ for ‘greater is he that is no condemnation to them which are in
in you, than he that is in the world.’ (1 John Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
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Gay Lutheran pastors set to join church roster What to look for in a pastor!
transgendered lesbian, was BY BILLY GRAHAM In other words, is Christ the
ordained by four congregations in center and foundation of that
San Francisco in 2006 but could person's life, and is their desire to
not join the ELCA roster until the serve Him above all? Do they have
d e n o m i n a t i o n ’s G e n e r a l a clear sense of calling - a deep
Assembly approved the new conviction that God has called
policy in August. “I didn’t really them into their ministry? Do they
believe the policy was going to exhibit the qualities of a Christ-
change as quickly as it did,” she like character - the Spirit’s fruit of
said. “love, joy, peace, patience,
Ms. Rohrer hailed the new kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
policy as a “symbol” to young gentleness and self-control”
people that the Lutheran church is (Galatians 5:22-23)? Ask God to
working toward becoming more help you discover this, both from
welcoming of people of all them and from others who know
different backgrounds. them.
The Rev. Jeff Johnson, another In addition, pray for your
one of the pastors who will be congregation as your new pastor
added to the roster, said the I've been asked to be on the comes. It's easy to be critical of a
HAPPY GAY LUCKY: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America search committee for a new pastor new pastor because “he doesn’t do
voting members (from left) Orinda Hawkins-Brinkley, Diane Yeager, ELCA’s position for years of not
accepting the choice of some for our church. What should we be things the way our old pastor did.”
Marj Ellis and Steven Schnittke, along with others, pray during the looking for? We want someone Don’t let this happen in your
church’s General Assembly in Minneapolis in 2009, at which the congregations to ordain gay clergy
was painful and disappointing. who’s friendly and preaches well, church, but urge people to
denomination approved resolutions in support of gays. (File photo) but what else should we be encourage and pray for your new
SEVEN pastors working in the committed relationships. Gunman slays concerned about? - Mrs. K.D. pastor every day.
God has given your committee a Affectionately known as the
San Francisco Bay area of the US “It’s going to be an extremely Pentecostal very important responsibility, and ‘World’s Preacher’ for more than
who were barred from serving in glorious and festive ceremony
the nation’s largest Lutheran group because it’s the culmination of pastor in Russia your primary goal should be to 60 years, the Rev. Billy Graham is
because of a policy that required decades of work to welcome seek His will in this matter. one of the most influential and
BISHOP Artur Suleimanov and Therefore pray constantly in your respected spiritual leaders of the
gay clergy to be celibate are being LGBT people into the ELCA,” his wife Zinaida pastored the
welcomed into the denomination. said Amalia Vagts, executive committee for God’s wisdom and 20th century.
largest Pentecostal church in guidance - and urge your He has been a friend and
The Evangelical Lutheran director of the Extraordinary D a g e s t a n ’ s c a p i t a l c i t y,
Church in America also decided to Lutheran Ministries, a nonprofit congregation to do the same. spiritual adviser to 10 American
Makhachkala. Bishop Arthur was It's natural to seek someone who presidents and has preached the
add six of the pastors to its clergy that credentials openly gay, shot in the head by an assailant on
roster at a service at St. Mark’s lesbian, bisexual and transgender is outgoing and preaches well - Gospel to more people in live
July 15. He died from his wounds a and that isn't wrong. But the most audiences than anyone else in
Lutheran Church in San Francisco. people for ministry. few hours later at a hospital.
The group is among the first The Rev. Megan Rohrer grew important characteristic of any history - nearly 215 million people
Suleimanov led Hosanna House pastor should be a heart for God - a in more than 185 countries and
gay, bisexual or transgender up in South Dakota and attended a of Prayer - a church of 1,000
Lutheran pastors to be reinstated Lutheran college, where she said deep desire to live for Christ, and territories - through various
believers - from rented facilities to see others come to know Him meetings. Hundreds of millions
or added to the rolls of the ELCA students tried to exorcise her “gay into a permanent home six years
since the organization voted last demons” by throwing holy water and serve Him. God appointed more have been reached through
ago. According to reports, David as king over His people television, video, film, and
year to lift the policy requiring on her. Some of those people are Suleimanov had just met with area
celibacy. now Lutheran pastors in South because, He said, “I have found webcasts.
pastors in which he revealed a new David son of Jesse a man after my Visit the web site for the Billy
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Catholic church blasts gay priests THE BIBLE UNIVERSITY OF HOLY SPIRIT,
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closet and leave the priesthood. all.” Accredited by World-Wide Accreditation
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worded statement after the conservative
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priests, taking advantage of only the
Commission of Christian Educational
and accompanying video that it had
interviewed three gay priests in Rome and
benefits,” the diocese said. “Coherency
would demand that they come forward. We
Institutions, Richmond, VA, USA
accompanied them to gay clubs and bars
and to sexual encounters with strangers,
don’t wish any ill-will against them, but we
cannot accept that because of their behavior Organised under the laws of the state of
including one in a church building. the honor of all the others is sullied.”
One of the priests, a Frenchman No one knows the exact number of gays Tamil Nadu and Government of India.
identified only as Paul, celebrated Mass in in the priesthood. Estimates of the number
the morning before driving the two escorts of gays in US seminaries and the priesthood
he had hired to attend a party the night range from 25 percent to 50 percent,
before to the airport, Panorama said.
In a recent statement, the Rome diocese
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Worship the Lord in liberty, with uplifted hands! CSI bishop charged with
BY ROBIN SAM
YEARS ago when I was a
than a mere physical activity when
it is done in Jesus’ name.
total adoration of the Lord of
Hosts.
‘misappropriation’ of funds
newbie in our church, I remember The psalmist who wrote Psalm The Creator and only the A criminal case has been filed against a Church of South India bishop
how restless and uptight I felt 134 knew the power of lifting up Creator deserves our worship. The and 12 others in Salem on charges of misappropriation of some three
when praise and worship was on. I his hands in God’s presence. ‘Lift 24 elders mentioned in crores of church funds.
disliked being asked to stand up to up your hands in the sanctuary, and Revelations 4 understood this. The case charged against Bishop Manickam Dorai, his wife and 10
sing during worship session. I bless the Lord. The Lord that made That’s why they prostrated others, includes cheating, Inspector Kennedy said.
didn’t know what the worship heaven and earth bless thee out of themselves before Him who sits The police is already investigating the alleged misappropriation of
leader meant when he often said Zion,’ he wrote in verses 2 and 3. on the throne and said: ‘Thou art funds against the accused in Coimbatore, Udhagamandalam and Erode,
‘Worship the Lord with liberty.’ In the book of Lamentations, worthy, O Lord, to receive glory English daily Hindustan Times reported. The Bishop and his wife had
Coming from a traditional church during a time of great peril to and honor and power: for thou hast already obtained anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court in the
background, to me liberty just Israel, Jeremiah sought the nation created all things, and for thy Coimbatore case. Following the alleged irregularities, Bishop Paul
didn’t seem to fit in with the to intercede for itself in the only pleasure they are and were Vasanthakumar of Tiruchi and Thanjavur diocese has taken over the
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me through various experiences – lift up thy hands toward him for the I urge you to look up Exodus after being attacked for her faith
some sweet, others bitter but life of thy young children, that 17:11-13 in your Bible? In the
A Christian woman is said to be in a critical condition in hospital after
mostly uplifting. faint for hunger in the top of every battle against Amalekites, as long
being attacked by a knife-wielding mob who accused her of forcible
Recently, I was rereading a book street.’ as Moses’ hands were held up, the
conversion. The 40-year-old woman, named only as Amodini, was at her
and I stumbled upon some A grief-laden heart had to be Israelites had the upper hand.
home in Karnataka, on July 6 when 15 men burst in and started accusing
delightful insight on the spent and a helpless pair of hands When his hands relaxed, the
her of forcing people to become Christians. They then launched a brutal
importance of worshiping God needed to be lifted up to God in Amalekites gained the lead.
attack on her. “Amodini’s clothes were removed in public and she was
with liberty. And lifting up of prayer for Israel’s turnaround. Finally, Aaron and Hur stood on
attacked with knives,” a witness said, describing the scene as ‘horrific’.
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BY MATHEW VICTOR Stanly, an evangelist, showed me unified Europe. At this, my The lobbying for one religion that
DURING his college days, how prophecies had become part interpreter smiled at me will usher world peace will
Robert Simon almost became a and parcel of history over the sarcastically. After my preaching become stronger. Three power
rationalist. As a child, he had years. He told me in particular was over, he asked me how blocs namely the eastern power
accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord about the re-gathering of the Jews countries under Communist bloc, the northern power bloc and
and Savior. Yet, as a youth he and how various Biblical regimes and pro-US nations could the southwest power bloc will
found comfort in rationalistic prophecies were being fulfilled. come together. I told him it would emerge clearly. The United States
This provided me the impetus to
beliefs. “That rationalistic attitude happen. A month later, the Warsaw of America will continue to
helped me not become an atheist,” study prophecies in detail. pact was dissolved. It was quite become weaker as a world power
he quipped. “A true rationalist is a One such prediction was related startling. while the European Union will
true Christian. Hallelujah!” A to the coming together of NATO Similarly in 1990, I was leading emerge as a new power centre.
post-graduate in English countries and the Warsaw pact. In a special Bible study on Involvement of Europe in the
Literature, Simon had a personal those days, that was unimaginable. 'Prophecies and USSR' in middle-east crisis between Israel
encounter with Jesus Christ that Similarly, the unification of the Chennai. In my message, I said and Palestine will be more
led to his salvation experience in East and West Germany, the although the Bible did not mention s t r i d e n t . To t a l f a i l u r e o f
1972 when he was barely 23. Soon, disintegration of the USSR the USSR, it talked about Russia. democracy and an urgent need to
he was baptized and took to (erstwhile Soviet Union) were also For prophecies concerning Russia cobble up a new form of
preaching the good news. “My part of my preaching in those days to be fulfilled, the USSR would be government will be noticed. There
first preaching was in a moving even before those prophecies dissolved and Russia would will also be a proposal to divide
train,” he told THE CHRISTIAN could hit history's newsstands. emerge as a powerful nation from Jerusalem.
MESSENGER in an interview. When I saw these predictions Pastor Robert Simon, among the federation. The
Pastor Robert Simon is the founder come true quite literally, I began a founder of Carmel Ministries following week, the USSR broke What are the qualities one
of Carmel Ministries and is known serious study of the Book of Daniel up into several communist needs to have to be raptured?
for his teachings on the book of in the Bible. The question that “For the church, Christ is countries and Russia emerged as a The qualities of the Philadelphia
Revelations. “The central theme of weighed Nebuchadnezzar was more than savior, redeemer powerful nation. Church will be the criteria for
heavy in my mind too – 'What shall
all my ministries is this: 'You shall and lover. Jesus Christ is On another occasion, during the rapture. For the church, Christ is
know the Truth and the Truth sets be hereafter?' Based on these the Holy One and course of a regular church service, more than savior, redeemer and
you free,” he said. Excerpts: studies, I prepared a series of He is the Truth.” I said Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, the lover. Jesus Christ is the Holy One
sermons entitled 'What is then British prime minister, would and He is the Truth. In Isaiah we
How did you get interested in tomorrow?' That gave me a real cards and smart cards became a be thrown out of power as she was read the righteous people will keep
the book of Revelations? kick to dwell more into history and reality. not for the European Union and the truth. Holiness and truth are
I c o m e f r o m t h e C S I Bible studies. In November, 1989, I was someone who was pro-EU would very important in every believer's
background and was saved in preaching at the Apostolic be sworn in as the leader of the life. We should keep the Truth and
1972. From then on, I have heard What were some of the Christian Assembly (ACA) in United Kingdom. The same the Truth will set us free. So, keep
several preachers' sermons on the predictions that you made then? Chennai, at their Sunday evening evening, Mrs. Thatcher was the Truth.
second coming of our Lord Jesus One of the important predictions service. During my message, I removed from power in absentia. Pastor Robert Simon can be
Christ. That spurred me to study in my teaching was about a said a unified Europe will soon be reached at 103 Brickkiln Road,
the Books on Apocalypse and cashless society. I had always a reality. I said countries under the What are some of your future Purasaiwalkam, Chennai, Tamil
Eschatology more intensely. A talked about SDR (special drawing Warsaw pact and NATO nations predictions? Nadu 600 007.
year later, I started preaching in rate). Remember, this was many will come together to form a In the coming days, the cry for Phone: 044-26622198. E Mail:
conventions. In 1974, Bro. Simon years ago even before credit / debit one global leader will increase. pastorrobertsimon@gmail.com

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