SAN BERNARDINO TERRORISM -- OPPRESSION OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES


San Bernardino terrorism: Questioning Christian Church Liberalism
By Dr. Robert Warren 

 After what just happened in California, and watching the “walking on hot coals dance” of the authorities, I was struck by the need to say something about the oppressive acts against Christians around the nation and the world - and that maybe we need to rethink the liberalism that has infected so many of today’s Christian churches.  Bob Warren
 
Onward, Christian Soldiers:

Within the past few months, we have seen the Umpqua Community College shooting by a gunman who selected Christians for slaughter and now the San Bernardino attack on a “Christmas” Party by an Islamic husband and wife team. In both instances, there is evidence of jihadist radicalization and Muslim terrorism - although the media and the authorities have been more than careful to withhold final judgment.

We have an administration that has, or intends to, let in tens of thousands of refugees from Islamic countries with the most recent being Syria. Significantly, President Obama’s has said that America does not have a religious test when it comes to admitting refugees. The facts do not support his claim – so far, about 50 Syrian Christian refugees have been allowed into America versus over 2,000 Syrian Muslims. (This in the face of a Christian genocide throughout the mid-East and North Africa. This in the face of ISIS infiltration throughout the USA.)

As a child, I remember the Christian churches throughout America. These were churches where preachers “thundered from the pulpit” against sin and oppression. These were not the churches of today, far too many of which have succumbed to the free love movement of the 1960s.

Suddenly, a hymn that I haven’t heard in a Christian church in probably half a century popped into my mind. It was a hymn that was deemed too aggressive and bellicose for modern Christianity. Well, maybe it is time to brush off the old hymnbook and start singing something that enlivens and emboldens the fighting spirit of the Christian Church. Below are the words to “Onward, Christian Soldiers”:

1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
(Refrain)

3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
(Refrain)

4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never against that church prevail;
we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
(Refrain)

5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.
(Refrain)

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