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 Peter's Civil Disobedience PART 1.

From Gods' 5 Min. kNEO FM  Neosho, MO

Acts 4 records how Peter and John were hailed before the same tribunal which had caused Jesus' unlawful execution on charges of healing a lame man and advocating in Jesus' Name. By way of reply these brethren fearlessly said, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." This was a defining moment in determining the duty and by association the broad rights of believers, and it is the proper basis for the US Constitution's establishing by law the right of every sincere conviction to free speech. However the ruling authorities of the day may resist and wish it otherwise, men of honor and conscience must always be guided by the immutable things "which we have seen and heard", those inward stirrings and expressions of conscience coupled with awareness of sure facts which separate us all from the lower beasts. There is a universal impulse which forces that whatever, as a profound conviction and especially in moral and spiritual matters is granted to any person knocks at the inner side of the door of the lips and demands an exit and free air and an utterance.

Today there are many people in the United States who will openly attest to having a personal life-altering experience with Jesus Christ; who have had parents and other associates with strong religious convictions and power with God. Besides that, the imprint of our spiritual ancestors is still sharp and vivid in our national memory. "I remember them so clearly; Mom and Dad loved them so dearly, old brush arbors by the side of the road...where a sinner could lay down his heavy load. It was in those old brush arbors troubled souls found peaceful harbors..." The times when grandma shouted her hair down for joy at seeing an altar lined with souls making peace with God is not so distant as to have no meaning any more.

But we are living in a time when some of the most powerful institutions in the country are aggressively turning themselves to stamping out every trace of Christianity's footprint on our culture. Intellectual society by and large has concluded that her influence has been negative; they have misunderstood and distorted her precepts and declared the doctrines and records of the Bible to be fanciful deceptions unworthy of being taught to innocent children. A student in many collegiate classrooms of today who dares to give a Biblical answer to a philosophical question invites ridicule and ostracism. It is only one small step from there to making Christianity as illegal as ever it was under the persecutions of pagan Rome, our Constitution and Christian origins notwithstanding. We see the outline of that taking place today, and the products being turned out by institutions of higher learning (and more and more even of primary education) are sure to accelerate the pace as they reach adult positions of power and authority. Once again we who have "seen and heard" are called upon to step up.

From my admittedly worms-eye view it seems those who hate Christianity have been testing to see how much Christians would tolerate. The Rowe versus Wade abortion decision of 1973 dipped a toe in the water, for public opinion is a powerful force able to move mountains. I think those who sought to destroy our eternal hope were a bit amazed and pleased that the reaction, though spirited and religion-based, was not so universal as to force a change in the tentatively worded ruling the Supreme Court used to impose this monstrosity on the nation. Subsequently there has followed a steady march of laws and decisions that fly in the face of things we know from the Bible are morally wrong. Now we have undercover videos that seem to prove beyond question medical professionals use their skill to make a hideous profit from dismembering babies and selling the parts. It is time, my friends, for moral people to demand, all disgusting political posturing and protecting of special interests notwithstanding, that our voice too be heard and our position recognized. Have you talked to God today?

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Pastor counts cost of smuggling Bibles into Mideast

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Pastor Paul Siniraj, a native of India, spent many years as founding director of Salem Voice Ministries before starting Bibles For Mideast, which smuggles Bibles into the most repressive Muslim countries.
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Pastor Paul Siniraj, a native of India, spent many years as founding director of Salem Voice Ministries before starting Bibles For Mideast, which smuggles Bibles into the most repressive Muslim countries.

Pakistanis wave their country’s flag during a a political demonstration earlier this year. Pakistan is just one of the many Muslim countries where Christians are brutally persecuted but need access to Bibles in their own language. (Photo: CNN screenshot)

Pastor Paul Siniraj grew up the son of a prominent Muslim family in India and started learning Arabic when he was 3 years old in a large mosque founded by his grandfather.

Fifty-eight years later at the age of 61, he is one of the most wanted men in the Middle East. The mullahs would love nothing more than to destroy his ministry, which plants underground house churches and smuggles Bibles into some of the most repressive Muslim countries in the region.

Siniraj or “Pastor Paul” as he prefers to be called has endured failing health and personal attacks against his family by fanatical Muslims. But he doesn’t let that slow him down.

He grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and converted to Christianity while at college in his early 20s. His ministry is so secret that he asked WND not to disclose his full name nor the country from which he currently operates. Suffice it to say that he is not at home in his native India.

“When I was 3 years old I started learning Arabic and Qur’an. I studied Qur’an completely and even published a book about Qur’an in my language called ‘Malayalam,'” he said.

“I am now more than 30 years in ministry since the Lord made me a preacher,” he said in broken English over a cellphone connection that faded in and out.

As he was trying to communicate with WND by email, text and phone, he noted that he also had business to tend to.

“I am seriously evangelizing an Arab (Muslim) family at their house,” he said.

His organization, Bibles For Mideast, smuggles the scriptures into some of the most anti-Christian Muslim regions on the planet, including the disputed territory of Kashmir on the border of India and Pakistan, in Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states. Bibles are also secretly funneled into Muslim-dominated Bangladesh and Pakistan, among other countries.

The group plants underground churches in these countries, where Christians are continuously harassed, beaten and jailed by the Muslim majority. In Saudi Arabia the penalty for foreigners caught bringing a Bible into the country is death.

“We are distributing Bibles published by Bible societies. We will get Bibles in all languages, especially Arabic and Urdu language Bibles,” the pastor told WND. “We purchase standard Bibles, which costs below U.S. $5 each. We arrange transportation also.”

“Here very secretly we do ministries and having prayer services,” he added. “Myself and our team members staying different places. If we feel anybody suspecting us, we will have to change our location.”

On a secret mission

Death has often knocked at his door and at the doors of his associates who dare to help a Muslim convert to Christianity.

Siniraj meets Muslims in secret, often at their homes, to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I would say almost all the countries are hunger of the gospel. Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Egypt, Libya are most hunger of the Gospel,” he told WND.

Egypt and Iran are especially on fire for the gospel, he said, with huge revivals ongoing.

But other areas are less known and so the ministry team will send out a fleece or a “test” to try to get a feel for whether the local population will be receptive to the gospel message.

“We will test first whether people are interested to listen us, then only we will approach them with Gospel,” the pastor said.

Pastor Paul Siniraj in one of the churches demolished by Muslim extremists.

One example of the cost of being exposed as a Christian in a Muslim country was highlighted by an article in the Indian Express in 2011.

Two teenage sisters were murdered by Muslim militants in Sopore, Kashmir, while their father was saying his daily prayers in the local mosque. His daughters had started studying the gospels but had not yet converted to Christianity, said Siniraj.

“The girls were active participants of an underground Christian group,” he told the Indian Express, even as the local police denied that the murders had anything to do with the girls studying Christianity.

“There are no missionaries active in Sopore,” the police told the paper.

Siniraj knows otherwise.

“I had seen the girls during my visit to Sopore a few years ago,” he said. “The girls were not converts. They had started reading the New Testament of the Bible. I suspect the militants might have come to know about the group and the girls’ involvement in its activities.”

Siniraj has over the years been beaten, attacked, burned and poisoned.

His own three children were poisoned at school by a Muslim woman who offered them tainted chocolates. His two boys recovered quickly but his daughter, then 12, came close to death.

Read the story of Paul’s daughter’s miraculous healing and the conversion of the Muslim woman who tried to poison her.

No tithes in this missionary field

Bibles for Mideast has a nine-member board of directors. “Once in a week we gather together praying for the ministry, sharing each ones experiences, evaluating its progress and submitting reports and accounts,” Siniraj said.

Almost everyone who works with the ministry is a volunteer who provides for his or her own source of income.

“We have nobody for giving us gifts or tithes here,” he said. “In other countries where there are Christians, even in India, pastors and other church and missionary workers would get gifts and tithes from the believers as a support. Here it is nothing. Yet we are happy with our present income. Though it is very less and not enough to meet our immediate needs, but we have God’s mercy upon us plenty, plenty and plenty. ”

The combined population of the Arab countries in the Middle East is around 420 million, and most have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran are not Arab but are dominated by Islam.

“We wish and pray to convey the gospel to each and every one, by God’s grace,” Siniraj said.

But he knows that, in the end, his ministry could cost him his life.

“It is a secret mission. Our churches are underground house churches,” he said. “So we cannot do anything in public, not even open an account in the mission’s name.”

The mission is so secret that he advises donors to be discreet.

“If anybody sends any gifts to our account, they should not use any Christian words like Bible, church, Jesus Christ, etc., as a note for the purpose of the gift,” he said. “If so, it will make us big troubles. For every gifts we will send them online receipt, if they give us details by their email. If we find no information about a fund or gift, we will make receipt for the name of ‘well wisher.'”

Donations can be made online through the ministry’s secure website, Bibles4Mideast.com.  Or, an email can be sent through the website for more information.

Before starting Bibles For Mideast several years ago, Siniraj was the founder and director of Salem Voice Ministries, a well-known evangelizing ministry in Kerala, India.

“I never earned or gained anything worldly for my wife and children from the ministry,” Siniraj said in a 2008 article for Breaking Christian News, at which time he resigned from Salem Voice Ministries due to his battle with Leukemia.

He said the Lord healed him of Leukemia and a liver disease that was caused by the cancer treatments.

A letter from Rev. Ipe, who succeeded him at Salem Voice, states “He has served the Lord for the last 33 years and won thousands upon thousands of souls unto the fold of Jesus Christ. He is a prominent Gospel preacher in India. Many times he was beaten, attacked, burned and poisoned. Still he is being threatened.”

A profile story on Siniraj by Assist News Service while he was still with Salem Voice also described him as a fearless evangelist who was willing to put his life on the line for the Gospel.

Siniraj said he’s not the only Christian missionary to the Muslim world who operates under threat of death. The thousands of converts face the same fate if they are discovered by their Muslim families.

“Many are murdered, shot dead, burned dead, beaten, kidnapped, lose their houses, lose their children and their families,” Siniraj told ANS. “But their blood is becoming the seed of the church and millions of million Muslims are converting to Christianity.”

Not the same God’

There are about 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world.

Siniraj’s earnest prayer is that every believer would possess a missionary spirit to convey the Gospel of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the Muslims “without pride, prejudice and fear.”

He said, however, that it’s crucial for Christians to understand the Islamic faith.

“Allah and Yahweh are not the same God,” he told ANS. “If one did not believe in Jesus as the living God then it is impossible to say they are the same God. We, the Christians must be clear that Muslims believe in Jesus, although not the same exact Jesus of the Bible, and (must) be direct and unabashed about our faith when we witness to Muslims.”

Siniraj said the Islamic concept of Jihad is set forth in the Islamic texts, the Quran and the hadiths.

He said Islam also has a lower view of woman than Christianity.

Although Jesus is acknowledged in the Quran, the Muslim holy book also portrays him in a “low view.” He is as only human, not as the Savior of the world or the Son of God.

According to Islam, Jesus never died on a cross but was replaced by someone before he was crucified. “Islam has a low view of the Bible, too,” Siniraj says.

The idea of religious freedom is also foreign to Islam, he said, and Muslims do not have a Savior to provide atonement for their sins.

“It is the most work-based religion in the world. A Muslim works hard to do good deeds and hope that Allah will like him and allow him to go to heaven when he dies,” Siniraj told ANS. “But there are no guarantees.”

Yet, millions are coming to faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, Siniraj said. “It is mainly because of eternal security. And also they are attracted by the unconditional love and intimacy with God offered in Christianity.”

Siniraj rarely asks for money to support his ministry and did not ask WND to ask readers for donations.

“We, the Bibles for Mideast are just growing up by the grace of our Lord. Our team members and believers have miraculous stories, but at least for a few period we cannot project them before any of the media,” he said. “Because both intelligence department and cyber cell are too vigilant against us (in the Muslim countries).”

A Saudi Arabian monarch who believes in Jesus Christ shared his faith in a video and he is now in jail, Siniraj said.

A Kuwaiti prince who showed an openness to the Gospel remains under house arrest, he adds.

“We don’t know how much time we will get to spread the Gospel in the Middle East,” he said. “Within that time we wish to convey the Gospel and save the people.

“You may be knowing even my death sooner or later. Sometimes you may not get a chance to hear, because if the believers have to run or hide themselves, who will inform others about any tragedy? We calculate all these things widely and involving the ministries we work with.

“Fundraising is not an important one for us,” he continued. “Saving souls are important. But we wish and pray that our team members and workers should not be troubled because of the lack of funds. If anybody gives us anything we will receive for the glory of God. For a single coin we give receipts according to our limitations. Limitation means, in our receipt we will not show our location.

“So please pray for us. We pray for you.”

Bible teacher and author Joel Richardson

Joel Richardson, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist” and producer of the documentary film “End Times Eyewitness,” said ministries like Bibles For Mideast are doing the hard work few Christians want to do.

“When we read about the Middle East most of the news is bad. Everything we hear about is ISIS, wars, radicalism, and the purging of Christians from the region,” Richardson said. “Occasionally, we hear new stories about Muslims coming to faith through supernatural dreams and visions, etc. In truth, however, despite all of the bad news, the Lord is doing amazing things. In Iran, Egypt and across the region, Muslims are coming to faith.”

But it’s not all happening through dreams and visions.

“The vast majority are coming to faith through other faithful Christians sharing the Gospel with boldness,” Richardson said. “Rarely is this talked about. There are quiet revivals breaking out in various areas. We here in the West need to get behind what the Lord is doing. We need to support those who are doing their part to bring the Word of God to the Islamic world.”

The following is one of the many comments on the above:

This testimony can be found at: http://lefi.org/library/iqbal.htm

This response is in regard to the article about Paster Paul (Siniraj): http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/pastor-counts-cost-of-smuggling-bibles-into-mideast/

I was born in an orthodox Muslim family.  I was first schooled in a kindergarten school which I later had to leave on account of misconduct.  The Principal then advised my father to admit me into a boy’s school.  Thus I found admission to the Madras Christian College School. 
  
As I moved with my friends in the community life of the hostel of this school, my evil nature used to exhibit itself in many vulgar ways.  My peace was greatly disturbed by petty quarrels, and even fist-fights were not uncommon.  On Sundays we would play cricket and take to our heels as soon as our warden returned from church.  In my high school days, I became openly hostile to the evening prayers conducted by the management and I resented the school rules which required my attendance at Christian prayers.  I obtained special permission from my warden to refrain from joining the prayers. 
  
I was seemingly religious in my own way.  I said the Kalma or the Islamic creed countless number of times in Arabic:  "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammed is the messenger of Allah."   I was antagonistic to the teaching which used to come out in the school that Jesus was the only Saviour of the world.  I had heated arguments with my friends, while discussing religious differences between Christianity and Islam. 
  
Later I entered the Madras Christian College.  There I was greatly challenged by the changed life of a boy of fifteen, whom I had known earlier at my school hostel.  This made me to seriously re-think if my antagonism toward Christianity was at all reasonable.  I began to attend the meetings of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship and heard the late Mr. N. Daniel preach on several occasions. 
  
Every Friday evening a meeting was held by young people from the Fellowship, out in the college grounds, to which the students were invited.  I was convinced and convicted that I was one who was crucifying the Lord Jesus, by my many sinful actions and by my rebellion.  I began to confess all my sins.  I was moved to brokenness and tears of contrition.  The Spirit of God led me to put things right with those whom I had wronged.  Jesus spoke to me from Zechariah 3:4, "I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with change of raiment."  The Lord breathed into my heart His sweet peace which passes human understanding.  My life was changed.  I could not think in terms of quarreling and fighting with others any more.  My desire for the company of God’s children increased.  The change in my life was noticed by my friends as well as by my relatives. 
  
On one occasion when my Hindu friend was nudging me at the examination hall to copy his map, I refused to do so.  I know then I was running the risk of failing my two-year course University Examination.  However I firmly believed that preserving a clean conscience was more important than success in the examination.  Later in my B.A. class, the Lord enabled me to even top the list.  The Lord also enabled me to obtain a college award one year, for my proficiency in Scripture. 
  
After my College education, I served a period of one year in my old school as a teacher and then the Lord called me into His service.  Joy filled my heart at knowing that God had use for me in His Kingdom.  In spite of a sense of incompetence, I felt I should obey and consecrate my life for the Lord’s work.  God spoke to me through Isaiah 61:6, "But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God."  I then made known my decision to my aged father.  It was indeed a critical moment for him, a time when all his earthly ambitions for me were smashed.  However my father was conscious that God was surely leading me and that it would be disastrous to  oppose anybody, under such circumstances.

As I began to testify boldly to my Saviour’s uniqueness and power, one of my cousins, who was exceedingly zealous about Islam, was greatly enraged.  He said that men like me ought to be killed.  But the Living Saviour began to work in his own heart, notwithstanding his fanaticism.  In a most marvellous manner he too was gloriously transformed and converted by the Saviour.  He then became an effective witness and in process of time became the pastor of a Christian work.


From the time that I obeyed Him, God has given me joy and satisfaction in His work.  If I, who hated Christ could meet the Saviour who died for all men and find this wonderful LIFE and peace, how much more should you, reader, turn to Him and find true Rest and Joy. 

Peter's Civil Disobedience PART 2.

From Gods 5 Min. KNEO FM Neosho, MO.

Acts 4 records how Peter and John were hailed before the same tribunal which had caused Jesus' unlawful execution on charges of healing a lame man and advocating in Jesus' Name. By way of reply these brethren fearlessly said, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." This was a defining moment in determining the duty and by association the broad rights of believers, and it is the proper basis for the US Constitution's establishing by law the right of every sincere conviction to free speech. However the ruling authorities of the day may resist and wish it otherwise, men of honor and conscience must always be guided by the immutable things "which we have seen and heard", those inward stirrings and expressions of conscience coupled with awareness of sure facts which separate us all from the lower beasts. There is a universal impulse which forces that whatever, as a profound conviction and especially in moral and spiritual matters is granted to any person knocks at the inner side of the door of the lips and demands an exit and free air and an utterance.

Today in the United States Christians are being aggressively assailed by academia and the institutions of government. Colleges are full of professors who scorn the concept of sin, mock at the idea of eternity and smear it with doubt by comparing it to the fanciful dreams of pagan belief systems with their incomplete, self-constructed concepts of the hereafter. It seems certifiable that provisions were written into Obamacare specifically targeting certain religious groups and their long-held positions of conscience and belief. In enforcing those onerous requirements the government has shown astonishing insensitivity and inflexibility. This administration can draw a red line against use of chemical weapons, see it crossed, declare it was not a red line after all, and take no visible action whatsoever, but it cannot find a way to keep from forcing Hobby Lobby to spend a fortune that might well otherwise have been used to the benefit of its employees in contesting a law forcing the company to violate the religious beliefs of its owners. It can waive Obamacare mandates by the score at the behest of labor unions and other special interests, but it can press the Supreme Court relentlessly to force the Catholic group "Little Sisters of the Poor", among others, to provide contraception and pregnancy ending drugs. And then there is the Supreme Court ruling about gay marriage.

We in the United States are facing a full court press to destroy Christianity. Many of our opponents seem to have first thought touching our sacred beliefs would be like touching the third rail in American politics. But the early encroachments have not produced the massive reaction those who hate the cross had feared, and now the attack has grown bolder. Leaders of every stripe, both those who support Christians and those who despise them, are watching with bated breath to see when the break will come, if it ever will; the moment when we in our numbers rise up and declare "no more!" It is so clear there should be, there must be a conscientious exemption for those who hold public office and yet support the Bible to not be forced to violate their convictions. It is so simple to devise a method for those who wish, for instance, to take advantage of the Court's ruling to do so without making such a bitter, fierce attack on those who conscientiously oppose that life-style. The ferocity with which we are being attacked is a demonstration that what is at issue is not people being able to live as they choose; it is a determined effort to make wicked behavior condemned by God and His Word shameless and blameless, as if humans had the capability to do that. It is time, my friends, it is time for us who profess the name of Christ to make our weight felt. Shame on a nation that can use tax money to pay for babies to be cut into pieces and the little organs sold. Shame on us if we live in such a time as ours and do not let our voices be heard. Have you talked to God today?Type your paragraph here.

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