Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chrislam Insanity: Qur'an Readings In The Church That Deny Deity Of Jesus

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The Christmas service in Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Glasgow, Scotland was the cause of no small of controversy when it included a reading of Qur anic verses that deny the deity of Christ. 

Lest you think that these were read by the Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth for their historical or comparative value, video of the service shows the verses being recited in Arabic by a Muslim woman as if she were leading a worship service of Allah in a Mosque (a privilege denied to Muslim women, ironically).

Conducting theological discussions on points of comparative religion can improve understanding of other religions, but that is not what happened here. 

Interfaith dialog can be quite positive and lead to better community relations and greater respect, while acknowledging sincere differences of belief. 
But that was also not what took place this Christmas in the Cathedral of Glasgow. 

In this case, an explicitly anti-Christian message was incorporated into one of the most important celebrations of the year, and Jesus was denied from the pulpit as the congregation sat and looked on.

The church was bombarded with more than 10,000 emails and social media posts condemning the inclusion of Islamic verses within the service. 

The verses were used as if they were part of or compatible with the Church's message rather than in direct contradiction to it. The messages expressed outrage but also threatened violence against the Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth to the extent that he feared for his safety enough to contact the police.

The controversy did not end with the public outcry against the Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, however. 

The Rev. Canon Gavin Ashenden, one of the Queen s official 33 chaplains, expressed publicly his disapproval with the Qur anic reading and, as a result, found himself on the receiving end of a royal reprimand.

Reverend Canon Gavin Ashenden resigned his position as one of the crown's 33 chaplains so that he may be at liberty to "speak out on behalf of the faith", after receiving his reprimand from Buckingham Palace. 

In defending the faith, as he saw his actions, he was viewed as involving the Queen. Tradition dictates that the Queen must remain above politics and controversy.
After he found himself unable to voice his protest of Qur anic verses that tell the stories of Jesus's birth while claiming that Jesus should not be worshipped as the Son of God, Rev. Ashenden decided that he would be unable to continue to defend the Church in his position and resigned his post with the statement, 

"Because I think it a higher and more compelling duty to speak out on behalf of the faith, than to retain a public honour which precludes me doing so at this time, I resigned my post." 

This was not the first time he had spoken out against the Qur an as he had pointed out in a 2015 radio show that the Qur an contains more than 100 verses urging Muslims to violence.

The Church is in a sorry state indeed when the deity of Christ can be denied and the beliefs of another faith espoused from the pulpit of a Christian church. 

The Queen, as the realm's defender of the faith, recuses herself from any hint of controversy and the chaplain who stands up for Jesus finds himself forced to resign! 

Is there no one left with the courage to stand up for Christ in the face of Islam's advance?

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Friday, January 27, 2017

                                    Dr. Max Solbrekken & Bishop Dr. Manuel 
                                                    Ferriera, Brazil Crusades, 1987
Pastor Max with a group of gypsies in India, 1966
                                              Large altar call for sinners in
                                          1968 Morvant, Trinidad Crusade

Pastor Max praying tor the sick in Guatemala, 1971

 On Dec. 4, 1973, Max Solbrekken made history as first 
Protestant Minister to preach in Malta in the past 
1,000 years. Malta's law was changed after his visit!
Rev. Max Solbrekken with Archbishop of 
Malta His Grace Michael Gunzi, Dec. 1973

                                                                       Dr. David Perierra and Dr. Max Solbrekken 
                                                in Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
                               Pastor Max praying for sinners and seeking 
                                             souls in Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
                              Max Solbrekken preaching in Darfur and 
                                     Khartoum, Sudan, 2006 and 2007
                     Max Solbrekken & Omar Cabrera Historic Crusade 
                                 in Cordova, Argentina, May 5-15, 1978

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    The civilized world has slept a lot more peacefully the last few nights after the first Christian United States Inauguration in history.      
   What a glorious event. Six Christian Ministers reading the Holy Scriptures and praying in the Name of Jesus Christ and a Jewish Rabbi reading the Psalms, praising Almighty God and peace over Israel's Capital City Jerusalem. 
    The enemies of Jesus Christ and Christianity no doubt had a few nightmares. Radical Islamic Terrorists and those who support them are undoubtedly in panic mode, while Israelis are rejoicing! And boozing, drug infested Hollywood appear to be on steroids.
     A New Day has arrived for the USA as the common sense of the Republicans has taken over from the fantasy world of the Democrats and the Sal Linsky radicals! 
      Who would have believed ten years ago, that God would raise up a most unlikely person like thrice married and earlier believer in abortion, Donald Trump, to liberate the USA from the perilous leftist / socialist slide into a North American welfare state?
     If we think that is strange, read the Bible and see how Almighty God used pagan King Cyrus as well as Emperor Nebuchadnezzar to fulfill His will. And Saul of Tarsus, a Jewish Terrorist who was kidnapping and killing Christians, was instantly converted to Christ and founded the Christian Church among the Gentiles.     
    In the end, Jesus Christ will be glorified among Jews, Christians, as well as the pagans of the Middle East, who now believe in a desert god who never existed! When that Day comes, the glory of God will fill the earth and Christ will be King of kings and Lord of lords to the glory of Gd the Father. Amen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
   "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)
   Many years ago in Greece there lived a very intelligent and wise old man called Simonides. One day a group of philosophy students came to this great teacher and philosopher for some help. They wanted to know, ‘Who or What is God’?
    After a few minutes meditation the grand old man asked the group of students to return the next day, so he could think on the matter. The following day the students came expecting an answer. They said, "Most noble Simonides tell us Who or What is God"!
    He scratched his beard and thought for a moment and said, "This is a very deep subject. I need thirty days to study and think, research and philosophize". 
    In one month's time the students returned only to be told by the scholarly poet, that he needed more time. He still had no answer. They were asked to come back in a year's time.
    After 365 days the group of inquisitive, anxious students were ushered in before the great man. "Most noble Simonides", the spokesman began, "We have come to you for some words of wisdom and understanding. Would you tell us Sir, What or Who is God? We are troubled and would like an answer from you."
   The great philosopher stroked his beard and scratched his head as he sat in deep thought. Then he rose to his feet and said, "Men of Greece: For 365 days I have pondered and thought. I have meditated and researched. I still have no answer - I do not know and I cannot tell What or Who is God!"
    The early Hebrews believed that God was Holiness. The Greeks believed He was Wisdom, the Romans thought He was Power, and the heathen advocate that God is Mystery. The Scientists say God is Energy. He is all these and more. The New Testament tells us what He is: "God is Love!" (1 John 4:8)
    God is Holiness and Wisdom. He is Power and Mystery, He is Energy and He is greater than all these. He is Love, and He loves us all! His love is greater than the love of a mother for her child, a husband for his wife - greater than human love. His love is heavenly and pure. It is divine, eternal and past finding out, and it is unconditional! 
    Don't forget it, my friend; God loves us all. Let it sink deep into your heart – God loves you!
   St. Paul was one of the most educated and learned men in Israel and the founder of the Church among the Gentiles. He wrote more than half of the New Testament. He had received so many visions and dreams that he was given a thorn in the flesh, lest he be exalted above measure. (2 Cor.12: 1-9)
    He had been caught up to Heaven and witnessed things he was not allowed to speak of publicly, and yet he said: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but LOSS for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and I count them but dung (garbage), that I may win Christ.” (Phil.3:8)
   The great Apostle wrote:"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)
   A number of years ago, a West Indian Anglican Bishop condemned Evangelists for presenting the Gospel and "Reading the New Testament in simplistic terms, and third world countries are being victims of this". He singled out Oral Roberts, Max Solbrekken and Billy Graham in his attack.
   Here is a strange PARADOX. While St. Paul was concerned about people getting away from the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ, a twentieth century Church Leader is afraid that Evangelists are preaching it in easy-to-understand terms!
    The reason large crowds came to hear Jesus Christ preach, was because He was honest, sincere, truthful and had the power to back up His message with signs, wonders and miracles. THERE WAS ONE MORE FACT - HIS MESSAGE WAS SIMPLE AND PLAIN. (John 16:29)
    Ever since the beginning of time, some have tried to confuse the issue by complicating it. We all know however, that the simpler the device, the easier to construct and maintain. The simpler the instruction, the easier to understand and follow and the simpler the message, the easier to comprehend.
  During the Dark Middle Ages, only certain theologians of the Roman Catholic Church were allowed to read the Bible, while the laity were kept in total ignorance and darkness. The vernacular used in the liturgy was Latin - and the people were told that they were too uneducated to read the Bible for themselves.
    Dr. Martin Luther - an Augustian monk - who hadn't seen a Bible until he was more than 20 years of age - got the opportunity to study it. The Word of God changed his life and the gospel message he began to preach changed the world!
   And Martin Luther’s co-worker in the Reformation, Dr. Carlstadt, had attended the best Roman Catholic Seminaries and Universities, graduating with a Doctor of Theology degree, without ever reading the Bible! That is the fallacy of Religious Organizations which favour tradition over the Bible and works over the Grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
  Trying to gain prominence and respect from the people, some clergymen in their arrogance and pride like to "grand stand" by using words, phraseology and terminology which the average person does not understand. The result is that the preacher is left alone in the pulpit with a few half-asleep parishioners, while the rest have stayed at home.
    Before entering the full time ministry, I spent about ten years in the business world. A manager of a large supermarket in Prince Rupert, British Columbia once remarked, "Isn't it strange, I can sit here and listen to you for hours as you talk about Jesus and the Bible, and yet the longest hour of my entire week is attending church Sunday morning and trying to stay awake from 11 AM to 12 noon. I understand what you are saying but my Pastor's message goes over my head".
    The reason Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and Max Solbrekken are able to draw large crowds and reach the multitudes, is because we preach the simple message of Jesus - His death, resurrection, love, power and present day ability to meet the needs of all who come to Him by faith!
                   IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED!
    The Bible states: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen.1: 1-3)
   Herbert Spencer, a recognized scientist and highly acclaimed philosopher and sociologist writes about, five factors as the most general forms into which the manifestation of the Unknowable (God) is re-divisible: time, space, matter, energy and force!
    He explains that to define the Unknowable or GOD, these five factors must be in place: 1. Time, 2. Space, 3. Matter, 4. Energy, 5. Force. In His great wisdom, Almighty God gives us the ANSWER in the first three verses of His holy, infallible and inspired Word.
    HERE IT IS: Time: beginning; Space: heaven; Matter: earth; Energy: Spirit; Force: moved!
    The Evolutionary Theory has been proven untenable among genuine scientists for quite some time. The ‘Ape Doctrine’ took a big hit in Israel in 1983: Evolution Theory found wanting at Local Trial!
    The Jerusalem Post on April 2, 1983 carried the following report: “Evolution was on trial in Jerusalem last week and found GUILTY of failing to meet the standards of a scientific theory by the First Congress of Inquiries into the Origin of Life and Evolution….But most, after rejecting the theory of evolution on scientific grounds, failed to offer an alternative theory to account for the origin and development of life.
    “Instead, they affirmed their belief in Divine Creation…The aims of the Conference were to explain that it is INCORRECT to present the theory of evolution as unchallengeable, and to show much of it as having been refuted. The Education Ministry circularized all schools, principals and supervisors to attend. The Congress was organized by the Ben Gurion University of the Negev sponsored by Israeli’s Minister of Education. It was held on Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”
   Many of the great breakthroughs in Science have been made by Jewish scientists so it is good to see that they have mostly kept their brains free from the devil’s evolutionary lies; that nothing added to nothing, multiplied by nothing and divided by nothing, created everything!
    What is Science: Encyclopedia Britannica states: In its ‘broadest sense science is learning and knowledge’. Oxford Dictionary says: “Science is systematic and formulated learning.” Another dictionary says: “Science is knowledge gained and verified.”
   In short, science is knowledge that rests on proof. It is demonstrated knowledge! Where do you suppose knowledge comes from? Naturally, all knowledge and wisdom comes to us from our Creator, Almighty God. God is Omniscient, with all Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding!
    NAZI GERMANY’S Scientists stated: “Science has demonstrated that the Nazis are the Master Race.” The Soviet Union’s School teachers taught for seventy long years that: “Science has proven that there is no God.” In 1972, Soviet Union’s Prime Minister Leonid Breshnev stated: “We are no longer homo sapiens – modern man. We are homo – sovieticus: A Super Race.”
   From 1989 to 1995, I was privileged to minister a lot in the former Soviet Union and since we drove thousands of miles, especially in the Ukraine, we experienced what Communism had done to that country. Hitting the pot holes and smelling public washrooms at a distance, I once remarked, “The Russians sent their space craft to the moon, but they can’t build a toilet.”
    Infidel Science in Canada, USA and world -wide teach that the theory of evolution is the only viable, rational approach to the origin of all things! How incredibly incredulous our pin-head evolutionary scientists have become! Infidel science is a revolutionary philosophy better known as ‘Foolosophy!”
   No wonder the Bible states: “The fool (idiot, insane person) has said in his heart, there is no God.” (Ps.14:1) The simple truth is that an idiot could say there is no God, because he is an idiot and doesn’t know any better. A person with a normal functioning brain wouldn’t make such a foolish statement!
   MALCOLM MUGGRIDGE, former BBC Radio and TV Commentator and world famous journalist, atheist and evolutionist was soundly converted to Jesus Christ and turned the Academic and Journalistic World on its head. Regarding the Evolutionary Theory, he stated:
    "I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it's been applied will be one of the GREAT JOKES in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has. I think I spoke to you before about this age as one of the most credulous in history, and I would include evolution as an example.
     “I'm very happy to say that I live near a place called Piltdown. I like to drive there because it gives me a special glow. You probably know that a SKULL was discovered there and no less than 500 doctoral theses were written on the subject and then it was discovered that the SKULL was a PRACTICAL JOKE by a worthy dentist in Hastings who'd hurriedly put a few bones together, not even from the same animal, and buried them and stirred up all this business. So I'm not a great man for bones." 
                   FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!
    The Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Martin Luther called that verse, ‘A Miniature Bible’. It has been called, ‘The Gospel in a Nutshell’ and ‘The Central Verse of the Bible.”                  Multitudes have found eternal life through reading the Holy Scriptures and John 3: 16 is the Gospel of Christ packed in a very concise and powerful life-giving statement.
    The Devil constantly tries to pervert everything he can and he often does so by infiltrating the theological field and especially the area of Bible Translators. They have subtly done so with this verse through translators who have taken it upon themselves to modernize the text thereby undercutting the strength of God’s Word.
     Dr. Henry Morris, a great Bible scholar and Creation scientist stated: “The Greek word for “only begotten” is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes only generated.” As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable means a word of only one syllable, so “mongenes” means only one genesis or only one generated…or, more simply, “only begotten.” It does not mean “one” or even “one and only.”
    "It is worth noting that, although Christ is called the Son, or the Son of God, frequently in the New Testament, He is never (in the Greek original) called “the only” son of God.
   “The fact is, that to call Him the only Son of God would make the Bible contradict itself, for He is not the only Son of God, and certainly not the “one and only” Son of God. Angels are several times called the sons of God (e.g. Job 38: 7), since they had no fathers, being directly created by God. Likewise Adam was called the son of God (Luke 3; 38), because he was directly created. The same applies even to fallen angels (Gen.6:2), and even to Satan (Job 1:6) because they also were created beings.
    “The term is also used in a spiritual sense, of course, for those who have become new creations, in Christ Jesus by faith. (2 Cor. 5; 17; Eph. 2: 10, etc.). In this sense, we also are “sons of God”. (e.g. 1 John 3:20) by special creation? By special creation, not physically, but spiritually.
     “But it is never applied in this sense to Christ, for He is not a created son of God (as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cultists teach), but the Only Begotten Son of God. He never had a beginning, for He was there in the beginning (John 1; 1). In His prayer to the Father in the upper room, He spoke of “the glory I had with Thee before the world was.” (John 17: 5).” See Micah 5: 2, 3; John 1: 18; John 10:30; Col.1: 15)
     “Jesus Christ did not become the only Son of God by Hi virgin birth, for He is also the ‘eternally begotten” Son of the Father. He is eternally, in His bosom” yet always “going forth” to declare the Father – once as the creating Word, occasionally in pre-incarnate theophanies, also through the Holy Spirit conveying the written Word, which had been “eternally settled in heaven” (Psalm 119: 89) down to man through divinely chosen prophets, then ultimately appearing as the incarnate Word to live forever as the God/man.”
                           GOD’S LOVE IS APODICTIC!
    The word apodictic is from the Greek word apodikticos, meaning ‘evident beyond contradictions! I discovered it many years ago while studying the dictionary. Instantly I thought, that word belongs only to God and the Bible; not to humans! The Majesty, Power, Wisdom, Grace and Righteousness of God are evident beyond contradictions. No-one could dare to contradict God’s Love; Calvary proved that!
     God’s love is so amazing and beyond comprehension and yet so personal, accessible and real. Here are several more Scriptures that reveal the love of Jesus Christ toward us: “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.” (John 3: 17, 36)
     Here is a Scripture that has blessed multitudes of people across the world through radio, television and in our large crusades, and has brought healing and deliverance to many: “He that spared not His Son, but DELIVERED Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also, freely give us all things?” (Rom.8: 32)
    This reveals the length to which our Heavenly Father went to redeem a lost, sinful and perishing world. He did not spare His own Son but turned Him over to wicked men who blasphemed Him, spit in His face, pulled out His beard, lashed Him with the razor-sharp Roman cat-of-nine tails until His back looked like a plowed field, and pounded spikes through His hands and feet to a cross at Jerusalem’s garbage dump on Golgotha’s Hill.
      The hymn writer penned these most appropriate words:
He came to earth the promise to fulfill
A rugged cross He bore up Calvary’s Hill
And for my sins He cried, Father forgive
Born to die, that I might live.

Born to die, a cruel cross to bear
Born to die, that I His love may share
Between two thieves, He bowed His head and cried
Tis finished, I came to die
    The Bible says: ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ my Lord.” (Rom.3: 23; 6:23). “For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
     “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom. 5: 6-10)
    The greatest message anyone could hear is that Jesus Christ died for their sins so that they could be forgiven, liberated from bondage and servitude to the world, flesh and the Devil, Hallelujah! The Bible states: “But if we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sins.” (1 John 1: 7)
     Many years ago during the California Gold Rush, a man lay dying in his little 
shack. A kind Christian lady came to be with him and was reading the Bible
She read John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
     Suddenly, he quickened and speaking in a weak voice asked: “Is that in the
 Bible?” She answered, “Yes, it is in the Bible.” He asked: “To whom is He
 speaking? Is He speaking to me?” The lady responded: “Yes, He is speaking
 you.” Again the dying man inquired: “Did He say anything else?” Quickly, she
 answered: “Yes, He did. He said, ‘To as many as received Him, He gives the
 power to receive eternal life.’” Quietly, the dying man said, “I receive Him. I
 am satisfied.”
H       He had found peace with God and himself! Then, he closed his eyes and was gone. Angels came down and carried his spirit away and brought him safely into the arms of Jesus! What a glorious gospel. What a glorious message of hope and life, we have through the blessed crucified, buried and risen Lord Jesus Christ!
          The  blood of Christ is mankind’s only hope! For many years, the Christian church has presented the claims of Jesus Christ to be able to save lost souls, heal the sick and liberate the suffering and wounded, granting eternal life on the basis of His shed blood, vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead!
           St. Paul wrote: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; BUT UNTO US which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor.1: 17, 18)
“           We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but One. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many.) BUT TO US (believers) there us BUT ONE GOD, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Cor. 8: 4-6)
“          Now it was not written for His sake alone, that it was imputed to him; BUT FOR US ALSO, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences (sins) and raised again for our justification.” (Rom.4: 23-25)
           St. Paul didn’t pull any punches. He cleared the decks and told it like it was and still is! He stressed the fact that there are many false prophets worshipping god of no value for they are only ‘make believe gods’, and if the pagan want to believe in them that is their own business and to their folly, however, we are Christians, believers in Jesus Christ our Lord, Saviour, Master and God!
        We do not mix pagan faiths with the Pure Gospel of Christ! We do not compromise the Word of God to please anybody. There is only ONE GOD: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Amen.
                         PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN!
     Shortly after President Ronald Reagan was seriously wounded by a deranged gunman, his pastor asked him, “Mr. President, were you ready to die?” He replied: “Oh no, I have so much more work to do!” His pastor continued: “Mr. President, I meant were you ready to meet God?” Ronald Reagan answered: “Oh, Yes!” The pastor probed: “Mr. President, why would you say that?” to which Ronald Reagan replied: “I have a Saviour!"
     My question to you, friend is this: “Do you have a Saviour?” The Bible says: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32). He stated: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19: 10).
     St. Paul said: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim.1:15). Our Lord invites: “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 28); “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37)
                      JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW!
   In Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, British TV commentator David Frost wrote: “I once asked Billy Graham what his goal was when he took the pulpit. He replied: “First of all, I want the content to be accurate. I want it to be biblical and I want it to be simple. I study to be simple.” I pressed him. “Can’t a message be too simple?”
     He answered: “When Dr. Karl Barth, the great Swiss theologian, the greatest theologian of his generation, was visiting America a couple years ago, he was at one of our great seminaries, and a student asked him the question, ‘Dr. Barth, what is the greatest single thought that ever crossed your mind?
     The students thought some tremendous statement was coming forth and they were all on the edge of their seats and he said, ‘Jesus loves me; this I know for the Bible tells me so.’” 
     No more beautiful words have ever spoken by men or angels than these: “I know God loves me!”  Praise God.  Say these precious words and believe them and you will see what a change will be affected within your life. May God bless you, in Jesus’ name! Amen.
                             CHRIST'S CROSS AND 
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     Looking at the faces of the murderous Islamic Savages who beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians you can see the very image of the supreme leader, Lucifer the fallen archangel and enemy of God and man!
    "Not human", you say! Yet, the Bible says that God loves them and Jesus died for their sins, as evil as they are. By looking into their eyes you see what happens when the devil takes control of a soul! Pray for their salvation!   
     Remember that Saul of Tarsus was a Jewish Terrorist who killed believers in Yeshua Ha Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah) and how Jesus changed Saul of Tarsus!  He changed his name to Paul and under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, wrote nearly one-half of the New Testament! Can these evil men change? Yes! With God all things are possible! (Mark 9: 23; 10:27)
      Having said that, "Would you want these inflamed criminals, who have innocent blood on their hands living in your neighbourhood? To be free to molest and brainwash your children and take over the country?" I think not!
   These barbarians are taught from early childhood to hate, rape and murder defenseless people who do not bow their heads to the ground in worship to their 'moon god'. They are slaves to a politically dangerous system of cruelty and inhumanity!
   Yet, as children of God and believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are commanded to love them, pray for them and to win them for Christ and His Kingdom. 
                               JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS!
     The Good News is that Jesus Christ came into the world to "seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) He didn't come for the righteous, but He came for sinners. The Holy Bible states: "All have sinned and fallen short of the Kingdom of God." (Rom. 3:23) That includes us all, no exceptions! 
     The Scriptures declare: "God hath concluded all under sin", so that we are all guilty and without excuse: “…That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Rom. 3: 19). Again, St Paul writes: "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6: 23)
    We are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, and in Christ alone! It is not by works of righteousness, but by His grace that we are saved. (Eph. 2: 8, 9). Christ alone suffered, bled and died for our sins to bring us to God.
    The Bible says: "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (satisfaction,) through faith in His BLOOD, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are passed, through the forbearance of God;
     "To declare, I say at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus." (Rom. 3: 24-26). The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for SIN and the CROSS provided the FINAL SOLUTION!
    For four thousand years, God, in His great mercy and kindness allowed the sacrifice of innocent lambs, goats and bullocks (occasionally a red heifer) to suffice.
    When the ‘fullness of time’ had come, Almighty God gave Himself in HIS SON, to be the propitiation for our sins. The word propitiation means the covering, satisfaction and expiation. The only RIGHTEOUS ONE, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, had to die to cover our sins and satisfy the demands of Divine Justice!
   Our righteous, just and merciful God had to bring judgment upon all sinners through the VICARIOUS death of a righteous man. No man could qualify for all are born in sin, therefore He had to pay the sin debt Himself.
The INCARNATION of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, settled the sin question for time and eternity, through His sacrificial death on Golgotha!
     That is why Jesus of Nazareth had to be crucified. He was born to die; to be crucified in order to pay the sin debt for all unrighteous humanity, to meet the demands of Divine Justice for our awful sins against the Almighty.
    This is possibly the Bible’s greatest verse: "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32)
    In 1978, I was preaching in Ghana, Africa in a large Gospel Crusade. I became very homesick. I could not eat their food. The netting around my bed was broken and since I had forgotten to take my anti-malaria pills, I didn't get much sleep.
    I was very unhappy even though we were seeing many souls come to Christ and powerful miracles were taking place. I was studying Romans when suddenly it jumped out at me with such force that I was shocked. Our Heavenly Father let me know what it cost Him to provide the Great Salvation that I was proclaiming so freely!
    I had read that verse many times but never fully understood it. I was torn to pieces as I saw how the Father had ‘TURNED OVER’ His only begotten Son to murderers who would mock Him, spit in His face, scourge Him and nail Him to the Cross of shame for us. 
     I wondered how He could do that, as I personally would never allow anyone to harm my wife or children. Only over my dead body, would anyone molest, rape or kill my family!
   Then He took me to Isaiah: "Surely He borne our sicknesses (heb. kholee) and carried our pains (heb. makob): yet we did esteem Him stricken, SMITTEN OF GOD and afflicted. 
   "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed.
    "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath LAID UPON HIM the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased to BRUISE HIM; He hath put HIM TO GRIEF..." (Isaiah 53: 4-6, 10)
       God the Father laid our sins, sicknesses and pains on His Son. It was God the Father Who smote His Son for us, and what really tore me up was that God was pleased when Jesus suffered, bled and died for us! I prayed and wept for days after God had spoken to me! 
    Shortly after that crusade, God opened the door to ARGENTINA. There were no crusades being held there because of the Military Rule, but God opened the door for Omar Cabrera (my interpreter) and me to reach Cordova for Christ. 
    Great Miracles happened every night and the crowd grew to 48,000 on May 15, 1978. Omar Cabrera then continued the Crusades and his Cordova Church grew to 8,000 in 9 months and within 18 months he had 150 churches with 450 pastors. 
     Then, Carlos Anacandia got saved and began to preach and the rest is history as he and others have reached several millions. 
     Interestingly, when Omar contacted me his heart was to go to Paraguay, but that didn't work out. Then the Holy Spirit put Argentina on my heart. Omar had been forced to leave his country when his name had been found on a Rebel hit list. He said he was finished with Argentina and would not return, but I was adamant that we should hold the crusade there. Finally Omar said: "Okay, we'll try Cordova."
    We started with six thousand in attendance the first night. By the fourth night we had 10,000 and the Chief of Police finally came back to town and signed the permit. The Roman Catholic Church which had opposed the Crusade, lost control over their people. Nuns and priests attended openly rejoicing in the great things which God did and carrying their tape recorders to get the messages I brought!         I had requested a meeting with the Military Junta and demanded that they stop their persecution of the Evangelicals and Pentecostals to which they agreed. From that day onward the persecution stopped and the Revival steam rolled ahead.
    After preaching to the four Colonels for 20 minutes about God and the Devil, Heaven and Hell, the Cross and the Blood of Christ, the leading COLONEL said loudly, "What do you want from us?" I said: "Stop persecuting the Evangelicals and the Pentecostals!" He said: "O.K. What else do you want?"
   I answered: "Get down on your knees and give your hearts to the Lord." They were shocked. Omar let out a big laugh, I smiled and they relaxed. I said: "I would like to pray for you and your families.” Immediately, he said: "Yes, please do." After prayer, they all shook my hand and told me about the good things they had heard about the crusade.
    That is how the official persecution stopped and how the REVIVAL started in Argentina in May, 1978Praise the Lord!
    This Gospel is for ALL people of ALL the world including the Muslim World! Jesus Christ commanded: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ...." (Mark 16: 15-20)
       King David prophesied: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST the Lord, and against HIS ANOINTED, saying, Let us break the bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalms 2: 2, 3)
      The Apostles prayed, quoting David: "For a truth against Thy Holy Child Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done." (Acts 4:25-28)
    The whole world was involved in carrying out the will of God in the sacrificial death of Christ for us all. King Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and Israel is a representation of the Entire World that stands guilty in the SIN of crucifying the Son of God!
And the entire world is invited to receive God's forgiveness, peace, healing, blessing and deliverance which has been purchased for us all through the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ our Lord and His glorious resurrection from the dead! 
     The Bible says: "Looking for that blessed HOPE and the glorious appearance of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ Who GAVE HIMSELF for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13, 14)
   "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 
     "Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3: 4-7) All glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!
   Is God able to save and fill with His Holy Spirit tough, evil, perverted Muslim terrorists? Read Acts chapters 9, 22 and 28. If He can reach a Jewish terrorist He can reach a Muslim terrorist! Nothing is too hard for our God!
    In late August, 2001, I was preaching in a small town in Norway and learned about a refugee camp where hundreds of Muslim refugees from the Kosovo War were being housed. I asked if anyone was reaching them with the love of Christ. They answered, “No”.
  I challenged the pastor’s wife who was teaching them Norwegian, to invite them to our Revival Meeting. She answered that it was against the new school rules to talk to students about Jesus!
    I countered: “St. Peter said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than man’. It seems rather strange to me that a Pentecostal Pastor’s wife would not have the courage to obey God than rules put in place by some political hack”
    She said: “O.K. I will ask them.” She did and eight people accepted. The Pastor picked them up and brought them to the meeting. All received Jesus Christ as their Saviour and since August 2001 until now that Church has baptized more than 1,000 Muslims to Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Hallelujah and Amen.