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  1. Verdugo
    15 July 2013 @ 4:07 am

    Please hold off on reporting stories until they are verified by two independent sources.  To report the story first and then add a caveat that it is still in the process of verification is not responsible journalism.  The story may be juicy and the editor may want to scoop other websites with the news, but please do the responsible when reporting stories such as this one.

  2. Bill Garber
    15 July 2013 @ 5:39 am

    Verdugo has a good point.  

    This reporting by a Seventh-day Adventist publication cannot but put Seventh-day Adventists in a more difficults position in Pakistan and in other Muslim countries if the story turns out to be a fabrication.

    This said, just why does the church not encourage members not to proselytize in muslin countries?  

    A person's salvation is not ever dependent on another person's behavior or action, or is it?  

    While Jesus commissioned his disciples to carry the gospel to all nations, Mathew (10:14), Mark (6:11) and Luke (9:5) all record Jesus as telling his disciples to shake off the dust ffrom their feek if a city does not accpe tthem.  
     

    • Wayne Wilson
      16 July 2013 @ 4:33 pm

      Bill,
      You asked "just why does the church not encourage members not to proselytize in muslin countries?"

      Is this really true? 
      The Gospel needs to be preached everywhere, especially where it is forbidden.  I don't understand when and why Adventists became so afraid to offend non-Christians.
       

    • D J
      19 July 2013 @ 9:15 pm

      They shook the dust off after entering and preaching in those cities and then being kicked out, not having a spirit of fear and not entering in the first place was and is never the way. There are individual souls waiting to be made free dispite a governments clamp down on witnessing. Muslims can freely preach and recruit members in our countries but if we do that in there's they persecute us Christians, that alone shows that they are on the wrong side.

  3. earl calahan
    16 July 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Bro Wayne, i agree w/Bill. it is stupid to venture into the lions dens when the religious govt. states they will chop your head off if you do, or life in prison for a text message? to invite the wrath of such a govt is folly and does not advance the gospel one iota. Perhaps you may be a volunteer to sign up for proselytizing in a Islamic country. The Islamics know a great deal more about your religion than you do theirs.

    • D J
      19 July 2013 @ 9:11 pm

      Hang on right there, Paul and many other apostles preached the gospel in places hostile to Christianity and when they were presecuted in one area they moved to the next, it doesn't say you shouldn't go in the first place. God can and will protect His servants from death if He so chooses.

  4. Trevor Hammond [22oct1844]
    17 July 2013 @ 5:16 am

    When Christianity is reduced to just a social gospel, without the call for repentance and newness of life in Christ, then there's no real reason to preach it where and when being politically and socially correct supersedes Christ's call to 'go into all the world and preach the gospel.' [Mark 16:15]

    Islam is anti-Christ at its core no matter how we may try and spin it or try to appease it.  Its violent demeanor whilst claiming peace is a glaring giveaway.  The fact that they do not tolerate other religions even to the extent of using violent acts of terrorism, exposes the true nature of what it is capable of.  Trumping up charges in order to quash Christianity in their turf is nothing new.  Praise God for the brave saints who preach the gospel of salvation in Christ in such a hostile life-threatening environment and who are persecuted for righteousness sake!  May God be with them!