Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tortured for His Faith - Book Report

Picked up from his home in the wee hours of the morning on 24 July 1947, Haralan Popov spent 13 years of his life in Bulgarian communist prisons where he was brutally beaten, physically and mentally tortured, all because he would not deny the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this small book you see communism in practice as to communism in theory. Communism demands complete uniformity and subservience. In the beginning I was greatly distressed to see how Mr. Popov was beaten to a pulp but when his trial came they asked his family to bring him his best clothes only to appear to the press and international reporters who were allowed to attend that there was nothing wrong behind communist jails. But as the book progressed I was appalled at the depravity of man. The horror scenes you read about would make you wonder if the men who tortured this brother are really human beings.

In the book you see how man has the capacity to rise to the greatest spiritual height, but he also has the capacity to sink to the lower most vile level. Only man has that range. In one instance, Mr. Popov recounts how his captors dug a pit, a punishment pit (reminded me of the bottom pit of Satan) in which 100 men were later shoved and the lid closed above their head leaving them gasping for a breath of air and left to starve to dealth. How this pastor ever survived is a miracle.

We, who have freedom of worship, need to read about and be sensitized to our fellow christians who are suffering for their faith.
If you can handle difficult reading, I would highly recommend this biography.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

too blessed to update

If we haven't posted in a while, it is because we have been so busy with church-related activities; revivals, here and in Ohio. We are so blessed we can barely keep up. There is nothing worth comparing to knowing and serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a way I'm glad we haven't been around Pen of Iron much. Constantly attending to a website betrays a weak Christian life. How much praying and reading can one be doing when he is continually updating a site?

Until next post, this is Revelation 2:17 reminding you that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, and that putting your trust in His shed blood for the forgiveness of your personal sins is the only way you will ever enter into heaven.
Rome remains the scarlet harlot church of Satan, sworn enemy of the Bible and every Bible-believing Christian; ain't nothin' new under the sun.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

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