URGENT CALL FOR PRAYER FOR QUERAGOSH

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

Two messages regarding threats against Christians in Iraq are regularly circulating Christian networks, via email, WhatsApp and other social media. Even though the emails can be traced back to legitimate sources, the information is old and the situation has changed since the email was first sent out. The emails contain “news from missionary friends in…

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TRUMP JNR. AND THE SKITTLES ANALOGY

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

On Monday 19 September 2016, Donald Trump Jnr. tweeted an image of a bowl of skittles with the following text:  “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The image was captioned below with the following: “This…

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STATE CONTROLLED CHURCH FOR SOUTH AFRICA?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

A current SMS (text message) doing the rounds in South Africa warns Christians about a Chinese agenda to introduce the “Three-Self”, state-controlled church system in South Africa that will ultimately stop all Christian activities, including the printing and distribution of new Bibles, no baptism, control over Churches, no evangelism, etc. The original SMS, in Afrikaans,…

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SIX SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS TAKEN TO COURT FOR CHRISTIAN PRACTICES?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

An email circulating on Christian networks reports that six schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape will appear in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg on charges of practicing Christianity. One version of the email reads as follows: “Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! On 28 November, 6 schools in Gauteng and Western Cape will appear…

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REPORTS OF CHRISTIANS BURNT IN NIGERIA

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

A well-meant prayer request that is often forwarded by email or posted on Facebook includes a horrifying photo of charred bodies with the report that the victims are Christians burnt alive by Muslims in Nigeria. A common caption of the photo reads: “Christians burnt alive by Sunni Muslims in NIGERIA…..PLEASE SHARE IT OR JUST UPLOAD…

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22 CHRISTIANS TO BE EXECUTED IN AFGHANISTAN?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

There is a text message regularly sent out in various parts of the world, which often resurfaces on an annual basis. The message has two standard forms: 1) that 22 Christian families have been abducted in Afghanistan and are about to be executed 2) that 22 Christians are about to be beheaded in Afghanistan THIS IS…

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REPORT OF UGANDAN ‘CHILD RAPE FESTIVAL’

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

Lifestyle Tabloids, a blog that publishes political satire articles, posted one in April 2014 about a “Child Rape Festival” in Uganda, supposedly endorsed by the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo. The article was written as a mockery in response to Uganda’s highly controversial laws that punish homosexuality (http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/19/uganda-ethics-minister-homosexual-behavior-is-repugnant/), and Lokodo’s hugely inflammatory…

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REPORT OF A BOY BEING PUNISHED BY HIS ARM BEING CRUSHED

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

Another email that is often circulated shows a picture of an 8-year-old Iranian boy grimacing in pain as his arm is crushed underneath a car – the report claims that the boy is being punished under Shariah law for stealing bread. This picture originated with the Iranian news site Peykelran, which confirms that the picture…

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REMOVAL OF 20 PASTORS FROM US AIRWAVES

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

Removal of 20, including Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves. An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the…

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REFUGEE CRISIS: GENUINE CONCERN OR MISLEADING SKEPTICISM?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

An email currently circulating Christian networks calls for an “explanation” for a number of assertions regarding the Syrian refugees arriving in Europe from war-torn destinations. The email reads as follows: “Can someone please explain the following regarding the Syrian refugees arriving in Europe from worn torn destinations. How come they all seem to have endless…

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