Sunday, August 31, 2008

Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin

A little boy with an extra chromosome was born on April 18. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin and his new home is the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau. His mom is Governor Sarah Palin, who along with her husband Todd, has welcomed Trig as their second son and fifth child.

Governor Palin has already made a mark on the political scene. A high school basketball star and beauty queen, she was elected Alaska's governor in 2006. She is often mentioned as a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain. The Palins' other children include Track, their oldest son, who now serves in the U.S. Army. They also have three daughters, Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

Trig made news long before he was born, as Alaska's citizens learned that their governor was pregnant. Then, for the Palins, the story got more complicated.

This past December, Sarah Palin was told that her baby was likely to have Down syndrome -- just one extra chromosome.

As the Associated Press reports:

The doctor's announcement in December, when Palin was four months pregnant, presented her with a possible life- and career-changing development.

"I've never had problems with my other pregnancies, so I was shocked," said Palin.

"It took a while to open up the book that the doctor gave me about children with Down syndrome, and a while to log on to the Web site and start reading facts about the situation."

When he was told, Todd Palin quickly said, "We shouldn't be asking, 'Why us?' We should be saying, 'Well, why not us?'"

The Palins never considered aborting the baby. That means that Trig Palin is now is a very rare group of very special children, because it is now believed that the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth are being aborted.

Modern diagnostic tests are driving a "search and destroy mission" to eliminate babies judged to be inferior, disabled, or deformed. Some experts now believe that up to 90 percent of all pregnancies diagnosed as having a likelihood of Down syndrome end in abortion.

Back in 2005, ethicist George Neumayr commented: "Each year in America fewer and fewer disabled infants are born. The reason is eugenic abortion. Doctors and their patients use prenatal technology to screen unborn children for disabilities, and then they use that information to abort a high percentage of them. Without much scrutiny or debate, a eugenics designed to weed out the disabled has become commonplace."

The Palins would not even consider aborting their baby. "We've both been very vocal about being pro-life," Governor Palin said. "We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential."

She loves her baby boy and is proud of him. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin told the Associated Press. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"

Some ethicists now go so far as to argue for a "duty" to abort a baby with a Down diagnosis. This is an assault upon the dignity of every human being. The fact that so few Down syndrome babies now make it to birth is a sign that America is making its own pact with the Culture of Death.

Trig Paxson Van Palin has an extra chromosome, two proud and loving parents, four very happy siblings, and he will bring his own joy to untold numbers of lives.

He will face some unique challenges, but he has a loving family who will face those with him. They will learn together the wonder and beauty of a Down syndrome child and will learn to see the glory of God in his trusting face.

Mothers Day 2008 is certain to be a special day in the Alaska Governor's Mansion. What an unspeakable tragedy that so many other homes will have aborted that joy.

Welcome to the world, Trig Paxson Van Palin. Your very existence defies the Culture of Death and gives us all hope.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 1:49 am ET

McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for VP

by Sarah Pulliam

Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, and so far, it seems like bells and whistles from the conservative evangelical community.

Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America said in a statement: "Governor Sarah Palin is a bold choice for Vice President who is a courageous advocate for unborn children. In addition, she is a conservative who is a reformer not afraid to shake up the establishment."

Back on Aug. 8, Richard Land told CBS she would be the pick that would most excite Southern Baptists and other conservatives.

"Richard Land: Probably Governor Palin of Alaska, because she's a person of strong faith. She just had her fifth child, a Downs Syndrome child. And there's a wonderful quote that she gave about her baby, and the fact that she would never, ever consider having an abortion just because her child had Downs Syndrome. She's strongly pro-life.

She's a virtual lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. She would ring so many bells. And I just think it would help with independents because she's a woman. She's a reform Governor. I think that, from what I hear, that would be the choice that would probably ring the most bells, along with Mike Huckabee, of course, who's a Southern Baptist."

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins said in a statement:

"On February 11th of this year, for example, she signed into law the 'Safe Haven for Infants Act,' facilitating the safe surrender of an unwanted newborn to a place of safety and hope. Her actions contrasts sharply with the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who when he was in the Illinois Senate repeatedly helped to kill a bill that sought to protect babies who survived abortion."

Over on the Between Two Worlds blog Andy Naselli has found an article from four months ago when Al Mohler highlighted the Palin family in an article (”Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin“) and on his radio show (also titled “Welcome to the World, Trig Paxson Van Palin“).

Here’s a description of the radio show:

A little boy with an extra chromosome was born on April 18. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin and his new home is the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau. His mom is Governor Sarah Palin, who along with her husband Todd, has welcomed Trig as their second son and fifth child.

On today’s show, Mohler explains why Trig’s very existence defies the Culture of Death and gives us all hope.

In 2006, the Anchorage Daily News included her religion in a series of articles on her.

"Her Christian faith, they say, came from her mother, who took her children to area Bible churches as they were growing up (Sarah is the third of four siblings)," Tom Kizzia wrote. "They say her faith has been steady since high school, when she led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and grew stronger as she sought out believers in her college years."

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Anwar our best and only chance for justice and equality for everyone

by John Lee, The Malaysian Insider

AUG 29 — As the Permatang Pauh by-election fades into the recesses of our memories, there is talk of it being a turning point in our country's history. Unfortunately, this talk habitually and routinely focuses on the possibility of changing the government by Sept 16.

It ignores a simple reality: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has already made history by being the first Malay politician to ever actually win more political support through an explicitly non-racial platform. It is practically impossible to underestimate how Anwar bucked the trend; he has completely turned our understanding of politics in this country on its head.

History has already made it crystal-clear; Malay politicians who try to unite the country by appealing to a common sense of Malaysian-ness inevitably wind up heading into political oblivion. Dato Onn Ja'afar's political career went up in flames the moment he founded the first multiracial political party in the country, in spite of it having every conceivable advantage — it was literally the incumbent party of the time because of Onn's towering status in Malayan politics. And it, of course, foundered completely.

Since then nobody has even tried to unite the Malays as Malaysians. Unite the Malays as Malays, of course; Syed Jaafar Albar famously proclaimed in the 1960s that he was a Malay first and a Malaysian second. Syed Hussein Alatas made an admirable attempt to change Malaysian politics through Gerakan, and we all know how that turned out. Literally every Malay leader who has tried to be Malaysian first ever since has risked being branded as a sell-out, a puppet of the non-Malays and a stooge of Lee Kuan Yew.

The one exception was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who experienced some brief success with his Bangsa Malaysia idea. This only makes sense, considering Dr Mahathir's iron-fisted handling of anyone who dared to oppose him; it is thus a pity that he never took this policy beyond mere words.

The moment Dr Mahathir handed over the reins to his successor, Malay politicians were up in arms criticising Bangsa Malaysia as a "nebulous" and untenable concept for daring to acknowledge that the non-Malays have a place in this country too.

So here we are today: 51 years after independence, the easiest way to tar a Malay politician next to calling him a Jew-lover is to accuse him of saying this country belongs to the Chinese and Indians too. That is simply how Malaysian politics works; to win the support of the Malays, you need to denounce the non-Malays as foreign squatters, who are only here as a matter of privilege rather than right, a privilege revocable at any time.

And what a coincidence it is — that is exactly how the Malaysian government works too. If you're not an Indonesian who can be counted as a Malay, your application for permanent residency or citizenship can never hope to see the light of day. If you're not a Malay, you can expect to hear your fair share of racist remarks in a public national school — and not from students, mind you, but teachers. As a student you can expect a syllabus which teaches you about the meaning of ketuanan Melayu rather than bangsa Malaysia. As an employee you can expect a civil service where you're not welcome unless they need you to fulfil their minuscule quota of non-Malay recruits. As an entrepreneur you can expect a government — and many government-linked companies — which will not give you any business unless you are a Malay. Half a century after independence, and that's what 40% of this country has to look forward to.

And since this is how the government works, up-and-coming politicians and political activists realise this is how politics works too. That is why even though you will never hear the typical Malaysian voicing such sentiments, political activists will readily denounce the non-Malays as foreign squatters here at the behest of a social contract which gives them the privilege, not right, to stay and live here.

Since this is how politics and government have worked since time immemorial, we owe Anwar an incredible debt for nearly single-handedly turning all this — everything — completely on its head. For the past half century, to be a good Malay leader, you have either had to publicly proclaim your support for ketuanan Melayu — and not the mild ketuanan as in strong leadership, but ketuanan as in "blood will run in the streets if our demands are not met" — or you have had to simply avoid commenting on the issue and just hope you can be all things to all people. Anwar ran on a platform, not of vague meaningless nice-sounding platitudes, but a platform explicitly against everything ketuanan Melayu stands for.

This is a man, mind you, who celebrated the end of his ban on active politics by damning ketuanan Melayu and consigning it to the dust heap of history. This is a man who has publicly and repeatedly proclaimed that his commitment is to the sovereignty of the people — ketuanan rakyat — rather than the dominance of the Malays.

This is a man who has never wavered from his stand that the philosophy of government assistance based on racial origin, rather than economic status, is fundamentally and morally wrong. This is a man who has repeatedly, wherever he goes, whoever he speaks to, driven home the same point, again and again: "Anak Melayu, anak saya. Anak Cina, anak saya. Anak India, anak saya."

And this is a man who has had everything in the traditional playbook of Malaysian politics thrown at him. He's been labelled a heretic, a sodomite, a liar, a hypocrite, a traitor willing to sell the Malays and Malaysians out at a moment's notice. The ruling coalition has done everything in their power to make it known far and wide that this is a man committed to non-racialism; committed to a Malaysia where everyone belongs.

Regardless of whether you think he deserves it, or if he was just lucky, credit is due to Anwar: where so many brave Malay leaders have fallen and failed, he has won an incredible victory. Onn Ja'afar was vilified simply for opening up his political party to Malayans of all creeds and colours; Anwar has gone above and beyond, explicitly declaring that this is a country for all Malaysians, whoever they might be. And he has won a resounding victory.

It would be one thing if he scraped through with a majority of less than 5,000 votes in the recent by-election, but the fact is, it was not even close — not with a landslide majority of 15,000, larger even than the majority his wife won before he explicitly condemned ketuanan Melayu. Anwar has succeeded where everyone else has failed; he has carved out a broad base of political support, not on a platform of rights or privileges for one community, but a platform of justice and equality of opportunity for all communities.

Criticise Anwar all you like for his inconsistent and wishy-washy stands on other issues. Criticise his coalition for its internal dissension and strange hypocrisy all you want. You can even say you have no intention of trusting a man who might just stab you in the back the moment he gains power.

The fact of the matter is, you do not have a choice between Anwar and your ideal, committed, consistent, sincere Malaysian leader. Your choice, in the here and now, is between Anwar and a regime built on racism, built on stoking the flames of mistrust and hatred. This regime of hatred has delivered its promise of ketuanan Melayu; why should we expect things to be any worse under a regime promising ketuanan rakyat? At the worst, it's the same old shit under a different government; at best, we might finally have a government and a political system which works for all Malaysians rather than whoever yells the loudest and threatens the most blood.

As far as taking power is concerned, this is still a long shot. Anwar may yet turn out to be a flop on delivering if he ever gets the chance to govern. But the simple and stark reality is, as far as we who live in the present are concerned, he is our best and only chance to put a stop to this insanity.

Anwar is not the perfect vessel for uniting the country, but there is a reason he scares the powers that be: he is the first real chance we have ever had to unite the country against the demons of racialism and parochialism. And for now, he is our only chance. He is the only one who can cross ethnic barriers to proclaim a commitment to a Malaysia where Malaysians, not Malays, are sovereign, and actually win more support than before.

I am no huge fan of Anwar, but I recognise what he has done, and how far he has come. I support him, not because I like him as a person, but because I believe in the cause he champions, and because I believe that if there is any person in this country who can make that dream a reality, it is Anwar Ibrahim.

John Lee is a second-year student of economics at Dartmouth College in the United States. He has been thinking aloud since 2005 at

Friday, August 29, 2008

PM uses Budget speech to attack Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — The government announced today wide-ranging aid for the poor and higher development spending in its 2009 budget aimed at shoring up its popularity amid spiralling inflation and political weakness.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, whose administration has been shaken by an election debacle and slowing economic growth this year, also used his annual budget speech in Parliament to mount a scathing attack on the revitalised opposition led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who was sworn in as a lawmaker yesterday after winning a by-election, wants to unseat Abdullah by Sept 16 through parliamentary defections. Anwar's opposition alliance won an unprecedented 82 of Parliament's 222 seats in March general elections – 30 short of a majority.

Abdullah warned that efforts by certain parties to destabilise the country by attempting to seize power through illegitimate means and without the mandate of the people must be rejected.

“I will not allow disturbances to continue. I will not permit the mandate given by the people to be seized” from the ruling party, he said.

In a clear reference to Anwar's pledge to cut retail gasoline prices if he seizes power, Abdullah blasted his “populist claims”.

If implemented, they “would undermine the government's financial position and bequeath a bankrupt nation to the next generation”, Abdullah said.

Anwar, however, shot back at Abdullah's accusation of "opportunistic threats of seizing the people's mandate through undemocratic means".

"He still has the audacity to preach about democracy. Look at his media policy, corruption, judiciary. A no-confidence vote is a normal process and is the decision of the MPs," Anwar said.

The newly appointed opposition leader said when Abdullah talked of "mandates, he sounded like a dictator. What snatching? It is the will of the people and their representatives. He himself wanted to snatch Permatang Pauh."

He defended his claims that petrol prices could be lowered to RM2, saying that Abdullah "has not read my economic agenda and knowing him, I don't think he will. I think he does not realise that it can be done without affecting our revenue."

The former deputy prime minister, who seeks to take over the federal government on Sept 16, called the continuous deficit budgets an exception among oil-producing countries and said the lack of competitiveness in our country would not attract foreign direct investment.


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Cosmos order proves God exists: Rudd

10:48 AEST Fri Aug 29 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the ordered nature of the cosmos convinces him of the existence of God.

Mr Rudd, a regularly practising Anglican, was on Friday asked on Fairfax Radio in Brisbane to give his single biggest argument in favour of the existence of God.

"As you know I'm a believer and I've never pretended not to be and I respect those who have no religious belief - it's a free country," Mr Rudd said.

"For me, it's ultimately the order of the cosmos or what I describe as the creation.

"You can't simply have, in my own judgment, creation simply being a random event because it is so inherently ordered, and the fact that the natural environment is being ordered where it can properly coexist over time.

"If you were simply reducing that to mathematically probabilities I've got to say it probably wouldn't have happened.

"So I think there is an intelligent mind at work."

Mr Rudd said in his entire political life he had never been asked in a media interview to prove the existence of God.

"You ... have a world first," Mr Rudd said.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Anwar’s Landslide Victory and what is next?

The Permatang Pauh (PP) by-election on 26th August took place in the midst of Malaysian Christians’ 40-day fast. And Anwar Ibrahim wins by a landslide majority of 15,671 votes was not by chance. God has a hand in it. Anwar, the PKR adviser, secured 31,195 votes, against Arif Shah’s (UMNO, Barisan Nasional) and Hanafi Hamat’s (Individual) 15,524 and 92 votes respectively. Anwar’s wife, Wan Aziza, whose majority was 13,388 votes last term, had earlier vacated her seat on 31st July for her husband. The move was to pave way for PR to capture power from BN on 16th September.

On 28th, Anwar was sworn in as MP of PP as well as the Opposition Leader of Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Malays voters in PP constituency made up of 65%. The result showed that most of the Malays supported Anwar’s call for transform.

Could Anwar make it to the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya on schedule? He is running out of time. The sodomy case against him begins on 10th September. And the case will likely be transferred to the High Court. Would the High Court judge order his detention? Besides, Syed Hamid, the Minister of Home Ministry tabled the DNA bill on 18th Aug for the first reading. And he hurriedly tabled for the second reading on 26th, the day when most of the PR MPs were away in PP helping in the by-election. When the third reading is tabled soon and the bill passed, the police will have the right to collect DNA samples from any criminal suspects without prior approval from the court.

Why the need for the government to do it in such a hurry? If the accused of Saiful (“the victim” of sodomy) was not Anwar but somebody else, would Syed Hamid treat the case as urgent or not? Thus the BN government’s denial that the move had nothing to do with politics was unconvincing. Therefore, Anwar’s future is clouded by uncertainties. Adding to that, PAS, a component party of PR, had earlier explored the possibility of pulling out from the coalition should the number of non-Muslim MPs dominate the Muslim ones!

As I looked back the past few months since the 8th March General Election, Anwar had in fact made a mistake by not standing for a by-election much earlier than 26th August. He was a free man by 17th April after being prohibited from election for five years. The proverb says “Beat the iron while it is hot.” Anwar should have ridden on the wind of change when many voters were asking for reform. PKR had been claiming that at least 30 MPs from BN would defect to join PR. Anwar should have understood that he had to first prove his strength by becoming a MP. If he had made it to become a MP earlier, he would have a stronger bargain power. The long delay had allowed the enemy to prowl on him.

On 18th June, Sabah’s SAPP made a stand that they have lost confidence in Abdullah Badawi, the PM of Malaysia. Yong Teck Lee, the president of SAPP, claimed that Sabah should negotiate for her rights with the Federal government while the window of opportunity was still opened wide. But with Anwar’s sodomy case setting in, the window of opportunity for him to take over the government was about to close.

But with Anwar’s landslide victory in the by-election, it has prevented the window from being shut. Now Anwar needs to exert a greater strength to force the window to open wide again! He has to beat against time. Would he be able to make it before he is put to jail? Should he miss his targeted date of 16th September, he should do it by not later than October. In October, both MCA and Gerakan, the two partners of BN, would hold a General Meeting. These two parties have indicated the intention of pulling out from BN. And PR stands a chance in pulling them into the coalition.

UMNO, for the past 51 years, had been arrogant, and subsequently its component parties were hard to push their voices through. Thus BN was run on a one-party show. Orders from UMNO had to be taken without query. UMNO has been playing with race cards. They repeated it again during the PP campaign. UMNO lost the by-election was a proof that even the Malays abhorred such a game! It showed that UMNO had never learnt from the lesson of 8th March. It was no surprise to see that none in the top leadership feel a disaster in UMNO is looming large. They were unrepentant! They did not feel anything wrong when the leadership under their regime all these years had eroded the judiciary, the royal police force, the media, and so on. Racial and religious harmony was undermined. The country needs a leader who is a visionary capable of bringing about a thorough and immediate reform. Does Anwar fit into the description?

Is Anwar God’s choice for Malaysia as a Prime Minister? Christians, continue to come before the throne of grace. Let us pray in the Spirit to push through the force of darkness. As God had used many prophets prophesying over Malaysia that a wind of change will take place this year, let us trust that God is in control of everything. The righteous and just God will bring about healing in our land. And a new wave of Gospel Revival will roar onto our shores.

Dinah's Silent Cry: How Jesus Heals Abuse

When Jesus visited the woman at the well in Samaria, He opened a fountain of healing that still flows today.

Thousands of years ago, the beautiful daughter of a biblical patriarch wandered into Canaanite territory without any clue that she was stepping into a nightmare. The Bible says that Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, was raped that day by Shechem, a local prince (see Gen. 34:1-2).

We never hear Dinah’s screams or muffled sobs. In fact we never hear the voice of Dinah in Scripture. Shechem tried to bargain for her hand in marriage after he stole her virginity, but Jacob’s sons deceitfully plotted to kill him and his brothers for his act of defilement. One rape resulted in wholesale slaughter.

But the bloody act of revenge did not bring healing or restoration to Dinah. She was most likely shut away for the rest of her life, since women who had been raped in those days were considered unclean and unmarriageable. The rape was not her fault—but she bore the guilt.

“The world—and often the church—is not willing to visit the place of abuse. But we have a Savior who broke cultural and religious rules to bring His miraculous healing there.”

Dinah’s silence is deafening. She represents the tragic loss of innocence endured by all those who have been sexually abused. She became the prototype of all women who have been violated—and then blamed and shamed as if it were their fault.

What is most interesting about Dinah’s story is the setting—a dusty plot of ground in Israel that would later be part of Samaria. The site of Dinah’s rape was near the piece of land that Jacob had previously purchased from Shechem’s father, Hamor (see Gen. 33:18-20). We don’t read much more in the Bible about that awful place—until the Son of God arrives on the scene in the New Testament.

It is truly amazing that Jesus was willing to visit that unholy site. During His ministry, no rabbi in Israel would dare go near it. Rabbis took the long road around Samaria to avoid mixing with its people.

Yet the Bible says Jesus marched right into Samaria and sat down at a well, located on the plot of ground that Jacob had purchased centuries earlier (see John 4:4-6). There, Jesus broke every religious rule in Jewish rabbinical tradition by speaking with a divorced woman about theological issues in a public place.

We don’t know the Samaritan woman’s name, but I am sure she was familiar with what had happened so long ago in that land. All women in that region probably whispered to each other within their tents about Dinah’s tragic legacy as they shared their own stories of abandonment, abuse and mistreatment.

But something miraculous began to unfold when the Son of God set foot on that defiled ground.
After He spoke tenderly to the Samaritan woman, telling her of the water of life that comes from the true Messiah, He looked into her tormented soul and drained out the pain she had endured from men who had misused her.

“Go, call your husband and come here,” Jesus told her. She threw up her defenses and protested, saying that she did not have a husband.

Jesus lovingly replied: “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband” (John 4:16-18, NASB).

Jesus was not wagging His finger in the woman’s face or shaming her desperate behavior. He understood her anguish. Most likely she had been abused and abandoned by five men in a row, and by the time the last man threw her out of the house she had no self-esteem left. The sixth man did not even have the decency to marry her.

But on that day in Samaria, the dark clouds that had cast a heavy pall over all women in that region parted. The seventh man had arrived! Jesus was willing to go to that forsaken place, and He identified fully with the pain of abused women. He offered the Samaritan woman not only total freedom from her guilt—but also the boldness to share her story of redemption with an entire village at a time when women did not speak in public.

Do you see the amazing grace and mercy of God at work here? Jesus answered Dinah’s cry.

The world—and often the church—is not willing to visit the place of abuse. We sweep the pain under a rug and ignore the victims. But we have a Savior who broke cultural and religious rules to bring His miraculous healing there.

If you have suffered any form of abuse, or if you still struggle with its shame, then go to Jacob’s well. Jesus is waiting there to give you pure, living water that will cleanse your past, restore lost purity and satisfy your deepest thirst.

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma. He preached this message last week in meetings in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Bogota, Colombia, where the abuse of woman is rampant.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008







安华的过分自信使他屡次声称不心急进行补选,他若懂得华人的“打铁趁热”道理的话,他可能就不会让敌人有机可乘的吧? 5月开始东马国阵议员冲着中央索取权益,可想象,若当时4月16日安华成为自由身正式可以参政即在5月补选的话,借助3.08反风仍然延续的情况下,政治格局会否排山倒海地变天呢?不晓得!但若时间能倒流到4月份的话,我会建议安华即刻竞选补选。国阵当然担心易权的,所以它们反击是自然的动作。结果鸡奸案搞乱安华的阵脚,当然国阵否定这是政治阴谋。











Thursday, August 21, 2008

Angels, Deception and a Cry for Biblical Truth

Weird teachings about angels have become the norm in some charismatic circles today. It’s time to demand sanity on the subject.

At a growing Brazilian church in Boston, a pastor told his congregation he was having regular conversations with an angel. Weeks later he set a chair on the stage for the heavenly visitor, whom he said was attending Sunday services even though no one could see him. The pastor eventually wrote a book containing messages he had supposedly received from the angel. The man’s teachings became so bizarre that he was eventually removed from his denomination for promoting heresy.

That scenario may seem extreme, but it is one example of widespread emphasis on angels and angelic encounters in the charismatic movement today. In the case of the Brazilian church, the pastor went off the theological deep end and his church became a cult. It remains to be seen what will happen in other sectors of our movement as leaders promote teachings about angels that range from the mildly weird to downright wacky:

“It remains to be seen what will happen in other sectors of our movement as leaders promote teachings about angels that range from the mildly weird to downright wacky.”

* Evangelist Todd Bentley, leader of the Lakeland Revival, stirred up interest in angels when he wrote about Emma, a female angel he said wears a long white dress, floats above the floor and resembles Kathryn Kuhlman.

* A young evangelist who was preaching in Canada last spring held up a jar with a feather in it and told the congregation it belonged to an angel who visits him. He said the angel was coming to the service to release riches and healing to those who wanted prayer.

* Leaders of the prophetic movement often speak of angels that bring healing, wealth or special anointings. Some have described angels as tall as skyscrapers while others say they have seen tiny angels the size of insects. One prophet spoke of angels who are sleeping inside the walls of churches. Another segment of believers claim that the glowing circles of light that often show up on photographs are angels in the form of “orbs.”

With such exotic teachings on the rise, we desperately need some biblical guidelines. If you believe everything you hear these days, angels can be huge, tiny, spherical, male, female, feathered or non-feathered. What’s next? Yipping dog angels? Mermaid angels with fins? Court jester angels with bells on their hats?

Since my earliest days in the charismatic movement I was always taught that the Bible is our guidebook for doctrine and practice, and that the early church's experience in the Book of Acts should be a pattern for us. This would direct us to assume that if a spiritual experience is not in the Bible, then it should not be considered normative for us today.

When I look at what the New Testament teaches us about angels, and specifically what the book of Acts shows us about them, here’s what I find:

Angels who looked like men told the early disciples that Jesus would return one day (see Acts 1:11)
Angels are actively working behind the scenes to minister to the saints, especially to offer protection (see Acts 12:7-11)
In one case an angel directed Philip where to preach (see Acts 8:26)
Angels sometimes appeared in visions to give instructions, as one did for Cornelius (see Acts 10:3,7,22)
An angel came to Paul to strengthen him and to assure him that he would preach to Caesar (see Acts 27:23-24).

If we look at Paul’s epistles, we find only a few references to angels—and most are actually warnings to the early church about a wrong emphasis on angels:

Paul warned the Galatians that false angels can bring deception (see Gal. 1:8)
Paul warned the Corinthians about "angels of light" that are messengers of Satan (see 2 Cor. 11:14)
Paul warned the Colossians about misguided people who worship angels and deceive people with their emphasis on mystical experiences that are rooted in their hyperinflated egos (see Col. 2:18).

The book of Hebrews was written to a group of Christians who were considering going back to Old Covenant worship. In the first chapter the author makes it clear that angels have a lower place in God's economy when compared to Jesus Christ.

Many Bible scholars believe the readers of this epistle were being tempted to go back to an Old Covenant paradigm in which angels played a more significant role. The author of Hebrews warns these believers to focus their attention instead on the Son of God, who is more glorious than angels. We can make some basic assumptions about angels in the New Covenant era:

1. Angels help the church fulfill its mission, and they protect and guide the saints.
Every one of us has probably experienced the activity of angels in our lives—often without knowing it because they are usually invisible.

2. Angels sometimes intervene with directive messages.
But there is no case in the New Testament church in which an angel gave his name or brought attention to himself.

3. Angels don’t teach or explain doctrine.
In our movement today, some leaders have suggested that certain angels (such as “Winds of Change”) have arrived to usher in new movements. Emma has been described as a "nurturing angel" who brings a prophetic movement. But nowhere does the Bible suggest that angels bring moves of God. Jesus commissioned the church to advance the kingdom by preaching the gospel. Angels know this and they are expecting us to do our job.

4. Angels don’t bring healing.
The New Testament church was commissioned to bring healing “through the name of Jesus,” and Jesus was always the focus for anyone who was healed miraculously. The story of the Pool of Siloam falls under the Old Covenant system, since this phenomenon occurred before the ministry of Jesus. And when Jesus came to that pool He proved to be a better solution to those who waited for the stirring of the waters.

5. Angels look like people, and in every case in Scripture they appeared to be male.
However, in some cases their appearance was frightening because they carry with them the glory of heaven and the fear of God.

6. False angels preach a different gospel.
One of the devil's strategies is to send counterfeit angelic messengers who bring teaching that is contrary to biblical truth.

There are many flaky, weird and foolish concepts being circulated in our movement today that must be corrected. If we don't hold tightly to Scripture, we might unknowingly give birth to a cult that could bring great damage and division to churches worldwide. It’s time to get back to the Bible!

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

2008·2008 - Silver Wedding Anniversary

Today is our Silver Wedding Anniversary. The wedding 25 years ago refreshed our memories.





Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Religious ignorance: The great divider

by Steve Oh

The Malaysiakini report on Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's swearing on the Quran elicited a response from PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang that it was an act of kebodohan (stupidity). Few would disagree because it is naive to think that the mere act of swearing absolves one's guilt. It is only the gullible who are fooled.

But I was disappointed to read the PAS leader's comments that “We don't have this practice in Islam. It is the Christians who swear on the Bible.” Anyone who knows the Bible will tell you that this is not true if the implication is that swearing on the Bible is part and parcel of Christianity,

In fact the opposite is true. There are several Biblical injunctions for Christians to refrain from all types of swearing best summarised in this verse: "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."

Another verse: "Above all, my brothers, do not swear — not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned."

Therefore, no one should accuse Christians of swearing on the Bible. That some Western countries still adopt this practice is more of a quirk of history than a true Christian practice and I reiterate, swearing on the Bible is not an acceptable Christian practice.

Thus, non-Christians who accept public office often take their oaths upon their preferred religious text or none depending on their choice. It is not unknown for elected Muslim politicians to use the Quran for this purpose in the West.

Sadly, there is much ignorance about Christianity and false perceptions have been passed down and along in Malaysia in a climate of religious chauvinism and fear.

I often meet people who are ignorant of other people's religions and often I have had to correct their false understanding, for example of Islam, though I am not a Muslim. It is because I believe in talking to learned Muslims and reading up on the subject. There is nothing more tragic than those who believe in truth to believe in lies or fallacies about others.

The religious leaders in Malaysia have much to answer for the lack of trust among the different religions and should not take it upon themselves to play God. Often it is those who have the least understanding of their own religion who resort to angry outbursts in false perceptions of offence from others. Their volatile responses betray a lack of security in their own faith, thus their resort to intimidation and even violence.

Political parties such as PAS that want to play a pivotal role in mainstream national politics must prove it is able to govern for all and have a vision that is broad and progressive. Those who have strong religious convictions must learn to respect the beliefs of others, and not be arrogant and presumptuous that their faith gives them the divine right to suppress others. If God does not do that, why should those who claim to follow Him do the opposite?

Let us hope Pakatan Rakyat politicians will help cut a swathe through the jungle of religious ignorance and persecution in the country and that we will all know more accurately about our religion and that of others so that we don't make false and presumptuous statements.

I hope ths elucidation on the Christian position on swearing whether on the Bible or some other thing will dispel the fallacy and remedy the inaccuracy in Hadi Awang's statement.









Monday, August 18, 2008







Friday, August 15, 2008





别说一般的公众欠缺认知,连邓文村副部长也搞错了。《新海峡时报》和《星报》称廿四节令鼓为“24-season drums”,但在徽崇追思会当晚,邓副部长说英文应该是“24-festival drums”,因为一年只有四季。其实邓副部长忽略了英文“season”这个字除了是“季”的意思以外,它还是一个多意思的字,其中一个是“时节”或“时令”。这显示,新山华社必须组织一个总会,确保外语用名准确。











Thursday, August 14, 2008

Life After Lakeland: Sorting Out the Confusion

Todd Bentley’s announcement that his marriage is ending has thrown our movement into a tailspin—and questions need to be answered.

It was not supposed to end like this.

Evangelist Todd Bentley had heralded the Lakeland revival as the greatest Pentecostal outpouring since Azusa Street. From his stage in a gigantic tent in Florida, Bentley preached to thousands, bringing many of them to the stage for prayer. Many claimed to be healed of deafness, blindness, heart problems, depression and dozens of other conditions in the Lakeland services, which ran for more than 100 consecutive nights. Bentley announced confidently that dozens of people had been raised from the dead during the revival.

But this week, a few days after the Canadian preacher announced the end of his visits to Lakeland, he told his staff that his marriage is ending. Without blaming the pace of the revival for Bentley’s personal problems, his board released a public statement saying that he and his wife, Shonnah, are separating. The news shocked Bentley’s adoring fans and saddened those who have questioned his credibility since the Lakeland movement erupted in early April.

“Among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: ‘This is God. Don’t question.’ ”

I’m sad. I’m disappointed. And I’m angry. Here are few of my many, many questions about this fiasco:

Why did so many people flock to Lakeland from around the world to rally behind an evangelist who had serious credibility issues from the beginning?

To put it bluntly, we’re just plain gullible.

From the first week of the Lakeland revival, many discerning Christians raised questions about Bentley’s beliefs and practices. They felt uneasy when he said he talked to an angel in his hotel room. They sensed something amiss when he wore a T-shirt with a skeleton on it. They wondered why a man of God would cover himself with tattoos. They were horrified when they heard him describe how he tackled a man and knocked his tooth out during prayer.

But among those who jumped on the Lakeland bandwagon, discernment was discouraged. They were expected to swallow and follow. The message was clear: “This is God. Don’t question.” So before we could all say, “Sheeka Boomba” (as Bentley often prayed from his pulpit), many people went home, prayed for people and shoved them to the floor with reckless abandon, Bentley-style.

I blame this lack of discernment, partly, on raw zeal for God. We’re spiritual hungry—which can be a good thing. But sometimes, hungry people will eat anything.

Many of us would rather watch a noisy demonstration of miracles, signs and wonders than have a quiet Bible study. Yet we are faced today with the sad reality that our untempered zeal is a sign of immaturity. Our adolescent craving for the wild and crazy makes us do stupid things. It’s way past time for us to grow up.

Why didn’t anyone in Lakeland denounce the favorable comments Bentley made about William Branham?

This one baffles me. Branham embraced horrible deception near the end of his ministry, before he died in 1965. He claimed that he was the reincarnation of Elijah—and his strange doctrines are still embraced by a cultlike following today. When Bentley announced to the world that the same angel that ushered in the 1950s healing revival had come to Lakeland, the entire audience should have run for the exits.

Why didn’t anyone correct this error from the pulpit? Godly leaders are supposed to protect the sheep from heresy, not spoon feed deception to them. Only God knows how far this poison traveled from Lakeland to take root elsewhere. May God forgive us for allowing His Word to be so flippantly contaminated.

A prominent Pentecostal evangelist called me this week after Bentley’s news hit the fan. He said to me: “I’m now convinced that a large segment of the charismatic church will follow the anti-Christ when he shows up because they have no discernment.” Ouch. Hopefully we’ll learn our lesson this time and apply the necessary caution when an imposter shows up.

Why did God TV tell people that “any criticism of Todd Bentley is demonic”?

This ridiculous statement was actually made on one of God TV’s pre-shows. In fact, the network’s hosts also warned listeners that if they listened to criticism of Bentley, they could lose their healings.

This is cultic manipulation at its worst. The Bible tells us that the Bereans were noble believers because they studied the Scriptures daily “to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11, NASB). Yet in the case of Lakeland, honest intellectual inquiry was viewed as a sign of weakness. People were expected to jump first and then open their eyes.

Just because we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit does not mean we check our brains at the church door. We are commanded to test the spirits. Jesus wants us to love Him with our hearts and our minds.

Because of the Lakeland scandal, there may be large numbers of people who feel they’ve been burned by Bentley. Some may give up on church and join the growing ranks of bitter, disenfranchised Christians. Others may suffer total spiritual shipwreck. This could have been avoided if leaders had been more vocal about their objections and urged people to evaluate spiritual experiences through the filter of God’s Word.

Why did a group of respected ministers lay hands on Bentley on June 23 and publicly ordain him? Did they know of his personal problems?

This controversial ceremony was organized by Peter Wagner, who felt that one of Bentley’s greatest needs was proper spiritual covering. He asked California pastors Che Ahn and Bill Johnson, along with Canadian pastor John Arnott, to lay hands on Bentley and bring him under their care.

Bentley certainly needs such covering. No one in ministry today should be out on their own, living in isolation without checks, balances and wise counsel. It was commendable that Wagner reached out to Bentley and that Bentley acknowledged his need for spiritual fathers by agreeing to submit to the process. The question remains, however, whether it was wise to commend Bentley during a televised commissioning service that at times seemed more like a king’s coronation.

In hindsight, we can all see that it would have been better to take Bentley into a back room and talk about his personal issues.

The Bible tells us that ordination of a minister is a sober responsibility. Paul wrote: “Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others” (1 Tim. 5:22). We might be tempted to rush the process, but the apostle warned against fast-tracking ordination—and he said that those who commission a minister who is not ready for the job will bear some of the blame for his failures.

I trust that Wagner, Ahn, Johnson and Arnott didn’t know of Bentley’s problems before they ordained him. I am sure they are saddened by the events of this week and are reaching out to Bentley and his wife to promote healing and restoration. But I believe that they, along with Bentley and the owners of God TV, owe the body of Christ a forthright, public apology for thrusting Bentley’s ministry into the spotlight prematurely. (Perhaps such an apology should be aired on God TV.)

Can anything good come out of this?

That depends on how people respond. If the men assigned to oversee Bentley offer loving but firm correction, and if Bentley responds humbly to the process by stepping out of ministry for a season of rehabilitation, we could witness a healthy case of church discipline play out the way it is supposed to. If all those who were so eager to promote Bentley now rush just as fast to repent for their errors in judgment, then the rest of us could breathe a huge sigh of relief—and the credibility of our movement could be restored.

I still believe that God desires to visit our nation in supernatural power. I know He wants to heal multitudes, and I will continue praying for a healing revival to sweep across the United States. But we must contend for the genuine, not an imitation. True revival will be accompanied by brokenness, humility, reverence and repentance—not the arrogance, showmanship and empty hype that often was on display in Lakeland.

We are weathering an unprecedented season of moral failure and spiritual compromise in our nation today. I urge everyone in the charismatic world to pray for Bentley; his wife, Shonnah; his three young children; Bentley’s ministry staff; and the men and women who serve as his counselors and advisers. Let’s pray that God will turn this embarrassing debacle into an opportunity for miraculous restoration.

J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yao has delivered, now it's China's turn

by Adrian Wojnarowski


BEIJING – On his way out of the game, Yao Ming thrust his fist through the air, and soon made that long, wobbly walk to the Chinese bench. The end of a brilliant and historic night for basketball, the end of responsibility for Yao. His work is done. Let him rest.

“The game was a treasure,” Yao said, “and it will be a treasure for the rest of my life.”

Here was a surreal sight on Sunday night in these Olympic Games. Here was the embodiment of Yao Ming’s legacy: His heart, his determination, his immensity. He made possible a billion people worldwide watching a basketball game on television. He made possible these blistering ovations and rock-star treatment the U.S. players receive here. He made possible the hundreds of millions of dollars that David Stern can generate here.

And above all, Yao gave China its Olympic flag-bearer and iconic athlete to frame the most important engagement it’s ever had with the world.

“Yao built the bridge for all of us,” Kobe Bryant said.

To watch Yao limp and flail and double over to breathe was to understand the reasons with which his sense of obligation brought him back so soon from another broken foot, another surgery. For Yao, this is his life’s lot. For his own preservation, his own crack at a career undiminished, he needs to tell a most unrelenting Chinese sports machine that its days of running him into the ground are gone.

No more summers with the national team in non-Olympic years, no more of the treatment that’s breaking down his body. The sport’s never seen an athlete of his size who is so skilled, so agile. His lower body has crumbled under the burden, with two broken feet, a broken leg and an infected toe. It breaks your heart to watch what has happened to him. As much as anyone, his body needs rest and recovery. The pounding has taken a terrible toll on him.

“They will continue to pressure him,” one high-ranking international basketball official said of Chinese officials. “The one thing they do with all of their athletes is drive them into the ground with training. The strongest survive. If you don’t, they’ll find another to come and do it.

“I mean, they don’t do little things like block out good airline seats for them when they travel. They can all be in middle seats in coach for all they care, and that’s how Yao travels with them. Whatever happens with his injuries, they’re going to insist that he keeps playing for them.”

The Chinese government had monitored his birth because of the perfect physical and athletic genes of his parents, forever treating him as something of a science project. Yet there’s nothing robotic, nothing programmed, about him. He has such humanity, such a sense of grace and honor. Over time, you can slowly see him assimilating into more of a Western mindset. He has things on his mind. Yes, he has plenty of opinions. It just isn’t his culture’s way to share them.

Poor Yao. The Rockets traded for the tempestuous Ron Artest and Yao’s reaction was perfectly appropriate. What he wanted to know, he said, was if Artest was done pummeling fans in the stands. Essentially, it was his way of asking: Will this clown ever get it right? Fair question, but the surprising bite to his words created a reaction that immediately sent Yao scurrying to make public and private apologies.

Yao showed a little edge, and he needs to do it again. After these Games, he needs to use the leverage of his popularity, his earning power in China and tell the regime that he’s done with the grinding national team calendar. Tell them that they’ll see him in 2012 in London, and that if they leave him alone, maybe he’ll make it there as an elite player.

When Yao crumbled with a stress fracture, necessitating the fourth surgery on his lower body in the past two years, his old Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy pleaded that Yao – or someone close with a willingness to be the bad guy – has to learn the word “No.”

Still, Yao gives China its biggest star in these Olympics. Here, everything is about saving face, and the under-manned Chinese did that with a respectable showing. Yao missed seven of 10 shots and spent so much of his night crumpled over, holding his shorts, gasping for breath. He gave them one moment, though. Before the U.S. turned its Pool B game into a dunking line, Yao started it all. Of all things, he backed behind the three-point line and delivered the game’s first basket. Such a roar in this jammed building, such a poetic moment. After all, Yao has always defied range and reach.

“I felt honored to be there watching that,” U.S. point guard Chris Paul said. “It felt like a storybook when he hit that shot.’

So yes, everybody has made a killing on Yao Ming and he is tired and beaten and owed something here. Owed big. No one ever came to the NBA with his hype and pressure, with so many people openly pulling for him to be a flop. He was a mysterious figure out of the Far East and he felt like a threat. Now, everyone understands: The NBA needs Yao, the way China does. Only, he counted on them looking out for his best interests. They’ve bled him dry. His time, his turn now.

For once in his life, Yao needs it to be about him. He’s never going to lose face, but he could have his career cut far too short. Whatever’s happened, Yao must tell China’s government: Enough is enough – we’re even.

Monday, August 11, 2008




从轻快铁站走向律师公会的路上,我看到了很多年轻回教徒集聚在律师公会附近。后来,走到公会门口前的马路,就更‘热闹’了,有拿著“Jangan Cabar Islam”布条和高喊口號的示威者、闻风而来的媒体工作者、准备赴会参加论坛的公众。

穿过人群,我终於挤进会场, 论坛也在会场外面的抗议声中开始了。但遗憾的是,听了几位公眾分享他们因家人改教而面对的问题之后,大会宣佈基於安全因素,论坛会提早在10点结束。还来不及討论关於改教引发的法律问题,我们只有40分钟。主持人就爭取时间,继续討论。

然而,不一会儿,警察陪同几个人走进会场。他们是楼下的示威组织代表,为首的是公正党的国会议员Zulkifli Noordin,应该是要確定论坛在10点准时结束。









Storming of Bar Council forum - Had UMNO plotted for the extreme reaction?

by Lim Kit Siang (veteran DAP leader)


Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday that the Bar Council’s persistence in going ahead with a forum on conversion to Islam has triggered extreme reaction from certain quarters, which in turn would threaten the country’s harmony.

He added that he had expected the extreme reaction to occur ( as the council ignored advice to call off the forum.

Is this an admission that UMNO had plotted for the extreme reaction to the Bar Council forum on religious conversions in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday – including the deplorable and disgraceful police conduct in submitting to the ultimatum by demonstrators threatening to storm into the Bar Council auditorium to disrupt the forum if the half-day forum was not ended by 10 am?

This must be the first time in the history of the Malaysian police force where it had openly and publicly submitted to the threats of demonstrators to commit an offence, i.e. to storm into a private property to disrupt a lawful meeting!

Can the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan and the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar defend and justify the shocking failure of the police to uphold law and order on Saturday?

It is an indictment on the failure of nation-building that in a month the country is to celebrate the 51st Merdeka anniversary that Malaysians are reminded that there is increasingly less space for open, civil and rational discussion on the problems and challenges of creating a Bangsa Malaysia of diverse races, cultures and religions.

The Bar Council had made it very clear that the forum was not to challenge the position of Islam as provided in the Constitution but to deal with the problems of the conflict of laws in the application of civil and syariah laws arising from Article 121(1A) of the Constitution.

This can be fully borne out from the one-hour discussion at the Bar Council forum before it was so shamefully truncated.

Could any one produce any evidence that the position of Islam as provided in the Constitution was being challenged from the one-hour discussion of the Bar Council forum before its disruption?

It is indeed sad and tragic that the demonstration against the Bar Council forum saw some elements of Umno, PKR and PAS united on a fictitious issue – the non-existent challenge of the position of Islam in Malaysia as provided in the constitution.

If all parties concerned can unite on the critical issues facing the nation, like wiping out corruption, fighting injustice and eradicating poverty, then Malaysia will be heading for national and international greatness and not like today, sliding down the slippery slope of mediocrity!

DAP has raised strong objections with the PKR leadership on the role of the PKR MP for Kulim Bandar Baharu Zulkifli Noordin in storming the Bar Council forum and I have been informed that disciplinary action would be taken against him.

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership will have to address the Pakatan Rakyat disarray over this issue.

Will the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meet to discuss the similar disarray of the BN component parties or will the other 13 BN component parties just have accept the UMNO line because of the continued UMNO political hegemony in the Barisan Nasional?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ready for a snap poll

Malaysiakini -

Anwar claimed that he will have a confortable number on Sept 16 for Pakatan Rakyat to form a govt. His anticipated victory in Permatang Pauh will enable him to win the confidence from the potential MPs who will cross over.

In the past 3 months, we could see that BN was worried about their MPs defecting, thus the Anwar Sodomy II drama.

When Anwar was about to take over the govt on Sep 16, there are two options PM Andullah will adopt. One, to declare an emergency. Two, to dissolve the Parliament and call for a snap poll. Ihe second option is more likely. If so, the 13th Gen. Election will take place in October. With an analysis on what transpired all these while after Mar 8, Pakatan will win enough seats to form a new govt.































這個小方法是由一位警察朋友口中得知,並經親身試驗後證實 ... 真的有用耶... 即使是晚上開車也都沒問題..
許多開車朋友,大概都遭遇過類似情況,遇到滂沱大雨時,就算雨刷給它用力地刷,刷到最快速,也依然看不清前方的視線及車距 ...

某天,偶然由一位警察朋友口中得知,遇到這種情況時,不妨戴上墨鏡 , 任何款式皆可,然後..... 神奇的事情就會發生啦~~~突然間,原本如豆大般狂洩而下,幾乎遮住所有視線的傾盆大雨,好像變不見了.... 眼中看到的,只剩下前方的車輛... ..... 既清楚又不必擔心視線不清 ...

好東西要和好朋友分享... 好資訊當然更要讓你知道囉 ....

在車上準備一副墨鏡吧..... 有機會不妨試試, 若真能因此而提高生命安全的保障,又何樂而不為呢?


How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist

Posted: August 01, 2008
by Hal Lindsey

Obama's World Tour was planned as the high point of his campaign, with the candidate retracing the footsteps of great presidents of the past, hobnobbing with world leaders and as one pundit put it, "making the Europeans love us again."

Obama drew huge crowds in Berlin where he addressed them, oddly enough, as "fellow citizens of the world." It was a typically flowery Obama speech, but it hit an unexpectedly sour note when he dramatically intoned:

"People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time. ... With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again."

Pundits on both sides are trying to sort it out. It's a great speech, like I said, if somebody is running for president of the world, but it was too much, even for a compliant and Obama-friendly press corps.

The politically "progressive" newspaper of record, the Washington Post nicknamed Obama the
"presumptuous nominee" after his European performance.

The Boston Globe's ran a piece in its "Political Intelligence" section called the
"Obama Arrogance Watch." David Letterman did one of his signature "Top 10" skits entitled, "Top Ten Signs Obama is Overconfident," leading off with a proposed bill to change Oklahoma to "Oklabama."

The London Sunday Times Online ran a brilliant satire piece called "He ventured forth to bring light into the world."

A sample paragraph: "When he was 12 years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organization with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: 'Verily,
who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?'"

Before wrapping up his tour, Obama stopped by to address a gathering of minority journalists in Hawaii, where he once again apologized for what a rotten place America either used to be, or still is. It is hard to tell from his comment, "I personally would want to see our tragic
history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged."

(Wouldn't anybody besides me personally like to see somebody in the White House who doesn't think America needs apologizing for?)

Barack has apologized to the French and Germans for Americans who are too ignorant to learn their language before embarking on their once-in-a-lifetime two-week visit abroad.

He's apologized for the simple Midwestern rednecks who, forced to cling to religion and guns to justify their antipathy, just can't help themselves.

There was a time when it was considered unpatriotic to be ashamed of America, but that time is long past. Being proud of America means you are probably a Bush-loving neoconservative, so the only sure way to prevent such misidentification is to apologize for it at every opportunity.

America has never faced so many different crises at the same time in living memory. The war with al-Qaida and Islamic terror, the Iran crisis, Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, the rising price of oil, the falling dollar, enemy acronyms like OPEC, NAM, OIC, U.N. ... Obama is correct in saying that the world is ready for someone like him – a messiah-like figure, charismatic and glib and seemingly holding all the answers to all the world's questions.

And the Bible says that such a leader will soon make his appearance on the scene. It won't be Barack Obama, but Obama's world tour provided a foretaste of the reception he can expect to receive.

He will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.

The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Olympic Games - and the spirit behind it

by Joh.W.Matutis of Berlin, Germany

While preparing for my preaching today about the three men in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3), God spoke to me saying:

My children, the time has now come, where what matters is your steadfastness. Will you also be able to stand?
Will you also stand fast like these three witnesses of mine?
Will you pass the acid test?
Are you as fast and undeviating as those ones?
Will you also confess me like they did?
Are you really equipped for this time of testing?

The whole world fell on its face, at that time, and worshipped the golden image made by King Nebuchadnezzar.

They all fell on their faces. What will you do when it is your turn to do the same? Do you have enough strength for resistance in you?

I was really shocked, when the Lord spoke so to me. Then I heard a voice which said; Now has come the time, when the way for the kings of the east is being prepared. (see Revelations 16:12).

Look at the Olympic games in Beijing/Peking. These are demonic games. Check it and see, said the Spirit of the Lord to me. And I did it. And this is what the Lord revealed to me in a few moments.

For your information, in those days, the Nazis had the idea, which they also carried out, to light the Olympic fire on mount Olympus (20th July 1936) and then carry it from Greece to Berlin. During this Olympic torch relay there were many protests on the way, exactly as it is at present during this torch relay from Olympus to Peking.

The Olympic games start exactly, according to the Chinese horoscope on the 08.08.08 at 8 hours and 8 minutes.

Exactly 88 days before then, God had forewarned the superstitious Chinese, through the strong earthquake in Sichuan/China (12.5.08/ 1+2+5=8). In China, feasts, dedications and celebrations are appointed, according to astrology.

Then the Lord said to me, pay attention my son, these Olympic games are exactly as they were 70 years ago (1936), when they took place in your country, Germany under Hitler. And what happened then? Think! My child. History repeats itself after 70 years.

I was shocked, and had to check back on the reports of the Olympic games of 1936 in Berlin. In these reports, I found so many parallels to the games in Peking. The perfect, and from the state controlled order of the events. The exclusion of undesired persons (Jews, Gypsies and prostitutes). The Press and Information censorship, etc. And then the occult background.

In November 1989, a few days after the fall of the Berlin wall, top dignitaries from all over the world were in attendance at a meal which took place at the Pergamon alter in Berlin. The Meal was named RESURRECTION, which was supposed to demonstrate that the spirit of Olympus had been resurrected.

In Revelations 13:3, the deadly wound was healed. The whole earth wondered after the beast, and obeyed him.

Even Obama's visit to Berlin and his speech (made between the symbols of the 2 heathen gods Janus and Mercury on the Victory Column and the Brandenburggate) are part of preparations of the stage for the antichrist. He even referred to the fall of the Berlin Wall, "that deadly wound, which was healed". Even he wanted to pull down the walls between Christians, Jews and Moslems. See:

This is also the slogan of the games in Beijing: "One World - One Dream."

Then said the Lord to me further: Tell my children, it is later than you think (the time is far spent) The adversary runs to and fro, seeking whom he can devour. He sneaks in with nice and sweet words around you, in order to entice you to follow his path.

Wake up! My children. I am at the door! Great storms roar all over. The earth quakes, the forests burn, the rivers overflow their banks, the people rise up against one another, the fishes in the sea are dying. All the signs I gave to you, to indicate my coming, are happening all around you.

Wake up! Take care, that your lamps have oil in them, and the wicks are trimmed. My day is near, says the Lord.

The kings of the east are preparing themselves. They are already stepping on the world stage. The attention of the whole world is drawn towards them right now.

Pay attention to my words, says the Lord. I want to find my people ready when I come again.

For you, who fear my name, upon you will my salvation and my sun arise. If you only abide in me, and I in you, no one will be able to separate you from my love. I will also protect and deliver you, just like I did for the young men in the fiery furnace. You do not need to fear.

My people, your salvation is near. Be prepared, say the Lord.

They (people) should be warned, and informed about the occult background behind these present Olympic games in Beijing.

And just like a dictator arose, 70 years ago (1936) in Germany and Europe, so also a demonic spirit is preparing a way for itself.

The perfect stagings can be seen at the moment as controlled by the Government.

The deadly wound is of course healed and all the world can now obey the beast (referred to in Revelations 13).

The bible says: An army of 200,000,000 soldiers will march over the Euphrates (Revelations 16:12/9:16) and that can well be the Chinese.

We live in the end time.

Pastor Joh.W.Matutis (see english menu)
Berlin (Germany)







Thursday, August 7, 2008



【本刊陈子莹撰述】为赛夫布卡里(Saiful Bukhari Azlan)报案前做过身体检验的布斯拉维医院(Hospital Pusrawi)医生莫哈末奥斯曼(Mohamed Osman)立下了法定声明书(Statutory Declaration),坚称他在今年6月28日替赛夫检查肛门时,并没有发现任何鸡奸的痕迹。

莫哈末奥斯曼志期8月1日的法定声明书是在8月7日凌晨1时6分,张贴在《今日马来西亚》(Malaysia Today)网站名为“全国总警长以及总检察长还未知道的……”(What the IGP and AG do not know......yet )的文章里。该网站在张贴这篇法定声明书的前文,还特别提起这是安华正式被提控前夕所不为人知的事件,而《今日马来西亚》将会为大家带来“好几个”惊喜,其中一项就是莫哈末奥斯曼的法定声明书。


莫哈末奥斯曼随即在一位助理护士雅兹函(Yazihan binti Yusof)的协助下,以直肠镜(proctoscope)替赛夫布卡里检查肛门。









这份医药报告书曝光后,在国内引起了轩然大波,民众也加深怀疑赛夫对安华的鸡奸指控。牵涉其中的布斯拉维医院在事件爆发两天后召开记者会,承认赛夫曾到该医院检查,不过却不是鸡奸检查,而是一般的肚疼检验。【点击:证实赛夫求诊报告内容相似 布斯拉维医院要查是否外泄】



现年23岁赛夫布卡里(Saiful Bukhari Azlan)在6月28日报案,宣称遭61岁的安华鸡奸;安华及人民公正党都否认此事,并以赛夫和副首相纳吉的特别助理及其他内阁部长的合照,力指这是巫统阻止安华夺取政权的政治阴谋。


我,莫哈末奥斯曼阿都哈密医生(Dr. Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid)永久居留证:A 358617,拥有马来西亚永久居留证的成年人,住址为B 24-3,Menara City One Condominium, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, 50100 Kuala Lumpur,神圣且诚恳地声明以下几点:

1.我是在完全知晓与清醒的意识下立下这份法定声明书,这是有关莫哈末赛夫布卡里(Mohd Saiful Bukhari B Azlan)(病人)声称遭人鸡奸以及牵涉其中由我所做的医药报告书,这份报告书现已在媒体广为流传。

2. 我立下这份声明书是据我所知、以我所涉及的程度还原真相。

3. 我是于1977年,在缅甸的仰光大学医药学院2毕业。毕业后直至1991年,我曾在缅甸好几家政府以及私人医院当过医务人员。1991年,我移民到马来西亚,在亚太回教宣教会(RISEAP)当医务人员,直至1995年为止。我较后在砂拉越哈拉卡回教组织(Harakah Islamiah organisation)当医务人员,直至1999年。我较后在2000年至2007年,受聘于八打灵再也马大医院任职医务人员,我是在2008年初加入布斯拉维医院(Hospital Pusrawi)当医务人员,直至现在为止。总而言之,我已在医药界累积了30年的丰厚经验。

4. 2008年六月杪的某一天,正当我在布斯拉维医院值班时,我接见了一位病人,也就是现在广为人知的莫哈末赛夫布卡里。他原本是由一位女医生接见,不过却转交到我这里,因为病人要求由一位男医生检查。

5. 以我过往的经验,我曾遇过许多与病人所述的相似案件,我因此替病人进行了适当的检验,也就是直肠检验,而我也将我的检验所得,记录在医院的标准医药报告书。

6. 我较后发现,这份医药报告书已在媒体以及互联网上广为人知;我也很惊讶于医药报告书以及其一模一样的内容,也就是毫无更改或是附加任何资料地流传到媒体。

7. 我是在放假以后才知道医药报告书流传出去的事件。无论如何,我坚持我检查所得的立场。

8. 依照医院的一般做法,在检验的最后,病人的档案将会由当值的护士或职员,连同其他病人的报告书,传到档案记录部;而我、或是任何医生,在这样的情况下,并不会亲手转交病人的报告书。我较后并没有再见到病人(赛夫)的医药报告书,直至它被媒体流传为止。我也要在此强调,我对于泄露这份医药报告书的人毫不知晓。

9. 替病人(赛夫)检查后的两天,我得知病人的名字出现在报章上。我通过医院的电脑检查,发现报章上所言的莫哈末赛夫布卡里,就是我的病人。我立即通知医院总监卡玛鲁丁(Dr. Kamaruddin),同时也被告知应尽责地通知医院的管理层。

10. 2008年7月初某一天,我被一位身穿制服、自称是来自十五碑警区总部罪案组的助理警监罗斯米莫特鲁斯(Rosmi Mat Derus)找上门。他告诉我,病人(赛夫)已向警方报案,而他正调查这起案件。我较后被问及有关病人医药报告书的相关事宜,我给予十分的合作。

11. 罗斯米助理警监将我所言,以马来文手写记录下来。他写了九至十页的手写报告书,要求我在每一页签名并盖上我的有效盖章。

12. 由于这份口供是手写的,同时也是马来文,我并不明白里头的大多数内容,因为我并不精通马来文。

13. 接下来的一个星期,同样的警官穿着制服来见我,他带来了一份已准备好、以电脑打字并打印出来的马来文口供,要我阅读与签名。那位警官告诉我,我必须再签名,因为以往那份口供是手写的,而他需要一份打字整齐的口供书。

14. 在警官的协助下,我读了几个段落,并做出了一些更改。我也向他指出一些之前我们没有讨论过,但是却出现在打(字)好的口供书上的重点。我提出的疑问包括了:为什么拿督斯里安华依布拉欣的名字,出现在好几个段落;这一点并没有在我们第一次的问话中被提及,而病人也从来没有向我透露“行凶者”的身份。他回答道,安华是被提控者,而我在阅读报章后也知道安华就是被提控者。

15. 这位警官过后在最后一页以马来文手写,添加了好几个段落。我也解释道,为了替病人进行检查,我在检验的器材上用了润滑济。

16. 尽管如此,我在迟疑下签下了这份口供,因为我不想与警方有任何瓜葛。我们第二次的会面,持续了45分钟至1小时。

17. 大约在我与罗斯米助理警监第二次会面的一个星期后,我被另一个自称是来自汉都亚路的罪感部的副警监朱(Choo)便衣警员找上。她要我重述整件事,我也尽责地把每一项我所知的事实,以至病人检验的整个过程和细节和盘托出。

18. 我们是以英文交谈,而她以马来文手写记录。这份口供较后翻译成英文让我理解,她也要求我在这份四页至五页的口供书上签名。

19. 她在我们谈话时曾告知我,若是我拒绝与警方合作,则会被提控。这一次的对话维持了一句钟。

20. 这宗看起来持续以及永无止境的警方调查案,再加上这是受到高度关注的案子,严重地骚扰了我本身,而我也担心我个人以及我家人的安全。在与警官第三次会面后的大约一星期,我决定请假并与我的家人离开马来西亚。


Anwar's time-line on Sodomy I






赛夫在6月28日报案指控公正党实权领袖安华鸡奸他之前,曾到布斯拉维医院(Hospital Pusrawi)以及吉隆坡中央医院前进行体检。当时在布斯拉维医院,负责给赛夫检查的,就是缅甸籍资深医生莫哈末奥斯曼阿都哈密医生(Dr. Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid)。















在2008年7月初,一名穿制服的警察来找莫哈末奥斯曼。这位警察自称为罗斯米助理警监(ASP Rosmi Mat Derus),来自十五碑总警局刑事组。








再过一个礼拜后,另一名穿便服的警员再来找莫哈末奥斯曼,她自称是朱副警监(DSP Choo),来自汉都亚路刑事调查组。她要求莫哈末奥斯曼将事情重述,而莫哈末奥斯曼也照做了,将自己所知道的每个检查程序告知。







上述人士在2008年6月28日下午2时14分来到我们的布斯拉维医院急诊部门。医院助理希达亚(Hidayah)将病人带到我的医疗室(第一号房)。后来赛夫要求希达亚离开,好让他可以私下跟我说话。他告诉我,他的肛门两天前开始疼痛。我问他,其肛门是否有流血、液体或浓汁。他说没有。他说自己因为疼痛而无法坐下。他没有如此的病史。我然后建议他脱下裤子和内裤,并且到左边的床上躺下。当时,雅兹翰(Yazihan bt Yusof)护士负责协助我。我叫护士拿直肠镜来给病人进行直肠检查。拿到抛弃式直肠镜之后,我打开包装,拿出直肠镜。雅兹翰在直肠镜顶端滴下润滑剂。然后我要求病人深吸一口气,并且放松。在此同时,我将直肠镜插入病人的肛门,而护士负责帮我拿着手电筒。






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Saturday, August 2, 2008




还有一个问题,廿四节令鼓的国英文该用什么名称?《新海峡时报》和《星报》皆用“24-season drums”。然而,徽崇追思会当晚,团结、文化、艺术及文物部副部长邓文村在致哀悼献词中发出一句评语,说英文名称应该是“24-festival drums”,解释说“season”是“季”,因为一年只有4季。