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URGENT: Ugandan Pastor’s Urgent Message to AMERICAN Christians [VIDEO]

Deon
June 18, 2014

About Pastor Umar Mulinde

The video below is the heart-warming story of pastor Umar Mulinde and how God spared his life one dreadful night when he was attacked by Islamic radicals.

Umar was raised Muslim, but was later converted to the Christianity after hearing and seeing the power of God that came through the gospel of Jesus Christ. But because he lived in a predominantly Muslim community, he knew that his faith in Christ would definitely be a life-threatening decision. After deciding to follow Christ regardless, Pastor Umar began working with the youth in his local area (Uganda) where he ministered to all those who were willing to listen.

It goes without saying that many Muslims were furious at him for leaving Islam and turning to Christ — which led to an attack that nearly cost him his life — if it were not for God’s grace upon him and his ministry.

Have you counted the Cost?

Many American Christians can’t imagine being persecuted to this extent for Jesus Christ.

This is because we have never been faced with this kind of opposition because we live in a land of Freedom.

But what happens when that freedom is taken away?
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American Christians have been so well shielded from persecution that we are sometimes offended when someone speaks negatively about us for our faith. This is a sharp contrast to pastor Umar who lost half of his face for his faith in the gospel of Christ while many American Christians have never been embarrassed for the gospel.

While listening to pastor Umar’s testimony, my heart was deeply touched and amazed to see that even though he faced this tragedy — he was still strong in his faith. But I can’t help but wonder how many Christians in America would continue to follow Christ after facing persecution such as this.

In America, Christians are usually promised a life of wealth and prosperity by these mega-churches looking to “fill the pews”. This “Prosperity Gospel” is not only non-Biblical, but it is very deceptive.

Yes, It is God’s will to see us prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers
(3 John 1:2)

But in an earth that is constantly eroding, how can we prosper on a planet that is on the verge of destruction?

The Bible tells us that earth will one day be destroyed, therefore anything that we gain here is not truly “Prosperity”. This is why the Bible tells us to store up our treasures in heaven, where there is no corruption. (Matthew 6:21)

Dear Christian, Are your Priorities in Order?

Jesus told his disciples that if any man wanted to follow after him, he must do these 3 things … (Matthew 16:24)

  1. Deny himself (forsake his desires)
  2. Take his Cross (suffering)
  3. And Follow him

But many times we desire to skip over the first 2 steps and jump straight to the 3rd step — follow Christ.

Step 1- Deny Yourself

Yes we do want to follow Christ, but we don’t want to release our own desires, and we don’t want to be persecuted for following him. But before any man can truly follow him, he MUST perform the first 2 instructions — deny oneself, and prepare for the persecution ahead.

This is why the prosperity Gospel is so dangerous to any believer. Christians are being taught that if they seek after God, prosperity will follow. Therefore they are following after God in order to achieve their desires — but as soon as their desire is not being fulfilled they are ready to leave Christ. But had this man forsaken his own desires first as Jesus commanded him, then whether he sees prosperity or not — his walk with Christ will remain unaffected.
And there are some who have indeed completed the first step by forsaking their desires to follow Christ but they stumble at the second instruction — “Take up your Cross”.
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Step 2 – Take up your Cross

The Instruction that Jesus gave to his disciples is by far the most powerful. Many people don’t consider the extremity of what Christ is saying in this passage. The “Cross” represents “Death” — therefore for anyone to be purposely carrying one sounds ridiculous.

But this is the commandment that Jesus gave us, he gave us this commandment because each of us have a cross that we must carry in order to accomplish God’s plan for our lives. The cross does not symbolize ‘fun’, nor does it symbolize prosperity. Instead it symbolizes pain and suffering.

( Doesn’t sound very prosperous does It? )

These 3 Instructions were given by Jesus to his disciples, yet you rarely hear about them in many of the mega-churches today. Why?

…. Because suffering doesn’t Sell.

Some Christians in America often don’t want to hear about suffering, they only want to hear about blessings, wealth, fame, and fun.

The Bible even foretold of this generation of false Christians who come to Christ only to fulfill their selfish lusts.

(2 Timothy 4:2-5)  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  (3)  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  (4)  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  (5)  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

The Americanized “Church”

There are many Christians in America who truly have a heart after God, but unfortunately so many of us have been so well ‘Pampered’ with freedoms and rights that we often take them for granted. america-churchWe can freely go out into the streets and profess our faith in Christ with no physical affliction nor persecution. But for some reason, we just don’t.

We are “Comfortable” with our salvation, but have lost our zeal for those who are still in the “waters” of Sin. American Christians may sometimes face mild persecution, But it is nothing in comparison with the Life-threatening affliction that our mid-east brothers and sisters face each and every day for their faith in Christ.

While listening to this brother tell his story, all I could hear was Jesus’s words to his disciples…

(Matthew 10:24-28) 

The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.  (25)  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

(26)  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.  (27)  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.  (28)  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

In America, Christians agree that this passage is indeed beautiful and comforting — but we have never actually applied this scripture in our lives simply because many of our lives have never been at stake. But it is Pastor Umar and all our other Christian brothers and sisters in the mid-east that are being tested with this word.

The bible even spoke of these things….

(Romans 8:36-37)  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  (37)  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

God’s complete and perfect Plan

When I hear of all the things happening to our Christian brothers and sisters in foreign countries, I am often outraged to the point where I literally want to pick up a sword and go to war with these wicked men who are slaughtering God’s people.

But God brings his word back to my remembrance…

(Ephesians 6:10-13)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  (11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(2 Corinthians 10:3-4) 
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Though we may sometimes desire to be there to help our brethren, we must realize that God has placed us in America (or where ever you are) for a reason. We are not here by accident, God ordained us to be exactly where we are at this very moment long ago.

As the scriptures tells us, God had already ordained for us to be saved before the foundation of the Earth.

(Romans 8:28-30)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  (29)  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  (30)  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

So let us not live our lives with the hopes of fulfilling our own selfish desires — but let us live our life seeking the will of God for our lives.

Though things don’t always work out the way we plan, we can always be confident that they will work out in a way that benefits God’s people.

For it is written,
All things work together for the Good of those who love the Lord.

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Deon

Deon

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  • Janice Pitts

    I have cried like a newborn literally.. I mean my soul cried out and I’m literally in tears as I write this comment. I don’t know where to began with my thought. The magnitude of hatred displayed toward a CHRISTAIN in that video is nothing short of unreal.

    That person is the perfect example of what and how God intends for us to be. Even when persecution comes ( or came to the Pastor) his faith didn’t waiver. His beliefs didn’t waiver.

    • dlundy1

      I completely agree Janice, this brother is an excellent example of being conformed to the image of Christ.

      Jesus was spat on, beaten beyond recognition, whipped until the skin hung from his body, and then crucified –yet he remained faithful to the work that God had called him to do.

      The Bible even spoke of how Jesus was wounded for OUR transgressions, and bruised for our Iniquities long before Jesus even came in the flesh.

      (Isaiah 53:3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

      (Isaiah 53:4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

      (Isaiah 53:5) 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.

      (Isaiah 53:6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

      (Isaiah 53:7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

  • Janice Pitts

    I have cried like a newborn literally.. I mean my soul cried out and I’m literally in tears as I write this comment. I don’t know where to began with my thought. The magnitude of hatred displayed toward a CHRISTAIN in that video is nothing short of unreal.

    That person is the perfect example of what and how God intends for us to be. Even when persecution comes ( or came to the Pastor) his faith didn’t waiver. His beliefs didn’t waiver.

    • dlundy1

      I completely agree Janice, this brother is an excellent example of being conformed to the image of Christ.

      Jesus was spat on, beaten beyond recognition, whipped until the skin hung from his body, and then crucified –yet he remained faithful to the work that God had called him to do.

      The Bible even spoke of how Jesus was wounded for OUR transgressions, and bruised for our Iniquities long before Jesus even came in the flesh.

      (Isaiah 53:3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

      (Isaiah 53:4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

      (Isaiah 53:5) 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.

      (Isaiah 53:6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

      (Isaiah 53:7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

  • Janice pitts

    con’t
    His praise didnt waiver and most of all his desire to continue to live for God didnt fail. We may not experience such harsh punishment BUT at what point will we have that exact same mindset. A lot of my comments are “we” or “us” based BUT this video has my mind at a “ME” base.

  • con’t
    His praise didnt waiver and most of all his desire to continue to live for God didnt fail. We may not experience such harsh punishment BUT at what point will we have that exact same mindset. A lot of my comments are “we” or “us” based BUT this video has my mind at a “ME” base.

  • {IM SORRY THAT MY COMMENTS ARE POSTING LIKE THIS MY COMPUTER KEEP FREEZING)
    I really looked into my own life and wondered if I would have stood strong through all of that. Then i immediately cried harder and spoke to God. I spoke for strength to know and to stand in trying times. My reward will be far greater than my trials.
    We must learn to stand not just a situational stand but a whole hearted stand. The preacher whole heartedly stood for his faith. When his situation became deadly and hard he continued to stand. He never felt that God had forsaken him and because of his faith God brought him out. MY GOD IS AWESOME!!!!!!
    His story is a PERFECT!! testimony of God’s grace to his TRUE belivers.
    A co-worker watched the video with me and asked me how could I cry so hard and smile in the same moment. I immedialtely told her “I KNOW WHO THAT PASTOR IS FIGHTING FOR; IT WAS HARD AND PAINFUL AT THAT MOMENT BUT KNOWING HIS REWARD WILL BE FAR GREATER!!!!!!!THAN ANYONE CAN IMAGINE.
    My prayer is that many people get a chance to see this video and realize that these things are really happening but its time to make up their minds and know at some point this may be them. NEVERTHELESS their faith can not waiver for God has promised us peace!!!

    • dlundy1

      I completely agree Janice!

      We must learn to seek God no matter what our situation looks like. From birth, we are taught to analyze our situations and then make assessments based on what we see, but when we become reborn in Christ we must learn to do the opposite. We must learn to trust God matter WHAT we see taking place around us.

      an excellent example of this would be when Jesus was walking on water and told Peter to come out onto the water with him. When peter had his eyes focused on Jesus, he was able to walk on water too — but when he began to look around and see the terrifying waves, his faith was weakened and he began to sink.

      This should be a lesson to all believers. If we Ignore what our situation “Looks like” and trust God wholeheartedly, we can walk the path that God has ordained for us victoriously. But we must keep our eyes focused on Christ, Ignoring the fearful waves of life.

  • {IM SORRY THAT MY COMMENTS ARE POSTING LIKE THIS MY COMPUTER KEEP FREEZING)
    I really looked into my own life and wondered if I would have stood strong through all of that. Then i immediately cried harder and spoke to God. I spoke for strength to know and to stand in trying times. My reward will be far greater than my trials.
    We must learn to stand not just a situational stand but a whole hearted stand. The preacher whole heartedly stood for his faith. When his situation became deadly and hard he continued to stand. He never felt that God had forsaken him and because of his faith God brought him out. MY GOD IS AWESOME!!!!!!
    His story is a PERFECT!! testimony of God’s grace to his TRUE belivers.
    A co-worker watched the video with me and asked me how could I cry so hard and smile in the same moment. I immedialtely told her “I KNOW WHO THAT PASTOR IS FIGHTING FOR; IT WAS HARD AND PAINFUL AT THAT MOMENT BUT KNOWING HIS REWARD WILL BE FAR GREATER!!!!!!!THAN ANYONE CAN IMAGINE.
    My prayer is that many people get a chance to see this video and realize that these things are really happening but its time to make up their minds and know at some point this may be them. NEVERTHELESS their faith can not waiver for God has promised us peace!!!

    • dlundy1

      I completely agree Janice!

      We must learn to seek God no matter what our situation looks like. From birth, we are taught to analyze our situations and then make assessments based on what we see, but when we become reborn in Christ we must learn to do the opposite. We must learn to trust God matter WHAT we see taking place around us.

      an excellent example of this would be when Jesus was walking on water and told Peter to come out onto the water with him. When peter had his eyes focused on Jesus, he was able to walk on water too — but when he began to look around and see the terrifying waves, his faith was weakened and he began to sink.

      This should be a lesson to all believers. If we Ignore what our situation “Looks like” and trust God wholeheartedly, we can walk the path that God has ordained for us victoriously. But we must keep our eyes focused on Christ, Ignoring the fearful waves of life.

  • Helton Ingram

    We as Christens is in danger Because of who we belive in ………..but no matter whats going on in the world we still need to stand frem and flat feeted and countien to live and serve christ he was persecuted for us we will be persecuted for him. Coffess dailey repent daily ,dont fear ,”for God Has not Given us the spirit of fear” God Bless you Pastor

    • dlundy1

      Hey sis Helton!

      Thanks for commenting. I completely agree with you that Christians should stand firm in the Gospel of Jesus Christ no matter what persecution we may face in response to our faith. Jesus was not ashamed of us when they nailed him to the Cross, therefore neither should we be ashamed of him when we stand before men!

      AMEN! great comment

  • Helton Ingram

    We as Christens is in danger Because of who we belive in ………..but no matter whats going on in the world we still need to stand frem and flat feeted and countien to live and serve christ he was persecuted for us we will be persecuted for him. Coffess dailey repent daily ,dont fear ,”for God Has not Given us the spirit of fear” God Bless you Pastor

    • dlundy1

      Hey sis Helton!

      Thanks for commenting. I completely agree with you that Christians should stand firm in the Gospel of Jesus Christ no matter what persecution we may face in response to our faith. Jesus was not ashamed of us when they nailed him to the Cross, therefore neither should we be ashamed of him when we stand before men!

      AMEN! great comment