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The Urgency of Salvation

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“For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

Perhaps the most deadly sin of the unbeliever is that of procrastination. Satisfied with his current life, he neglects his spiritual need. Even if he understands the gospel and realizes his need of salvation, he still puts off a decision.

But it is always dangerous to count too strongly on tomorrow. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). The sin of procrastination may easily become the sin of negligence, then of indifference, and finally, the unforgivable sin of irrevocable rejection and unbelief. “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). This warning was true in the antediluvian world and it is certainly as true today, when we have far more knowledge and evidence of God’s truth and His will than people did in the days of Noah.

“To day if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your heart” (Psalm 95:7-8). This warning of the psalmist was considered so important that the writer of Hebrews quoted it three times (Hebrews 3:7-8,15; 4:7). Such an emphasis suggests there is indeed great danger in resisting God’s call to salvation. There may be another opportunity, but it is presumptuous and dangerous to impose too long on God’s patient mercy.

Today is the day of salvation. The accepted time is now! “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? . . . It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:29,31).

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Vietnam: Christian lawyer beaten by police after human rights conference

A Christian lawyer has been assaulted after attending a controversial human rights event in Vietnam, according to religious freedom charity CSW.

Nguyen Van Dai attended a forum on Sunday that sought to educate Vietnamese citizens about their rights, including the freedom of religion or belief, which police had requested be cancelled. Although the event ran without interruption, Nguyen was severely beaten shortly after leaving.

“Mr Nguyen and his friends travelled to Quan Hanh, the capital of Nghi Loc District,” read a statement from Christan Solidarity Worldwide, a religious freedom charity.

“Upon their arrival they were met by approximately 20 plain-clothed police, who proceeded to confront them and beat them with wooden sticks, striking their shoulders and thighs.

“Mr Nguyen was pulled onto a motorcycle and driven to a different province about 20km from Nghi Loc, where the beatings continued and he received a blow to the head,” the statement continued.

“Mr Nguyen’s possessions were confiscated, including documents, his phone, camera and wallet. His jacket and shoes were also taken from him and he was pushed into the cold sea.”

He was finally able to borrow a phone and call for help.

Vietnam has strong traditions of Confucianism and Taoism as well as Buddhism. However there is also a significant Catholic population.

Ahead of last weekend’s conference there were several reports of freedom of religion or belief violations, according to CSW, which has called for an immediate investigation into the attack.

“Human rights defenders, including those who promote the right to freedom of religion or belief, deserve our unequivocal support,” said CSW chief executive Mervyn Thomas.

“We call on the Government of Vietnam to protect the rights of individuals like Dai and his colleagues, and to allow them to carry out their vital work without interference or threats to their personal safety.”

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Texas 7th-Grader Who Refused to Deny God Calls School Board ‘Liars’

12-year-old Jordan Wooley, the Texas girl who spoke out after her teacher made her say that God is a myth, says she has been bullied and told to kill herself after media coverage of the incident.

It all began when Jordan’s teacher assigned a quiz asking students at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, Texas, to label statements as “fact, assertion, or opinion.”

Among the statements were “America is the most free country on Earth” and “there is a God.” After Jordan labeled the latter as a “fact,” her teacher told her to deny God or get an “F.”

The Katy Independent School District denied the incident ever happened and claimed no one could verify Jordan’s story. But that didn’t stop her from calling the board members “liars” and asking for an apology in a statement on Monday.

After the story was covered extensively in the media, some people have called Jordan terrible names and told her to kill herself, she explained to Clayton Morris on “Fox and Friends Weekend.”

“I’ve lost a few of my close friends, but that’s what will happen,” she said.

Despite that, Jordan said she’s not backing down.

“I’m going to keep going until something gets done, and until something gets done, I’m not going to stop.”

Watch more above and see Jordan’s statement to the school board below.

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