Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pastor's Christmas Eve Gift

Compass Direct News
reported Islamic extremists threw acid on this church leader in Kampala, Uganda on Christmas Eve. This was the Christmas present given a Christian pastor shortly after a seven-day revival at his church. This hostile act of violence left him with severe burns that blinded one eye and threaten his sight in the other eye. It reads like Judas betrayal of Jesus.

Mulinde was attacked on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) outside his Gospel Life Church International building in Namasuba, about 10 kilometers (six miles) outside of Kampala. From his hospital bed in Kampala, he told Compass that he was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him.

“I heard him say in a loud voice, ‘Pastor, pastor,’ and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, ‘Allahu akbar [God is greater],’” Mulinde said, still visibly traumatized two days after the assault.

A doctor told Compass that acid burns cover about 30 percent of his face and has cost him sight in one eye. “We are doing all we can to save his other remaining eye and to contain the acid from spreading to other parts of the body,” the doctor said. His face, neck and arms bore deep black scars from the acid, and his lips were swollen. His face, neck and arms bear deep black scars from the acid, and his lips are still swollen.

Mulinde said Muslim extremists opposed to his conversion from Islam and his outspoken opposition of sharia (Islamic law) courts in Uganda attacked him. On Oct. 15, area Muslim leaders declared a fatwa against him demanding his death. Mulinde is known for debates locally and internationally in which he often challenges Muslims regarding their religion.

Bishop Umar Mulinde, 37, was a sheikh (Islamic teacher) before his conversion to Christianity. Violence in the name of religion seems to me the most hypocritical of all religious heresies. Thus, the words of Jesus were never more true than here: “If you abide in My word … you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

If you pursue Allah (God) far enough, you will find peace, but not violence. Then, you can say of a certainty, Allahu Akbar (God is greater). From Warner’s World ...

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