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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Uganda government begins to contradict its self on the Anti-Homosexuality Law: The Government Of the Republic of Uganda re affirms that no activities of individuals groups companies or organizations will be affected by the Act. The Intention Of The Act is to stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices



Comment

This is a very serious contradiction . The million dollar question is; What if  the activities of  groups, companies or organization aim at promoting homosexuality.

Uganda clarifies on anti-homosexuality law 
Publish Date: Jul 07, 2014
Uganda clarifies on anti-homosexuality law

President Museveni signed the bill into law on Febuary 24, 2014. PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa
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The government of Uganda has clarified its position on the Anti-homosexuality Act.  In a statement released Monday afternoon the Government said the Act was misrepresented.

“…its enactment has been misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of a "homosexual orientation", especially by our development partners," read the statement in part
Here is the full statement.


Five Suspected Homosexuals arrested


By Robert Owot

Posted  Wednesday, July 9   2014 at  13:06
In Summary
The new law, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February this year, imposes jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality" which includes homosexual sex with a minor or while HIV-positive

Police in Pader district have arrested five people suspected to be promoting the act of homosexuality in the district.

The suspects were arrested in the period of one week after the tip off by the locals, who accused the suspects of moving within the schools in the district, promoting the practice which was early this year criminalized by the Anti-homosexual Act 2014.

It’s alleged that the suspects have been carrying out clandestine movements in both primary and secondary schools in the district luring the pupils and students into the practice.
The OC Pader Central Police Station, Mr Romeo Ojara Onek, confirmed the arrest, adding that police is still investigating the matter.

He said among the arrested suspects include two businessmen, one teacher, and two students who are allegedly recruiting and promoting the act.

“The suspects’ medical report is out and their files have been forwarded to the Resident State Attorney for advice, pending prosecution,” Mr Onek said.

Last year one of the teachers in the district reported a similar case to Pader district authorities.
This comes barely a month after the United States announced it had cut aid to Uganda and cancelled a military exercise in response to the Anti-homosexuality law that allegedly imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality.

The new law, signed by President Yoweri Museveni in February this year, imposes jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality" which includes homosexual sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.
Widely condemned by donor countries, the law also criminalizes lesbianism for the first time and makes it a crime to "help" individuals engage in homosexual acts.



Mission accomplished: Adam Kalungi has been acquitted of the murder of the late Butaleja woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda




 








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Kalungi acquitted of manslaughter charges
Publish Date: Jul 04, 2014
Kalungi acquitted of manslaughter charges

Kalungi with his father after being set free. All photos/Juliet Kasirye
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By Michael Odeng

Adam Kalungi has been acquitted  of the murder of the late Butaleja woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda.

Justice Lameck Mukasa Friday afternoon set Kalungi free on grounds that he did not commit any breach of duty and acted prudently to save Nebanda’s life.

The High court judge quashed Kalungi’s conviction and set aside his sentence.
“Kalungi did not have a medical certificate but acted professionally to try and save Nebanda’s life right from home to the hospital,” Mukasa stated.


Kalungi hugs a relative following his acquittal
Kalungi, through M/S Ochieng, Harimwomugasho and Co-Advocates filed a memorandum of appeal on May 14, 2014 challenging the Makindye magistrate’s court judgment.

Kalungi was seeking a court order to have his conviction and sentence of manslaughter quashed, saying prosecution erred in law and facts when it failed to evaluate the evidence and properly construe the law in respect to manslaughter.

“Failure to do this made the magistrate arrive at the wrong conclusion in finding the appellant guilty of manslaughter by omission which caused a miscarriage of justice,” he said.

He also wants court to sentence him to a caution if it fails to acquit him, saying his punishment was harsh.
On February 7, 2014 Kalungi was sentenced to four years in prison for negligently causing the death of Nebanda while his co-convict, Omar, was sentenced to one year over possession of drugs by chief magistrate Esta Nambayo.

Court also noted that Kalungi failed to take Nebanda in the hospital in time.
Prosecution states that the convict in December 2012 unlawfully caused the death of MP Nebanda in Buziga, Makindye Division in Kampala.

He was charged alongside Noor Abubakar, Khan Babu, Abdul Abid Rashid Butt and Fatuma Babu who were later acquitted.


The one-and-half-year tortuous prison life of Adam Kalungi came to an end Friday evening with his acquittal.
On Friday, Justice Lameck Nsubuga-Mukasa of the High Court criminal division acquitted Kalungi of the charge of manslaughter in relation to the death of his girlfriend, the then Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda. Speaking to The Observer at the court cells, Kalungi denied ever working with government to eliminate regime critics.

“I have read claims that I am a government spy; that my role was to kill people from the opposition, but those are lies. I am just a normal person who was caught up in such circumstances,” he explained.
Reacting to his sentencing in February to four years in prison, Kalungi said he harbours no hard feelings toward the then presiding Makindye Court Chief Magistrate Esta Nambayo.

“When she was sentencing me, she told me that I need time to develop a character of responsibility and I should be able to own up even when things go wrong….And those words have helped me because now I can face challenges,” he asserted.

Fleeing the country?

Kalungi said he has no plans to leave the country since he has always been innocent.
“It is guilty people who run away. I know people think that I will leave this country but that’s out because I was born here and my family is here. Why should I flee?” he asked.

Kalungi intends to take some time off to relax, then start looking for a job like any other Ugandan since he is qualified in procurement.

Acquittal

At exactly 5:30pm, the head of the High Court criminal division Justice Lameck Nsubuga-Mukasa quashed both the conviction and the four-year sentence given to Kalungi by Nambayo. Justice Mukasa reasoned that it was wrong to convict Kalungi on the charge of manslaughter since court could not prove that he administered the late Nebanda with narcotics.

He also rejected Nambayo’s ruling that Kalungi was guilty of breach of duty having delivered Nebanda at Mukwaya General hospital at 7pm yet her health situation had started worsening at 4am.

“Evidence on record shows that on the night, Kalungi did everything possible to save the deceased’s life. First he gave her first aid. When the situation was not improving, he called in PW2 [Emmanuel Kizza Lwakataka] who claimed that he was a medical officer and when things got worse he used his own money to take Nebanda to a bigger hospital,” he said.

Wrong person charged?

Justice Mukasa amused court when he ruled that it was wrong for prosecution to charge Kalungi with manslaughter. He said prosecution should instead have charged Lwakataka, who had convinced Kalungi that he was qualified to handle Nebanda’s situation but later admitted in court that he was not a trained medical officer.

“If PW2 [Lwakataka] had not lied to Kalungi that he was a medical doctor, maybe he would have taken Nebanda to a big hospital quickly,” he concluded.

By press time it wasn’t clear if the state was going to appeal. At 6:30pm, Kalungi was driven out of the court premises, this time round not back to Luzira Prison but to his home to start a new life.


Dr Onzivua cries in court


Dr Onzivua (R) breaks down at Buganda Road Court yesterday after he was cleared of abuse of office and conspiracy to unlawfully obtain body parts of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda
Dr Onzivua (R) breaks down at Buganda Road Court yesterday after he was cleared of abuse of office and conspiracy to unlawfully obtain body parts of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA. 
By BETTY NDAGIRE

Posted  Wednesday, September 4   2013 at  01:00
In Summary
No case to answer. The judge says prosecution failed to adduce evidence to back allegations against the duo. 

KAMPALA
Mulago pathologist, Sylvester Onzivua yesterday broke down in tears of joy after Buganda Road Court acquitted and discharged him over charges of abuse of office and conspiracy to unlawfully obtain body parts of former Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.
Dr Onzivua was jointly charged with Kinkizi East legislator Chris Baryomunsi. Speaking to the Daily Monitor after the acquittal, Dr Baryomunsi said the public still demands a convincing explanation from the State on the cause of the untimely death of the youthful former MP (Nebanda).
He said they have instructed their lawyers to file a suit against the State, resulting from what they referred to as the nine months malicious prosecution they faced. It is through this suit that they will seek to be compensated.
No evidence
While giving her ruling in a court fully parked with friends and relatives of the freed suspects, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Ms Olive Kazaarwe, said no reasonable tribunal would convict the duo basing on irresolute prosecution evidence on record.
“There is no evidence indicating that the pre-postmortem meetings stopped Dr Onzivua from taking samples for further examination. So his actions do not constitute a criminal offence, he did everything in broad day light and it was documented,” Ms Kazaarwe said. She said the conspiracy charges are worthless since Dr Baryomunsi was acting on behalf of the Parliamentary Commission.
“This court concurred with the defense lawyers’ submissions that prosecution had failed to adduce evidence to back up the allegations levied against their clients. It is the finding of this court that a prima facie case has not been made against the accused persons on the available evidence to require them to defend themselves,” she said.
Prosecution alleged that on December 15 at Mulago hospital mortuary, Dr Onzivua, Dr Baryomunsi and others obtained Nebanda’s body samples and attempted to take them to South Africa without permission.
The cause of death
An official autopsy report that the government says was done in the United Kingdom revealed traces of alcohol and narcotics in the 24-year-old MP’s body. However, her fellow MPs claim her death was suspicious, attributing it to possible poisoning. The deceased (Nebanda) allegedly collapsed at a friend’s house on December 14, at 7pm, and was taken to Mukwaya General Hospital at Nsambya, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.


The Roman Catholic Church is essential for faith; there are no 'free agents,' pope says: Kenneth Copeland Foolishly defends his ecumenical visit to Rome: James Robinson calls the meeting with Pope Francis a Miracle Jesus Prayed for: Copeland says Pope Francis is filled with the love of Jesus and their meeting was moved by the strong presence of the holy spirit: Can you Imagine !!!



Kenneth Copeland Reports In About His Meeting with Pope Francis 

I am so Blessed!  What Jesus asked the Father for in John 17:21, “that we may all be one in Him”, is finally coming to pass.  Pope Francis is a man filled with the love of Jesus. All eight of us in our meeting together with him were moved by the strong presence of the Holy Spirit, and our love for one another was strengthened beyond measure.  Like I said, I am so BLESSED!  What a time to be a believer! - Kenneth Copeland

 The Story Behind Brother Copeland’s Papal Visit



My Comment

Scripture states categorically that the church is  a pillar of truth(1 Tim 3:15). The Roman catholic church on the other hand is a pillar of lies from the devil, the father of all lies(John 8:44).  Kenneth Copeland and his cohorts  should know that the unity talked about in John 17 is a unity based on truth and not error. Copeland and James Robinson  are insinuating that it was a mistake for me and my other born again friends(http://www.soulrefuge.org) to live the catholic church. This is a hiss of the serpent. I have always said and will continue to say that there is no salvation in the satanic Roman catholic church. The Roman catholic church is an abomination to God and any one who associates or ecumenises with the diabolical roman catholic church is a candidate for hell. Period!!! If your pastor supports ecumenism with Rome or if he quotes Pope Francis in his books or summons, run away from that serpent before it is too late. It is even possible that some of these evangelical pastors supporting ecumenical unity with Rome are Jesuit  mercenaries implanted in the protestant movement to take protestants back to Rome. Keep your self in the Word of God to avoid deception. 


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http://watchmanafrica.blogspot.com/2014/03/entering-devils-purplescarlet-curtain.html  



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Church is essential for faith; there are no 'free agents,' pope says




 
By Cindy Wooden



Catholic News Service


 POPE-AUDIENCE Jun-25-2014 (400 words) With photos. xxxi
 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said.



At his weekly general audience June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as "do-it-yourself" Christians or "free agents" when it comes to faith.



Every Christian, he said, can trace his or her faith back to parents, grandparents, teachers or friends. "I always remember the nun who taught me catechism. I know she's in heaven because she was a holy woman," he said.


Pope Francis smiles as he meets children during his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 25. (CNS/Reuters)
In the Old Testament, the pope said, God called Abraham and began to form a people that would become a blessing for the world. "With great patience -- and God has a lot of it -- he prepared the people of the ancient covenant and in Jesus Christ constituted them as a sign and instrument of the union of humanity with God and unity with one another."



Pope Francis described as "dangerous" the temptation to believe that one can have "a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church."



Obviously, he said, it is not always easy to walk the path of faith with other people. "Sometimes it's tiring. It can happen that a brother or sister creates problems for us or scandalizes us, but the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to human beings, to us, to witnesses," he said.



"It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits," the pope said, "that he comes to us and makes himself known. This is what belonging to the church means. Remember: being Christian means belonging to the church. If your first name is Christian, your last name is Member of the Church."



At the end of his talk, the pope asked people to join him in praying that they would never "give into the temptation of thinking you can do without others, without the church, that you can save yourself, of thinking you can be a laboratory Christian."



Christians, he said, are not manufactured in isolation, but belong to a long line of believers who handed on the faith and challenged one another to live it fully.



The audience was the last the pope was scheduled to hold before beginning a reduced summer schedule.

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The text of the pope's audience remarks in English is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140625_udienza-generale_en.html

The text of the pope's audience remarks in Spanish is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140625_udienza-generale_sp.html


 The Story Behind Brother Copeland’s Papal Visit

The Story Behind Brother Copeland’s Papal Visit

http://kennethcopelandministries.org/2014/07/the-story-behind-brother-copelands-papal-visit/#.U748_kArZwE  

On June 23, 2014, Kenneth Copeland, along with James and Betty Robison and other evangelical church leaders, met with the Pope in Rome at the Pope’s request. On June 30, 2014, Kenneth Copeland explained to his Partners and Friends at the Southwest Believers’ Convention the significance of this meeting. He began his talk by reviewing key points and scriptures:

In John 17:20-23, Jesus prayed that the body of Christ would be unified:
20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:

23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

In Ephesians 4:1-3, Paul instructs us how to live a life worthy of our divine calling, which includes keeping unity:
1I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,
Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another andmaking allowances because you love one another.
Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.

Romans 10: 9-13 outlines the requirements of salvation:
9 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.

11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.

12 [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].

13 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
In the video above, Brother Copeland goes on to describe the Papal visit, including events leading up to the invitation. James Robison also joins him via telephone and offers his perspective about the visit.
You can learn more about James Robison’s comments about the Papal visit by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1sXGW6A

 Kenneth Copeland Reports In About His Meeting with Pope Francis

Kenneth Copeland Reports In About His Meeting with Pope Francis

Brother Copeland just returned from his trip to the Vatican, which included a visit with Pope Francis. Here’s what he had to say about his meeting with the Pope:
I am so Blessed!  What Jesus asked the Father for in John 17:21, “that we may all be one in Him”, is finally coming to pass.  Pope Francis is a man filled with the love of Jesus. All eight of us in our meeting together with him were moved by the strong presence of the Holy Spirit, and our love for one another was strengthened beyond measure.  Like I said, I am so BLESSED!  What a time to be a believer! - Kenneth Copeland

Witnessing the Miracle Jesus Prayed For





Satan – Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Father of all lies – has focused his fury against the church of the living God. Perhaps in the center of Satan’s crosshairs is his attack on the prayer of Jesus in John 17 that all believers live in unity. God revealed this assault to me and many other church leaders around the world, and also millions of saints and prayer warriors who have been praying diligently for the prayer of our Lord Jesus to be answered in our day. I believe I am beginning to see the walls of division that have held many Christians captive and divided, often silencing the witnesses of those Jesus commissioned to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.


I believe we are going to be blessed to see Jesus’ prayer answered. For years on LIFE Today, I have encouraged our viewers with these words: “If you want your prayers answered, seek to be an answer to someone else’s prayers.” Upon hearing that challenge, many have found great comfort and released rivers of compassion toward others.

After hip surgery five years ago when I battled staph infection and was so weak I could not lift a cup of water to my lips, God got my full attention. He spoke through Isaiah 58:6-12 and I saw the importance of living in freedom, touching the suffering, the hungry, poor, and downtrodden. I recognized the promise that our prayers would be answered quickly and we would become a free-flowing stream and a well-watered garden, restoring the foundations upon which we must build. During that time God instructed me to focus my attention on Jesus’ prayer and encouraging others to begin fulfilling it through us in our day.

I believe I am beginning to witness what Jesus prayed for. Over three years ago, many respected evangelical leaders and Spirit-filled Catholics began meeting together to pray for God’s will to be done and to bring true believers together in supernatural unity. We know it is God’s will for those who have been born from above to become bold witnesses for His glory and Kingdom purpose and to go into all the world and make disciples of Christ. We have been commanded to love God with all of our heart and our neighbors as ourselves. The enemy has kept many Christians from loving one another as Christ loves us and have failed to recognize the importance of supernatural unity even with all of the unique diversity.

I believe the prayers of earnest Christians helped lead to the choice of Pope Francis. Many were amazed that a humble man, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, filled with such love for the poor, downtrodden, and overlooked from a radically socialist country (Argentina) could be named Pope. From the moment it happened, I felt like it was an answer not only to the prayers of truly concerned believers, but even a step toward seeing Jesus’ prayer answered.

This week I was blessed to be part of perhaps an unprecedented moment between evangelicals and the Catholic Pope. On Tuesday, for nearly three hours, a few of us were blessed to meet in an intimate circle of prayerful discussion and lunch to discuss not only seeing Jesus’ prayer answered, but that every believer would become bold, joy-filled witnesses for Christ.

Consider some events leading to this supernatural gathering at the Vatican in Rome. Years ago God told me to reach out beyond the safe, comfortable walls of my Southern Baptist tradition. He wanted me to reach beyond denominational barriers and seek to bring the family together so the church would put His arms around a hurting world and pull everyone close to His heart. I reached outside my sectarian Baptist comfort zone to Pentecostals, Charismatics and Catholics, as well as those outside the church.

To the shock of many, I stood on the platform next to the very charismatic Ken Copeland and welcomed attendees of his Believers’ Convention to Tarrant County Convention Center. During that very brief welcome as I was leaving the podium, Ken Copeland grabbed me by the shoulder and said, “The Holy Spirit is all over you. Get back up there and keep sharing.” I gave testimony of the dynamic power of God to set captives free, even defeated preachers like I had been. Estimates were that over 7,000 people flooded the altar even before I could give the invitation. I have never stopped reaching out in love beyond walls that have been have built for personal comfort and which, too often, diminish the power of the Gospel message. Because of friendship, I have continued to share my heart with Ken and Gloria and he has asked me to speak into his life and to those he seeks to teach and help. They have blessed me and Betty faithfully with their love and encouragement.

Unknown to either of us, Ken’s ministry and LIFE Outreach were both supporting an evangelical Episcopal named Tony Palmer who ministered and helped the poor in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There was a Catholic bishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, overseeing the area who was also ministering to the poor. Tony went to him and said, “I want to let you know that I will work at your side. You are the senior minister in this area and I will submit to your loving leadership.” Immediately in that humble relationship, a bond of love and peace was formed. They knew they were brothers in Christ and over the years their relationship continued to grow. Our Missions Director, Steve Coetzee, was also very close to Tony Palmer and encouraged us to faithfully support his mission outreaches.

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen to be Pope Francis, Bishop Tony Palmer was surprised and pleased. He felt, however, he would likely never hear from him again and would certainly understand why. But suddenly, he received a call from Pope Francis asking him to come to the Vatican to visit. Tony assumed it would simply be a handshake, a moment or two together and perhaps a photo, and then he would go back home. But Pope Francis made it clear, “No, I want you to come to my private apartment and spend the day with me.” There in prayerful discussion the Pope talked about his desire to see the world evangelized for Christ. He wanted to see Catholics and Protestants become a family as faithful witnesses. He shared that he wanted us to be brothers and the importance of the prayer in John 17 being answered. He wanted to personally know Protestant and evangelical leaders.

Tony told him he would soon be going to a large ministers’ convention that Ken Copeland hosts and there would be thousands of ministers there. Tony asked, “Would you like to write them a message or send a note?” Pope Francis said, “I would like to give them a video message. Hold up your iPhone and record what I say.” That message was like a glorious shot heard around the world, not just because of the love and compassion expressed, but also the desire for God to heal His family and that everyone would know Christ and believers would be like a family and become bold witnesses.  It was joyfully received by thousands of ministers and Kenneth Copeland responded by simply reading the desire of God expressed through Paul in Ephesians 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

When the Pope received that message and others also saw the Pope’s message on LIFE Today as Pope Francis encouraged Tony to share the message on our program around the world, he then asked for Tony Palmer to invite Betty and me, Ken and Gloria, and a few other evangelicals to come meet with him in Rome.
Bishop Tony Palmer brought the group of seven together. (Gloria Copeland was unable to attend because she was speaking at a conference.) We went to the Vatican and met in the presence of the Lord. The love coming from every person was overwhelming.

During lunch everyone shared their gratitude for what God was doing. The Pope made it very clear that he wanted every believer to become Spirit-filled, joy-filled witnesses. After Ken had lovingly spoken a few words of encouragement and prayed for the Pope with meekness and humility, I asked through the translator if I could say a few personal words to Pope Francis. In those moments I talked about being an evangelist and how for 50 years we have been seeking to win people to Christ and challenging Christians to become faithful, compassion-filled witnesses. I went on to say that so many people in our Protestant churches do not really know Christ.

I shared the testimony of how I was christened in the Episcopal Church as a boy, but did not know Jesus. Later, I had a supernatural new-birth experience and Jesus became the Lord and love of my life. As a fatherless, homeless boy, I now had a father and the love of God flowed out like a river.  Amazingly, God called me to be an evangelist and I have never stopped proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I told him how Betty had been baptized through immersion in a Baptist church, but during our relationship and hearing the excitement that filled my heart, she said, “James, I don’t know Jesus like that. He’s just someone I’ve always heard about.” One glorious Sunday morning the little Baptist Sunday school teacher left her seat in the choir, came forward, put her hand in the pastor’s hand, and said, “Brother Hale, I just gave my life to Jesus.” He said, “You’re the best girl in our church!” She said, “Preacher, stop telling me how good I am. I just met Jesus and He changed my life!” That was 53 years ago and she is full of Jesus. I said to Pope Francis many Protestants have never had a personal relationship with Christ even though they are church members, and I have seen many Catholics who don’t seem to know Jesus.

Pope Francis had written recently that, “Too many Catholics look like they’ve been to Lent with no Easter… It’s a mistake for them to look like they’ve been to a funeral” as he challenged Catholics to witness and never try to control the Holy Spirit, but yield to Him. The Pope responded in our personal conversation with such a dynamic evangelical message desiring all people who have religious associations (all Protestants, all Catholics – no matter who they are) as Paul said to the Corinthians, “to examine themselves whether they be of the faith.” He said he wanted everyone to have a personal life-changing encounter with Christ and enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and become bold witnesses for the Gospel. Religion is not the way; Jesus is.

So fervent was his message that as he concluded I said, “As an evangelist, I want you to know what you just said deserves a high five!” The translator communicated what I was saying and in a moment of exuberance he raised his hand and gave his first high five ever.  What a beautiful picture of love and supernatural oneness for the sake of the Gospel and those Jesus came to redeem.

We continued in such glorious fellowship that words could never begin to describe it. I am fighting back tears even as I write, so glorious was the manifest presence of Jesus. I couldn’t help but wonder in those moments if Jesus, as He did when Stephen was stoned leading to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to become Paul the Apostle, perhaps once again stood at the right hand of the Father looking down on that scene in Rome between Evangelicals and the Pope, turn to the Father and say, “Look, I think my prayer is about to be answered. Look, Dad, maybe we can put Your arms around the world that I died to redeem and I live to fill to overflowing with Your joy, peace and love.”

Oh, how I hope and I pray that is the case and in my lifetime I cannot only see the prayers of so many answered, but above all I will live to see the prayer of the Lord Jesus answered for His glory and kingdom purpose. Dear God, please let it happen and let me gladly be a part of it.
Vatican meeting
Those who met with Pope Francis on Tuesday are, from left, Carol Arnott, the Rev. John Arnott, the Rev. Brian Stiller, the Rev. Kenneth Copeland, Pope Francis, the Rev. Thomas Schirrmacher, the Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, the Rev. James Robison, Betty Robison and Bishop Tony Palmer.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

'Too many people were getting hurt': Snake-handling pastor and his congregation EVICTED from their church after legendary preacher died from bite AND his son was bitten

'Too many people were getting hurt': Snake-handling pastor and his congregation EVICTED from their church after legendary preacher died from bite AND his son was bitten

  • Pastor Andrew Hamblin's Pentecostal church practices a rare, century-old tradition of worshiping God with venomous snakes to show how He protects Christians
  • Clyde Daugherty, the owner of the church building, said he evicted Mr Hamblin because he seemed more interested in media attention than the word of God and too many people were getting injured or dying from snake bites
  • Mr Hamblin and fellow serpent-handling pastor Jamie Coots who died in February were stars of National Geographic's reality TV series Snake Salvation


A building owner evicted a pastor and his worshipers from their church because of their fondness for handling venomous snakes while praying and dancing.
Clyde Daugherty, who built the LaFollette, Tennessee-based church in 1994, rented the building to Andrew Hamblin for just $267 a month but eventually became fed up with all the serpents slithering about and occasionally injuring or killing congregants.
'Too many people were getting hurt and dying, and that's a proven fact,' Mr Daugherty told 10News. 'He was focused too much on the wrong things, like attention from the media and the TV show, instead of the word of God.'
 Andrew Hamblin, the pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tennessee, was evicted from his church by the building's owner because of his snake-handling ways

Andrew Hamblin, the pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tennessee, was evicted from his church by the building's owner because of his snake-handling ways

Mr Daugherty said he had offered to sell the church, trailers and surrounding property to Mr Hamblin for $66,000, but the pastor declined and is now looking for a new building. 

Mr Hamblin's Pentecostal church practices a rare, century-old Christian tradition of worshiping God with venomous snakes such as timber rattlers, cottonmouths and copperheads, according to Urban Christian News.

The 22-year-old plays mandolin, loves zombie movies, receives food stamps, has five children and was the star of a 16-episode National Geographic reality series called Snake Salvation, which featured Appalachia's serpent-handling churches. About 125 such churches exist in the U.S.

Pastors use the snakes to show non-Christians that God protects them from harm, holding them aloft as they pray, sing and dance. 

The belief stems from a literal reading of Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark: 'And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.'

 The name Andrew Hamblin was removed from a sign for the Tabernacle Church of God

The name Andrew Hamblin was removed from a sign for the Tabernacle Church of God

Mr Hamblin, who said he has been bitten by poisonous snake many times, made headlines last fall after authorities seized more than 50 venomous serpents in his possession. A grand jury ultimately didn't indict him after his court appearances drew large crowds of supporters.

Mr Hamblin's mentor, fellow reality TV star and snake-wielding pastor Jamie Coots, died in February after being bitten at his church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. His son Cody, 21, took over for him and was bitten by a snake last month. 

'I was with Jamie in Middlesboro, Kentucky, when he was bit,' Mr Daugherty said. 'Enough is enough. There will be no snakes at my services.'


 Fellow pastor and reality TV star Jamie Coots (pictured) died after being bit by a venomous snake at a Middlesboro, Kentucky, church in February