Watch Dr. Sebastian Gorka put the interviewer in her place at about 5.23. This Australian Broadcasting Corporation programme is typical of most abc news programmes which lean heavily to the left. The sad thing is this leftist propaganda machine is paid for by the Australian taxpayer!
THE HAND OF GOD – It sustained Peter Rumachik through years of Soviet persecution
“If you don’t stop praying to God, weil keep you in prison for the rest of your life!”
‘This was one of many threats that Soviet wardens snarled at their Christian prisoner, Peter Rumachik. However, Pastor Rumachik believed in obeying God, not his atheist captors. He continued praying in the prison camps, and the Lord answered prayer. Today he openly preaches in Dyedovsk in the Moscow region of Russia.
Pastor Peter Rumachik was born near Brest, Russia, in 1931. Remembering his childhood, he shares that, although his mother wasn’t an educated woman, “she had a very sincere faith in God and constantly prayed to Him about me and all the other children.” But even as a child Peter could see that life for Christians wasn’t easy in his country. In his teen years he decided that someday he would follow Christ—but not until he was 50 or 60 years old.
Then, when he was 18, the suicide of a close friend shook Peter’s thinking. He realized that he needed something worth living for if he didn’t want to end up as hopeless as his friend. About three months later, while walking through a frozen forest, he felt moved to get down on his knees in the snow. There, he repented of his sins and asked God to cleanse his heart. At the same time he determined to serve God for the rest of his life, even though he knew that believers were sometimes arrested as criminals.
Four years of duty in the Red Army followed. When he was discharged from the military, Peter married a Christian woman named Luba in 1953. Pondering their decades together many years later, he remarks, “What a great joy it is when two married people believe in God, when their children can see that they have the same philosophy and outlook on life and the same relationship to God!”
Two years later, in 1955, Peter was ordained to the ministry in the city of Dyedovsk.
Nikita Krushchev took over leadership of the Soviet Union, persecution of Christians temporarily halted. So in 1956 Peter, his wife, and several Christian men redeemed the time to start a new church. “Many thirsty souls listened to the Gospel and received Christ,” he recalls with happiness. In time, however, policemen began attending services to spy on the believers. Then, like a returning tide, persecution resumed. The authorities forbade Christians to meet for worship, but God’s people—heeding a higher call— continued to gather in private homes and apartments. In 1961, Peter and four other leaders in his church were tried and sentenced to five years of exile in Siberia.
Even while in Siberian exile, however, Peter looked for opportunities to serve God. Confined to a village called Lesnikov, Peter heard that several elderly women were Christians. He located these ladies and learned that they had been without a pastor for 11 years. “Brother Peter, the fact that you’re here is an answer to our prayers,” they told him. So they began worshiping together. Later, Luba and the children joined Peter for his five-year-term of exile, and they joined in sharing about their Christian faith. Before long, other villagers professed faith in the Lord too.
When a local official warned that the authorities would ship Peter north to the Arctic Circle if he didn’t cease holding services, Peter replied, “Are you aware of the fact that I’m here by the will of God?”
“I wasn’t aware of that,” the man answered.
Peter continued, “I’m here by the will of God. Now, if I’ve fulfilled the task He has for me here, then He’ll allow you to send me above the Arctic Circle. But if I haven’t completed my mission, and you prohibit my activities as you are talking about doing, then God Himself will have to deal with you.”
Amazingly, the man agreed to leave Peter alone. When the Rumachiks were allowed to return home from Siberia, they left behind a growing church that had ties with congregations in other villages.
Back home in Dyedovsk, Peter and his family attended church, but the persecution was far from ended. “The church essentially met underground,” Peter explains. “Police units would burst into services held in private homes, forcefully take people out, and throw them into the back of trucks. Then they would take them and drop them off on some uninhabited road in the forest some 30 to 50 kilometers outside the city.”
Before long, Peter was arrested again and locked in a prison with criminals. “The life of the church was like the waves of the sea, always churning back and forth,” Peter recalls. “At one point, the persecution would subside momentarily only to redouble its fervor again. The goals of the Communist powers, however, always remained the same—to wipe out the existence of the church.”
Sadly, some individuals opted to avoid harassment and stopped worshiping. But other believers clung to hopes for a brighter day. Even when they couldn’t foresee a time of freedom when they could openly proclaim the Gospel, these believers continued praying for a change.
In all, Peter Rumachik ended up serving five terms (more than 18 years) in the Soviet penal system for boldly living his Christian faith. He admits that his health often deteriorated and that he frequently reached the end of his physical strength. But he doesn’t credit his survival to his own stamina. Rather, he notes that when the challenges were greatest, God intervened. “Even when I was in solitary, I was always aware of the presence of God, of His miraculous and wonderful help; I always saw His saving hand.”
Sometimes the convicts questioned why he was in prison. After all, if God were real, wasn’t He powerful enough to protect Peter? He replied, “I am here to serve the Lord. No one would willingly put himself in these kinds of situations. So God has brought me along this path so that you might be able to hear about Him while I am here in prison.” And occasionally a prisoner—or even one of the camp guards—would take an interest in listening as the imprisoned pastor shared his faith.
When Pastor Rumachik was released in 1987, he had no guarantee that he wouldn’t be re-arrested. After all, in the past his days of freedom seemed more like brief lulls between inevitable arrests and sentences. But God was at work. In an answer to countless prayers, the Soviet Union changed and eventually collapsed, and Peter has since remained a free man.
Today, Pastor Peter Rumachik is still active as a pastor of a church in Dyedovsk, Russia. In addition, with the aid of American believers, God has blessed him with several opportunities to visit the United States to raise funds to help construct more Russian churches.
Pondering the transformation of his homeland and the evangelistic opportunities it has spawned, soft-spoken Peter is pressed for words. But his reply points to the source that sustained him through years of persecution and that fuels his spiritual passion more than ever:
“Praise be to our Lord for all things! Alleluia, amen.” http://rusbaptist.stunda.org/engl/rum.htmJanuary 2017 Video Update from Sam Slobodian on Vimeo.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/119470355″>February 2015</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user37287229″>Sam Slobodian</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
‘Dyedovsk, Russia This is the location of a building program being spearheaded by Pastor Peter Rumachik, whom many of you are acquainted with. He is the Russian pastor who spent 18 years in Russia’s notorious Gulag prisons for his leadership in the unregistered Baptist churches during the Soviet Era. We have worked with Pastor Rumachik for many years. Though approaching 84 years, brother Peter is able to continue in ministry. This
building project is in the final stages so the church is able to fully use the building except for the third floor, which is designated for future needs. Please pray for brother Peter’s health, specifically that the medication prescribed by the doctors for a recent issue would enable him to avoid surgery and for the workman in the church that are doing
all of the construction.’ https://whatyareckon.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/51b9d-03-slobodianreport2015.pdf
2Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
This is the dramatized Christian testimony of Peter who suffered for the Lord Jesus under Russian Communism.
Dr. Don Boys is right when he writes ‘Damascus is the world’s oldest city, more than 6,000 years old, and it will be destroyed to the point of being a “ruinous heap.” Unattended sheep will wander in the streets with no one to shepherd them. Isa. 17:1 declares, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” We may have been watching that passage become reality as war has raged in Damascus and other Syrian cities.
Now we see heart-wrenching videos of babies, children, and innocent men and women dead from a chemical attack on the northern city of Khan Sheikhoun that would make a stone cry. It is alleged that Assad, the dastardly, devious dictator of Damascus dropped the deadly gas, but no one has proved that and Syrian officials have vehemently denied responsibility. The Local Coordination Committee, a monitoring group, said the airstrike was carried out by Russia–a supporter of Assad.
Frankly, it doesn’t make any sense for Putin to order such an attack. He has nothing to gain and much to lose by such irresponsible violence. Same with Assad, after all, he seems to be winning in the very vicious civil war. Could the chemical attack be a false flag operation whereby rebel terrorists attacked their own people to place blame upon Assad and/or Russia?
The conflict is not between two groups but involves Assad’s forces fighting a rebel group consisting of hundreds of groups numbering about 100,000 fighters. Then ISIS got involved and it’s now at least a three-way fight. There are no “good guys.” Now, both Assad’s forces and the rebels are fighting a separate battle against ISIS at the same time. It’s a major mess in the Middle East.
President Trump authorized an air strike against the Assad regime Thursday night in retaliation of the chemical attack; however, some Americans think he may have acted without all relevant facts. Trump’s attack upon Syria was a benefit to ISIS terrorists! Something’s wrong here because ISIS is a far greater threat to the U.S. than is Syria.
Trump must remember that his first priority is protecting the U.S.; however, the gas attack, while horrendous, was no threat to Americans. At least his response sent a needed message to the world: the U.S. will respond when U.S. officials deem it essential–but was it essential?
Are only Americans outraged about innocent deaths to the extent of doing something about it? Other national leaders are acting as cheerleaders but not getting “into the game.”
Meanwhile, an assortment of U.S. politicians from across the political spectrum has joined in beating the war drums. But then, older politicians have always managed to find the guts to send younger men to fight their wars.
Are we to do what others are responsible to do? Isn’t the United Nations supposed to keep the peace, protect the innocent, and bring the bad guys to justice? Alternatively, doesn’t the pecking order demand that surrounding Muslim nations bring the dictator to justice? Of course, other Muslim leaders have bloody hands also. Does any sane person believe that Assad will be replaced by a devotee of peace, justice, and freedom after he is greeted by his 72 virgins in Paradise?
Events are taking place that I predict will escalate the war, eliminate the Christians, exclude any voice of reason, and engage Israel in constant confrontations. Assad is not a good guy but he is preferable to the alternative. He is a known entity and he has not been shelling Jews on the Golan Heights. A new Syrian strongman might break the treaty and the shelling of Israel could again become a daily event as in the past.
Will we see Damascus totally destroyed? What a tragedy to see this historical and biblical city in total ruins! Will the UN get involved and escalate the disturbance into a catastrophic event or will they help provide peace, protection, and prosperity? We may soon know the answer.
As ruthless a dictator as his father was, President Bashar al-Assad should be called Bashar the Butcher. While all people of good will want to see him assume room temperature, it is not wise for the U.S. to assume the role of paladin of the world. Those rebels in Syria without a doubt are Muslim extremists. Let them fight their own battles. The choice between the two sides is not a choice between good and evil but between much evil and more evil.
The U.S. does not have a horse in this race, but we do abhor the killing of innocent people. While Assad is a vicious dictator, he has permitted Christians to practice their faith and has kept relative peace until recent years. If Assad goes, the Christians will be totally destroyed in Syria. If he is deposed, Muslim fanatics will fill his chair. Most reasonable people prefer a sensitive, peaceful conservative but in the real world that is not going to happen.
The Syrian opposition is a mixture of fanatics, freedom lovers, and criminal opportunists. Incredibly, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for supporting them with “humanitarian aid.” We have seen this movie before. Non-thinkers praised the uprisings in Libya, Sudan, Bahrain, etc., and now we realize that we got much more than we wanted. Radical Muslims have been enabled and are now in control. Sharia law will be forced on the people in all Muslim-dominated nations. Turkey is going in that direction as I write.
Russia, China, and Iran are backing Syria’s dictator while Saudi Arabia is opposed to him and supports a new government in Syria, hoping that it will not be as friendly to Iran.
When former Saudi King Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud was on his deathbed, he warned his sons “to keep your eye on Syria” since anything good for Syria is considered bad for Saudi. While both Syria and Saudi Arabia are Muslim, the Saudis are of the Sunni fanatical Wahhabi sect plus their country is the location of Mecca (birthplace of Mohammed) and Medina. There are no churches of any kind in Saudi Arabia and even other Muslim sects such as the Shiites are without mosques in most major areas!
Syria is more secular than Saudi Arabia but Sunni Muslims are the majority religious group in both countries. There are about two million citizens in Damascus and 85% are Sunni Muslims that are served by about 2,000 mosques in the city. The Grand Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest, oldest, and holiest sites for Muslims.
Fanatical, committed Muslims are dangerous, devious, and deceitful people and we are fools to waltz into the crossfire. The free world should permit these countries to work out their own differences, remove their own totalitarian leaders, and worship however they choose. The U.S. can cheer the good guys (better guys) but we don’t have the money, personnel, or authority to get involved.
Damascus will be destroyed and while that will be a major disaster, it is more preferable than Dallas, Denver, or Detroit being destroyed. And don’t be deceived, if those on the streets of Damascus have their way, it will be an American city that will be a “ruinous heap.”
President Trump should stay out of Syria. Let “peaceful” Muslims take care of Assad and hang him after a public trial for using chemical gas. If Damascus is to be destroyed, let Muslims do it!
No one elected America as the world’s moral and humanitarian watchdog.’ http://donboys.cstnews.com/damascus-will-be-destroyed-but-let-muslims-do-it
Here is what Chuck Balwin thinks about the recent attacks by the USA on Assad.
‘My comments on Trump’s missile attack against Syria:
No evidence has been presented proving that the Assad government launched chemical weapons against its own people. NONE. But there are plenty of independent sources that say that the chemical weapons were brought into Syria by rebels, aka CIA-supported terror groups.
In my humble opinion, one would have to be an idiot to think that President Assad would be stupid enough to use chemical weapons when he knows that the the U.S. is just looking for any excuse to bomb his government, invade his capital, and even remove him from office–meaning KILL him.
This is shades of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya all over again.
FYI, who is it that has protected the Christians in Syria? Not Trump. Not Obama. Not Bush. Assad, that’s who. And which country’s population supports its president by a whopping 80%. Not Great Britain. Not the United States. Syria, that’s who.
Donald Trump is quickly living up to my worst fears about his presidency: he is escalating war all over the world. Think about it: the U.S. military launched at least 50 missiles into Syria. 50!!! When did Congress declare war against Syria? What gives a U.S. President the right to launch missiles against a foreign country without a Declaration of War from Congress? Now, we are hearing rumors that Trump is about to launch missiles into North Korea.
Read my columns. This has been my concern about Trump from Day One. Goodness gracious! The man has barely learned his way around the White House and he has sent troops (or increased troop strength) into several foreign countries (including Syria); given the CIA the power to launch drone attacks at will; given the Pentagon broad authority to use military force at its own discretion; launched 50 missiles into a country that is absolutely NO threat to the United States; and is threatening to attack more nations–and soon.
Donald Trump is G.W. Bush on steroids. I said earlier that Trump might take us into WW III before he ends his first term. But at this rate, we might be in WW III before he reaches the 100-day mark.’ https://www.facebook.com/ChuckBaldwinMT/posts/1499344543409798
I agree with Chuck Baldwin. This action will probably escalate into something worse and become another long drawn out no-win war or the end of America as it once was. Has anyone thought who takes Assad’s place if he is ousted? What is Trump’s plan, if any? As I see it, this is another excuse for more Islamic attacks on Westerners.