2017 Champions ~ Are You Ready?

34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
~ Mark 8:34-38

Pirates Football Club (Est. 1897)Dear players, parents and coaches

Whilst the 2017 M.D.F.A. football league season has drawn to a close, the question that should be asked is – What has it profited us? If we have only obtained gold medals and a trophy, but have not learned anything concerning the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ then we have failed dismally. If the Gospel literature and discussions have not challenged unbelieving players, parents and coaches to seek Truth, and who remain unrepentant outside the Kingdom of GOD and therefore they remain enemies of GOD through their wicked works, then any accolades, medals, championships we have won are a waste of time and effort. Being religious and pious, but not being born-again by the Spirit of the Living GOD leaves each individual utterly bankrupt! Our true riches can only be found in the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ! Everything else is dross!

In Holy Scripture, our journey through life on earth is likened to a marathon race. We are reminded that our running of the race is to be a spiritual race for an incorruptible crown, not a worldly race for a crown that perishes! The very medals that we win will wax old and perish, but the true reward for a born-again child of GOD will be to pursue a crown that will last for eternity, as we read, for it is written,

24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ~ I Corinthians 9:24-27

Friends, in the early part of the football season, on 25th May 2017 to be precise, an encouraging challenge was presented in the various Pirates WhatsApp groups, which led to one conversation, that is shared here to put this blog post in perspective, that went as follows – please read left thenWhatsApp02 right:

WhatsApp01 Friends, the God-Man Jesus Christ stated that, “6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6,7). GOD is a Spirit (John 4:24), so whilst Jesus was speaking to His disciples and stated that they “know him, and have seen him” in reference to GOD the Father, Christ Jesus was in fact stating that He is GOD manifest in flesh (see John 1:1,2,14) and in I Timothy 3:16 we read, for it is written, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Therefore, man-made religions do not worship the True GOD and those religions will condemn souls to hell. If you are not a Christ follower (a born-again Christian)(see John 3:3-7) it matters what you believe for your beliefs will condemn your soul into eternal damnation! And there is no Scriptural evidence for a man-made papal heresy called purgatory! For we read, for it is written,

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Friends, during the course of the football season at various times opportunities presented themselves where Gospel literature was presented to various persons and conversations were had. My love for my Roman Catholic friends compelled me to warn some of the dangers of being in membership with the papal Roman Catholic political-religious institution that has changed the Word of GOD with heretical man-made teachings, that one will never find in GOD’s Holy Scriptures. Love compels one to warn of pending danger, and therefore these Gospel tracts were offered in love to my fellow man:

>> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking ~ A Message of Hope ~

>> GAME OVER ~ A Real Tragedy ~

>> The Gospel for Roman Catholics

>> Are Roman Catholics Christian?

>> Man of the Match

>> Your Life ~ God’s Solution to Your Religion

>> Creation vs. Evolution ~ Do Not Let Darwin Make a Monkey Out of You

>> Reincarnation . . . Or Resurrection? ~ A Message to Hindus ~ 

2017 League Champions Pirates (League) and Savages (K.O. Cup) awaiting the medal presentations  The Pirates BoysPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC   Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC  Curt leading the team onto The Deck

WhatsApp comment by George CarelseFriends, in response to the afore-pictured sporting gestures, the screenshot to the left from the Pirates FC Chairman George Carelse, who is also the Chairman of the M.D.F.A. (Maritzburg District Football Association), compliments  our Sportsmanship and Fair Play “On and Off the field” which is commendable as we promote, as can be testified by a video that can be viewed on Facebook at this Link. However, it should be remembered that every ‘good work’ that we undertake here on earth will one day be tested by fire to see if it was done for the right reasons, to bring glory to GOD or whether it was an act to be seen of men, as we read, for it is written,

11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. ~ I Corinthians 3:11-15

So was our work built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ? Or did we do ‘good works’ in our own self-righteous strength? As a result, was it worth our while this past season to obtain perishable medals? or were we truly running to obtain an incorruptible crown? For we are warned, as it is written,

5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ~ II Corinthians 13:5

Curt Rogers Malachi MompleThando Hlophe  Kory DonnellyKaydon Adonis Cee-Jay MulderKaleb Chetty Trent van WykLungelo Gwabuzela   Azande ZondiBrelyn Johnson Dvon HarveyKofi Atta Lorenzo DolphinHead Coach Miles Rogers presenting Asst. Coach Gary Crous  Asst. Coach Gary Crous presenting Head Coach Miles Rogers  M.D.F.A. Chairman and Pirates F.C. Chairman George Carelse presenting the Pirates Under 10 Coaches with the League Champions Trophy

The M.D.F.A. and Pirates F.C. Chairman George Carelse with the Pirates F.C. Under 10 Coaches Gary Crous (Asst.) and Miles Rogers (Head) after receiving the League Champions Trophy Campiones, Campiones, Ole, Ole, Ole

Dear friends, whilst we were successful in our football endeavours, was there true spiritual growth according to the Word of GOD? Being religious does not cut it. Naming the name of ‘Jesus’ does not cut it either, for we read, for it is written,

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. ~ Matthew 7:13-29 (my emphasis added in bold)

In closing, as we entered this week there was much talk about the date 23rd September 2017 by the “date setting prophets”, the “doomsday sayers” and the internet is abuzz with videos and writings about the speculative predictions of Planet-X (Nibiru) slamming into earth or knocking it off its axis, the pre-tribulation rapture, the Revelation 12 sign, and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and even talk of the end of the world. Is this all possible now? It certainly is. Will it come to pass now? Only GOD knows the end from the beginning, for it is written, “9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46,9,10).

Friends, what I do know and share from GOD’s Word as we can read, for it is written,

31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

34  For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
~ Mark 13:31-37

And in the Gospel of Luke it points to the very times we are living in – these evil days are just as the “days of Noe” and the “days of Lot” – as we read, for it is written,

26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 
30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
~ Luke 17:26-30

Friends, let us not find ourselves as enemies of GOD, as we read, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4). And in the commentary words of Matthew Henry in respect of this particular verse: “Here is a decided warning to avoid all criminal friendships with this world. Worldly-mindedness is enmity to God. An enemy may be reconciled, but “enmity” never can be reconciled. A man may have a large portion in things of this life, and yet be kept in the love of God; but he who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to God.

Dear friends, unless you are born-again and your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, you cannot enter and see the Kingdom of GOD! Today is the day of salvation. Call upon GOD to save you in Jesus’ Name – Repent and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is your only hope! Your calling should be “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21). Nothing and nobody else can save your soul. So, Are You Ready?

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ~ Mark 8:36,37

Soli Deo Gloria

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Evangelism at the United vs Ajax Match 2017/18

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Ajax Cape TownMaritzburg UnitedWith the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League kicking off last weekend it was good to be out in our Lord’s harvest field once again at the local football stadium being the Harry Gwala Stadium (the former Jan Smuts Stadium).

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and  that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On the evening of Wednesday 23rd August 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town.

A call for repentance Whilst handing out tracts someone made mention of the inscription on the wooden cross: “Are You Ready”? This opened the door to presenting the Gospel. A secular analogy was used to begin with. It went along these lines:

Consider you come to this football match on 23rd August 2017 at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but you have a ticket for another match to gain entrance to the FNB Stadium, you will not gain entrance to the Harry Gwala Stadium because you have an incorrect ticket. The ticket you possess is to gain entrance to another stadium at another destination. You need the correct ticket to gain entrance to this stadium at this destination. Now the same principle applies in the spiritual realm. People are going through life with many religious tickets hoping to gain entrance into the Kingdom of GOD,Raising the Name of Christ Jesus or as they put it “some better place”,  but they have the wrong ticket which is leading them to a wrong destination. You need to have the right “ticket”, so-to-speak, to gain entrance into the Kingdom of GOD which is Heaven. If you have the wrong ticket the only entrance access you will gain is into Hell – which is the wrong destination. The “ticket” you need is to be born-again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you do not have Jesus, you do not have the correct entrance access to the right destination! The devil Satan is a deceiver who sells fraudulent tickets to people who are deceived for the lustful pleasures of this life. They pursue and obtain the wrong tickets that lead to the wrong destination, whilst we evangelists come out here to warn you of your pending destruction through deception. We are pointing you to Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world.

Psalm 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

We also alerted the fans that whilst There are two ways in lifethey were coming out for some entertainment, there is no guarantees that they would go home. We mentioned the death of two spectators outside the FNB Stadium leading up to the Carling Black Label Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates that took place on Saturday 29th July 2017. It is alleged that the deaths were caused due to a stampede that took place at Gate-J and that fake tickets were being sold. [The article Two killed at FNB Stadium can be read Here.] We also mentioned previous tragedies that took place at football grounds and other tragic accidents [read GAME OVER ~ A Real Tragedy ~]. A mention was also made of the late Mondli Cele (26) who played for Maritzburg United and scored the opening goal in a 3-3 draw against Orlando Pirates on the evening of Saturday 16th January 2016 and lost his life at around 5am the next morning 17th January 2016 when his car crashed into the Msunduzi River in Park Drive, Alexandra Park, just down the road from the Harry Gwala Stadium. [A newsDiscussions . . . and a crowd listening report can be read Here.] Life is so fragile and it can be taken at any moment. These events transitioned into the Gospel of mercy and grace that can save wretched sinners! And as the evening progressed leading to kick-off time there were some heckling, mocking, and reasoning. Praise GOD! Much Gospel literature was distributed as the crowds started increasing.

In closing, we request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, which should take place on the evening of Friday 15th September, 2017 from about 17:30 – 20:00

   Maritzburg United                   Orlando Pirates

Maritzburg United vs. Orlando PiratesSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 2-0 against Ajax Cape Town.

> Maritzburg United 2017/18 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 17, 2017

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Maritzburg United 2017/18 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala

PSL Maritzburg United The 2017/18 Premier Soccer League in South Africa kicks off on the evening of Friday August 18, 2017 and Lord willing the Repent and Believe South Africa Christian ministry will this season again be evangelising the football fans attending the Maritzburg United home matches at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg KZN. The home league fixtures are listed hereunder where by YEHOVAH’s mercy and grace the Gospel of GOD will be proclaimed by us preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified,

28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: ~ Colossians 1:28

Are you a local who prayerfully can join the Repent and Believe South Africa outreach ministry to obediently reach lost souls? Then we can go in unity of faith and belief, as we read,

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9,10

In short, but not limited to, we preach the love of GOD through the doctrines of law and grace, heaven and hell, and “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21); as we also read,

34 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 2:34

If you are a born-again Christian kindly contact Gary Crous via email or by placing a comment hereunder to join us in the Lord’s harvest field. Brethren, we also kindly request that you keep these outreaches saturated in prayer for our Father to be merciful toward sinners and grant His grace as a gift to lost souls. Amen.

Soli Deo Gloria

AUGUST 2017

Ajax Cape Town WED. 23 @ 19:30 vs. AJAX CAPE TOWN

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Orlando PiratesFRI. 15 @ 20:00 vs. ORLANDO PIRATES

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Kaizer ChiefsWED. 20 @ 19:30 vs. KAIZER CHIEFS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Free State StarsFRI. 29 @ 20:00 vs. FREE STATE STARS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

SuperSport United FRI. 27 @ 20:00 vs. SUPERSPORT UNITED

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Bidvest WitsFRI. 24 @ 20:00 vs. BIDVEST WITS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

Baroka FCFRI. 08 @ 20:00 vs. BAROKA FC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

JANUARY 2018

Bloemfontein Celtic FRI. 12 @ 20:00 vs. BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

Chippa UnitedFRI. 26 @ 20:00 vs. CHIPPA UNITED

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

AmaZulu FCFRI. 16 @ 20:00 vs. AMAZULU FC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Platinum Stars FRI. 23 @ 20:00 vs. PLATINUM STARS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

MARCH 2018

Polokwane City FRI. 16 @ 20:00 vs. POLOKWANE CITY

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

APRIL 2018

Cape Town City FCSAT. 07 @ 20:15 vs. CAPE TOWN CITY FC

>>> Meet @ 18:00 outside the South Gate

 

 

Mamelodi Sundowns WED. 25 @ 19:30 vs. MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

MAY 2018

Lamontville Golden ArrowsSAT. 12 @ 15:00 vs. GOLDEN ARROWS

>>> Meet @ 13:00 outside the South Gate

 

Soli Deo Gloria

The Ramadan Farce ~ Part 2

2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 
3  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
~ John 16:2,3

Read Part 1 first. It is often advocated by Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace. However, the Quran instructs Muslims in jihad and killing for their god Allah, by the commands of no other than Muhammad. Sickening screams of “Allah Akbar” accompany murderous and violent rampaging by radical Muslims the world over. Interestingly, TheReligionofPeace.com website records the following which shows the Muslims command of jihad – especially violence against Jews and Christians – where it reads, quote:

Tellingly, some of the most violent verses in the Quran were handed down following Muhammad’s ascension to power, when there was no real threat to the Muslim people. The 9th Sura of attacks-290 the Quran exhorts Muslims to Jihad and dominance over other religions:

"Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection." (9:29)

Islamic Extremists

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ADOLF HITLER AND THE GRAND MUFTI OF JERUSALEM : OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT OF MEETING, NOVEMBER 28, 1941 BERLIN, GERMANY (LINK)

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The Breitbart website records the following, quote:

Updated Ramadan Rage 2017 Final Death Count: 1,639 in About 30 Countries

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The final fatality tally for jihadi attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan increased to 1,639, primarily fueled by victims who succumbed to their injuries, reveals an updated Breitbart News count of terror incidents during the period.

With a total of 3,343 casualties, including 1,704 injuries, Ramadan 2017 is one of the bloodiest holy months in recent history. The number of deaths this year marked a nearly four-fold increase from the estimated 421 people killed by Islamic extremists last year.

There were nearly 160 terror incidents in about 30 predominantly Muslim countries this year, including one jihadi attack in the United States.

Soon after the holiest month for Muslims ended last Saturday, Breitbart News reported that jihadist organizations had killed 1,627 people during Ramadan.

However, after taking into account people who succumbed to their injuries throughout the month and government entities changing the casualty count after Breitbart News initially documented the attacks, this news outlet has determined the final updated tally to be 3,343 casualties (1,639 killed, 1,704 injured).

The Afghan government updating the casualty tally for the May 31 terror attack that killed at least 150 people and injured more than 300 others had the most significant impact on changing the final count.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani changed the number of people wounded from at least 460 to more than 300, driving the total number of deaths up and injuries down. The May 31 incident, allegedly carried out by the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, is the deadliest attack of Ramadan 2017.

The Pentagon has deemed the Haqqani Network to pose the “greatest threat” to the United States military and its allies in Afghanistan. U.S. officials have accused jihadi sanctuary Pakistan of sheltering the group.

Breitbart News’ primarily gleaned its count from the Religion of Peace website in coordination with news reports.

After analyzing every documented Ramadan terror incident, Breitbart News removed two events mentioned by Religion on Peace — May 31 assault in Sinjar and June 6 attack in Mosul, Iraq — because there were no credible news reports to back them.

Moreover, two attacks that occurred on the last day of Ramadan were added to the tally after Breitbart News published the article noting that Islamic terrorists had killed 1,627 people.

Breitbart News’ count excludes casualties directly linked to battles between U.S.-led coalition and Iranian- and Russian-backed troops loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Furthermore, it only includes some of the attacks in Iraq and Syria that involved the death of civilians, mainly women, and children, at the hands of jihadi groups.

News outlets and government officials may update some death tallies from individual attacks that occurred over the last few days of Ramadan as some of the injured victims succumb to their injuries after Breitbart News publishes this report.

The final Ramadan death toll could be higher. Most “Ramadan Rage 2017” victims are Muslims. As in previous years, the fatalities have included women, children, and members of the Christian minority.

In addition to Muslims, there are members of a wide variety of ethnic and religious groups among the victims: Westerners of all ethnicities, Christians, Asians, Sunnis, Shiites, and Arabs, among others.

The West, particularly London, has not been immune to the Ramadan carnage this year.

Most Muslims follow the Ramadan tradition of abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex, and other physical needs each day, starting from before the break of dawn until sunset.

However, Islamic extremists perceive Ramadan as a time when martyrdom and jihad are doubly rewarded in paradise, prompting a spike in the terrorist attacks during the period every year.

All the terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017, as documented by Breitbart News, include:

May 27 — Uruzgan, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban terrorists ambush checkpoint in the Charchino district, killing 11.
May 27 — Badghis, Afghanistan — Taliban
kills 14, including eight civilians, injures 17 in Qadis district.
May 27 — Khost, Afghanistan — Taliban suicide bomber targets National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF),
killing 18, wounding six others, including children.
May 27 — Punjab, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Brother
hacks his 18-year-old sister to death in the Khanewal district for denying to abide by pre-arrange marriage.
May 27 — Marawi, Philippines — Jihadists
kill 19 including women and a child for “having betrayed their faith.”
May 28 — Bay, Somalia — Al-Shabaab jihadists
bury man to his neck, stone to death for adultery in Ramo Adey village.
May 28 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS
sets hospital ablaze and kills a dozen people inside, including young people.
May 28 —Salahuddin, Iraq — ISIS
rocket attack kills child and her parents in Shirqat district.
May 28 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram
kills at least seven villagers before returning the the next village two days later to kill 14 more.
May 28 — Paktika, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban
kill Shakhil Abad district governor and his son inside their home.
May 28 — Diyala, Iraq — Suicide bomber
kills three, injures up to 16 others outside court in city of Baqubah.
May 28 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram
beheads five people in Nguro village.
May 29 — Ghat, Libya — Suspected Islamic terrorists
kill one, injure four.
May 29 — Salahuddin, Iraq — Islamic shrapnel
dismembers a child, injures seven in Shirqat district.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — ISIS launches suicide attack against families breaking their Ramadan fast at
ice cream parlor, killing at least 17, wounding 32.
May 29 — Baghdad, Iraq — Sunni ISIS attack targeting Shiites kills 14
killed, 37 injured. ISIS attacked Shiites.
May 30 — Peshawar, Pakistan — Suspected Islamists
gun down four peace committee members in Mattani village.
May 30 — Peshawar, Pakistan — Suspected jihadist
shoots senior member of Hezb-i-Islami terrorist group while he was leaving a mosque.
May 30 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS shoots
60 civilians in the head, including women, elderly, buries them in mass grave in al-Shifa district.
May 30 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS mortar
kills 14, wounds over 40, including woman and children, in government controlled al-Joura district.
May 30 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS
kills two Iraqi guards, wounds one other at the Bai Hassan oil field.
May 30 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists
kill seven, injure 19 in a blast.
May 30 — Diyala, Iraq — A bomb
explosion at mosque kills seven, wounds six in the cit of Baqubah.
May 30 — Anbar, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber
kills 15, injures 23 in the town of Hit.
May 31 — Borno, Nigeria —Boko Haram
kills 14 after killing seven in a nearby village two days earlier.
May 31 — Garissa, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab burns down school,
kills one teacher, wounds three police officers in Fafi village.
May 31 — Mosul, Iraq — Suicide bombers
kill seven members of the same family in Mashahda region.
May 31 — Mangai, Kenya — Al-Shabaab suspected on planting IED that
killed eight, including seven police officers.
May 31 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suspected Haqqani Network, linked to Taliban and al-Qaeda,
kills at least 150, wounds more than 300, including 11 Americans .
June 01 — Abala, Niger — Suspected jihadists
kill six guards.
June 01 — Al-Jaws Yemen — Islamic terrorists
kill 10, wound 15 in al-Hazm.
June 01 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Suicide bomber
kills one, wounds another near airport in Jalalabad.
June 01 — Nangarhar Afghanistan — Suicide bomber
kills one, wounds five, including a security guard near the airbase in Behsud district.
June 01 — Oldenburg, Germany — Muslim
kills one for smoking during Ramadan and refusing to fast.
June 01 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS
kills seven, wounds 23 in the Zanjili district for trying to flee caliphate.
June 02 — Kolofota, Cameroon — Islamist use two girls as suicide bombers: 11
killed, including two children, and 30 wounded.
June 02 — Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia — Jihadist
beheads one man.
June 03 — Marawi, Philippines — Islamic sniper
kills elderly woman.
June 03 — Baghdad, Iraq — Four suicide members
kill one, injure three in al-Halabsah district.
June 03 —London, England — ISIS-linked jihadists plow into pedestrians, then stab people,
killing seven, injuring 48.
June 03 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS
kills 50 in Zanjili district for trying to flee caliphate.
June 03 — Kashmir, India — Hizb-ul-Mujahideen
kill two security troops, injure four.
June 03 — Sindh, Pakistan — “Honor Killing:” Man
kills sister-in-law and lover for alleged adultery in Nawabshah.
June 03 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Jihadi suicide bomber
kills 20, injures 87.
June 03 — Ferkane, Algeria — Muslim extremists
kill two local soldiers, injure four.
June 03 — Burkina Faso, Soum — Suspected jihadists
kill five.
June 03 — Mosul, Iraq — United Nations reports ISIS killed
231 civilians between May 26 and June 3 in al-Shifa district alone, as they tried to escape the city.
June 04 — Bijapur, India — “Honor Killing” — pregnant Muslim woman
burnt alive by her family for marrying Hindu man.
June 04 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Afghan police
insider attack leaves six dead, one injured.
June 04 — Balochistan, Pakistan
Two Shiites from Hazara minority group killed in Quetta.
June 04 — Singh, Pakistan — “Honor Killing” — Father
kills 18-year-old daughter for allegedly “having an affair” in Tando Allahyar district.
June 04 — Mosul, Iraq — Suicide bombers
kill 32, injure four in Zanjili district and al-Shifa district.
June 04 — Punjab, Pakistan — Suspected Sunni terrorist
kills one Shiite Hazara barber in Quaidabad.
June 05 — Melbourne, Australia — ISIS-linked migrant from Somalia
kills man, takes woman hostage, an injures three.
June 05 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS terrorists fire mortar into family home,
killing 10-year-old boy, injuring four of the same family.
June 05 — Kismayo, Somalia — al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab detonates bomb,
killing three, injuring 20.
June 06 — Sinai, Egypt — Suspected Islamic extremists
kill two police officers.
June 06 — Paris, France
Jihadist wounds one cop with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
June 06 — Herat, Afghanistan — Terrorist
kill seven, injure another 16 near the northern gate of the Great Mosque of Herat.
June 06 — Garissa, Kenya — Suspected al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab jihadists
kill four aid workers with land mine.
June 06 — Mandera, Kenya — Unknown jihadist
kill one woman, injure one.
June 06 — Kandahar, Afghanistan — Terrorists
attacked refugee camp in Kandahar province, killing three, including two children and wounding eight, including women.
June 07 — Tehran, Iran —
ISIS claims responsibility for attacking parliament, shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini , killing 12, injuring up to 46, marking first time the Sunni extremist group carries out attack in Islamic Republic.
June 07 —Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram
kills 14, wounds 24 in Maiduguri.
June 08 — Puntland, Somalia — al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab
kills 70, including some women who were decapitated, and wounds up to 20.
June 08 — Diyala, Iraq — ISIS,
kills 13 civilians, wounds 4, including two Iraqi soldiers.
June 08 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS
fires chlorine-filled bombs at civilians, killing 13, mostly women and children.
June 08 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — ISIS claims to have
killed two Chinese nationals kidnapped on May 24.
June 09 — Kerbala, Iraq — ISIS
kills at least 30, wounds 35 in Shiite holy city.
June 09 — Kerbala, Iraq — ISIS attacks main bus station in Shiite city,
killing three, wounding 15.
June 09 — Adamawa, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram jihadists
kill two children, wound three others.
June 09 — Hambagda, Cameroon — Boko Haram
slits throat of four villagers, kidnaps six.
June 09 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban/Haqqani Network jihadists
kill three civilians, wound nine others while praying in mosque.
June 10 — Salahuddin, Iraq — ISIS
kills 38 civilians, Iraqi troops, wounds 40 others in Shirqat district.
June 10 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS
kills eight civilians, wounds five others.
June 10 — Kobane, Syria — ISIS landmine
kills two children, wounds three other civilians.
June 10 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Three Boko Haram-recruited girls, between ages 11 and 15,
killed as suicide bombers in Mayo-Sava border region.
June 10 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Taliban claims insider attack against U.S. troops,
killing three, wounding one other.
June 11 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — Lashker-e-Jhangv jihadists
kill three police officers, wound one civilian in “hit-and-run attack.”
June 11 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram
kills eight members of civilian militia in the Kayamla village.
June 11 — Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan — Suspected jihadists
kill one journalist in Haripur district.
June 11 — Diyala, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide attacker
kills two, wounds five others.
June 12 — Baddah, Yemen — Al-Qaeda
kills two local soldiers.
June 14 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Suspected Boko Haram suicide attack
kills one, injures nine in locality of Sandawadjiri.
June 14 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber
kills himself, but no one else in locality of Amchide.
June 14 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Shabaab
kills at least 31 people, including women, at the Posh Hotel and wounds 40 others.
June 14 — Borno State, Nigeria — Boko Haram
kills five civilians, six others missing.
June 14 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban
kills five, wounds four from breakaway faction.
June 14 — Ghazni, Afghanistan — Taliban
kills one civilian, wounds three others, including police officer.
June 14 — Paktika, Afghanistan — Jihadists
kill five civilians, including women and children, wound seven others.
June 14 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS launches wave of suicide attacks in Mosul,
killing at least 15, including 11 police officers and four civilians.
June 15 — Kabul, Afghanistan — Suspected jihadists
kill four, wound eight in mosque suicide attack.
June 15 — Wardak, Afghanistan — Clash between Taliban and security forces leaves three children
dead, one woman wounded.
June 15 — Kashmir, India — Jihadists
kill Indian police officer.
June 15 — Kashmir, India — Islamic militants
kill one police officer, wound another in Srinagar.
June 15 — Limani, Cameroon — Boko Haram
female suicide bomber kills three, including three-year-old child wounds at least seven others.
June 15 — Yarang, Thailand — Suspected Islamic insurgents
shoot 52-year-old Buddhist in the head.
June 15 — Balcad, Somalia — Al-Shabaab
kills three soldiers, wounds seven others.
June 16 — Marawi, Philippines — Clashes between ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf jihadists leaves an estimated 100 people
dead.
June 16 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS-linked female jihadi and her two sons, ages six and nine, found
dead.
June 16 — Baghdad, Iraq — Jihadi detonated explosive device
wounds four people.
June 16 — Kurdistan, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists
wound five civilians at a mosque.
June 16 — Diyala, Iraq — Suspected jihadist shoots civilian in the
head in Baquba.
June 16 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected terrorists
kill one civilian, wound three others.
June 16 — Diyala, Iraq — Jihadi
killed when bomb he was trying to plant exploded.
June 16 — Mandera, Kenya — Al-Shabaab
kills four civilians, injures 11 others.
June 16 — Kashmir, India — Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
kills, mutilate faces of six Indian police officers with bullets. Two civilians caught in crossfire.
June 16 — Jerusalem, Israel — Palestinian jihadists, linked to ISIS,
kill one policewoman, injure four others before security forces took them down.
June 16 — Laghman, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban terrorists
kill four civilian workers in explosion.
June 17 — Bakol, Somalia — Clashes between al-Shabaab and Somali army leaves at least five
dead, 12 others injured.
June 17 — Kashmir, India — Jihadists
kill civilian in Pulwama.
June 17 — Kashmir, India — Clashes between Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Indian security forces leave two civilians and three jihadists
dead.
June 17 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber
kills seven local police officers.
June 17 — Bintagoungou, Mali — Jihadists
kill five, injure eight others.
June 17 — Mosul, Iraq — Iran-backed Shiite militias
kill family of five.
June 17 — Mudug, Somalia — Al-Shabaab
kills cleric inside mosque in Towfiq village.
June 17 — Cairo, Egypt — Suspected ISIS jihadists
kill one, wound four in roadside bomb attack.
June 17 — Borno, Nigeria — Boko Haram
kill five civilians in Gumsuri village.
June 18 — Paktia, Afghanistan — Taliban attacks police headquarters,
killing six police officers, wounding 30 others, including 21 civilians.
June 18 — Bamako, Mali — Jihadists
kill two, wound 14 at resort.
June 18 — Mosul, Iraq — Two ISIS suicide bombers
killed.
June 18 — Mosul, Iraq — Five ISIS-linked suicide bombers, including
killed in al-Farouk area.
June 18 — Diyala, Iraq — Police
kill suspected ISIS suicide bomber in Baqubah.
June 18 — Salahuddin, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists fire rocket,
killing one civilian, injuring another.
June 18 — Daraa, Syria — ISIS-linked militia
kills five of its own fighters on charges of apostasy.
June 18 — Borno, Nigeria — Female suicide bombers, likely linked to Boko Haram,
kill 12 people, injure 11 others in the terrorist group’s birthplace.
June 18 — Kirkuk, Iraq — ISIS
kills 34 civilians.
June 19 — Mosul, Iraq — ISIS IED
kills three journalists, wounds one other.
June 19 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS terrorists
kills one Sunni tribal fighter, wounds two others.
June 19 — Pattani, Thailand — Jihadists
kill six soldiers, wound four others.
June 19 — Paris, France — Authorities take down “
known extremist” who attempted to carry out terrorist attack at the Champs-Élysées.
June 19 — Parwan, Afghanistan — Taliban
kills eight border guards near largest U.S. military base in Bagram, wounds two others.
June 19 — Adamawa State, Nigeria — Two female suicide bombers, likely linked to Boko Haram,
blow themselves up, resulting in their death. No other casualties.
June 20 — Mogadishu, Somalia — Al-Shabaab
kills at least 15 civilians, injures 18 others in suicide car bomb.
June 20 — Brussels, Belgium — Authorities
kill ISIS-linked suicide bomber at train station.
June 20 — Nangarhar, Afghanistan — Terrorists
kill judge, wound three other civilians.
June 21 — Michigan, United States — Canadian terrorist Amor Ftouhi, 49,
stabs and wounds police officer in the neck while yelling praises to Allah.
June 21 — Deir Ezzor, Syria — ISIS
kills two civilians, wounds eight others.
June 21 — Borno State, Nigeria — Suspected Boko Haram jihadists
kill two civilians, wounds six others.
June 21 — Far North Region, Cameroon — Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers
kill six civilians in Kolofata.
June 22 — Helmand, Afghanistan — Taliban
kills an estimated 30, including soldiers and civilians, and wounds at least 60 others.
June 22 — Kashmir, India — Pakistani terrorists
kill two Indian soldiers.
June 22 — Baghdad, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists
kill
two, wound four others in car bomb attack.
June 23 — Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan — Lashkar-e-Jhangvi jihadists
kill up to 67 and wound more than 261 in double bombing in the jihadi stronghold along the Afghanistan border.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bomber
kills at least a dozen civilians, including women and children, and wounds 20 other civilians trying to flee the city.
June 23 — Baluchistan, Pakistan — ISIS and Pakistani Taliban linked jihadists from Jamaat ur Ahrar
kill 13 people, including seven police officers, wound 19 others, including nine security guards, in car bomb attack.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers
kill three people, including a police officer, and wound at least nine others.
June 23 — Anbar, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers
kill eight civilians, one soldier, wound 11 others.
June 23 — Mandera, Kenya — Suspected al-Shabaab jihadists
kill five people, including two police others, wound an unknown number of others.
June 23 — Karachi, Pakistan — Jihadists
kill four off-duty police officers, wound two others in drive by shooting.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists fire rocket into marketplace,
killing 10, wounding 40.
June 23 — Mosul, Iraq — Suspected ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up inside mosque,
killing four, injuring others.
June 24 — Aleppo, Syria — Suspected Sunni militants kill
12, including three children and four women, and wound dozens.
June 24 — Mecca, Saudi Arabia — Suicide bomber planning to attack Grand Mosque blows himself up,
injuring six foreigners and five security force members.
June 24 — Kashmir, India —Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) jihadists
kill one security officer, wounds another one and a civilian.
June 24 — Kirkuk, Iraq — Suspected ISIS jihadists
kill ten civilians trying to flee homes, wound six others, including women and children.
June 24 — Herat, Afghanistan — Taliban jihadists
kill 10 Afghan soldiers, wound four at Salma Dam ahead of Afghan president’s address holiday marking end of Ramadan.

The Ramadan Farce ~ Part 1

Aljazeera.com records the meaning of Ramadan as follows, quote:

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during Ramadan.

Muslims also believe that the Quran was revealed in Ramadan.

During the holy month, Muslims would wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar.

It is common for mosques to host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.

Different cultures have different traditions during Ramadan, whether it is a special food they must cook, or eating iftar with the extended family. Islamic tenets, such as generosity, inspired most of these traditions, such as sharing food and inviting guests over for iftar. (Source)

ramadhaan-highway-code-dos-and-donts-1 During the month of Ramadan Muslims are to abstain mainly from food, however in reality from what is mentioned above they consume large quantities of food in their various meals over this period. This food intake exceeds the general food consumption of most other Muslim months. So where is the actual “fast”? The fact is that participating Muslims – for not all participate due to some reason or another, including those with medical conditions – are only missing one meal during the day light hours, that being the midday meal lunch. Generally a person can go throughout the day missing one meal, and it is not uncommon for many people to skip this meal.

Whilst there are certain instances where Muslims are exempt from fasting, others who do not perform the fast have experienced imprisonment or even worse, death. So how can this ‘holy’ month be so divided in its practice of the fast? or whether not to fast? It begs the main question – Is the Ramadan fast a farce? The practices or non-practices of the Ramadan fast shows the hypocrisy of what is acceptable practice and which is not. There doesn’t seem to be a clear way of practicing the Ramadan fast. RamadanOr does the Quran allow a wide range of “escape clauses”? There are many questions that arise: So, what is the norm? or do Muslims tend to make up the rules or practices as they go along? Is working during the fast period acceptable? Are Muslims allowed to participate in sport? Or should Muslims abstain from sport participation? Are Muslims to be benevolent to non-Muslims during the fast period? Or by their fasting are Muslims compromising non-Muslims’ daily activities? And is the month of Ramadan just another way of enforcing Sharia law upon the ‘infidel’ so that the ‘infidel’ must fit in with the Muslims’ dictates whether they like it or not?

To show the nonsense that can prevail, we can look at some conflicts that took place in the sporting world. Incidentally, writer experienced the effects of the Muslim fast first hand during the current junior football (soccer) league under the administration of Savages FCthe Maritzburg District Football Association (MDFA) where some clubs could not fulfil their fixtures due to Muslim coaches and junior players fasting. The two clubs that caused the postponements of league fixtures are StaxC Football Club and Savages Football Club. In respect of the latter club writer can speak from experience, having played for them as an over 35 year old player. The Savages Football Club has a rich tradition and is the oldest football club in South Africa, currently celebrating its 135th year (1882-2017). During its long history this club in bygone years never had to cancel league fixtures because of religious piety. This practice has however only crept in to the local game in recent years. Many of those same Muslims who could not attend a local football match however attended their daily occupation or went about their daily business as normal, but could not set aside an hour to accommodate a football match. The hypocrisy that arose is that whilst some Savages’ teams ‘fasted’, other Savages’ teams played. It wasn’t that the football club stood in solidarity and cancelled all their matches, but only those matches involving Muslim coaches and Muslim players. The exact ages of these players that writer is referring to fall in the under 10 age group. It appears from a Muslim website that ‘“Children who have not reached puberty” are exempt from fasting-for-kidsfasting’ (Source). It further appears that we were lied to by the Muslim coaches as they said that the “under 10 boys were fasting”! Whilst some parents encourage their young pre-pubescent children to try fasting, they none the less are still exempt from fasting. The knock-on effect in this instant is that non-Muslims were compromised by having to have their matches postponed and a backlog of fixtures will now have to be played at a later date that will cause fixture congestion. This was further exacerbated by the three week school holidays that followed Ramadan, so in effect no matches would be played for close on two months! To say the least the MDFA Leagues were put in disarray.

Incidentally, at the very same time this charade was playing out, across the world in the northern hemisphere the South African national cricket team were participating at the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom during the month of June 2017. The Proteas had some Muslims playing for them, such as Hashim Amla (read a 2012 interview here) and Imran Tahir who are the two most recognisable practising Muslims in that team. There was Hashim-Amlaalso Moeen Ali who represented England and was interviewed by circleofcricket.co about his fasting during Ramadan 2017 and of course also the Pakistani Muslims who were the eventual winners of the ICC Trophy. Certain questions need to be asked – Did these cricketers abstain fully during the entire days of competition from taking sustenance to keep their energy levels up? And why were these players not punished for violating the Ramadan fast? And why can some Muslims extend their fast outside the Ramadan month to fit their choice? Or why didn’t they choose not to play? Or should the organisers not have postponed the fixtures out of respect for Muslims fasting? Or is it just that some Muslims are more pious than others? Or would that be judging, eh?

You see the quandary of all these questions and so much more? Now that we have seen the conflicts in the physical, we will now see what GOD, The Almighty, truly says according to HIS Word, which is Spiritual.

The Son of GOD, the Lord Jesus Christ Who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36) stated that if a person fasts they should do it privately. We read, for it is written,

16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
~ Matthew 6:16-18

The Muslims are therefore hypocrites according to Jesus Christ for they make “a song and a dance” of shouting it from the roof tops and broadcasting it all over the worldly media that “they” are fasting! The GOD of Creation rewards openly those who do their fasting secretly!

What comes to the fore about the Ramadan “fast” is that good works also plays a huge part in Islam’s teachings. However, one’s good works cannot bribe GOD to think that one is in right standing with HIM, that is, being righteous in HIS sight, for one’s righteousness is obtained through “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21) as one’s Saviour and Redeemer, as we read in II Corinthians 5:21, “For he [GOD] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him [Jesus].” By the Muslim rejecting GOD’s anointed Son Jesus the Christ as their Saviour therefore disqualifies the Muslim from the righteousness of GOD and they therefore do not have eternal life through being born-again by the Spirit of GOD, and as a direct result thereof they cannot enter the Kingdom of GOD. Therefore, their “fasting” to their god Allah is altogether a waste of time! Salvation is found in no other name, but Jesus! For it is written, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  In a parable Jesus shared, you will see that Muslims with all their ‘self-righteous goodness and piety’ are just like the boasting Pharisee, as we read, for it is written,

9  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 
10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 
11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 
12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
~ Luke 18:9-14

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary explains Luke 18:9-14 as follows,

This parable was to convince some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others. God sees with what disposition and design we come to him in holy ordinances. What the Pharisee said, shows that he trusted to himself that he was righteous. We may suppose he was free from gross and scandalous sins. All this was very well and commendable. Miserable is the condition of those who come short of the righteousness of this Pharisee, yet he was not accepted; and why not? He went up to the temple to pray, but was full of himself and his own goodness; the favour and grace of God he did not think worth asking. Let us beware of presenting proud devotions to the Lord, and of despising others. The publican’s address to God was full of humility, and of repentance for sin, and desire toward God. His prayer was short, but to the purpose; God be merciful to me a sinner. Blessed be God, that we have this short prayer upon record, as an answered prayer; and that we are sure that he who prayed it, went to his house justified; for so shall we be, if we pray it, as he did, through Jesus Christ. He owned himself a sinner by nature, by practice, guilty before God. He had no dependence but upon the mercy of God; upon that alone he relied. And God’s glory is to resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. Justification is of God in Christ; therefore the self-condemned, and not the self-righteous, are justified before God.

It helps not the Muslim to have his self-righteous piety in prayers and fasting during his Ramadan when he denies the Son of glory, the “. . . only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (I Timothy 6:15). There is One GOD and there is NOT many ways to The One and Only True and Living GOD. GOD makes known that there is no other “God” formed beside HIM. We read in Isaiah (circa 760 B.C. – Before Christ!) which predates the Quran (circa 609 A.D.) by some 1,370 years, the Word of GOD states in the Old Testament, wherein the New Testament is concealed,

22  For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. ~ Isaiah 33:22

8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. ~ Isaiah 40:8

4  Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. ~ Isaiah 41:4

8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. ~ Isaiah 42:8

17  They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. ~ Isaiah 42:17

10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. ~ Isaiah 43:10,11

15  I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. ~ Isaiah 43:15 [cf. John 4:21-24 ~ 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.]

25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
26  Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou,
that thou mayest be justified.
27  Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
28  Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. ~ Isaiah 43:25-28 [Note: Just as GOD did not spare Israel with judgments, so HE will not spare Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Shembe, ZCC, TACC, etc., etc. GOD is not a respecter of people groups that violate HIS Way and Commands.]

6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. ~ Isaiah 44:6

8  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. ~ Isaiah 44:8

15  Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. ~ Isaiah 45:15

20  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. ~ Isaiah 45:20-23

5  To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? ~ Isaiah 46:5

9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 
10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: ~ Isaiah 46:9,10

And in the following prophecy in Isaiah 53 The Only True and Living GOD makes known of HIS Messiah (Christ) to come, as we read,

1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 
2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 
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. 
4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 
9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ~ Isaiah 53:1-12

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary explains Isaiah 53:1-12 as follows,

Isaiah 53:1-3 
No where in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied, that Christ ought to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah. It was expected that he should come in pomp; instead of that, he grew up as a plant, silently, and insensibly. He had nothing of the glory which one might have thought to meet with him. His whole life was not only humble as to outward condition, but also sorrowful. Being made sin for us, he underwent the sentence sin had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in him. Alas! by how many is he still despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and authority!

Isaiah 53:4-9 
In these verses is an account of the sufferings of Christ; also of the design of his sufferings. It was for our sins, and in our stead, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We have all sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. Sinners have their beloved sin, their own evil way, of which they are fond. Our sins deserve all griefs and sorrows, even the most severe. We are saved from the ruin, to which by sin we become liable, by laying our sins on Christ. This atonement was to be made for our sins. And this is the only way of salvation. Our sins were the thorns in Christ’s head, the nails in his hands and feet, the spear in his side. He was delivered to death for our offences. By his sufferings he purchased for us the Spirit and grace of God, to mortify our corruptions, which are the distempers of our souls. We may well endure our lighter sufferings, if He has taught us to esteem all things but loss for him, and to love him who has first loved us.

Isaiah 53:10-12 
Come, and see how Christ loved us! We could not put him in our stead, but he put himself. Thus he took away the sin of the world, by taking it on himself. He made himself subject to death, which to us is the wages of sin. Observe the graces and glories of his state of exaltation. Christ will not commit the care of his family to any other. God’s purposes shall take effect. And whatever is undertaken according to God’s pleasure shall prosper. He shall see it accomplished in the conversion and salvation of sinners. There are many whom Christ justifies, even as many as he gave his life a ransom for. By faith we are justified; thus God is most glorified, free grace most advanced, self most abased, and our happiness secured. We must know him, and believe in him, as one that bore our sins, and saved us from sinking under the load, by taking it upon himself. Sin and Satan, death and hell, the world and the flesh, are the strong foes he has vanquished. What God designed for the Redeemer he shall certainly possess. When he led captivity captive, he received gifts for men, that he might give gifts to men. While we survey the sufferings of the Son of God, let us remember our long catalogue of transgressions, and consider him as suffering under the load of our guilt. Here is laid a firm foundation for the trembling sinner to rest his soul upon. We are the purchase of his blood, and the monuments of his grace; for this he continually pleads and prevails, destroying the works of the devil.

As the Old Testament contained the New Testament concealed, so the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed. The prophecies of the Old Testament are supernaturally fulfilled in the New Testament by the Divine Purpose of Almighty GOD. This therefore disqualifies Mohammed as the ‘final prophet’, for it is written,

3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 
4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 
5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 
6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. ~ I Timothy 2:3-6

Whilst GOD in the Old Testament revealed that HE is One GOD and HE will not give HIS glory to another and HE will be the Saviour, in the New Testament GOD reveals that Jesus Christ is the Saviour. As it is impossible for GOD to lie HE therefore confirms that God the Son Jesus Christ is GOD manifest in human form! The Word became flesh (John 1:1,14) and dwelt here on earth. We read how a Spirit GOD revealed Himself to humanity in flesh to be the Saviour of the world HE promised to be! For it is written,

16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ~ I Timothy 3:16

The God-Man Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead, made three profound statements that disqualifies all other religions in finding peace with GOD the Creator, when He said the following,

3  . . . Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ~ John 3:3

6  . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
~ John 14:6,7

3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ~ John 17:3

Those are the Words of Jesus Christ, Who is the Living Word of GOD, and just as GOD revealed in Isaiah 45:23 “. . . That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” so GOD confirms in the New Testament “. . . That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”, as we more fully read, for it is written,

5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 
6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 
7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 
8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 
9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:5-11

Muslims might be pious and well meaning in their religious observances of Islam, but they remain enemies of the True GOD, for it is written,

22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. ~ I John 2:22

and

9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 
10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 
11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. ~ II John 1:9-11

Dear Muslim, repent of the false teachings of Islam and receive everlasting life by the grace of GOD through faith by believing upon Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD. For it is written, Jesus Christ testifying of Himself,

14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 
21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
~ John 3:14-21

Soli Deo Gloria

“Eyes on Christ”

Eyes on Christ 

A WARNING in love, “Eyes on Christ” DOES NOT mean being in membership of –

– the Roman Catholic church;

– the 38,000+ Protestant Denominational churches;

– the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons, the Seventh Day Adventists, (add in your religion), etc.

IT IS NOT following the RC catechism classes, the Westminster confession, the Baptist confession, or any man made custom, tradition or confession of faith.

IT IS NOT following the Pope, Mary, Calvin, Arminius, your favourite pastor and theologian or any other guru or false teacher, or making and worshipping a ‘god’ of your own choosing which is idolatry.

IT IS NOT using God’s or Jesus Christ’s name to score religious piety. That is blasphemy.

IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, DEAD, BURIED, RESURRECTED AND ASCENDED TO THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER.

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”);
Sola Fide (“faith alone”);
Sola Gratia (“grace alone”);
Solus Christus (“Christ alone”);
Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)

Soli Deo Gloria

Football Evangelism News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

HE must increase, i must decreaseThis praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

2017 PADSA Easter Soccer Tournament

We give thanks to GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to be of service to HIM at the Easter Soccer Tournament at the Northdale Stadium as in 2016.

This year we attended on Saturday 15th and Monday 17th April 2017 where many Gospel tracts were handed out and Christ Jesus the Saviour of the world was proclaimed.

PIC000 PIC001 PIC002 PIC003 PIC004 PIC005 We met and spoke to current Pirates’ coaches and past MDFA Pirates players such as Stevie Ruiters and even a referee stopped by to chat. Also recognised by some spectators from yesteryear who also received Gospel literature.

Whilst we did have no problems with the distribution of Christian literature and speaking to players and spectators, an official organiser (?) did try to move us from our position claiming we were obstructing the thoroughfare between the main field and the top outer fields, when clearly crowd support was down on past years and there was not much foot traffic passing that way at that time! He indicated towards a place that was muddy and unclean. We however did move the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and Gospel tract holders in the opposite direction up against a pillar which had more visibility for the time we were there! Praise be to GOD alone!

2016/17 PSL Season 

Cape Town CityThe PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City that was to take place on Friday evening the 28th April 2017 at the Harry Gwala Stadium was rescheduled to take place on the following Monday afternoon the 1st May 2017 at 15:00 at the same venue.

Early on with our neighbours at the Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City match Gary invited some of our neighbours to the football match and handed out Gospel literature after the game. It was really encouraging when the youngsters eagerly jumped in and asked if they could hand out some tracts coming back for more tracts each time until the tracts were finished and klaar!

We were unable to attend the Maritzburg United home fixtures on Wednesday 10th May 2017 against Platinum Stars and the last fixture of the season on Saturday 27th May 2017 against Bloemfontein Celtic. However, GOD willing, we do look forward to being out in the LORD’s harvest field at the PSL 2017/18 football matches for HIS glory proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On Saturday 6th May, 2017, Pirates FC played in the MDFA 5-a-side tournament at the Collegians Club in Pietermaritzburg. The Under 10s again finished Runners-Up to Soccer Kids Academy in the Final that went to extra-time losing 0-1 after having beaten the same side 1-0 in the round-robin League stage.

Pirates 'White' Under 10 Final Runners-UpPirates ‘White’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- L-R : Thando Hlophe, Cee-Jay Mulder, Curt Rogers, Kaydon Adonis, Malachi Momplé, Azande Zondi and ‘Kofi’ Atta.

Record: League – Soccer Kids 1-0, Westside Lads 2-2, Savages Blues 6-0, Savages Ballies 1-0, Savages Rangers 3-0, Pirates Black 5-0, Savages United 9-0. [Pos.1 P.7 W.6 D.1 L.0 GF.27 GA.2 Pts.19 GD.+25] Semi-Final – Westside Lads 2-0. Final – Soccer Kids Academy (0)0-(0)1 a.e.t.

Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside Lads Curt Rogers vs. Westside LadsMalachi Momplé vs. Westside Lads Cee-Jay Mulder and Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside LadsCee-Jay Mulder turns a Westside Lads' defender Kaydon Adonis and Cee-Jay Mulder vs. Westside LadsKaydon Adonis and Curt Rogers attacking vs. Westside Lads Malachi Momplé and Curt Rogers dribbling vs. Westside Lads'Kofi' Atta makes the tackle vs. Westside Lads 'Kofi' Atta supports Cee-Jay Mulder taking on the Savages Blue defenceCurt Rogers controlling midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé vs. Savages BlueCurt Rogers determination, 'Kofi' Atta and Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blue Great save by Azande Zondi vs. Savages BlueThando Hlophe attacking vs. Savages Blue 'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers dropping back vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers defending in midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé and 'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blu'Kofi' Atta, Thando Hlophe and Curt Rogers on the charge vs. Savages Blue Goal vs. Savages BluePirates taking on the Savages' defence Pirates shot goes wide vs. Savages BluePirates lining up to receive their medals watched by Soccer kids Academy Coach Miles Rogers presents Malachi Momplé with his medal, watched by 'Kofi' Atta in lineSoccer Kids Academy going forward to receive their winners' medals applauded by the Pirates players Back Row: Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach). Front Row: Thando Hlophe, 'Kofi' Atta, Azande Zondi, Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder. Laying: Curt Rogers. We give thanks to GOD for the skills, talent and abilities all the boys showed during the course of the day and their fair play. We also pray GOD opens doors for the Gospel of HIS blessed Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be proclaimed during the junior football season going forward.           

Soli Deo Gloria  _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 1-0 against Cape Town City, drew 0-0 with Platinum Stars and drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

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