Jay Rogers
Director:
Jay Rogers

Recent Posts

Predvestnik: The Russian Language Forerunner

Chechnya

By Sergei Zavgorodny
Published December 1, 1994

What Do Russian Christians Think?

Translated by Roman Medvid

Of all the conflicts the Russian Federation has suffered for several years, the Chechen conflict will be recorded in the history as the most nonsensical and unreasonable. Even during the times of coups, when the blood of citizens was being shed on the streets of Moscow, we couldn’t feel more desperate loss of courage. We couldn’t accept the murders, but we could understand the reasons. Yet, now the crisis in Russia makes all searches for the reason futile and reckons statesmen guilty for the bloodshed in Chechnya. To make things still worse, there is no definite answer to the question: What is there to be done about it?

Democracy, towards which the country has been heading with many difficulties, was trampled down by Russian tanks on their way to Grozny, the capital of the breakaway republic. This paved way to the further development in the republic: entry of armored corpses into Grozny. Ridiculous as the war of the huge country against the tiny republic may seem, Russian troops have been defeated time after time, making cannon fodder of 18-year old newly-drafted citizens who could barely handle a machine gun.

The history of Russian-Chechen clashes, which is more than 100 years old, very tellingly demonstrates that a side in the conflict should come to its senses and finish it with wisdom. It’s clear that the present political self-willfulness is only possible in a country suffering a deep spiritual crisis. Isn’t the heart of the ruler in God’s hand? We have come to a moment when no cosmetics can conceal the long-felt problems; what is needed is surgery. We know that nothing happens by chance, so we should ponder about the spiritual reasons of the conflict.

For many centuries Christianity, has been accumulating the wisdom. Now that wisdom is needed so much, the Church allows itself to be thrown into quarrels, new splits and controversies. So Christians are also to be blamed for this instability. We shouldn’t present the war in Chechnya as the holy war between Christianity and Islam. We cannot put all the blame upon politicians and military commanders, though their actions were far from being wise. We as Christians must learn a lesson from this turmoil to prevent history from repeating itself.


Pavel Savelyev, Pastor of Dew Church, Moscow, Russia, and his wife Marina

First of all, we pray that the war comes to its close. We think the consequences will be painful for the whole country. We pray for Boris Yeltsin, that God would return his prudence to him. We pray for the soldiers being killed there, whom their mothers mourn. We pray that those who are alive could survive. Our attitude to these events is as follows: forcible methods, akin to those used there, will not lead to the victory over Islam, to the victory in general. It’s important to prevent the war from growing into the second Afghanistan.

We feel very sad that a president who was elected by the people, whom we respected and for whom we prayed, allowed himself to be provoked into this action. On the 1st of February, we declared a day of prayer and fasting for President Yeltsin. In our prayers, we are trying to stretch out our hand to help him, that the Lord will keep him safe.


Vadim Uruymagov, Pastor of Christian Bible Fellowship in Kiev, Ukraine

This conflict has a long history. The fact is that relations between Russian Cossacks [military units that used to make their constant settlements in the region near the Caucasus] and Chechens were characterized by mutual hostility back in the 19th century. So I dare say, this relationship has reached its peak and has this indecent war as its outlet.

We can hardly consider this only as the clash between the two spiritual strongholds, Christianity and Islam. This idea should not be a cover-up for political pursuits, and yet Christians must see the reasons behind the conflict as between demonic forces and the power of God through the Holy Spirit. If I am to characterize the people living in the region, I would say they are hardened to the Gospel. This is a very proud and stiff-necked nation with rude traditions.

I personally perceive the spiritual reason of the conflict as God’s move to tear down strongholds that have been forming for centuries not on the basis of God’s word, the Gospel. God did permit the conflict, I should say. Yet, the conflict has been prepared socially in the form of international enmity. Here we can see obvious outbursts of chauvinism by Chechens.

The fact is that there have been many conflicts between groups of different nationalities in the region. I’m an Osetian [a Caucasian nationality], and I know of various conflicts between Osetians and Ingush [another Caucasian nationality – neighbor to Chechens]. In the 1980s, there was a major clash, which took armed forces to calm down the passions. I believe now that since strict [Soviet] political power is removed from this land, old problems are surfacing. The chauvinist attitude is being fueled by political circles in the West. The weapons that Chechens are equipped with leave no doubt about that.

In the past, the Caucasus used to be the springboard for reaching the southern countries. I think that nowadays the Caucasus is the gateway to Muslim countries for a positive invasion, as it were. So, in the outcome of this battle of ideas, minds will determine much. Christian involvement in warfare must be through prevailing prayer for the region. Forcible and political methods are not those which must be adopted by Christians. Spiritual support is of paramount importance, since not only the destiny of Chechnya and Russian-Chechen relationships is being decided there, but the future of the Caucasian region and other countries, to which the Caucasus is the gate, is being determined.


Forerunner - Home » Predvestnik - The Voice of a New Generation

Your comments are welcome!

Textile Help

God's Law and SocietyGod's Law and Society (DVD)

Download the Free Study Guide!

God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.

Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!

Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:

1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?

Perfect for group instruction as well as personal Bible study.

Ten parts, over four hours of instruction!

Running Time: 240 minutes

Watch over 60 on-line video interviews from God’s Law and Society.

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


Massacre of Innocence (DVD)

Exposing The Occult Roots of Abortion

This presentation looks at the spiritual roots of abortion and exposes the myths surrounding child killing. Little known historical facts about abortion and how they relate to modern feminism are presented logically and accurately. Has been effective in converting many to a pro-life position.

Massacre of Innocence goes where no pro-life presentation has gone before in “tearing the lid off abortion” to reveal the spiritual realities we must battle if we will bring an end to this crime. The presentation is absorbing, fast-paced, informative and incredibly devastating to any attempt to justify abortion.

“… an extraordinary statement … a powerfully articulate presentation about what abortion really means, and why a great and moral nation like the United States must not allow the slaughter to continue.”
— Congressman Robert K. Dornan

Running time: 85 minutes

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

$12.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information


Freedom: The Model of Christian Liberty (DVD)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.

The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Welcome to the Second American Revolution!

This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

$14.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Share |

Search this site:
View CCNow Cart/Checkout
View CCNow Cart/Checkout

RSS
Subscribe to
The Forerunner

Have The Forerunner Weblog sent straight to your inbox!

Enter your email address:

YouTube
The Forerunner Channel on YouTube


Promote Your Page Too

Featured Product
If you like the articles on this website, you may also be interested in:

Featured Articles

Live Seminar!

Real Jesus
The Abortion Matrix DVD: Update

The Abortion Matrix:
Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death

is a 195-minute presentation that traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God has produced. You can order this series on DVD, read the complete script and view clips on-line...
continued ...


View My Stats