Special Offering Collection for Malaysian Flood Victims – 28 Dec & 4 Jan

As many of you are aware, several states in Malaysia have been hit with some of the worst floods in recent history, affecting more than 160,000 victims from Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Johor, Perlis and Kedah.

(Photo credit: The Star)

Malaysians from all walks of life are rallying together to pray and to also contribute to rescue and relief efforts. The Lutheran Church in Malaysia will be donating RM30,000 for these efforts and, to support this, BLC will set aside our “Missions Offerings” (the baskets that go around) for the next two Sundays (28 December 2014 and 4 January 2015) as our contribution. Please come prepared to contribute to this urgent and dire need.

Apart from praying and contributing through our Missions Offerings, there are also other ways in which you can help. This article lists out 11 practical ways that you can channel your help through to those affected.

For more timely updates on the flood crisis, visit this website.

NECF Media Statement: We are appalled by the Christology seminar

The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) Malaysia is appalled by the recent forum organised at UiTM.

The programme was negative and did not promote peaceful co-existence and harmony.

If such programmes are permitted to run in other higher institutions of learning in the days ahead, it will only raise confusion and a sense of prejudice among Muslim students against people of other faiths.

Institutions of higher learning should instead be promoting mutual understanding and acceptance.

One could perhaps ask how Muslims would feel, if followers of other faiths were to invite their experts to interpret how the Koran should be interpreted.

The seminar smacked of gross insensitivity and went against the grain of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib’s “One Malaysia Policy”.

It is deeply disappointing, and this is only putting it mildly, that in the first place, this seminar was allowed to be held.

* The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) Malaysia is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Evangelical Fellowship of Asia and one of the three component bodies of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

Published here.

CFM Media Statement: Selangor State Government Shirking Responsibility (English)

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4th April 2014

Selangor State Government Shirking Responsibility

It was reported on 2 April 2014 that the Selangor State Government had advised the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to write to the Attorney General to request for the release of Bibles seized from its premises on 2 January 2014.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) is disappointed by this apparent attempt on the part of the Selangor State Government to wash its hands off the matter.

The fact remains that the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS), acting under powers purportedly given to it by a State enactment, raided the premises of BSM and seized more than 300 copies of the AlKitab and the Bup Kudus, Bibles written in Bahasa Malaysia and the Iban language respectively. These Bibles remain in their possession.

The officers of JAIS may be authorised to act only after consultation and on the advice of the Selangor State Government. The Selangor State Government is accountable as in the raid of BSM, JAIS acted as an agency of the Selangor State Government. It is therefore perverse that the Selangor State Government is now asking BSM to look to the Attorney General to resolve this matter.

CFM strongly urges the Selangor State Government to act without further delay to order the safe and prompt return of the Bibles to BSM.

It is a ludicrous suggestion that JAIS had the necessary power to seize the Bibles, but that it is only with the approval and authorisation of the Attorney General that these very same Bibles can be released. This is nothing short of ‘passing the buck’, and is totally unacceptable.

The Selangor State Government is duty bound to act in this matter and must not shirk its responsibility. Order the return of the Bibles now.

Rev. Dr. Eu Hong Seng
Chairman and the Executive Committee,
The Christian Federation of Malaysia

Download this CFM Media Statement in PDF.

Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia: Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Mengelak Tanggungjawab

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4hb April 2014

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Mengelak Tanggungjawab

Dilaporkan pada 2 April 2014 Kerajaan Negeri Selangor telah menasihati Lembaga Alkitab Malaysia (BSM) untuk menulis kepada Peguam Negara meminta pembebasan terhadap Alkitab yang disita dari premis mereka pada 2 Januari 2014.

Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia (CFM) kecewa dengan pihak Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dalam cubaannya mencuci tangan dalam perkara itu.

Hakikatnya bahawa Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS), yang bertindak di bawah kuasa yang kononnya diberikan kepadanya oleh enakmen Negeri, menyerbu premis BSM dan merampas lebih 300 buah Alkitab dan Bup Kudus, Alkitab ditulis dalam Bahasa Malaysia dan Bahasa Iban masing-masing. Alkitab ini masih dalam simpanan mereka.

Pegawai-pegawai JAIS hanya berkuasa bertindak selepas berunding dan atas nasihat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor. Kerajaan Negeri Selangor bertanggungjawab terhadap serbuan BSM, JAIS bertindak sebagai sebuah agensi Kerajaan Negeri Selangor. Oleh itu, adalah bertentangan jika Kerajaan Negeri Selangor sekarang meminta BSM untuk melihat kepada Peguam Negara untuk menyelesaikan perkara ini.

CFM menggesa dengan tegas Kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk bertindak tanpa berlengah-lengah lagi mengarahkan pemulangan dengan selamat dan segera Alkitab kepada BSM.

Ia adalah satu cadangan yang lucu bahawa JAIS mempunyai kuasa tertentu untuk menyita Alkitab, dan bahawa hanya dengan kelulusan dan kebenaran Peguam Negara bahawa Alkitab yang sama boleh di lepaskan. Ini adalah tidak lain daripada ‘menolak tanggungjawab’, dan sama sekali tidak boleh diterima.

Kerajaan Negeri Selangor adalah berkewajipan untuk bertindak dalam perkara ini dan tidak mengelakkan dari bertanggungjawab. Perintahkan pengembalian Alkitab itu sekarang.

Ditandatangani

Rev. Dr. Eu Hong Seng,
Pengerusi dan Jawatankuasa Eksekutif,
Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia

Muat turun Kenyataan Akhbar CFM ini dalam Bahasa Malaysia

 

马来西亚基督教联合会: 雪州政府推卸责任

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44日,2014

雪州政府推卸

42日的道,雪莪州政府建议议来西公会(BSM)致函察署以要求归归201412日被扣押的圣

来西基督教合会(CFM于雪州政府尝尝置身事外的表感到失望。

上雪州宗教局(JAIS)据称是根据州政府予的力来搜公会并扣押了超300来文及伊班文版圣。而些圣目前仍然在他手中。

雪州宗教局的官是可能在咨雪州政府并被授后才会采取行的。既然雪州宗教局是雪州政府属下的机构,雪州是需要公会被搜的事件上任。因此,雪州政府今建公会向总检察署要求理事件是极不正当的。

来西基督教合会烈促雪州政府在毫不拖延的情况下指示并原原本本地归归

在一方明雪州宗教局力扣押圣,另一方面则说归归需要察署的力批准是谎谎法。根本是胡扯并且完全不可以被接受。

雪州政府在起事件上是无旁并且是绝对不可以推卸任。请议归归

尤方成牧博士Rev. Dr. Eu Hong Seng
来西基督教合会主席
暨全体执委。

 

Sermon: How should Christians respond to the Allah controversy? – Rama Ramanathan

Last Sunday, Rama explored the week’s lectionary texts to try and answer the question, “How should Christians respond to the Allah controversy?” (If you are unfamiliar with the ‘Allah controversy’, there are some helpful media stories here, here and here; and we have also reproduced the statement provided by the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on 16 May 2013 – view here or download PDF here)

He has since turned his sermon into a series of blog posts, which you can read here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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In Part 1, Rama approached the Allah Controversy via Paul’s introduction to his first letter to the Corinthians. His key text was 1 Corinthians 1:22-23: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” Rama spoke of how we revere our scriptures, how we must beware of idolatrous compromises and how we must remember our mission in the world.

In Part 2 he approached the Allah Controversy via the Beatitudes, Jesus introduction to His Sermon on the Mount. He said the people whom Jesus said are “Blessed” are the bullied, not the bullies. He outlined the 500 year history of translation into Malay by our spiritual ancestors; the reason why Arabic words were chosen; the political motive behind the curbs introduced in the 1980’s; the impact on Christians; the united response of the Malaysian Church 28 years ago; the Allah Judgment.

In Part 3, Rama outlines how he thinks the Prophet Micah and the Messiah would respond and, from there, how he thinks Christians should respond.
The 3 texts then led to this conclusion:
We must obey the call to be model communities, servants and messengers of God. We must trust God for power and wisdom, not men; we should not cave in to fear, neither should we seek favours from men. We follow the way of the Cross. Therefore we cannot turn to violence even when oppressors train their violence against us.We must use every opportunity to show who the bullies are, just as our Lord taught us. Our goal is justice. And reconciliation.