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Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church cancels anti-Muslim event for Wednesday’s 9/11 anniversary after facing condemnation in Michigan [#BloomfieldHillsBaptist #DonaldMcKay #AntiMuslim]

A Bloomfield church canceled an anti-Muslim event scheduled for Wednesday’s 9/11 anniversary after facing condemnation from Michigan representatives and organizations.

Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church announced in a one-sentence email that it will cancel the two-day “9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam?” event that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and Thursday, September 12, 2019.

The event was slated to host 2 speakers, who would address topics like “How the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church” and “How Islam is destroying America from within.”

The pastor of the church, Donald McKay had defended the event saying that “Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America,” and that while he could not speak for his church, “we don’t hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with.”

“I am an Islamophobe, I wear that badge proudly,”
– Donald McKay, Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church

The event quickly gained attention from political leaders and organizations in Michigan, who condemned the discussion and called for its cancelation.

Baptist church cancels 9/11 anti-Islam event after backlash from legislators, Christian scholars
Washington Post

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets delegation of American evangelical Christians in Red Sea city of Jeddah [#PrinceMohammedBinSalman #AmericanEvangelicals #EvangelicanChristians]

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with a delegation of American evangelical Christians in the Red Sea city of Jeddah as the kingdom works to forge closer ties with an influential electoral base in the U.S. that could be crucial to the 2020 elections.

The visit comes the same week 2 U.S. senators met with the crown prince in the first such visit by members of Congress in more than a year.

The prince continues to face fierce bipartisan criticism in the U.S. over the murder of Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018, despite denials by the kingdom that he had any involvement.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s meeting with prominent Christian figures marks only the second such visit by American evangelicals to the kingdom, which is trying to shake off its reputation for religious intolerance and human rights abuses.

The 9-person delegation included the Rev. Johnnie Moore, a co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council; Larry Ross, a former longtime spokesman for one of America’s most well-known evangelicals Billy Graham; and Pastor Skip Heitzig, whose Calvary Albuquerque church in New Mexico has over 15,000 congregants.

US Christian evangelical delegation meets Saudi crown prince:
Washington Post

Jarrid Wilson, Pastor Riverside megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship known for work in mental health and outreach dies by suicide in California [#JarridWilson #HarvestChristianFellowship #DeathBySuicide]

A pastor of Riverside megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship known for his work in mental health and outreach has died by suicide in California.

Jarrid Wilson joined Harvest Christian Fellowship in 2018 as an associate pastor, founding an outreach with his wife Juli called “Anthem of Hope” to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Jarrid Wilson struggled with depression himself and wanted to help people dealing with suicidal thoughts.

“Tragically, Jarrid took his own life. Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not.”
– Greg Laurie, founder, Harvest Christian Fellowship

In one of Jarrid Wilson’s last tweets, he had mentioned that loving Jesus does not always cure suicidal thoughts, depression, PTSD or anxiety.

Wilson is survived by his wife, two sons, parents and siblings.

People with thoughts of suicide can call the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Known For Work In Mental Health Outreach Dies Of Suicide
CBS Los Angeles

Jarrid Wilson, California church leader, author, and mental health advocate, dies by suicide [#JarridWilson #ChurchLeader #DeathBySuicide]

Jarrid Wilson, a California church leader, author, and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday evening at age 30.

Jarrid Wilson, known as a passionate preacher, most recently was an associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. A co-founder of the mental health nonprofit Anthem of Hope, Wilson was open about his own depression, often posting on his social media accounts about his battles with the mental illness.

His wife, Julianne Wilson, posted a photo tribute of her husband on Instagram. The photo slideshow shows him fishing “in his happy place.”

According to Julianne Wilson, her husband was “loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious.”

No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said ‘Hope Gets the last word. Jesus does.’

– Julianne Wilson

In addition to his wife, Wilson is survived by two sons, Finch and Denham; and his mother, father, and siblings.

Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide:
ChristianityToday.com

Pastor Greg Laurie: “One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross. We do not go to Heaven because of what we have done. We go to Heaven because of what He did.” [#GregLaurie #JarridWilson #ChristianLife]

Pastor Greg Laurie addressed the subject of suicide among Christians, arguing that you will not be judged for the last thing you did before death, but the last thing Jesus did before His death.

In the wake of the suicide of pastor Jarrid Wilson, Greg Laurie, the longtime leader of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, stressed in a message that “one dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross,” citing Romans 8:38-39.

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“We do not go to Heaven because of what we have done. We go to Heaven because of what He did.”

“We need to remember that.”

– Greg Laurie