Four Ukrainian Pentecostals Killed By Pro-Russian Separatists

Story misreported by Voice of Russia to blame Ukraine

From the website of the evangelical Far East Broadcasting Company:

Many of you have prayed for the four young men who were recently captured by the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. We are deeply saddened to tell you that they were brutally beaten to death, simply for being Christians. These men volunteered for FEBC with zeal, passionately helping to spread the Gospel throughout Ukraine.

An accompanying video adds that “two were brothers”, and “one, a father of eight”; the video also says they had worked for FEBC “over the years”, suggesting that their association with FEBC may not have been current.

It appears that the story in fact refers to an incident that occurred in June, but which did not come to light until mid-July. A Ukrainian Christian media site called Baznica.com has some details (translated into English via Russia Religion News), under the headline “Ukrainian Pentecostal leaders martyred by Orthodox rebels”:

“It has been learned from our brothers from Donbass that two deacons of the Transfiguration of the Lord Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith (KhVE) of the city of Slaviansk died at the hand of separatists, as well as another two sons of the church’s pastor, Alexander Pavenko,” the senior bishops of the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith of Ukraine, Mikhail Panochko, reported.

 On 8 June, after worship services, the so-called “militamen of the Donets People’s Republic” (DPR) broke into the premises of the Transfiguration of the Lord Church and declared that they were arresting deacons Vladimir Velichko and Viktor Bradarskii, as well as two adult sons of the senior pastor, Ruvim and Albert Pavenko. Obviously their goal was to seize Alexander Pavenko himself also, who fortunately at the moment was not in the premises. He managed to exit from the city along with young children.

The terrorists accused the Christians of crime against DPR, specifically, support of the Ukrainian army.

The bodies were found some time later; this site has a quote from Anton Geraschenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Minister:

“The Minister asked me to tell you about the burial we exhumed. There were bodies of two priests from Slavyansk and two sons of one of them. They were tortured and killed just for helping our soldiers and feeding them. So you, the whole country and the whole world will know about the terrorists’ monstrous savagery”.

These bodies belong to Ruvim and Albert –  two sons of the priest of Evangelic church “Metamorphosis” [sic – obviously “Transfiguration” is meant – RB] Alexander Pavlenko – and to two deacon of aforementioned church, Victor Brodarsky and Vladimir Velichko.

The site that provides this quote (including an embedded video of Geraschenko speaking) is called Stop Fake, and it complains that the Voice of Russia distorted Geraschenko’s words to make it falsely appear that the victims had been killed by “Ukrainian nationalists”; the site also thanks a blog run by a lawyer named Maxim Vasin for uncovering the Russian deception. Shamelessly, the Voice of Russia ran the story on 15 July as “Two Priests from Slavyansk Killed for Assisting Self-Defense Forces“.

A site called Religious Freedom Blog has some details of the funeral:

Yesterday, Pastor Peter Dudnyk wrote as follows on his page:

“Our brothers have been murdered… The funeral service is today. All the Evangelical churches of the city came together at the funeral service, canceling their regular worship services. They shot the brothers for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, teach us to forgive those who cause us harm and to pray for those who hate us!”

There is also a Ukrainian article from the country’s Institute for Religious Freedom; both sites include photos from the service.

Clearly, there was some political context to the murders, and the four men were not killed for simply “being Christians.” However, the Russian Orthodox Church is the “official” religion of the self-styled “Donetsk People’s Republic”, and there are religious persecutions. In June, Human Rights Without Frontiers published an account of “Protestant and Greek Catholics persecuted by separatists in East Ukraine“, and there was an article on the subject by David Blair in the Daily TelegraphBlair noted a number of cases, such as that of Father Tikhon Kulbaka, a Greek-Catholic:

…Since the “People’s Republic” took over Donetsk, he has received a stream of threats.

His phone number and the address of his chapel have appeared on pro-Russian websites. He duly received two text messages reading: “Shut up you fat bitch. If you bark any more you will be found with a slit belly.”

Fr Kulbaka, 43, also favours a united Ukraine, but he believes “beyond any doubt” that his faith explains the threats…

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The book of revelations or Apocalypse as the Catholics call it reveals things that I believe will come shortly. In revelations 3- 10, Jesus said to a church called Philadelphia, that he will keep them from the hour of temptation that will come upon the whole world, to try them. The Bible also says, that Satan is more subtle than any other creature, I take this to mean that he splits hairs, that we don’t always catch his subtlety, and we are deceived by him. By ourselves can’t stand against him but by trusting in Jesus,who defeated Satan on the cross, we can learn when we are in the wrong. I trust in Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Spirit. It is revealed to us that they are three persons in the Godhead. In revelations 2-12, Jesus talks to another church, saying” I know your works where Satan’s seat is ,and you have not denied my name, even in those days when antipas. My martyr, was slain among you where Satan lives”. Revelations 2-14 says” I hold this against you, because you have those their that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans and to eat things sacrificed to idols. And commit fornication”. I believe this is spiritual fornication going after strange gods as I said before, God is a jealous God. Revelations 2-15 says that God hates the doctrine of the nicolaitans, which I have studied to find means “to subdue the laity”. The church doesn’t teach the Bible but thinks only the priesthood can understand the Scriptures. The common people or the laity are not given access to the Bible and its teachings and God hates this. You pray to God and ask for wisdom He will give it to you. He is no respecter of persons, there is no priest or pastor can understand the Bible better than anyone else. As I said God is no respecter of persons. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God says he will teach you all things. God says to repent of all of their sins or He will destroy them with the sword of his mouth. He actually threatens to destroy two of his churches if they don’t repent from their sins. In revelations chapter 17 it says” there is a woman drunk with the blood of the saints sitting on a beast with seven heads. The seven heads are seven hills on which the city sitteth”. It is well-known that Rome is the great city that sits on seven hills. The woman “The great whore” is called the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. Even to this day Catholics will obey the Pope over the laws of their land. People will obey the Pope, and what he has decreed to be given him from heaven, over the laws of the their land. You may think this is insane accusing the pope of this great sin, but the Pope is just a man, not God on earth as the Catholics believe. He is elected by voting of the bishops, and they believe once he is voted in, anything he said on behalf of the Catholic Church is straight from God. I don’t believe anyone should have that kind of power, any sinful man. He is a flesh and blood man just like us, and he makes mistakes just like you and I. Revelation 19 says the beast and the false prophet that wrought miracles, which deceived those who took the mark of the beast and them that worship it’s image, which is the image of the great whore, which I believe to be the image or statute of a woman. If the woman is first beast, and the image of the beast would be, as I said, the statue of a woman or the image of a woman. Now let me make this clear, I am not saying that Mary, blessed mother of Christ is a whore, she is a queen in heaven, not the queen of heaven. The Catholic Church has lifted Mary to God status. I don’t believe Mary answers prayers, or visits Earth, or has the kind of power the Catholic Church grants her. The infrastructure for Mary worship and Saint worship was put in place over the centuries by various popes. In revelations 22-8 says and “I, John saw these things and heard them and I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel”. Revelations 22 -9, the angel says, “see that you do not do that, I’m a fellow worshiper of Jesus Christ and of thy brother the prophets, worship God”. If we can’t worship angels how can we worship men or women who have died. The Muslim religion was established about 600 years after Christ’s birth. And they do not believe that Jesus was God. They believe he was created. They believe He was created and not begotten. However they do believe Mary was a virgin. I’m thinking this would tie and or connect worship of a statue of Mary in the end times. Because they believe she was a virgin they might worship the image of the beast, or a statue. And take a mark in their hand or forehead.
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Revelations 13 -11 says “and I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth and he had two horns like a lamb but spake as a dragon. causing the image of the beast to speak and the whole earth to worship the image of the first beast, and he will do with great wonders and signs and even makes fire come down from heaven in the sight of men and deceives those That live on earth”. It says in Revelation that all people free and bond slaves will be forced to take the mark on their right hand or forehead. That no one might buy or sell unless they take the mark. They will take the name of the beast, the number of his name ,or a mark. It says in revelations “let him that has understanding count the numbers of the beast,it is the number of a man” and equals 666. In roman numerals. The Pope has a title,” vicarious fillii dei” which means to act in the place of the Son of the Deity.This adds up to 666 in roman numerals{count a U for a V} The Catholics believe the Pope acts as Jesus Christ on earth, and he alone has this power. It is believed by the Catholics that anything he says on behalf of the church is God speaking. I think this is way too much power from one fallible man to have. He has sin is life just like everybody else. The Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. So this image that he is going to make is the image of the great whore or a statue or picture of a woman. And it says he’ll have power to make the image speak. This Mary cult has been slowly put in place over the centuries. You might wonder why I have something against the Catholic Church, I don’t really. I was once Catholic, even went so far as to wear a scapula around my neck which the Catholic Church taught if you wear that when you die, Mary will take you straight to heaven. Nowhere does the Bible say anything to the effect that this might possibly be true, it was proclaimed by a pope and the Catholics believe it is a fact. I was worshiping Mary I was holding her above Jesus. Not good! When I learned about these teachings I’m telling you about that I learned in revelations, I denounced my believe in Catholicism in turn to Jesus, His father and the Holy Spirit. God delivered me from worshiping dead people and Mary and now I give my glory to the Father and Jesus who is God also and the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Godhead. When the disciples of Jesus asked when he would return after ascending to heaven he said this, there will be wars and rumors of wars, and all kinds of bad things will be going on in the world. I believe the hard times are getting worse and Jesus says that the times will be shortened for the sake of the elect. The elect are the people who accept Christ as their Savior and worship God in spirit and truth. Nations are on the verge of bankruptcy, people are fighting with each other, killing each other, terrorism is getting worse and worse. New diseases are spreading and killing many people. We could have a pandemic at any time. One example of the hard times is Haiti, where the entire country was devastated by an earthquake, they practiced a lot of voo doo and other devil worship. In the Philippines they had winds of over 200 miles an hour. It says that the water all over the world will become polluted and many will die because of that. it also says that, that is in revelations that a third of the fish in the oceans will die. I believe when times get so hard people will turn to God finally for help, that they will be deceived by the world religion set in place by Satan. The church is corrupt in idolatry, and that’s what they will teach the people to worship a statue of Mary. it is not really Mary but demonic forces. They will be led astray because I don’t know what’s in the book the Bible, the Catholic Church doesn’t encourage you to read the Bible and in their services you get very little actual teaching. I am saying to you, don’t take my word for this, read it for yourself. Turn your life over to Jesus who is true God. The first commandment God gave us was to love the Lord thy God with all my heart and all thy soul and serve him only. He gave this as the first commandment because it’s the most important one ,as I said before, God is a jealous God he doesn’t share his glory. If you read the Old Testament all through it, God shows he hates idolatry. He wants to be worshiped in spirit and truth. It also says that thousands times thousands and hundred of thousands times thousands will wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb and be saved. In conclusion, I would like to say there is hope, if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and worship Him in spirit and truth, you will be saved. I pray that you pray this simple prayer, because the minute you do your life will change!!! God Bless You

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