In July of 2013 the Norwegian child “protection” service (called barnevernet) took Amy Jakobsen’s son Tyler forcefully away from her over a nursing issue, because he was still breastfed at the age of 19 months. Amy has lost all parental rights because the authorities were concerned that Amy could take Tyler home to America. Tyler is being kept at a secret address somewhere in Norway and Amy doesn’t know how he is doing. International Lawyers have stated that 7 Human Rights were violated in that case.
In the massive anti-Christian and anti-charismatic attacks on vibrant Christian faith in Norway for the past six months, it seems that many ministry leaders and parents have given up on radical Christian revival, reformation and restoration in the future. Many have been threatened and silenced by mutterings about government control and intervention in both families, churches, and Christian schools. It has almost been regarded as illegal to rejoice when a teenager wants to fast & pray and minister in the Holy Spirit.
But God is faithful to His Word and promises:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
I believe that we have entered our greatest season in Norway, and particularly in our beloved capital city, Oslo.
Last Sunday in Restoration Oslokirken, which I pastor with my wife, Aina, a little eight year old girl wanted to pray publicly for us all. As I listened and received from this colored girl, I shed tears of gratitude. Her prayer had a deep prophetic dimension. She prayed prophetically for the new season in Oslo and in our individual lives.
“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2).
We have seen the positive developments in our church for the past few weeks. The surest sign of a coming revival is when children and young people start to seek God, pray, prophesy and minister by the Holy Spirit.
There are similar signs all over Europe which has nothing to do with the secular-Christianese manipulation which has been promoted by aggressive atheists and fearful nominal Christians.
Quite the contrary: This revival is passionate about Jesus, rooted in His grace, and full of love for brother & sisters in Christ, as well as for the world around us.
Youth revival is coming!
I was blessed by these keys for 2016 by Surpresa Sithole:
1. Take your thought captive
2. Keep the right company
3. Remain Christ centred
4. Pray and praise God all the time
5. Submit yourself to godly leadership
6. Put on the full armour of God
7. Be filled with the Holy Spirit
John Alvheim (1930-2005) was the Chairman of the Norwegian Parliament´s Social Committee in 1997-2005, and was undoubtedly regarded as the most trustworthy politician in our nation on social issues, across the party lines. He was particularly known for his defense of the elderly and his warnings against the abuses of Barnevernet. After his death, the new politicians of our nation have preferred to “forget” his warnings against Barnevernet, which became even more radical in ideology and methodology in 2012, thanks to decisions by Parliament. The present Minister of Children and Equality, Ms. Solveig Horne, is opposing everything Mr. John Alvheim stood for.
John Alvheim was a devout follower of Christ. I was privileged to work with him on several occasions on family issues.
Here are John Alvheim´s 10 Commandments for those that are targeted by Barnevernet, in my English translation:
- Shut up, everything you say will be used against you.
- Contact a lawyer immediately.
- Get a psychologist, even if you are healthy – you might need it.
- Don´t accept help, it will create the impression that you can´t take care of yourself.
- Don´t accept help from maternal homes. That is not a relief institution, but a surveillance center.
- Demand an explanation in writing for all decisions you are exposed to.
- Appeal against every decision.
- Don´t accept placement in foster homes. You won´t get the child back.
- Remember that when barnevernet talks about relief measures, then they normally refer to taking over parental care, or surveillance.
- If you need help, use friends or relatives – or manage yourself.
Natasha and Erik’s twins were taken away by Norway’s child protection service as soon as they were born. Now the family are fugitives in Poland, in a case that’s appalled psychologist Einar Salvesen, who writes on SBS Australia´s webpage:
– There is no doubt this case highlights the very worst that can happen with Barnevernet and the limited recourse parents have within the Norwegian court system. But this case has also received widespread media coverage raising greater awareness within Norwegian society.
– It has shown how the system is broken and the many flaws that stem from the psychopathic culture lies within it. My question is, how can we can overhaul this system and create a dialogue so we can act in the best interests of both the child and the family?
Australian SBS TV´s probing documentary, “Norway´s Stolen Children?” has just been aired globally on their Dateline program. I have watched it with tears in my eyes and bleeding in my heart.
I have always known about the inherent flaws of the Norwegian Child Protection Services (CPS), “Barnevernet”, because of having to assist several families in my 33 years as a pastor. But since the gruesome atrocities against the Norwegian-Romanian Bodnariu family in November 2015, I have encountered several families that have shown how wide-spread these problems really are.
The Dateline documentary is extremely well researched and presented, making extensive use of the reknown children´s psychologist, Einar Salvesen, as well as credible legal sources.
Bottom line, the problem with Barnevernet is simply ideological. Their representatives talk about what is “the child´s best” – as if they know!!!
During the past 20-30 years, Norway has had tragic court cases on child molestation that sentenced adults to long prison sentences due to the testimonies of children – down to 2-3 years old. Thanks to new information about the CPS usage of leading questions, biased assessments etc, courts have had to reverse several of these court rulings several years later. I take child molestation very seriously, and our church, Restoration Oslochurch, is the only church in Norway that has set high standards against any kind of sexual abuse.
The notion that “the child´s best” can be decided by some busy Barnevernet bureaucrats who send the children to random foster homes where the treatment of children is just as imperfect as in any other home, is simply outrageous! Parents are human beings, and might need encouragement and practical help, but not dismantling of the gift of family!
For the sake of balance, let me underscore that there are cases when a good foster home is a necessary measure, but that should always be the last resort.
Norway is in a shameful state by the way we are dismantling normal families. Thank you, Australian SBS TV, for making such a defining documentary!
This study of Pentecostalism by Regent University professor Wolfgang Vondey, “Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed” (T&T Clark 2012), will be a great resource in the confusion in Norway and some Western nations about what Pentecostalism is really about.
It sheds light on the most persistent contrasts characterizing the Pentecostal movement: the tension between local manifestations and global Pentecostalism, the inconsistency between spiritual discernment and charismatic excess, the gap between rampant denominationalism and the pursuit of Christian unity, the disparity between poverty among many Pentecostals and the popularity of the prosperity gospel, the division between Oneness Pentecostals and their Trinitarian counterparts, and the worldview of Pentecostals beyond the confines of a religious movement. Those tensions form the essence of global Pentecostalism and represent the emergence of a global Christian world.
I read it in Logos digital format.