From: Andrew Strom [-Moderator]. Dear friends, A number of people seem confused over whether the piece that we published yesterday "Dawn of Liberty" by Michael Phillips was fact or fiction. I want to apologise, because I should have made this clear. (Actually, when you visit a number of web-sites that carry this article, they do not state whether it is fact or fiction either - which leads to confusion for us all). That piece was actually written by a novelist who I understand specializes in "reality-based" fiction. He takes real historical people and times, and writes fictional events around them to "make a point" in his novels. Thus the persecuted leaders that he mentions - Wurmbrand, Duduman, Vins and Solzhenitsyn were all real people - and there really was a huge question as to whether "Western-style" Christianity with all its 'razmataz' and hype was really going to help or hinder the true gospel when the Iron Curtain opened up. The author conveys all this brilliantly - but it is actually a work of FICTION. It was certainly based on reality, but there never was an actual leader named Dieder Palacki who rebuked a crowd of Western Christians and tore up a 3 million dollar check! (-Perhaps some of them may have liked to do it!) By the way, this issue is still very much alive in the world today. Last week I was talking with a preacher who travels regularly to Nigeria and Western Africa. He told me that in Nigeria there is virtually a "Prosperity" church on every corner. This is a country where there are literally beggars on the streets and people living in shacks! He told me that all the worst excesses of TBN and the American "Big Money" preachers are copied exactly in those churches - not just twice a year but virtually every week! What on earth kind of "gospel" are we Westerners spreading around the world? It has gotten too sick for words. But I do apologise, my friends, for publishing that piece yesterday without a notice announcing it as fiction. That was a terrible omission and I am very sorry. God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.