Be Christian is Radical… It may cost your life.

Followers of Jesus Christ in the epicenter have endured a dramatic
surge of violence and persecution at the hands of religious and
political extremists in recent weeks and months.

In Iraq, Christians have been attacked and killed in their homes and
in public, forcing nearly a thousand families to flee from Baghdad and
Mosul to the safer Kurdistan region in the north. A separate siege on
a Baghdad church on October 31 killed 58 followers of the Lord Jesus
and wounded 67 others.

In Israel, extremists firebombed an Arab Christian church in Jerusalem
in November. In December, Kristine Luken, an American evangelical
Christian was stabbed to death not far from Jerusalem in what many
believe to have been an act of terror. Her friend, Kay Wilson-an
Israeli believer in Jesus-was also severely wounded in the attack.

In Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the so-called “Supreme Leader,”
publicly warned last fall against the “network of house churches” that
“threaten Islamic faith and deceive young Muslims.” Then, during
Christmas, at least 70 Iranian Christians were arrested in their homes
and separated from their families.

Coptic Christians in Egypt have also suffered severe persecution since
2011 began. As a result of two violent attacks this month, nearly 30
people have died and dozens more have been wounded.

Jesus Christ warned His followers that in the last days “they will
deliver you to tribulation and will kill you” (Matthew 24:8). The Lord
also warned His followers that “an hour is coming for everyone who
kills you to think that he is offering service to God” (John 16:2).
The good news is that the Lord Jesus also promised the world that, “I
will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against
it.” (Matthew 16:18) Overall, the Church is growing. More people in
the epicenter are coming to faith in Jesus Christ than any other time
in history, and this is a cause for great rejoicing.

By Joel C. Rosenberg

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

4 thoughts on “Be Christian is Radical… It may cost your life.”

  1. Persecution has always purified the Church. It is the Church ‘at ease’ that says it is rich, increased with goods and has need of nothing, yet Jesus is outside.

    While persecution and the suffering that goes with it is not something I desire, yet it is not nearly as horrible as the complacency and apathy that marks much of the Church.

    The persecuted Church is the purified Church. The prosperous Church has always been the sleeping Church.

    The majority of the Church in the world understands suffering. Many count it a blessing to be able to suffer for Jesus Name. I think that perhaps the rest of the world will be given an opportunity to know the blessedness of suffering.

  2. Hi Archie;

    Not only Christians. It all depends on where you live. Adolf Hitler supported the Christian cause, the only ones he had an issue with were the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    They were the only persecuted religious group which were allowed to leave the concentration/death camps if they renounced their faith. Few did so. Adolf didn’t like them as they wouldn’t join his army or bow to the Third Reich.

    The Jews were not Christians and they paid dearly for being a Jew.

    Palestinians aren’t Jews or Christians and they aren’t having it so good either, neither are Haitians. Tough being poor isn’t it?

    Muslims are getting blown away on a daily basis, depending which branch it is and if there are people out there that take issue with them.

    There are many religions persecuted for what they believe in. Just about every religion is guilty of its own persecutions.

    There is no end to this.

    Most all religions preach loving the fellow man and not murdering people. yet all religions have amendments to allow for not loving and murdering, depending on what you read and who you listen to.

    Then again, the Egyptian Christians are Gnostic Christians which is not the same as other Christians. I always thought a Christian is somebody who follows the ways that Christ taught.

    Very few do.

    Samuel Clemons, a noted American author who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain had this to say.

    The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same; but the medical practice changes…The world has corrected the Bible. The church never corrects it; and also never fails to drop in at the tail of the procession- and take the credit of the correction. During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. the Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb-screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood.
    Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry…..There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Hell fire is gone, but the text remains. Infant damnation is gone, but the text remains. More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain.
    – “Bible Teaching and Religious Practice,” Europe and Elsewhere

  3. I’ve always been a bit amused by quotations of Mark Twain… I suppose they are about as credible most blogs today… Maybe some day my blogs will be quoted and someone like myself will diss them.. I am chuckling…. but no witches…. now that is really misinformed…

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