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Persecution of Christians Worldwide September 13, 2007 11:57 AM

All over the world, Christians are being persecuted and attacked for their beliefs. You might not notice it, because the secular press pays little attention. Even the American churches have been far too quite for far too long as their brethren pay the ultimate price as believers.

A Russian presidential commission reported in 1996 that 200,000 Christian clergy were murdered under 70 years of Soviet rule, many of them by the most grotesque means imaginable, including crucifixion, scalping and "bestial torture". Have you ever wondered why, when it comes to executing Believers in Jesus, such horrible, bestial methods of capital punishment are used? Christians in the Roman Empire were doused in oil, impaled on poles and used as torches to light the garden parties of Rome; fed to lions and wild beasts in the gladiator's arena; used for archery and javelin practice; cut in pieces; etc.

And in this matter, modern society is still the same today. There are no secular human rights activists rising to condemn the documented atrocities that have taken place all over the world, especially in Communist countries. CNN is not doing investigative reporting on them either. Why is this? The ugly side of mankind's fallen nature is beginning to appear, and hatred toward true Christians is surfacing in many places of power.

Why is this trend accelerating? Because it was predicted to happen shortly before the Lord's Second Coming. "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name? (Jesus in Mat. 24 v.9); and because, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of this world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I choose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. He who hates Me hates My Father also". (John 15 v.18-19-23)

Pretending doesn't make the situation any better. In fact, the Western Churches of developed nations have been shirking their responsibility for persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ for all of the 20th century. You should pray for the persecuted church. Pray for the home church movement in China where some 300 million Christians are forced underground to worship the God of the Bible. Pray for the Christians in Sudan who are sold into slavery and tortured because of their faith, and the Coptic Christians in Egypt who are being persecuted and killed by Muslim fanatics.

It's hard to believe this is happening in our world today, but it is! The persecution we are seeing in our world today, while horrifying, is but a foretaste of what is in store for believers in the near future. It is a fact, God's word tells us, that countless believers will seal their new found testimony with martyrdom during the Tribulation.

Those who become believers during the Tribulation will be required to take the mark of the beast and to pledge allegiance to the Antichrist. Only a believer in Jesus would have a reason not to receive this number, so therefore they will be exposed and slaughtered by the millions.

Tribulation Saints and Martyrs - In Oct. 1998 the Oregonian newspaper did a five part, in depth series on the persecution of Christians worldwide, focusing on the plight of the believers in Pakistan, Burma, Sudan, Egypt, and China. The paper spent nine months in its investigation, turning to "people with the deepest ties to underground Christian movements around the world" to help gain reliable information. The first installment of the remarkable series, headlined "Christian Persecution: Widespread, Complex," started like this:

A Presbyterian pastor overlooks threats and builds the first Christian church in his region of Pakistan. A mob destroys the church. Masked men invade the pastor's home and stab him to death.

A man leaves Islam to become a Christian. Egyptian secret police arrest him without a formal charge and torture him with an electric probe to make him inform them about other converts.

A Roman Catholic boy in southern Sudan plays in the trees with his friends. Soldiers waging a holy war capture him and send him into slavery, where he is given an Islamic name and beaten with sticks by his master's wives.

Around the world, Christians are being tortured, beaten, raped, imprisoned, enslaved, forced out of their homes and killed, in large part because of what they believe.

There are Christians clinging to their faith in countries where laws are stacked against them and their beliefs. Yet they continue to praise and worship their God in the midst of extreme hardship.

Now in 2007 the frequency of the torture, terrorism and killing continues, but now at a much faster rate.

 

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 September 13, 2007 12:14 PM

We need to Pray hard for the Persecution Christians of the World. God have mercy on their suffering and being torcherd. In Jesus name help them all amen.

How many would do like Peter did deny Jesus Christ when it really came down to it being killed and torcherd. I know it would be a horrible thing to have to face being torched and death. But we must always remember to die for Christ is to gain. Eye have not seen nor heart cant imagen what Jesus has got prepared for the ones who love him. Praise God his Holy name I believe the coming of the Lord will be sooner than people think.  Michael
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anonymous From the Voice of the Martyr! October 17, 2007 10:46 AM

SUDAN Suicide Bomber Kills Youth, Wounds Others in Sudanese Church – VOM Sources
On September 27, a suicide bomber in military clothing detonated a grenade, killing five youth and critically wounding four others, in Sudan's Upper Nile state. According to The Voice of the Martyrs' contacts in Sudan, "A pastor was having an overnight service in Khorfullus town, when an unidentified man walked into the service and detonated a grenade, killing himself, five children and critically wounding four others, including the pastor and his wife." VOM contacts added that the bomber was dressed in full military clothing, normally worn by government officials. VOM is assisting families affected by this tragedy during this difficult time. Pray God comforts and encourages the families of those killed. Pray for a speedy recovery for those injured. Psalm 118: 17, Isaiah 40:31 br>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  October 17, 2007 3:22 PM


World Council of Independent Christian Churches Announces
WCICC Stopped at the Temple!

Salt Lake City Utah USA Oct 7, 2007 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Many Christians in the United States take their First Amendment rights for granted. All too often we do have to fight for the rights granted to us by the Constitution. Most of us are allowed to pray, go to church and worship however and whenever we choose. We sometimes forget the battles fought on a daily basis by so many across the globe who are not afforded these rights, and for some, just owning a Bible is a dangerous expression of faith. Even if we forget these battles, most of us are unaware of the ones being fought right here on American soil. We at the WCICC make every effort to assist Christians in these battles for religious freedom, but are sometimes surprised when someone attempts to revoke the rights of one of our own.

Pastor John and his wife Patricia have seen religious intolerance around the globe, but were surprised to experience it first hand here in the United States. On a recent trip to Utah, they had every one of their First Amendment rights trampled on by none other then the Salt Lake City Police and the Chief of Security for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.



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anonymous  October 17, 2007 3:31 PM

It began at a McDonald's in Orem, UT where Pastor and Patricia had stopped for lunch. They were on their way to a WCICC event in Salt Lake City. WCICC members were meeting in front of the main LDS temple in Salt Lake to hand out gospel tracts and to answer questions for those who might be interested in learning more about the Christian faith. At the same time the semi-annual leadership conference for the Mormon church was being held inside the temple grounds. This twice yearly conference is broadcasted live via satellite through the Internet, satellite TV and radio. The McDonald's that Pastor John and Patricia decided to stop at was playing this broadcast at a loud volume, basically forcing anyone there to listen. Pastor John asked the stores management to turn the volume down on the broadcast because he felt there was no reason for him and his wife to be faced with proselyzation of non biblical statements while eating their cheese burgers. Instead of meeting the requests of a customer, the management treated Pastor very condescendingly. He acted like it was a crime not to be Mormon and was very derogatory towards Pastor and Patricia because of their Christian faith.

Pastor John was understandably upset and decided to file a complaint with McDonald's corporate customer service department. In a letter received from the local store response to the complaint was that the LDS conference was the only thing broadcasting in the Salt Lake City area at the time. We at the WCICC have a very hard time believing that and would like to know when McDonald's became proponents of the Mormon faith. When did indoctrination of Mormon doctrine become a requirement to make a purchase at McDonalds? Other McDonald's in the area found something to broadcast besides the LDS conference. If Christians try to distribute Christian literature that is viewed as Anti - Mormon on McDonald's property they are arrested.

It turns out that this was the bad start to a very long day for free speech and freedom of religion for Christians in the Salt Lake City area. Pastor John and Patricia were well prepared for the WCICC gathering about to be held. All the proper permits had been purchased, including the free speech permits, which are required for all assemblies on public property but are only enforced if you are non-Mormon. This was to be a very low key event, Pastor John, Patricia and about 20 other WCICC members were gathered in rge area and on public property to hand out Gospel tracts. When Pastor John attempted to enter the public areas of the temple grounds, he was stopped by temple security and the Salt Lake City police were called in. Pastor John was told by the police that he could only enter the PUBLIC areas of the temple if he spoke to no one, handed out no literature, carried no signs, basically had no interaction with anyone else and he must be escorted by the Salt Lake City police department. When asked by the Salt Lake City Police and the Temple Security, Pastor John clearly and voluntarily identified h  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]

 
anonymous  October 17, 2007 3:34 PM

Pastor John was photographed and videotaped by the Salt Lake City Police Department. The real question here is Why? To the Salt Lake City Police Department - When did it become illegal or did it become a policy of the Salt Lake City Police Department to treat like criminals any American Citizens to simply want to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people that want to hear the Gospel in a peaceful way on public grounds?

While this defamation of the First Amendment was going on outside, Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had something to say about it inside at the conference, "Critics have tried to explain it. They have spoken against it. They have ridiculed it, but it has outlived them all and its influence today is greater than at any time in history." With the recent Olympics in Salt Lake City and the presidential run of Mitt Romney, it seems as if he may be right, but if the treatment of Pastor John and the other WCICC members are indications of how the LDS deal with their non- Mormons, whether we are critics or not, we all have something to worry about.

The WCICC does not agree with the cultic controls and perversion of the Gospel that the LDS masquerades as Christian. The mind control and social restrictions of the LDS damages families across the United States. It is high time someone calls this what it is.

This criticism of the LDS Church by the WCICC is intended to speak of the LDS Church and not individual people who may be lost in this dogmatic perversion of Scripture.

However, the WCICC has decided to take the high road on this issue. We issue an open invitation to Mr. Hinckley. He will be welcome at any WCICC church at anytime to discuss the events last week and the differences between the two faiths. The only stipulation we make is that any religious discussions be Biblically based. If we worship the same God, and we do not, then any defense of the Mormon religion should be able to be made out of His 66 books we call the Bible.

WCICC at Salt Lake City
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 December 02, 2007 1:56 PM


  There are 200 million Christians suffering for their faith every day, from Cuba to North Africa to the Muslim Middle East,
India and the rest of South Asia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, to name a few. Yet they remain largely
forgotten by the church in the West.

ICC offers the following resources for Pastors to learn about persecution so they can educate and move their congregations
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Call ICC to order any of these free resources 1-800-ICC-5441
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We gather these pastors together once a year where we give inside updates on the persecuted Church, distribute new media and teaching tools, and let pastors network and strategize about how to motivate their congregations to be involved in the fight against persecution. There are no dues or other monetary requirements.

This is open only to pastors, assistant pastors, and missions pastors or mission chairs.

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