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“Too Many To Count”: The Global Persecution Of Christians

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Authored by Raymond Ibrahim via The Gatestone Institute,

Today is one of the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Initiated over 20 years ago by the World Evangelical Alliance, 100,000 congregations around the world and millions of Christians participate on this day.

“This November let us unite in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters,” IDOP noted in a brief video that highlights a few examples of recent persecution, including the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka and the ongoing slaughter of Christians by Islamic groups in Nigeria and, increasingly, Burkina Faso.

Discussing this day’s significance, Vernon Brewer, the CEO and founder of World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization, wrote:

It’s easy to go about our lives and forget that in places like Nigeria, Iran and North Korea being a Christian can often lead to death. After all, for the most part, persecution for our faith isn’t something most of us face… But I can’t forget the believers I’ve met in Iraq, China or at the North Korean border. I can’t forget their scars or their haunted eyes and horrific stories… The more I travel, the more I see that in many countries Christian persecution is worse than ever before.”

Statistics bear out this grim assertion: “4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons,” noted Open Doors in its World Watch List 2019. “On average, that’s 11 Christians killed every day for their faith.” Additionally, “2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned” and “1,266 churches or Christian buildings were attacked.”

The report further states that more than 245 million Christians around the world are currently suffering from persecution. In other words, “1 in 9 Christians experience high levels of persecution worldwide.”

Typically women fare worse: “In many places, they experience a ‘double persecution’— one for being a Christian and one for being a woman.” As for specific numbers: “At least six women every day are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage to a Muslim man under the threat of death for their Christian faith…”

The “Independent Review into the global persecution of Christians,” led by Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro, and published in early 2019, states:

“Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity. In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.”

The bishop’s detailed report, which was commissioned by then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, concluded that the persecution of Christians is near “genocide” levels.

Both studies make clear that most of the persecution occurs in the Muslim world. In seven of the top ten worst nations, “the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression,” notes Open Doors. Additionally, 38 of the 50 nations that persecute Christians the most are Muslim-majority.

The Bishop of Truro’s report gives specifics:

 

“The persecution of Christians is perhaps at its most virulent in the region of the birthplace of Christianity — the Middle East & North Africa.”

 

  • “Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped-out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest. In Palestine, Christian numbers are below 1.5 percent; in Syria the Christian population has declined from 1.7 million in 2011 to below 450,000 and in Iraq, Christian numbers have slumped from 1.5 million before 2003 to below 120,000 today.”
  • “In countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia the situation of Christians and other minorities has reached an alarming stage.”
  • “[T]here is mass violence which regularly expresses itself through the bombing of churches, as has been the case in countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia.”
  • “The single-greatest threat to Christians [in Nigeria] … came from Islamist militant group Boko Haram, with US intelligence reports in 2015 suggesting that 200,000 Christians were at risk of being killed… Those worst affected included Christian women and girls ‘abducted, and forced to convert, enter forced marriages, sexual abuse and torture.'”

 

  • “An intent to erase all evidence of the Christian presence [in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria and the Philippines] was made plain by the removal of crosses, the destruction of Church buildings and other Church symbols. The killing and abduction of clergy represented a direct attack on the Church’s structure and leadership.”

Outside the Muslim world, the persecution of Christians is also getting significantly worse, particularly North Korea, where “never-ending pressure and violence” is directed against Christians. In India, for the first time in modern history, Christians are experiencing “extreme persecution.”

In the end, numbers and statistics will never adequately capture the magnitude of the problem. “Too many to count, too many unknown,” states the video by International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, “All because they bear the name of Jesus.”

via zerohedge

7 COMMENTS

  1. You stupid retards, read this, The sad part about prayer, is that no one knows how to pray to God, God can not hear you the way you pray, you pray like the stupid retarded one step out of the neanderthal cave Jews, and they could not do Gods works, John 4 : 23,24, Jesus says that you must pray in the spirit, and in truth, this is the way Jesus, the disciples, the prophets, and some others were thought how to communicate with God, and then you can do every thing Jesus did, and greater works, don’t you want to know?, call me 1-218-328-5365, email me brycebrytm@aol.com, with Top Secret as the heading, so I can find you through the 100 s of emails I get, don’t contact me and I will know you are brainwashed stupid religious fanatics. I’m trying to pull you out of your brainwashed stupor that you are in.

  2. It will only get worse as time progresses as foretold in the book of Revelations. In order for them (Muslims) to eradicate Christians altogether they must wipe out the west (USA) or convert the government as we see happening now. My fear is for my grandchildren who will likely suffer from us not stopping it now.

    • Don’t forget the Catholic church. Pope Francis seems to have forgotten what faith he is, with giving an award to an abortionist, saying nothing about the practices of Planned Parenthood. He’s only spoke out about President Trump.

      No fear though. My Christian faith is always there. No one can take your faith away, Plus no one can make you stop practicing your faith. 2nd Amendment isn’t just for tyranny of Government.

      This has been the plan and fighting of the Muslims for decades. Heck just look back in history and see who was selling black Christians to come to America as slaves. The Muslims.

      Never going to end unless We let them.

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

      • Do you have a brain??? According to your vapid reasoning if one HAS money, one is greedy….but if one, like Obama, entering the White House with five million, and after eight years on a $400,000.00 salary exits with over one hundred and ninety million it is NOT GREED??? Even if he lived exclusively on his expense account and banked every penny there is a gap of approximately one hundred and fifty million…which in NO WAY can be accounted for by “royalties” on “published works” as some would want the gullible to believe…

  3. Christians…and for that matter, non muslims…are endangered specie. The world had better wake up fast to what is actually going down. There is a conscious attempt being undertaken to obscure the fact that the last “Dark Age” was precipitated 1400 years ago and over 700,000 million were slaughtered from the Iberian Peninsula to the Sub-Continent and places North and South in between since…and the slaughter is again on the “upswing”. It is interesting to note that many “refugees” are supposedly “fleeing” turmoil, yet the “eradication” of those who are not in “sync” with their ideology is continuing at an ever increasing pace in the places they are supposedly fleeing and they are setting up shop strategically and numerically in their “new” abodes and claiming “victimhood” to displace others, obtain privileges that are increasingly being denied to said others and are, via their usage of the Art of Deception, virtually unopposed…except in a few “enlightened” places, Hungary, China and most notably Japan. It is interesting here to note that Mecca was recently made “verboten” to ALL but members of the ideological “cult”. Hang on, the ride is just beginning and if you have not noticed, we are well into the next “Dark Age” cycle…

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