“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of Me.” Matt. 5:10, 11. Jesus said that persecution of Jews and Christians would intensify in the “end-times”.
A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.
Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000, have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government's permission to preach and pray?
"Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, he called what's happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."
"How do You live with it, Lord?"
That's a question I recently asked God in prayer as I thought about all the suffering taking place around the world today, especially as human beings slaughter one another in the most horrific and barbaric ways, including reports of Muslim radicals beheading Christian children.
There's something familiar about what's happening to Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the last ten years, we've heard the news of church burnings, rapes, kidnappings and mass murders.
All these have taken place at the hands of Muslim Jihadists in the Mideast and North Africa. Yet, nothing has been as stirring as the void that was filled by the Obama-led evacuation of US forces in Iraq. ISIS, an organized militia of Sunni Muslims, conquered a large swath of Iraq and Syria in just weeks after the last US combat soldier left. Many of their weapons were abandoned US issue, trucks and tanks.
An intense struggle is happening in the realm of professional licensing in Canada. The religious freedom of Christians and others is colliding on a grand scale with the "equality rights" of the LGBTQ identity group, and as the tide turns in favor of equality rights, we are starting to witness socially accepted ostracism of Christians by professional bodies.
Somewhere around the world, another Christian is martyred, on average, every three hours, according to a new report that concludes nations where radical Muslims are abundant are the worst places for Christians to live.
The new World Watch Top 10 Violence List published by Open Doors International said the majority of the cases in which Christians are killed because of their faith are in Nigeria, Syria and the Central African Republic.
The isolationist regime of North Korea once again tops the Open Doors USA list of the world's worst persecutors of Christians.
Open Doors USA released its list Wednesday of the world's 50 worst violators, weighing factors such as the jailing of Christians, executions and legal restrictions on religious freedom.
The Christian group this year added the category of whether or not a nation was a "failed" state.
Operations Director Jerry Dykstra says a failed state is "a weak state where social and political structures have collapsed to the point where government has little or no control."
Rounding out the top 12 are...
Obama does nothing to protect Christians and other minorities in the Muslim world.
According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, “extreme persecution” (other designations are “severe,” “moderate,” and “sparse” persecution).
Allen's research examines the world's most troublesome regions, including the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, and shatters a number of myths about Christian persecution, such as it only exists in places where Christians are the minority.
Below is a transcript of Allen's interview with The Christian Post, the author and journalist takes a look at the biggest threats for Christians around the world today, and the measures that can be taken to tackle this widespread persecution.
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