Brethren, should we be surprised that our brothers and sisters are being killed all day long in various parts of the world? Not if we read the words of our Lord Jesus. He warned his disciples and His Word warns us:
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-16).
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (John 15: 18-25).
” Those who hate me without a cause
Are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty who would destroy me,
Being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing,
I still must restore it” (Psalm 69:4).
From opendoorsusa.org This was written before the horrifying slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka very recently
CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION BY THE NUMBERS
The 2019 World Watch List report is based on comprehensive and investigative research of 150 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Each year, our research reveals telling numbers and statistics that give us a glimpse at the depth, prevalence and widespread reach of the persecution believers endure.
Below, we share a quick glance at the numbers during the 2019 reporting period (from Oct. 31, 2017, to November 1, 2018). But by no means do the numbers tell the full story. Each fact and figure represent real people with real lives, families, jobs, churches—fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters—who every day make the dangerous choice to believe in and trust Jesus.
In a Year:
(from October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2018)
245 Million: In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ.
1 in 9: Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution
14%: The rise in the number of Christians in the top 50 countries on the 2019 World Watch List (WWL) who experience high levels of persecution. (from the 2018 reporting period to 2019’s)
4,136: Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.
2,625: Christians detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.
1,266: churches or Christian buildings attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.
7 out of 9: In seven of the countries in the World Watch List’s top 10, the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression.
11: countries scoring in the “extreme” level for their persecution of Christians. Five years ago, North Korea was the only one.
18: Consecutive years North Korea has ranked No. 1 as the world’s most dangerous place for Christians. source
Watch the 2019 World Watch List video below:
So, why are we not hearing, reading or seeing stories about this genocide of our brethren? Fox News got it right when they said that the reason is clear:
Christian persecution close to ‘genocide levels,’ largely ignored due to ‘political correctness’: report
Read entire Fox News article HERE
Brothers and sisters in Christ – just because we have not suffered to the point of death in America, does not mean that intense persecution is not coming. We must be praying for the brethren in every country of the world, and we must pray for the remnant of believers in America.
We are now being attacked from within, and what I mean by that is that the great falling away includes the “Social Justice false gospel.” They align themselves with the world against us. A lot of this has to do with the LGBTQ movement. The world now looks at the Social Justice “church” as TRUE Christians and all fingers are pointing at us as “haters.”
Isn’t it clear that Satan is in control of this mass killing and confusion?
We must Pray and Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must keep our eyes on Him no matter what happens.