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Title: Killing Christians: persecution of Christians is worse than ever, so why is the Church growing so fast?
Source: Joel Rosenberg Blog
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Published: Apr 14, 2015
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Post Date: 2015-04-14 09:32:19 by redleghunter
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We are living in a time of unprecedented persecution of Christians in the Middle East and around the world. The Lord Jesus warned His disciples that they would be persecuted, and that persecution would intensify as the time of His return drew near. Today, we are seeing His prophecies come to pass as never before.

Recently, my friend, Tom Doyle, published an important book titled, Killing Christians: Living The Faith Where It’s Not Safe To Believe. Tom not only describes the general wave of brutality against Christ-followers worldwide; he also tells specific, personal stories of believers boldly standing for their Savior — and courageously proclaiming the Gospel of forgiveness and eternal life — amidst such persecution.

This is one of the most intriguing conundrums of our time: the Church is actually growing amidst martyrdom. More and more people around the world are being drawn into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus the Messiah not despite of such persecution but because of it. It’s happening in Communist-controlled China where the Church has grown from maybe 250,000 in the 1970s to upwards of 100 million believers today. It’s happening in the Middle East, where millions of Muslims have turned to Christ amidst brutal persecution in Iran and Saudi Arabia and ISIS controlled territories.

How? Why?

I would encourage you to read Tom’s book, and to share it and discuss it with family and friends. As you do, please pray for persecuted Christians here in the epicenter and around the world, that the Lord would continue to bless and strengthen and embolden men and women and boys and girls who are facing grave danger for preaching and teaching and living the Word of God and serving as lights in the spreading darkness.

For now, here is an article Tom wrote specifically for my blog, drawing on material he wrote for the book. I hope you find it helpful. I certainly have.

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Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe

By Tom Doyle, author of Killing Christians •Forty Egyptian churches burned to the ground •House church leaders sentenced to Iran’s infamous Evin prison •Eighty Christians murdered in North Korea for merely owning a Bible •Believers nailed to crosses in Syria

And that’s the news from just one month in 2014.

After that, it got really bad. In summer 2014, a shocked world witnessed the phenomenal rise of ISIS, now known as the Islamic State. Within weeks, a path of destruction swept through Syria and Iraq, leaving unimaginable carnage in its wake. The brutality of ISIS and its global jihadist agenda is reminiscent of the Assyrian Empire in the Old Testament. The Assyrians leveled villages and cities with such ferocity that, in the eighth century BC, the mere mention that Assyrians were on their way prompted some villages to commit mass suicide rather than be skinned alive, impaled, taken as slaves, or allow women to be abused and kidnapped. In a fascinating twist of history, ISIS was birthed in the same region as the Assyrians, and one of the organization’s major objectives is now clear: to eradicate any presence of Christianity.

But ISIS is not alone in its quest against biblical faith. Christianity is under fire across the globe. Jesus lovers are hated in dozens of countries and often pay a gruesome price for following Him. Killing fields have become common, but Killing Christians isn’t written to sound the alarm for the persecuted church. Others have already sent out the alert, and thankfully, many are listening. What the alarms can’t tell you, though, is the inside human cost of following Jesus in the twenty-first century.

That’s why these stories were written. It would be easy to conclude from the acceleration of Christian persecution that followers of Christ are on the run and are systematically being crushed by the forces of Islamic terrorism, fanatical dictators, and hostile nations. Yet the opposite is actually true.

Jesus said His followers would experience persecution for merely being associated with Him. He also predicted an escalation of intensity over time. On the night before He went to the cross, Jesus spelled out the details: “They will put you out of the synagogue: in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God” (John 16:2).

From Chapter 1 — The Pirates of Somalia:

Two men strolled arrogantly down the center of the village road. Preoccupied over boasting about exploits with their latest girlfriends, they didn’t notice a third man step silently from between two houses and into the road a dozen yards ahead of them. Their banter stopped abruptly as Mahdi and Yasin recognized the form in their path. They were not at all happy to see Azzam Mubarak again.

“I know what you did to my mother.”

“Azzam, we had to. We didn’t want to do it, but your father ordered us and threatened to . . .” As he spoke, Mahdi’s right hand moved slowly around his back.

“I know all about my father.” Azzam stared at the two murderers. “I haven’t come to harm you.” He paused for effect. “I’ve come to forgive you.”

Mahdi and Yasin glanced sideways at each other and then back at the man facing them, wondering whether or not to believe the words they had just heard.

Azzam continued, “You need to know that I love you and have prayed for both of you ever since I saw your picture with my mother. Jesus filled my heart with compassion for you. You need Him—just like I did. He can forgive murderers. His love is greater than anything you’ve done.”

It was the first meeting between the three men. They met again—at night—several more times. Impelled by Azzam’s testimony, Mahdi and Yasin offered their lives of piracy to a forgiving Savior. For the moment, the two new believers and Azzam told no one else what had happened…

Whether it’s in Somalia, Syria, Iraq, or Saudi Arabia, a new Jesus movement is erupting around the world, and persecuted believers are leading the way. They have been given a gift from God that most of us would not want: the ability to endure enormous suffering and emerge even stronger. Church leaders in obscure places—outposts for the faith—are fully aware that passionately following Jesus has them on a collision course with hardship. They will be beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and maimed. Some will be killed. But unfazed, they move forward, in love with Jesus Christ.

Malik, a Christ follower from the Middle East, once told me: “Every Christian should go to jail at least once in life because of their faith in Christ. It’s good for you!”

Can you relate to that? This former Muslim adds: “You’ll never be the same after experiencing the loneliness of a jail cell. But then there is great elation that comes when you realize Jesus is capable of filling 100 percent of that loneliness—and more. My deepest spiritual lessons were learned on the cold floor with no one there… but Jesus and me.”

Will persecution come to America? Maybe. If it does, remembering stories of those who have already endured and emerged faithful just may be a lifeline for you. And if persecution does not come upon the church in America, you may need these stories even more. They will inspire you to live with renewed passion for Jesus. For sure, you won’t be able to read them and remain unmoved by these incredible true accounts.

So, is Christianity winning or losing? Killing Christians is written to tell stories of victory from the front lines of a war raging around Jesus’ church. The battle is fierce and not letting up.

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#1. To: redleghunter (#0)

This is one of the most intriguing conundrums of our time: the Church is actually growing amidst martyrdom.

This was true back when the early churches were persecuted by Roman authorities too.

Wiki offers some history of Roman governor Pliny asking the Emperor Trajan in 112 A.D. about persecuting Christians in his domain (in modern Turkey).

Wiki: Pliny the Younger on Christians

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-04-14   9:42:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: redleghunter (#0)

so why is the Church growing so fast?

Because the masses are desperate for hope and the Roman state-established religious facade manufactures the path of least resistance for theocratic tyranny.

VxH  posted on  2015-04-14   9:51:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: VxH (#2)

(so why is the Church growing so fast?)

Because the masses are desperate for hope and the Roman state-established religious facade manufactures the path of least resistance for theocratic tyranny.

It's a hope and joy of a coming Kingdom much greater and transcendent this this mortal one. There is nothing "tyrannical" about surrendering to Jesus Christ as Lord; just the opposite -- it is true liberation.

(Quoted from former Muslim who was held prisoner):

"[T]here is great elation that comes when you realize Jesus is capable of filling 100 percent of that loneliness—and more. My deepest spiritual lessons were learned on the cold floor with no one there… but Jesus and me.”

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-14   11:20:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: redleghunter (#0)

More and more people around the world are being drawn into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus the Messiah not despite of such persecution but because of it.

It’s happening in Communist-controlled China where the Church has grown from maybe 250,000 in the 1970s to upwards of 100 million believers today. It’s happening in the Middle East, where millions of Muslims have turned to Christ amidst brutal persecution in Iran and Saudi Arabia and ISIS controlled territories.

This massive conversion in the face of brutal persecution and torture defies reason. Secularists can not wrap their heads around it. Life anew awaits the true Christian.

Amen!

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-14   11:25:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Liberator (#4)

Amen.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)

redleghunter  posted on  2015-04-14   12:24:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Liberator (#4)

Amen.

Vicomte13  posted on  2015-04-14   15:43:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13, redleghunter (#6)

100 million Christians in...CHINA?? Wow. And of those brothers are sisters in Christ who refuse to back down. Who endures all this and dies horribly...for a "myth"?? What courageous, faithful people.

I'm finding great inspiration in this....and knowing that these many millions upon millions of souls are being snatched out of claws of satan.

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-14   16:23:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Liberator, Vicomte13 (#7)

100 million Christians in...CHINA?? Wow. And of those brothers are sisters in Christ who refuse to back down. Who endures all this and dies horribly...for a "myth"?? What courageous, faithful people.

I'm finding great inspiration in this....and knowing that these many millions upon millions of souls are being snatched out of claws of satan.

Can we get another "Amen."

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)

redleghunter  posted on  2015-04-14   16:40:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: redleghunter (#0)

The Church always grows fast during times of persecution. The enemies of God don't understand simple things like God intends that His Church will always win against Satan and his minions.

Don  posted on  2015-04-14   16:58:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: redleghunter, Vicomte13 (#8)

Lol...AMEN!!

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-14   18:11:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: redleghunter (#0)

We are living in a time of unprecedented persecution of Christians in the Middle East and around the world.

Unprecedented??

Read some books.

Biff Tannen  posted on  2015-04-14   21:59:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Don (#9)

The Church always grows fast during times of persecution. The enemies of God don't understand simple things like God intends that His Church will always win against Satan and his minions.

How does God require a mere "proxy war" among mere mortals when he has created the mess in the first place?

buckeroo  posted on  2015-04-14   22:09:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Liberator (#4)

Life anew awaits the true Christian.

Strumming a harp and wearing a halo? Laying on a cloud? What do you expect HEAVEN to be about?

Monastery musick from the Monks?

buckeroo  posted on  2015-04-14   22:16:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: buckeroo (#12)

That blame fell on Adan and Eve when their free will took a left turn.

Don  posted on  2015-04-14   23:20:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: buckeroo (#13)

What you don't know would fill large libraries.

Don  posted on  2015-04-14   23:21:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Liberator (#4)

This massive conversion in the face of brutal persecution and torture defies reason. Secularists can not wrap their heads around it. Life anew awaits the true Christian.

Amen!

“Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen, from the grave.” John Chrysostom www.evidenceforJesusChrist.org

GarySpFC  posted on  2015-04-20   15:28:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: buckeroo (#13)

(Life anew awaits the true Christian.)

Strumming a harp and wearing a halo? Laying on a cloud? What do you expect HEAVEN to be about?

LOL -- that was hilarious, Buck. Gotta say. And so was the Monastery music from the Monks.

That reminded me -- I once worked with a woman who in our conversation explained to me one of the reasons she thought Heaven wasn't so exciting or attractive a place: "TOO BORING." And the notion that there was no sex. She also bought into that caricature of "Heaven" as a simplistic cloud and harp kinda thing and nothing more. What's the Bible say about it?

But before that, lemme ask you a question: Can you recall you most joyous moment(s) in this life? Multiply it times a million and you'll have an idea of what Heaven might be like.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

Moreover, regarding our grief regarding THIS life:

Revelation 21:4:

"He {God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-20   16:13:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: buckeroo, Don (#12)

How does God require a mere "proxy war" among mere mortals when he has created the mess in the first place?

As Don already explained succinctly, Adam and Eve succumbed to their own God-given Free Will and sinned. Exactly like the rest of us.

The "mess" is our own to endure and figure out and opt for the Truth of the Gospel...or the alternative. And yes, that means there is indeed a Satan whose mission is to convince us that "nothing matters here in this world"...and that "there is no Heaven or Hell." In a way the lying spiritual gubmint of satan is much like our own :-)

Either way, our final judgement is our own responsibility. No matter how many great breaks or bad break we get while we're here. This conversation is no coincidence, Buck.

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-20   16:22:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: GarySpFC (#16)

Thanks Gary...

Liberator  posted on  2015-04-20   16:23:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: Liberator (#17)

What's the Bible say about it?

I suppose walking streets laid o' gold can be beneficial to a Christian while in Heaven. But why? I would rather a few hundred or so ounces in my safe just in case the big_one strikes.

I never thought about walking on Eagles but I might give it a try in preparation to understand if I am worthy paradise.

buckeroo  posted on  2015-04-21   20:43:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: Liberator, Don (#18)

As Don already explained succinctly, Adam and Eve succumbed to their own God-given Free Will and sinned. Exactly like the rest of us.

One little bite of an apple caused all this wrath by God? Really? I wonder why the Big_Kahuna in the sky would do this to us? Oh, he loves us, correct? Somehow, I always forget how a God loves us.

buckeroo  posted on  2015-04-21   20:47:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: buckeroo (#21)

You haven't been paying attention. We discussed free-will in Adam and Eve. Do you not realize that God loved us enough that He sent His own son to die for us so that we might be reconciled to Him. God didn't have to do that. It wasn't He who sinned. It took only one sin for man to die. God is so holy that He cannot overlook even one sin. One sin caused death in all of God's Creation including all men, all animals, every living thing. In the meantime, you want to blame God. It just doesn't work that way. Face it, you have sinned many times since you were born. Where does that put you?

Don  posted on  2015-04-21   23:02:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: Don (#22) (Edited)

One sin caused death in all of God's Creation including all men, all animals, every living thing.

Did Adam ever defecate before he ate the apple?

VxH  posted on  2015-04-22   0:09:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: VxH (#23)

There were no eunuch monks in Eden.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)

redleghunter  posted on  2015-04-22   0:18:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: redleghunter (#24) (Edited)

There were plenty of eunuchs propping the Pharaoh up in Egypt. And Nebuchadnezzar before that.

Evidently there's no shortage of them in today's temporal facade either:

www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fr...e/secrets-of-the-vatican/

So, were the things Adam defecated before he ate the Apple dead or alive?

VxH  posted on  2015-04-22   1:12:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: VxH (#23)

Look up the definitions of animate and inanimate.

Don  posted on  2015-04-22   7:18:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: Don (#26) (Edited)

Look up the definitions of animate and inanimate.

LOL @ another disingenuous half-animate answer from a "faith"-filled parrot.

Was Adam's shyte animate or inanimate?

Was Adam a Vegan?

Did the enzymes necessary for breaking down animal proteins and fats evolve before or after Adam ate the apple and (allegedly) "caused death in all of God's Creation including all men, all animals, every living thing"?

Were all of Adam's cells eternal - and, if so, then what's the point of creating this marvelous body that can constantly replace its DYING cells?


book.bionumbers.org/how-q...-body-replace-themselves/

VxH  posted on  2015-04-22   8:21:53 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: Liberator (#3)

joy of a coming Kingdom much greater and transcendent this this mortal one

Describe for the court the "joy" experienced by the victims of the Council of Geneva under Calvin's "reform" - as they were being burned alive?

VxH  posted on  2015-04-22   8:40:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: Don (#22)

You haven't been paying attention.

Sure, I have.

We discussed free-will in Adam and Eve.

Why does God torment me with the sins of Adam & Eve? Doesn't God understand that I am not directly associated with those two relics of human pre-history faebles controlled by a Jewish Bible and written by goat-herders?

Do you not realize that God loved us enough that He sent His own son to die for us so that we might be reconciled to Him.

Why should I? Because you said so?

God didn't have to do that.It wasn't He who sinned. It took only one sin for man to die. God is so holy that He cannot overlook even one sin. One sin caused death in all of God's Creation including all men, all animals, every living thing. In the meantime, you want to blame God. It just doesn't work that way. Face it, you have sinned many times since you were born. Where does that put you?

How have I sinned? Because you have a maegickal krystal ball and can read tea leaves, too?

buckeroo  posted on  2015-04-22   21:44:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: buckeroo (#29)

The entire human race, includes you, fell from grace in the actions of Adam and Eve. Does God torment you for that? That may be a good thing for you. If you feel that much, God may have plans for you.

Actually, the Holy Bible tells us so. It isn't because I said so. You can't duck your own responsibilities by saying I said so. Here is some really bad news for you regarding sin. If you simply look at a woman with lust in your mind, you have committed a sin. Again, it isn't because I said so. If you want chapter and verse, let me know.

Don  posted on  2015-04-23   14:23:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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