Persecution of Christians across our world has been increasing at an alarming rate. Why is this happening? Why do people want to oppose and attack and torture and persecute those who have met the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ and who know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord?
Normally those who believe in Jesus Christ wish to serve and minister to people with the love of God and to do so as graciously and meaningfully as they know how. But, we have to face reality and persecution has been present since the birthing of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Peter and John were thrown into a Jerusalem jail a few hours after Jesus baptised one hundred and twenty women and men in the power of the Holy Spirit. All Peter and John did was to heal a cripple in the name of Jesus.
For over 30 years I have been involved with those ministering to the suffering Church, and by that I mean, believers who are suffering simply because of their faith in Jesus Christ. One organisation called Release International does a tremendous work in this vital area, and they have informed me of what is happening. There are various others working in the same area.
Recently I was given the news of a Christian teenager in Somalia who is reportedly being abused and held prisoner in her own home after she refused her parents’ demands that she return to Islam.
The Muslim parents of a 17-year-old …Read More