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"... we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God..." 2 Cor. 1:8-9

 

April 2016

 

Martyr killed by bulldozer becomes symbol of growing persecution of Christians in China: "The woman...Ding Cuimei... was trying to stop the government-ordered demolition of Beitou Church in the ...city of Zhumadian....  Ding was pushed into a ditch and buried alive as horrified congregants watched helplessly.... The grim incident underscores the Chinese government’s increasing persecution of religious minorities.... Thousands of churches across the country have been demolished in the past year, and dozens of pastors have been arrested on trumped up corruption charges." See  Please pray for Christians who face persecution

 

THE REFUGEE CRISIS: What You Need To Know About Persecuted Christians: ~ "'In 2003, there were more than 2 million Christians in Iraq. Today, only thousands remain.' ~ 'Christians were specifically targeted by ISIS in both of these countries for their faith...'  ~ 'More than 7.6 million Christians have been displaced since the beginning of the war in Syria. ISIS wishes to completely eradicate Christian presence and influence in the region.' ~ 'Iraqi government ID cards have a section for religion. This makes it all too easy for Christians to be discriminated against, especially when trying to obtain aid.'" See Preparing for Persecution

 

Grieving the death of a true Martyr in Bangladesh: "Hossain Ali (65), a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, was hacked to death early in the morning on Tuesday, March 22 by Islamic militants.... Hossain Ali died on the spot.... His family and relatives pressured and persecuted him, yet he never forsook Jesus. ...his faithfulness inspired his entire family to eventually embrace Christ." See Persecution Scripture

Poll: Christian persecution drastically up in U.S.: "...in just two years, the number of Americans who think Christians are facing growing intolerance in the United States has drastically increased. Sixty-three percent of respondents... said they agree or strongly agree that Christians are facing growing levels of persecution, up from 50 percent in 2013." See Preparing for Persecution

Franklin Graham Warns Christians in America 'Persecution Is Coming': "The Rev. Franklin Graham gave an ominous warning to Christians living in the United States Sunday, as he expounded on how religious freedoms are being eroded stateside while believers are being persecuted throughout the world. ... 'I believe we're going to see persecution in this country," Graham said during an interview on "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Sunday. 'We've already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it's going to get worse." See Preparing for Persecution

(Slow to open) Muslim Murdered in Scotland After Offering Easter Blessing to 'My Beloved Christian Nation': "A popular Muslim shopkeeper was murdered in Glasgow by another Muslim after posting a friendly Easter message online.... Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stamped on during a savage attack.... (He had written) online: 'Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. Let's follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.'" See Preparing for Persecution

 

Persecution.  Muslim Easter-Day Massacre Kills 72 Christians in Pakistan: "...a suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday evening in an attack on Christians in a large park in Lahore, where hundreds of families had gathered to celebrate the feast of Easter.... The radical Islamist group Jamat ul Ahrar, a branch of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the slaughter." See Persecution Scriptures

March 2016

 

Persecution Of Christians Continues At Alarming Rate Worldwide: "From around the globe, news keeps pouring in of killings, imprisonment, torturing, harassment, rape, discrimination, displacement and evictions of Christians and attempts to close or destroy churches and Christian gatherings of any kind." See Critical Security Needs of Israel

 

Bible bonfire: ISIS video shows Christian books being destroyed, adds fuel to genocide debate: "Having driven the last Christian out of Mosul, ISIS has now released a chilling video showing a bonfire consuming a huge pile of Bibles..." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Today marks 5 years of Syrian Conflict: "...over 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in this armed conflict, and 11 million have been forced from their homes...

   "The nationwide protests against President Assad’s resignation quickly escalated into a civil war. The rise of the Islamic extremist group, the Islamic State (ISIS) has only added to the tension. ISIS has been waging terror against all who stand in their way.... This often includes Christians. More than 4.5 million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the crisis..." See Hope, Hate & Human Nature

 

Iraq: Christians' homes being seized by Muslim militia aligned with Iran: "The homes, belongings and finances of Iraqi Christians are being seized by Muslim militia backed by Iran.... The military units, directed by Iranian advisers, are supposedly combating ISIS in a loose coalition with the U.S. Their claim is that the property of a non-Christian is halal, meaning it can be seized." See Seeds of Persecution

 

The refugee crisis: What you need to know about Persecuted Christians: "Since the civil war began, Christians in Syria have been specifically targeted by ISIS and other extremist groups. In the neighboring country of Iraq, Christians were displaced when ISIS arrived in their hometowns in the summer of 2014....  Some had their loved ones kidnapped or murdered. All have suffered for bearing the name of Jesus Christ."

 

February 2016

Muslims converting to Christianity in Nigeria, despite brutal persecution: "Muslims are converting to Christianity in northern Nigeria amid rapidly rising levels of Christian persecution, which has seen more than ten thousand Christians killed in five years.... 11,500 Christians in northern Nigeria were killed in five years between 2006-2014, and 13,000 churches were destroyed, forcing 1.3 million Christians to flee to safer areas of the country.

     "In 2014, Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group active mainly in northern Nigeria, was named the world’s deadliest terror organisation.... In 2015, the number of Christians violently killed in the country increased by 62 per cent, to 4,028 people, and 198 churches were attacked

     "A new report, 'Crushed but not defeated, the impact of persistent violence on the Church in Northern Nigeria,' by Open Doors..." Preparing for Persecution

 

Attacks on Christians in U.S. double in 3 years: "The new report, titled 'Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,' reveals a list that admittedly is not exhaustive but still totals 1,285 cases at the start of this year. ... 'Quantitatively and qualitatively, the hostility is undeniable. And it is dangerous.'  Kelly Shackelford, the chief counsel for First Liberty, explained that 'hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters.'” See Persecution Scriptures

 

 Get Ready for Persecution in the West: "...our brothers and sisters are facing severe persecution in many parts of the world. Beatings, starvation, beheadings, and burned homes & churches are everyday life for them. '[Please pray] for them, because they have placed everything on the line for faith in Jesus. ...we are living in a time when we will witness a mass defection from the true faith. Increasing numbers of ‘professing Christians’ will abandon the faith or drift into an ecumenical, worldly faith..."

     “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. " John 15:18

 

Christians 'Should be Eradicated': Researchers Document Anti-Christian Agenda Among Powerful Elite: "A student is punished for refusing to 'stomp on Jesus,' a Christian baker faces a year in jail for refusing to cater faux marriages, two men are arrested for reading the Bible aloud near a government building.... Critics asserting the existence of an institutional anti-Christian bias, and a resultant war on the faith, have often been labeled paranoid.'  ...such an agenda exists — among America’s most powerful people.'” See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

European Parliament President Says 'Christians Are Not Safe' in Europe: "Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is 'undervalued'....'It should shake us up that on our continent, Christians are not safe.'... 'Each month 200 churches and places of worship in the world are attacked and destroyed. Every day and in every region of the world, there are new cases of persecution against Christians. No religious community is as subject to hatred, violence and systematic aggression as the Christians." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Worldwide Anti-Semitism Metastasizing 70 Years after Holocaust: "Seventy-five percent of Jewish students in U.S. universities have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism... either from anti-Zionist campus organizations or from anti-Israel professors....

     "Regarding France, 57 percent of French Jews want to leave the country. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said anti-Semitism is becoming 'more and more vicious.'" See Preparing for Persecution

 

Mexico: Baptists families expelled: "Ten Baptist families were unceremoniously expelled from the community of Tuxpan de Bolanos in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, last week for refusing to recant their faith. ...the eviction was executed on Jan. 26 by local citizens who loaded 18 adults and 10 children unto pickup trucks and then drove them into the nearby mountains where they were abandoned. The eviction was the latest incident in the systematic persecution of evangelical Christians in rural Mexico." See Persecution Scriptures

 

2015 Saw the worst persecution of Christians since the Vatican's Spanish inquisition: "The Inquisition was an ecclesiastical court and process of the Roman Catholic Church setup for the purpose towards the discovery and punishment of heresy which wielded immense power and brutality in medieval and early modern times.'...  '[Today the] levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying.'" See Preparing for Persecution

 

Christians warned to pull kids from public school: "In order to wake Christian parents up to the dangers of public schools, Exodus Mandate has released a new documentary called 'Escaping Common Core: Setting Our Children Free.'  ...The first part explores the origins of Common Core and the history of progressive education.... The filmmakers argue Common Core is the latest manifestation of the effort to impose a socialist worldview on American children." See Marching toward Global Solidarity

 

America's New Schools?   Shock: Young Girl Forced to ‘Convert’ to Islam in Class; Enraged Parents Sue: "The parents of a Maryland teenager have launched a lawsuit against their daughter’s public high school, claiming the district forced the 16-year-old to take classes that promote Islam over Christianity and Judaism." See Spiritual Warfare

 

 

January 2016

 

Global Christian Persecution ‘Unprecedented’ in 2015: “'The levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence against Christians is unprecedented, spreading and intensifying....  Christians... are being forced to flee for their lives and for their children’s lives.'

    "The group unveiled its annual World Watch List on Wednesday, which marks the 50 most dangerous places to live as a Christian. ... The organization estimates that between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians are believed to be imprisoned in labor camps in the communist country."

Christian Persecution in 2015 at 'Levels Akin to Ethnic Cleansing': "Persecution of Christians is on the rise, with 2015 the most violent year in modern history for members of the faith.... A rise in Islamic extremism sees Pakistan at its highest position ever, and Libya entering the top ten for the first time. Worldwide...over 7,000 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons in this past year – a rise of almost 3,000 from the previous year. ...Christians are driven out of their communit Persecution Scriptures

 

2015 Saw ‘Most Violent’ Persecution of Christians in Modern History: "The brutal, worldwide persecution of Christians during the past year makes 2015 'the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history,' according to a watchdog organization that has been monitoring Christian persecution for decades. The 2016 World Watch List documents an unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

Surprise! U.N. reason no Christians among refugees: "A religious think tank is pushing for changes to America's refugee resettlement policy, which is not permitting self-identified Christians to seek refuge. ...less than three percent of 2,184 Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S. since 2011 were Christians. ...97 percent of resettled Syrian refugees identify as Muslim.
     "... the U.S. accepts refugees who come from UN-run refugee camps. ...
But Christian refugees avoid those camps, he says, because they face the same persecution and terror from which they fled. The State Department, meanwhile, claims there's no policy of discrimination. 'And so there needs to be other avenues opened up to the Christians to allow them to have equal opportunity for coming to the U.S.." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

[Slow to open] Christian Persecution: "'There are numerous reasons why Christians are persecuted. ....In the case of North Korea and other communist countries, authoritarian governments seek to control all religious thought.... These governments regard some religious groups as enemies of the state because they hold religious beliefs that may challenge loyalty to the rulers.'...

     "Historically, Islam in West Africa has been moderate, but in the last 20 years, dozens of Islamic associations have emerged, like the Izala movement, which aims to restrict the freedom of 'deviant Muslims' and minority religious groups like Christians.'" See Persecution Scriptures

 

December 2015

 

Christians worldwide turn to Russia for protection: "Our elites have doggedly tried to establish an agnostic society throughout the West and have only succeeded in doing what the Soviets did in their country, namely, making their people hungry for the God they were deprived of during those long, cold years from 1917 to 1991. However, rather than create the perfect Utopian Agnostasy, they have succeeded in driving Westerners into the arms of Islam, a religion that deadens the spirit rather than quickening it and reintroduces the concepts of slavery and repression of women -- precisely the ills of ancient Rome that were overcome by Jesus' teachings. But in our spiritual blindness, Westerners can hardly see this tragic state of affairs developing around us."

Coming To America? Swedes Threatened With Beheading if They Don’t Convert to Islam: "...Sweden is now on lockdown after crazed Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis sent letters to European civilians ordering them to convert to Islam within three days or face being decapitated in their own homes. The chilling letters pledged to then 'bomb your rotten corpses afterwards....'"

[Slow to open] North Korea [unjustly] Sentences Canadian Pastor to Hard Labor for Life: "North Korea’s highest court has sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labor for life for subversion.... Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, has been held by North Korea since February. He had appeared on North Korean state media earlier this year confessing [his supposed] crimes against the state.... The court said Lim had attempted to overthrow the North Korean government and undermine its social system with 'religious activities' for the past 18 years..." See Persecution Scriptures

Kyrgyzstan Couple Forced to Leave Village After Sharing Gospel: "The couple has an outreach ministry which includes showing the JESUS film.... Three days after the Gospel presentation, two intoxicated men started screaming in the middle of the night near the home of Janysh and Laura. They shouted that Janysh and Laura were infidels who had disgraced Islam. They threw stones into the house. ... The next day a group of 10 people came and asked Janysh to come out of the house. They told him that he had to confess he was following an 'alien' religion.. Please pray for the dangerous situation in the village..." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

Obama Administration Taking Extraordinary Steps to Keep Out Christian Refugees: "Iraqi Chaldean Christians who had family sponsors in the US were denied asylum after they had escaped from ISIS.... Twenty-seven have been held in detention since spring 2015, with twenty two who ultimately are being deported.... They each face charges with penalties of up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 fines.  ...thousands of others are crossing the Mexican border illegally, and then quickly being processed and freed after they are given hearing dates.... last summer alone, 68,000 unaccompanied minors were admitted from Central America." See Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Obama detains 27 Christian asylum seekers: "More than two dozen Iraqi Chaldean Christians forced from their homes by ISIS have been detained at an ICE detention center in California for six months after crossing the border from Mexico. ... 20 of the 27 Chaldeans at the Otay Detention Center in Otay Mesa, California, have American family members living in Southern California who are willing to sponsor them....  The family members say they’ve been given few details on why they’ve been detained for so long, despite being refugees from Middle East terror. 'It seems like the border is open to everyone unless you’re an Iraq Christian fleeing ISIS,' Arabo told Bill O’Reilly.” See No Conscience?

 

November 2015

 

Get Ready for Persecution in the West: "It is time for followers of Jesus to get ready for persecution in the West.... Beatings, starvation, beheadings, and burned homes & churches are everyday life for them. I want to ask you to stand in prayer for them because they have placed everything on the line for faith in Jesus. They are family and we are called to support each other....

    "This world celebrates the lives of the wicked and vilifies the lives of the righteous. We are certainly living in a day when evil is called good and good is called evil.… When I say that persecution is coming, I’m referring to the hate and actions of a godless world against Christians."

 

Unimaginable Horrors' Detailed in US Report on ISIS' Persecution of Christians: "...Christians in the territory captured by IS have been given the choice to convert to Islam, pay a large tax, flee from their ancestral homes, or be killed.... Three-year old Christina Khader Ebada boarded a crowded bus with her mother to leave when suddenly one of the fighters guarding the checkpoint tore Christina from her mother's arms." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Refugee crisis hits prime-time but Christians left 'out in cold': "About 350,000 Syrian Christians have been forced to flee their homes. Many have been killed, sold into sex slavery, or forced into hiding. They are not going to U.N. refugee camps, where they often face further persecution....

      "As U.S. and European leaders reach out with open arms to tens of thousands of Muslim refugees flooding into Europe, the groans of persecuted Christians in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan are increasingly drowned out. ... The president of Pakistan Christian Congress has urged the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and other countries to open doors to the persecuted Pakistani Christians." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Obama blocks Iraqi nun from describing Christian persecution: "A leading conservative is asking why the Obama State Department is barring a persecuted Iraqi nun from entry into the United States to share her message about the brutal treatment of Christians in her country. ... Sister Diana Momeka is 'an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS. ... Sister Diana was the only Christian in the delegation and the only member blocked from the trip..." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

State plan bans religious schools from scholarship program: "A fight is brewing in Montana over a state Scholarship Tax Credit program proposed by the Department of Revenue that would exclude some schools because of their religious affiliation. The Pacific Legal Foundation says it will oppose the plan because it would violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of religious freedom and equal protection.... PLF is representing the Association of Christian Schools International, an organization of faith-based schools.... There are 3,000 schools across the United States in the association... These regulations are unfair and unjust." See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

October 2015

U.S. Christians told: Prepare for persecution: "They’re marked for extermination in the Middle East. They’re banned from practicing their faith in many nations.... Christians are no strangers to persecution. But such treatment largely hasn’t erupted in the United States of America. Until now." See Seeds of Persecution

Third Intifada or Third Reich?  "Polish journalist, Anna Bikont, has written a master work (The Crime and the Silence) about the infamous 1941 massacre of Jews in wartime Jedwabne—by their Polish Catholic neighbors, not by Nazi German soldiers.... The Polish killers took over all the Jewish homes and shops, they moved right in.... This kind of cruelty is now carried out against Christians in the Middle East and Europe. Will Americans soon face similar horrors...?" See  Hope, Hate & Human Nature

Obama: Christians Threaten Nation: "If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist....

     "In a gathering at George Washington University this week, Obama’s assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, revealed that the Department of Justice is creating a brand new position just to monitor us. The position, domestic terrorism counsel, will be created to combat the 'real and present threat' of domestic terrorism.

     "And where, pray tell, does this threat come from? ...Muslim Brotherhood...? Nope. From ISIS, which is actively recruiting jihadists in all 50 states? Nope.... No, the real threat to our national security, according to our president and his minions, is [according to Obama's followers who despise Christianity]] coming from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.' Carlin lauded the work of the thoroughly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, which is so blatantly and maliciously biased against Christians..." See Preparing for Persecution

Obama's U.N. plan: Globalize cops against 'violent extremists': "President Obama’s new 'Strong Cities Network,' announced with little fanfare last week at the United Nations, appears to be another effort to strip authority from local police departments and to demonize conservative Christians....  The stated goal of the program is to connect local police departments with their peers around the world in an effort to combat 'violent extremism,' according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who announced the program to the U.N. on Sept. 30.  ...the Obama administration is, indeed, targeting conservatives in its campaign against 'violent extremism.'" See Persecution Scriptures

(May be slow to open) How Obama Ushered in the New Age of Christian Martyrdom: "Everywhere that U.S. leadership helped Islamic jihadis topple secular autocrats in the name of “democracy and freedom,” indigenous Christian minorities are forced either to convert to Islam or die. Many are accepting death. Most recently, on August 28 near Aleppo, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for saying they 'would never renounce Christ' for Muhammad."  

 

DOJ Official Praises the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Work in Combatting Domestic Terrorism: "John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for national security, announced Wednesday that the Justice Department is creating the new position of domestic terrorism counsel to combat the 'real and present threat' of domestic extremism. Carlin praised groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC] 'that dedicate themselves to examining what the threat is, observing it, and reporting on it,' adding that the work of the SPLC was 'very important.' The SPLC says it places groups -- including conservative, Christian groups -- on its 'Hate List' based on their beliefs...'

     "'Homegrown violent extremists can be motivated by any viewpoint on the full spectrum of hate — anti-government views, racism, bigotry, anarchy and other despicable beliefs,' Carlin told a gathering at George Washington University.

 

The curse from Norway haunts all Jews: "A generation has grown up that is addicted to the Internet and has nothing but contempt for the PA and the Oslo- agreement that created it....  A motley mob of covered faces was visible in the larger crowd. ...there were scarves with Hamas and Fatah symbols, and red kaffiyehs of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – in short, every sort of Palestinian activist was represented. Across the way, from the north, came dozens of female students singing nationalist and religious songs. 'Khaiber, Khaiber, O Jew. Mohammed’s army will return,' they shouted. Most wore hijabs on their heads..." See  Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Correspondent questions Obama’s silence on outrages against Christians: "A group of Muslims recently threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy for praying to Jesus. When Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event, President Obama was standing next to him but chose to remain silent."

 

Christians who esaped ISIL hell in Iraq jailed as illegal aliens in California: "A Middle Eastern Christian community has demanded that immigration officials release 20 Iraqi Christian refugees being held at a detention center in California.... These Christians have escaped the wrath of ISIS, only to be imprisoned by ICE. ... 'Since the rise of ISIS in northern Iraq, an estimated 100,000 individuals have fled the nation." See  Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Victims Blow Whistle on US Religious Persecution: "This past weekend... an alarm was sounding about the flood of attacks on religious liberty across the country. Defenders of religious freedom, like Sen. Ted Cruz... brought real life examples to Washington of Americans attacked for their faith.... 'The media likes to say the persecution of religious liberty, it's not real, it doesn't exist. They belittle it; they mock it,' Cruz said....

     "Navy Chaplain Wes Modder... was charged with giving biblical answers while counseling sailors about premarital sex and homosexuality at his naval station in Charleston, South Carolina.'" See Preparing for Persecution

 

Why Kim Davis' Fight Is a Preview of Things to Come: "In the fight for religious liberty, two Christian women are being hailed as heroes: ...Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman. Stutzman declined to sell flowers for a gay couples wedding, while Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her district. Both have paid a price for their stance.

     "...Stutzman, who rejected the hero label, instead calling herself 'a sinner saved by grace.' 'I'm not a hero and I'm not a martyr. I just try to be obedient,' the florist said. Meanwhile Davis, fortified by Christian support around the country and a meeting with Pope Francis, said she's prepared to go back to jail if necessary.' ...it's worth it....'" See Spiritual Warfare

 

September 2015

 

Christians Are Being Denied US Visas While 'Cradle of Christianity Is Wiped Off the Map: "I believe that the church needs to wake up, and we need to revive that which is about to die. The very church, the body of Christ, is being eliminated in the Middle East, and the very cradle of Christianity, is being wiped off the map,' Jessip added, drawing from Revelation 3:2 in the Bible.'"

 

(Link fixed) Jews in Reich Start New Year by Wearing Yellow Stars: [Remember Hitler's command that Jews wear the official yellow star that identified them as Jews to be hated and killed]

     "German Jewry will meet the Jewish New Year wearing large yellow star.... Today was the first day when they appeared in the streets wearing the yellow badge which is decreed for every Jew in the Reich above the age of six.

     "The city of Hanover, which until last week had a population of 1,600 Jews, today became 'judenrein.' ...the Jews in Hanover were evicted from their homes by the local Nazi authorities and permitted to take shelter only in the premises of the Jewish cemetery." See Western Europe will soon be 'Judenrein'

 

"Wake Up!": Muslim Persecution of Christians: "Not only is the Islamic State (IS) persecuting Christians but so are the U.S.­supported 'rebel' forces in Syria, which the Obama administration assures are 'moderate.' ... With backing from U.S. allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this [U.S. supported] rebel coalition fights both the Syrian regime and the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

     "But the coalition has extremists in its own ranks who have mistreated Christians and forced them out of their homes — just as IS has done."

 

Teacher’s Prayer Board Painted Over Following Complaint from Humanist Organization. "A prayer board at a middle school in Mississippi has been painted over following a complaint from a national humanist organization. '...Randi Rogers, an 8th grade math teacher... created a board on the back of a classroom door that can be used as a chalkboard. The board was used for students to leave their prayer requests if they would like. Rogers did not pray with the class, but simply allowed students to leave a request.... But the American Humanist Association (AHA) reports that one of the students in Rogers class took a photograph of the board and the parent soon complained to the organization...." See Preparing for Persecution

Christian Refugees Left Out in Cold by Western Countries Welcoming Muslims: "Not only does the West facilitate the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, but in the West as well. According to a recent NPR report, the U.S. supported 'moderate' coalition fighting both Bashar Assad and the Islamic State in Syria 'has extremists in its own ranks who have mistreated Christians and forced them out of their homes' -- just as the Islamic State (IS) has done. Christian minorities forced out of their homes who manage to reach Western nations -- including the United States -- sometimes encounter more trouble." See Preparing for Persecution

Naghmeh Abedini Calls Christians to Fast for Saeed: "Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, is calling for fasting and prayer on behalf of her husband and the persecuted Church. ... The scripture she says God gave her for this fast is Hebrews 12:1-2.  Pastor Saeed, 35, is serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in one of Iran's most notorious prisons."  [Please look the two verses up in your Bible -- and let's join together in prayer for the release of Pastor Saeed!]

Iranian Pastor Returned to Prison: "Although Iranian house church Pastor Benham Irani has returned to prison, he remains a free man--free in Christ. Benham is free to share his Christian faith with prison guards and inmates in prison, but not without a cost. He may be beaten, deprived of food or sleep. His prison sentence may be extended.... But Benham Irani is no stranger to suffering. He knows the cost of following Christ and for sharing Him with Muslims in the Islamic Republic." See Persecution Stories for Children

Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to 'Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men': "An atheist group is demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from 'converting football fields into mission fields. The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill Christianity in vulnerable young men,' the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled "Pray to Play." See Victory

 

August 2015

 

‘Uncomfortable’ students call for ban on Bibles: "A poll conducted by the students’ union claims that more than half of students felt that having the Bibles in university accommodation... was 'uncomfortable' or 'unacceptable'. ... The Gideons have been supplying Bibles free of charge for over a century now, providing support and encouragement for Christians and non-Christians alike." See A reminder

 

Situation in Refugee Camps Dire as Millions of Christians: "There may be sixty million refugees and 'internally displaced people' in all, primarily from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Congo.... Some now live in refugee camps in Jordan, Israel... Lebanon, Iraq, and on the Syrian-Turkish border. ... Many children are also starving....  Unlucky' Christian and Yazidi girls and women are being kidnapped and used as sex slaves by ISIS.... President Obama’s 'international community,' beginning with the United Nations, has not taken responsibility for any of this."

 

The Persecution Of Christians Is Intensifying As Anti-Christian Hatred Sweeps The Entire World: "A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. ... Would you risk your life to go to church?

     "In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith.... In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution...."

 

Obama response to Christian killing fields 'horrifying': "Syrian Christian families are being forced out of their homes by rebel factions operating with the support of the U.S. and its allies in Syria’s civil war, while President Obama continues his policy of ignoring a genocide in the making. ...'Aleppo has been home to Syria’s largest Christian community, numbering in the tens of thousands, but two-thirds of this community has been scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.... The rebel coalition, which is fighting ISIS as well as Assad, is no different than ISIS in its utter contempt of Christians....” See Persecution Scriptures  

 

Obama 'plays politics' with Christian persecution: "Franks, who leads the International Religious Freedom Caucus in the House...said Obama administration officials 'only respond when the politics become so antithetical to them that they have to.'

      "Franks cited the recent case of Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to die for her Christian faith but later released. He also noted Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran; the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria; the Muslim Brotherhood persecution of Christians in Egypt; and ISIS. 'The bottom line is if you don’t have religious freedom, there’s no hope for any other kind of freedom.' See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Obama response to Christian killing fields 'horrifying': "Syrian Christian families are being forced out of their homes by rebel factions operating with the support of the U.S. and its allies in Syria’s civil war, while President Obama continues his policy of ignoring a genocide in the making. ...'Aleppo has been home to Syria’s largest Christian community, numbering in the tens of thousands, but two-thirds of this community has been scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.... The rebel coalition, which is fighting ISIS as well as Assad, is no different than ISIS in its utter contempt of Christians....” See Persecution Scriptures

 

Obama has new target on persecuted Christians: "...this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He’s gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama Justice Department, which is known to be no friend of Middle Eastern Christians.

     "DeKelaita, 52, grew up in Kirkuk in the heart of Assyria, a portion of northern Iraq that is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities.... The Obama administration moved against DeKelaita in September 2014, raiding his office and scooping up whatever 'evidence' they could find against him. ...  DeKelaita has been a pillar in the Assyrian Christian community in Chicago, founding the Ashurbanipal Library and donating to projects that celebrate Assyrian art and culture." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Bombs Found Planted at New Mexico Churches: "Police are searching for clues after bombs were found planted this month outside of three houses of worship in New Mexico. ... 'A house of worship should be a place of peace; making the act of violence especially troubling for us all,' wrote newly-installed pastor Kevin Glenn.... 'Only our Lord is able to provide ultimate security to each of us through Jesus Christ.” See Preparing for Persecution

 

Christians used as 'form of currency' by ISIS as mass kidnapping continue:  "Christians in the Middle East still live in fear as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains unchallenged in Iraq and Syria. Christian organizations are attempting to help Christians, but for many, it is too late.

     “'Christians have become a form [of] currency in this tragedy,' explained John Newton, spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need, to the Christian Post. 'I know of one priest who was kidnapped for two months… they asked for a ransom of $120,000, which the family managed to raise and deliver… But hours later, the priest was killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family.” See Hatred

 

Fleeing Death: Can Europe Survive Migrant Crisis? "It is the largest refugee crisis since World War II: millions of men, women, and children running from civil war, from ISIS, from religious persecution, and from hostile governments in Africa and the Middle East. CBN News traveled to the remote Italian island of Lampedusa, 60 miles from the North African country of Tunisia, where some of these migrants arrive -- dead or alive. Italian authorities have built camps there and across Italy to try to contain the refugee influx, but they know more are coming....

     "But this is more than a humanitarian crisis. For Italy, and the entire European Union, it is also a security nightmare because, reportedly, among the refugees are soldiers of the Islamic State.... Public anger is building against the refugees and against the European Union over uncontrolled migration." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Sununu: Why Isn't Persecution of Middle East Christians Considered Top Human Rights Problem? "John H. Sununu....White House chief of staff under George H. W. Bush, criticized the way President Obama has handled the persecution of Middle East Christians by Islamic State terrorists. Sununu, who comes from a Greek Orthodox family with roots in the Middle East, said Obama seems to be making 'a deliberate effort not to give any credibility to the fact that this is a religious ethnic cleansing on the part of ISIS and the fanatics in that part of the world.'

     “'For some reason he seems incapable of acknowledging the reality of this crisis,' Sununu said 'The indifference to this problem is underscored by the president’s inability to utter the word 'Christian' in condemning the killing of those 21 Coptic Christians.' President Obama referred to them only as Egyptians, he noted." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Again Brutally Beaten Behind Bars: “In addition to physically beating the persecuted pastor, prisoners demolished a small table Pastor Saeed used to study and read.'... 'Abedini’s wife outlined that guards have continued to pressure him to deny Christ and return to Islam. ...'Saeed refuses to deny Christ and continues to be a light and witness in that dark prison.” See The UN Plan for Global Migration

 

The Persecution Of Christians Is Intensifying As Anti-Christian Hatred Sweeps The Entire World: "A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. Would you risk your life to go to church?" See Preparing for Persecution

 

A Call to Formally Label ISIS Attacks on Christians, Yezidis as Genocide: "They buy and sell the women... They kidnap children, even infants, and detonate them as bombs. As the Islamic State tightens its grip on Syria and Iraq, the horror of its atrocities reaches unimaginable depths. And what remains of Christianity in the Middle East is dying, massacred through the torture, displacement, and murder of an entire population."

 

Obama detains 27 Christian asylum seekers: "More than two dozen Iraqi Chaldean Christians forced from their homes by ISIS have been detained at an ICE detention center in California for six months after crossing the border from Mexico....

    "Mark Arabo: ... 'It seems like the border is open to everyone unless you’re an Iraq Christian fleeing ISIS.' ... 'The Chaldean Christians are being held 'without any logic or explanation; they’ve escaped ISIS only to be imprisoned by ICE. These are 20 innocent Christians....  'These are people we should be celebrating not imprisoning.'” See Persecution Scriptures

 

July 2015

 

Florida College Says Christian Group Can’t Have Christian Leaders: "Rollins College has determined that a Christian student organization is in violation of the school’s nondiscrimination policy because the group requires its leaders to be followers of Christ." See Preparing for Persecution

 

University of New Hampshire: Using the Word “American” is Offensive: "Using the words 'American,' 'obese,' 'normal,' 'mothering,' 'fathering,' 'homosexual'... is offensive and should be discouraged, according to a 'Bias-Free Language Guide' posted on the University of New Hampshire website.... Calling people 'illegal aliens' is also politically incorrect....”

U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution: “This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists… I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn’t, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired” — Newt Gingrich....
    “The U.S. insists that Muslims are the primary victims of Boko Haram…. The question remains — why is the U.S. downplaying or denying the attacks against Christians?” — Emmanuel Ogebe, Nigerian human rights lawyer, Washington D.C.
    “Stop building churches. Convert to Islam, which is the true religion. Otherwise we will make a horrible example of you.” — Javed David, head of Hope for the Light Ministries, quoting a biker."
See Preparing for Persecution

Persecution. The Persecution of Christians is Intensifying as anti-Christian hatred sweeps the entire world: "A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out...  In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked... churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church?" See Purging the Memory of Our Christian Roots

 

 

Judge Orders School District to Stop Promoting Christianity, Fines Officials $7500 for Contempt: "A federal judge in Mississippi has ordered a school district in the Bible Belt to stop promoting Christianity during school events.... The two individuals featured in the film explained that they were able to overcome their struggles through the power of Jesus Christ. The presenter also spoke to students about the hope that is found in Christ, and led students in prayer." See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny

 

Christians 'Most Persecuted Group in World': "ISIS issued a directive: citing the Islamic concept of 'dhimma', [which] requires Christians in the city to pay tax of around half an ounce (14g) of pure gold in exchange for their safety. It says Christians must not make renovations to churches, display crosses or other religious symbols outside churches.... Christians must not carry arms, and must follow other rules imposed by ISIS (also known as ISIL) on their daily lives...." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose 'gay' marriage: "... the Pentagon is now being urged to 'cleanse itself' of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage. Activist Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is demanding the U.S. military conduct a purge of chaplains who hold to the traditional teaching.” See Spiritual Warfare

 

ISIS captures 88 Christian refugees: "...all of whom are believed to be Christians – in Libya. ...the mass kidnapping occurred when Christians in a people-smuggling convoy were ambushed by ISIS terrorists just outside Tripoli. 'The kidnapping mirrors a similar incident in April when ISIS terrorists captured 79 Eritrean and Ethiopian Christian refugees, beheading more than 30 of them a few days later. It’s feared the same fate will befall these Christians...." Please pray for these faithful Christians!

 

U.S. taxpayers have spent $1 billion to fund Sharia in Afghanistan: "Would the situation really be worse than it is now if, instead of all this money spent on Sharia, the U.S. had stood up for its own values, and made it clear that money would only flow to those who stood for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and equality of rights of all people before the law?" See Ban truth - Reap Tyranny

Sudanese Judge Finds Sufficient Evidence to 'Charge' Christian Pastors: "We are working with Mariam Ibraheem (a Christian mom who we helped free from death row in Sudan last year) and our contacts on the ground in Sudan to fight for the freedom and exoneration of Pastors Michael and Peter. We are also directly urging the Sudanese government to provide critical access to the pastors’ attorney (who himself was recently wrongfully arrested) as the trial continues.
      "As Mariam has said, 'Being Christian is not a crime.' Yet for these two Pastors, they could be sentenced to death for expressing their Christian faith." See Persecution Scriptures

Calls to Impeach Ohio Judge Who Declined to Marry Same Sex Couple On Religious Grounds. "The Left is already calling for the impeachment of Toledo Municipal Judge Allen McConnell who respectfully declined to marry a same-sex couple Monday.
      “'I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment,' he said per Reuters. “The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years." See Hating Truth and Primed for Deception

 

Nigerian School girls slit Christian's throat under orders from Boko Haram: "Schoolgirls that have been abducted by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Muslim terror group are now being seen on the battlefield fighting on behalf of the terror entity. ... the young female soldiers are now being used as foot soldiers for the group, with some being used to 'terrorize other captives' and 'carrying out killings themselves.' ... '17-year-old Miriam, who escaped Boko Haram captivity, said that the Boko Haram jihadis forced Christian men to lay down then told the girls to 'cut their throats.' 'Amnesty estimates that more than 2,000 girls have been abducted by the militant organization since the beginning of 2014." See The UN Plan for Global Migration

 

June 2015

 

Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead To Christian Persecution: "The Supreme Court's decision means gay rights now trump religious liberty. And if you think the cultural purging of the Southern States has been breathtaking, wait until you see what LGBT activists are about to unleash on American Christians....

     “Pastors who refuse to perform gay marriages and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges. All dissent will be silenced by the government and the activists. But I believe that an overwhelming number of Christians will defy the law."

 

Christian Carnage and Western Indifference: Muslim Persecution of Christians: "One group of Christians were shot execution style to the back of their heads, the others had their heads carved off.... The IS spokesman further addressed 'Christians everywhere': We say to Christians everywhere, the Islamic State will expand, with Allah’s permission. And it will reach you even if you are in fortified strongholds. So whoever enters Islam will have security.... But whoever refuses will see nothing from us but the edge of a spear.” See Preparing for Persecution

 

 ISIS in Syria Hangs Two Boys for Eating During Ramadan: "'Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS hanged from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hissba', the jihadist police, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told the AFP news agency. The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening,' he added. 'Apparently, they were caught eating."

 

Jihad on Churches: Muslim Persecution of Christians, March 2015 (New link:  http://famvin.org/en/2015/03/02/vincentians-among-syrian-hostage-victims/: "The children were isolated and put in cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages." — Sister Monique of the Vincentian Daughters of Charity, Syria.

 

Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014 - U.S. State Department: "Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group..."

      "... the department also charts an unprecedented flow of foreign fighters to Syria, often lured by Islamic State's use of social media and drawn from diverse social backgrounds. Taken together, the trends point to a sobering challenge from militant groups worldwide to the United States and its allies." See Persecution Scriptures

 

 ISIS threatens ancient monastery filled with Christians: "A 1,650-year-old monastery in northern Iraq, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, is in danger of falling to ISIS. St. Matthew’s monastery, founded in A.D. 363, has survived the Ottoman and Persian Empires, Mongol invaders and Kurdish conquests. Today it’s threatened by ISIS....

    "ISIS has previously vowed to destroy all Christian historical sites in the areas that fall under its control. In March, it destroyed the ancient Christian Mar Behnam Monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq.... The jihadists have desecrated Christian cemeteries, seized Christian girls for sex slaves and killed other children in front of their parents’ eyes." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

The "Speech-Denialists": "On college campuses, teachers, students and sometimes even administrators seem to have become ever more eager to block any idea with which they disagree. Often it appears as if their first impulse is to demonize the individual or organization presenting the offending idea....

     "...critics are unrelenting in their animosity toward observant Christians' views of homosexuality. 'If you think about it, we are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' Senator Marco Rubio recently told CBN News. 'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater." See The fall and rise of human violence

 

May 2015

 

ISIS puts captures Roman amphitheatre back into use as a venue for for execution as entertainment: "A Roman-built amphitheatre has been used for the public execution of captured prisoners of war before an audience for the first time in perhaps 1,500 years, after ISIS forces captured the classical ruins at Palmyra last week. ...twenty prisoners, thought to be captured Syrian soldiers who had attempted to defend the ancient city from the Islamic State, were put to death before an audience of militants and locals. The observatory reports the amphitheatre dead were just a few of the near-70 executed in the area..."

     "The execution of captive soldiers and criminals became widespread in amphitheatres across the Roman world after the establishment of the Pax Romana during the reign of emperor Augustus (31 BC – AD 14)."

 

Egypt: Muslim convert to Christianity rots in prison: "...he has been subject to physical and verbal abuse, from both prison guards and fellow inmates on account of his 'apostasy' from and 'blasphemy' against Islam. He has been denied a Bible and has not had eyeglasses since they were intentionally broken some time ago.

     "...according to his lawyer, Karam Ghobrial, the real reason his client is being held and tortured in prison has to do with what made Bishoy notorious some years back in the first place: his audacity not only to convert to Christianity, but to try formally to change his religious identity from Muslim to Christian on his ID card—prompting much public animosity and death threats against him at the time." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Court Upholds Law That Could Imprison Pastors For Preaching Biblical Doctrines: "When the civil government orders you to do something that violates God’s Word, 'we ought to obey God rather than men.' (Acts 5:29)

     "In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The law was pushed by every gay rights organization in the country. They claim that anyone who says anything negative about homosexuality is guilty of bullying them and therefore constitutes a hate crime. Under the strictest definition of the law, any biblical preaching against sin in general, especially that of homosexuality could be considered hate language and therefore a hate crime. If convicted of the felony offense, a person could spend as much as 10 years in prison." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Christian persecution at 'unprecedented' levels: "Christians are the most persecuted of all religious believers....An estimated 100,000 Christians are killed each year around the world solely because of their faith." Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

Harassing a faithful and humble Christian!  Push to court-martial general for thanking God: "A civil-liberties group is demanding a two-star Air Force general be court-martialed for mentioning God at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7. Despite the religious nature of the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation [an anti-Christian organization] has called for Olson to be 'aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions,' adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated.....'

      "During his 23-minute address, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson referred to himself as a 'redeemed believer in Christ,' who credits God for his accomplishments in the Air Force. He spoke of 'flying complex aircraft; doing complex nuclear missions – I have no ability to do that. God enabled me to do that.” "Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

 

Video: Air Force Major General Craig Olson speaking in uniform at Shirley Dobson's May 7, 2015 National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill.

 

Activists Warn Congress of Christian 'Ethnic Cleansing': "Every day, thousands of Christians in the Middle East are brutally persecuted by Islamic jihadists demanding they convert to Islam or pay the penalties....

    "Speakers from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the horrors Middle East Christians are facing on a daily basis. 'Entire ancient Christian communities right now are being wiped out by hatred and terror,' Yael Eckstein, senior vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said." See Persecution Scriptures

 

Prison next step for American Christians? "Former Congressman Frank Wolf warned that Americans’ freedom of conscience is under attack and it’s mainly Christians with conservative values who are in the crosshairs of the new champions of political correctness.'

    "Wolf, 76, said Christians may have to resort to civil disobedience because their views are increasingly considered 'intolerant'. When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fails to extend tolerance to people of faith, we are headed down a perilous path....' said the former 17-term congressman from Virginia.'"  See History of Persecution

 

Wake Up Church! Christians Dying for their Faith: "From the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians are enduring attacks for their faith like never before....

     "'When you are dealing in a world where uncontrolled, uncontainable, and extremely violent non-state actors are ranging so freely that has created an even more frightening situation for religious freedom.'...

     "...a Christian holocaust is unfolding across the Middle East and the world, especially the Body of Christ, cannot afford to remain silent."

 

 Fate of 242 Christian Hostages Could Include Slavery, Rape, and/or Execution by Islamic State: After failed negotiations, the Islamic State (IS) has refused to release 242 Christian hostages captured during a late February raid along the Khabur River in Syria.

     "On May 1, IS demanded 242 million U.S. dollars for the release of the 93 women, 51 children, and 98 men taken captive. The Assyrian church, family, and friends, unable to raise such a large sum, made a lesser, undisclosed offer, which the Islamic State rejected, saying it would no longer negotiate concerning the fate of the captive Christians. 'Based on Islamic law, their fate will now likely be slavery (women and children especially) or execution (men especially)." See Preparing for Persecution 

 

The Forgotten Americans Jailed in Iran: "While President Obama continues with his agenda of nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic and attempts to give a legacy to his name, he has completely ignored the fate of several American citizens who are jailed in the Islamic Republic....

     "...the Christian pastor Saeed Abedini... was detained in 2012 and incarcerated in the notorious Evin Prison. The infamous Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested him on ambiguous charges such as endangering national security. The question is how building orphanage in the Northern city of Rash and helping orphans are endangering the national security of the Islamic Republic....

     "On his son’s seventh birthday, Mr. Abedini wrote a heartbreaking letter that began, 'To my dear beloved son Jacob. I saw your beautiful birthday invitation that you had made me and I know how much you want me to be there on your birthday. Daddy loves you so much. I long to be there for your birthday and to make this reunion happen, but my chains are keeping me from you....

     "Another young prisoner is Amir Mirza Hekmati, a former United States Marine. IRGC arrested Hekmati on charges such as being 'corrupt on Earth...and 'an enemy of God 'Mohareb.' He was sentenced to death and is currently serving time in prison awaiting another secretive retrial." See  The Revolutionary Roots of the UN

 

Egypt: Five Christian children held for blasphemy – for insulting the Islamic State: "Thabet said the children remained detained by the authorities, as were other Christians who’d been victims of Muslim assaults. 'We have five Coptic children charged with blasphemy and insulting Islam,' he said. 'We still have other open cases where Christians are charged with inciting violence as if they were the perpetrators, but where they were the victims.” See Hope, Hate & Human Nature

 

Principal Says He Was Fired for Praying at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting: "A high school principal in Georgia is speaking out after he says that he was fired for praying at a voluntary Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting last month. Dr. Michael Lehr... told reporters that he was informed last month—just two days after he led prayer with the group—that his contract was not being renewed.

     “We’re all kind of baffled by the decision.... The superintendent has heard me pray at meetings before. She’s been beside me when I cite Scripture at graduation. Her own board meetings begin with prayer.'...  A meeting is scheduled for May 12 to make his termination official." See Global War on Christian Values

 

Will the Supreme Court open the door to the criminalization  of Christianity?  "We are already seeing the targeting of Christian public servants, including former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired for his faith and his beliefs regarding God’s model for marriage and sexuality. ... One Christian wedding service provider faces a $135,000 fine; others have had to close shop. ... 'They don’t want any traditional marriage supporters to be in business." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

Crackdown on Christians triggers exodus from military: "A leading defender of Christians in the military says the crackdown on the free religious expression of Christians in uniform is increasing despite Pentagon assurances to the contrary, leading active-duty personnel to re-evaluate their careers and young Americans and their parents to reconsider service at all.

     "Recent discipline for military chaplains dispensing biblical counsel have made national headlines, but a recent piece in the Washington Times suggests enlistment numbers are in danger of dropping as well."

 

April 2015

 

America’s Institutional Enablers of the New Anti-Semitism: "Incitement and indoctrination are at the heart of the Jew-hatred raging through the Arab and broader Muslim world and now infecting much of Europe. Within the Palestinian realm, both Palestinian governments – the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza – regularly call for annihilation of the Jews....

     "Beyond explicit calls for genocide, anti-Jewish indoctrination entails labeling Jews as sub-human... and attributing to them the most reprehensible qualities and the most vile crimes." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Turkey’s Jihad on Christian Churches: “Even though Christians are a tiny minority in Turkey today, Christianity has a long history in Asia Minor, the birthplace of many Christian Apostles and Saints, including Paul of Tarsus, Timothy, Nicholas of Myra, and Polycarp of Smyrna....  Today, Turkey has less Christians as a percentage of its population than any of its neighbors — less than Syria, Iraq and Iran....Turkey, a NATO member since 1952 and reportedly a candidate for membership in the European Union, has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Persecution Scripture

 

Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction: "'One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches.... The message conveyed... is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.'...

     "The physical devastation of the Christian Armenians was followed by a cultural devastation. Countless Christian churches and schools have been destroyed or turned into mosques, storehouses or stables.... Turkey... has largely succeeded in destroying the entire Christian cultural heritage of Asia Minor." See Genocide

 

Putin blasts treatment of Mideast Christians: "Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. 'As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East,' Putin told reporters." See Preparing for Persecution 

Former Lebanese President: I Have Never Witnessed Middle East Christians in Such Extreme Danger: "Christianity in the Middle East could face extinction at the hands of Islamic State if the United States and other international powers do not intervene, Former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel said last week. 'I have never in my life witnessed Middle East Christians in such extreme danger,' the former president warned.

     "If present negative trends continue to intensify, we must start thinking about the unthinkable: the extinction of Christianity.' Gemayel said that so far, 'the response by the United States has been a resounding non-response,' explaining that the United States has not done enough to take action. He said the U.S. has 'the military means to do more,' and has 'strong relationships with regional governments' to take action.

     "Gemayel's son, Samy... said in a radio interview on Sunday that '...the Christians are paying the price all over the region and that's why we have been calling for the international community to do something about the Christians all over the region.'" See Trusting God as Freedom Fades

 

UN Warns of 'Slaughter of Innocents' at Refugee Camp in Syria; Level of Humanity Is 'Unimaginable': "United Nations officials warned on Wednesday of a potential 'slaughter of innocents' unless aid and assistance reached a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria where thousands of civilians are trapped up in a vicious battle.

    "Some 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children, are caught in the camp outside Damascus just a few miles from President Bashar al-Assad's palace. The camp largely fell under Islamic State control last week and is surrounded by the Syrian army. Some 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children, are caught in the camp outside Damascus just a few miles from President Bashar al-Assad's palace....

    "But as fighting intensified in and around the camp, the remaining refugees have been left without food, water and medical supplies...."

 

Christian martyrdom is back – with a vengeance: "Recent video of 21 orange-clad Egyptian Christians being simultaneously beheaded by ISIS thugs – along with a steady stream of other horrifying reports of their crucifying, decapitating and burying Christians alive, including children – have shocked the world. But while ISIS is unquestionably a nightmare-come-true, when it comes to the alarming increase in Christian persecution worldwide the 'Islamic State is just the tip of the iceberg." Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians!

Persecution is evident in the spiritual warfare now raging in nations around the world. The following illustrations remind us of the early Christians who gladly gave their lives out of love for their Lord!

Report: Global Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014: “While the year 2014 will go down in history for having the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era, current conditions suggest the worst is yet to come,” Open Doors USA wrote in a press release on Wednesday. The organization has released its annual “World Watch List,” which outlines the most dangerous places to live as a Christian. It notes that while there are a number of factors behind Christian persecution, “Islamic extremism is the main source of persecution in 40 of the 50 countries on the 2015 World Watch List.” "The exception to the statistic is North Korea, which was #1 on Open Doors’ list for the 13th consecutive year. There are estimated to be between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps in the communist country."

 

Faith of Niger Christians Grows Stronger in Face of Unprecedented Violence: "Christians in Niger are joyfully meeting in homes under police protection as they plan to rebuild church buildings and houses after attacks last weekend (Jan. 16-18) that were unprecedented in scale.

     “'Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in this nation,' wrote one missionary couple in the capital, Niamey. 'Nearly every church in the capital city of Niamey was burned or looted, along with some schools and orphanages and several other churches and Christian homes throughout the nation.” See Persecution Scriptures

 

It Is Open Season on Christians’: "Gunmen burst into a Christian prayer service, proceeded to shoot down the innocent worshipers. That comes after a mid-March suicide bombing in Pakistan killing 14 Christians, wounding 70 others. A few weeks before that, Libya — ISIS killers beheading 21 Egyptian Christians. ... Christians are being slaughtered....

     "Here in the U.S.A., verbal attacks against Christians are the headlines. As we reported yesterday, some far-left people aided by a sympathetic media are now smearing Americans who oppose things like abortion and gay marriage. No question it is open season on Christians."

 

Jihadis Cleansing Pakistan of Christians: "On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers. At least 17 people were killed and over 70 were wounded.... The Taliban claimed responsibility....

     "According to eyewitnesses, two suicide bombers approached the gates of the two churches and tried to enter them. When they were stopped — including by a 15-year-old Christian who blocked them with his body — they self-detonated. Witnesses saw 'body parts flying through the air.'... Agents present at the time of the attack were busy watching the cricket match on TV, instead of carrying out their duty to protect churches."

 

From Missionary friends in Pakistan: Please Pray: "The situation is very critical and the potential of even more people fleeing for their lives is very great. We MUST pray... May our Precious Savior and King grant each of us wisdom to hear and respond to His Voice as we continue to Journey with Him on the Calvary Road.

      "Young boys are physically tortured, families are disturbed and in pain due to their children. They have to flee for their safety to safe places. Those students who have final examinations can’t take the exams, as they fled or they are arrested by the police. Severe physical torture has made them unable to leave a normal life. CTS strongly ask your continue prayers and moral support to Christians in Pakistan especially those who live in Lahore...." See Preparing for Persecution

 

March 2015

 

Christians Living In Persecution Speak Out Against Obama: "Three Christians living in persecution recently spoke out about President Obama’s remarks dealing with ISIS and the Crusades. 'I strongly condemn this statement by US President Obama. Christianity has never caused persecution. Christianity has always preached to love our neighbor. The Bible teaches us, 'But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If any one slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too.'

       "I know of no Christian extremist groups attacking people of other faiths. All over the world, especially Pakistan, Christians are attacked mostly for their beliefs. So I do not agree with President Barack Obama." See Persecution Scriptures

 

UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities: "Dwight Bashir, deputy director for policy at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom ...[said]: 'The situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran is very dire because the Iranian regime is a Sharia state." See Preparing for Persecution

 

Franklin Graham: New Obama danger for Christians: “'We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam, and the reason I say that … is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama,' Graham said.... 'His mother married another Muslim man. They moved to Indonesia. He went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up, his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity..." See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

February 2015

 

Syria: 72 Christian families kidnapped; More under siege by IS: "...sources from Syria’s embattled Hassaka province confirmed Tuesday that at least 72 Assyrian Christian families - thought to be around 200 people - from three villages have been captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). ... An additional 50 or more families are still under siege in Tel Shamiram village, surrounded by IS fighters." See Persecution Scriptures

 

ISIS Captures Christians: Piece by piece, Middle Eastern Christianity is being shattered: "Still reeling from last week’s news of the Islamist beheading of 21 Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya, Middle Eastern Christians were again targeted by a large scale Islamist terror attack with thousands of victims Monday, in Syria.

      "Islamic State jihadists laid siege to a string of Christian Assyrian villages, along the Khabour river, in northeastern Syria, kidnapping or killing scores of residents. ... Piece by piece, Middle Eastern Christianity is being shattered." See A Taste of Blood: Human nature without a moral conscience!

 

Paraded in cages 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot: ISIS releases video claiming to show 17 Kurdish fighters in humiliating procession through Iraqi city: "In a grim echo of the terrible fate which befell Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh the captives, reportedly Peshmerga fighters, are dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages. Just as Lt. al-Kaseasbeh was burned alive on camera, IS are planning to do the same with their latest prisoners..."

 

Mainstreaming Jew Hatred in America: "Israel’s ambassador to Denmark reportedly warned Jews to avoid being identified as such in Copenhagen. 'We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street...'

     "Two days before, protesters spray-painted the words 'child killers' on the white walls that surround the Israeli diplomatic mission in the embassy complex....“ See Muslim Brotherhood & the Plots to Rule an Islamic World

 

Austria Prosecuter: Calling for the Killing of Jews is Legitimate Criticism of Israel: "Twenty-nine-year-old Ibrahim B. wrote on Facebook in December, attributing a quote to the infamous Austrian-born Nazi leader, 'I could have annihilated all the Jews in the world, but I left some of them alive so you will know why I was killing them.' In another message, Austrian media reports that Ibrahim called for “Allah” to “annihilate the Jewish State” and its people.” See Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception!

 

January 2015

 

Christians Burned Alive Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2014: "In Pakistan, 'A mob accused of burning alive a Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan allegedly wrapped a pregnant mother in cotton so she would catch fire more easily, according to family members who witnessed the attack.... Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran.... Their legs were also broken so they couldn't run away....

     "About the Christian couple, Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti, President of the Pakistan Christian Congress, wrote a letter to U.S. President Obama expressing surprise that the U.S. did not even bother to condemn this crime." See Preparing for Persecution   

 

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