Killing Christians

I recently read Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe  by Tom Doyle… http://www.killingchristiansbook.com/  He also wrote Dreams and Visions. 

He begins by explaining that the Church in America is not strong because the Church in America is not under persecution. Persecution is what grows the Church.

His stories are about Muslims in the Middle East today who have unique introductions to Christ, most by dreams and visions.  It can be a death sentence for those who share their faith with others. We in the West cannot imagine the oppression these believers experience. They prefer torture or martyrdom over denying their faith.

Doyle suggests we ask ourselves two questions:  “Am I willing to suffer for Jesus?  Am I willing to die for Jesus? …From now until Jesus returns, persecution will increase and so will martyrdom.”

Doyle challenges us to pray for our brothers and sisters who live in danger. We all have good intentions, but we get busy.  He suggests the 8thirty8 challenge.  Set your watch or phone to 8:38 PM and when the alarm goes off, pray for those who, because of their faith in Christ, are in prison, persecution, or danger.  Your prayers can be current and strategic, rather than the anemic Lord-bless-everyone-in-danger kind of prayers. Simply link to  https://www.facebook.com/8thirty8  to learn specific needs. The page posts daily SOS prayer alerts for Jesus followers worldwide.

Doyle says, “The timing is significant. As nighttime falls on us in the West, daytime is just beginning in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. And what will they face today? It could be persecution or maybe even death. By praying each evening, you send believers there into the day with a prayer of blessing and hope–and with the promise found in Romans.  Stand with your family.”

Where did 8thirty8 originate?  It’s from Romans 8:38-39  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  •  Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.    Hebrews 13:3
  • Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.    Matthew 10:28
  • https://www.facebook.com/8thirty8  
  • SONG: GOD IS READY  – Words & Music by Kathleen; Robin Poem by Elizabeth Cheney–circa 1931

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

 

 

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to Killing Christians

  1. Janet says:

    I was unfamiliar with the 8thirty8 initiative, but I like the idea of setting my phone alarm to that time as a reminder to pray for all those who are suffering for the Lord. I am also an online missionary for GMO and feel blessed that I do not live in a country where I am persecuted for my religious beliefs. Thanks for sharing Kathleen!

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Janet, I’m glad you share my enthusiasm for praying for the suffering church. Also happy to have another online missionary reading my posts. God bless you!

  2. Mark says:

    thank you Kathleen – I will be standing in prayer with you and all who lift these martyrs to God! I pray he will give them all strength, courage, faith, and hope!

  3. Mark says:

    forgot to say I really enjoyed the song today too! 🙂 God bless!

  4. Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing this. it’s a great idea to use our modern technology to call us to prayer rather than lead us away.

  5. Karen says:

    While I have no doubt persecution grows the church, the question to ask is why does it grow the church? I believe the Lord has shown me the answer: surrender. I have a face to face relationship with Jesus because I have surrendered to Him ( as much as He has enabled me). He is no less real to me than He is to those who Tom Doule has wrote about. To say that God needs martyrdom to grow His church is doing an injustice to our Father’s nature. What this book has done for me is make me love Jesus more. He Really is our all sufficient. Hallelujah!

  6. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, I share brother Doyle’s perspective. We in the West don’t know what it is to suffer for the cause of Christ. We have not been put to the test as our brothers and sisters are daily in other parts of the world. Going forward, I will go pray more for them. Thanks for sharing.

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