Christian Persecution

What is it exactly? Christian persecution is hostility experienced as a result of one’s identification as a follower of Jesus. Beatings, physical torture, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are examples of the persecution experienced by many.

Every November churches worldwide, set aside one Sunday to fast, pray and to remember our brothers and sisters suffering for their faith.

What do we pray? We pray that God would raise up a new bold generation that is able to face persecution.   We pray for an outpouring of steadfastness in their faith and their testimony. We pray for God to sustain the believers and provide them with water, food, shelter and medicine.  We pray churches would be planted in the midst of war. We pray that those imprisoned would have opportunities to share their faith with inmates and even with their persecutors. We pray that God would work through the suffering church, that they could be a light in the darkness around them. We pray that God would bring to their memory promises from His Word that would encourage them and others. We pray for joy and peace in the midst of pain.

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned and tortured by Communist authorities in his native Romania for 14 years. While in prison, he envisioned a ministry that would focus on the plight of the persecuted Church, raise a voice on its behalf and provide encouragement and assistance to suffering believers.

His 1967 book, Tortured for Christ, provided an account of the brutality he and other Christians suffered at the hands of Communist oppressors. It opened the eyes and hearts of Christians in the West who had never before heard of the atrocities happening to believers living in Communist nations.

“Prison was hard, terrible, but it would be wrong to say that it was only hard and terrible. It had its beautiful side and, at times, the joys we had in prison were such that I wouldn’t have changed place with Queen Elizabeth.” Voice of the Martyrs Founder, Richard Wurmbrand (1909 – 2001).

  •  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
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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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8 Responses to Christian Persecution

  1. Frank says:

    Kathleen, this is a powerful post. As we near the Lord’s coming, the signs are that persecution will become even more pronounced. The church of today must become steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work.

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Frank, You are correct. Scripture warns and prepares us for what’s ahead. I pray that none of us will shrink back in fear, but stand firm for His truth.

  2. Dottie says:

    Thanks for this, Kathleen. I receive their monthly magazine and contribute monthly to them. We need to keep being reminded.

  3. Matthew says:

    Well written post. But the Bible promises us protection. The kind of protection enjoyed by Daniel and his three friends. Also according to Christian history the apostle John was boiled in oil, but was unhurt. It was after this that he was sent to Patmos.

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Matthew, Thank you for writing. If you read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe you will see that since the beginning of the Church Age, there have been countless people martyred for their faith in Christ.
      The apostle John saw in his vision of the millennium those martyred for their faith reigning with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4).
      Today we are under the New Covenant, not the Old. God does not promise to keep believers in Christ from all physical harm. There are certainly times when He does…Paul and Luke’s survival of the shipwreck in Acts 27 and Paul’s imperviousness to the snakebite in Acts 28 are cases in point. Today, however, God’s promises to believers usually refer to spiritual protection. We know today there are Christians being persecuted, tortured and put to death for their faith, in many countries.

  4. Tai says:

    Very powerful post, Kathleen! Your words lead me to deeply pray, beautiful friend! Thanks for sharing! GOD bless you, Love! 🙂

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