News and Updates on Persecution of Followers of Jesus — July 12, 2018

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Christian Persecution

I believe persecution is an ever growing issue for followers of Jesus. Today, just like in the book of Acts, Christians are persecuted all over the world for following Jesus.

PERSECUTION AT A GLANCE

Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with the Messiah. Disciples throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape and even death as a result of their faith.

Trends show that countries in AfricaAsia and the Middle East are intensifying persecution against Christians, and perhaps the most vulnerable are women, who often face double persecution for faith and gender.

Every day there are new reports of disciples who face threats, unjust imprisonment, harassment, beatings and even loss of family because of their faith in Jesus.

Updates

Christianity Isn’t Personal or Public—It’s Both Persecution at the hands of authorities, and, for some, martyrdom. Christian history bears robust witness to this. From Justi… missioalliance.org

Our Fellowship of Christians and Jews After we prayed together, I asked the scores of Iraqi Christians assembled at St. Mary’s Church in Amman, Jordan, two questio… International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Germany ramps up deportations of failed Afghan asylum seekers Mursalin is not his real name: He asked for anonymity because, as a Christian convert, he fears retaliation … in Europe mu… News4Jax

Faith: Living What You Cannot See The Christian life is a life of faith, being sure of what we do not see. For the readers in this letter, they are being chall… servantsofgrace.org

15 Inspiring African saints’ names ideal for your baby boy Many are arabic speaking Christians — thousands of whom live in areas of the world where they are persecuted for their faith. … Aleteia

Anti-Semitism is the West’s self-destruction That is why the same Europe that is becoming anti-Israel is not moved by the anti-Christian persecution in Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Christians too must leave the region, as if these Christians remind th… searchlight-germany.blogspot.com

A New Century of Martyrs: Anti-Christian Intolerance But what’s even more staggering is that, according to the same estimate, 45 million, or two-thirds of all Christian martyrs, … Crosswalk.com

Trump Immigration Policy Has Plunged Mexican Migrants Into a Purgatory: ‘It’s as If They Killed … Whether a Nigerian Christian, an Angolan political exile or a pregnant … Migrants with a “well-grounded” fear of … Newsweek

Religious Persecution in China Dramatically Worsened in 2014, Group Says (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in China reached its highest level in more than a decade last year as … ChristianHeadlines.com

Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “The Merchant of Venice” is a tale for our time It sounds like a steep price to pay, but it’s a case of the persecuted becoming the persecutors … It’s easy to make … Tuacahn

Judge Rules Trump Admin. Is Wrong to Deny 87 Iranian Christians, Religious Minorities Asylum … Source:  Worthy Christian News

How Islam Apologists Like John Esposito Dupe Americans About Sharia While admitting that Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are currently being persecuted, not only do the authors insis… raymondibrahim.com

Pain to Gain for Others But it is so for all Christians. “The godly in Christ will suffer persecution,” Peter said. One has to surmise that the reaso … For The Church

Mosaics found in medieval synagogue tell a tale of Jewish life in Galilee

Many are arabic speaking Christians — thousands of whom live in areas of the world where they are persecuted for their faith. … Aleteia

Do You Care About the Rule of Law? Then Act Like It My family spent a century fleeing persecution. My father’s family was persecuted in Syria for being Christian and left for … OPINION The New York Times

Thai-Burmese church members say boys’ rescue were answered prayers But he…gave his life helping others.” Rev. Powell said some of the Thai and Burmese at the church have experienced … NJ.com

Trump spiritual adviser: Jesus wouldn’t have been Messiah if he broke immigration law

A spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump said that Jesus would have been “sinful” and not “our Messiah” if he had … USA Today

Myanmar refugee teen accidentally drowns outside Kansas City The Christian family fled religious persecution in Myanmar, a predominantly Muslim country. Hata’s funeral services will be … KSN.com

Mission in the midst of persecution: a book review He proposes that God is on mission, and that the future of every Christian minister ought to be about joining God’s mission. … Patheos

 

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