Night Cometh: Christianity Now the Most Persecuted Faith on Earth!

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 23:53 PM
April 2, 2013

While the world and the U.S. government, keep an eye on the Middle East––i.e. war in Syria, poverty in Egypt,  refugees in Jordan, etc.––little is said about the Christians fleeing nations in that region, due to severe persecutions, incarcerations, unrelenting violence, and even murder believers have suffered in their Middle Eastern homelands, simply because of their faith in The LORD Jesus Christ.

Christian-population-Middle-East        Christians have been leaving the Middle East since World War I.  But what was then a slight exodus has today turned to a torrent of expatriates forced to leave nations where their families have lived for hundreds, even thousands, of years.

For instance, in the early 20th century, Christians made up 53% of the population in Jerusalem.  Now that figure is less than two percent.  Eighty-five percent of the citizens of Bethlehem during World War II were Christians.  Today that figure is 12% or less. Those statistics reflect the same in most Arab nations.

In ‘Middle East Christians Need Our Protection: Column,’ Kirsten Powers of USA Today writes:   “Up to two-thirds of Christians have fled Iraq in the past ten years to escape massacres, church burnings and constant death threats. Many Christians fled to Syria, where they are experiencing persecution anew. In Iran, U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini has been sentenced to eight years in prison for preaching Christianity.”

Lebanon use to be known as a Christian nation, but believers in Christ Jesus have fled there in droves.  Even Amin Gemayel, former President of that country, said over a year ago:  “Massacres are taking place for no reason and without any justification against Christians. It is only because they are Christians.”

Even as they celebrate the new leader of the Coptic Church in Egypt, the eight million Christians there feel the heat of persecution on their heels.  Job loses, police persecutions, and other factors of discrimination have increase under the new Egyptian President, Mohamed Mursi of the Moslem Brotherhood.

As Yasmine Saleh of Egypt reports for Reuters News Service:  “Many fear their community, the biggest Christian a_postcard_beirut_0402group in the Middle East which has long complained of discrimination, will be squeezed to the sidelines of society under Islamists now ruling the Muslim-majority nation.”

Rupert Shortt of guardian.co.uk explains the persecution of Christians in, ‘In the Middle East, the Arab Spring Has Given Way to a Christian Winter:’  “The truth about religious oppression – that it is Christians who are targeted in greater numbers than any other faith group on earth ––thus comes as a surprise to many.

“ . . . some 200 million believers, or 10% of the global total, are threatened by discrimination or harassment or outright violence. The problem extends well outside Islamic countries to include India, the communist world, and even to Buddhist-majority societies such as Burma and Sri Lanka.”

Time is running out for Christians who ‘one day’ plan to work for God.  As The LORD Jesus warned in Bible prophecies:  “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9: 4).”

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