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‘The Night’ Cometh: Strengthen Christian Faith While There’s Time

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 1:17 AM
November 24, 2013

persecution-Christians        Can you image: Being whipped with 80 lashes because your fellowship drank Communion cups for The LORD’s supper; Or being among 366 killed because your Christian prayer group was said to engage in ‘un-Islamic’ activity; Or watching artillery shells explode your church while it was full of people?

In ‘Iran Gives Christians 80 Lashes for Communion Wine. . . ,’ Benjamin Weinthal reports:  “Four Iranian Christians were . . . sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment . . . even as a new U.N. report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the men “were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty.”

Ahmed Shaheed, UN human rights reporter, claims:  “At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013 . . . violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background” are witnessed.

Weinthal also explains:  “Iran’s regime has made stopping the spread of Christianity a cornerstone of its crackdown on religious freedom. The U.S. State Department estimates there [may be] as many as 370,000 Christians in Iran.” The clerical rulers believe Christianity threatens their Shiite Islamic religion.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in, ‘Commission: Boko Haram Has Attacked 50 Churches Since 2012,’ also laments: “The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has “bombed, burned, or attacked’ 50 churches in Nigeria since January 2012.  The 50 attacks have killed at least 366 persons:

“31 separate attacks on Christians . . . perceived to be Christian, killing at least 166 persons; 23 targeted attacks on Lions-Christiansclerics or senior Islamic figures critical of Boko Haram, killing at least 60 persons; and 21 attacks on ‘un-Islamic’ institutions or persons engaged in ‘un-Islamic’ behavior, killing at least 74.”
World Watch Monitor quotes Rev. Mbaye-Bondoi, a pastor in Bangui, who witnessed:  “Three artillery shells crashed into a church and killed seven people during a weekend of violence in the Central African Republic . . . Two shells landed on the church building and another one landed in the churchyard.”

The seven fallen were attending Sunday services in the Evangelical Federation of Brothers church. Several children were also wounded. The Seleka Coalition fired the shells. Since the Seleka group was formed, “there have been attacks on Christian clerics and lay people, as well as their homes and churches.”

While these Christians are martyred, too often American Christians ‘feast’ on church dinners, ‘televised’ worship, and Christianized pageantry.  If U.S. Christians don’t truly repent, this group will be just as The LORD spoke to the Church of the Laodiceans in Revelations 3 of Bible prophecies:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:. . . because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. . . . thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

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