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Time for Urgent Prayer: Christianity Under Attack Around the World

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 7:00 AM
August 1, 2014

Bible_Study_And_Prayer-705853    Dear Partners: Because of its urgency, I have asked Dr. Jael to allow me to repeat parts of her recent post in Worlds Collide,:‘It’s The Last Days:  Still Don’t Believe Christianity Is Under Attack?’ It shows we have much prayer work to do:

After stating: “Between staid [church services and campaign rallies, are American Christians aware that Communists countries and radical Muslim groups destroy churches, muffle Christian voices, and even slay Christians?,” she cites examples of Christian persecutions in China, the Sudan, Russia, Nigeria, etc.

She quotes Andrew Jacobs of The New York Times: “In another sign of the authorities’ efforts to contain one of China’s fastest-growing religions, a government demolition campaign against public symbols of the Christian faith has toppled crosses at two more churches in the coastal province of Zhejiang.

“ . . . congregants at the Wenling Church. . . faced off with as many as 4,000 police officers but ultimately failed to prevent the removal of two crosses from atop their building. . . as many as 40 people were detained during the standoff . . . [A]uthorities in Zhejiang Province have issued demolition notices to more than 100 churches, saying their structures violated zoning regulations.”

‘Voices of Martyrs’ magazine writes continually about pastors being jailed in Muslim and Communists countries.  Didi Kirsten Tatlow reveals in ‘Christian Pastor Sentenced to 12 Years in Chinese Prison’: Pastor Zhang Shaojie now sits in jail for the ‘crime’ of  “gathering a crowd (i.e. a church) to disrupt social order.”

Jael is particularly disturbed about stealth substitutions in Russia making a KGB secret service agent as head of thepatriarch-kirill Russian Orthodox Church. Not only is this  Patriarch Krill devoted to Russian president Putin, he also withstood Ukrainian pastors because they spiritually defended their country and their soldiers.

All Christians should be horrified about what this newly formed, but extremely violent Muslim group, ISIS is doing in Iraq.  When they took over Mosul, that nation’s second largest city, ISIS burned down its 1800 year old Christian church and demanded that all Christians either convert to Islam, leave their homes and belongings or be killed.

But Jael seems particularly angry about prayer lethargy in U.S. churches: “Many churches are headed by unChristian pastors who, commit unseen moral decadence. Some churches serve as covers for crimes. Too many churches succumb to the worst corruption of all––love of money, love of race, of ethnic culture––preference for any force that drives out the love of God and of man.”

She closes with Our LORD’s admonishment in Revelation 3: “Because 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.”

I call on Bros. Michael, John, Sr., John, Jr., and others to renew their prayer groups and to specifically pray for these nations, asking God to:  1) Stop the rise of ISIS and to punish that group for what it has done to Christians; to bless those Christians who have been displaced from their homes and businesses;

2)  To stop Russia from moving further into Ukraine, to bless and strengthen pastors and Christians in Ukraine;  3) To stop Boko Haram’s Muslim rebel army in Nigeria which also murders Christians, tears down their villages and burns God’s churches; 4) To have the U.S. negotiate with China to stop persecuting pastors and Christians and desecrating their churches or the U.S. will not import their goods!

Pray in faith, remembering what our wholesale Christian t-shirts insist:
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving (Colossians 4: 20).” Report back to me on your prayer meeting schedules ASAP please.

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