As you read this words, people across the Muslim world are coming to Christ. At the same time many of them know full well that converting to Christianity means committing the capital offense of apostasy against Islamic law. They have basically signed their death certificate.
From that point forward any Muslim has the Sharia-given right to kill them if they do not convert back to Islam.
There are countless stories online of children being disowned by their families and running away from home to avoid honor killing. In many of these situations their family will make up a story that their child has died in an accident in order to avoid the stigma of having a Christian person in their midst, and to actually avoid violence against themselves.
Jesus was well aware of this tragic situation when he walked the Earth two thousand years ago and spoke very clearly about it. He predicted these things will occur:
“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”” Luke 12:51-53
All this because of faith in Him.
In the last month I have been made aware of online videos with our brothers in Christ being beheaded in Syria because they are Christian. I have seen church bombings and thousands of Christians killed in Egypt and other African and Asian countries because of Christ.
As you read this, our brothers and sisters are dying for their faith in Christ.
Suffering for faith in Christ to the point of martyrdom is a special way to glorify God. Apostle Peter considers such suffering as a gracious thing. It is a special kind of grace that some have been given the opportunity to suffer for Christ:
“…when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:20-21
“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter 4:16
“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4:19
To suffer for the glory of God. Such is the fate of Christians in Asia and Africa.
Keep them in prayer so they will be unwavering in their faith.
“To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
I am aware of the be-headings and mistreatment of Christians in Muslim countries. It seems to be getting worse each year.
Thanks for keeping us up to date, Delight.
Praying for our brave new Christians with you…
I often reflect upon the Apostle Paul, waiting in that cold, damp, miserable cell for the executioner. i see a similar path for our brothers and sisters in Muslim nations. They as he have to live with the knowledge of a wrong direction in life until the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shines upon the.
i pray they be strengthened in the inner man and hold fast to their confession. Though they be alone in a hostile environment, the words of Jesus ring out loud and clear” I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ” And when you walk through the fire I will be with you!”
Manny, those word from Jesus are so comforting… The Holy Spirit will remind these precious souls of those words. That is what the Bible says, that He will remind us of what Jesus said…
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Christians, please pray for our brother and sisters in Christ who through His spirit have the courage to call Him Lord even though it means persecution and even death. Their suffering is a witness and a challenge to us, that we might be encouraged to also be open about our faith regardless of the consequences. This article highlights the very real dangers of a religion that is fast being accepted around the world in its ‘peaceful’ form. Let us pray that the witness of our suffering brethren in places like Syria might act as a wake up call to those Muslims who abhor violence, that the Lord might open their eyes to the truth so that they might be saved. There are many echoes of Nazi Germany in what we are seeing in the world right now. Praise God for those Muslims who have risked their own lives and reputations to protect God’s people. May the Lord have mercy on them and bless them for their kindness.
i have a friend whom i want to testify to about Christ..but i am just afraid for Him.
Welcome to Delight in Truth. Have you considered doing it discretely and in private? Is there great danger of persecution for your friend?