|List Name||Christian Persecution Watch (Persecution)|
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A multitude of believers were martyred by the Roman Empire before the first "Christian" Emperor took the throne. Then for 1000 years during the Dark Ages some 50,000,000 Baptists were martyred by that power hungry, money craving, murderous machine, the Roman Catholic "Church." During the 20th century it was even worse. In our times countries like China, Russia, Sudan, Indonesia, and others, mostly Islamic and Communist nations have suppressed, enslaved, tortured, and murdered millions of Christians.
This is nothing new, but has intensified as time has passed. It began with Cain's murder of his righteous brother, Able. The Bible speaks on this wise concerning those of the Old Testament who were persecuted and martyred: "Who through faith ... stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented." (Hebrews 11:33-27) Satan is not pleased with the advance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To be sure not all of those who are persecuted for the name of Christ are fundamental in the faith, and many are not even saved who die for His name sake. However, I believe that no religion should be persecuted with the sword unless they act outside the realm of human decency as the Roman Catholic religion has done in the past, and Atheism (Communism) and the Islamic religion often do, and others occasionally do. All, including Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, and Christendom, should be allowed to weigh the evidences and decide for themselves what to believe. This forbidden in many countries and religious freedom is supressed in even more.
New Agers, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and "Christian" bigots and fanatics abound, but true Christians do not join in on forced religion (Eph. 6:11-12; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; 1 Pet. 3:15; Matt 20:25-28) .
The Lord Jesus Christ says to all born again believers:
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matt. 5:10-12)
"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." (Rev. 2:10)
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
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