Supporting the Persecuted Church

Across the world, there are huge numbers of Christians who are suffering under persecution.  In the West, it is easy to forget what our brothers and sisters in Christ are having to endure.  Recently, across the Middle East with the rise of Islamic State, the horrific suffering is spreading and increasing.  This shouldn’t surprise us as God’s prophetic purposes unfold – Jesus told us that we should expect to face persecution and it would increase as we move closer to the End Times.  He also said:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-11).

This is an important issue, because one day we too may also be faced with this, and as followers of Jesus we are called to stand firm in our faith and endure to the end.  Our brothers and sisters around the world need our prayers and support… We believe it is important to raise awareness of what is happening to our persecuted family around the world, so that we can pray for them, pray for those persecuting them and for the rest of the church to wake up to what is beginning to sweep the globe in increasing measure.

 …there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12: 25-26)

We regularly post, on our Facebook page, often scarcely reported information and news about the persecution of the Church, particularly in the Middle East, and call upon our supporters to join with us in praying for the millions who are being persecuted and killed across the region.

Relevant Articles:

CHRIST AT THE CHECKPOINT – A COUNTER MANIFESTO

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our ‘counter manifesto’ has been written in response to the CATC4 manifesto: http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/index.php/en/catc4-manifesto This response has been written out of genuine concern and love for the Palestinian Church whose plight and suffering we publicly acknowledge, stuck as they are between a rock and a hard place: a highly defensive militarised Israel on the one side, and the intransigent hardening hearts of their Palestinian Muslim neighbours on the other. As Jesus/Yeshua suffered, so we too as His disciples must expect to suffer. Such suffering must of course be for righteousness sake, for which we are blessed. “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3). Amid suffering, Jesus’ disciples first and foremost must stand on the immutable word of God and obey it. For God’s ways are not like man’s. When we do, and “when our ways please the Lord He can make our enemies be at peace with us” (Proverbs 16:7). So this counter manifesto was written to our Palestinian brethren out of love and we ask them to prayerfully consider what we have written. The Emmaus Group – 7th March 2016   ___________________ Counter-Manifesto:   1. Bethlehem Bible College (BBC): The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. Emmaus Group (EG): The opening statement, “the Kingdom of God has come”, is misleading. The Bible says in many passages such as Matt 10:7, Mark 1:15, Luke 10:9 and others, that the Kingdom of God is ‘at hand’...

IS BRITAIN STILL A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY? – PART 2

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) In part one of this paper[i] we examined statistics and trends that demonstrate it is no longer applicable to claim that Britain is a Christian country; especially not when only 3.5 – 5% are actually practicing believers. In this second part we will consider further that not only are we are not a Christian nation, but that the nation is actually taking a stand against Christianity. “All practicing Christians are now a “minority” in Britain like persecuted Roman Catholics during the Reformation, according to two of Britain’s most senior Anglican and Catholic clerics.”[ii] Bishop of London Richard Chatres & Cardinal Vincent Nichols – 9.2.16. We highlighted in part one that when a nation turns its back on God and becomes stiff-necked towards His ways, there are consequences: for our God is a God of justice.[iii] The reality we face today is that God’s laws conflict with man’s and with our state-defined ‘British values’. Man is on a collision course with God’s word – of which “every word is God breathed, profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped for every good work.”[iv] So let’s consider a few examples of how man’s laws now conflict with God’s, and the potential consequences for believers. The government’s new Counter Extremism Strategy (CES) states: “Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.[v]” At...

EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS SCAPEGOATED BY MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD

In the wake of President Morsi’s overthrow, the Moslem Brotherhood has been venting its fury on Egypt’s Coptic Christians.   Violence, intimidation, murders and burning of properties have spiked significantly as Christians are now unjustly targeted and accused of being co-conspirators in Morsi’s removal. Anonymous letters were addressed to Copts threatening them not to join the protests, otherwise their businesses, cars, homes, schools, and churches “might” catch fire.   On July 3rd in Upper Egypt, St. George’s Church was looted and torched.  The evangelical Saleh Church in Delga was attacked and burnt while the majority of Copts had their homes and businesses looted and torched.  According to the pastor of Delga Catholic Church, who was able to escape the fire only through the roof, “supporters of former President Morsi are engaged in continuous and unprecedented harassment of Copts.”  He said that people broke into Christian homes at gunpoint, terrorizing women and children, seizing gold jewelry and furniture. Another Islamist mob tried to attack the main Coptic cathedral in Qena.  The group then moved on to attack Christian-owned homes and businesses in the area.  On Wednesday July 3rd a mob attacked the Church of the Holy Virgin in the coastal town of Marsa Matrouh.   On July 6, one brother was shot dead as he left his church in al-Arish, north Sinai – the same area where al-Qaeda linked Brotherhood affiliates, attacked and expelled Christians a few months ago.  Four Christians were slaughtered by radical Moslems in Luxor province.  Dozens of Christian homes and businesses were looted and torched. In a new and equally disturbing trend is the kidnap of Christians for money,...