Following Christ can be Deadly

Recent events have reminded me of OUR CALLING (Hebrews 13:3) to pray for the persecuted Church. During the pastoral prayer on Sunday, Dwight mentioned two situations in which Christians were killed for their faith. I would like share more with you so you can better plead with our Heavenly Father for their families and the spread of the gospel.

Collin Hansen, of The Gospel Coalition, reminds us:

“The last two months have provided bloody reminders that following Christ can be deadly. In July, brothers Rashid and Sajid Emmanuel were murdered outside a courtroom in Faisalabad, Pakistan, where they had been charged with blasphemy. Rashid was a gospel preacher affiliated with an Acts 29 Network partner. Then last week, Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan killed 10 aid workers on a Christian medical mission. The Taliban claimed the victims had been evangelizing Muslims.”

I encourage you to read his whole article. “Death Penalty for Evangelism.”

On Sunday, Doug J. shared with me that, Tom Little,  the eye doctor who was killed in Afghanistan is the father of his brother’s  best friend. Obviously for the families involved the price for following Jesus is clear. But for so many of us these martyrdoms might seem like just another headline. Let it not be so! Let us grieve for the lost whose hearts are so deceived by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:3-6) that they would murder the ones who bring them good news. Let us grieve as ones with hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13) for the families who have lost loved ones. Let us rejoice that their testimony declares God has already won the victory through King Jesus.

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:10-11

To better understand the global situation of the persecuted church, please visit Voice of the Martyrs.

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