Blog note: Christian Persecution. Jesus indicated that many would hate and persecute Christians because of His name. This has always been the case and is increasing in intensity and frequency.
Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 14:26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 19:14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. End of note.
Nigeria: 19 More Christians Killed in Savage Fulani Islamist Attack
Faithwire. October 8, 2018. Will Maule.
Yet another group of Nigerian Christians has been attacked by Islamist Fulani militants amid escalating calls for the government to do more to combat the violent group.
Persecution watchdog, International Christian Concern (ICC), reported that the attack took place on October 3, and resulted in the slaying of some 19 Chrisitians in the country’s Plateau State.
According to ICC:
Just 24 hours later, in Nkiendoro village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, another four people were murdered, and 35 houses burned to the ground. Both the local Catholic church and Evangelical Church, “Winning All,” were burnt down in the attack, according to Nigerian news outlet, Punch.
These are the latest incidents of brutality at the hands of the Islamist Fulani herdsmen that have plagued the region in recent months. Last month, 27 Christians drowned as they fled a vicious assault on their village which is situated along the Benue river.
A local pastor explained how, upon hearing gunfire, many of the villagers fled into the bush, or drowned as they attempted to swim across the river.
“Nobody knows the whereabouts of these people missing. Since their dead bodies are not found, it is too early to declare them dead. We will give them the benefit of doubt; maybe some of them may return home to their families,” the pastor noted, as reported by World Watch Monitor.
Jidauna Igiya, the head of Gon village, explained how many tried calling the security services once the attacks began, but that these attempts were fruitless.
“We tried to call security forces but none came to our rescue,” he said. “We managed to put our families, children, women and old people through the bush and that is how we were able to be saved. Right now we are all scattered. Some of us are still in the bush, taking shelter around Gon north, while some of our families are in Numan and others in other villages.”
The attacks have become increasingly common in this region, with the Fulani militants attempting to eradicate Christianity from the land. The state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Stephen Mamza, said that believers were continuing to be “killed by these so-called herdsmen on a daily basis, ” noting that the security forces continue to leave the Christian community vulnerable to attack.
The “incessant attacks on Christians has led to hunger and starvation, adding that if these Christians are not aided many will die of starvation,” he added.
Please continue to pray for those who continue to be persecuted for their faith in Christ
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