Christian Persecution Update

Extremists stone, slash Christians in India, claim victory for Hindu goddess

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


Extremists stone, slash Christians in India, claim victory for Hindu goddess

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter

Dozens of Christians were stoned, slashed, blooded over Christmas in India at the hands of radical Hindus who objected to their worship.

The Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India shared with Morning Star News that there were at least 18 incidents reported over the Christmas season.

In one of the attacks on December 23 in Kowad village, Kolhapur District in Maharashtra state, 20 or so masked men left seven Christians needing intensive care in hospital.

The radicals attacked a service at the New Life Fellowship Church with swords, knives, iron rods, glass bottles, stones and other sharp objects.

They chanted “Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji,”declaring victory for the Hindu goddess Bhawani and warrior king Shivaji.

“They barged into the worship hall and began to throw big stones and empty beer bottles at the worshipers,” said Milton Norenj, coordinator of the New Life Fellowship Jadhinglaj.

Pastor Bhimsen Ganpati Chavan said that some 40 people were attending the service when the attack began.

“As soon as they entered, they began to shoot empty beer bottles and stones at the congregation,” Chavan explained. “As they stepped forward, they attacked us with swords, iron rods and knives mercilessly, men and women alike.”

Swati Chavan, the pastor’s wife, was one of the injured.

“I was hit by an iron rod on my hand and received a head injury,” she said. “They hit my back repeatedly with their fists, which caused swelling. I had to undergo a head scan to rule out clotting.”

The 18 cases the RLC reported on over Christmas were all characterized by police being pressured by Hindu extremists to harass believers with legal problems.

Nehemiah Christie, legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom-India’s Tamil Nadu, explained that “they want to create communal disharmony for their own political advantage.”

Christie said that the disruption of Christmas processions, services, carols and programs is specifically set up to create disharmony and polarize people.

In another case, a mob of 30 men from the youth-wing of Hindu extremist Vishwa Hindu Parishad stopped four buses carrying 200 children to a Christmas program in Haridwar, Uttarakhand state.

The children were Hindus and were being led to a Christmas program, but their teacher, Sandeep Kashyap, was arrested under the accusation that he was planning on forcefully converting them to Christianity, something which he denied.

Attacks on Christians intensified throughout rural areas in India in 2018, often stemming from accusations by Hindu community leaders that churches and pastors are carrying out forced conversions.

Children have also been targeted. Pastor Selva Raj of Amathur village in India’s Tamil Nadu revealed that a mob of 300 or so Hindu radicals disrupted a Sunday school class in November, aiming to stop the children from attending.

“They took away the Bible storybooks and some song and activity books from the children and tore them into pieces,” Raj revealed.

“They scared the children away by telling them that they will be beaten up if they are seen in the church premises ever again.”

Shibu Thomas, head of Persecution Relief from Kerala state, told Morning Star News in the latest report that religious freedom is being denied to minorities in the Hindu-majority country.

“The secular fabric of India and Indian democracy is being shredded every day,” Thomas said. “It might take several years to eliminate the hatred that has been injected in the society based on religion, polarizing communities.”

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