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
33 Vietnamese Christians Terrorized by Government for Refusing to Bow Down to Buddha
01-10-2019. Emily Jones. CBN
Vietnamese government officials assaulted and arrested several Hmong Christians after they refused to renounce their faith in Christ according to the persecution watchdog group, International Christian Concern (ICC).
Pastor Hoang Van Pa told ICC that 33 Hmong Christians in Phá Lóm village, Tam Hợp commune, Nghệ An province were told by government officials to renounce Jesus or face consequences. The officers reportedly brought an image of Buddha and demanded the Christians worship him.
Four believers were arrested and beaten while others were harassed and raided throughout the months of November and December.
Christians are often times viewed as threats to Vietnam’s oppressive communist system of government. Vietnam passed a law earlier last year giving Vietnam’s government more powers to control religious practices in the country.
“Due to its ethnic background and high percentage of practicing Christians, Vietnam’s Hmong community is often targeted and harassed by both the government and neighboring communities. In a communist country where Christianity is often seen as unpatriotic or a threat to the regime, Hmong Christians constantly face discrimination, harassment, land grabs, torture, and imprisonment,” wrote ICC’s Regional Manager Gina Goh.
Christians make up approximately 300,000 of the one million Hmong people in Vietnam.
According to Open Doors, Christians in remote areas “experience the most intense persecution” because churches are growing rapidly there.
“These believers face exclusion, harassment, discrimination, loss of property and even violent attack for their faith,” said Open Doors, which ranks Vietnam among the top 50 countries where Christian persecution is most severe.
Last year, 24 Christians were attacked by a mob for their faith in the north-western highlands of the country.
When village leaders discovered these two dozen Hmong had become Christians, they were attacked by a mob and told to leave.
Four Christians were taken to the hospital.
“Such attacks and acts of harassment against religious communities have multiplied recently in Vietnam,” the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights noted in a statement. “The authorities are invoking the law to criminalize legitimate religious activities, creating a climate of impunity for a wide range of violations of freedom of religion or belief.”