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Christianity crackdown: Worshippers ‘kicked like footballs’ by angry mob. India. King of the East has to be happy.

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 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.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:9-14).

Christianity crackdown: Worshippers ‘kicked like footballs’ by angry mob

CHRISTIANS were “kicked like footballs” in a horrific assault in India by an angry mob during the latest attack to rid the country of the religion.

By CARLY READ

PUBLISHED: 17:08, Tue, Jul 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 19:40, Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Religion watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) reports eight Christian families were seriously injured in an attack in Belchori in the northern region of Jharkhand by Hindu radicals. The radicals demanded families of the Friends Missionary Prayer Band recanted their faith on July 14. When they refused, five Christian worshippers were attacked by a mob of more than 100 people.

ICC reports the mob bludgeoned the Christians because they were angry they were living in the area.

Pastor Massih, who witnessed the attack but asked for his name to be changed to protect his identity, said “the Hindu radicals kicked Christians like footballs, and there were none to rescue the Christians from the hands of Hindu radicals”.

ICC also reports police refused to file a report on their behalf and instead insisted officers would attend the area to resolve the matter themselves.

Police did not reprimand the villagers the next day.

Officers then attempted to justify the attacks, adding they happened due to the number of people converting to Christianity in the community.

Pastor Masih said the police then forced the Christians to compromise with the villagers by promising to less conversions to Christianity in the village and its neighbouring areas.

Christians in Jharkhand have faced increasing crackdowns from those wanting to oust the religion since the re-election of the Hindu-Nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party.

Pastor Masih said after the incident “just in our block, ‘Jaganathpur’ in west Singbum district there were 16 anti-Christian incidents.

“Seven of four fellowships that I lead were attacked in the last one year.

“Things are increasingly becoming hostile for Christians in west Singbum district, and all over Jharkhand ever since Freedom of Religion Act came into being in Jharkhand.”

India is one of a handful of countries that has seen a rise in the persecution of Christians.

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