Christian Persecution Update

Increasing Persecution, Martyrdom and Hatred towards Christ; In Modi’s Hindu nationalist India, anti-Christian violence is on the rise. India is among the ten most dangerous countries to live in for Christians.

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

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).

Persecution and Martyrdom during the coming 7 year Tribulation and Great Tribulation:

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Increasing Persecution, Martyrdom and Hatred towards Christ; In Modi’s Hindu nationalist India, anti-Christian violence is on the rise. India is among the ten most dangerous countries to live in for Christians.

Date of publication: 23 July, 2020. The New Arab

Pastor Thomas, 42, sometimes loses the will to persevere. For the last 13 years he has been struggling to seek justice for Christians in India who have been targeted in religiously motivated attacks.

“The incidents don’t seem to stop. Vile majoritarianism has consumed this nation,” he told The New Arab.

While attacks on minorities and communal violence in India is not a new phenomenon, the pastor says widespread impunity enjoyed by vigilante mobs since the rise of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 has exacerbated the deep-rooted issue. “There is no fear since these people have a sense of surety that this government won’t touch them.”

Incidents of targeted violence against Christians have barely slowed despite the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the country. Just days ago, Pastor Thomas (not his real name) was called to the Azamgarh district in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state after a pre-meditated mob attack on a small village church.

“A local Christian priest was forced by a mob to bow down to an idol in a temple after being dragged from a church – which was also destroyed. The police released the perpetrators immediately after detaining them,” the pastor said. “In such a situation, how would you expect justice?”

The United Christian Forum (UCF), an organisation that tracks and documents attacks on Indian Christians, says there were at least 121 incidents of violence in the first six months of 2020. Many simply go unreported. Hundreds of Christians have been injured in these attacks, including 66 women and 16 children, while two have been killed.

Another report by the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) puts the number of incidents during the same period at 135, including lynching, social ostracisation and concerted efforts to stop worship at religious sites. 

‘Systematic’ persecution

The increase in vigilante attacks on minorities, including Christians, in India has been widely blamed on the political rise and ‘invincibility’ of the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP, led by Narendra Modi. In 2014, the year the BJP secured a landslide victory in elections, the UCF reported 147 cases of targeted violence against Christians. In 2019, reported attacks had more than doubled.

The majority of attacks occurred in the state of Chhattisgarh, in central India, where Christians constitute less than two percent of the population. The majority of incidents include social ostracism whereby Christian families are threatened into renouncing their faith. “Those who resist are denied basic public facilities including drinking water. Some are even thrown out of their own houses,” the UCF report said.

India is now ranked the 10th most dangerous country in the world for the Christian community, according to Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, up 18 (6+6+6) places over the past six (6) years.

Experts say that discrimination has become more “systematic” and “institutionalised”, with perpetrators of violence enjoying immunity from state institutions.

“Often times police accompany the mob and arrest the victims rather than people who indulge in violence against them,” AC Michael, a prominent Christian activist for human rights and former member of the Delhi Minorities Commission, told The New Arab.

Michael says police in most cases refuse to help the victims and fail to register a First Information Report (FIR), an official recording that a crime has taken place. Out of the 121 incidents of violence against the Christian community this year, an FIR has been registered in only 20 cases. 

“The modus operandi followed in all these incidents are similar… a mob, accompanied by the local police, arrives at a prayer service shouts slogans, beats up the men, women and children. Then the pastors are arrested or detained by the police under the false allegation of conversion,” an excerpt from the UCF report reads.

Viewed with suspicion 

Last month, in a horrendous incident in the eastern state of Odisha, a 14-year old Christian boy was crushed to death with a stone by a mob and then his body was chopped into pieces and buried in different places. The boy and his family had adopted Christianity a few years earlier.

India is home to 28 million Christians who constitute 2.3 percent of the total population. The community is largely being seen as ‘foreign’ with roots in the West. “There is a sense that Christians don’t belong to Hindustan (India) – the land for Hindus, as envisaged by many fringe groups in the country. That also proliferates the already prevalent sense of divide,” Victor Avinash Sinha, a 23-year-old student from West Bengal state who identifies as a Christian, told TNA.

Right-wing Hindutva organisations view the Christian community with suspicion, accusing the minority group of undertaking forced religious conversions of Hindus, a charge vehemently denied by community activists. 

“We have been living here for several centuries, almost since Christianity emerged. If our motive would have been to convert people of other faiths to Christianity, then seeing our numbers, we must say we have badly failed,” Michael said.

The prominent activist believes that the poor political representation of Christians in India’s electoral politics also adds to the marginalisation of the community in the country.

“The atmosphere of hatred against all minorities created by the current ruling dispensation is unprecedented. And unfortunately, there are barely any elected leaders in the community who could counter the vile narrative of right-wing Hindutva forces.”

Hanan Zaffar is a journalist based in New Delhi and has written extensively on South Asian politics and minority issues 

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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