Extreme Persecution Coming to America

Persecution1Since the beginning of time, war has been waged against God and all those who believe in Him. Satan has made every allowable attempt to rid the world of believers and those who profess God as their one true Lord and Savior. Satan’s conquest to seek out believers forces us to consider that the battle is no figment of our imagination; it exists, and if it exists, then God exists.

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12

The Scripture above promises every believe will suffer persecution. It doesn’t say it ‘might’ happen, no, it says it ‘will’ happen. Unfortunately, Christian persecution has become an all too common part of our dramatic history. Many people throughout time have died martyred deaths for their religious beliefs. Including the twelve disciples. They went to their death defending their faith. All but one of them died a gruesome death for their belief in Christ; including being stoned to death, beheaded, crucified, dragged, hanged, and beaten, among other things. According to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, the remaining disciple, John, was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, where he escaped miraculously without injury and was then banished to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. He was the only apostle who escaped a violent death.

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

Despite the horrible deaths of the disciples, Christianity continued to flourish throughout the Roman Empire. Persecution, however, still existed and war and violence in the name of Christ had become the frequency of history. Debates and conflicts within the church arose and battles against religion took place. Countries started to view religion and belief in God as a threat to their power and authority because believing in God meant removing power from those in power here on earth. Churches began to focus on legalities and not the essentials of Christ and Christians were either tolerated or persecuted throughout various time frames within history. Which sounds alot like our churches and politicians today!

Check out this excerpt from Wikipedia:

Christian Persecution – A religious persecution that Christians sometimes undergo as a  consequence of professing their faith, both historically and in the current era. In the two thousand years of the Christian faith, about 70 million believers have been killed for their faith, of whom 45.5 million or 65% were in the twentieth century according to “The New  Persecuted.”

Persecution still remains a present day problem. Even though we may not be in the midst of the trials, they are still happening around us. In fact, America currently has a system in tact that monitors religious freedom around the world, called Countries of Particular Concern (The CPC list), under the IRFA (International Religious Freedom Act). This executive summary places countries around the world into categories of concern. The countries contained in this list experience religious freedom restrictions of some sort. Currently sixteen countries have been recommended for the CPC designation by the commission in 2012:

1- Burma – According to the CPC list, they have some of the world’s worst human rights abuses, including rape, torture, ethnic cleansing, conscription of child soldiers, and particularly severe religious freedom violations. Restrictions are placed on certain religious practices. Religious groups, including Christians, Muslims, and Buddhist monks are often faced with intrusive monitoring, arrest, mistreatment, destruction of property, severe restrictions on worship, education, and religious activities, and are targeted for violence. Click here to read more on Burma.

2- China – The government restricts religious practices to government-sanctioned organizations. Unregistered groups experience harassment, imprisonment or can be put into labor camps. Click here to read more on China.

3. Egypt- There are serious problems of discrimination, intolerance, and other violations against religious minorities. Military and security forces are known to use excessive force and live ammunition targeting Coptic Christian demonstrators and places of worship resulting in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. The government also continues to prosecute, convict, and imprison Egyptian citizens charged with blasphemy. Click here to read more on Egypt.

4- Eritrea – They engage in systematic religious freedom violations. This includes torture, ill-treatment of people, arrests, and detentions. Hundreds of members of unregistered churches are said to be detained without charge, mistreated and tortured. Click here to read more on Eritrea.

5- Iran – Islam is the main religion. There are ongoing severe violations of religious freedom including torture and executions. There is also prolonged detention based solely on the religion of the accused. They also discriminate their citizens based off their religion. Click here to read more on Iran.

6- Iraq – Severe abuse of religious freedom exists. Minority religious groups are targeted, violated and intimidated, as well as a large number of religious-motivated killings. Many people are leaving the country due to their violent stand on their Islamic beliefs. Click here to read more on Iraq.

7- Nigeria – Persistent religious violations occur. The government takes little or no intervention on acts of religious violence. In fact they go as far as to permit religious violence. Click here to read more on Nigeria.

8- North Korea – Government has strict control over their people, including their religious freedoms. Citizens are forced in a certain belief system and if they do not follow it, they can be tortured, publicly executed, imprisoned, and more. Many believers are put into labor camps. They have one of the words worst repressive regimes. Click here to read more on North Korea.

9- Pakistan – Religious motivated violence persists. Laws against blasphemy remain, which stipulate life imprisonment for defamation of the Koran and a death sentence for blasphemy against Muhammad. Click here to read more on Pakistan.

10- Saudi Arabia – No religious freedom exists, all citizens must adhere to Sunni Islam. Others are imprisoned, tortured, detained, etc. for engaging in other religious activities. Click here to read more on Saudi Arabia.

11- Sudan – The government considers itself an Islamic government, which severely restricts religious practice of all other types of religion. They have violations of apostasy that could ultimately end up in the death penalty. Their restrictive Shari’ah law (Islamic law) attacks and threatens the Christian community. Acts of genocide have been known to take place. Click here to read more on Sudan.

12- Tajikistan – There are many violations on religious freedoms. The state suppresses and punishes all religious activity and imprisons individuals on unproven criminal allegations linked to religious affiliation. Click here to read more on Tajikistan.

13- Turkey – Any non-Muslim religion is persecuted. Click here to read more on Turkey.

14- Turkmenistan – Religious groups must be registered by the government. Many denominations, whether registered or not, often can’t rent places to worship and if they meet in an unapproved area, such as a private home, they are subject to police raids or court-imposed fines. Click here to read more on Turkmenistan.

15- Uzbekistan – Strict laws on religion limit the ability of religious communities to function. Thousands are imprisoned and continue to be beaten or tortured in detention. Click here to read more on Uzbekistan.

16- Vietnam – They restrict and penalize independent religious activity. The government continues to force renunciation of faith, harass, detain and discriminate religious communities. Click here to read more on Vietnam.

Not only are these thirteen countries a concern, but the CPC has a watch list containing the following countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, Somalia, and Venezuela. These countries are considered borderline and many eventually end up with aggressive religious persecution. Please note that persecution is not limited only to the above countries. In fact, more than 40 nations around the world experience some sort of Christian persecution.

All this to say, that persecution is happening, and just because we do not live in a country with a hostile environment, does not mean that we should be blind to the fact that these events are occurring. As people with religious freedoms, it is hard to grasp the concept of a mere alternative. Christ is unquestionably here and his presence is seen through the on-going battles that exist.

Whether you want to believe these events are happening or just push them under the rug is up to you, however, these events did occur and unfortunately are still occurring today. For we are getting close to the day that here in American we will suffer extreme persecution. It is at the door! Executive orders have been signed by our President, labor camps have been setup, our government has stockpiled guns and ammo, Christians have been put on the terrorist list. For the Bible tells us in the last days…

“They will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.” Luke 21:12

Be ready, for the day is at hand!

We might not have to go through tribulation, but there are events leading up to it that we will have to go through. We must remember to put our faith, hope, and trust in the Lord. We must be willing to give up everything for an undeniable God whose reality has been relevant since the beginning of time and whose existence we can’t deny. Be ready! Be ready! For extreme persecution is coming to America!

Love you all!

33 responses to “Extreme Persecution Coming to America

  1. Very interesting. And I believe that type of persecution isn’t so far off from happening here. It’s becoming a crime already to even so much as disagree about someone’s sexual orientation. Curtis was just reading an article the other day where kids were given sex-ed without the parents’ consent and girls were forced to kiss and pretend they were lesbians in front of their whole class. The parents were outraged, and the school principal and superintendent told them that what they did was right and they will continue the program. They’re starting with our children. It’s scary!

    I’ve also gotten very careful about what I post on FB. Not that I’m hiding my faith. However, when I post things on there, I feel like I’m throwing my pearls before swine….even some of them who profess to be Christians have practically crucified me for things I’ve said. It’s ridiculous and maddening.

    I think of how frustrating it must be for God to watch all of this….even know He already know how everything is gonna go down. But, it feels like you’re standing there screaming the truth at the top of your lungs, and the world is just going right on by like you don’t exist. And if they do hear, they laugh it off or tell you to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

    I’ve shared this with my mom, but I feel that this country has gotten so inflated with our money and success, that most feel they don’t need God. It’s a dangerous place to be. Abraham Lincoln said it best, “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

    Do you know anything about the organization called ‘Voice of the Martyrs’? They are awesome, and they help out persecuted Christians all over the world.

    How are you my friend? Are you doing okay? I’m currently praying about possibly joining youth ministry yet again at our church. There was some sort of upheaval or disagreement with the leaders of the youth, and they quit. I have no idea what it was about. But, I felt God leading me to tell the pastor that I used to work in Youth in AZ. He said they’re going to have an interest list sign-up next week. So, I’m going to pray about it some more, and if I have confirmation from the Lord, I’m going to put my name on the list. I have no idea how on earth I’ll have the time to do it because of Curtis’ crazy work schedule and my kids. But, I figure that the Lord can work all that out if it’s where He wants me. I have said since Bella was born that I would like to get back into some sort of ministry once she turns 1 year old. She will be 1 year old in about 1 1/2 weeks. So, here I go! If not the Youth, then I want to do something…..even if it’s just cleaning toilets and vacuuming the church floor once a week. I don’t really care what I’m doing as long as it’s something for church. (o:

    How are your kidlets? The girls are getting SO big! I’m surprised at how tall Ayva is! They are beautiful girls. And your boys are so adorable. I’m so happy I got to meet them finally. Whenever I come down again, we will get together again for sure. I miss you friend! -KPS

    Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:02:28 +0000 To: saved-bygrace@hotmail.com

    • Oh yes~!! I fell that way also, that I am “throwing my pearls before swine.” Sometimes I think the government will use it as back fire on us one day. They are already pinning down who are Christians and who are not. Scary stuff.
      And yes I have heard of “Voice of the Martyrs.” They are an amazing group. And man, the people that they help, they are amazing servants of God. Daily being persecuted or even dying for their faith. I only hope I can follow that lead if it ever happens.
      And yes it is sad that the world is oblivious to whats going on. And thats sick to here they made the little girl do that!! I would have punched someone if that were my girl! …okay not the ‘Christian’ thing to do I know, but not sure I could have held back. 🙂
      And I’m doing well by the way. Things are good.
      As for you being in youth!! That would be awesome!! I think you are a great youth leader. You should do, especially since God is putting it on your heart.
      And I’m glad I got to see you also!! Also glad we got to meet each others kids! Love ya friend and miss you also!

    • Thank you Kristen for your faithfulness, I know well the ‘Voice of the Martyrs’ I Posted one of their messages recently, can I just encourage you not to give up sharing, you are planting like Elissa seeds for the Kingdom, you are shinning in the darkness, those who hear and take to heart God’s Truth when you share it, will have good fruit, as God tells us, for every evil that is planted He has and will plant double of good, He multiplies, all good things come from Him, as we can see all around us if our eyes are open and the blinkers removed.

      God bless you Kristen and your family greatly.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne

    • Thanks Bill, I will share with Ron about this Book, it is True they are making laws that will protect the ones that are made from being opposed, so if we object against them because they are promoting evil, we will be considered traitors, they have already prepared for opposition as we will soon see. We need to pray that God’s will be done, not mans.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. Pingback: Onward Christian Soldiers… | Freedomborn…Set Free Eternally·

  3. Thank you for your message Elissa, it is powerful in it’s Truth, which is why I linked it with my Post, one thing that really impacted me, which is what I shared with Ron on our Blog, is that many in these Countries do not have the Bible like we do but they do know the Author and are willing to risk their lives for Him, how many in our Countries would be willing to do the same. Knowing the Scriptures is not the same as living them, many do not know God’s Truth, just man’s understanding which can be in error, how do we make sure it’s not we seek the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we ask and receive. 1Corinthinas2:9-16

    Christian Love from us both – Anne.

    • Great comments! They are spot on and a great addition to the post. And its sad, but true, many people here in America, know the Scriptures, yet, are not living them out. Yet in far off countries people risk their lives for the Lord. I love how you put that!! Thanks Anne!

  4. Thanks for the like on the Brownies-in-a-cup. We just had them this evening w/a scoop of ice cream. So yummy! After reading your article I thought you might like to take a look at one of my blog posts on persecution. It includes a quote from a book called “The Insanity of God”. It’s about a missionary who has worked in many of the countries you mentioned. Check out http://asatisfiedspirit.com/2013/04/15/you-just-have-to-go/ . The book is a really powerful read. I highly recommend it.

    Marie @ http://asatisfiedspirit.com

  5. Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely
    long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any recommendations for beginner blog writers?
    I’d really appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s