Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christians Are Being Sentenced To Death In Iran And Pakistan

As Christians in North America sit on their sofas getting fat and happy watching Dancing With The Stars and Brett Favre, Christians on the other side of the world are being sentenced to death.  This week alone, we have learned that a Christian pastor in Iran and a Christian woman in Pakistan have been sentenced to death in two separate court cases.  So what were their crimes?  They "insulted" Islam by refusing to back down from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Now keep in mind that it is not just some renegade Muslims that are persecuting these Christians.  These Christians were sentenced to death by the legal systems of those nations.  Today there are a growing number of countries around the world where if you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ there is a really good chance that you will be killed.

In Iran, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been convicted of "thought crimes" and he is now scheduled to be hung for the crime of apostasy.  Please pray for him and his family.

In Pakistan, a 37-year-old mother of two named Asia Bibi has been was convicted of committing "blasphemy" and has been sentenced to death.  According to Asia News, Bibi was the one that was actually abused and attacked.....

Some of the women workers had reportedly been pressuring Bibi to renounce her Christian faith and accept Islam. During one discussion, Bibi responded by speaking of how Jesus had died on the cross for the sins of humanity and asking the Muslim women what Muhammad had done for them.

The Muslim women took offence and began beating Bibi. Afterwards she was locked in a room. According to Release International, a mob reportedly formed and “violently abused” her and her children.
Unfortunately, it was not the violent Muslims that were charged.  Instead, Bibi had to face trial and now her children are going to be deprived of a mother.

Yes, this kind of thing is really happening in our world today.

And persecution of Christians is going to get a whole lot worse.

But what else should we expect?

The Scriptures tell us that great persecution is coming in the last days.

So begin to prepare yourself now.

One great way to prepare yourself mentally is to read stories about the amazing Christian martyrs of the past.  Two resources that we highly recommend for this are Extreme Devotion: The Voice of the Martyrs and Foxe: Voices of the Martyrs.

In addition,we encourage you to visit some of our other websites that discuss the news and events of our day....

*The Debt


*Last Days

*End Of The World

*The End Times

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