Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Persecution Coming to the West?

This past Sunday evening my sermon was on Revelation 2.8-11 and concentrates on Smyrna as the persecuted church. Often, we in Western society hear of persecution but do not think of it as a reality in the West.

Rev. Noble Samuel, who is Pakistani by birth and now serves as minister at Heston United Reformed Church in West London, U.K. has recently learned otherwise.
A Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.’
Read the rest here. [HT: James Grant]

There are Christian brothers and sisters around the world facing the challenge of maintaining their faith in the face of persecution. As all in the church are united to the same Christ, we share in each others joys and trials. One way for us to live out this unity is to pray for our suffering brothers and sisters. To this end, I would encourage you to become more informed about the persecuted church around the world, by going to the website for Voice of the Martyrs.

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