Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dying For Christ






Christians around the world are being persecuted for being Christians. They are not asked what day they worship on. They are not asked if they believe in infant baptism or if they believe in eternal security. They are placed in prison for who they believe in--Jesus Christ. This is not a mock up. And this is not a Seventh-day Adventist. It is Father Ly, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who was seized and imprisoned for publicly speaking about Christ.






6 comments:

SandyWhetmore said...

Persecution of the church is scriptural. We’re told we’ll have to give an account for our faith in Jesus. But confusing kids over what it’s really about is SO wrong. I have gladly participated in church youth groups getting a feel for the way Believers in China have to meet secretly to worship. I’ve shared with those kids my personal experiences in worshipping with them, about spiritual brothers & sisters who’ve agonized in prisons for years, seen their scars, noticed that they no longer have finger nails . . . Yes—persecution is real and it’s happening now and it impacted me in ways I ‘m still coming to grips with. But we cannot teach them the doctrinal error that our fellow Believers will be the ones attacking us. How divisive to the body!

Tompaul said...

"in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God." John 16:2.

It began with Jews persecuting Christians, then Romans persecuting Christians for their perceived atheism. When Christians embraced militaristic power, they lost the Middle East to the armies of Islam. In medieval times the church persecuted dissenters and, in the crusades, massacred Jews, Muslims, and even Christians nearly indiscriminately. The tragic downside of the Reformation was Catholic persecution of Protestants, Protestant persecution of Catholics, and even Protestants fighting each other. In today's world, people who claim Christianity still massacre, still preach holy war (ignoring such advocates of peace as John Paul II), still whip up passions against the "other," still imagine that they are the real victims. And they still believe that in persecuting others, they are doing God's will.

"Blessed are the peacemakers," indeed.

Anonymous said...

Is this the priest made a bishop in China by the Holy See?

Leigh Ann said...

This is what real Christian persecution is. Period.

Teresa Beem said...

Anonymous,
This is a Vietnamese priest.

Anonymous said...

Ok. The Holy See announced a bishop in China and he was "detained" shortly after that announcement.