CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Report: Islamic Persecution of Christians ‘Gaining Traction’ in Africa
December 12, 2019 — Breitbart.com reports: “Christians are experiencing ‘genocidal, religious-based violence’ in many parts of Africa as Islamic terror groups gain greater traction on the continent, according to Save the Persecuted Christians, a U.S.-based charity.
The West needs to come to terms with the fact that what is going on in Africa is ‘genocidal, religious-based violence, enacted against Christians by Sharia supremacist extremist groups,’ said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians, in an interview published Wednesday with Crux, an international Catholic news outlet.
‘They must also come to terms with the fact that the Islamic State has not been defeated, but has merely moved to new territory in Africa and is a growing threat not only there but, if allowed to flourish, to the interests of the United States, Europe and the world,’ Mr. Laugesen said.
Several factors are contributing to the increase of Christian persecution in Africa, he said, not least of which is the steady growth of Christianity itself…” (Great persecution will soon overtake most Christians in a majority of the world. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” – Matthew 5:10 – 12; “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” – John 15:18 – 21; “…When he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” — Revelation 6:9; “…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 20:4; and “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” – Revelation 2:10. See the next report.)
Boko Haram Jihadis Kill Seven in Nigeria on Christmas Eve
December 27, 2019 — Breitbart.com reports: “Islamist terror group Boko Haram, an affiliate of the Islamic State, attacked a largely Christian village near Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on Christmas Eve and killed seven people. A teenage girl was also reportedly abducted from the village.
AFP quoted locals who said the jihadis emerged from Sambisa Forest, an area covering over 20,000 square miles where Boko Haram hides most of its forces. The attackers arrived in trucks and riding motorcycles.
Bloodshed was minimized by a timely warning to villagers from people new Sambisa who saw the attack force closing in. The jihadis are said to have stolen food from the village and burned a number of homes before returning to the forest with their captive.
The governor of Nigeria’s Borno state, Babagana Zulum, confirmed the attack on Thursday and said there may have been two kidnapping victims. Zulum put the casualty count at six dead plus three injured…”