CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Bloodbath as terrorists murder 70 Christians
WND.com reports: “At least 70 Christians in Nigeria have been killed in coordinated attacks by Fulani tribesmen and the Islamic jihadist organization Boko Haram.
Fulani tribesmen reportedly killed 37 Christians in at least four coordinated attacks on the same day.
Boko Haram is reported to have killed as many as 34 Christians during the same three-day period.
William Stark, Africa analyst for the human-rights organization International Christian Concern, said the recent killing ‘spree’ of Christians in Nigeria’s northern and middle belts regions ‘is, unfortunately, tragic and typical at the same time.’
‘Boko Haram attacks, and attacks perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen on Christians, [are] well documented in Nigeria. What is most disturbing about the attack that took place this week was the coordination of the attacks on four villages,’ he said.
Stark said many leaders believe that Boko Haram and its affiliates are inciting the Fulani to attack the Christians.
The increasingly aggressive posture of the Fulani tribe is further reason for northern Nigerian Christians to be apprehensive, he said…” (The next four reports prove that Islam is not a peace loving religion as Pope Francis claims and reports.
They have killed one another to the total number of 120,000 in Syria alone. It’s only the beginning of the slaughter Christians have begun to experience. Jesus predicted such hatred upon believers in Matthew 24:9; John 15: 18 – 20; and the increasing slaughter of millions during the 7 year period of tribulation explained in Revelation 6 – 18. In chapter 6 verse 9 and chapter 20 verse 4 the devastating bloodbath will be humongous as Islamic terrorists cover the globe.)
3 Christians executed after refusing to convert
WND.com reports: “A Syrian city overrun by the Muslim Brotherhood was the scene of the execution of three Christian men who refused to convert to Islam, according to reports.
The Catholic young men were killed by rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad after they had taken control of the village of Maaloula, confirmed Todd Daniels, a spokesman for the American human rights group International Christian Concern.
‘Based on the statement from the Melkite patriarch, these men were martyred because they refused to recant their faith,’ Daniels said.
Also, 12 nuns were kidnapped at about the same time. They were identified as Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and 11 nuns with her.
‘There are serious concerns for the safety of these women based on the treatment of women throughout this conflict,’ Daniels said…”
7 year-old Indian boy tortured and killed for being a Christian
Christian Today reports: “A 7-year old boy has been tortured and murdered because of his Christian faith in northern India, Gospel for Asia reports.
The body of the boy, named only as Anmol, was found in a pond last week with shocking injuries that reveal he was subjected to torture before being brutally murdered.
He went missing on November 17 after attending Sunday school at a Believers Church near his home. His parents identified a body pulled out of a pond as that of their young son the next day.
Anmol’s family has been a target for persecution since 2003, when his father, Harish, became a Christian after witnessing the miraculous healing of his older brother.
Many other family members came to faith, and Harish was known to be ‘one of the strong believers’ of the local church. His family has received multiple threats of violence and even death as a result of their beliefs…”
Christians being ‘targeted’ in Egypt
ChristianToday.com reports: “A UK Coptic Orthodox leader was in Washington DC on Tuesday [12/10/13] to give evidence about the discrimination being experienced by minority religious groups in Egypt.
Bishop Angaelos, a General Bishop in the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, spoke alongside four other witnesses before the House Committee of Foreign Affairs at a Congressional hearing highlighting the escalation of human rights abuses in Egypt.
The timeliness of the hearing was noted as yesterday marked International Human Rights Day and Bishop Angaelos labelled it ‘providential’ that the committee happened to be meeting on that day.
Alongside Zudhi Jasser, Mr Samuel Tadros, Morad abou-Sabe and Mr Tad Stahnke, the bishop discussed concerns about the ‘culture of impunity that has led to a lack of equality’ in Egypt, as minority religious groups suffer abhorrently at the hands of rebels and the government.
Coptic Christians in particular are frequently subjected to violent attacks as a result of their faith in the north African nation, which is currently struggling with a weakened and unstable political system…”
Girl Guides ultimatum: Remove God from your oath or be expelled
ChristianToday.com reports: “A Girl Guides troop from Newcastle has reportedly been told that unless it removes any explicit mention of God from its membership oath, it risks expulsion from Girl Guides UK.
The national organisation adopted a new secular oath this year with the wording ‘to be true to myself and develop my beliefs’ replacing the traditional promise to love God.
Leaders of the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit, based out of Jesmond Parish Church, have not entirely rejected the new oath but have said they would prefer to offer new Guides the choice using the original oath.
Glynis Mackie told the Daily Mail, ‘We would use this new form of words but we do want the children to have the choice to say the old Promise if they want to.’
Ms Mackie is clearly unimpressed by the new oath that took effect from September 1, describing it as a ‘fridge magnet promise that doesn’t really mean anything’…” (“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one” – Psalms 14:1-3.)