CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
2015: The Year of Anti-Christian Jihad, ‘Christians Are Allah’s Enemies!’
December 31, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “The year 2015 will go down in memory as a period of unprecedented Christian persecution throughout the world, resulting in thousands of deaths along with continuous targeted acts of violence and terror.
In October, a mob of 700, instigated by the Islamic Defenders Front, marched on government offices in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia, and from there went on to torch the Indonesian Christian Church.
The mob later circulated a message that read: ‘We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah’s enemies!’…” (The Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior warned religious leaders in His day and for the future saying: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” – Matthew 23:15.)
Mideast Christians face ‘apocalypse’ at hands of Islamic State, top UK cleric says
December 26, 2015 — The Times of Israel reports: “Anglican leader Justin Welby on Friday said Christians faced ‘elimination’ in the Middle East by Islamic State jihadists, labeling the group a modern-day version of the tyrannical biblical king Herod.
IS has attacked Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and other minorities across the region, killing thousands and uprooting ancient communities from ancestral lands.
‘They hate difference, whether it is Muslims who think differently, Yazidis or Christians, and because of them the Christians face elimination in the very region in which Christian faith began,’ the archbishop of Canterbury said in his Christmas Day sermon.
‘This apocalypse is defined by themselves and heralded only by the angel of death.’…” (Christ speaks against such religious killers in Matthew 23:33: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”)
Police Break Spine of One Christian, Nose of Another in Tamil Nadu, India
December 31, 2015 — MorningStarNews.org reports: “Police hostility toward Christians continued this year as officers in Tamil Nadu, India reviled two Christians for their faith and seriously injured them, sources said.
The two Christians, A. Rethinakumar and C. Nova of Jesus Redeems Ministry, were traveling by motorcycle in Thomas Nagar on Nov. 3 at about 2:30 a.m. when two policemen stopped them and began verbally abusing them, according to attorney Hubertson, who submitted a petition to the National Human Rights Commission about the assault.
He identified the officers as Special Sub-Inspector Ravi Chandran of the Asaripallam police station and Raj Kumar of the Tamil Nadu Special Police Youth Brigade.
‘The two policemen were heavily drunk and calling the Christians ‘sons of prostitutes,’’ Hubertson told Morning Star News. ‘They told the Christians to remove their helmets and started punching them in the face.’…” (Christians who suffer and die for Christ will receive the “Crown of Life” to place at the feet of Jesus – James 1:12; Revelation 2:10. The 24 elders represent 12 Old Testament Tribes and 12 New Testament Apostles – saved Jews and redeemed Christians. In Revelation 4: 10 & 11 they cast their earned crowns before the Lord Jesus Christ. Question – Will you be among them? The next two reports report those who will.)
Christians Beaten in Berlin After Christmas Day Celebrations; ‘I Am Muslim, What Are You?’ Shouts Attacker
December 28, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “Four Christians have been beaten up in Berlin, Germany’s capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
German media reports that four men were leaving the Adagio venue in the bustling Potzdamer Platz area when they were challenged by a man who exclaimed: ‘I am a Muslim! What are you?’ before setting upon the four 20-somethings. He was reportedly assisted by four, older accomplices…”
Iran Arrests, Beats Christian Convert Before Christmas Eve
December 31, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “The latest news from that most trustworthy of nuclear partners, Iran, has secret police thugs beating a Christian convert and dragging him off into the snow, while his family unsuccessfully pleaded to at least give him some warm clothing.
The report from Foreign Desk News describes Meysam Hojjati, who converted to Christianity from Islam, getting arrested by ‘plainclothes officers’ at his home on December 23. A week later, his family still does not know what happened to him.
‘The officers inspected Hojjati’s home, confiscating Bibles, a Christmas tree, all cell phones, a computer and other personal belongings, while assaulting him in front of family members,’ according to a report from the Iranian Christian Mohabat News, as transcribed by Foreign Desk.
‘Hojjati’s family was threatened against disclosing any information regarding his arrest as they begged the officers to allow him to change into warmer clothing before he was dragged off into the freezing cold weather,’ the report continues…”