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CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH



Persecution of Christians on rise – in U.S.


WND.com reports: “A report by two U.S.-based religious freedom groups says anti-Christian persecution is on the rise in America.

The joint report by Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council says groups like the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t the only culprits. The report says government agencies around the U.S. are trying to push Christian expression out the door.

‘It is dramatic,’ says Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford, of the recent hike in reported incidents of persecution. ‘I have been doing these types of cases for almost 25 years now. I have never seen the levels of attacks like these and how quickly they are now proliferating.’

Shackleford says government, from schools to social programs, is the ringleader.

‘There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols such as a cross, and I could go on and on,’ Shackleford said…” (Beloved in Christ Jesus: “Fight the good fight of faith” Why? The persecutors are all demonic controlled blasphemers and apostates: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” – I Timothy 4:1. Because of this situation, we as believers must stand against Satan’s malicious malignant spirits. See Ephesians 6:12 – 16. See also the next two reports.)


Egypt’s Christians face mass slaughter by Islamists


WND.com reports: “The Coptic Christian community in Egypt now is under threat of mass slaughter from Islamists under the pretense of revenge for a movie that depicts the Quranic figure Muhammad in a negative light, a senior Egyptian military official told WND.

The producers of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ movie reportedly are tied to the Coptic faith. Reports are claiming the movie sparked anti-U.S. attacks in Egypt and Libya, including the killing this week of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. However, some security officials believe the violence to be premeditated.

The Egyptian military official said today that Islamic groups are threatening to slaughter ‘the whole Christian Coptic community’ in the city of Naja Hamadi, located about 60 miles from Cairo. Naja Hamadi contains a large Coptic community…” (How bad could this murderous plan become? A journalist reporting from Egypt, Clare Lopez, warned: ‘What Germany was to 6 million Jews, Egypt could become to 8 million Copts [Egyptian Christians] Revelation 2:10.)


Egypt’s Christians Fear Violence, Flee


RIA Novosti reports: “Fearing sectarian violence at hands of the Muslim extremists, Christian Copts in the Egypt’s North Sinai town of Rafah are being forced to flee their homes.

At least a dozen Coptic families have already left the town bordering Gaza and Israel, seeking safety in the nearby town of Al Arish, a local priest told state-owned Al Ahram newspaper. The latest Coptic exodus was triggered by an armed attack on a shop owned by a Christian town-dweller, he said.

Two days earlier, fliers had been found outside Christian homes warning residents to ‘leave or face death.’ While the attack by masked gunmen did not cause any injuries, it has succeeded in terrorizing the town’s small Christian community.

Christian families who met with the newly appointed North Sinai governor Sayed Harhour to express their grievances said the governor had promised to increase security in the town but stopped short of offering the Copts direct protection…”



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