Who Are the Persecutors?

Who Are the Persecutors
(November - Week 3)

(1). “There was no question that Moiseyev must be brought to a formal trial. For eighteen incredible months he had openly defied the Red army and withstood the most dedicated political efforts at reeducation. His insistence that he had not broken any Soviet laws but was suffering as a believer was a direct slander against the Soviet stated and social order.” [Persecutors: the Russian Army (Vanya - Chapter 11)]

(2). “A new report has just emerged on the treatment of Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, a 44-year-old Mennonite minister sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for allegedly attempting to "undermine national unity." The charge is a common one used by the Vietnamese government to detain political prisoners, including pastors who refuse to stop conducting ministry work without government permission.” [Persecutors: the Vietnamese government (International Christian Concern - October 21, 2013)]

(3). In Israel - “Both Arab and Jewish believers are persecuted and harassed, sometimes violently. Muslim extremists periodically persecute Arab Christians, particularly those from Muslim backgrounds... In addition, there have been several incidents of persecution against Jewish believers by ultra-orthodox Jews within Israel. Well-organized and well-funded Jewish groups, such as Yad L’Achim, are dedicated to removing the witness of Christ from Israel, and these groups have influence within the Israeli government. These anti-missionary, ultra-orthodox Jewish groups have increasingly resorted to violence in recent years.” [Persecutors: other religious groups - Jewish and Muslim (Voice of the Martyrs - Restricted Nations)]

(4). “For the eleventh year running, this (North Korea) is the most difficult place on earth to be a Christian. One of the remaining Communist states, it is vehemently opposed to religion of any kind. Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution. There is a system of labour camps including the renowned prison No. 15, which reportedly houses 6,000 Christians alone. But despite severe oppression, there is a growing underground church movement of an estimated 400,000 Christians.” [Persecutors: North Korean government - 50 Worst Countries to Live in if You are a Christian (Open Doors USA)]

(5). Acts 22:4 I (Paul) persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, ...

(6). Prayer thought: Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Governments, religious groups, or individuals, we pray for the persecutors to come to know Christ.