Acts 8. 1b-8
The Church Persecuted and Scattered
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
Would you fight for your faith?
We are very fortunate in this country that we have the freedom to be Christian, in many
I remember I was at a conference we had a speaker Baroness Caroline Cox, (I still remember vividly her words and photos today) she spoke to us about the persecuted church. She talked about her work saving people from being killed or being enslaved for being a Christian. She certainly was a very brave woman, walking where others fear to go. She was amazing and her work saved a great many Christians.
“Caroline carried the shining courage of Sudanese Christians before her as she made repeated, dangerous trips back to the Sudan. She was criticized for purchasing the freedom of some Dinka and Nuer people who had been enslaved.” http://www.britsattheirbest.com/heroes_adventurers/h_baroness_cox.htm
I remember being shocked that in today’s world people still were persecuted for being a Christian. She certainly opened my eyes.
Is the world still like that today?
The simple answer is yes.
Anti-Christian violence increased in 2015
Published: Jan. 13, 2016 by World Watch Research
According to this article
The 12-month reporting period ending 31 Oct., 2015 shows an overall increase in the numbers of Christians killed for faith-related reasons and churches attacked, in comparison to last year. The 2015 World Watch List reported 4,344 Christians killed for faith-related reasons and 1,062 churches attacked. The 2016 list documents 7,106 killed and 2,425 churches attacked.
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