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Police rescue Pakistani Christian from 'mob justice' over blasphemy
Rukhsana and other
 family members were beaten and had their faces blackened by an angry mob, June 2015World Watch MonitorA... Read more »
UPDATE S Sudan pastors will face trial, judge rules
Pastors Yat Michael
 and Peter Yen in court during their trial in Khartoum, 2015
American... Read more »
Egyptian solider, the only Christian in his unit, found dead
Bahaa Silvanus,
 right, at the center of the music during a church conference.World Watch MonitorThe facts are these:... Read more »
Modi's UN Yoga Day latest example of co-incidence with Christian 'high days and holidays'
Thousands in India celebrated the first International Day of Yoga, 21 JuneFB/Narendra ModiAs you may have seen, June 21 was the first-ever International... Read more »
Case of the disappearing Christian CDs: 7 years on, Malaysian court orders their return
The word 'Allah'
 referring to God in a bible - banned in 1986 by Malaysian government, March 2015WWMAfter a... Read more »
Egyptian convert still in jail having served his time
Hegazy (left) with his lawyer Karam Ghobrial, 2014WWMHaving spent most of his adult life either harassed, in hiding, or in jail, former Muslim now... Read more »
Coptic boys on bail, anti-Islam charges pending
The Church of The Virgin Mary in Al-Nasriyah village, Egypt, where anti-Christian violence arose after the public distribution of a video, in which four... Read more »
Community 'justice' expels Copts from their homes
A community ‘reconciliation’ meeting between Copts and Muslims, Al-Nazriyah village, 17 April 2015World Watch MonitorForgive Emad Youssef if he and... Read more »
Central Asia in the spotlight as Azerbaijan hosts European Games
The first ever European Games is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.Urek Meniashvili / CCIn a somewhat geographically and culturally challenging development,... Read more »
Second mentally ill Pakistani in 2 weeks charged with desecrating Koran
Mirpur Khas gate at the entrance to the cityframes-wallpapers.blogspot.comTwenty-year-old Yaqoob Bashir Masihwas accused of desecrating the Koran in Mirpur... Read more »

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THE SIX TYPES OF CHRISTIANS MOST LIKELY TO BE PERSECUTED TODAY

Christian scholar William Barclay once said that New Testament Christians had three characteristics: “One, they were filled with an irrational love for their enemies; two, they were absurdly happy, and three, they were always in trouble.” What type of Christian is likely to get into trouble for their faith in the world today? Here is a list of the six top categories based on the data from the 2014 World Watch List!

One

If you are a House church Christian in North Korea. North Korea does not allow anyone to gather to worship any God other than Kim Il Sung and his family, and the apparatus of the state will stop at nothing to root out secret Christians.

Two

If you are a Muslim Background Believer, particularly in Islamic states. Muslim states forbid conversion away from Islam, and often families will take violent action against their own kin even when local laws are more liberal.

Three

If you are a Christian who evangelises in Muslim dominated areas. Even if you are living in a Christian majority country, there are areas that are predominantly Muslim, such as Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. Evangelists are not welcome in these areas with the good news, and often face violence as a consequence of speaking the Gospel.

Four

If you are a Hindu Background Believer in the more lawless states or Hindurun states of India. Evangelists can be very badly beaten for their witness, and often run the gauntlet as at least seven states in India have anti-conversion laws, and Hindu mobs are well organised in many more.

Five

If you are a Christian from a historic tradition in the Middle Eastern states affected by the Arab Spring. The headlines often get dominated by the plight of Muslim Background Believers, but even in the Middle East – ironically the cradle of Christianity – Christian background believers (belonging to mainly Orthodox and Catholic churches) are under great pressure. Sizable and ancient communities of faith exist in Egypt, Iraq and Syria – all of which are in the top 25 of the WWL. In Syria tens of thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes simply for the fact of being Christian.

Six

If you are a believer who has left the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Historically many Christians have been persecuted by other Christians, and an on-going example of this is in Ethiopia, #15 on the WWL. This country boasts an ancient Orthodox church, but there is much about this church that is lifeless and dead, and some Christians have left it to find a more vibrant Christian life, often in more independent, Pentecostal churches. This has aroused the ire of the Orthodox Church leaders, who do all they can to pressure the church leavers to return.

 


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