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Khartoum re-arrests pastor, holds others 'pending serious charges'
Members of the Khartoum Bahri church jailed in Dec. 2014.World Watch MonitorFive months since his initial detention, Sudan’s intelligence agency has... Read more »
'Boko Haram is 100% a Muslim problem,' says Sheikh
An influential Muslim cleric in Nigeria says the responsibility for dealing with the threat of Boko Haram lies with the Muslim community. “We... Read more »
Freedom of religion among Myanmar's 'biggest challenges'
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Myanmar's first Catholic Cardinal, at the UK Parliament in London, 25 May, 2016.
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Pakistan: Christian woman refuses to leave home after blasphemy accusation
Sonia Gill (left), 23, with Mary Gill, a Member of the Punjab Assembly.World Watch MonitorA young Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy chose... Read more »
Khartoum releases Christian minister, holds another 'pending charges'
Telahoon Rata, left, and Hassan Taour.World Watch MonitorAfter imposing nearly half a year in detention, Sudan has now released one Christian minister, while... Read more »
Kazakhstan church raids a 'backward step'
A policeman is filmed during the Good Friday raid on New Life church in Almaty, Kazakhstan.Maxim Maximov / YouTubeRecent raids on Christians’ homes... Read more »
'Can Christians be butchers?' Tanzania's Islamist tensions continue
A Christian butchers in Mbeya, Tanzania. 'Wakristu' means 'Christian'.World Watch MonitorThe recent attack on a mosque in Mwanza, northern... Read more »
Second Chibok girl rescued, says Nigerian army
This blurred photo is believed to show Serah Luka, the second Chibok girl reportedly rescued this week.Nigerian Army / TwitterNigeria’s army says... Read more »
Egypt Parliament to discuss easing restrictions on church-building
On May 12, the makeshift church of Esmaelia al-Bahreia, Minya, was burned down by 'extremists' as the proper church has since 2009 been awaiting... Read more »
NGOs appeal to Congo's President to stop 'massacre'
More than 1,000 have been killed by Islamist militants in eastern DRC since October 2014.World Watch MonitorLocal civil society organisations have written to... 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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