Wake Up Church! Christians Dying for their Faith

From the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa Christians are enduring attacks for their faith like never before. According to the Pew Research Center, no religious group is persecuted in more countries around the world than Christians.

This week the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said Islamic countries are the worst offenders of religious freedom. In their annual report, the commission found that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.

For the first, USCIRF is also calling on the International Criminal Court to bring charges against the Islamic State for attacks on religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria.

“The non-state actors choose to be more brutal and more unrestrained in the actions that they take against targeted groups,” Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the commission, told Deseret News. “When you are dealing in a world where uncontrolled, uncontainable and extremely violent non-state actors are ranging so freely that has created an even more frightening situation for religious freedom.”

Meanwhile, author Johnnie Moore says a Christian Holocaust is unfolding across the Middle East and the world, especially the Body of Christ, cannot afford to remain silent.

In his book, Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard, Moore details the ISIS threat and what Christians can do defeat the terror group’s perverted theology.

(Article taken from CBN News by George Thomas at http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/)

Advertisements

Christians In Pakistan On Death Row Need Our Help

Pakistan Petition

Urge the Pakistan Government

The Christians on Death Row 3

Left to right: Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy; Shafqat and Shagufta Masih, Christian husband and wife sentenced to death for “sending blasphemous text messages” in 2014; Sawan Masih, 26-year-old Christian father of three sentenced to death in 2014 for blasphemy.

Death by hanging. That’s what four Christians sitting on Pakistan’s death row today are facing, simply for their faith in Jesus.

In Pakistan, the “crime” of blasphemy against Islam or the Prophet Muhammed can be leveled at almost anyone without any evidence. The result of such an accusation is often anarchy and destruction. In 2013, an enraged mob of thousands of Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore after one Christian man was accused of blasphemy. Over 100 Christian homes were torched in the rioting and thousands fled for their lives. The Christian accused of blasphemy, Sawan Masih, was sentenced to death in 2014.

Last month, Pakistan established a new “fast-track” court to deal with victims who had been unjustly accused of committing blasphemy. Sunni Muslim cases where the only cases moved over to the fast-track program. Today, we’re calling on Pakistan to move ALL blasphemy cases, and especially those of religious minorities, into this new fast-track system. Christians and others often spend years languishing in prison, facing abuse and death threats, waiting for the court system to process their cases. 21 Christians, and dozens from other faiths, have been murdered since 1981 after being accused of blasphemy before they could even get to trial. Fast-tracking these cases could see them set free in a matter of weeks.

Take just a moment now and let your voice be heard on behalf of those who have lost their freedom for their faith. Sign our petition, and urge the government of Pakistan to fast-track the cases of blasphemy victims.

describe the image

Amplify your voice by sharing our petition on Facebook, Twitter, and any other form of social media you use!

For Twitter, re-tweet #LetThemGo in every tweet on this petition!

“Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.”– Isaiah 58:6 (NLT)

(Source International Christian Concern at http://www.persecution.org)