We are in the greatest tribulation-time in Christian history

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The Catholic concept of the “Church Suffering” refers to Christians being martyred for their faith.
George Weigel writes for First Things, Oct. 30, 2013, that alas, few Christians in the West seem aware of the Suffering Church, much less have it weigh on their Christian conscience.
Christians today live in the greatest tribulation-time in Christian history. More Christians were killed for fidelity to Christ in the 20th century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined.
Wiegel cites the following examples of persecution from a recent issue of Touchstone:

  • Some 1,200 Protestants are being imprisoned in shipping containers in Eritrean desert camps where “torture is routine”.
  • Mostafa Bordbar, a 27-year-old Christian convert, was arrested and charged with “illegal gathering and participating in a house church” in Iran.
  • Kazakh Christians, many of them converts from Islam, are “encouraged,” by the arrest and imprisonment of their pastors, to refrain from evangelism.
  • A Muslim leader in central Nigeria regularly abducts Christian girls and women and holds them captive in his home, to compel their conversion (or reversion) to Islam.
  • In Syria and Egypt, Christians live in daily fear for their lives where it’s open season on Christians.

Wiegel would not say it. But as you can see from the examples above, Muslims are doing many of the persecution.
Wiegel warns that at the rate Christians are being persecuted and martyred in the Middle East, within two decades, perhaps less, Christianity may well cease to be a living ecclesial reality in many of the places where Christianity was born, not to mention the cities where sub-apostolic and patristic Christianity developed.
The sole exception to this pattern throughout the Middle East and North Africa is Israel.
Thus Tom Holland, a popular historian and author of The Forge of Christendom (an intriguing book exploring the ways the late first millennium’s expectation of an imminent End Time shaped the West’s triumph in the second millennium), said recently at a London press briefing that “In terms of the sheer scale of the hatreds and sectarian rivalries” afoot in the Middle East today, “we are witnessing something on the scale of horror of the European Thirty Years War.”
At that same briefing, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Religious Freedom Center in Washington, raised some pointed questions about western media ignorance—or worse—about this persecution. Shea noted that a fourth-century Coptic church dedicated to Our Lady was recently destroyed in Egypt, even though it was on a shortlist to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church was 200 years older than the UNESCO-listed Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, whose destruction by the Taliban in 2001 was widely reported and universally condemned; yet the mainstream media treated this grotesque act of anti-Christian religious and cultural vandalism in Egypt as a non-event.
EGYPT-POLITICS-UNREST-CHRISTIANA picture taken on August 18, 2013 shows the Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya, some 250 kms south of Cairo, which was set ablaze on August 14, 2013. Egypt’s Christians are living in fear after a string of attacks against churches, businesses and homes they say were carried out by angry supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. As police dispersed Morsi supporters from two Cairo squares on August 14, attackers torched churches across the country.  (Photo credit: VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

So what is to be done?

  • Support those non-governmental agencies that work to sustain the pastoral life of Christianity in its historic birthplace.
  • Demand that U.S. diplomacy take religious freedom in the Middle East more seriously.
  • Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • And pray, publicly, for the conversion of the persecutors.

To that end, this blog, Fellowship of the Minds, will have a regular feature asking you to pray for a particular individual who is suffering from persecution somewhere in the world. Our first prayer request is for a 3-year-old Christian boy in Nigeria whose entire family was slaughtered by Muslims.
H/t my friend Sol

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  1. If you follow the logic of Eustace Mullins (“The Curse of Canaan,” “Secrets of the Federal Reserve”), or of Visconte Leon de Poncins (“Freemasonry and Judaism”, “Judaism and the Vatican”), or of Maurice Pinay (“Le Complot contre l’Eglise”), then the origin of apparent Muslim hatred for Christians becomes clear. For the better part of a thousand years, Muslim nations treated their Christian and Jewish minorities with tolerance and respect. It required the agitation of a third party to set Muslims and Christians at one another’s throats. That third party is the creation of the monumentally undemocratic, extra-legal Balfour Declaration : Israel.
    It is telling that Weigel should single out Israel as a haven of Christian tolerance. That applies only to Christian tourists and to religious bodies that sustain the shrines (like the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land). It does not apply to Israeli Christian citizens. These are left to lead a second-class existence in the officially Jewish state. “Evangelization” in any sense that we would recognize it in the West is strictly forbidden and punishable by law.
    One has only to read Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma” to realize that the veneer of Christian-Zionist cooperation (as opposed to Christian-Jewish cooperation, which is real, heartfelt and widespread) is only temporary. I suspect that many if not most instances of Muslim persecution of Christians are initiated and fanned into flame by agents provocateurs from or abetted by Israel. For more on false Muslim fronts, I recommend reading Henry Makow’s articles on the Donmeh Turks (search henrymakow.com).
    Hatred of Jesus Christ and his followers springs from only one source: Lucifer. Luciferianism is an ages-old, secretive cult that has infiltrated and cored out any religious or political body that opposed it. One can read the entire Old Testament as the story of this struggle, and the New Testament as it’s exposure and defeat. We appear to be approaching the denouement of this epic drama, and Christian persecution is the chief indicator.

    • mancunian (df: Manchester),
      You need to stop your malicious scapegoating of Israel and Jews.
      The FACT is from its founding by Mohammad, Islam was and is a militant cult. In fact, Mohammad disseminated Islam by the SWORD. The Muslim world was generally in serious political decline starting the 1800s. That accounts for a remission in their persecution of Christians and Jews. Note that the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928, long before (20 years) the establishment of the state of Israel.
      The FACT is the Arabs were supporters of Hitler and the Nazis because both groups hate Jews. That sick alliance began in the 1930s, culminating in WWII — again before the establishment of the state of Israel.
      Yes, the Rothchilds did have a hand in the Balfour Declaration that provided the justification for the state of Israel. Yes, the Rothchilds are extremely powerful and at least one of them is a Satanist — Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (See my post “The Satanic Rothschild”). Yes, too many Jews are leftwing Godless secularists. But by blaming Muslim persecution of Christians ALL on Israel, you are not only committing a sin against the 8th and 9th Commandments, you are also giving Muslims an excuse for their evil acts. Not to mention: What does Israel have to do with Muslims’ persecution and martyrdom of CHRISTIANS — not Israelites or Jews — throughout the world, including the murder of the entire family of a little Nigerian boy in Africa.
      For all the tortured distinction you make between “Zionists” and “Jews,” your anti-“Zionism” is really just the age-old anti-Semitism.
      I am ashamed that you call yourself a Catholic.

    • it is interesting to note the down-dings.
      the Jewish ppl in Israel do not tolerate the Catholics/Christians, & that is simply a fact.
      it bares remembering how the Jews treated the Jews who recognised Jesus as The Messiah.
      maranâ’ thâ’

      • “the Jewish ppl in Israel do not tolerate the Catholics/Christians, & that is simply a fact.”
        Really? What are your sources–credible ones. And yet, strangely, it’s not Jews, but Muslims, who are tearing down, burning, desecrating Christian churches; and it’s not Jews, but Muslims, who are torturing murdering Christians around the world. But then, of course, according to your twisted mind, the Jooze made those poor Muslims do it! Facts don’t matter. Truth doesn’t matter. You’ve made up your mind. It’s all the Jooze’ fault!
        I very much object to both you, “the little brother,” and mancuniancatholic hijacking and twisting my post on the persecution of CHRISTIANS around the world by mainly MUSLIMS into a diatribe against Israel and Jews. Shame on you.

        • https://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35037
          We recall that it was Palestinian gunmen who occupied and defaced the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. According to the IMIA (International Media Intelligence Analysis) for September 25, 2007, citing a Christian leader in Nazareth, the Christian community in the West Bank could become extinct within 15 years owing to the systematic persecution led by organizations with links to Mahmoud Abbas. Evangelical pastor Isa Bajalia reported that he was forced by a Fatah security official to flee Ramallah, where he had served his parish for the last sixteen years, for the safety of Jerusalem.
          Writing in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (February 2, 2008), Saudi journalist Hussein Shukakshi made no bones about the eclipse and emigration of Christians from Arab lands: “the Arab world is being drained of its Christian residents. The rate of Christian emigration from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria has reached astonishing proportions. Palestine in particular is facing a plan to eradicate the entire deeply-rooted Christian presence from all its territories.”
          In his column for Al-Ayyam (October 25, 2008), Palestinian journalist ‘Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar arrives at the same conclusion: “Christians are being persecuted…in most Arab countries.” In Palestine, “the trend is the same….The most fundamental problem [is that] we continue to instill a horrific culture in our children, one that sees Christians as infidels.” Hanna Massad, Pastor of the Gaza Baptist Church, does not mince his words either: “This is ethnic cleansing at its worst” (Cybercast News Service). Human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, writing in IBL News from a Christian View (December 5, 2007), quotes pastor (and author) Don Finto to the effect that, while receiving civil treatment in Israel, “The Christian community in the Palestinian areas has shrunk to 1.7 percent”—down from its staple 15 percent.
          Finto also points out that the Christian population of Bethlehem, once a majority, has decreased by a factor of four to the status of a besieged minority. Bethlehem has now become a dangerous city for West Bank Christians—a fact which has nothing whatsoever to do with Israeli activities. The Vatican is quite aware of this alarming development, having “relocated” the Nativity Scene, traditionally displayed in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, from the manger in Bethlehem to Joseph’s carpentry shop in Nazareth and giving as its reason that it was “time for a change.” The Church’s Muslim assailants will obviously concur with this act of symbolic displacement.
          Nevertheless, the National Council of Churches in the U.S., like the Anglican Church, blames the Israelis for the plight of Palestinian Christians suffering under the policies of radical Islam, and accordingly favours outreach to Muslims. Thus the NCC convened an Ecumenical Study Seminar at the 2007 convention of the Wahhabi-inspired Islamic Society of America in order to—in the words of its Interfaith Relations office—“reflect and learn together.” More recently, the NCC has gone out of its way to ingratiate itself to the Islamic fact, responding positively to a Muslim encyclical, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You” and accepting the appeal to open a dialogue. In so doing, it revealed the depth of its ignorance, plainly unaware of the context framing the invitation, almost to the letter. Koran 3:64 reads: “O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you, that we worship none but Allah.” Q.E.D.
          Cringing in mortification before the presumed sins of its own “extremist Christians,” the Council shut its eyes to the Islamic conquest of much of Europe, the reduction of Constantinople, the 400-year enslavement of Greece, the abduction of young Christians to serve in the janissary corps and the current onslaught against the post-Christian West, including the modern, collective version of the Crucifixion in the Holy Land. This is turning the other cheek with a vengeance.
          From Rowan Williams and Vatican officials to Andrew Lee Butters and National Geographic and all the hand-wringing, anti-Israeli Islamophiles in between who should know better, the meld of stark hypocrisy, deliberate blindness, visceral hatred and cultivated stupidity is an old story. The trials of the Christian population in the Middle East are not being addressed but exploited in the unceasing operation against the state of Israel.

      • I have Christian friends who are absolute celebrities among the people of Israel. There is sensitivity about the subject of proselytizing, but my friends are very outspoken for the gospel, and still very welcome.

  2. “For the better part of a thousand years, Muslim nations treated their Christian and Jewish minorities with tolerance and respect.”

    mancuniancatholic, islam has been genocidal right from the beginning. It did not require the presence of a “freemason” or a “zionist” to be provoked to its legion acts of butchery.
    And I know there are plenty of Jews who have caused trouble for the world, like Karl Marx. So I know there is grist for the mill of distrusting Israel. I may be deceived, but right now I think we have much more in common with Israel than with most other countries.

    • mancuniancatholic

      I make no apology for Islam’s wars against Christian states. I know of those butcheries, and of the West’s deliverance at battles like Lepanto. I was referring only to the way the Ottoman Empire handled its minorities after vanquishing their independent states. I don’t even mean to suggest that their tolerance was motivated by religious altruism. I’m sure it was not.
      Once the Muslims had eliminated religiously-based political opposition, though, they appear (from what I have read – and I confess, I have more to read) to have left the remnant Christian and Jewish communities in peace.
      I travelled in Cyprus some years ago and saw an Ottoman declaration posted inside a Greek Orthodox Church granting them freedom from strictly Muslim practices, and even from some taxes, as memory serves.

      • mancuniancatholic, I apologize for going over the top on you, and am removing the last sentence of my response; I owe you that.
        I have Armenian friends whose families are here because their peaceful muslim neighbors were whipped up into a genocidal frenzy by clerics in the early part of the 20th century. My best friend is from a Christian Lebanese family. Lebanon suffered from the same kind of genocide at the hands of their peaceful muslim neighbors when the PLO came into their country in the 1970s.
        Brigitte Gabriel, author of a book called, “Because They Hate,” was asked about the majority of muslims who are peaceful and willing to be tolerant. What about their version of islam? Her answer was that the peaceful muslims, of whom there are many, have culturally distanced themselves from the Koran. It is when muslims return the the actual words of their “prophet” that they become murderous. This is much the same as Nancy Pelosi declaring herself Catholic, but distancing herself from every moral principal the church has stood for.
        A Christian draws near to the actual words of the Messiah, and becomes more willing to forgive and show kindness, because that is the advice from his leader. A muslim does the same with the words of his “prophet”, and becomes intolerant, perverse, deceptive and murderous, because THAT is the advice of his leader. Islam, at its very core and root, can NOT be redeemed. Thank God, Muslims CAN be redeemed, by turning to Jesus, who has recently been converting many muslims by visiting them personally in dreams and visions.
        As for freemasons and other secret societies, I agree that they are not to be trusted.

  3. My personal animosity towards Islam dictates a much more aggressive policy should the 4 recommendations listed below fail.
    But then again, why wait?

  4. Dr. Eowyn <——- America needs more:
    Aragorn: You have some skill with [Truth] a blade.
    Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without [Truth] swords can still die upon them [Lies]. I fear neither death nor pain.
    Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady?
    Eowyn: A cage [Apathy-ignorance-lies]. To stay behind bars [Silent] until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
    Aragorn: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.
    Prophecy Of Jeremias (Jeremiah) Chapter 17:7-10
    [7] Blessed be the man that trusteth in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence. [8] And he shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots towards moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat cometh. And the leaf thereof shall be green, and in the time of drought it shall not be solicitous, neither shall it cease at any time to bring forth fruit. [9] The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it? [10] I am the Lord who search the heart and prove the reins: who give to every one according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices.

  5. I ceased teaching World History ( so swept up these days in Isam) to “run away” to an arts-related curiculum, b/c of the poliitically correct BS I was supposed to adhere to…Islam is a grifter “religion” that (militantly) rode on coat-tails of Christianity & Judaism centuries AFTER their establishment. It’s continuance depends upon the slaughter of innocents (non-Muslims), the subjucation of half it’s number(females), and the Medieval denial of education to its numbers(& adherance to birth inheritance) in order to maintain authority. Dear Muslum Friends Please Note: In all of history, NO authority that derived its power without consent has survived. I might be dead before you are annhilated…but nevertheless, you will be denied by the thousands whom you now suppress. What exists beyond you and me is TIME…and its numbers will not be denied by the likes of YOU.

  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this incredible post. I will now add to my Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer request before Our Dear Lord, all Christians who are being persecuted in this world. As far as reading some of the comments, what comes to my mind is, that some people will maintain their prejudices regardless of the facts. Yes, spare me the facts . . .

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  9. When it benefits a geopolitical cause the oligarchs whoever they are, finance rebels or legitimate armies to do things for their gain. Most times they are financing all sides of the fighting that’s going on. We don’t see Christian armies rising up except in the spirit realm that from time to time manifest down here in the natural, but we can trust in the word that God’s spirit will be poured out onto all flesh. Thank you Lord.

  10. The suffering of Christians in Muslim dominated countries is a horrible crime. They are intimidated, treated with contempt, murdered, kidnapped, gang raped, have their property stolen, suffer extortion, enslaved and much more, The West is complicit in this crime through leaders and media that ignore, downplay, deny or make excuses for it, and a populace indifferent to it. Thank you for the post. I hope your readers heed your advice.
    Islam has bloody hands going back to Mohammad, but what is new is the adoption by “Islamists” of totalitarian political views of complete control of the populace and elimination of anyone perceived as the enemy. On second thought maybe Sharia was an early precursor of totalitarianism.


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