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
~Eowyn

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mancuniancatholic
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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 :… Read more »

the little brother
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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’
IN GLORY O LORD.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

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.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

“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
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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… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

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… Read more »

John Molloy
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John Molloy

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

k2globalcommunicationsllc
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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… Read more »

CalGirl
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CalGirl

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… Read more »

joandarc
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joandarc

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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Alice Wolf
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Alice Wolf

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.

Leslie Cameron
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Leslie Cameron

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… Read more »