Gospel Gaining Unprecedented Ground in Persecuted Countries
Persecution watchdog Open Doors USA has released its annual "World Watch List," which rates countries based on the level of religious persecution it inflicts on Christian believers. CEO Carl Moeller tells The Christian Post that, despite the situation for persecuted Christians, the Gospel has been gaining ground.
North Korea topped the list for the tenth straight time. According to Open Doors, "There are an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians being held in North Korean prison camps where they face even more horrific treatment than other prisoners."
As Open Doors reports, North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, appears likely to extended efforts to eradicate Christianity in the oppressive country, with four government surveillance groups monitoring the belief practices of the communist country's citizens....
""Men and women, out of emptiness of their current situation spiritually, are turning to faith in Jesus Christ despite the literally lethal risks in doing so," Moeller said. "Thatâ€™s only attributable to the work of the Holy Spirit.""
Persecution is not only a painful process but provides the perhaps curious basis on which the church grows.
Matt 5:10 "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Praise the Lord for His continued work and witness in this fallen world.