Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations
Boko Haram‚Äôs violent jihad against Christians in Nigeria pushed the West African country into seventh place in annual rankings of countries impacted by terrorism, lending weight to calls for the State Department to reconsider its decision not to designate the group as a ‚Äúforeign terrorist organization.‚ÄĚ
Nigeria‚Äôs ranking in the latest Global Terrorism Index, released this week, marked a shift from 12th place a year earlier, from 16th place in 2008, and from 30th place in 2005. The top six countries this year are Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Yemen and Somali....
There was an interesting commentary in the Wall Street Journal about The Most Persecuted Religionare Christians either actual or nominal. While the article has some comments about Nigeria, it is also what the U.S. government should be doing to help reduce religious persecution.
jpw wrote: and if those destabilizing Nig were the same as those dest. Syria and Libya would you still be in agreement with me of your great fortunes?
jpw, if you are still paying attention to this thread, may I ask you a question? Both Frank and I said we were thankful for the grace that God has shown us over here. Is there something wrong with that because there is persecution in other spots of the world? That is the impression I get from your comment, just trying to understand not to criticize.
jpw wrote: Frank, thanks for your response. Yes, and the coming of Christ, for me, the Kingdom of Christ has already begun (in the temple of the believer, despite persecution) and continues and will be completed. the setting up of the New Earth and final judgment, and an end to sin. Amen!
It looks like we are in agreement on many of these issues. Although you seem like you are prepared, self sufficient, for what is to certainly come and I am not. Yes, Jesus is currently my Lord and King and reigns in my heart; we agree. I am a poor servant of my Lord, but He that doesn't detract from His lordship in any way. Therefore, our citizenship is in the heavenly places, with our Lord and King, at the present time. In other words, we are pilgrims on this earth.
And Christ will one day set up His earthly kingdom and then we will see Him right in front of us and will have glorified sinless bodies.
Anyway, it is my pleasure discussing these things with you.
Frank, thanks for your response. Yes, and the coming of Christ, for me, the Kingdom of Christ has already begun (in the temple of the believer, despite persecution) and continues and will be completed. the setting up of the New Earth and final judgment, and an end to sin. Amen!
jpw wrote: are you sure you have a legitimate lens on your views of those other people over there, unlike us when we are in the very middle of it? I pray it is, but why not? this is how the power shift is being carried out. from my amillenial point of view, Revelations is about the persecuted saints. if we, in our zeal for the rapture are willing to sell out the brethren around the world, in God's eyes, who's side are we on?
I believe that the entire world, other than the Christians, are on the side of antichrist. I also believe there is a worldwide movement, including the U.S.; those that pull the strings, to bring in Islamic governments to all the areas you noted and that would of course include the U.S. Satan does that in part to persecute the Christians.
So, like you I believe that what we see and hear is not the real story. There is a unseen spiritual battle behind the scenes.
In my post-tribulation, pre-mil view, the book of Revelations is about the persecution of the saints and the coming of Christ and the setting up of His kingdom.
well, Frank, who is destablizing Syria and now we can read at persecution dot org about all the tragedies against our brethren? who was the stabilizing force?...assad. who armed those from the outside who have come in and now the Christians are in such danger? are you sure you have a legitimate lens on your views of those other people over there, unlike us when we are in the very middle of it? can you not see the same pattern, as I have written so many times over the years and my brethren here refuse to see? that the same pattern has been repeated? armed outsiders come in and take out the dictator and then the Christians are persecuted? can you not see this is a world wide movement? can you not see that everytime we name a country and pick at its rulers that persecution comes to the believers? what is not to understand? because our CFR ethics leaders are silent, are we not able to see what is straight before us? why would Nig be any different? I pray it is, but why not? this is how the power shift is being carried out.
from my amillenial point of view, Revelations is about the persecuted saints. if we, in our zeal for the rapture are willing to sell out the brethren around the world, in God's eyes, who's side are we on?
Unprofitable Servant wrote: saying with Frank, Amen. Should humble us and make us thankful for the blessing we enjoy here.
I agree. Each night when I say my prayers, I am made aware of the tremendous blessings the Lord has granted me and my wife and I frequently ask our Lord to comfort and protect our brethren who live in these areas. Well said Unprofitable Servant and thank you!
For those the Lord allows to be taken, the following applies.
Psalms 116:15 ‚ÄúPrecious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His godly ones.‚ÄĚ
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil, 2. He enters into peace; They rest in their beds, Each one who walked in his upright way.
One still hopes that Nigerian government will be able to do something, but a stronger hand on the wheel apparently is called for, Nigeria Islamists slaughter 10 Christians in north. One would hope that Western governments would be covertly at least aiding the terror victims, but if they are, I don't see any results from it.