Prince Charles: I am heartbroken at Christian persecution in Middle East
The Prince of Wales has spoken of his heartbreak at Christian persecution in the Middle East as he called on believers in the UK to step up their response to the crisis.
In a moving speech on Tuesday Prince Charles said Christians in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East face 'troubled times' and 'desperate trials' as he urged prayers for those 'forced to leave their homes in the face of the most brutal persecution on account of their faith'.
Benjamin Glatt wrote: The listâ€™s number one cause of Christian persecution is the spread of radical Islam. Out of the top 10 countries with the highest rate of Christian persecution, Islamic oppression fuels that persecution in eight of them: Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Iran.
This is the second year in a row that Islamic oppression has been the main trend in causing persecution of Christians. According to Open Doors, every day, six women are raped, sexually harassed or are forced into marriage to a Muslim under threat of death due to their Christian faith.
--[URL=http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=533453]]]1 in 12 Christians worldwide persecuted, report shows[/URL] This report is hot off the press!
A good, short article on the problem and of course highlighting, [URL=http://tinyurl.com/3kjl3]]]http://tinyurl.com/3kjl3 (Islam: The Religion of Peace)[/URL]
I did listen to the sermon, very uplifting aÃ±d helpful and again encouraging,I have more of an understanding of what is actually happening here.I am going to listen to more of his sermons and thanks again for your guidance and help and comments. I am changing to a Sunday School that is more my age just because of needing to help others who might be struggling with things I have.The Ladies Iam with now are a generation older than I am and we have no fellowships which I am needing at this time of my life. And I will continue on here as that's what I have felt led to do as well. Blessings dear brother.
Dolores wrote: Now, John you always say so much in fewer words than I do. If you werenâ€™t on here I wouldnâ€™t even comment at all probably. I feel way out in left field most of the time with my comments and later wish I hadnâ€™t even said anything. Thanks for your encouragement and patience.
Dolores, I was thinking you hadn't posted for a while, so it is good to hear from you, as you yourself are also an encouragement.
The reason you are an encouragement to some and a thorn in the flesh of others is down to the sovereignty of God, and his choosing certain ones over others, read 1 Corinthians 1.
Have a listen to this 2.54min sermon by J C Ryle here on SA.
[URL=https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=927161856330]]]The Loving Heart of an Actual Living Christ[/URL]
Now, John you always say so much in fewer words than I do. If you werenâ€™t on here I wouldnâ€™t even comment at all probably. I feel way out in left field most of the time with my comments and later wish I hadnâ€™t even said anything. Thanks for your encouragement and patience.
'Such barbaric persecution is even more perverse and dreadful when as many Christians seem unaware,' he said, calling on Western Christians to pray and support those facing attacks in the Middle East.
'As someone who, throughout my life, has tried, in whatever small way I can, to foster understanding between people of faith, and to build bridges between the great religions of the world, it is heartbreaking beyond words to see just how much pain and suffering is being endured by Christians, in this day and age, simply because of their faith.
'As Christians we remember, of course, how Our Lord called upon us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute. But for those confronted with such hatred and oppression, I can only begin to imagine how incredibly hard it must be to follow Christ's example,' he said.
Making open reference to his personal faith and 'our belief that Christ has come, and that He is present in the world today', Prince Charles urged Christians to pray and 'commit to doing what each of us can to help ensure that those who are suffering have a brighter year ahead than the one that has passed'.