Suffer for His Sake

No one wants to suffer in any manner. But better to suffer for Christ and HIS Glory than man and fleeting fame. 

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. Philippians 1:29

On July 22, 1680, faithful Richard Cameron was martyred in Airsmoss. His head and hands cut off and taken to Edinburgh, just as Robert M’Ward had spoken. Before his murderers committed the barbarous act of publicly displaying his head and hands upon the Netherbow Port, they first had one further act of antichristian cruelty to enact.

“His father being in prison for the same cause, they carried them [Cameron’s head and hands-ed.] to him, to add grief unto his former sorrow, and inquired at him if he knew them. Taking his son’s head and hands which were very fair – being a man of fair complexion like himself – he kissed them, and said, ‘I know – I know them; they are my son’s – my own dear son’s. It is the Lord – good is the will of the Lord, who cannot wrong me nor mine, but hath made goodness and mercy to follow us all our days.’ After which, by order of the Council, his head was fixed upon the Netherbow Port, and his hands beside it with the fingers upward.”  (John Howie, The Scots Worthies, 1781, SWRB reprint, 1997, pp. 428-429).

News Updates on the Persecuted Church

The Voice of the Martyrs

Nigerian people standing; woman holding baby

Christians Kidnapped and
Murdered in Ongoing Attacks

  • On Jan. 21, Christie Peter Mwankon, 26, was kidnapped out of her sister’s house in the middle of the night by Fulani Islamic militants.
  • A 25-year-old Christian man was killed by Fulani Islamic militants on Jan. 20.
  • Pastor Lawan Andimi was kidnapped and murdered on Jan. 20 after the Islamist group Boko Haram released a video showing him declare his trust in God regardless of the consequences.
  • A group of Christian university students were kidnapped by Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists outside Maiduguri on Jan. 9. The terrorists took video of one student’s execution, while the others remain missing.
  • Fulani Islamic militants attacked a village in Plateau state on the night of Jan. 8, killing 12 villagers and burning homes and fields.

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Congolese Christians praying. Source: Steve Evans licensed under CC BY 2.0Eleven Congolese Christians killed in ADF Islamist militant attack 

Eleven Christians were killed in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mutwanga district, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on February 18.

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Lawyer Tehmina Arora has called for the repeal of anti-conversion laws, which she says are used as a tool to harass and target Christians

Justice for eight Christians acquitted of forced conversion of children in India

Eight Indian church workers accused of the forced conversion and abduction of 60 Christian children were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.

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Nigerian Christians praying

Christians in Nigeria call for urgent prayer as Boko Haram “ready to attack”

Christians in Nigeria have called for urgent prayer as a large-scale Boko Haram attack is thought to be imminent in Plateau State.

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The Iranian government's new rule on ID card applications is in line with its strategy of harassing Christian converts from Islam and pressurising them to emigrate

Iran forces Christian converts from Islam to declare their faith to obtain ID cards

Christian converts from Islam no longer have the choice of keeping their faith secret in Iran after the Islamic Republic removed the “other religions” option from the new application form for the national ID card.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan reassured business leaders on changes to social media rules for companies

Christian “blasphemy” cases could rise under Pakistan’s new social media law

Pakistan’s government approved a new law to monitor online platforms on January 28, which would require social media companies to remove any “unwanted and slanderous” online content within 24 hours, or six hours in “emergency cases”, prompting concerns over “blasphemy” accusations.

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Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli chairs the 11 February meeting of the licensing committee [Picture: en.wataninet.com]

Another 82 licenses granted to Egyptian churches in first batch of 2020

Licenses were granted to 82 church and church-affiliated buildings in Egypt on February 11 by the committee that has been overseeing the process since early 2017.

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Praying for the Persecuted Church booklet

The newly revised and updated edition of the Barnabas Praying for the Persecuted Church booklet, to inform and guide your prayers for persecuted Christians around the world, is available here.

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Islamist gunmen murder 24 including worshippers and pastor in north-east Burkina Faso

Islamist extremist gunmen stormed a Sunday morning worship service in a church in Burkina Faso, killing ten Christians and abducting the pastor, on Sunday February 16. Read full article

 


Pastor, three family members and deacon killed by jihadists in Burkina Faso

Pastor Tindano Omar and three members of his family, who were kidnapped by Islamic extremists, were murdered by their captors on February 13 in Burkina Faso. Read full article


 

Bodies of two Nigerian Christians murdered by militants dumped together on roadside

The bodies of two kidnapped Christians, seminary student Nnadi Michael and Bola Ataga, wife of a local doctor, were found dumped at the same location in Kaduna State, Nigeria, on January 31. Read full article


 

Locust swarms confirmed in South Sudan as devastating plague spreads across East Africa and south-west Asia

The UN confirmed on February 18 that the desert locust plague, which can migrate up to 100 miles a day, has now invaded south-east Sudan, entering from northern Uganda. Read full article


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Our bi-monthly prayer diary, Barnabas Prayer, helps you lift up in prayer the needs of our suffering brothers and sisters each day. A printed copy of the Barnabas Prayer diary is included as an insert in our free bi-monthly Barnabas Aid magazine, which you can sign up to receive here.

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Today in Church History

Bonhoeffer Transferred to Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Bonhoeffer Transferred to Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Where does a Christian fit in a nation which makes itself god?

The Lutheran theologian Deitrich Bonhoeffer answered that the Christian’s duty is to resist such a regime. This landed him in a concentration camp and cost him his life.

Safe in exile in America, he abruptly returned to Germany. “I have come to the conclusion that I have made a mistake in coming to America. I shall have no right to participate in the reconstruction of the Christian life in Germany after the war if I did not share in the trials of this time with my people. Christians in Germany face the terrible alternative of willing the defeat of their nation in order that civilization may survive, or willing the victory of their nation and thereby destroying civilization. I know which of these alternatives I must choose. But I cannot make that choice in security.”

In Germany Bonhoeffer worked with the underground resistance. He helped guide Jews to safety. Believing that Hitler was like a madman “driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders,” he joined a plot to kill the Führer.

After he was arrested for his aid to the Jews, his role in the plot was discovered. There was little hope he would survive Nazi wrath. Nonetheless Bonhoeffer was personally at peace. Suffering, he said, had become a better key for understanding the world than happiness had ever been.

On this day February 7, 1945, he was transferred to the terrible Buchenwald Concentration Camp where many thousands of prisoners died, some under cruel medical experiments. Three months later Bonhoeffer corpse was added to the list of dead. He was hanged days before the allies freed the camp. He had fulfilled his own theology, aptly expressed in his book The Cost of Discipleship: “The one thing that matters is practical obedience. That will resolve [man’s] difficulties and make him free to become the child of God.”

When the government usurps God’s place, what is the Christian to do? By his life and death, Bonhoeffer exemplified one solution. [We caution that scripture teaches it is not right to do evil that good may come.]

Today in Church History

Columbine Killers Targeted Christians, Too

Dan Graves, MSL

Columbine Killers Targeted Christians, Too

Christian martyrs in 20th century America? It happened on this day, April 20, 1999. When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold began shooting up their school, they did not fire randomly. In their twisted minds, Athletes, minorities and Christians were the enemy.

“Do you believe in God?” they asked Cassie Bernall. They knew full well she did. The girl who had once indulged in the occult (as the killers now did) had moved into a realm of peace when she learned to center her heart on Christ. She became a church-goer and a worker among those who needed Christ. Often she brought her Bible to school.

She was reading it in the library when the killer pointed his gun at her. Did she believe in God? “Yes, I believe in God,” she replied.

“Why?” asked the boy in the dark trench coat. Without waiting for an answer, he pulled the trigger.

“My God, my granddaughter was a martyr,” said Cassie’s grandma when she heard the report.

And not the only one, either. Rachel Scott, a spiritually-minded seventeen-year-old whose ambition was to become a missionary to Africa, died, too. So did John Tomlin, a sixteen-year-old who had recently gone to Mexico to help with a church project for the poor.

The Sunday before her death, Cassie wrote these words after church:

Now I have given up on everything else I have found it to be the only way
To really know Christ and to experience
The mighty power that brought Him back to life again, and to find
Out what it means to suffer and to
Die with him.
So, whatever it takes I will be one who lives in the fresh
Newness of life of those who are
Alive from the dead.

SOURCE 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 12 January

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“…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  – Rev 6:9

Martyrs are the oldest sons of blessedness among all the sons of adoption. – Thomas Goodwin

Martyrdom came into the world early; the first man that died, died for religion. – William Jenkyn

The martyrs shook the powers of darkness with the irresistible power of weakness. – John Milton

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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