The Persecuted Church

As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” Rom 8:36

There are many forms and sources of Christian persecution in the world today. While the main stream media has largely ignored this worldwide crisis, organizations like Open Doors USA (and others) have done an excellent job of identifying and documenting these sources of persecution in the form of its annually published World Watch List. This list is independently audited by the International Institute of Religious Freedom (IIRF) and the methodology used in compiling the list can be found using the links below. Within the Top 50 List, several sources of persecution are identified along with their corresponding regions. In many of these regions, there can be more than one source of persecution at play. Just to give you some idea of the magnitude of this problem in the world today, a summary of the primary sources of persecution and regions affected are indicated below:

Communist Oppression - North Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos

Dictatorial Paranoia - Egypt, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Brunei, Kazakhstan

Religious Nationalism - India, Myanmar, Bhutan

Organized Corruption - Columbia, Mexico

Denominational Protectionism - Eritrea, Ethiopia

Clan Oppression - Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Qatar, Nepal, Oman

Islamic Oppression - Libya, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Mauritania, Algeria, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Bangledesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Jordan, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Mozambique, Malasia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kenya, Comoros

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