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, Open Doors USA has 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/Dictatorial Oppression - North Korea, Vietnam, China

Tribal Antagonism - Laos

Religious Nationalism - India, Myanmar, Bhutan, Central African Rep., Sri Lanka

Organized Corruption - Mexico, Columbia

Islamic Extremism/Oppression - Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Kenya, Turkmenistan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, Palestinian Territories, Brunei, Bangladesh, Jordan, Tunisia, Malaysia, Mali, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Algeria, Turkey, Kuwait, Djibouti, Comoros, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Mauritania, Bahrain, Oman



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