ADVERTISING
 
Monday, December 9   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



World Watch List 2015
 

Persecution of Christians on the rise worldwide

Open Doors has published a list that ranks the 50 toughest states for Christians to live. Islamic extremism is the main cause of persecution.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR Evangelical Focus, Daniel Hofkamp TRANSLATOR Belén Díaz Madrid 10 JANUARY 2015 18:55 h GMT+1
In Pakistan (8 th on the List), a Christian woman observes her destroyed house

The worldwide levels of Christian persecution have increased in 2014, according to Open Doors, an international organization that supports persecuted Christians and every year, since 2002, publishes the World Watch List.



In the list, published this week, Open Doors reports that the persecution of Christians has reached historical levels, and the current conditions suggest that the worst is yet to come, because, as Ted Blake, president of Open Doors Spain, has said to Evangelical Focus, the Islamic State´s power is increasing: “Syria and Iraq have been in the news and we have seen how they attacked Christians in those countries, but the Islamic State is acting in a very efficient ways in many other countries like Nigeria, where the Christians are suffering just as bad or even worse”.



Ted Blake warned about the violence of this radical terrorist group: “It is something that is really spreading out all over the world and we need to be really careful with what we do about that”.



THE ISLAMIC RADICALISM



The majority of the 50 countries that appear in the list have something in common: their laws are subject to the sharia, the Islamic doctrine that affirms that there is not a place for any religion but Islam.



The Islamic radicalism has been so present in Iraq and Syria (3rd and 4th in the ranking), because of the power of the Islamic State in those countries, but it has also been present in other countries, specially in Africa.



As a result of what was called Arab Spring, the radical Islam has been strengthened in a very powerful way, thousands of Christians have died, churches have been burned, homes have been destroyed, just because they think that if you are not Muslim, you do not deserve to live”,explained Ted Blake.



AFRICA: CHRISTIANS IN DANGER



One of the most significant aspects of the World Watch List 2015, is that the majority of African nations on the list have increased in rank due to Islamic extremism, and some of those African countries are new on the list. Kenya made the largest jump, moving up from number 43 to number 19.



The situation is very complicated in two countries that are new in the top ten of the list: Sudan (8) and Nigeria (10), “where the radicals want to exterminate Christianity, they want to make sure Christians do not get strong within those countries, they are merciless in their attacks against Christians”, told us Blake.



According to Open Doors, 4.000 Christians have been murdered by Boko Haram this year, a massacre that includes the kidnapping of children and women.



EUROPE, ON THE SPOTLIGHT



The battle against Islamic radicalism is not only taking place in Middle East, Africa, or Asia,but also in Europe. The attack, this last Wednesday, to the French satiric magazine because of the cartoons about Mohammed, confirms the danger of the extension of radicalisms in Europe.



The radical Islam is focusing in reconquering all of Europe, and they want to do it by increasing their numbers,so that they can become a majority and then taking over the government. There is a danger that we could end up living under an Islamic state within Europe, just because they become more numerous than us , warned the expert of Open Doors.



According to Blake, another problem that European Christians are facing is intolerance: “some Christians in Europe are being targeted and even attacked, for speaking out against things socially accepted like homosexuality, abortion, etc “



NORTH KOREA, AT THE TOP OF THE LIST



Since 2002, when the World Watch List was published for the first time, North Korea remains at the top of the list, as the world’s hardest country to be a Christian, and the Open Doors ´s indicators show a deterioration of the situation there.



Nevertheless, the director of Open Doors has hope for the future: ”we believe that North Korea can experience a change,in fact, there are some people who are beginning to boldly speak out that within 5 years there will be some kind of a change in North Korea, we are getting some messages in that direction”.



WHAT CAN WE DO?



The situation of many Christians all around the world is very difficult, but there is always something we can do: Ted Blake asked us to pray for the persecuted Christians: ”it is the most powerful thing we can do, we need to ask God to help them to stay firm and to continue to do their work”.



We can also write them letters and visit them. In Open Doors, they also encouraged us to be informed, we can find all the information about the persecution of Christians in its webpage.



 



 


 


 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Persecution of Christians on the rise worldwide
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
VIDEO Video
 
World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly highlights

The World Evangelical Alliance's General Assembly 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia, brought together 800 evangelicals from 92 countries to pray, worship and cast vision for the new decade of holistic discipleship.

 
What defines a godly leader? What defines a godly leader?

Adrian Reynolds, Associate National Director for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), explains how a godly leader should be.

 
Kanye West sings to Jesus with inmates Kanye West sings to Jesus with inmates

The hip-hop artist and his gospel choir performed ‘Jesus Is King’ songs in a Houston prison. Images of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

 
How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us? How can we encourage believers to serve Jesus with us?

“It is not just pastors who do ministry. When the saints are doing the ministry too, the Body of Christ is build up and grows towards maturity in the faith”, says Greg Ogden, Chairman Global Discipleship Initiative.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.