Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Orissa Christians: Attacks Will Glorify God, Bring More to Christ

As Christian persecution in Orissa increases and Christians are being brutally attacked and beaten, killed with their homes and church buildings being burned down, the Gospel of Christ is flourishing in Orissa as pastors see it as an opportunity to share in the sufferings of Christ.
Many of the pastors are saying, "even if they kill us, no problem. This will cause thousands to come to Christ." Story Here.

This is true biblical Christianity and what a strong message it sends as a testimony to our Lord Jesus Christ, especially to those in the West who haven't begun to have a taste of real biblical Christianity and persecution for our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Orissa. " For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21
Another account of the Christian massacre:
India, Orissa's Christians Flee Genocidal Violence
by Staff September 9, 2008

INDIA, (christiansunite.com) -- Orissa State has continued to bleed and burn for the past eleven days. Thousands of innocent people have fallen prey to diabolic insanity.
Since independence (1947 Aug 15), this is the first time such a massacre has been let loose on Christians. "It is a national shame", said Mr Man Mohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India.
1. Thousands of Christians (the number could be 50,000) have fled to the thick forests for protection. They are managing without food, water, or shelter in the heavy monsoon. These forests are also home for wild animals like tigers, bears and elephants.
2. Hundreds of houses have been burnt after looting whatever could be looted.
3. No one knows exactly how many are dead.
4. Christians have been killed and their bodies been thrown into fire and evidence has been destroyed, the exact count is not known, over a hundred have died.
5. The State Government is hand in glove with the radicals and has not done anything to stop them.
6. The media is biased or hushed up. There are a lot of lies propagated.
7. Business establishments and shops were systematically destroyed.
8. Christians have been forced to bow before idols, and have been compelled to reconvert to Hinduism. Those who have refused to have been brutally attacked and killed.
9. Leaflets have been distributed urging Hindus to kill Christians. Their slogan is, "Become Hindu or else face death. India is for Hindus".
These are a few stories that have reached us:
* Mrs Kamalini Naik's husband was asked to become a Hindu otherwise the fanatics threatened to kill his mother. Seeing his mother under their grip, Mr Naik denounced his faith. Then they called his wife who was 7 months pregnant. She strongly stood for her faith in Christ & they immediately cut her and her 18th month old son in pieces in front of her husband and the other Christians.
* A Pastor was asked to become a Hindu, but he refused and declared his faith in Christ. His two hands were chopped off and he was given a second chance to deny his Lord. He refused right away and his two legs were cut off. His body was then thrown into the fire!

"There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood, stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless- the world didn't deserve them!- making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world"The Message, Heb.11:36-40.

Tags: Orissa, Biblical Christianity, Christian Persecution

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