IDOP and Things You Should Know about Global Persecution - Radical

IDOP and Things You Should Know about Global Persecution

In his “9 Things You Should Know” series, Joe Carter highlights nine things to know about the worldwide persecution of Christians based on the U.S. State Department’s recently released International Religious Freedom Report for 2014. While each of Carter’s nine points should lead us to pray for brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, two of them are of particular relevance to the upcoming International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church webcast hosted by Open Doors. Go here to learn more about this FREE webcast.

During the webcast you’ll be able to hear from believers in North Korea, Iraq, and Kenya. Carter’s article gives the following information about persecution in North Korea and Iraq:

North Korea: Although the UN estimates there are between 200,000 and 400,000 Christians in North Korea, no Protestant or Catholic churches officially exist in the country except in the capital Pyongyang. In Pyongyang there were four state-controlled Christian churches: two Protestant churches, a Catholic church, and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. The number of congregants regularly worshiping at these churches is unknown, and numerous defectors from outside of Pyongyang reported no knowledge of these churches. The report notes that the North Korean government continued to deal harshly with those who engaged in almost any religious practices through executions, torture, beatings, and arrests.

Iraq: Christian leaders estimate there are approximately 400,000-500,000 Christians in Iraq (a significant decline over the last 10 years from a pre-2002 estimate of 800,000-1.4 million), including approximately 5,000 evangelicals. Christians in the country face persecution from both the government and terrorist groups. Some evangelical groups chose not to register with the government, despite requirements to do so to operate legally. They reported they preferred to avoid increased government scrutiny of their internal operations, and to avoid regulations for registration that indirectly constrained proselytization. And many Christians have been subjected to killings, forced conversion, threats of violence, and intimidation by Islamic State (ISIL).

To see Joe Carter’s entire article, go here. To register for the IDOP webcast, go here.

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David Burnette serves as the Chief Editor for Radical. He lives with his wife and three kids in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves as an elder at Philadelphia Baptist Church. He received his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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