..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)



Monday, April 23, 2007

Christians Murdered at Bible Publishing House in Turkey

Turkish Bible Publishing House Murders

Here is another wake-up call for Christians. Three
evangelical Christians were recently brutally
murdered at a Bible publishing house in Turkey.

Turkey is on my list of places to go
to see some of the ancient Christian historical
sites including Antioch, Tarsus, Cappodocia, and
the seven churches of Revelation. I have
hesitated even thinking about it because of the
increased persecution of Christians in Turkey.

These brutal murders of Christian workers
announce an increasingly downward spiral
in an increasingly militant and predominantly
Muslim country. Christians make up only
1% of the population in Turkey. Turkey has
applied for membership in the European
Union but some are afraid that Turkey would
not be able to protect religious minorities.
Indeed.

While certain factions of Islam become more
militant, and while the world in general
becomes increasingly intolerant to the
"offence" and "scandal" of the gospel,
we Christians must fight this battle
in the only way we are called to: on our knees.

With militant Islam firmly entrenching
itself even in London, France, and the corridors
of western Europe, we need to heed the signs
that more violence toward Christians is
most certainly on the way.

Pray for the persecuted church. Prepare
your heart for difficult times. We, in America,
may be, and most certainly will be, next.
Let him who has ears, hear. Let those with
a heart for the persecuted Church, pray.





1 comment:

thekingpin68 said...

Thanks for the information.

Turkey has applied for membership in the European
Union but some are afraid that Turkey would not be able to protect religious minorities.
Indeed.


A good point, Turkey is European in the sense that they are members of groups such as NATO and UEFA, but with Islam there are some major cultural differences from most of Europe.

Russ