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Persecution and deception


An estimated 3000 people every day are coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ in China, according to Voice of the Martyrs. This is despite persecution with police breaking up worship services and arresting participants, confiscating Bibles and demolishing church buildings. China’s human rights record is one of the worst in the world. Its system of ‘re-education through labour’ detains hundreds of thousands each year in work camps without even a court hearing. China’s ‘strike hard’ policy, presented as a crackdown on criminals, is hardest on Christians, putting more believers in prison or under detention than in any other country. In the face of this persecution, China’s house church movement, which comprises approximately 90% of China’s Christians, stands on its commitment to preach the gospel no matter what the cost.


The military government in Burma has ordered Christians to be wiped out according to a leaked memo which opens with the line ‘There shall be no home where the Christian religion in practised.’ This follows widespread reports of religious persecution with churches burnt to the ground, attempts to force Christians to convert to the state religion, Buddhism, and their children being barred from school. An estimated 27,000 members of the predominantly Christian Keren tribe have been driven from their homes in eastern Burma. 300 Buddhist monks were allegedly sent by the regime to forcibly convert members of the Chin ethnic group which is mainly Christian.


Iraqi Christians by the tens of thousands have fled north out of Sunni and Shiite strongholds toward the Valley of Nineveh, a few miles from Erbil. A 14 year old boy was crucified for sharing his faith with Muslims and women have had acid thrown in their faces for going to church. There have been calls for safe havens to be set up for Christians in Iraq, many of whom are part of ancient communities which have lived in the region since the days of the early church. Strangely the BBC which reports on any minor infringement of Muslim human rights is totally silent on this issue.


When Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, the leader of the ‘Growing in Grace International Ministry’ appears before his followers, they chant, ‘Lord! Lord! Lord!’ A man introducing him at a meeting in Florida announces ‘It’s Jesus Christ himself! Let’s welcome Jesus Christ man!’ De Jesus Miranda claims to have woken to a vision of two men who announced the arrival of the Lord and in his words ‘came to me and integrated to me.’ Since then he has claimed to be a re-incarnation of the Apostle Paul, the Antichrist and now Jesus Christ in person. He preaches a message that under a new covenant with God there is no sin and no Satan and all people are predestined to be saved. He has more than 300 congregations from Argentina to Australia and claims to reach millions through a 24-hour TV channel. Members of his cult are expected to tithe which helps to underwrite his lavish life style with diamond encrusted gold rings and fancy cars. Disaffected members of the cult accuse him of brainwashing his followers.


The actor Tom Cruise has been hailed by followers of the ‘Church of Scientology’ as a Christ like figure who will spread the word of the religion. A source close to the actor was quoted as saying ‘Just like Christ he has been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise that he was right, just like Jesus.’ Scientology was founded by L Ron Hubbard who claimed that extra terrestrial beings were sent to planet Earth by intergalactic ruler Xenu who then blew up the aliens with hydrogen bombs in a volcano.


Hundreds of gunmen and supporters of the Soldiers of Heaven, an apocalyptic Muslim cult, were reported dead after a battle with US and Iraqi soldiers outside Najaf, Iraq, a holy city to Shiite Muslims. The cult’s leader was killed in the fighting. He claimed to be the Mahdi, a messiah like figure who will right injustices in the world according to Shiite Muslim belief. Iraqi authorities claim they were planning to kill thousands of pilgrims gathered in Najaf to commemorate Ashura, which marks the death of Mohammed’s grandson in 680. The Iranian leader, Ahmedinejad, has fuelled speculation about the imminent arrival of the Mahdi. An official Iranian news service is predicting the Last Judgement will occur on 20th March this year.


In the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24) Jesus said that at the end of the age there would be persecution of Christians and false christs and false prophets leading many astray. One of the extraordinary things about our time is the patently absurd things people are prepared to believe while rejecting out of hand the clear and reasonable claims of the Gospel.