When persecution of Western believers begins — what then?

I don’t want to distract from the seriousness of the state of affairs in Nigeria with regard to Christians and Muslims as reported in the article below, but there is one point in the article that intrigues me because I have been wondering about it for years.

The statement from the article below that intrigues me is: “…and that his congregation had shrunk to 40 people from the 130 who attended before the attack.”

During the past 40 years, while teaching and preaching, I have often asked this question, “What effect would real persecution have on Western believers today?”

In this article from Nigeria I have at least one answer to my question.

In reality, it can be said that what would really shake Islam in any corner of the world, would be the resilience of Christ’s disciples in the face of persecution.

When the disciples were persecuted in the first century their numbers grew rather than decrease because they were disciples and not mere worship/entertainment focused church members. The first century disciples had found the pearl of great price and even in the face of death they refused to cast it aside.

In China today, persecution is enlarging the kingdom of God because they are making disciples and not church members. This is despite the fact that converts know before they become disciples that their faith in Christ could result in their imprisonment. Disciples in China are imprisoned when they are caught preaching or evangelizing or merely worshipping outside of the government approved venues with their hireling priests.

So what will happen in the West when persecution comes? One can only believe that a remnant will be all that will uphold the faith. 

We must realize that Islam and all other anti-Christian movements will only be overcome when disciples preach the Word of God regardless of personal cost.

Let us pray for the remnant of faithful disciples in Nigeria as we await the persecution that is coming to our neighbourhood in the not too distant future.


Rescue of Girls in Nigeria Ignites Islamic Rampage

Six churches gutted after recovery of Christians teenagers from Muslim kidnappers. By Obed Minchakpu


News from the Frontlines of Persecution


NINGI, Nigeria, May 19 (Compass Direct News) – Islamists under the auspices of a paramilitary force last week destroyed six churches to protest a police rescue of two teenage Christian girls kidnapped by Muslims in this Bauchi state town. Police recovered the two Christian girls, Mary Chikwodi Okoye, 15, and Uche Edward, 14, on May 12 after Muslims in Ningi kidnapped them three weeks ago in an attempt to expand Islam by marrying them to Muslim men. Police took the two girls, who had been under foster care, to safety in southeastern Nigeria where their biological parents live. The kidnappers had taken the girls to Wudil town in Kano state. Following the rescue of the girls, Muslims under the Hisbah Command, a paramilitary arm of Kano state’s Sharia Commission, went on a rampage on Tuesday (May 13), attacking Christians and setting fire to the churches. Joseph Abdu, pastor of the Deeper Life church, told Compass that damages to his church property amounted to about 13 million naira (US$112,857) – and that his congregation had shrunk to 40 people from the 130 who attended before the attack. Muslims have kidnapped at least 13 Christian girls in the town, Christian sources said.

Bob Chapman MA




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