When the Muslim semi-dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey visited President Trump in the White House, Trump raised the issue of imprisoned U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson multiple times during their meeting.
In fact, during his meeting with Erdogan, Trump brought up Brunson’s imprisonment three times.
President Trump understands the urgency and need for religious freedom in the world, so much as to fight for this pastor wrongly imprisoned in Turkey.
The urgency has never been greater.
Brunson was arrested last summer, absurdly charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” after that country’s failed coup.
Now several new false charges have been leveled against him.
They include espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.
If convicted, his punishment will be even stiffer.
His crime? Being a witness for Jesus Christ.
His charges? A politically expedient way to deter the spread of the Gospel in a predominantly Muslim country.
Brunson has lived in Turkey for over 23 years without incident, raising his family there and humbly serving the people of Turkey.
Meanwhile, Erdogan and Turkey continue their war on Christians by seizing control of 50 Syriac churches.
Erdogan and his government are intentionally targeting Christian churches in order to bring Sharia Law to Turkey.
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Among the churches taken over by the government is the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery, one of the world’s oldest places of worship.
This is not Erdogan’s first foray into seizing churches. In 2016, he took over six churches, including another ancient house of worship.
Despite the fact Christianity’s roots in the country herald back to ancient times, Turkey has a long history of hostility toward Christians.
As Christians, let’s pray for his release from prison and Trump’s success in getting him released.
Let’s also pray for all Christians in Turkey and across the globe to be shielded from persecution.
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