The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began Friday. Members of the Islamic State in Egypt “celebrated” this holy time by slaughtering more than two dozen Coptic Christians on their way to visit a monastery.
They ordered them to renounce their faith in Christ and “to recite the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith.”
Twenty-nine refused and were reportedly shot in the head or throat, including children.
“The Bible tells us: ‘All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,’” Vice President Mike Pence said to the World Summit in defense of Persecuted Christians.
“The reality is, across the wider world, the Christian faith is under siege. Throughout the world, no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ.”
Pence stated over 215 million Christians in more than 100 countries, including Iran, Eritrea, Nigeria, and North Korea, “confront intimidation, imprisonment, forced conversion, abuse, assault, or worse, for holding to the truths of the Gospel.”
Pence spoke of Disciples of Christ who spread the Christian gospel, “in the valleys of Syria, Palestine, the plains of Nineveh and the Nile, on the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates, they planted seeds of belief. They watered them with their sacrifice and their courage. They blossomed into fruit, and have borne fruit for the Gospel ever since.”
He spoke of religious buildings destroyed at the hands of extremists, priests and monks beheaded in Iraq, “…believers tortured for confessing Christ, and women and children sold into the most terrible form of human slavery” in Syria.
He charged the Islamic State (ISIS) with, “genocide against people of the Christian faith.”
“In Syria, the Christian population has plummeted from one-and-a-quarter million to only 500,000 in just the past six years,” he said. “In Iraq, followers of Christ have fallen by 80 percent in the past decade and a half due to the violence of extremism and acts against Christian communities.”
The Vice President, despite media criticism and liberal attacks revealed and exposed the reality facing many Christians today.
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