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The New Great Persecution

In a book review on Raymond Ibrahim’s Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, Prof. Bruce Thornton writes the following shocking words:

Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. Of the top fifty countries persecuting Christians, forty-two have either a Muslim majority or have sizeable Muslim populations.

Mr. Ibrahim’s book explains the ways in which this is an intentional feature of a certain movement within Islam, but we Americans should also understand that this is also a feature, whether intentional or not, of the United States’s international military policy. We are spreading the gospel of global democracy at the expense of the gospel of Christ.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.