Christian persecution increases with North Korea top of the list

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Asia, newsletter-asia

North Korea, September 28, 2017: In the west Christians get persecuted in an underhand way, with demotion and sacking at work, not being able to adopt children because of their faith, ridiculed because they object to either Gay marriage or other gender issues and the list goes on.

However in other parts of the world, Christian are being killed, imprisoned, or on the run because of their faith.

Open Doors the Christian charity has a watch list which highlights the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. These are the places where followers of Christ must keep their beliefs hidden and where living the gospel means facing beatings, imprisonment, discrimination and abuse.

For the fourth year in a row, the level of overall persecution has risen, with Asia, particularly, showing a rapid rise. North Korea is still number one. As Hindu nationalists batter the churches, India climbs to its highest ever ranking of 15.

Islamic extremism continues to strangle the expression of the Christian faith, fuelling persecution in 14 out of the top 20 countries, and 35 of the top 50. Millions of Christians around the world now live their lives against varying levels of discrimination, discovery, violence and arrest.

The map shown above indicated with red being extreme persicution, orange very high and yellow high.

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