January 6, 2007

The Persecuted Church

China arrested three church leaders at house church in Northeast China. They were arrested because they are not a legally sanctioned church. China allows churches to meet as long as they are registered and tightly controlled by the Communist government.

This serves as a reminder that our Christian brothers and sisters, in other countries, still face persecution and imprisonment. Our comfort and freedom tempts us to forget that persecution continues in many areas of the world. International Christian Concern released their list of the top ten countries that persecute Christians.

Here are the top ten:

1. North Korea
2. Iraq
3. Ethiopia
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Somalia
6. Iran
7. Eritrea
8. China
9. Vietnam
10. Pakistan

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