n International Journal for Religious Freedom - The bad Urach call : toward understanding suffering, persecution, and martyrdom for the global church in mission
|Article Title||The bad Urach call : toward understanding suffering, persecution, and martyrdom for the global church in mission|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||107 - 111|
By any definition of persecution, the worldwide Body of Christ can count many millions of Christians experiencing persecution today. Their sufferings range from violent death and martyrdom, to physical or psychological torture, to invasive rules confining their worship activities to church buildings, to lower- level forms of discrimination in countless other countries, including many with strong rules protecting religious freedom. Due to the massive rise in population and the explosion in the numbers of Christians, never in the history of the Church have so many of Christ's followers experienced persecution as today, though the number of those who die as martyrs for the faith is not often so large.
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