Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. Heb. 11:4b see www.petitiononline.com/coptic/petition.html . Out of sight out of mind, is too often the Chrisian’s defense for not extending our love and concern to all Christians worldwide. We tend to stick our heads in the sand an ignore the sufferings of other Christians with whom we have no fellowship. How will we explain our selfish myopia to Jesus? Read the petition below from the link below outlinning the suffering and persecution of just the Coypts and start praying without ceasing.
While most of us will never be called upon to “resist sin to the point of shedding blood” there are those who this very hour are, and without complaining. They are those whose homes, Churches and personal lives are invaded or threatened by hostile forces determined to rid the earth of Christians. And no, money won’t stop the problem, and no neither will force. But we can pray, we can testify, and we can resist satan when he would send us cowering into a corner fearing our own self interests. Pray for those enduring persecution as if you were there and pray that they’ll escape and evade such treatment as God allows. St. John
Keep on loving others as long as life lasts in order to make certain that what you hope for will come to true. (Heb. 6:11b NLT) For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other BELIEVERS as you still do. (Heb. 6:10 NLT) Then you will not become spiritually dull and indiferent. (Heb. 6:12a NLT) helloooo. Macon
Armour is defensive, like an armoured car, not offensive like an armed policeman. So what weapons do we have after we’ve put on the whole armour of God (not our own armour, note) and when do we get the weapons that are not carnal the Bible requires? While we haven’t all quite grasped it yet, the most powerful weapon on earth is the prayer of a righteous man. That would be one or many in the Known will of God, operating in His Spirit bringing us into all Truth so we can actually “pray in the Spirit”. Why we discount this so readily and reach for our carnal weapons as a back up instead is a mystery. the command is, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” Eph. 6:18 NLT. Hmmm, maybe it’s that last part, after we’ve prayed for everything for ourselves that we neglect “all believers everywhere”. That would of course include those sects, denominations and groups that see things differently than we do. Check yourself next time and see who you might have left out and pray fervently for those facing persecution. Watchman
As a lifelong Protestant Evangelical proponent I think I’m qualified to express my opinion in this regard. Yes. We Have! Recently the Eastern Christian Churches especially the Believers associated with, the Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Catholic denominations have been withstanding tremendous
opposition from extreme Muslim terror tactics, resulting in slaughter and mayhem of innocent Christians. And unfortunately, the only significant resistance from the West has been political, not Spiritual. As if, the western Churches have no part in defending, supporting and encouraging beleirvers not of their own sect and stripe. How come? Have we raised our understanding to a level that equips us to be the only arbitors of the Word and dispensers of the Spirit? Are we just so much more doctrinely pure and correct, that other historically formed sects no longer have a place at the table? Then you can explain that to the Judge based on your understanding of Rom. 14:1,-4 “who are you you to judge the servant of another? To his own Master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
I am told by reliable sources that often Evangelical missionaries are more interested in converting these Eastern belivers to their own sect than assisting them in their struggles. Just this past week. a dedicated group of Coptic Believers protested in Washington D.C. over the bloody slaughter carried out inside their own Churches in Egypt by extemist Muslims without any interference from the Government there To my knowledge there was little if any news reporting of the protest here. How many American Churches prayed about or even knew about it? Like it or not we protestant Evangelicals need to support this part of our family and the extended Body of Christ if we want to hasten His return. The Elderman.