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Turkey Suppressing Christian Worship

Postmillennialism —  April 18, 2012 — 4 Comments

CBN (4/18/2012) — On April 18, 2007, three Christians were bound to their chairs, tortured, and stabbed repeatedly at a Bible print shop in Malatya — their throats slit.

Five years have now passed since the Malatya murders, an incident that was perhaps the most tragic and brutal murder of Christians in modern-day Turkey.

Today, believers are facing increased persecution and the country is gradually moving away from secularism.

“You see everyday is April 18. Everyday I have to live without him,” widow Susanne Geske told CBN News on the one year anniversary of her husband’s murder.

Five suspects went on trial for killing the men, but there is still no conviction.

Country of Concern

Church attendance dropped immediately after the Malatya incident. And although attendance is now growing again, so are the number of attacks against Christians.

The Protestant churches of Turkey documented 12 attacks in 2011. This included the beating of Christians for sharing their faith with Muslims.

No one has been prosecuted for any of these crimes, putting Turkey on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s list of “countries of particular concern” (CPC) for the first time.

Nina Shea, one of the commissioners supporting that move, said the Turkish government is suppressing Christian worship, and as a result Christian numbers are dwindling.

“They comprise 0.15 percent of the entire population of Turkey,” Shea said. “They are very frail, and we’re going to see them vanish in our lifetime if Turkey doesn’t lift its dense web of regulations and give them religious freedom.”

Turkey’s ambassador in Washington called the CPC designation “politically motivated.”

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4 responses to Turkey Suppressing Christian Worship

  1. First, I wonder if you should be directing people to Pat Robertson’s CBN. Second, most of the the news stories counter the postmil view. They seem to show that premil or amil views are more legitimate. I’m not saying we should hide from these stories and what’s going on in the world, but I wonder if a blog like this would do well to show postmillennialism in action, stories that show the Gospel advancing. Maybe I’m taking many of these stories the wrong way. I’d be happy to hear another take on them.

    • Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. April 19, 2012 at 6:30

      Mike:
      Thanks for your note. Perhaps it will be helpful to explain the post presenting the negative news items. I would point out, though, that I try to balance them with positive evidence of Christianity’s growth and influence. However, by posting negative news I want Christians to realize two important things:

      (1) Christians in other parts of the world have it bad compared to those in America, where Christianity has historically had the greatest impact on a culture. This should encourage us to pray for Christians overseas, which practice in turn should motivate us to be praying Christians. Prayer is an important means of kingdom growth (as we may surmise from the Lord’s Prayer which calls upon God to deliver us from evil while we seek the coming of his kingdom and the doing of his will).

      (2) These negative items show us that we have a lot of work to do as Christians. Jesus spurred his disciples onward by noting that the fields were “white unto harvest” and pointing out that in his day few were going into the narrow gate while many were going into destruction. My sense is that evangelical Christians can be too complacent with their comfortable lives and relative wealth. We need to realize what is going on around us, so that we would arise, go forth and conquer.

      Thanks for reading our site! I hope this is helpful.

      • Even as I waver between amil and postmil, I agree with and understand your points. Thank you for responding.

  2. Charles E. Miller, BA, MA January 27, 2014 at 6:30

    I truly disturbs me how Premillennialists are always predicting the Second Coming of our Lord. Jesus said himself that only God the Father knows when He is returning to the earth.
    Please quit predicting and bring people to Christ. God the Father will tell the Lord when He is supposed to come.

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