Saturday, August 25, 2012

He Was Commanded to Preach


In the year of 1964 in the country of Romania, a pastor was released from prison. A Communist officer asked "What will you do now?"

The pastor answered, "I will begin my Christian work whether you allow it or not, where I left off when you arrested me." (The pastor's my name was Boian of Ploiesti).

Boian stayed true to his promise and it wasn't long before he had to reappear in court. The judge asked "Do you regret preaching illegally?"

Boain: "Why do you have laws that forbid what is pleasing to the Lord? If you apply them, God will punish you here and in eternity."

"You were not allowed by us to preach."

"God not only allowed me to preach, but commanded me to do so. Read the order yourself in the Bible. You will find it in Matthew 28:19,20."

He was sentented to 8 years in prison.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quotes from the Persecuted Church, Part 1

"We shall not end our lives in the fire, but make a change for a better life." - Julius Palmer, burned at stake in England in 1556

"This is the end. For me, the beginning of life." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, hung in Germany 1945

"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don't forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them." - Hebrews 13:3

"A minister I had heard of in Romania had been horribly beaten and was thrown back into the cell with the other prisoners. He was half-dead, with blood streaming from his face and body. As some of the prisoners washed him, others cursed the Communists. Groaning, the minister said, "Please, don't curse them! Keep silent! I wish to pray for them." - Richard Wurmbrand, spent 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania during the Cold War

"Suffering saints are living seed." - Charles Spurgeon, 19th century theologian

"Some Christians haven't even attempted to think about whether or not they would die for Jesus because they haven't really been living for Him." - Dc Talk, former Christian band

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot, speared by headhunters in Ecuador on a mission trip in 1956

"Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth. We were terribly hungry, beaten, and tortured. The Communists were good at torturing us. We would say to each other, 'The Communists beat us very well - let us do our work well. Let us sing well.'" - Richard Wurmbrand, spent 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania during the Cold War

"Death is much sweeter to me with the testimony of truth than life with the least denial." - Geleazium, martyred in St. Angelo, Italy during the Middle Ages

"Now I suffer what I suffer; but then another will be in me who will suffer for me, because I too will be suffering for Him." - Felicitas, martyred in Carthage, North Africa in 202 AD

"However it goes with me, I labor that you may have the Gospel preached among you. Though it may cost you your life, I think it well bestowed." - John Peary, martyred in Wales in 1593

"A Communist officer told a Christian he was beating, 'I am almighty, as you suppose your God can be. I can kill you.' The Christian answered, 'The power is all on my side. I can love you while you torture me to death.'" - Richard Wurmbrand

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Denial of Christ

During the Communist regime, there were many "illegal" Bible studies that took place. This story occurred in an Asian country in the 1970's. Further details of the setting are not available.

Communist soldiers discovered an illegal Bible study while the pastor of the group was reading from the Bible. The soldiers had guns and terrorized the believers. They insulted the Christians, and the leader pointed his gun at the pastor's head and demanded his Bible.

The pastor handed over the Bible, and the Communist leader threw the Bible on the floor and said that they would be set free if they spat on the book of lies. Anyone would be shot if they refused, no other choice.

The soldier pointed the gun at a man and said "You first!" The man slowly knelt before the Bible, spit on it, and said "Father, please forgive me." He stood up, and the soldiers let him leave. The next person did the same thing; she unwillingly spat on the Bible, and was set free.

Then a young girl was next in line. She had a zeal for her Savior and refused to obey the atheistic Communists. She wiped off the spit with her dress, picked up the Bible, and said "Oh, Lord. What have they done to your Word? Please forgive them."

The soldiers pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Faith of True Believers

Throughout history there have been stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the cause of Christ. During the Communist regime of the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War, there were numerous stories of Christians standing firm in their faith. Many people do not know that the Communists in the Soviet Union hated God; they infiltrated atheism into every aspect of people's lives. They did their best to put Christians away from the podium; they put many in prison. The Communists hated God and brainwashed many people. They promoted Marxism. Millions of Christians were killed during this period because of their faith.

Thankfully, Christianity was growing at a rapid pace, despite the fact that the government was trying to stop it. A famous Christian reported seeing a pastor in a Communist prison who was speaking to other prisoners about Christ. Suddenly, a few guards took the pastor out of the cell. Ten minutes later he was thrown back into the cell, bleeding, bruised, and swollen. It was a terrible sight. The pastor slowly got up off the floor and said to the other prisoners "Sorry for the interruption, brethren. Now where was I?" And he resumed his discussion! The person who reported this incredible incident said "I have seen beautiful things inside these prison cells!"

Friday, October 7, 2011

Persecution of Pastor Selchun

During the year of 1992 in northern Nigeria. Muslims in Kaduna, Nigeria brought an attack against Christians. Two pastors and their families were killed, as well as 300 laymen! When the fanatics severed Pastor Selchun's right hand, he lifted his other hand to the sky and sang:

"He is Lord, He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord."

His wife and sister stood by praying.

The Islam faith is trying to take full control of Nigeria. Christians in the northern states have been the victims of rioting and looting. Churches have been looted and destroyed.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Burnt Offering

This story is about a man named Philip from Sudan. Muslim leaders commanded him to renounce his faith, and they said they would burn and cut him until he became a Muslim. Philip, along with thirty five other Christians, was taken to a military barracks.

For eleven days, Philip and several of his friends were beaten and burned as government officials tried to convert them to Islam. There were twelve women who were tortured, and none of them survived. Philip still has scars on his chest from the burning log they used against him.

He said this: "My faith was very strong when they burned me. I prayed, 'God I will never forget You.' I refused to be a Muslim because I knew God was with me."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Martyrdom of Anne Askew

Anne Askew, an English woman, was imprisoned for trying to spread the gospel. She was shown the rack in her cell and asked if she would name those who believed as she did. Askew declined to name anyone at all, so she was asked to remove her clothing. She then climbed onto the rack and her wrists and ankles were fastened. Again, she was asked for names, but she would say nothing. The wheel of the rack was turned, pulling Askew along the device and lifting her. Askew claims in her own account that she fainted with the pain, and was lowered and revived. This procedure was repeated twice. She then began to witness to her torturer, Kingston, for two hours. Kingston refused to carry on torturing her, so he left.

Not long after this, she was burnt on 16 July 1546, with John Lascelles and two other Protestants. Askew was carried to execution in a chair since she couldn't walk. She was dragged from the chair to the stake which had a small seat attached to it. Finally, she was asked to deny her faith, but she told everyone watching that she did not come there to deny her Lord and Master. The executioner hung a bag of gunpowder around her neck in order to speed her death along, and it exploded nearly immediately. Those who saw her execution were quite impressed by how brave she was, and reported that she did not scream until the flames reached her chest.

Anne Askew has left us a legacy that we all need to follow in terms of radical service for Christ.