Feb 27, 2010

Francis Chan Speaks Regarding Persecuted Christians: Update

A brother of mine from our local assembly sent some of the Saints a video via Facebook. His plea was for us to first pray, and secondly, consider our ease as Christians in America. Please watch the video, and as you do, think about what you currently are doing to spread the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Update 02/28/10: Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds has posted regarding the video previously shown here by Francis Chan and the persecution of Christians. I am in agreement with the following statement made.

I’ve been in touch with the folks from Cornerstone Community Church, and the videos are being pulled until their accuracy can be verified.

The question is not, as one commenter thought, about whether or not we doubt that severe persecution is occurring in India or in other parts of the world. The question is whether or not the footage in these videos is depicting Christians being persecuted for their faith. If it’s not, we don’t want to show it, as doing so knowingly would be both misleading and manipulative.

I apologize for my contribution to any confusion. I hope this doesn’t distract from the fact that such persecution is real and terrible, requiring prayers for our brothers and sisters. Again, I commend to you The Voice of the Martyrs for ways to get involved and informed.

I will try to post an update as soon as I hear more on this as well, and also agree with the apology for adding to any confusion. Needless to say, I feel that the images (be it they are Christians or not) brings to mind the imagery of believers being persecuted for their faith, it can, and DOES happen. So as stated originally, let us pray!

2 comments:

love God... said...

James,

Apparently there is some concern whether the videos are depicting Christian persecution. See the link below to Justin Taylor's website that addresses the issue.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2010/02/24/video-on-persecution-of-christians/#comments

James said...

Thank you very much. I will definitely take a look into this.

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