Cursed or Blessed

Jul 27, 2008 by: Brian Bolton| Series: Great Expectations - Living Life With Hope | Category: 1 & 2 Peter
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12–4:16

Persecution is real. Let me share with you some recent stats.

  • More than 43 million Christians have been killed for their faith since the crucifixion of Jesus. 
  • It's been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all the prior 1,900 years combined. 
  • There have been more than 26 million documented cases of martyrdom in this century alone. 
  • More than 200 million Christians in over 60 nations face persecution each day, 60% of these are children. 
  • 150,000 to 165,000 are martyred each year. 
  • Christians today are the most persecuted group in the world.

Persecution is on the rise because of Communism, the expansion of Islamic and Hindu extremism, and because of the anti-Christ spirit that is prevalent throughout the world.

Literally hundreds of thousands of people today are being killed, brutalized, sold as slaves, imprisoned, tortured, threatened, discriminated against and arrested solely because they are Christians.

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