It’s no secret that Christians in India are often persecuted for their faith. But in one region of India, police are going after followers of Christ for a different reason.
Instead of seeking to kill believers because they worship Christ, police are accusing Christians of not being “Christian enough.”
But when you hear the reason why police are doubting the faith of these Christians, you’ll likely see things in a completely different way.
In the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police have demanded 15 families to stop worshiping and gathering together, accusing them of not being “truly Christian.”
But what would make the police doubt the faith of these Christians?
Well, since these believers were originally born into Hindu families, police claim their faith isn’t really authentic and are accusing them of being fraudulently converted.
As a result, they’re now being denied the ability to gather and worship Jesus.
International Christian Concern reported:
“The official justified this order by claiming none of the Christians in Bannimardatti village were Christian at birth and falsely claimed they were coercively or fraudulently converted to Christianity.
“This is the final attempt of Hindu radicals using the state police to clamp down on Christian activities,” a local Christian told ICC on the condition of anonymity. “They have tried everything including social boycotts and physical beatings. However, local Christians remained faithful in the midst of continued harassment.”
The truth is, the government and police in hostile countries will always look for ways to shut down worship services and come after Christians.
And while they may “pretend” to be accommodating to Christians and their faith, nothing could be further from the truth.
India is already going after people who convert to Christianity – in fact, Hindu extremists have been slaying Christians left and right.
In China, Christians are forced to “register” online and must include communist propaganda in their sermons.
But the beautiful thing is, despite other countries trying to silence Christians and stop God’s Word from being preached, our brave brothers and sisters continue to share the Gospel even though it could cost them their lives.
We must never stop praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
But we must also pray for those who don’t yet know Christ – pray that the power of the Gospel will reach their hearts and transform them into believers.
If it happened in Paul’s days, it can (and still is) happening today all around the world!
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Never underestimate the power of God to transform even the hardest of hearts.
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