A coalition of Christian leaders and organizations was launched Wednesday in response to the persecution that is being witnessed throughout the world but that is largely absent in the headlines.
Among the leading members of Save The Persecuted Christians (STPC) are more than two dozen individuals, including NRB president & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. The coalition’s mission is to protect Christians worldwide who are suffering discrimination, torture, rape, slavery, banishment and murder — simply because they believe in Jesus Christ.
“Violent and extreme persecution against Christians is an appalling reality; it’s happening and cannot be ignored,” expressed Johnson. “Church and ministry leaders in the United States must serve as a loud voice on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
According to Open Doors, worldwide every month 255 Christians are killed, 104 Christians are abducted, 160 Christians are detained or imprisoned without trial, 66 churches are attacked, and 180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted, or forced into marriage.
The goal of STPC is to greatly reduce — and to deter — the further global persecution of Christians. Beyond calling attention to the oppression of Christians worldwide, the coalition says the immediate task is to disseminate actionable information about ways in which the American people can help those being persecuted. The information includes relevant initiatives of STPC members and others.
On February 14, STPC representatives called upon faith leaders and houses of worship across America to post banners featuring the “nun” letter outside their facilities in order to (1) build awareness and (2) encourage engagement by directing passers-by to www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org.
The “nun” letter became an international symbol for the oppression of Christians after the Islamic State used this first letter of the Arabic word for “Nazarene” to designate homes of followers of Christ targeted for persecution.
A banner and supporting materials can be viewed and downloaded at www.SaveThePersecutedChristians.org. Other items available include additional information about the coalition, a pastoral bulletin insert and details concerning partner resources.
In addition to Johnson, leading members of Save The Persecuted Christians include:
By NRB Staff
Published: February 15, 2018