4But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them,
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
The fierce persecution of believers in Uganda started when Mwanga became King. Brutally, some were murdered, while others were forced to flee. But like wheat falling to the ground and sprouting again, "the blood of these martyrs became the seed of the Church."
In 1900, the Shanshi province, led by the ruthless Governor Yu Hsien, opposed the gospel, in a feat that remains infamously unmatched. Dozens of native christians, children and missionaries were massacred for their faith.
In an apparent quest to exterminate Christianity, the North Korean government, led by Kim II Sung descended heavily on the Church in that country. Massive arrests of Christian leaders were made, gulags were created and raids were carried out on any place affiliated to Christianity.
Feeling threatened by the growth of Christianity in his domain, the Prince of Chiengmai falsely accused the missionaries labouring among his people. He doubled down on this by ordering their arrest, torturing and eventually murdering the two he captured.
Peter, a Chinese college student was made to fail all his final year courses, forced out of school and made to look like a voluntary school drop-out. He was warned by the police never to disclose the real reason he was kicked out; which was Peter's newfound faith. He had become a Christian in college.
Christians in Zhang's village took turns to read his Bible and guarded it with their all. When Zhang got arrested, a search party was sent to his home by the local government to find his Bible. Fellow believers in his village also got detained.
After the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Islamic government, led by the Ayatollah committed without delay, to persecuting Christians and opposing the Gospel, both through rhetoric and actual deeds.
The Assemblies of God Church; Iran's largest known church with believers worshipping in the Persian language was closed by the government of Iran in 2013. Not only was the pastor of the church arrested, but many members lost their jobs.
Alireza Ebrahimi, Saeed Mirzaei, and Sadegh Mirzaei, three christians using social media to promote the gospel of Jesus were arrested by the Iranian government for apostasy. And Sattar Beheshti, another Christian blogger was not only arrested but martyred under false charges.
After the 1949 Revolution, Christians in China suffered extreme persecution; thousands were killed, with many more left to rot in prison, foreign missionaries were sent away and churches destroyed. But all this was not enough to obliterate God's people - His beloved church emerged out of this, even stronger.
Following the xenophobic and fiercely anti-christian proclamation of the governor of Shansi, Christians became targeted; not only were their properties and mission houses confiscated, many lost their lives too.
The communist regimes in Eastern Europe oppose the gospel and as a matter of priority, "any ministry among children". But at a great risk, believers are defying the odds, and smuggling Christian literatures across borders, just so God's work continues unhindered.
The Bible in Eastern Europe was a serious contraband equated to guns and drugs; its availability and use was vehemently opposed by the nation States. But God's people at Operation Mobilization were undeterred in their quest to resist this opposition to the Gospel.
In a disguised attempt at perpetuating its opposition to the spread of the Gospel, the Chinese government created the Three-Self Patriotic Movement; promising freedom to worship but empowering itself to completely determine what worship to God should be.
The central government in Beijing was threatened by the power that could result from unity among God's people in China, so in 1997, Yun and other house church leaders walked into a trap of the government. They were all arrested, mercilessly beaten and subsequently prosecuted.
While in prison, Kostyantyn, a Ukrainian Christian incarcerated for his faith, witnessed the great suffering and eventual death many Church leaders in his country suffered for refusing to deny Jesus. Their courage even while suffering, gave him strength to gallantly carry his own cross.
Story after story reveal the cruel and unfair treatment meted out to Christians by Chinese magistrates and fellow countrymen, solely for their faith in Christ Jesus.
Uganda's government, led by a treacherous King opposed the Gospel and ordered that Christians be viciously put to death. But these young believers, accepted martyrdom with prayer and praise!
Mrs. Vera Yakovlena, just like Ananias in the Bible; came un-invited to see Sabina Wurmbrand with a message to prepare the Wurmbrand's ahead of the suffering they would go through for Christ's sake.
When the Chinese government learned that Fangcheng was the center of a nationwide gospel movement in 1983, it ordered the arrest of all Christians there, and sentenced over a dozen to death. But this action only made God's people more fearless and resolute.
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The Albanian state in 1967 declared itself completely atheistic and as a result, a clampdown on churches began; not only were church buildings confiscated and repurposed but believers were imprisoned and some were even murdered for no other crime than their belief in Jesus Christ.
The Romanian church was hard-pressed on every side; from kidnap, to imprisonment, to heartbreaking lies by State officials to their loved ones and unspeakable tortures. From the clergy to the laity, and even children; no one was spared from persecution by the government.
The government of Sudan is openly suppressing Christians and any attempt at promoting christianity is met with unyielding opposition. Bibles are getting confiscated and christians are pressured to convert to Islam or leave.
As soon as the communists took over China, their opposition to the gospel became apparent as legislation after legislation restricted Christian outreach and hampered the gospel's transforming power in the country.
Because the transformation that the gospel was working among the Gofa people was much unwelcomed by the Gofa Police, they led a crackdown on prayer houses in the province; arresting Christian evangelists and setting prayer houses ablaze.