Tribal animists wielding axes surrounded a church building in eastern India and threatened to ‚Äúchop‚ÄĚ Christians ‚Äúto pieces‚ÄĚ before burning the church to the ground amid escalating persecution in the south Asian country.
According to Morning Star News, animists in Odisha state‚Äôs Perigaon village, Rayagada District, staged the attack on Dec. 1 after they raided Christians' homes where they seizes and burned Bibles five days earlier. Animists worship gods based on ancestors, spirits, and nature.
‚ÄúAfter we concluded the prayers and community lunch service [on Dec. 1], a batch of around 15 tribal men came with axes, surrounded the church and threatened that they will chop us into pieces,‚ÄĚ pastor Bibudhan Pradhan told Morning Star News....
2Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
John 15:18 ‚ÄúIf the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
Matthew 5:10 ‚ÄúBlessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,