(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear Prayer Warriors, Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch, would have celebrated his 69th birthday today. He was legally blind but now in Glory he can see! I will always remember one of stories he shared with us.
In April 2019, Blaine shared the following message along with a beautiful video.
They Profess Allegiance to Another King
—– “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world, they shouted, and now they are here disturbing our city too. And Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, named Jesus.” —– ( Acts 17:6-7 )
The above is true. Down through the ages believers who have followed Jesus have professed allegiance to him. The followers of Christ bear witness that his kingdom is not of this world. Jesus told Pilate,
—– My kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is not of this world ” —– John 18:36
Because of their profession of Jesus as King and those who follow him [are] citizens of a spiritual Kingdom, believers have been persecuted by the temporal authorities for not submitting to the power of the state. For the first few decades the followers of Jesus were not persecuted by the Roman authorities. The Roman authorities tolerated Christians as just another sect of Judaism. But when Nero came to the throne and those emperors who followed him, Christians were persecuted. They were persecuted because they would not acknowledge the power of the state as being god. They would not acknowledge Ceasar as being god.
The Christians submitted to the power of Rome. They paid their taxes and Roman authorities considered the believers model citizens. But the early Christians drew the line at offering sacrifices to Ceasar as a god or regarding him as a deity. To offer sacrifices to Caesar was to pledge allegiance to him and the state. Failure to do so, one would we be regarded as a traitor. But for the early Christians to offer such sacrifices would be tantamount to violating the first commandment of committing idolatry.
Two thousand years later, this is being played out in the persecuted church. In a nation such as North Korea, Kim Jung Un is regarded as a god. Failure to honor him as such can have one sent to a death camp, or mercifully executed on the spot. Many of our brothers and sisters have been executed for not bowing down do the portrait of the Kim family.
In China, the state is reasserting its authority to be god. Specifically, President XI, appointed president for life, is setting himself up to be the deity who rules China. Consequently, obedience to China is obedience to President Xi. This will bring the Chinese Christians into direct conflict with the government. Or should I say with President XI.
The persecution of Christians in nations like N. Korea and China amount to one thing, believers will not worship the state as god. They will not worship the rulers of those nation such as Kim Jung Un and Xi, nor worship Satan who inhabits those individuals. What occurred in Rome 2000 years ago is occurring in the persecuted nations today.
For sure there will be those who will say we have no king but Caesar, but there will be those believers who say we have no King but Jesus. And the latter will pay a heavy price for declaring Jesus as their King.
Below is a YouTube video that tells a story of 40 brave soldiers who would not sacrifice to Caesar. The story is true though it is told in ballad form.
Who will our King be? Will it be Jesus or Caesar? Will we be one of the brave soldiers for Christ. Though it may cost us. Will we stand with those in the shadow of the cross.who have determined that Jesus be there King and they pay the price. Will we stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters
The Lord our God told us to pray with out ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17. As we come together to pray tonight, we will seek the Lord’s presence and strength. 1 Chronicles 16:11. I invite you to join us as the Spirit of the Lord leads you.
Your sister in Christ,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Leader
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers. Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. Since the passing of Brother Blaine Scogin, we thank you for your patience as we have transitioned into this new season. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.
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