Saturday, August 8, 2009

Daily Devo - Saturday, August 08, 2009

"And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison" (Mark 6:27 ESV).

Thursday, August 6th, 2009. On this day the names of three men were released who had been beheaded by a radical Islamic sect known as the Boko Haram (a sect that is committed to the complete eradication of all non-islamic ideas and peoples). Led by a Muslim cleric named Mohammed Yusuf, last week the sect conducted a murderous raid where over 50 individuals were kidnapped and brought to his fortress enclave. Hearing that three of the men were Christian minisers, Yusuf ordered they be brought into his inner chamber. After beatens and torture, the men were ordered to renounce Christ and convert to Islam, or be killed imediately.

Reports are still coming in. From what we have been able to gather one of the pastors was a young seminary student named George Orjih. Already serving as a pastor in his homeland, the young minster entered seminary to receive further theological and biblical training. He had returned home just one day before the fateful raid took place. As the three pastors sat before the Yusuf, Orjih is said to have boldy preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the very man who had ordered his torture. This display of faith encouraged and strengthened the two other pastors, and all three refused to convert to Islam.

Enraged, Yusuf ordered the pastors be taken to the courtyard where they were slowly beheaded one at a time. The other Christian captives were forced to watch even as the Muslim radicals cheered and cried allah akbar in wild celebration.

The same Enemy who beheaded the first Christians is still actively at work trying to sever the message of the Gospel from this perishing world. May we become men of faith and courage as we boldly stand for the precious truth that Jesus is Lord.

"He who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come into conflict with it." Titus Brandsma - Dutch martyrin WWII

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