There are two types of fanatic persecutors: Those who are sons of light but persecute the righteous out of deceit and ignorance; And those who are sons of darkness who know the truth but reject it because they can’t bare the truth. The first category, when told or taught the truth, they ponder and sooner or later take heed of it. But the second category will never harken to the voice of truth. Because there is no place for reason to enter in their brain, there is no place for a wave of light to fit in a spirit of darkness.
Yes, even lawyers, who are supposed to defend justice and bring forth the truth, them also we can find amongst the second category of fanatic persecutors who are sons of darkness. This shows us that no matter our external profile, we are driven to behave according to the nature of our spirit, and the heart of our soul. A lawyer who is of darkness will corrupt justice, a lawyer who is of light will bring it forth.
This is exactly what manifested in the story of Pastor Dinesh * a bachelor serving Jesus Christ for the past 15 years in a village at Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh state in India. He runs a house Church at a believer’s house. Pastor Dinesh was on his way for ministry, when he was confronted by a Fanatic who by profession is a lawyer and that lawyer, as every fanatic, started accusing of conversion and said “you are going to convert people to Christianity. What you do??”. “I said I share the love of Jesus and just visit people who call me and I pray for the sick and deliver people from demons” replied Pastor Dinesh“and After a few arguments he started abusing me and he dialed police and informed that I am converting people.
A false complaint was reported against me in Police Station” reported Pastor Dinesh to Persecution Relief.
Here we clearly see, although this fanatic “lawyer” had the curiosity to know what the Pastor does in his meetings, he was not open to accept the answer of the Pastor no matter the righteousness of the Pastor’s deeds. This fanatic “lawyer” had already his own answer, his own brainwashing, that Christian Pastors go to “convert” and they stand by their brainwashing no matter the lack of reason about it. They refuse to accept that conversions happen out of free will, eventhough they know that Christians never need to even Ask anyone to convert — forget about “forcing to convert” as they accuse! –, they just refuse it.
Eventhough they know it is the right of anyone to choose his own belief, they just refuse it and would persecute anyone who choose a different belief. And because they will find no reason to persecute, they will invent a reason to accuse and condemn the righteous one!! Yes, because their ways are the ways of darkness, they allow themselves to use lies and abuse of the authority they are placed to have. “A false case was filed against me and I was taken to Police station and they accused me of stealing the idol from the fanatics house who is my neighbor and that I had thrown it in my well” explained Pastor Dinesh.
Pastor Dinesh was later released on bail from Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) court. This story is not just a mere one incident, it is the reality of every Christian who has given his life to do the works of God, none of them are secure, and all of them have to face the consequences of the same brainwashing of those fanatics. Hundreds of them are easily taken to the Police under clearly false accusations, and either kept in custody or released on bail. The police and the government alike are aware of these tactics, but still comply with the fanatics, because them also are religiously fanatics and do not want to allow that any hindu takes Jesus as his Lord and savior.
But the Bible tells us that “the wicked desires the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes” Proverbs 12:12. The Lord is aware of the ways of the wicked, and he warns of the consequences: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” – Hebrews 4:12. “An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” Proverbs 12:17-22. It is only a matter of time before God bestows his judgement: “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” Colossians 2:15.
Pray that our devout righteous faithful servant of God be not discouraged by these oppositions and continue to bless God’s children, for their increase is in their longsuffering. “And in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” – Genesis 22:18
Pray that God shows soon grace and mercy on the deceived fanatics and brings them to the truth, and that He brings judgement on the wicked.
Pray that the legal authorities operate with the justice they are entrusted with and that they remember there is consequences to their unrighteous ways, so that they start walking in the fear of the Lord.
In Jesus’ peace,
27 hate crimes were recorded in Uttar Pradesh in the 3rd quarter of 2020, bringing its year to date count to a mind-blowing 90 cases! These numbers make it the Most Dangerous State in India For Christians to live in and since 2017, no other state has taken this title.
Since January 2016 to September 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2224 cases of Christian Persecution in India.
In 2019 alone, we recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017, and 330 in 2016. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.
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