Modern Christians are “called” to suffer and even die for the faith in a new era of ‘martyrdom’, says Archbishop of Canterbury.
Christians are facing a new age of “martyrdom” across much of the world, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Speaking in Istanbul, Turkey, the Most Rev Justin Welby singled out the persecution of believers across the Middle East and said Christians are still “called” to suffer and even die for the faith in the 21st Century.
But he insisted that religion is often just a “pretext” for violence and not the real cause.
He made his remarks at the end of a two-day visit with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholemew I, the most senior cleric in the eastern Orthodox church.
His comments in a city which has in the past been the capital of both the Christian and Muslim worlds underline the significance he attaches to the threat to Christians in the region, an issue the Prince of Wales also singled out last month.
Referring to the original Greek meaning of the word martyr, as a “witness”, he said: “Your history is more and more important in the increasing confrontations of the world in which religion is used as a pretext for violence that in reality comes from greed and the pride of human beings.
“You have demonstrated over the centuries the martyrdom to which we are called in scripture, the call to witness in word and life, a call more important than life itself”.
“The cost of that martyrdom is seen in so many places today.
“Closest to here we remember and seek the mercy of Christ and intercession of the Blessed Mother on Syria.” He then singled out the orthodox leaders in Aleppo and Antioch.
Source: The Telegraph.co.uk.
I am not an Anglican, but are aware that Jesus the Messiah can use this Bishop to send us a message of truth. And even my self….
Prosperity teachers deceive the flock. They present to us an ideology of our guaranteed success in the flesh, in the name of “Jesus”. This is not correct.
The desire of the flesh, is at war with God. And the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Jesus of the Bible in bluntly demanding the willingness to give the ultimate sacrifice from all his followers. And today, the blood of the martyrs are flowing all over the World, less post-Christian America and Europe.
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
The martyrs are alive. The lukewarm’s are walking dead, and deceive both them selves and those who are listening to them.
Those who listen to them, eventually falls into a pit.
But Jesus told him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’
Written by Ivar