On the whole, the world is less and less friendly to Christianity. We should not be taken in by those who think that all religions are somehow "equal." Most of the world's population enjoys neither freedom of religion nor freedom of speech.
For us who live in freer countries, our response should be one of gratitude, prayer, and urgency for the lost.
The podcast (14 mins) on Global Persecution may help us gain a clearer picture of the trends in our world. Let us not be naïve.
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From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they stayed there a long time with the disciples (Acts 14:26-28).
- An "open door" doesn’t mean there’s not opposition!
- "For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me (1 Cor 16:7-9).
- There are "open doors" nearly everywhere. Yet there are also many nations with restricted religious freedom (66):
- 26 in Africa
- 35 in Asia
- 2 in Europe
- 3 in Latin America.
- Note: Asterisked countries (*) have partial religious freedom.
Central African Republic
United Arab Emirates
~ 35% of all nations, but majority of world’s population