Nigeria – Christian Killing Field

Boko Haram Killed 13 Christians Kano - Nigeria - ChristianIt is shocking as to what is going on in Nigeria. Murder is wrong no matter who it is, the Bible says, “Thou shalt not kill”. (Exodus 20:13)  But please note that in this article Catholics are also referred to as Christians, they are not, but Muslims do not know this.  However genuine Christians are being killed as well.

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma is big buddies with Nigerian President  Goodluck Johnathan who is prepared to give amnesty to an unknown number of militants associated with the Boko Haram Islamic group (much to the Christians dismay).  Boko Haram is a militant group responsible for the deaths of close to 3000 Nigerian Christians in recent years.  —> Christian-Killing Terrorist Group Boko Haram Rejects Nigeria’s Amnesty Offer


Militants Turn Nigeria into Christian Killing Field

by Gary Lane – Thursday, May 02, 2013

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent –

Last year more Christians were killed in Nigeria than any other country. The onslaught of bombings gave Nigeria the sad distinction of being the nation with the highest Christian death toll.

More than 900 Christians reportedly were killed in Nigeria in 2012, all victims of the Boko Haram group and other Islamic militants.

“They are so radical they don’t even spare Muslims. If Muslims are sympathetic to any cause at all…if they are sympathetic to the Christians cause, or the minorities cause, they are also termed as infidels,” Mark Lipdo, program coordinator for the Stefanos Foundation, said.

In 2013, radicals have killed more than 120 Nigerians, most of them Christians.

Gregory Lar, an international human rights attorney, said, “It is happening at this time because it appears there is a new resurgence, a new Islamic awareness in the need to propagate their religion.”

The new wave of violence has caused various groups in Southern Nigeria to take up arms. They are determined to protect Christians.

Attorney Emmanuel Ogebe warns the country may be on the brink of broader conflict.

“Because of the massive Christian Muslim population in Nigeria, there is no country on Earth that is as rich and as ready for a religious war. All the elements, all of the ingredients are there,” he said.

Ogebe’s spoke at a recent conference sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Jubilee Campaign. Some panelists criticized the U.S. State Department’s reluctance to blame the violence in Nigeria on Islamic extremism.

“The route they are taking is dangerous. It’s against American interests and it is not positive. It’s not sensible. The ultimate aim of this extremism–it’s not just to wipe out Christians. It will hit back here ultimately,” Ogebe argued.

For years, Islamic militants limited their attacks on Christians to the 12 northern Nigerian states where Shariah law is in place.

Now, they are pressing into central and southern states where Christians are in the majority.

World Magazine reporter Mindy Belz said the pattern is all too familiar.

“We’ve seen it happening in Sudan, we’ve seen it in Mali, we’ve seen it in parts of the Middle East and other parts of North Africa. When that happens what is growing up in there are also the seeds of terrorism that is targeting the West.”

So, what is the solution to stop the attacks against Christians and others?

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has proposed a possible amnesty for Boko Haram terrorists, but Lipdo said amnesty would be a mistake.

“It goes to say that the government must have to succumb to the pressure of terror and then we see that it will go into reward for the perpetrator to continue to carry out his carnage. That is wrong,” he said.

“The problem has gone beyond Nigeria alone,” Lar said. “It actually has it’s roots in Mali and Libya. So, even if the Nigeria situation is well contained and the borders are not secure, you have not solved the problem,”

It seems the future is dismal for Christian in Nigeria, but Lipdo suggests Christians united in prayer can make a difference.

“What we see is disunity that has taken on the Church, so the voiceless are not being represented,” Lipdo said. “If we look to the person of Christ and avoid all these differences and come together, we will be able to give a voice to the voiceless and that is what we are called to do.”



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Deborah Ellish is the author of the above article. Discerning the World is an internet Christian Ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa. Tom Lessing and Deborah Ellish both own Discerning the World. For more information see the About this Website page below the comments section.

5 Responses

  1. Christians being killed anywhere in this world should be the norm because Jesus told us we would be hated & killed.

    Matthew 10:22 – “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

    Matthew 24:9 – “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.”

    Mark 13:13 – “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

    Luke 21:17 – “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.”

    John 17:14 – “I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

    Why should this shock Christians? It should be a sobering reminder of just where we live.

    BREAKING NEWS!! – We live in Satan’s world, he is the “prince (ruler) of this world” and the “god of this world”.

    The Lord allows us to die when He chooses.

    The day is coming to the “western world” when the Lord will allow Christians to be overcome.

    Revelation 13:7 – “And it was given unto him (Satan) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”

    This is one of God’s promises that we Christians don’t like to “cling” to.

    With Catholics being lumped in with Christians, it sends a lie. But consider the source, Christian Post.

    For the Christians who were killed, they are now with the Lord. A better place, forever. A good thing.

    Remember Stephen praying for his killers as they were killing him, practicing his faith all the way to the end.

  2. Redeemed says:

    William, hatred and persecution take different forms and it is not always to kill the physical body. There is still a form of order in the world and the Holy Spirit holds back the wholesale killing of Christians.

    There will be a time in the future when that will take place and it will be the “norm”, but not until after Christ has come for His Bride, the Church in the Rapture.

    So many believers sadly have abandoned that precious hope in a misinterpretation of Scripture based on what is happening in the world. Yes, evil has always existed even since the Garden and Christians have been martyred for their faith throughout history and it still goes on today in certain areas of the world. But this will never be the “norm” until after the Church is taken safely home. Today is the day of salvation and during that latter time not denying Christ will result in instant execution in the one world govenment.

    The Bible says that in the last days that evil would wax worse and worse and all the factors are coming together for a perfect storm. As believers we are to occupy until He comes and not be distracted by the cares of this world. There is a remnant that holds fast to the truth – God always has a remnant.

    It seems that many of those who have abandoned balanced dispensational teaching concern themselves with what is going on in the world over sound doctrine and in the process instill fear and dread and trigger a self-preservation attitude.

    The kind of reporting about error in the camp that you do is valuable and edifying to the Body and is much appreciated.

    We should not fear the future or any earthly authority. Christians need to focus on the Lord and following Him. Too many Christians are in love with the world rather than separating from it. Too many have no burden for the lost, but are self-absorbed. That is reflected in the apostasy.

    Those whom God calls to martydom are given grace for that, but often it is more difficult to LIVE for Christ in a Church given over to apotasy!

  3. Redeemed says:

    P.S. Those of us who still live in freedom must not forget to pray for our brothers and sisters who are in prison or are not free to exercise their faith or worship the Lord or are persecuted and even tortured for their faith.

  4. jasonc65 says:

    Anyone still reading this in 2018? Buhari continued the amnesty, and the Fulani herdsmen add to the mess. Atiku was recruiting for Bokkko Haram at Phoenix University. The Truth Channel on Youtube exposes fake pastors and urges Nigerians to get out the vote. Nigerian Christians are leaving fake pastors and in large numbers confessing salvation by grace. I have talked to some myself.

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