2019 Sees Dramatic Rise in Global Christian Persecution

by Jordan Hilger

(Worthy News) - 2019 has seen a significant uptick in the persecution of Christians worldwide, according to Open Doors U.S.A.'s most recent World Watch List.

Whereas 215 million Christians were persecuted in 2018 according to last year's report, representing 1 in 12 Christians worldwide, in 2019 that figure saw a dramatic 14% increase, with now 1 in 9 Christians globally experiencing high levels of persecution.

Among countries where Christians are persecuted, Islam remains the most frequent engine driving the oppression of believers, with 38 of the 50 countries on the list being Muslim-majority nations.

"In seven of the top 10 World Watch List countries," continues the report, "the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression."

India has entered the top 10 for the first time under the auspices of Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, as rising ethnic and religious nationalism in Southeast Asia see Christianity as a force that threatens to unify society's lowest classes and most marginalized ethnicities.

Laos, Burma, and Vietnam all made it in the list's top 20, as the nationalistic regimes attempt to stamp out Christianity's potential for tribal minority groups.

The most exponential increase in persecution seems to have occurred in China, where Xi Jinping's government has moved the communist nation forward 16 places on the list from 43rd to 27th.

"The management of religious affairs lies with the communist party now," notes the report.

The additional 30 million Christians who were persecuted this year reflects a disturbing trend, especially in light of the fact that 2018 saw more persecution of Christians than any other year in the modern era.

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5 thoughts on “2019 Sees Dramatic Rise in Global Christian Persecution”

  1. So where is the USA, the South American countries that are ripe with Christian Persecution (the "veneration" and worship if the "Queen of Heaven" etc doesn't count) and Canada on that map.

    Don't see any of them.

  2. All these will quicking the comming of our Lord Jesus Christ warning christian arround the world to get prepare for His comming

  3. The time not yet come to convert to Christian all nation in the world. Look Matthew 28: 19, Go therefore and make disciples of All Nation. and now Revelation 20: 4, They came to life, and reigned with Christ one thousand years. All apostle, all prophet and elect people will come to life.,this is the first resurrection..they shall be priest of God and of Christ and they shall reign with him a one thousand years. They will teach them the Glory and Power of God, before the final judgement come. So no people, no nation will complain when final judgement come, God is faithful, look again Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached Though out the whole World. May Jesus come quickly. Amen.

  4. No doubt the increase in persecution is real, but the map you show is not correct, Lao is not that big, you forgot about Thailand and made Thailand part of Lao when Thailand is much bigger than Lao.

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