Christian Persecution

LCMS convention condemns physician-assisted suicide, remembers the persecuted church

On July 25, the Synod in convention passed resolutions to condemn physician-assisted suicide and to pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Activists: West ignoring genocide of Middle East religious minorities

Religious freedom advocate Katrina Lantos Swett calls the crisis “perhaps the great moral challenge of our time right now.”

Delegates adopt resolutions on fertility issues, persecuted Christians

The Synod in convention adopted the final three resolutions from Floor Committee 3 on Mercy regarding fertility issues, persecuted Christians and LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

NALC, LCMS reps address biblical authority, contemporary issues

Leaders of the Synod and the North American Lutheran Church meet Sept. 9-10 in St. Louis, continuing discussions that began in late 2011.

LHM-LCMS partnership provides care for persecuted Christians

A Lutheran Hour Ministries-LCMS Mercy Operations partnership brings needed food, medicine and other supplies to Middle East refugees.

Activists demand Obama appoint envoy for persecuted Christians

It’s time for President Obama to fill a job created to address their plight, a group of religious leaders tells the White House.

Seminar underscores plight of Christians facing persecution

Stephanie Hammond addresses “Global Christian Cleansing: Rising Religious Persecution and What You Should Know” March 11 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

CTCR adopts three new documents

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopts reports on Communion statements and women’s service in the church, and a Bible study on persecution.

An eerie calm: Iraqi Christians anxiously ponder their future

Before 2003, there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. These days, about 400,000 remain.

Commentary: What can Lutherans do about persecution of Christians?

The commentary writer addresses that question after attending the inaugural summit sponsored by ‘In Defense of Christians’ Sept. 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

Second issue of mission journal released

This volume addresses the Church’s expressing comfort and peace as Christians around the world face increasing persecution on account of Christ.

Pope’s message of peace meets reality of war

“You cannot bring hatred in the name of God,” Pope Francis declares. “You cannot make war in the name of God!”

Harrison issues statement on Christian persecution

In the statement, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison also introduces the Synod’s new Fund to Aid Christians Under Persecution.

LCMS provides opportunities to help persecuted Christians

The world is starting to perk up its ears. Reports of Christians fleeing cities in Iraq; pictures of Islamic militants marking the doors of the faithful as a sign that they must leave or be killed; stories of men being killed, women raped, children beheaded: All are now in the news … and all are for the sake of Christ.