The worst countries for Christian persecution are being named and shamed. Christian charity Open Doors has released its annual list of countries that are hostile to worshippers.
The World Watch List shows increasing levels of hostility towards believers across the board. Eddie Lyle’s the Chief Executive of Open Doors in the UK. He tells Premier which country came out on top:
“In the 2009 presentation North Korea comes out at the top of the nations which most persecute the church. Statistics don’t mean very much to us in reality but the harsh brutal reality in North Korea is that there could be between 50-100 thousands Christians in forced labour camps primarily because these people have become visible as Bible believing Christians.”
It’s the seventh year in a row North Korea lead by dictator Kim Jong II retains its grip as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
The second country deemed to be dangerous for believers is the Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At number 3 is Iran. Both countries are ruled by Shariah law.
But China has dropped down in the list from 12 to 10. Despite a strict communist regime Christianity continues to spread in China with an estimated 60 to 80 million Christians.
The list is compiled based on the results of a questionnaire covering various aspects of religious freedom. It is thought 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation.
SOURCE: Premier Christian News, UK