I would like to remind you that every believer in Christ Jesus our Lord is in a battle.
There is no armor for the back.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strengthof His might. Put on the full armor of God, sothat you will be able to stand firm against theschemes of the devil. For our struggle is notagainst flesh and blood,but against the rulers,against the powers, against the world forces of thisdarkness, against the spiritual forcesof wickedness inthe heavenly places. Therefore *, take up the fullarmor of God, so that you will be able to resist in theevil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.Be on the alertlert with allperseverance and petition for all the saints,
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOURLOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THEBREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATIONOF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;in addition to all,taking up the shield of faith with which you will be ableto extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.1And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.(Epheisans 6: 10-18-NASB)
Christians in Uttar Pradesh are experiencing a new onslaught of persecution throughout the state, including the closing of churches, imprisonment of Christians and false accusations against pastors of forced conversions and kidnappings. On Sept. 5, police arrested a pastor and 270 church members in Jaunpur, accusing them of illegally converting Hindus to Christianity. Later, police and Hindu extremists prevented believers from attending five other churches in Jaunpur. In another incident, A VOM contact said Hindu extremists dragged a pastor in Latehar out of his church along with his wife just before a service started. Other pastors have been awakened in the middle of the night, taken from their homes and accused of false conversions. VOM contacts believe this new crackdown has resulted from propaganda that accuses pastors of luring Hindus to Christianity through various enticements, including performing miracles and drugging Hindus. A pastor whose church was featured in a derogatory movie about Christians was alleged to have kidnapped a girl, telling her parents if they didn’t convert to Christianity he would kill her. Pray that believers in Uttar Pradesh will stand firmly on the truth. Pray for those accused and imprisoned. Pray for the Christians working tirelessly to help those affected.
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