In 2014, the persecution of Christians worldwide reached a historic level, causing the Washington Post and other media outlets to speculate what 2015 would bring.
But the violence and persecution has only escalated. Over this past year, 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, more than double the number in 2014, according to Religion News Service. On January 13, Open Doors declared 2015 as the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution,” and they are not hopeful for what this next year might bring.
Along with these statistics, Open Doors published their World Watch List, which analyzes religious persecution worldwide to produce a list of the most dangerous countries for Christians.
Though small in number, many of these countries contain Latter-day Saints who, along with other Christians worldwide, have experienced intense persecution and even death as a result of their beliefs. And though it's tragic to see the escalation of violence as the world has become more hostile to the message of the love and light of our Savior, it's encouraging to know that Christians throughout the world, Latter-day Saints included, are standing for the faith no matter what they might face.
Here are the top ten most dangerous countries for Christians in the world. To see the rest of the list and the persecution Christians face in these countries, click here.
- North Korea
Lead image from Open Doors' World Wide Watchlist.
Check out this stirring account of a Mormon imprisoned for his beliefs after he converted to the faith.
Tito Momen was raised Muhammad Momen. Born in Nigeria, he was taught to observe the strict teachings of Islam. But Tito's path took an unexpected turn when he was introduced to Christianity. His decision to believe in Jesus Christ cost him his family and his freedom. Sentenced to prison, Tito expected to spend his remaining days enduring a life sentence in an uncivilized Egyptian prison.
Read more of the story here.