171,000 MARTYRS Each YEAR -Andrew Strom. Statistics now tell us that an average of 171,000 Christians worldwide are martyred for their faith every year. (Source: Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary). Now think about that for a minute. Over 170 thousand Christian martyrs each and every year that goes by! How Heaven will one day be populated by such a glorious throng. But it is also a deeply shocking statistic. Just this week we got another report from Pakistan of two Christians falsely accused and martyred for their faith. The Asia Evangelical Alliance reported that: "Suspected Islamic extremists on July 19 outside a courthouse shot dead two Christians accused of "blaspheming" prophet Muhammad. The armed gunmen shot the Rev. Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and his 30-year-old brother Sajid Emmanuel, days after handwriting experts on Wednesday (July 14) notified police that signatures on papers denigrating Muhammad did not match those of the accused. Expected to be exonerated soon, the two leaders of United Ministries Pakistan were being led in handcuffs back to jail under police custody when they were shot at 2:17 p.m., Christians present said. Rizwan Paul, president of advocacy group Life for All, said five armed, masked men opened fire on the two Christians amid crowds outside Faisalabad District and Sessions Court." When we hear about such atrocities, it is good to remember too the other 171,000 such deaths that occur around the world every year. The Persecuted church is truly on the heart of God. -Please comment on this topic at the website below- http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/ God bless you all. Andrew Strom.