Category: Persecution

The Lion’s Den

“Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.’ Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
– Daniel 6:21-23


“Not everyone who undergoes religious persecution receives miraculous deliverance like Daniel’s. But, all together, the martyrs have given a witness to a watching world that true faith cannot be stamped out, no matter what the penalty. A miracle spared Danien’s life; an even greater miracle took place in those around him. Stirred by Daniel’s faith, the Persian ruler issued a decree that everyone in his kingdom must fear and reverence ‘the God of Daniel.’ ”
– Philip Yancey

Happily Persecuted

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven….”
– Luke 6:22-23


“Never did the church so much prosper and so truly thrive as when she was baptized in the blood. The ship of the church never sails so gloriously along as when the bloody spray of her martyrs falls on her deck. We must suffer and we must die, if we are ever to conquer this world for Christ.”
– Charles Spurgeon


“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their [the communists’] terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy.”
– Richard Wurmbrand