3 Christians killed in Turkey by radicals

If you haven’t already heard – three Christian workers were executed at a Christian publishing house in Turkey. They were tied to chairs and then had their throats slit. They were holding letters saying “We did it for our country. They’re trying to take away our country. They’re trying to take away our religion.” Two were Turkish citizens and Moslem converts  (one who was a  pastor), and a German citizen.

This from here:

Voice of the Martyrs is helping in Turkey. They’re evaluating how to help these families. Right now you can help. “There are wives without a husband. There are children who now are left without a father. They need our prayer support.”

On the other hand, Nettleton is also asking people to pray for Muslims in Turkey. “As they read about this case, [pray] that they’ll ask, ‘What were these Christians doing? What was their message? That can lead people to find out more about Christianity and eventually, with the work of the Holy Spirit, can lead them into a relationship with Christ.”

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6 responses to “3 Christians killed in Turkey by radicals

  1. Jason

    Horrible suffering. Where was God in all of it? Surely he was there with them like you he was there with Stephen,

    Act 7:54-60
    (54) Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him.
    (55) But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
    (56) And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    (57) But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.
    (58) Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    (59) And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
    (60) And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Surely they knew God’s presence and his filling of the Spirit in the midst of their incredible pain. We do not know more, but do know that God does not desert or abandon or forsake His people.
    We also know that these men shall receive crowns, beautiful crowns and today rejoice in heaven with Christ. They shall have scars in heaven, wonderful scars that testify of their love for Jesus. They shall not tell us of their regret to suffer but of their gladness and their joy in it. We should not feel sorry for them, but envious. If we believe the bible and that what it says is true these three men are blessed…extremely blessed beyond what we could imagine. Do we believe it….?
    God could have stopped this. He could have intervened with angels and with fire and with plagues. He didn’t. Why not? We don’t know.
    But could it be that events like this will be the testimony and the witness that breaks open the country of Turkey and the Muslim world for the gospel. There is not a greater testimony than that of these men. They considered their lives worth nothing, they considered knowing and making known Jesus Christ worth more than their lives. They gave their lives for him and for Turkey. Their blood and cries proclaimed that they have a hope so sure and so full that they could do all of this knowing and believing the gospel and the resurrection.
    How will a Muslim reject the identity of his religion, turning from his culture and family and friends to follow Jesus possibly paying the cost of rejection, beating, and death if he hasn’t had others go before him willing to pay that price? Without the shedding of blood the Muslim world will never be broken open for the gospel.
    A few thousand years ago these kind of events where happening in coliseums, before crowds with lions and upside down crosses. Yet those events spread the gospel like a fire encompassing the Roman Empire. May they do the same today. The blood and pain and suffering of these three blessed brothers will not be wasted. God doesn’t waste the suffering of his people. May their blood be like water soaking into the earth producing a harvest of new life. A harvest of souls rushing to Jesus Christ.

  2. We prayed for the families of these martyrs this morning, and for the families of those who killed them. I was reading yesterday:

    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/turkey.christian.missionaries.horrifically.tortured.before.killings/10523.htm

    …After Tillman’s wife learned of the brutal death of her husband she publicly forgave the killers repeating the words of Jesus Christ, “They know not what they do.”

    Jeff King, ICC President, stated, “The contrast between the acts of the killers and the forgiveness of Tillman’s wife is glaring and in the end seems to be at the centre of this story for us.”

    I pray that God would use this, like he used Jim Elliot’s death, to bring many to Christ esp. in Turkey, and to motivate many others to serve Jesus. I pray for Tillman’s wife that you would comfort her and use her and comfort her like you used Elizabeth Elliot – and I thank You for giving her the ability to forgive her husband’s killers, who did not know what they were doing.

    I will bring this up at my church’s prayer vigil on Saturday.

    Thank you Jason, for your encouraging words!

  3. perl

    I am truly encouraged by your words bec. I cannot accept at first the brutal tortures and murders of our Christian brothers in Turkey. I have heard the detailed torture they were subjected to in http://www.haventoday.org
    but truly God works in mysterious ways, and only when we stand before our Lord at the end of our life can we fully understand His purposes. Only the love of our Lord Jesus Christ that is manifested by Tillman’s wife can break through the hostility in the hearts of these men.

  4. Here is the eyewitness account of their funeral. God was here:

    http://www.returnnow.org/the-journal/

  5. Rene,

    That eyewitness account of the funeral is truly amazing! God Himself was at that funeral. I hope God uses this to bring many people in Turkey to Christ, and that he would bring the men who did this to himself and make them into Apostle Pauls – turning their zealous hate into zealous love. God’s grace is so amazing, undeserved and wonderful!

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