Bible Translators Face Opposition through Spiritual Warfare
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Dec 07
According to ChristianToday.com, this report of Bible translators facing particular persecution, often in the form of spiritual warfare, came from Wycliffe Associates, a Christian Bible-translation ministry.
"We are getting new reports of oppression literally every week," stated Bruce Smith, CEO of the organization."Spiritual warfare has become the 'new normal' for many national Bible translators."
Smith went on to list various forms of resistance Bible translators have faced recently, including suddenly falling ill, being arrested and jailed, tortured, or even murdered. One translator even died in her sleep on her first day of translation work, Smith said.
Last year, Wycliffe launched a project aimed at translating the Bible into 314 languages in 76 countries.
Dr. Vernon Brewer, the founder of the Christian humanitarian organization World Help, also commented on the increase in Christian persecution:
"At no other time in history have Christians been as persecuted as they are now. Some estimate more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the past century than in the previous 19 combined, and persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia seems to be on the rise," Brewer said in a statement last month.
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Publication date: December 7, 2016