Bible Translators Face Opposition through Spiritual Warfare

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Bible Translators Face Opposition through Spiritual Warfare

Bible Translators Face Opposition through Spiritual Warfare


Christian persecution around the world has been increasing, and Bible translators in particular are facing a fierce onslaught of spiritual warfare.

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

Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.