Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham addressed Christian persecution in an Easter Sunday message.
"Today, untold millions of Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And millions in many countries risk their freedom and — their very lives — to worship Him and claim His Name. Even under the threat of imprisonment, they faithfully follow, like pastor Saeed Abidini and scores of others," Graham said.
The church leader continued, "Despite the ever extending reach of the murderous hand of Islamist terror groups like ISIS, they continue to gather to pray as we saw in Kenya this week with 148 brutally killed in cold blood.”
The Christian Post reports Graham said Christian persecution is increasingly occurring in the United States, as well.
"Even in America there has recently grown an ugly, anti-Christian bias and intolerance that is changing our nation from the inside out, opening doors for all kinds of discrimination and loss of religious freedom that we hear about daily in the news,” he said.
Publication date: April 6, 2015