What Persecuted Christians Have to Teach Us

Missions Pulse, with guest: Nik Ripken

Nik Ripken on What Persecuted Christians Have to Teach Us

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Nik Ripken, author The Insanity of God, wrote, “One of the most accurate ways to detect and measure the activity of God is to note the amount of opposition that is present.” Could persecution actually be good soil in which the Church experiences tremendous growth?

In this episode of Missions Pulse, Ripken goes on to say, “Where there’s a large harvest, there is heavy persecution. Where there is a small harvest, there is little persecution. The question we need to ask is not, ‘why are these people being persecuted?’ The question is, ‘why are we not being persecuted?'”

Nik Ripken is the world’s leading expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. He is a missions veteran of 30 years, having served primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience. He and his wife, Ruth, have done extensive research on the persecuted church and on Muslim background believers in approximately 72 countries.

In this episode of Missions Pulse, David Joannes interviews Nik Ripken about What Persecuted Christians Have to Teach Us.

“I had always assumed that persecution was abnormal, exceptional, unusual, out of the ordinary,” Ripken writes. “In my mind, persecution was something to avoid. It was a problem, a setback, a barrier. I was captivated by the thought: what if persecution is the normal, expected situation for a believer? And what if the persecution is, in fact, soil in which faith can grow? What if persecution can be, in fact, good soil?”



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Links mentioned in this show:

Nik Ripken Ministries

The Insanity of God (book)

The Insanity of God (movie)

Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List

prayercast.com (Somalia)