Over the last 10 years, Christian minorities in Egypt and the Middle East have endured the social and political uncertainty that followed the so-called Arab Spring. From one perspective, there isn’t a more relevant time than this for the gospel to flourish, particularly when besieged Christians and non-Christians seek God’s mercy and forgiveness offered in the crucified Savior.
In reality, however, the response of many hasn’t been repentance. Deceived by prosperity preachers, many have lost their confidence in God’s Word and have fallen prey to other gospels.
God is always sovereign, and he is at work among the growing minority who are still faithful to his Word and who live their life in a manner worthy of the good news of Jesus Christ. As surprising as it’s been to see a therapeutic and prosperity gospel in the Middle East, every week we hear testimonies of people engaging the truths of the biblical gospel and believing the Jesus of the Holy Scriptures.
Ways to Pray:
- Thank God for faithful evangelical leaders who proclaim the true gospel and confront false teachers
- For unity in truth and love among evangelicals from different denominations as they face different challenges, since tribalism is a problem in the church in the Middle East
- For the planting of healthy local churches in which the gospel is made visible to the wider community
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:11–12
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