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I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Religion of Peace ? Details of Turkey Killings

The media did not report the details of the murder last week of three Christian believers who ran a Christian bookstore in Turkey. But I feel obligated to post them here in honor of my three Christian brothers in Turkey who died at the hands of jihadists. They are truly martyrs.
They stand is sharp contrast to suicide bombers who blow up women and children and then call themselves martyrs.

This is not light weight stuff, so if you have a weak stomach you might want to stop here.
I am reporting what I have learned through Francis Frangipane's newsletter. He posts a article by Asher Intrater, a Jew who is a believer in Jesus as the Messiah. I quote him as follows;

"The young Muslims who performed the murder were university students, all 19 years old (this was planned on purpose, as Turkish criminal law prevents harsh punishment for minors under 20).

The details of the murder are grotesque, reported as follows:

The boys tied Ugur, Necati, and Tilman’s hands and feet to chairs and as they videoed their work on cell phones, they tortured them for almost three hours.

Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times, and Ugur’s stabs were too numerous to count. They were disemboweled, and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes. They were emasculated and watched as those body parts were destroyed. Fingers were chopped off, and their noses and mouths and anuses were sliced open.

When the police finally broke in, they found that Tilman and Necati had been slaughtered, practically decapitated with their necks slit from ear to ear. Ugur’s throat was likewise slit and he was barely alive (dying shortly thereafter).

The front pages of all the largest newspapers in Turkey carried an interview with Susanne (Tilman's widow), saying "God forgive them for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). In a nation where blood revenge is a normal part of the culture, Suzanne's statement of forgiveness came as a shock to many. One newspaper columnist wrote: “She said in one sentence what 1000 missionaries in 1000 years could never do.”

These men were true martyrs. They did not kill or hurt anyone. They were killed for their beliefs. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the gospel. Martyrdom with forgiveness is the most powerful force at work in the earth to bring the Kingdom of God to all mankind. Lord, make my life worthy to be called a brother to these men.

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Blogger welch said...

Thank you for sharing this amazing story. It reminds me of the missionaries who gave their lives in the jungles of Ecuador, and their families who continued that mission. It is amazing to go back there now and see the fruit that has blossomed from their sacrifice. Let us pray that, God willing, this sacrifice will see similar fruit blossom someday in Turkey.

As for your question, "Religion of Peace?" Despite the many actions of those in the past and present, this incident shows how Christianity should be practiced, and that yes, it is a religion of peace. Most of us will never face having to forgive the people who brutally murdered our spouse, but if we could all act more like the widow more often, in much smaller circumstances, the world would know we are a religion of peace.

God bless, and thanks again.

8:02 AM, April 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welsh, your comments about Christianity are right. Except the religion in "Religion of Peace?" is the religion (Islam) of the jihadists who slaughtered the martyrs. That answer is "no" obviously.

1:33 PM, April 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On April 24th, the Armenian Christian community commemorated the 92nd anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Christian Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1915. Many people wonder why the Armenian community still commemorates this event after 92 years. Last week’s gruesome killings were one reason why.

There is direct historical precedent in Turkey for persecution, torture and slaughter of the country's Christians. Armenians join together in praying for these martyrs for Christ, and ask Christians around the world to educate themselves on centuries of continued Turkish violence against Orthodox Christians (Greek, Armenian, etc.).

How many people must be killed before we become motivated to demand responsibility and change from our favorite Middle Eastern ally, Turkey?

2:24 PM, April 30, 2007  
Blogger Brooke said...

"They are truly martyrs."

Amen to that.

4:44 PM, April 30, 2007  
Blogger Timm said...

Wow.... thank you for sharing this. I'd like to say that I'm shocked......

8:42 AM, May 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The true man you have shocked me ... Wow too..

2:31 PM, August 23, 2007  

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