The Martyr’s Oath by Johnnie Moore
Be Inspired by Amazing Eyewitness Stories of Hope and Courage from the Persecuted Church
We are witnessing an astonishing escalation in Christian persecution like we have rarely seen since the first century. Some estimate that every five minutes, a Christian is martyred for his or her faith. Countries like Egypt have experienced more Christian persecution in the last five years than in the previous six hundred years combined. And who could have missed the atrocities of ISIS in Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the continued persecution of Christians in North Korea?
Johnnie Moore, like many American Christians, didn’t fully appreciate the extent of what was going on—until he witnessed the graduation of theology students in India. Unlike graduation ceremonies in America—where feel-good speeches made by visiting celebrities are common—this one featured a remarkable oath. It wasn’t an oath to excel or succeed. It was an oath to be willing to die, if necessary, for the cause of Christ. This was no empty promise. This was a choice, choosing the eternal over the temporal.
Johnnie knew he was witnessing a raw, first-century Christianity that his comfortable American version had shielded him from. “For the first time, I really understand my faith,” says Johnnie Moore. Now, he’s on a mission to give this same experience to others. He and his team have crisscrossed the world, recorders in hand, gathering eyewitness accounts from dozens of people who survived persecution—and the stories of some who didn’t.
*I received this book to review but all opinions are my own.
My Thoughts: Often times in the United States (or other western countries) it’s hard to understand what others go through that live outside of our sphere. Our lives in comparison are quite pampered but we get caught up in what’s good for us, and our problems, and of course there’s nothing wrong with focusing on yourself but sometimes we really need to look out into the world. The Martyr’s Oath shows stories that are awful, but inspiring and shows the sacrifices that others have made in Christianity. It talks about so many different things going on in the world now that the media seems to forget about, and uses these stories of martyrs not only for perspective but also as motivation. A wonderful book for any reader.