We often blog with dismay at the state of the denominational church in the UK and the alarming rate it compromises with virtually every ideological pressure exerted on it from society. Despite this, it hard to overstate what appears to be the systematic persecution of Patrick Sookhdeo and the Barnabas Fund by some within the church establishment and Christian charities. After a catalogue of trials and a smear campaign aimed at discrediting this convert from Islam, he has recently resigned from his work at Barnabas Fund despite faithfully devoting decades of service for this valuable work. The Barnabas Fund have released a written document defending him which outlines the situation – Hard Pressed on every Side – it is well worth looking at and quite frankly is a disturbing read.
We will say very little and leave you to make up your own minds – suffice to request you to pray for Patrick and his family and encourage you to support the work of Barnabas Fund. Having been saved from Islam, Patrick has sadly discovered there are elements within the Christian church who would give any persecutor of the Christian faith a good run for their money. We pray the Lord’s blessings on Patrick – may he be richly rewarded when he meets the Lord face to face on that day of glory!
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (1 Peter 3:16-17)