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Tanzania: “I Died a Long Time Ago”


Life can be dangerous for followers of Jesus in Muslim Tanzania. People who leave Islam to become Christians often have to go into hiding to escape threats and persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

But a Christian in Tanzania told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs:

“Let us not fight their threats out of the fear of dying! I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I’m no longer the one who lives, but he lives in me.” (See Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)

“Jesus never promised me milk and honey. He said there will be trials, persecutions, killings, and threats.

“The best way we can handle these threats is to pray for God’s protection. Otherwise, I am more than ready to die for my dearest Jesus. He made me human! He changed me from a radical Muslim who was trained and ready to kill in the name of Allah to a true believer and a preacher of good tidings.” (Muslims worship Allah.)

“Living with the assurance of salvation and heaven makes me happier than these short years of worldly life [which are nothing] compared to eternal life that I will live with my Jesus in heaven!”

(Edited from the original source for clarity.)

To Think About: What does the Tanzanian Christian mean when he says, “I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior”? (Read Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)



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