**Below is a transcript of the Stand in the Gap Today program originally aired 9/27/19. SIGT Today hosts, Sam Rohrer and Dr. Gary Dull, interview Dede Laugesen, Executive Director with Saving the Persecuted Christians.
Sam Rohrer: Well, on Monday of this week, President Trump stood before the United Nation in a very historic fashion. He was the first American President to ever do so, in that setting and for this purpose. And he made some amazing statements to the world, in regard to the plight of Christian persecution. In that setting, he challenged the world’s leaders to stand up and do what is morally right in regard to stopping government sanctioned Christian persecution.
And among many other really wonderful statements, he said this one statement, “Today I ask all nations to join us in this urgent moral duty. We ask the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith and give glory to God.”
And because of the significance of the president’s words, the significance of his boldness to stand before some of the greatest butchers and persecutors of Christians around the world and to call them to task, and because of the enormous plight of over 200 million Christians worldwide right now suffering at the hands of unjust and evil regimes and rulers, we’re going to devote today’s program to the matter of Christian persecution.
Our theme for the day is saving the persecuted Christians. And we’re going to be speaking with a foremost spokesperson and an advocate to stop Christian persecution, a friend of the American Pastors Network, Dede Laugesen. She is the Executive Director of an organization called Save the Persecuted Christians. It’s an organization which I’m proud to serve in a very small advisory role. They’re doing a great job. We think you need to know about it.
And with that introduction, let me welcome you to the program today. I’m Sam Rohrer, and I’m going to be joined by Pastor Gary Dull. Let me welcome right now Dede Laugesen, Executive Director of Save the Persecuted Christians to the program. Thank you Dede for being with us.
Dede Laugesen : Thank you, Sam. I’m so happy to be here.
Sam Rohrer: Well we’re glad that you’re with us and we’ve talked about persecution this week. We’ve already referenced the President, some of his comments in an earlier program. But we told our listeners that we would focus on this matter in a significant way today, and that’s what we’re doing. Share if you could just a brief bit about Save the Persecuted Christians, of which you’re the Executive Director, the driving motivation behind this organization.
Dede Laugesen : Sure. I’m very blessed to lead a grassroots organization, which as you said, is led by a coalition of several hundred civil society and faith leaders such as yourself. We are mobilizing to demand our elected officials and others influencers respond in a substantial way to the urgent plight of the world’s persecuted Christians.
Your listeners can find us @savethepersecutedchristians.org where they can join the save us movement to help raise the alarm about the global crisis of anti-Christian violence in a record number of countries. By joining the save us movement, they will link up with thousands of others in our grassroots campaign to end the violence by holding the persecutors accountable for their crimes against humanity.
Sam Rohrer: Well, Dede, that’s your written stated purpose, which I think probably people could find if they went to the website, again, which is savethepersecutedchristians.org. Ladies and gentlemen, go there. I’d encourage you to do that. Let’s go ahead Dede, I want to get into this. I quoted just one statement that the President made at the U.N. on Monday, and we talked about it on the program. It’s an amazing statement that he included, was the phrase “giving glory to God.”
That’s an astounding statement. It’s a very bold statement, but it’s just one of many. Can you share a few more highlights for instance, of what the President said in that historic presentation before the U.N.?
Dede Laugesen : I’m happy to. The President said very clearly, “We’re standing up for almost 250 million Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.” He said, “It is estimated that 11 Christians are killed every day for following.” And he says, I just can’t believe this, “that 11 Christians a day for following the teachings of Christ are killed. Who would think that’s possible in this day and age?”
But nonetheless, he says “Today with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, release prisoners of conscience, repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, protect the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed. America stands with believers in every country, who asks only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.” He says, “These evil attacks are a wound on all humanity, and we must work together to protect communities of every faith, but most especially he has a heart for Christians.”
Sam Rohrer: Hmm. That was a very strong statement that he made Dede. And when I heard it, my heart just leaped for joy. But particularly when he ended by saying, “giving glory to God.” Now, from the perspective of a person who works for the persecuted Christians like you do, in light of what our President said, what do you think prompted Donald Trump to make such bold statements as he did?
Dede Laugesen : Well, I think from the beginning of his administration, he has stated very emphatically that the defense of religious freedom, it’s our foundational, right. It is the first right of Americans to have that right to express your beliefs and to worship freely. And he has said, “Even in this nation’s national strategic plan, that religious freedom is an issue of national security.”
So I think he sees this as an important foundational basis for freedom and for societies to flourish. For all of the world to do well, religious freedom must be protected.
Sam Rohrer: Well, we certainly believe that, and I think our founders did here, Dede in this country. That’s why it ended up being one of the first amendment, that included other things. But certainly if we’re not able to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience and express ourselves without fear of coercion by government, there is no real civil freedom.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to talk about that. I’m going to come back with Dede right after we go through this next break and I’m going to ask her the question and she’s going to respond to it. Has the president been already evidencing a track record of supporting and defending religious freedom or did he just very recently come to this perspective? I think you’ll be interested in what she will be sharing with us, so we’re going to talk about that in the next segment.
If you’re just joining us today, this is our Friday program, and we’ve taken a step aside from our normal economic focus to focus on something of tremendous importance, and that is the persecution of Christians. Our theme today, saving the persecuted Christians. Our special guest is Dede Laugesen. And, she is the Executive Director of a group called Save the Persecuted Christians. Their website, savethepersecutedchristians.org.
Now the historic statements made by President Trump on Monday at the United Nations, of which we just highlighted some in the last segment, those statements were in regard to persecuted Christians. They were bolder than any previous U.S. President in that setting. And, particularly, in a secular setting, that setting that has historically and increasingly, I’m going to say a little concern for God or Jews or Israel or Christians.
Now as a former elected official myself, I can say that such bold statements that the President made in a setting like that are either done for one of two reasons.
One, they’re politically driven, being pragmatically considered, perhaps with certain strategic goals involved. Or they’re driven by a conviction, a moral sense of rightness and justice arising from the understanding that those in positions of civil authority possess an inherent God given duty to protect the innocent and to use the power of government to protect those who do well and to bring challenge and punishment against those who do evil.
It’s one of those two things. So I want to talk to Dede Laugesen right now about the President and whether his words on Monday at the United Nations reflect a political and pragmatic strategic decision, or more likely a developing conviction and a sense of duty. So with that Dede, you’ve been walking and working there with Save the Persecuted Christians as an organization. You’re interfacing with those at all levels of government in the White House.
I just stated what my observation was after 18 years in office. I know that what the President did was a bold statement. It’s got to come from a politically driven or for a conviction driven position. What can you tell us about the track record of this President and this administration prior to the speech on Monday? Is it a track record indicating something that he’s been developing or something recently arrived at?
Dede Laugesen : Right. So his remarks at the U.N. on Tuesday, specifically, in front of the entire assembled nations were very important. And many have said that this was a definition of the Trump doctrine. And he has said that he is a Nationalist and he is a Patriot. And Patriots understand that religious freedom is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence, enshrined in the First Amendment that it is fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous and virtuous society.
And he very much understands that and seeks to promote that to the world. When he was standing before the assembly of the United Nations, in that room are multiple, multiple regimes that are persecuting Christians. They are state actors who are engaged in the persecution of Christians or they allow it to happen.
And so this was the perfect platform for President Trump to continue to develop what he has been promoting since the very beginning of his administration, a protection of religious freedom, both here at home and abroad. Because he really does see it as foundational to national security, to peace, and to prosperity.
Unfortunately, 80% of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned. And of those people who are being persecuted for their faith, 80% are Christians. So Christians by far and away are the most persecuted religious group. And he is standing for us.
Gary Dull: That’s a tremendous thing to take into consideration. Is it not Dede that 80% of the nations of the world have some type of religious persecution within them? And of course, we are finding that it’s becoming more and more of an issue even for us here in the United States of America.
But our listeners recognize the name of Andrew Brunson who was in a Turkish prison. We’ve talked about him on this particular program. We’ve encouraged our people to pray for him and so forth and so on. President Trump was involved in securing his release, as we all know. I’m wondering if you could share with us a little bit about what President Trump’s involvement was in helping Andrew Brunson to come to freedom.
Dede Laugesen : Sure. So this time last year, the world celebrated, America celebrated when Pastor Andrew Brunson was released from a Turkish prison. He had been held there for two years on charges of terrorism based on Christianization. He was practicing his faith. He had been serving more than 20 years in Turkey as a Pastor. And, he was swept up in a paranoid attempt to stop terrorism in Turkey. And he got arrested and thrown into prison.
But the only charges they had against him were they said Christianization. Now President Trump, this negotiation for Pastor Andrew Brunson was happening during the very first ministerial to advance religious freedom, which was hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. in D.C. last year. At the behest of President Trump, they had a second one this year, but President Trump, during that time, was using what we at Save the Persecuted Christians have been advocating for, to put heavy costs on those who persecute.
And so President Trump in every conversation he had with the Turkish President, Erdogan, he brought up Pastor Brunson, much to everyone’s frustration. He couldn’t believe that this simple pastor meant so much to this President. But President Trump placed economic sanctions on Turkey that were very devastating to their economy and very quickly brought Erdogan to the negotiating table, and before you know that we have Pastor Brunson home.
In like manner, if we can do that to other persecuting regimes, place heavy costs on them for allowing the persecution of Christians to continue in their lands, if we can tell them that aid is tied to it, that we will sanction them, that we will place increasing international pressure upon them because they allow this violence to continue, then we will begin to see a decrease in the violence against Christians around the world.
Sam Rohrer: Dede, I’m really glad you shared some of the details of that, because that example with Andrew Bronson, was not the only example. But that was one very visible example. And I just want to share something with those who are listening right now. A lot of folks who are listening program may not know this, but you say, “Well, is it right for a President to take and link foreign aid to another country and link into that such a thing as telling them, ‘You must stop allowing the persecution of Christians.'”
Now, there are some in this country who don’t think that’s right. But I want you to think about this. Under the Obama administration, that administration withheld and threatened to withhold U.S. aid to nations all over the world, many of them in Africa, but Europe as well. Actually, Ukraine was one of them and that’s in the news right now, telling them that they would not any longer get U.S. aid unless they put into their constitutions and their law the right to abortions, and LGBTQ.
You aware of that? That actually happened. So when you have a President and a Trump administration that says, “No, we’re not going to fight for those things, but we are going to fight and link aid to the defense of people who are being killed as Christians.” What a difference in worldview and that’s a world view difference. It makes a difference, who’s in office.
Dede, when we come back. We’ve got about another minute and a half for you. Any other examples that you could maybe share right now of the President and former track record and what he has been doing? He’s had a lot of people, for instance, I know into the White House, into the Oval Office, which the last administration never had one. What’s that been about?
Dede Laugesen : Well, I want to talk about the Obama administration as well. In the last 10 years, we are at a record number of countries where Christians are being persecuted and all people of belief are being persecuted. It’s up to 144 countries. That has grown from 107 in 10 years.
So under the Obama administration, these regimes that persecute people of belief felt that they had impunity. They felt there was going to be no cost, and they were not afraid of persecuting people of belief.
And unfortunately, Christians are the ones who have borne the brunt of that violence. And now we have an administration who says, “No more. No more.” But can you imagine, it has grown almost by 50% in that amount of time under the Obama administration because he was not being a watchdog for people of belief. So we really do have a President now, who with his entire administration, Vice president Mike Pence has been very strong on this issue. So has Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and our international religious freedom ambassador, Sam Brownback, all of them working together have made sure that this is a top priority for this administration. And the world is now hearing it with the remarks that the President has been making at the UN.
Sam Rohrer: And ladies and gentlemen, it does make a difference who’s in office. Understand what’s going on and the fight in Washington has a lot to do with this difference. It really does.
Well, welcome back to Stand in the Gap Today. I’m Sam Rohrer, accompanied by Gary Dull today and our special guest, Dede Laugesen. She is the Executive Director of the group called Save the Persecuted Christians. Their website is at savethepersecutedchristians.org. We’re departing from our normal economic emphasis on this Friday because we wanted to drive home and emphasize this particular issue of Christian persecution, and make sure that our listeners understand what’s really going on and linking it to the speech that President Trump made at the United Nations on Monday of this week, which got hardly any coverage by the controlled media and not a wonder, right?
But this is something that required great forethought, great courage on behalf of the President and it talks about, and the emphasis is the real enormous plight of persecution of Christians around this world. And as our guest, Dede Laugesen said, “In the last segment, it has increased almost exponentially during the Obama administration.”
I want to continue on in this segment and let Dede build out a little bit about the real ugly facts about Christian persecution. In the President’s address on Monday, he said this, quote “Today with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon all the nations of the world to end religious persecution, to stop the crimes against people of faith, to release prisoners of conscience, to repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief, to protect the vulnerable and the defenseless and the oppressed.” He said, “America stands with believers in every country, who only ask for the freedom to live according to their faith that is within their own hearts,” end quote.
Well, I noted in that, key words, “crimes against people of faith, prisoners of conscience, protect the vulnerable, defenseless, and the oppressed” all indicate a world wide plight and an urgency. And so we’re going to talk right now just about how ugly that urgency is. How urgent should it be? Dede, I’m going to give you an open road right here. Go wherever you want, but simply term, just how bad is the persecution of Christians in September, 2019, right now this day?
Dede Laugesen : Thank you, Sam. Unfortunately, the numbers are, horrific. 83% of the world population, according to the U.S. State Department, live in places with high or very high religious restrictions, mostly targeting religious minorities. Many people see Christians as a white privilege religion. But the reality is that the majority of Christians in the world are the global poor. These are the most marginalized people in the world, and they live in countries where they are seriously oppressed.
Aid to the Church in Need says at least 327 million Christians face persecution. And Open Doors, world watch list, which is reported every year, says that 245 million Christians in the top 50 countries, where it’s most dangerous to be a Christian, face heavy persecution. That includes torture, rape, sex, slavery, forced conversion, murder, and even genocidal violence. 60% of those enduring persecution are children. Women and girls are most violated. One in nine Christians are heavily persecuted. Of those persecuted for their faith globally, 80% are Christian.
The drivers of persecution are religious nationalism in places like India and Burma, authoritarian regimes like China and North Korea, lawlessness and secularism. For instance, Mexico, most people don’t know that 22 priests were kidnapped and murdered there in the past three years. But for at least 68% of Christians being persecuted, the driving factor is adherence to Sharia, authoritative Islam, brutally repressive and supremacist Islamic law. It’s true in eight of the top countries on the Open Doors lists, four of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in 34 of the top 50.
So this is a reality that the world is not willing to acknowledge or address, and until we speak truth to truth, we cannot bring about a change for the world’s Christians who are very much suffering today.
Gary Dull: I’ll tell you what Dede, that was quite a statement that you gave there. And of course it brings a lot of questions and observations to my mind. It’s amazing. You said that 60% of those persecuted are children. Did I hear you say that correctly?
Dede Laugesen : Yes. Women and children are the most vulnerable and are oftentimes doubly persecuted in these countries where dignity of life, sacredness of life is not respected. And women are doubly persecuted because of their gender and if they’re Christian, for their faith,
Gary Dull: Listen to that, ladies and gentlemen, 60% of those persecuted are children, and women are doubly persecuted. That’s something to take into consideration. Dede, I travel to foreign countries three or four times a year, places like India, places like Nigeria, places like Kenya. And more and more as I go to those countries, I see the increase of persecution.
And, we know the persecution is strong under atheistic forms of government, like North Korea or China or in Islamic forms of government. You mentioned Sharia, but from your perspective, what country has the most serious persecution going on within it these days?
Dede Laugesen : Well. Right now Save the Persecuted Christians is asking the Trump administration to immediately appoint a special Envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. We believe that ISIS has been defeated in the Middle East, in Syria and Iraq. We’ve definitely seen their numbers go down and their influences is wiped out.
But they are reorganizing and refashioning themselves in the South of Africa. They are based primarily in Nigeria. The Nigerian Christians, and Nigeria is the largest country by population in Africa, 200 million people, 50% are Christian, but the government there is dominated by Fulani Muslims and Boko Haram is very active.
So, there’s three of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups active in Nigeria, in the Lake Chad region right now. So you are seeing the rise of the Islamic state in the Sahel of Africa, and Nigeria is about to implode. If Nigeria disintegrates, you will see refugee flows into Europe and elsewhere that will just, they’ll put what happened in Syria and Iraq to shame. It will be numbers that we cannot even begin to imagine.
So, we definitely need to address the genocide of Christians that is happening in Nigeria, that international communities and a biased media refuse to acknowledge. We also see rising intensification of persecution of Christians in India, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and China right now has turned up the heat. They passed new laws in 2018 across the board on people of belief. But they are arresting believers. They’re shutting down churches. They’re rewriting the Bible in China. And, so for people of Christians in China right now are very, very vulnerable.
We will be praying for China throughout the month of October. They’re about to celebrate in China, the people’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary on October 1st. And November 3rd will be the international day of prayer, in which as an organization, we will be lifting up the Christians in China.
Gary Dull: You know, I just want to say briefly, and I’m glad you brought up Nigeria, because I was over there a couple of years ago for a Pastor’s conference. Dede, there were to be about 45 or 50 pastors come, but only eight of them were able to come because they were prohibited due to the Islamic persecution they were facing.
So it is something I’ve experienced personally over there as well as in India. I’m thankful that you are making these things known to the American people.
Dede Laugesen : We were able to bring Leah Sharibu, she was kidnapped two years ago at age 14 with other classmates. She refused to renounce her faith in Jesus and so Boko Haram kept her. Her mother Rebecca came over to the United States. We brought her to the Vice President’s office and within a week of our visit there, Vice President Pence had summoned the Nigerian Vice President to the White House to answer to charges as to why Leah has not yet been released and why this persecution against Christians was going on. So we are effective. We are having an impact and we invite people to join us in the save us movement.
Sam Rohrer: And Dede, I want to ask you right now because there is a place that our listeners can go to that you’ve talked about on your site where you give information and, kind of, bring things up to date. Give that place, please to our listeners.
Dede Laugesen : Sure. We operate a news aggregator. It’s called ChristianPersecutionnews.com, Christianpersecutionnews.com. We bring together as many stories of anti-Christian violence in countries around the world. Right there, you can access the religious freedom report, and you can search by country so you can really see what’s happening and understand that Christians truly are being persecuted.
Sam Rohrer: Dede Laugesen, thank you for being with us. Thank you for the work of Save the Persecuted Christians, as a group. And we’re glad to be a part, glad to give ear to that today. And we just pray that God will undertake and bless, hold up the hands of this administration and others who are trying to stand up for that, which is right. God bless you. We’ll talk to you later.
Well ladies and gentlemen, I really truly hope that if you’ve been listening to the program all day, that you’ve been moved, you’ve been educated, informed and motivated, motivated to pray for this President, pray for this administration. Understanding as we’ve talked about in this program, how significant, what they have been doing to help persecuted Christians around the world and for the speech that was made right in the heart of the evil belly, right in front of those regimes who are persecuting and butchering and allowing people to be butchered for their faith around the world.
For that to be done on Monday, it should have been the news of the day, but the controlled media didn’t say anything about it because they don’t really care. That’s what it comes down to. But you and I ought to care, and we ought to be praying, praying for those who are there, like the President and others that are trying to do simply what God says that every person in a position of authority ought to do.
Now we want to talk about a little bit of the practical application of this whole thing here, as Gary and I close the program today. Under God’s plan for society, and we talk about it here and I’ve just referenced it, God has given to all civil authorities what’s called the sword of justice that Romans 13 talks about. And Peter talks about it again, that the purpose, the real purpose of government is to praise those who do well biblically and enforce justice against those who commit immoral actions.
So, it’s all about God ultimately bringing everything into judgment, and civil leaders will be accountable to God. That in God’s plan, every civil leader, every person in authority has a primary obligation to use their authority, to protect those who do well as defined biblically and to punish those who do evil, bring justice against them for those who do things that are wrong, immoral, biblically.
And that was the whole linkage of the 10 commandments. That’s why the 10 commandments used to hang in our public school classrooms, because it was the code. It’s the code of Western law. How do we know what’s right or wrong, or stealing is bad or coveting is bad or murdering is bad? It’s the 10 commandments, God’s law.
So that’s the purpose of government. What the President did on Monday is absolutely a part of that. Now that is one aspect, government and authority, for that purpose. But Gary, I want to go to you to get some thoughts from you right now because I laid out that’s one response to persecution, that God intends. Those in authority, they are to keep the lid on and do all they can to prevent persecution, and government is there to help do that.
But on the other hand, Gary, the Bible does speak very clearly to the reality that Christian persecution is going to happen. Jesus told the disciples about that. So there’s a personal piece of how we respond to it when it comes our way. And how we ought to view it as distinct and different than the role of those in government I just described. So why don’t you go through and lay that out so we have a more full understanding when we talk about Christian persecution, how that should be and how we should view it?
Gary Dull: Sam, I think we ought to talk about it more than what we should perhaps. A number of years ago, I put together a whole series of messages on Christian persecution and dealt with things like the sense of persecution, the source of persecution, the steps of persecution, the stimulus for persecution, the suffering of persecution, squaring up for persecution, and got a tremendous response from our radio audience on it.
And I even dealt with how we’ve gotten to the place where in the United States of America we are facing some sort of persecution. There’s a lot of material I went over in that particular series, but as it relates to the biblical concept, the Bible teaches us in second Timothy 3:12 that “all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. To a certain degree, every Christian, every person who is living a godly life will face some form, some sort of persecution,” certainly not to the point that you know, Pastor Brunsen was or others.
But every Christian who lives biblical truth on a day by day basis is going to be facing some sort of persecution. But the Bible does deal with it, Sam. In fact, the word of God teaches us in first Peter that we’re called to persecution. It teaches us also in first Peter that we are blessed through persecution. It teaches us again in first Peter that Christians glorify God through persecution. And Peter also says that Christians are matured through persecution.
So persecution really is a part of the Christian life that many people just fail to realize. But, I think even for us here in the United States of America, we need to recognize that it’s going to get stronger, and therefore we need to make certain that we are walking with the Lord and that we’ve prepared ourselves mentally and spiritually for the fact that persecution could come at any time, because it can.
Let’s make sure that we are strong in our walk with the Lord so that when it does come, we’re not going to fail. We’re not going to falter. We’re not going to flee. But we will stand fast in the face of that which comes our way.
Sam Rohrer: Gary, so very, very helpful and ladies and gentlemen, I just happened to think about something here. Gary and I were a part of a presentation to a group of people a couple of years ago. It was actually right before the election, 2016 and I delivered about a 25 minute presentation and it was entitled, Preparing for Persecution.
And if all of you recall, back before that election 2016, we saw persecution really on the horizon, did we not? It was already happening. The Obama administration was already using and weaponizing the IRS and others to go after it, it was happening. So I shared and preached the points on how to prepare for persecute- picks up some of what Gary was talking about and more. We have that in DVD form and if you would like to get a hold of that for, I’d say a minimum gift of $10.00, we need to send it to you. Contact us, ask for that DVD on preparing for persecution.
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Pray for our leaders, as they are in this area, doing exactly 100% what God would have them to do. We do that, we will be doing our part in a great, great way. Well, we thank you for being with us today on Stand in the Gap Today. And we ask you, as you go into the weekend, be in God’s house on Sunday, fellowship with other believers and stand in the gap for truth, wherever you are.