If there are any Christians alive today who truly know what life in the early Church was like, it is Christians in Pakistan.
These people literally live their lives day-to-day in a way that most cannot imagine. Hated by their Muslim neighbors and with no legal protections, they are harassed, beaten, attacked, and murdered each day and often times with the collusion of the police with local Muslims. Put simply, if you are a Christian in Pakistan, you believe because you know it is the truth and will stay with it, because that nation does everything it can to make Christians apostatize.
The persecution of Christians is getting worse in Pakistan, all the while the government continues to say it is working to stop it. The reality is that these people do not care about the Christians, and that being attacked even in your own church is no longer unexpected:
Muslim head constable Amir Abdullah hurried into united church in Fazalia colony, Lahore, and slapped the pastor, Riaz Rehmat, and used abusive language against worshippers during the Sunday morning service.
The policeman was supposed not to enter the church during service and should have been stopped by other policemen deployed there for the church security, but sadly nobody stopped him.
According to Amir Abdullah he received a call on the police helpline saying that church management were misusing the loud speaker.
He said that a Muslim, Shabir Shah, registered a complaint on the phone. In response to that complaint he barged into the church and used derogatory remarks against worshippers, telling them to stop the service.
When Pastor Riaz asked him not to disturb the congregation, the policeman made his way up to the pulpit and manhandled the pastor. That outraged the congregation and they began protesting against his insulating behaviour.
CLAAS’s team in Pakistan met with the SP (superintendent of police) Amara Athar in her office at Ghalib Market and demanded action against the police officer.
Later a senior police officer (DSP) arrived at the scene and promised to take action against the policeman and Shabir Shah, who had made a false complaint.