I don't want to believe this is true, but it is. I have witnessed it first hand, from both sides. If those murdered for their Christian witness are not of your sect, they are not true martyrs. My only reaction is a visceral one: how DARE you?! When catholics are killed in Iraq, I have heard a protestant say "they aren't actually Christians so they can't be martyrs". When Egyptian copts are beheaded, I have seen a catholic say "they aren't in communion in with us, so they cannot be martyrs". When evangelicals are butchered in Syria, the orthodox church can't be bothered to include them as martyrs in their annals. Is this just immaturity? Self righteous pride? Or has Satan penetrated that deep into the Church? We are all "catholic" (worldwide), all keep to the "orthodox" faith, we are all to "evangelize"! No, that does not mean you accept or adhere to the specific practices of those denominations, but it does mean there is only one Body of Christ. Is Christ divided? NO. Our enemy of Islam knows this perfectly well, referring to us ALL as "the nation of the cross". Don't you get it yet?? Satan wants us worshipping him (Allah) or dead, just as equally regardless of what church we fellowship in. ALL WHO ARE KILLED FOR THE WITNESS OF JESUS ARE MARTYRS. PERIOD, FULL STOP.
What makes me the most sad is knowing that most of this is "soft bigotry". I have seen it over and over again in social media circles. That only my "protestant" friends will "like" certain stories I post about Persecuted believers, and only my "catholic" friends will "like" those which involve dead catholics. It is SICK, it is TWISTED, it is DEMONIC! It's little wonder why all of the mainstream churches are completely blind to the Islamic Beast rising as we speak ready to fulfill all of the end time prophecies - they are too busy accusing their brethren. :(
There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
1. Haughty eyes,
2. a lying tongue,
3. hands that shed innocent blood,
4. A heart that devises wicked plans,
5. Feet that run rapidly to evil,
6. A false witness who utters lies,
7. one who spreads strife among brothers.