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Coptic Christians of Egypt and Iraq

- Pre-dates both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

Perhaps the most amazing, strong, and devout followers of Christ on the earth. Just as the Waldensians are the most persecuted of all
protestant denominations, the Coptic Christians of Egypt are the most persecuted of any Christian denominations of all time. Their survival is an absolute miracle, period.

Founded by John-Mark (author of the "Gospel of Mark") in the first century A.D., this church flourished under the authority of the Eastern Church (later to become the Eastern Orthodox church in 1054) and unfortunately picked up a few of the Eastern Orthodox tendencies toward Icons in the church (statues, paintings of Jesus, etc). At the council of Chalcedon, when the Western church began to over reach its authority and Rome started to assert itself as the primary See and its Bishop as the primary of all Bishops, this little group of believers was wrongly accused of monophysitism (the Christology that claims that Jesus has one combined nature of God and man). This is (and was) vehemently argued against as their own creed of faith clearly states that they hold to one Divine nature and one Human nature in perfect unity without mix which is essentially the orthodox position for all of historic biblical Christianity.

They were persecuted by the Western Church (early Roman Catholicism), abandoned by the Eastern Church, and eventually persecuted by the Muslims with heavy taxation, beatings, and martyrdom. Were it not for a letter to Mohammed to "spare the Copts as they are your 'kin;" The Coptic Christians would have possibly been driven out or worse, wiped out. But they survived and still exist today and are constantly in the news for all of the atrocities that the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS inflict upon them. They come under heavy persecution and have had survive almost 1500 years of constant attack.

This group is referred to, by the Roman Catholic Church, as a “schismatic” group, which is the same term that the Roman Catholics use to describe all Protestants. In my opinion, the Coptics are the fulfilment of the Isaiah prophecy that an "altar would be built in the midst of Egypt" and a "pillar placed" - The Coptic Christians are both an altar to the Lord and have had to be a pillar to His existence and sustaining power for 15 centuries!