Trump prays for persecuted Christians and vows destruction for ISIS, says Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump is supporting and praying for persecuted Christians worldwide and has vowed that the Islamic State will be destroyed, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

(REUTERS / Joshua Roberts)U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event celebrating National Military Appreciation Month and National Military Spouse Appreciation Day at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2017.

Speaking during the first World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians at the Mayflower Hotel, Pence assured the 600 victims of persecution and advocates that Trump is a "champion" of religious freedom. He also expressed appreciation for the faith of the believers who have endured persecution and remained steadfast to their Christian faith, saying they are the reason for the summit, The Christian Post relays.

"Know today, with assurance, that President Trump sees these crimes for what they are, vile acts of persecution animated by hatred, hatred for the gospel of Christ. And so too does this president know, those who perpetrate these crimes, they are the embodiment of evil in our time," Pence told the people at the summit. "He calls them by name, radical Islamic terrorists ... Practitioners of terror harbor a special hatred for followers of Christ, and none more so than the barbarians known as ISIS."

In addition, Pence assured the persecuted believers that Christians all over the U.S. and the world --- including Trump --- are praying for them. The vice president added that the Trump administration will not rest until ISIS is destroyed "at its source" and that it will prioritize the protection of all people's religious liberty.

Renowned evangelist Franklin Graham also spoke at the summit on May 10 to explain the real reason for the suffering, persecution, and killing of Christians all over the world. He reminded the listeners that Jesus Christ is the one who experienced the greatest degree of suffering and that His story should be the focus of their conference, the Post says in another report.

Moreover, Rev. Graham said persecution is not an isolated incident because no Christian is exempted from it, regardless of the denomination they belong to. He pointed to modern secularism as the culprit behind the hostility toward Christians and said this trend opposes those who hold fast to God's unchanging standards.

Graham said Satan is the one who authored persecution, not God, because the devil wants to suppress the Christian faith. Nevertheless, Graham said Christ has promised in Matthew 16:18 that evil will not prevail against the Church even it its darkest moments.