Within the past several months, hundreds of Christians in Iraq have been killed in violent terror attacks.
The worst single incident occurred in October on a Baghdad church, when 58 Christians were massacred after their sanctuary was overrun by terrorists and they were taken hostage.
"The level of brutality is almost unbelievable," said Paul Marshall, who documents Christian persecution as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Marshall pointed out that so many Christians have fled Iraq that their population in the predominately the Muslim republic has shrunk from more than a million to just a few hundred-thousand.
"While Christians were probably 4 percent of the population 10 years ago, they're about 40 percent of the refugees," Marshall said.
One watchdog group called what's happening in Iraq a "religicide" because extremists are purposefully trying to eliminate all Christians from the country. Such violence could soon wipe out some of the world's oldest Christian cultures, and the last where Jesus' native language of Aramaic is still spoken.
In the new novel, St. Peter's Bones, Newsmax contributing editor and Middle East expert Ken Timmerman highlights the horrors of these types of attacks. While the book is a work of fiction, it is based on the real struggles facing Christians in Iraq.
Timmerman talked more about his book and the struggles confronting Iraqi Christians on The 700 Club, Feb. 9. Click play to watch the interview.
Originally aired on February 9, 2011