Prepare for Persecution

This Fourth of July, it’s obvious to me that the right to life is gone, liberty is dead, and property is hanging by a thread. This century will probably take us deeper into the Dark Age like the 14th century. We need to take a long view of things – an eschatalogical view of things.

Andrew Brunson, the pastor imprisoned in Turkey, told the Southern Baptist Convention that persecution was fast coming to America and we are unprepared for it. This is my view as well. American Christians can’t even be bothered to learn the milk of the Christian faith – the Nicene Creed, 10 Commandments, and Lord’s Prayer. We worship the god of prosperity and wealth (Mammon). We can’t be faithful in small acts of obedience. How much less will we be faithful as persecution worsens? Much of the blame lies with the clergy who have failed to be men of Issachar who understand the times. We have therefore no guidelines from our clergy on how to act in certain situations. Obedience to God will probably require resistance to government in some way as the Rev. Wang Yi has demonstrated in China at great personal cost. Start by praying for faithfulness. As Luther said, one man with God is a majority. God is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. He is all-powerful when he governs all things and is never not governing them. Pray also for Christian unity and fellowship. We shouldn’t be “Bowling Alone” like the rest of the people in this country.

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