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Christian Persecution: Can It Happen Here?

By Watchman | April 2, 2011

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.  And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”  So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”    (Job 1:6-7)

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”  (John 15:18)

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.    (2 Timothy 3:1-4; 3:12-13)

     We are becoming truly adept at ignoring those truths which we choose not to acknowledge.  While we speak readily of the world economic crises and of regime changes in the Middle East and argue incessantly over whether or not the government should fund National Public Radio, we pay little attention to the growing persecution of Christians and Jews around the world–after all, what does that have to do with those of us here in the free, civilized and technologically advanced west?  My friends, the perilous times Paul warned us of have arrived, and from now on nothing will happen in the world that will not have an effect on our lives.  Back in November of 2008, I posted a word I’d had from the Lord signifying that the final years of choosing sides had begun.  We have since seen the results of those choices world-wide.  The United States is still straddling the fence, but it is a precarious position we will not be able to maintain. 

     The United States became a world power quickly after her birth because she had been blessed by the Almighty God to be a shining light to the nations, pointing people always towards Christ.  Like Israel, our foundation was based on the knowledge that God is our country’s ultimate authority and that He rules over all the kings (or premiers or presidents) of the earth by right.  While as a democratic republic we understood from the earliest days the need for people to have the freedom to worship or dissent without fear of retaliation, we also knew that the principles of freedom granted in our Constitution would never promote justice or prosperity without the accompanying obedience to the word of God.  This is no longer the case.  While we are being told that our freedom of religion is an inviolate right, Christianity itself is being eclipsed by a new and dangerous gospel of the tolerance of evil. 

     In just the first few months of 2011, many changes have been taking place that have a direct and devastating effect on the safety of Christians and Jews around the world.  In Egypt, whose Mubaric-run government the Obama administration helped to topple, the Coptic (Egyptian Christian) communities believe that the upcoming elections will pave the way for Islamist groups to rise in power and lead to further persecutions.  Already several of their monasteries have been attacked and many of their monks and other Christian workers have been wounded and/or arrested.   In Pakistan, still considered an ally, the Minister for Minority Affairs, Shabaz Bhatti, was gunned down in the backseat of his car. Bhatti was the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet and had been critical of the blasphemy laws which imposes the death penalty for those who leave Islam for another religion.  Christian-owned fields and shops have been seized by landlords with the aid of local officials, and Christian symbols have been desecated.  The blasphemy laws do not help those who are not Islamic.  Pakistani Christians are in great danger, but, says Keith Davies in his article  “Christian Persecution: a Choice Between Shame and War?”  posted on BigPeace.com, although the US State Department is fully cognizant of their plight, they will allow no Pakistani Christians visas to enter the US; a state of affairs he likens to the refusal during WWII to allow entry to Jews escaping the death camps of Nazi Europe.  Attacks on Christians or arrests of Christians have been carried out also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia, Takjikistan, the Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Turkey, the Gaza strip and Iraq.   Nearly every Islamic state is cruely enforcing their blasphemy laws.  Satan is going to and fro on the earth, and walking back and forth on it.

     So what about us here in the west?  The gospel of the toleration of evil is alive and well. In our government, in our media, in our schools and even in many mainstream denominations, a social gospel has replaced the Gospel of Christ.  This gospel proclaims that God does not judge our actions; He just loves us.  It proclaims that there is no hell (except maybe for serial killers, pedophiles and those who do not approve of all life-styles).   It proclaims that there may be many different roads to God and that we cannot offend anyone by sharing the Gospel of Christ.  It proclaims that we must not open people’s eyes to the truth that the Lord our God is the true God or that Jesus is the only Savior and Messiah.  It proclaims that the false god Allah or the demon gods of India or the ancestor-worship of Japan are all just in the eyes of God.  It proclaims that non-believers must be protected from the disgust they may feel at the mention of the name of God or His commandments.  It proclaims that Christians must not call sin by its proper name.   It proclaims the true freedom found in the presence of our all-holy God to be old-fashioned and mythical shackles that bind us into narrow-minded intolerance.  Yes, Satan is going to and fro upon the earth and walking back and forth on it.

     We are not arrested or abused for being Christians here in the west—yet.  But the rights of Christians to speak out against evil are rapidly diminishing. 

     An article appeared on the Net last week about a judge that was attacked by the ACLU for requiring defendants to read a book written by a Christian author.  I’m not sure how I feel about that–I don’t think I’m in favor of it, but I was stunned by the comments from readers that followed the article.  The venom displayed was beyond anything I had read following articles about murderers or child abusers (and some of those were pretty bad!).  Many of the comments expressed the hope that Christians would really suffer once the crack-down on them comes as come it will; some called for the rounding up of all Christians.  As I mentioned before, the choices have been made.  Already it is to invite media attack and governmental intervention to speak out against abortion or homosexuality.  Antisemitism and anti-Christian feelings run high at our schools and universities, both in the name of promoting tolerance.  What is happening to Christians in the Middle East and some African nations can happen here, and will, if we refuse to open our eyes to what our country is doing and make an effort to stop it. 

     The good news is that certain things cannot change.  God is still the ultimate authority for what happens here just as He always was and always will be.  If we walk in His love and lead lives of righteousness, we will be His for all eternity!  Paul’s prophecy for the last days is coming to pass before our eyes, but that doesn’t mean we should cease our activities on God’s behalf.  Our country could still be but lightly touched by the judgments to come if we see that good and godly politicians are elected to office; if we turn as a nation with repentent hearts to the Father who made of us a great country.  Whether we will actually do so, I very much doubt, but I continue to pray for the heart and soul of the United States and for our ally/sister Israel.   

     Take heart, my dear brothers and sisters!  Jesus told us that we would be blessed in being hated for His name (Luke 6:22); and that if the world hates us, it hated Him first.   In Matthew 24 He gave us the hint of what would be happening in the world at the time of His return.  We can see the appointed time coming all around us.  Paul’s letters also chronicle things that would be in motion at the time of Christ’s return, and those too are already in place.   I think if we listen closely, we can hear Him packing His bags and putting one foot out the door!  Yes, Satan is going to and fro on the earth and walking up and down on it—–and so is the Holy Spirit of God!

It’s not too late, dear ones!  If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, do it now!  Be born again; washed clean of your sins in the precious Blood of the Lamb of God, sent to redeem us and reconcile us to our Father in heaven.   If you wish to be born again but have questions about how to do so, please feel free to e-mail me and I’ll get to you as quickly as possible!

Maranatha!

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One Response to “Christian Persecution: Can It Happen Here?”

  1. Susan Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Melissa, a more powerful presentation of this, the greatest truth of all, I have neither heard nor read anywhere.. The Lord has certainly gifted you dually with the abilities of writing and that of discernment of these end times. So many have clearly made their own personal choice to rather walk in ways of the prince of the power of the air. Choosing anything and everything imaginable in an attempt to shield knowledge of the Son & mankind’s condition before Him from penetrating their own hearts. Oh what a greater love He has had to usward who mocked, ridiculed and tortured Him beyond comprehension.. That He is the Source from which God’s “light” that so lovingly tries to find it’s way into a tiny puckered flap of that heart that sin is successfully turning into stone-

    Instead of the pliable muscle of flesh and blood that it was as God created it, created you…and created me wearing spiritual sunglasses if you will. It seems to be the most odd set of circumstances how men, women and children will partake of any and all things that are anathema to God and embrace it as if it is light…when in fact it is death. Yet not the one they hold as true.

    To know that all that they can do in all their trying is wind up spending eternity with the devil who lied to them for so long…promising endless parties in hell..women, virgins to some.How very sad little creatures we truly are…if we are without Christ we are without ALL.

    Excellent Malissa! As always….:)

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