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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Can persecution come to America? Is persecution coming to America?

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution – 2 Timothy 3:12

Can persecution come to America? Is persecution coming to America? The Bible states a promise of God that all who “desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Notice it states this of those who particularly desire to live a godly life “in Christ Jesus” are the ones who will be persecuted. Persecution hinges on whether or not a person is true to Christ. It’s not a matter of being religious. It’s a matter of being true to Christ; true to the revealed Christ of scripture.

Paul said a time would come when “another Jesus” would be promoted as well as another gospel and another spirit (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). There is a “Jesus” promoted today who is not exclusive but all inclusive. A “Jesus” is being presented today that is not the exclusive way to the Father and His eternal life (John 14:6), but is a “Jesus” that is one of many paths to eternal bliss. This “Jesus” is an avatar, an ascended master of some kind, one who comes periodically in history to help humanity in their evolutionary progress. We see this kind of “Jesus” presented in New Age philosophy. This is the “Jesus” presented by such contemporaries as Oprah and the like. Persecution will come as a result of the world’s view that the exclusive Jesus of the Bible is too narrow and bigoted a view. The “Jesus” the world wants is tolerant of all other belief systems no matter how diametrically opposed to one another they are. The world has left reason and truth behind in an effort to establish a kumbaya world order. Prophetic scriptures tell us this is all part of a world hell bent on rebelling against God.

Biblical faith, scriptural faith, is faith that does not love the world (1 John 2:15-17). Because of this a time inevitably comes where our faith puts us in opposition to the things of this world. Governments are put in place by God to keep the peace and provide an environment for His will to be done (Romans 13). When governments, (especially democratic governments run by people who are sinful in nature) cease to exist for God’s purposes they oppose God and His representatives. The final result is persecution of those representatives.

Our nation was arguably founded on Christian principles. Even if you disagree with this statement a person would have to agree that at least the United States has historically been sympathetic and cooperative with Christian principles. That is changing. We see it every day. As you watch the following brief video excerpt from a message by John Loeffler, pay close attention to what he says about the way persecution comes about. Then ask yourself if such steps toward persecution aren’t already being established in our land. Then prepare by getting into the word of God and making sure you know what you believe. Build your life on the firm foundation of God’s word (Matthew 7:24-27).

Can persecution come to America? Is persecution coming to America? We will see. Commit your way to Him (Psalm 37). Keep it all in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). Stay the course and stick with the true gospel (Galatians 1:8-9).

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