Persecution and the Believer, Part 2 (Christian Blogger)

Many of us are convinced that persecution of Christians is already under way–and that you don’t have to go all the way to China to find it. Here in the United States, and Canada, we find ample evidence of persecution–and a fervent desire, on the part of certain people, to have much, much more of it.

How should Christians cope with persecution? What are the things we most need to remember?

Persecution and the Believer Part 2

Between the two parts of this article at the Domain for Truth (there is a link to Part 1), those questions are answered from the Bible.

The one thing we must not do, ever, is to give in to the persecutors and desert our King.

‘Why Rome Persecuted Christians’ (2018)

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Our country’s founders tried to make sure there would be no martyrdoms here. So far, so good.

But the state is viscious.

Why Rome Persecuted Christians

Once upon a time Rome demanded that the whole world worship her emperor as a god. This was very inclusive. In fact, if you weren’t included, they would kill you.

North Korea, Iran, China–lethal persecution occurs today, and the blood of martyrs cries to God.

Be assured He hears (Revelation 6: 9-11).

My Newswithviews Column, May 13 (‘War of the Worlds’)

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The crisis of our age is a religious crisis. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

Here are two recent nooze stories that prove my point.

War of the Worlds

Water down Christianity on one hand, bully and terrorize the Christians on the other. This was always the way Red China did it. Now it’s turning into the way the United States and Canada do it.

The excuse this time is Because COVID.

Next time it’ll be something else.

Tearing Down the Cross

Chinese Christian churches face new threats as state religious ...

You know they want to do it here.

This is the only nooze I’ll report today. I haven’t got the heart for more.

When I read the line, “The latest enforcement measures have included removal of the cross from churches,” my fear was that this was happening here, in America. But no: this is the latest from Red China.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/chinese-government-resumes-removal-of-crosses-from-church-buildings-47792

For reasons that sane people cannot understand, the Chinese communist state has decided on a “crackdown on religious practice”–and this involving government-sanctioned churches belonging to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association: that part of the Church that has committed itself to compromise with communism. It’s happening all over the mainland; and the priests in those churches are complying because they’re afraid that if they don’t, their churches will be demolished or converted to secular use.

The government has imposed “strict new regulations concerning religion,” and failure to comply can result in destruction of the church.

This is what happens when you get into bed with the devil. And so we have “teams of young people” removing crosses from the outside and the inside of churches.

Does any of this sound sickeningly familiar? “Stop trying to hold services, or we’ll tear down your church!” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (real name, Warren Wilhelm Jr.) threatened to close down non-compliant churches and synagogues “permanently.” Yes, he said “permanently” (https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/nyc-mayor-to-synagogues-close-for-coronavirus-or-be-shut-down-permanently-622767). That was back in March. Since then, police–Herod’s men–have broken up church services and harassed churchgoers in several cities throughout the United States.

American leftists, apparently including a number of Democrat mayors and governors, admire communist China and would like to impose its system on our country.

They must be defeated, and communism must be destroyed.

And if we don’t do it, God will.

Christ’s Church: We’re Still Here

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This thought has been much on my mind lately.

The church of Jesus Christ–not a building, not a denomination, but the fellowship of all believers who call upon His name–well, we’re still here.

Look at what they’ve thrown at us in just the past quarter-century or so. Live birth abortion. “Transgender” (a delusion). “Gay marriage.” And they want to throw us in jail if we don’t “celebrate” it. And that’s just in the Western world. Elsewhere on the planet, they’re killing Christians.

They own the unelected government, the “free and independent” nooze media, the Democrat Party, lock, stock, and barrel, plus some sizeable chunks of the GOP, the public schools, the universities, Hollywood–and all of this, in all its power and wealth and influence, is brought to bear against the Church. Celebrity power. “Science.” All thrown at the Church.

And yet they can’t close the deal.

We’re still here.

Be faithful to Christ, and He will be faithful to us. As He has been, and will be.

It drives the bad guys crazy.

Movie Review: ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’

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We watched this on Amazon Prime yesterday, where you can rent it: Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018). It’s not for the faint-hearted.

Beautifully filmed and acted, this tells the story of Paul’s life, in flashbacks, against the grim background of Nero’s persecution of Christians in Rome. James Faulker, who played Herod Agrippa in I, Claudius, plays Paul–in a Roman prison, awaiting execution. Jim Caviezel is Luke, writing the Book of Acts under Paul’s guidance. Joanne Whalley and John Lynch are Priscilla and Aquila, trying to hold together the city’s Christian community.

There are in the world today places where Christians are brutally persecuted, as they were in Nero’s Rome. And yet those are the places where faith in Christ is growing.

I’m not going to write a long review here, Paul is well worth seeing for yourselves. I just want to note that, as someone who has lived his whole life in a place where, by the providence of God, neither war nor civil strife has touched for centuries, such scenes are strange and terrifying to me. I have never seen anyone beaten on the streets, publicly hanged, herded off to a gulag. I know these things have happened many times in history. I know they happen now.

But on an emotional level, I don’t want to believe that persecution, of the kind that Paul and Luke knew, can be a fact of life. I don’t want to believe it. I don’t want the world to be like that, even though I know it is. God help us peace-loving American Christians, if we ever have to confront anything worse than snarky comments and hate-contorted faces.

For thy sake, Lord, we are slaughtered like sheep…

And yet by you we are more than conquerors.

That’s what Paul said (Romans 8:36-37).

And he taught himself, and us, that only love, filled by God’s grace and the love of Jesus Christ, can survive a fallen world.