The Movement Toward Persecution
by Zeal Clark
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Most Christians are well aware of the persecution of Christians in other parts of the world. Although it’s seldom reported in our media as such, there is rapidly-expanding persecution of Christians in more and more countries. This persecution is largely conducted by Muslim groups and is resulting in the murder and beheading of many pastors and Christians who would dare to worship Jesus Christ in an environment that is largely controlled by Sharia Law. As the control by Muslim groups, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, continues to expand, the intensive persecution of Christians is rapidly escalating and resulting in large-scale deaths and fear among those who are under threat of death.
But it seems that few Christians seem to recognize the extent to which the movement toward persecution of Christians is occurring here at home. This is due partly because our media does not report what is actually persecution of Christians as such. Usually this reporting deals with the occurrences pertaining to the stories, without directly attributing them to their effect on the freedom of Christians to worship according to God’s Word. Since our country is rapidly assuming an anti-Christian culture, this slant is considered acceptable and usually goes unnoticed by many Christians.
The primary reason that many Christians don’t recognize the encroachment of persecution is that those who are responsible for its advancement are doing so in a gradual and methodical manner. These changes have been taking place for many years and are now occurring at a rapidly-advancing pace. Although there are many other examples of this move toward the persecution of Christians, some of the more obvious are:
1. Taking the prayer out of our schools.
When the movement to take prayer out of our schools began years ago, only token efforts were made by the churches toward resisting this. As a result, that action has been followed by a constant barrage of legal actions resulting in the loss of our right to pray in many public places.
2. Taking the 10 Commandments off our public buildings.
Years later the movement began to remove the 10 Commandments from public buildings. Again, the church did little to protest this action, and this pressure continues toward removing the 10 Commandments from all public buildings.
3. Moving toward taking “In God We Trust” off our currency.
The discussion continues toward removing “In God We Trust” from our currency. Although it has not yet been removed, the expression is being printed in much smaller letters on the newer coins. This seems to be a planned movement toward eventually eliminating the expression altogether.
4. Attempting to change the meaning of murder as it applies to abortion.
The attempts by a large portion of our country to redefine the murder called abortion by calling it “Freedom of Choice” does not diminish its cruelty in the eyes of God.
God has defined the point at which life begins and man cannot alter God’s judgment by attempting to change definitions.
5. Attempting to normalize and mainstream the perversion of homosexuality, when the Bible plainly states that it is an abomination.
Laws are being passed throughout the country permitting the marriage of same-sex couples. As a result of recent laws passed to protect and encourage homosexuality, near future forms of persecution of Christians are sure to include prosecution of those reading aloud certain Scriptures in church services that deal with homosexuality, such as the 1st Chapter of Romans, by characterizing them as “hate crimes”.
6. Attempting to redefine the meaning of truth to mean whatever the majority of people believe.
Then working to influence our belief by bombarding us with propaganda and misinformation, and even outright lies. This bombardment of misinformation is usually done through the media.
7. Creating an increasing acceptance of Muslim culture, in spite of its overall goal of establishing and enforcing Sharia Law throughout America. This Sharia Law includes dispensing with all forms of Christian worship.
Portions of Europe are already experiencing the results of accepting the spread of Muslim culture, much to their regret.
Therefore, religious liberalism and its effect on our ability to worship freely is growing rapidly, while God’s Will, as defined in Scripture, is being deliberately ignored by those who support this cultural change. But the question that should be asked by Christians is, “But what about God’s Will?”
Christian leaders are the only ones with the power and reach to organize a resistance to or an outcry against these attacks that are leveled against our freedom to worship and against our Christian-based culture. It seems clear that many of them are either ignoring their responsibility in this regard, or worse, are participating in the demise of Christians’ freedom to worship by supporting those in our government who advocate this. But then, some who profess to be Christians obviously place their loyalty to their political party above their commitment to God’s Word.
Certain Scriptures address the issue of leaders whose goal is to cause persecution of those who desire to freely worship God. This would also apply to those Christian leaders who fail to carry out their responsibilities in this regard and either ignore the unrighteous intentions or assist those with these intentions. One such Scripture is found in several verses in the 5th Chapter of Isaiah:
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!
24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, And will whistle to them from the end of the earth; Surely they shall come with speed, swiftly. NKJV
America is determined to remove God from its platform, especially the worship of Jesus Christ, which is the primary focus of Christians. But by moving toward persecution of Christians, is is moving toward destruction. America has become grossly defiled and nothing but a miracle from God would prevent its collapse.
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