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by Lynn Sheldon
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Dear friends, donít be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)

When I look at the suffering around the world, I wonder how it must feel to suffer so much for so long. People around the world live to survive. They have no hope. No one who really cares. They are disposable.

Dictators do not allow for upward mobility. They have no hope to ever have gain in their lives. They suffer and few care.

Today, I see this kind of suffering coming to America. Why? Because those who will be in power do not like the American dream. They do not want to see morality rule or Christians have the freedom to share their faith. They only want their riches and their power. Everyone else must suffer under the weight of taxes, higher prices, and immorality.

Those who want power, speak like Communists. I thought I heard it all today, when one of their leaders said they want to add a windfall profitís tax to peopleís retirement. Windfall profitís tax for a lifetime of work and the rewards for planning ahead and investing in this country and its businesses?

This is just one of many hundreds of taxes proposed by these people. Taxes on the wealthy, taxes for global warming, the fairness tax, taxes on your taxes. I guess what I am trying to say is this the day of upward mobility is over. The tax system will see to this.

But something even more sinister is coming upon us. Hedonism in the highest form is about to become mainstreamed. And the church, itís about to go underground. What am I talking about?

Those who desire power are promising gay marriage and civil rights protections for homosexuals. These bills will only embolden an already radical people. Today, those who speak out against these are chastised. They are considered intolerant, bigots and haters. When the homosexuals finally have the weight of a willing government behind them, the church will suddenly find itself on the run, as radical members plant their spies in churches across the country. They will do this in hopes to hear a preacher speak about homosexuality, or some other form of perverted sin. And when they do, the planted spies will file lawsuits and possible jail time for those who dare speak out.

Children, as early as kindergarten, will be taught about homosexuality. They will be told it is not only equal but superior to heterosexuality. The words mother and father will become politically incorrect. Once these people receive civil rights protection and gay marriage, there will be no stopping their invasion into our schools.

For instance, the abstinence teaching that is going on now will be turned upside down. Abstinence will be laughed at and impugned. In its place, pickles and cucumbers as condom and other perverted sexual training too evil to mention will be introduced to our children under the guise ďthey are going to do it anyway.Ē

Christians, who hold to the basic truths will be lambasted and threatened by a newly emboldened group of individuals. The liberals love it when one group pits itself against another. They are all about dividing and conquering. So, to give homosexuals the court system and government as their protectors, there will be no stopping their efforts to silence the church and throw grandma under the bus.

And donít think you will be able to save your children from this teaching. New laws will make all home schooling illegal, if you do not have a teacherís license. In addition, students will be taught they do not have to listen to their parents. And the US will likely adopt the UN's attitude that parents have no right to teach their children their beliefs. Children must find their beliefs on their own. And donít think you will find relief in our court system. Once they are able to appoint one or two more judges to the Supreme Court, nothing will remain sacred, except hedonism and ungodliness.

Farfetched. Not at all. Certain states, in our country are already adopting some of these ideas. In addition, just look around the world. Most countries suffer under these. Freedom of religion is not to be found in most of them. Yes, the compromising church will remain. It will continue to present a happy gospel. It will continue to teach people how they can be better people. They will not be in danger, because they do not teach about sin anyway.

However, the true church, the Philadelphia churches of our day will suffer greatly. Pastors will be hauled off. Harsh fines will be levied. Their tax-exemptions will be removed. They will be told they cannot teach from certain passages of the Bible. Religious programming will be removed from the airwaves or so watered down it will serve no purpose other than pure entertainment.

Yes, we are about to suffer for our faith. The question is are we ready? This is not something that will take place ten years from now. It will be ushered in with blitzkrieg speed. You will go to bed one night, serving the Lord in freedom. And the next day, you will be wondering what happened to your country.

The Word says, we will suffer as Christ suffered. Suffering will separate the wheat from the chaff. It will prove who is the true believer, as our faith, finances and liberties crumble under the weight of hedonism, anti-capitalism and a nation gone mad with power.

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