Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hated By All

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake." Luke 21:17

"If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified." 1 Peter 4:14

It is easy to detect a major shift of attitude towards believers in the past two decades. Unfortunately, many believers do not seem to be noticing it. While American believers might know that there are Christians that are being martyred worldwide, the fact that it is not happening here is giving us a sense of false security. Christian persecution in America is slowing enveloping us like the slow advance of an evening shadow across the landscape. That same shadow is rapidly darkening the nations of Europe and Canada which were once strongholds of Christianity. Men can't continually resist and deny the blood of the Crucified One without allowing the land to be enveloped in wicked darkness.

The end time text I mentioned a couple of weeks ago mentioned that men would become fierce. This is found in 2 Timothy 3:3. Paul is basically saying that men will become like untamed savages without the ability to control their wickedness. We are seeing this everywhere around us but may not be recognizing it for what it is. Men will be confronted with truth, but they will ferociously fight against that truth in Christ.

Here are just a few examples:

Christian speech targeted as 'hate'

As you can see from these type of articles that are appearing at a greater frequency, many are becoming more fierce towards God and His church. So what are we to do? Pray harder, love more, and share the love of God found in the triumphant cross of Christ even more. If persecution does come, nothing will happen to a believer that God does not allow for the advancement of the gospel. We simply need to trust Him knowing that these things may happen. Remember, stand fast and fight the good fight. You fight in spiritual realms from the victory of Christ and not for victory!

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