Christian Persecution in Superpower Nations. Should we Prepare?

We often assume that persecution is only in the developing or third world nations. We also think that the world does not exist outside of our bubble here in the western hemisphere. While we focus on our social media likes, our blog post stats, our utility bills, we are allowing the secular world to bully and push us into submission.

Should we be preparing for this to occur here in the United States? Read the social media comments or editorial pages of major newspapers: The writing is on the wall. Once the Christian population is squandered to such a minute level, the flood gates of hatred towards us will fly wide open.

The United Kingdon

dr davidHey… at least this isn’t the “western western” hemisphere… right?

Dr. David Mackereth was recently let go while training for his new position as a health and disability assessor for the government. The 55 year old medical doctor had 26 years experience working for the NHS.

Why exactly was he terminated?

He had the audacity to identify patients by their biological sex. He told his trainer about his discomfort with this rule, to which the trainer reported him and he was later let go for his stating that he did not feel right identifying patients by the gender they chose.

I had not yet pointed out that Mackereth is a strong Christian simply because I would think even a level headed atheist should be able to identify what is a male or female.

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Mother Russia

bootRussia is such a great Christian nation… right? Vladimir Putin is such a great Russian Orthodox Christian… right?

The newest anti-Christian law has many Russians fearing that the KGB style policing is slowly coming back to the communist nation.

The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament’s upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. [The Christian Post]

The law, which was approved by Putin, bans any evangelical from evangelizing to atheists or people of other faith. This law even trickles down to the home, where evangelizing to people inside of your own residence is strictly forbidden.

What is even more scary is that if you see this occurring and do not report it yourself, you can also face prosecution!

NRB President Jerry A. Johnson further called on the United States government to pressure Russia to repeal what he described as an “unjust law.”

“Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Johnson said. [The Christian Post]

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Conclusion

Not only do we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in these nations, but for all Christians worldwide. If these are truly the end times, these types of persecution will only get worse. The sickest forms of persecution have been hitting the developing world since the beginning of time but we have been blessed enough to not face this in the first world… but this is quickly changing.

I remember when gay marriage was legalized. I was one of those college kids that was all for the legalization, but when I saw what people were saying I quickly realized that I was wrong. On social media people were not excited about the legalization, but the problems that Christians were going to face. I soon realized that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

ropeWe will face persecution in our lives. So far in the western world it has only hit us in our jobs and professional lives. Sure, maybe we have even lost loved ones or friends because we refuse to hide our faith.

What should we do?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

I am not afraid of persecution.. are you?

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Differing on Biblical Topics with Loved Ones

gpaThe bond between a grandson and grandfather is something unlike anything else on earth. I have been blessed with having two grandpas that I dearly respect and had great relationships with.

My one grandfather died last year and was your typical blue-collar GM worker. He loved the unions, American jobs, and especially his Budweiser. I remember his shop on the farm having an Obama yard sign and a Trump yard sign next to each other, symbolizing he voted either Union or NRA and never swayed.

Loyalty to those two groups was his strongest suit. His commitment to his grand kids was also very impressive and honorable. He was with me when I shot my first deer on his property and taught me everything I know about the outdoors. We had a great relationship.

He died on my sister’s wedding day. Being the first death of a loved one for me I found it extremely hard to deal with. Why would God choose to take him on my sister’s wedding day? He sat in his Lay-Z-Boy to take a nap after he took his friend out hunting but never woke up. Being upset at first, I questioned why God would take him so young and healthy, out of nowhere.

But I have grown to think that I would want to go out just the same way! I have seen way too many relatives suffer for years before their painful death and it saddens me to my core. What a blessing it would be to go out during your morning nap!

My grandfather and I (that is still alive) have a very special relationship. Not only do I consider him my best friend, but he is also my mentor with my faith. No man I have ever met reads his Bible more than my grandfather. He can recite passages and have an in depth conversation about any topic in the Bible… which leads me to my blog posting today. How do you lovingly disagree on Biblical topics that you are both so passionate about? How do you lovingly disagree with your Biblical mentor and loved one?

ken hammI am passionate about the young earth theory, but he holds to the gap theory. Not only are we both strong in our beliefs on this, but we are both educated on the subject. I am obviously not nearly as educated as my grandfather, but I can hold my own debating the age of the Earth.

But the biggest disagreement we have is on salvation. I believe in once saved always saved, but he holds to being able to lose your salvation. I believe in predestination but he believes in free will. Calvinism v Arminianism is the greatest theological debate and destroys friendships and families! How do I lovingly disagree with my grandfather?angry daffy duck GIF by Looney Tunes

What an amazing God we worship where we can have so many theological debates and disagreements, but still revolve around the same gospel. We both believe that Jesus Christ died and rose for our sins so that we may be saved and have an eternal life in heaven with God. We both believe that God is three in one; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt in my mind that we will both live our eternities in heaven with our Lord and Savior.

mac sprouThese disagreements can turn south very quickly. We are both determined that we are right and the other is wrong. I love and care deeply for my grandfather, but these disagreements hurt my heart greatly.

I have posted a video link below to a John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul discussion. They are both titans of the modern expository, evangelical movement that has helped shape my views and Biblical viewpoints. I respect both of these men and they had a great, loving relationship. They greatly disagreed on the topic of infant baptism. Sproul agreed, MacArthur disagreed.

 

God bless

 

Dissecting How to Love Like Christ 1 John 4:

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Hello and welcome to the podcast!

-Today we begin by discussing how to witness to loved ones that have fallen in to a false gospel. How do we witness to our loved ones that are neck deep in the word of faith, new age, or prosperity gospel?

-I bring up how I have family members that are not Christian and family members that are caught up in the false gospel. I feel as if we need to approach these two camps the same exact way.

-How do we run and try to save them before they jump off the cliff and are unable to be brought out of the deception? Has God hardened their hearts already?

-Remember how Christ was patient with us. He is still patient! I went 25 years sinning against Jesus Christ without repenting for my wicked ways. We should show this patience with our loved ones, neighbors, and strangers!

-The mega church I used to attend sent an email about their baptism weekend…… it is titled, “WATER WEEKEND” because they are having a water party for the kids as well. BLASPHEMY!

-These discussions tie directly in to the study we do in 1 John. The verses we go over are posted below:

God bless!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:7-14

 

Are we Getting Tired of This Yet?

Tomi Lahren. Ben Shapiro. Back at it again.

 

Yes, it is in fact a basic requirement to be pro – life to be considered a true conservative, especially a conservative titan like Lahren is on social media.

The Achilles heel to Lahren’s popularity among conservatives is her stance on abortion and her pro abortion views. Shapiro has made it clear in the past that he is not a fan of Lahren and has often poked fun at her on his podcast. At least when I used to listen.

Why did I quit listening to his podcast? I feel weird supporting non – Christians and because each day it was the same outrage routine. I get tired of being mad at people because of their political beliefs.

With the recent debates surrounding the chance of Roe v Wade being overturned, it was only a matter of time before Shapiro and Lahren threw jabs at each other again on social media. Below are some highlights of the recent exchange:

Shapiro got into a recent altercation with Candace Owens on Twitter and she used the “conservative thought police” argument against Shapiro, so I am assuming that Lahren saw that nickname from her exchange. This conservative thought police view been a recent argument against Shapiro as he is often viewed as the thought leader among conservative evangelicals and conservative millennials.

She does make a strong point here. Shapiro was definitely anti-Trump during the campaign, but he was not as strongly opposed to Trump as was Glenn Beck. Nonetheless, there have been decent arguments that conservatism would be healthier if Hilary would have become President.

Here is where Lahren makes her weak point:

Abortion has and will continue to be a hotly debated issue in America. It is still a strongly held belief that abortion should be illegal among conservatives and definitely is a belief among evangelicals. Pro Life should be the only viewpoint among evangelicals, but some “Christians” still try and argue the latter. To be pro choice is to really be pro abortion, but that does not sound as nice when trying to debate the viewpoint.

I pray that Lahren and other Christians see the flaws of their views and repent. The view that life is okay to be stopped is utterly inhumane and immoral at every level of the child’s life. The life that God has breathed into us is something that should not be interfered with and certainly not destroyed.

There are also many fans of Shapiro in the Christian world. Sure, his political beliefs are common among millennial Christians, but we should be cautious in holding him up in such high esteem. Take this recent exchange he had on Jesus Christ, for example:

I thought Shapiro was going to have some intellectually thought out response on why he does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, but I was proven wrong. His long, thought out political beliefs have been met with a short, narrow minded view of Christ. Shapiro exposes himself as an uneducated Jewish man on the history of the TRUE Messiah, Jesus Christ.

We all need to pray that his heart and the Jewish people’s hearts will be opened to Jesus Christ and that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and repent, so we can see them in heaven as well. We need to be cautious and loving when witnessing to the Jewish people and express the love that we have for them. It is my understanding that Shapiro works with many Christians, so we should pray that God’s Will is done through them with Ben Shapiro.

God bless

Podcast

Called According to His Purpose – Continued (Election Podcast #2)

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Hello and welcome to the podcast!

Last Tuesday we started our new series based on the decree of the Election and Calvinism in general. Today we are taking a slight detour in our study by adding another piece of text to give us a deeper understanding of what we are studying.

The book that I am adding to our study is Biblical Doctrine by John MacArthur. This is a very deep book covering a vast amount of different Biblical topics, spanning almost 1000 pages. The section we will be using for this Tuesday podcast is titled, ‘The Decree of Election”.

This section of the book is going to give us a very deep understanding of where John MacArthur is coming from in his belief of the Election and Bible passages to back the belief up.

Today we research the passages Ephesians 1 :4-6 and Romans 8 :28-30.

…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

We go over the passages we did on last Tuesday’s podcast, but much more in depth. I also discuss my experience drinking straight cod liver fish oil and try to tie it in to salvation.

God bless!