“The only real threat (to the church) is surrender – caving to cultural, legal, and political forces demanding conformity. The church can and will survive persecution. It will not survive faithlessness. This is both a theological and historical truth.
Defiance, however, means more than merely ensuring that your church or school doesn’t change its policies. It means more than still donating to your church even if the day comes when you can’t deduct the contribution. It means a willingness to lose your job, your prosperity, and the respect of your peers. It means saying no every time you are compelled to applaud or participate in the sexual revolution. It means standing beside fellow Christians who face persecution or job loss – not just shaking your head and thinking, “There, but for the grace of God…” It means having the courage to proclaim an opposing message – even during mandatory diversity training, even when you fear you might lose your job, and even when you’re terrified about making your mortgage payment. And through it all, it means being kind to your enemies – blessing those who persecute you.
But being kind to one’s enemies does not mean surrendering to them.
In the book of First Kings, Elijah faced a wave of persecution and mortal danger beyond anything any American has faced on American soil. He felt alone – terrified that all was coming to an end. He declared to God, “I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” God’s response echoes through the ages: No, Elijah was not alone. He had reserved 7,000 in Israel who’d never bowed to Baal.
God will always preserve his people. All we have to fear are our own buckling knees.
–David French, National Review
Being deliberately undiscerning and indifferent is not the answer. We are commanded to proclaim God’s truth in season and out of season, when it is well received and even when it is not (2 Timothy 4:2).
We love people into the Kingdom by proclaiming the Truth and staying off that bandwagon everyone is so quick to hop on so they remain relevant. That bandwagon is headed over a cliff. There is no way to remain faithful to the gospel without being an offense to the world, those proclaiming otherwise aren’t interested in the truth. It isn’t a battle to see who has the best argument or who can scream the loudest. False messages outnumber the truth 100:1 right now, but it doesn’t mean they are correct. Instead of wringing our hands in despair, it’s time for the church to buck up and stand on the Word and what we already know. If we aren’t sure what it says, we need to park ourselves in it until we are.
Take away the Truth with a capital ‘T’ and all you have left is ever-changing feelings driven by popular opinion. And this is the ‘brave’ way to live? No. There’s nothing brave about being a sheep. What’s brave is standing by your convictions when the winds of change come and sweep everyone else away.
The road is darkening and the road is narrowing. Jesus said it would. We must remain faithful. Love those who persecute you, but don’t cave to their demands.The Truth is worth fighting for, speak it in love. THATS how love wins.
“There is no way to remain faithful to the gospel without being an offense to the world, those proclaiming otherwise aren’t interested in the truth.”
So so true……I agree 100% with what you have written. A much needed reminder of what we need to do as God’s people. The story you shared of Elijah really hits home. God is watching over us no matter how crazy things get.
The road is darkening indeed and the road is narrowing but we must remain true to the Lord. We must make His word the ultimate truth in our lives……This is so relevant right now!
Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Blessings
God bless you….
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We are in perilous times indeed. This post really spoke to me and I believe we need to be reminded what is really important in these crazy times! This is a very relevant word today……
Timely, relevant and a call to faith filled courage.
You are so right in that those opposed don’t want to know the truth. I have found already the more I stand in boldness the nastier the replies. Help us Jesus to stay strong in You. Very timely article.
There is a sinister threat that is being spread abroad that simply believing what the Bible says and proclaiming the gospel is persecution against others, specifically homosexuals, atheists, and evolutionists. This invalid accusation is being used to charge Christians with persecution and silence them, all the while it is the Christians who are being persecuted for their faith and their adherence to the Word of God. We do live in a time of great foreboding, but as believers in Christ we have the victory no matter what because of our gracious God and Savior. God bless us.
Spot on. We can get really unbalanced I think worrying about it all or on the flip side, not addressing things at all. We need to face things, but always with the confidence that our victory has already been won. 🙂 Blessings
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There is no question that we are in perilous times and we must stand tall, stand bold, and persevere, at all costs. The Holy Spirit is our power to finish the race without caving in to the edics of the day. .
Agreed! Thank you!
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