Hello Everyone. I pray you are all well.
churches around the world have set apart the month of November to
remember and pray for the persecuted church through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Since
November is upon us, I wanted to interrupt the series regarding
marriage and draw attention to the persecuted church, aka. "The Beaten Bride of Christ" which is barely an afterthought for many Christians today.
receive emails from a a number of different resources. Among them are
The Voice of the Martyers, Gospel for Asia, Open Doors Ministry, and
Christian Aid. Let me tell you, we need to pray for the persecuted
church around the world. There is coming a day when we will face
persecution in this country the likes of which we have never known.
an American Christian culture we get concerned when a song is repeated
too many times or the service runs past noon or maybe if someone sits in
our seat. And don't dare challenge our religious rituals or even the
scriptural relevancy of our beliefs. Many Christians who don't get hung
up on that stuff still live in blissful ignorance of the number of
people around the world that are dying for the things that we take for
granted. Many of the great men and women of the bible died defending
the Christian faith. Many unknown men and women of faith are dying
every day standing on the name of Jesus.
that God is calling the church to get down to the business of the Gospel
here in America and stop trying to please all the people that aren't
really interested in true Christianity. Jesus said that if we are truly
following his commands, obeying him, spreading the Gospel that we WILL
make enemies. Even here in America. We WILL be hated. We WILL be
persecuted. So if we are not experiencing this then perhaps we should
re-evaluate our obedience.
I don't mean to sound like
I'm fussing but this is a serious issue that I believe needs a serious
tone. There are enough voices out there babying the mediocre,
self-centered, lukewarm, half-asleep Christian culture. These voices
are spoon feeding a milk-laden, man-centered Gospel that does nothing to
glorify God. Instead of challenging the church with the serious meat
of the word that will cause them to have growing pains but will cause
them to mature, they are singing them lullaby's of Good News, grace
without law, that makes them aware of having nothing more than fire
I am aware of many professing
"Christians" who are out there sitting under sound teaching and are
still choosing to ignore the teachings and warnings of their Pastors.
They are biblically ignorant and happy to remain that way. If they
read the whole bible over and over they would come to a realization that
much of what they believe doesn't hold water. If they would come to
church and their bible reading earnestly seeking to know what God says
and not looking for whatever will reinforce their beliefs and forgetting
the rest, they might actually grow.
I believe that God
is giving America a call to arms spiritually. In a country where
Pastors are being thrown in jail on shaky grounds, based on shallow
complaints surrounding assembly and discipline of children, we need to
get ready. In a country where people are told that they can't stand on a
street corner and proclaim the Gospel or they might be arrested, to say
nothing of the persecution that already exists in some countries
surrounding the subject of homosexuality, we need to get ready. No
longer can we sit idly by and keep quiet. We will be tested.
encourage you to check out some of these sites listed at the beginning.
It will open your eyes to a whole big world that is not friendly to
Christianity. It will make you all the more grateful for the freedom
you have here in America, for now. And, perhaps it will cause you to
ask God to help you get more serious about obedience to Christ in your
own life and to begin to pray for those who are suffering or dying daily
for their obedience. If you think you are not guilty of this, don't kid yourself. This may seem harsh but the truth is, the majority of American Christianity, does not spend a lot of time thinking about the persecuted church. I am writing this and I believe I could do better. So don't allow your callous ignorance to continue.
Make a change today and choose to live a life worthy of the Gospel.
In Jesus name.