Five Urgent Steps Churches Must Take to Prepare for Persecution

By Tom Gilson Published on September 5, 2017

We’re teetering on the edge, near a tipping point. There’s no more time to delay: American Christianity must prepare for persecution.

Pastors, teachers, bishops and other Christian leaders must recognize that our lives could soon be in for huge, unwelcome changes. As far as I can see, though, most of us are doing business as usual. There are at least five areas of church life in which we need urgently to prepare.

The Approaching Fire

Anti-Christian hostility has been trending upward for at least two decades. All it would take to tip it over into persecution now might be for Christians to get saddled with blame for some major tragedy or uprising. The blame doesn’t need to be accurate. Nero falsely blamed Christians for fires in Rome, and killed many of them for it.

So what can Christians do to prepare? We must pursue normal Christian life, which is good to do in all seasons. But we must do it with eyes open to the day’s new challenges, in five specific areas of church life.

All five are crucial. I’m not presenting them in priority order. Three of them are familiar sermon material; two need further explanation, so I’ll have more to say about them.

1. Unity and Community

Jesus prayed for our unity, and Paul urged us to live accordingly. Pressure makes unity all the more crucial. If your church staff and/or lay leadership is at odds, now is the time to deal with it. We’re going to need each other. (We already do.) Forgiving one another could be great practice for forgiving persecutors!

2. Christian Doctrine

We need to be especially clear on the specific beliefs that are under attack.

The more we find ourselves in the position of asking, “Am I willing to suffer here for what I believe?” the clearer we’ll need to be on what it is we actually believe.

We need to be especially clear on the specific beliefs that are under attack. For example, “Do I really believe Jesus is the one way to God? My friends are telling me that’s arrogant and hateful. How is it possible that there would only be one way, when the world is filled with so many other beliefs? Why should I insist on that being true?”

Or, “Do I really believe marriage is for a man and a woman? Can I explain where I got that belief from, other than my gut reactions or my pastor’s opinion?”

If we don’t have a solid grip on our beliefs, we won’t be able to stand up for them.

3. Reasons to Believe

Christianity’s reputation has tanked. It’s not (entirely) our fault, but it’s a fact. We’re “anti-intellectual,” many say, and “anti-science.” Religious faith is “mindless;” “belief without evidence.” Our religion is nothing better, they say, than a strange, backward devotion to “an ancient holy book,” which we revere for no good reason at all. Our moral positions are have been turned upside-down: we’re “hateful, intolerant, homophobic, transphobic bigots.”

That’s how we’re viewed at the universities, in the entertainment world and across social media.

Thankfully, none of it is true. Not for real Christianity, at any rate. In reality, there are many, many good reasons to believe Christianity is both true and good. The field of apologetics, the study of those reasons, is growing every day. In fact it’s far stronger now than it’s ever been.

Too many people in our churches don’t know there are answers. What they do know is our sorry reputation, and their churches’ silent unwillingness to take these questions seriously.

Too many people in our churches don’t know that. What they do know is our sorry reputation, and their churches’ silent unwillingness to take these questions seriously.

Surveys show that 50 to 80 percent of young people abandon the faith when they leave home for work or college. At least one gold-standard study says the top reason is that their questions about Christianity’s truth and goodness have gone unanswered.

It isn’t just youth. Statistics are easier to find for young people, but I’ve heard from enough adults to know that the questions — and their answers — matter to them, too.

All this has been going on for a very long time. How much more will it be the case, if and when persecution rises? Who would stick with Christianity if they weren’t convinced was both good and true?

We’ve got to give real substantial answers to real, challenging questions.

4. Prayer

In good times or bad, God loves us, He has saved us from sin, and He can save us from trials. We need to pray for our strength, our own witness. Even now, we must pray for those who oppose us. Nothing we do will produce fruit if God isn’t in it.

5. Outreach

The early church grew while under persecution because it wouldn’t quit reaching out. Christianity has grown like crazy under communist rule in China. Underground churches are multiplying today in Muslim countries.

Standing strong is about keeping our mission at the forefront: outward-focused, compassionate, truth-telling.

Standing strong isn’t only about keeping what we have. It’s about keeping our mission at the forefront: outward-focused, compassionate, truth-telling. It’s about looking for every opportunity to show and to explain the truth of the love of God in Jesus Christ. Notice, by the way, how being effective in outreach depends on being united, knowing our beliefs, being able to explain our reasons, and praying for the lost!

Prepare for Persecution — Even If It Never Comes

Which leads to my closing thought: Would preparing in these five areas help us stand strong under persecution? Would it do us good even if persecution never comes? The answer should be obvious.

So I urge you to act on it. Talk to your pastor. Talk to other leaders at your church.

If you are the pastor or a key leader, take responsibility to prepare your people. Their world as believers is already changing drastically, and God only knows how much is yet to come.

You’ve got to get your church ready.

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  • Ken Abbott

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”

    • Charles Burge

      Looking at the positive side, persecution has a history of purifying and strengthening the church. American Christianity could probably use a little of that.

  • Concerned Christian

    Well it might help if Christians stopped thinking that everything is about them being persecuted. Maybe if we actually embraced the Good News, more people in the world may actually find that they want to heed the call of salvation. Good News like:

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    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He has anointed Me
    To preach the gospel to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[a]
    To proclaim liberty to the captives
    And recovery of sight to the blind,
    To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

    “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
    And whatever he does shall prosper.

    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

    Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
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    Christians to me are like the song “You’re So Vain”. We think all of the worlds problems are about us!

    • Tom Gilson

      That’s rather a broad brush you’re painting with!

      • Concerned Christian

        well the name of the article is:

        “Five Urgent Steps Churches Must Take to Prepare for Persecution”

        take a look at the other articles on this site and then look at the comment section.

        What i hear from Christians is fear. Fear that sin will take over the country or fear that God is going to punish us for not taking a stronger stand against sin.

        But our vanity is that in order for me to not fear, you have to not sin. This is the vanity i’m referring to. My answer is that we live and preach the good news. The Good News is all about Love:

        1 John 4:
        18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love

        Do you really believe that fear is not running rampart in the church?

        • Andrew Mason

          Is it fear to be aware of current social trends, and to be disturbed by them? As for fear that God will punish us for failing to take a stronger stand against sin, I think you’re the first to suggest that. Certainly it’s crossed my mind that God will allow the West to implode due to its increasing obsession with confusing sinfulness with righteousness, and vice versa – think Israel and the Babylonians etc, but a possibility isn’t a certainty. Does that make me nervous? Perhaps. Am I cowering under my bed praying for God to stop it? No of course not! As Gilson said, Christianity in China and the Muslim world is exploding so perhaps the West rejecting the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for so long will be a good thing in the long run for Christianity? The key is to be ready whatever the future may hold.

          • Concerned Christian

            I feel like your response is much more muted than this article. But in terms of current social trends, it just dawned on me that the 5 points brought out in this article are all the things that we should have been doing anyway.

            Current social trends are the same as they’ve always been. When I was growing up the big scandal was pre-marital sex, divorce, and “shacking up”. There has always been sin, there will always be sin, so there’s no need to be disturbed and act as if something new is occurring.

            So whether we call it fear, disturbed, or whatever, there’s a level of anxiety in the christian world that’s causing us to act like the world!

          • Andrew Mason

            Not quite sure what you mean by my response being more muted than the article – I address a single issue. I’d generally agree with the points but would raise qualifications. Does unity mean unity of believers, unity of those who call themselves Christians, or unity of those with common goals irrespective of whether they generally consider each other believers e.g. Catholics and Protestants? A firmer foundation on doctrine is important – knowing what is essential, what is important, and what is ‘merely’ right e.g. the nature of baptism. Being able to explain them depends on a person’s nature. I may be convinced of certain things, but I doubt my ability to explain them single-handedly. Elsewhere I’ve suggested that Western Christianity tends to be lite – note I include myself here. It’s easy to go along when people aren’t (usually) trying to blow you up, stone you, behead you, arrest you. or do other unpleasant things to you. Based on what I’ve read Eastern Christians seem to dedicate lots of time to fasting and prayer. They also accept their possible martyrdom. Should the West start adopting similar practices?

        • Kevin Quillen

          the fear in the church is mostly from silly eschatalogical belief. Such as……mark of the beast, rapture, world being destroyed, etc. The “truth” will set you free. The truth is pantelism.

        • Dear person who is concealed behind the pseudonym of Concerned Christian: you said, “Do you really believe that fear is not running rampart in the church?”

          Yes I do. A rampart is “a defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet.” I haven’t heard of fear metaphorically running along the ramparts of any churches. Actually I haven’t seen any churches with ramparts.

          Aside from that, do most of the people have frightened looks on their faces where you go to church? Are they looking over their shoulders in fear as they walk in from the parking lot? Are they wearing disguises in hopes that no one will identify them as Christians? Are the services being held in secret places to avoid detection by anyone who might do them harm?

          I’ve been to many churches, some in different countries. I’ve never seen anything like that. So I “really believe that fear is not running rampant in the church” either. On the other hand, most churches have locks on the doors, fire alarms, insurance, etc. Being prudent is not the same as being fearful.

          • One of my loser recent articles was on holding on to joy in the face of persecution.

            There is fear and there is fear. The word doesn’t mean the same hint in all contexts. The apostle Paul feared for the Galatians church. One can use the word casually to denote awareness that something bad could be happening. Persecution is bad: not for well-established Christians, but for the perpetrators.

            Then there is another group: churchgoers who aren’t well established in their faith. They need doctrine and apologetics, as I wrote here, or there is legitimate fear that they will forsake the Lord.

            As for community, prayer and outreach, do you suppose I rcommendd them out of fear?

            But I do ring the alarm bell of persecution, because I see the church not taking these steps seriously. We need to wake up. I think that’s probably one of the reasons God allows persecution.

          • Christine Wright

            God has never been about quantity, but about quality. Persecution refines the church itself down to quality alone – where it proves fruitful and grows. Persecution of the church is the firey trial of the church.

          • Paul Duca

            And I’m sure you’re wetting yourself just THINKING about it…

          • Concerned Christian

            I meant “Rampant”. 🙂

            But i like the Post from “Hmmm… ”

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            “Bottom line, there should be a big enough outreach underway, the work of the ministry, folks running their race and finishing their course so as to not have time for those who would deter the highest of callings …
            It’s the time when hearing from the Holy Spirit, the guide inside, has come of age, so best to be developing in that now. It’s hard, since it is grossly untaught, but look up the scriptures concerning it and mediate on them. They are strong and clear ”
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          • Dear Concerned Christian:

            It would improve the quality of discussion here if people who say or strongly imply negative things would provide evidence to support their assertations. You asked, “Do you really believe that fear is not running rampart (sic) in the church?” The normal understanding of such a question is that you really believe fear is running rampant in the church.

            A definition of run rampant is: “to be very common or to spread very quickly and in a way that is difficult to control.” My own and many others’ experiences indicate that fear is not running rampant in the church. So I asked four questions to help you provide evidence for what you implied. Instead of answering any of the questions, you ignored them and talked about a different post.

            So I’ll ask the questions again:
            1. Where you go to church, do most of the people have frightened looks on their faces?
            2. Are they looking over their shoulders in fear as they walk in from the parking lot?
            3. Are they wearing disguises in hopes that no one will identify them as Christians?
            4. Are the services being held in secret places to avoid detection by anyone who might do them harm?

            And for good measure, here’s another question:
            5. Do they use pseudonyms, perhaps something like “Concerned Christian,” to hide their identities from people they interact with at church?

            If you fail to provide evidence for your idea of fearful Christians running rampant in the church, I will have to conclude that you are trying to promote an idea which is not true. Even if some people posting here are fearful (which by the way I really doubt), this website is not the church, and it isn’t representative of the church.

          • Concerned Christian

            1. Where you go to church, do most of the people have frightened looks on their faces?

            I used to attend a church, with a very large congregation. That is at least until the pastor stated that we have to vote for Trump, America’s soul is at stake. I watched a lot of TBN during the election and they peddled the same myth. Look at the articles on this site:

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            Five Urgent Steps Churches Must Take to Prepare for Persecution
            Why the Rejection of the Nashville Statement on Sexuality is a Rejection of the Bible
            The Rise of the Left’s Violent, Fascist Antifa
            So, LGBT Activists Do Want to Put Christians in Jail
            The Leftwing Media’s Dangerous and Divisive Lie
            Short History of the Left’s Tech Efforts to Shut Out the Right
            Another Ruthless Attack on a Pro-Family Group
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            Are you really saying that this is not a pervasive view in conservative churches? Conservative Christians constantly peddle the fear that the left, the LGBTQ community, BLM, the media, Muslims, Hispanics, are all out to get them.

            So are 2 – 4 true?

            2. Are they looking over their shoulders in fear as they walk in from the parking lot?
            3. Are they wearing disguises in hopes that no one will identify them as Christians?
            4. Are the services being held in secret places to avoid detection by anyone who might do them harm?

            I would say spiritually they certainly are. How many times do we hear that the church is under attack? How many times do conservatives Christians defend a man who under any other circumstances would be completely unfit to not only be the president, but to even work in the very churches where your membership resides. The reason is simply, PURE fear of the “Other”!

            5. Do they use pseudonyms, perhaps something like “Concerned Christian,” to hide their identities from people they interact with at church?

            I hide my identity because I’m a private person. Also, I wouldn’t do anything to bring division in any church that I attend. If I don’t agree with the Pastor, I would bring it up privately and if I still disagreed, I would leave. I certainly share my opinion with anyone I know. But I do believe that the Pastor is the Pastor and I wouldn’t do anything to undermine their authority in the church.

          • Thank you, Concerned Christian, for not ignoring my questions this time.

            1. Before you said, “Do you really believe that fear is not running rampart (sic) in the church?” That would include all Christians, conservative, liberal, unpolitical, etc. Now you’ve changed it to “Are you really saying that this is not a pervasive view in conservative churches?” In other words you switched the subject from all Christians to conservative Christians.

            And you also now say, “Look at the articles on this site.” However, this site is not the church, as I mentioned above.

            It would really help the quality of discussion if people were consistent and did not “change like shifting shadows” (Jas. 1:17b).

            2 – 4. You said in reference to examples of literal fearful behaviors, “I would say spiritually they certainly are.” Again, you are changing the subject. If you meant fear in a non-literal way, you should have made that clear at the start.

            You also said, once again in reference to conservative Christians rather than the church, “The reason is simply, PURE fear of the ‘Other’!” In other words, you are claiming the ability to see into people’s minds and accurately judge their motives as being wrong and un-Christian. I suggest you heed John 5:22, “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,” and not try to take it on yourself to do the job the Father has assigned into the much more capable hands of the Son.

            5. You said, “I hide my identity because I’m a private person.” Someone could say just like you did, “No, the reason is simply, PURE fear of the ‘Other’!” In other words, they could also claim the ability to judge “the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12b) and truly know your motives. I suspect you would disagree with such an arrogant assumption. See Luke 6:31.

          • Concerned Christian

            1. “In other words you switched the subject from all Christians to conservative Christians.”

            Yes, i did because I was always talking about conservative churches but i was trying to be inclusive and broaden the discussion. However, to be clear, I am talking very, very, specifically about conservative Christians/churches.

            2. “However, this site is not the church, as I mentioned above.”

            James Robison, the founder of the site, is a conservative Christian/Minister. I believe it’s safe to say that the writers on this site are conservative Christians. They all sound like Pat Robertson, John Hagee, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell Jr., who’s an extension of his conservative father. Add in the conservative church that i use to attend plus Christian conservative ministries that I listen to on the radio. Given all of that, I’m pretty certain that this site reflects conservative Christians/churches very accurately.

            3. If you meant fear in a non-literal way, you should have made that clear at the start.

            I didn’t think I would have to. Your definition of fear, is my definition of danger:

            1. Where you go to church, do most of the people have frightened looks on their faces?
            2. Are they looking over their shoulders in fear as they walk in from the parking lot?
            3. Are they wearing disguises in hopes that no one will identify them as Christians?
            4. Are the services being held in secret places to avoid detection by anyone who might do them harm?

            These are all situations of physical danger that a person has to physically protect themselves from. I was referring to:

            1 John 4:18
            Hebrews 2:15

            Also, the Will Smith quote which I really love:

            “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”

            Lastly, I’ll add in Yoda to explain the danger of “non-literal” fear:

            “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

            4. Someone could say just like you did, “No, the reason is simply, PURE fear of the ‘Other’!”

            I really wouldn’t care, everyone on this post can judge me by my words. If you believe that I’m someone that’s afraid, that’s fine. I don’t get into worrying about someone’s perception of me. They have every right to make whatever judgement they like. What someone thinks of me is not relevant, what I think of myself is. I know who I am and Whose I am.

            The reason I started posting is because I’m trying to get a point across that I think gets lost. That message is:

            John 3:16
            Romans 10:9
            Matthew 6:33
            Ephesians 2:10
            Romans 8:37

            I could of course go on and on. If Christians as a whole, not just conservative Christians embraced these and other scriptures, we wouldn’t be debating over this article since It would never have been written in the first place.

    • timeout31

      We are the center. The evil that is roaring and destroying is undeniable! God talks about it often in the Bible. Just look at the divisions, and the persecution. This warfare did not merely start in the last 30 yrs. It has been a war since Adam (and before). It is the war of good vs evil, love vs hate, right vs wrong. What I see today in America is a people bound up, and being devoured by many things, similar to the same days of old (Moses, Noah, the times of Jesus). There is nothing new under the sun. God is the Redeemer and He has provided us with the Savior….and the way to endure persecution. Yes, it is about us. Satan wants us to be destroyed and he uses every means he can think of to facilitate the swift end to all who love God, His Word, and His Son Jesus Christ who died, shed His blood (to cover our sin), defeated the devil, and rose the 3rd day. Of course, it is about us.

      Problem: some people of the book refuse to become aware of the snare. IF a believer refuses to be aware of the snare, they will be unprepared to move away from it….thus they will not be able to defend the faith.

      In my opinion, if a Christian is fearful, then he fits the premise of the article. There is no excuse for the believer to be fearful for anything. If one actually believes God, then he has nothing to fear. But nevertheless, it is about us.

      We are the light. And right now, America is being attacked. What we see with our human eyes, is a symptom. The real war is the spiritual warfare that is widely discussed in the Bible.

      One day God is going to call all the believers out of the earth. The chaos that will follow will be without description. Yes, it really is about us. Praise God for His mercy and love.

  • Charles Burge

    To elaborate on Point #3: Every Christian should take 1 Peter 3:15 seriously. “…honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” You can’t leave that up to your pastor or your church leaders. Everyone needs to have an answer ready for when your neighbor or co-worker asks you. (I once blew such an opportunity, and have often thought about it with regret.) If you feel under-prepared, start by reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

  • Andrew Mason

    Perhaps the Western church should be looking to see how Christians in the persecuted East survive and flourish. Based on recent reading it seems to me that they may be far more committed than those in the West. How often do Christians in the West fast, and what is their prayer life like? Do they pray for a new BMW every other fortnight, or do they spend hours praying for the things close to God’s heart? Do they make their lives a living testament, or are they only Christian at church on a Sunday, if they attend?

    Ironically part of the reason persecution of Christians in the West is so apparent is that when people do live out values, and those values clash with the regressive culture, there’s legal action and worse. There’s also enough freedom of information that sometimes the news gets out – bakeries for instance, of the car bombing of a Christian group.

  • Hmmm…

    Now for something really different …
    Like, be it unto you according to your faith …
    Documented that some people gulp and say oh yes, I am a Christian, and extend their necks … when the knock comes at the door. Then there are some who have already packed up, being prayed up and are following their instructions for their way of escape. Not there for the knock.
    Then there are cases of the persecutors being found frozen in place on the doorstep …
    I kind of think there’s something about an army being raised up, Eph. 6 armor, “In my name” do this, “In my name” do that, a war plan to wrest captives from the devil’s hand and bring them along in the faith, despite the times. Like, if martyrdom is the goal, then that could have been accomplished immediately upon salvation.
    Yes, we should all be prepared to die for the Lord, but living for him is the challenge and gain for kingdom advancement here on this earth since we are being used. But, if your sovereign doctrine precludes you walking in Book of Acts steps, then let’s hope you can trust God to do it all as you say you believe …
    It’s not a good time for a form of religion that denies the power …
    Bottom line, there should be a big enough outreach underway, the work of the ministry, folks running their race and finishing their course so as to not have time for those who would deter the highest of callings …
    It’s the time when hearing from the Holy Spirit, the guide inside, has come of age, so best to be developing in that now. It’s hard, since it is grossly untaught, but look up the scriptures concerning it and mediate on them. They are strong and clear …
    And more along those lines … Daniel 11:32 … but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

    • Concerned Christian

      Spot on! 🙂

  • timeout31

    Very good article. The Holy Spirit is calling the believers to His wisdom and discernment. We must answer the call. A little time in God’s Word every day would be a great help!

  • C R Lord

    If God is impotent instead of omnipotent he couldn’t send a revival. Reality is that he could because we desperately need one.

    Those who live in fear deny the word of God who has made us to be “more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave himself for us.” The Bible warns that “the fear of man brings a snare.” We are commanded to “Be strong and of good courage and be not afraid for THE LORD THEY GOD IS WITH YOU withsoever thou goest.”

    If we are depending on ourselves to weather the storm the storm will overwhelm us. If our life’s focus is on loving and serving God and others I believe we will be prepared for the storm and rise above it. God gave us two commandments that must be obeyed. “Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength” is first and of greatest importance. The second is “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

    The body of Christ in our generation is rightly mocked because we have exchanged the gospel for some watered down and powerless message that cost our Savior everything and costs us nothing. The preaching of the cross is foolish to the skeptic and unbeliever and those who hate truth, but it should be power to us who believe. The ministers of this day need to repent of their slovenly message and seek God’s face for power and authority to preach a convicting and convincing message once again that will transform lives. Until we return to preaching the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD nothing will change.

    • Concerned Christian

      Spot on!

  • bbb

    Thanks for an article that prompts Christians to think, to pray, to stay strong in faith and to follow the inerrant Word of God and works of Christ.
    I saw a Unitarian church the other day with a huge Black Live Matter banner and in my little town with fewer than 10% black people I had to wonder if a lot of churches have become social welfare community organizers. DESPITE God’s word and Christ’s sacrifices this church’s message was a modern catchy bumper sticker.
    The fact that my community is multi-cultural does not matter, the shock-factor of social defiance and rebellion is what the church has elected to focus on.
    Too many social projects that concur with progressive ideas absorb churches these days when the serious message that only through Jesus Christ can one enter the kingdom of heaven is lost in the aura of doing, not being.
    I am watching for a revival, waiting, and seriously would love to see one. Though I used to think churches would lead these revivals now I believe it will be a grassroots movement that sweeps like wildfire through the unchurched and those who have no indoctrination in a denomination that presumes people know Christ and God.
    There are many I have met who left the church of their parents because it was so wrapped up in food drives, coat drives, donations to foreign missions, donations to government projects, donations to United Way and other large organizations. It is not the giving that bothered them, it was a lack of focus on what they needed to hear most: God’s word is true, Christ has forgiven your sins, and you only get to heaven through Jesus Christ.
    Thanks for your article. It is a gentle prompt to think. Refreshing.

  • benevolus

    I would add (6); lock and load. I do not believe in a pacifist church. We need to show love and be winsome, but we must also make it quite clear that if they try to persecute us, the response will not be that of Stephan, but a mass of Christians armed to the teeth with Glocks and AR-15s. Otherwise, we will wind up like the Jews of Europe in the 1940s: in prison or dead. Even Jesus said there was a time for relying on the sword.

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