If You Haven’t Been Wounded, You’re Not in the Battle
By Rob Pue
Are you under attack? Does the world hate you? If you’re a Christian, I mean. The sheer intensity of the hatred toward Christians — and the hostility of the attacks – is hotter and meaner now than I have ever seen it. If you haven’t suffered any attacks personally, in this day and age, I would suggest you carefully examine your heart as to just how serious and effective you have been with your faith. Is it REAL faithfulness to God? Or it just for show?
As conservative Christians, with a Christian, Conservative worldview, our opinions and the ideas we present are sensible, thoughtful, based on Scripture, even quite scientific and educated. Yet the “other side,” those who oppose us so strongly, portray us as a bunch of ignorant, intolerant, uneducated morons who are so arrogant we constantly force our “religion” down the throats of everyone else. Of course, we are also called “hateful bigots,” “war mongers,” “homophobes,” “hypocrites,” and many other things.
Where is this coming from? Actually, it is coming from just about everywhere. We would expect the atheists, secular entertainers and movie stars — and especially the new Socialist, “Progressive” Leftists to hate us. But today, the vicious attacks are coming from even those we’d never expect: everyday people, our co-workers, school teachers, factory workers, college students, healthcare workers, police, firemen, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers.
There was a time when it was a GOOD thing to be a Christian in America. Young women sought out a “good Christian man.” Young men hoped to marry a “nice Christian girl.” The Bible was called “The Good Book.” Church was a place of reverence and worship. Christianity was the cornerstone of a solid family and a moral society.
In those days, it was sort of hard to relate to the words of Jesus in Matthew 10 when He said, “All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end shall be saved.” Or from John 15, “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.” It was hard to imagine being so dreadfully hated for being a Christian back then (which wasn’t that long ago)… Maybe a small minority of the world hated us back then. But today, if you let it be known you belong to Jesus, the world will give you “both barrels.”
And now, so many regular church-goers just keep their faith to themselves. As the militant LGBT and “transgenders” have “come out of the closet,” these timid church-goers have happily taken up residence inside. Better to keep one’s mouth shut than to rock the boat.
In 2001, (nearly 2 DECADES AGO NOW), Thomas Horn of Worthy News Service reported on the growing intensity of hatred of Christianity in the United States. At that time, he wrote:
“According to some experts a pattern is emerging reminiscent of Jewish persecution in post war Germany. ‘Isolation of, and discrimination against Christians is growing almost geometrically,’ says Don McAlvany in The Midnight Herald. ‘This is the way it started in Germany against the Jews. As they became more isolated and marginalized by the Nazi propaganda machine, as popular hatred and prejudice against the Jews increased among the German people, wholesale persecution followed. Could this be where the growing anti-Christian consensus in America is taking us?”
Horn went on to describe the escalation of anti-Christian attitudes in the United States, citing police officials forbidding Christians to hand out Bible tracts on Halloween, the Freedom From Religion Foundation having free reign in public schools across the country to pass out literature such as their booklet, “You can Be Good without God,” the vilification of Christianity in the entertainment industry. He noted the FBI branding Christian conservatives as hate mongers and potential terrorists. I might add — since then — the persecution of Christian ministries and businesses by the IRS and activist judges.
Today, it seems every area of our culture is specifically predisposed to vilify, condemn and ridicule Christians. Under Obama, it was drilled into our heads that “America is not — and never was — a Christian nation,” and our Department of Homeland Security labeled Christians as “homegrown terrorists.” Activist judges consistently rule against Christian symbols in public, bullying individuals and communities into secular compliance. Not to mention those same judges ruining the lives and livelihoods of Christian business people who choose to honor God’s laws rather than cowtow to the LGBT tsunami. Today we have school children forced to sing songs about Allah at Christmastime, while the name of Jesus must never be uttered.
Yes, like the Nazi propaganda machine that doomed the Jews in Germany, America has its own propaganda machine, and it’s running out of control. It is said that if you repeat a lie often enough, eventually even the liar will believe it to be true. So, today, we have people we would never expect standing on the side of the God-haters. And the words from the 2001 news article reverberate in our ears today:
“This is the way it started in Germany against the Jews. As they became more isolated and marginalized by the Nazi propaganda machine, as popular hatred and prejudice against the Jews increased among the German people, wholesale persecution followed…”
After 20 years of anti-Christian propaganda, American Christians are now more isolated, more marginalized, and MOST have become extremely timid, and sadly apathetic about their faith — if they have any REAL Christian faith at all. For it has now come to pass that even our CHURCHES have bowed the knee to the progressive Leftists that have seized power in our government, news media, public schools and libraries, the entertainment industry in all its forms — — everywhere we turn the indoctrination and dumbing down of our culture just increases daily… Yes, even in our churches, where pastors refuse to preach the whole counsel of God, once again, bowing the knee to the opinions of the culture so as to remain well liked and popular — certainly NOTHING controversial would ever be allowed to be spoken of in most any Christian church today.
The Scriptures are mocked, derided, and discounted as “hate speech.” The anti-Christian propaganda machine in America is very effective, turning even our friends, families and neighbors against us. Will not wholesale persecution certainly follow? History repeats itself, even in places you never thought it could. But then again, if I told you, just a few years ago that a growing majority of Americans would today be in favor of trashing our Constitution in favor of full-out socialism, would you ever have believed it?
How did we end up in this situation? Compromise. Bible-teaching churches compromised with the world. We changed the message of the Gospel from one of “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” which led into the doctrines of repentance and faith in Jesus’ shed blood for the saving of our souls, to a simple “Jesus Loves You, this I know — no matter what. No faithfulness, and certainly no repentance necessary. Just come as you are…. Jesus is ‘cool’ with that.” You see, today, VERY few will speak the truth about such things as sodomite marriage or injecting young children with hormones to help them “transition” to the opposite sex, or the indoctrination of VERY young minds with “Drag Queen Story Time,” or, I might add, the embracing — not just of abortion at all stages of a pregnancy — but now actual INFANTICIDE of babies AFTER they have been born. Because they don’t want to be called “hateful bigots,” simply for having common sense and a conscience, and sharing what God’s Word says about any particular issue.
Today the world sees true Christ-followers as hateful bigots because THEY have been fed the erroneous information that “Christians are supposed to love everyone,” and so we must never question anything, or God forbid, dare mention the word “sin.” Today, even church-goers are more accepting of the words of satanist Aleister Crowley: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” That concept is just SO MUCH MORE PLEASANT than that old, dusty Bible stuff!
This false love gospel has been spread far and wide by false teachers who should know better. They’ve all become quite wealthy and famous, so I don’t need to name names. You know who I’m talking about. 2nd Timothy 4:3 told us:
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
And so, we have. There’s no shortage of teachers and preachers in our country today who simply say what the people want to hear. And make no mistake: they are EXTREMELY popular. Wolves in sheep’s clothing, indeed. These are not courageous men and women of God. These are people-pleasers and money-makers and they’re leading millions down the broad road to destruction. And they know it, but prefer to line their pockets at the expense of millions of souls that are being SO woefully deceived. Perhaps the saddest part, is this false theology these famous preachers spew has now also permeated most of the seminaries as well… so one is now hard pressed to find a true body of God-honoring, Christ followers anywhere anymore.
The pastors of pre-World War II Germany were preaching similar seeker-friendly, social justice messages, being used as pawns in the Nazi propaganda machine. Adolph Hitler privately referred to them as “Useful Idiots.” They were useful in that they were dumbing down the populace for him, indoctrinating the people with a false gospel that served his purposes. I dare say that history is repeating itself today, and the ear-tickling false teachers in our local churches and on national broadcasts are now the Useful Idiots to the new world order regime of the “Progressive” Leftists, and other agents of darkness we are not even aware of yet.
If you’re a Christian in America today, please ready yourself for the battle to come. Because this is not going away. Many think we’re immune to persecution. But I see nothing in Scripture to indicate that the followers of Christ will be immune from persecution or kept from harm. For centuries, we were free here in this country, and Christianity held in high esteem, the foundation of our schools, our universities, our government, and our homes. But now that we have turned aside to the false teachings of the ear-ticklers, and since we did not consider it worthwhile to stand up for our Savior, but rather turn a blind eye while He was kicked out of public institutions and scorned by His enemies, now we, too, must expect the persecution our brothers and sisters in Christ have endured in foreign lands for centuries. Of course, the persecution will ONLY come to those who are God’s TRUE children — the Remnant believers that are still faithful throughout this land. The devil will not bother with the Institutional Churches — he already has them on his side.
So be on guard. Educate yourself in the Scriptures. Don’t be deceived by the false teachings that abound in our churches today. Remember 1 Timothy 4:1:
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils.”
And Mark 13:22 warns:
“…false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible.”
Bible-believing Christians are now seeing REAL and SERIOUS persecution from the God-hating world as well as the false converts and the deceived who call themselves “Christians” but are really not “of us,” (1 John 2:19). It can be very hurtful to have a professing brother or sister in Christ condemning you because you are standing strong on the TRUE Word of God, but remember Jesus’ words and CONTINUE, with all diligence, to stand strong:
“All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end shall be saved.”
And finally, those of us who intend to “stand firm to the end,” must continue to speak up, to voice our opinions, to oppose the ungodly wherever they appear. Yes, we should speak the truth in love, not in arrogance, but we must never cease to speak the truth. We’re in this spot today because too many cowardly Christians rolled over and let the ungodly have more and more ground. We have not been good stewards of the faith. We have NOT been salt and light. The Bible says salt that has lost its savor is useless and no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. And so, this is where we find ourselves now: thrown out and trampled underfoot.
It is time we WAKE UP now, out of our apathetic stupor and UNDERSTAND that this is a SPIRITUAL battle we are in and the enemy of our souls is out to destroy us. He is especially vicious when it comes to attacks on our children, marriages and families — and anyone who is now TRULY following Christ, WILL suffer persecution. But wear your battle scars as a badge of honor. And if you do not already HAVE MANY battle scars, it’s TIME NOW for you to get out of your seat and into the streets! Don’t bury or waste your “talents.” But rather engage them. OCCUPY until He returns. Be in the Word DAILY, put on the full armor, pray without ceasing, be bold as lions as you confront the darkness in the culture all around us and NEVER give in to the abomination of popular culture or worldly opinions. And remember, if you’re doing His will, you WILL be wounded, perhaps many times. But our Father in heaven goes before us and is IN us. Yes, we KNOW “who wins in the end,” but it is OUR job to get busy and win some of these spiritual battles RIGHT NOW. Because the very souls of our children and grandchildren DEPEND on what WE decide to do today.