Christians are being ignored and marginalized in America, ridiculed in industrialized nations, driven underground and persecuted in multiple countries, and slaughtered by militant terrorists and rogue regimes in Africa and Southeast Asia.
The first church attacked was St. The bomb that exploded in Tanta killed at least 27 people.
In Egypt going to worship in a Christian church is risky business. On any given Sunday a service of praise and adoration could turn into a day of persecution and annihilation.
The second one is, of course, secular humanism. Remember this, that whatever we do, we must never ever compromise the fact that there is no name under heaven given to man by which they must be saved other than Jesus.
Early Christian Persecution
I agree with Dr. Youssef, but in America the persecution of Christians has not yet expressed itself in physical maltreatment, but in Christians losing their jobs because they have articulated their faith or chosen to live out their faith.
For example, Dr. Eric Walsh and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran lost their jobs because they dared to express their biblical views on traditional marriage.
Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington florist, has been sued because she refused to compromise on her Christian convictions and fears she will not be able to live out her faith without government punishment or interference.
I also recently read about a young university student named John who was assigned to write an opinion piece. The professor was annoyed that John claimed the support of the Bible for his views.
Some of you reading this may think I have some kind of persecution complex, but I do not. I have never expected the Christian life to be a picnic.
Jesus never said the Christian life would be all honey and no bees, no work and all ease. In fact He said quite the opposite. The New Testament portrays Jesus as preparing his disciples for the reality of persecution from the very early parts of his ministry.
Consider what he taught, for example, in Matthew Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you NASB.
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