Tuesday, May 4, 2010

When Christianity is Illegal

Al Mohler is reporting that a street preacher in London, England has been arrested. His crime, preaching the Gospel and telling people that homosexuality is sin.

We are living in dangerous times. In an age of so called "tolerance" and "pluralism," the only worldview and belief system that is out of bounds is a Biblical one. In Europe, Christianity is slowing being criminalized. Is the US far behind?

In 2 Timothy 3:1, the Apostle Paul warned "There will be terrible times in the last days." Jesus told us that the world will hate us because it hated Him (John 15:18) and we will face persecution (John 15:20).

What will we do when Christianity is declared illegal? I pray we will remain faithful to the Word of God, not matter the cost.

2 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV) "You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus."

Acts 5:27-32 (NIV) "Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."

29Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! 30The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

May God grant the grace to be as bold as Peter and as faithful as Paul in the face of persecution and opposition.

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