Commentary By: Gordon King
When push comes to shove, government officials declare that Christianity is obtrusive and offensive, claiming that those practicing the faith will face fines and punishment! This is true around the world, and even here in America.
Christian bakers, those hosting weddings, and many churches and pastors have been the victims of such persecution from the government and the secular world. Many have faced paying exorbitant fines, and have lost their jobs and businesses.
Just how far off are we from seeing government officials telling pastors, churches, and those practicing Christianity, what we can say and can’t say? How long before Christians in America and the West are told that if we speak out against immoral values, then we will face fines, punishment, and imprisonment?
If Christians stand firm in their faith, if we follow the teachings of Jesus and scripture, then we must hold on to what God has told us to be the truth. And when the world views Christians as being hateful and intolerant, then what follows suit is the persecution of believers!
If the government can and will persecute Christians for not supporting gay marriage, for not taking part in their sinful lifestyle, then just how much longer before they tell us that we cannot even speak the truth regarding the sin in the world?
We are soon headed for the censorship of the church, for the censorship of believers not only in the world, but in America and the West! Censorship in worship, censorship on the internet, and even censorship among fellow believers.
I sense it coming my friends! When a person of faith in Jesus Christ is not allowed to say that gay marriage is immoral and an abomination to God. When we tell the world that God has set a standard for us to live by. That not all things are good things, and that we should follow the laws of God! When we continue to say that abortion is wrong and is murder of the unborn, when we say that sexual relations outside of marriage is fornication, and that it and adultery are sins. When we continue to spread the news that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and that He is the only true God of the universe!
When believers spread the good news, we will be persecuted for it. This is coming, and it is already present in our military, thanks to Michael L. Weinstein!
Whatever happens, whatever comes, and it is coming, then know that following Christ and His teachings is the right thing to do! Know that we will be persecuted for our faith and beliefs in Jesus Christ.
Hold fast to the truth, stand firm in your faith, and let the courage and strength of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shine in and through your life!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!