As Christians today we find ourselves with minority status
in a culture that is determined to homogenize all religions into a pagan
philosophy. While most people are horrified at the ethnic cleansing that
has taken place in some nations, they seem to think that it's alright to
negate the fundamentals of the Christian faith; in the name of pluralism,
and reduce it to nothing more than another powerless world religion.
Christians love peace, as Paul admonished: "As much as in you
liveth, be at peace with all men." (Romans 12:18) Christens seek the welfare
of others, regardless of their religion. We do no harm to our enemies,
but pray for them, and try to return good for evil. So we as the question:
"Why, of all religious people, are Christians targeted for ridicule, persecution
and eventual elimination?
We believe the Reason is:
1). The Christian faith is exclusive. Christ said, "No one come
to the father but by me." (John 14:7) The apostles declared, "Neither is
there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) Jesus said, "And this
is the life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus
Christ whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)
Those who uphold these claims are labeled as BIGOTS, IDIOTS, INTOLERANT,
NAZI, HOMOPHOBIC, INTOLERANCE and etc., they are constantly under attack
in the media by Jews, Muslims and others. Many noted evangelists and church
leaders, to escape such criticism, now say that there are, after all, other
means of salvation, which, if true would make the Christian faith redundant
and of no value. But men that proclaim this non-Biblical stance, men such
as; Jim Bakker (Jew), Mike Evans (Jew), Billy Graham (Jew), Kenneth Copelan
(Jew), Robert Schuler, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Jerry
Falwell (A so-called Christian Zionist), John Hagee, V.W. Grant, Larry
Buricett, Paul Crouch, Skip Heitzig, Hal Lindsey (Jew), Chuck Missler,
Mark Eastman, David Hocking, Jack Van Impe, Binny Hinn (Jew), Frank Peretti,
Chuck Smith, Toni Eareckson Tada, Tom Cloud, Ted Bachr, John McDowell.
2). According to Christ all sin is under condemnation. All have
sinned, and unless forgiven on God's terms, will ultimately suffer the
punishment of final death. Such forgiveness requires repentance, baptism,
belief and admission that Christ is Lord and Savior. No other religion
has as part of its doctrine a day of judgment and final destruction of
those who reject God. Therefore, the Christian faith cannot be combined
with any of the other religions to form a synthesis of a one world religion.
3). Christ demands repentance and a change form the practice of
sin in order to be forgiven. The homosexual (Queer) community knows that
as long as Christians are free to speak we will label them as evil, just
as God does, and will try to protect the children form their damnable influence.
Hence they militantly oppose Christians and any church that stands for
4). By His Death, Burial, and Resurrection Christ upstaged all
the religious leaders of the world, and gave proof of His claim that God
has given Him all authority in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18) If
Christ has all authority, then none is left for the Talmud of the Jews,
for the Koran of Islam, or for the book of Mormon.
His claim leaves nothing but to either acknowledge Him as Lord
or to live in rebellion against Him. To confess Him to be Lord is to admit
that He is to be obeyed. It also means that we will not commit ourselves
to the world leader to support their plans to build a world-wide Babylon,
or New World Order.
Ultimately the question is whether one will serve God or the state.
In ancient Rome the officials didn't care how many gods one worshiped,
as long as his final allegiance was to the Emperor. When Christians put
Christ before the state, with allegiance only to Him, it was seen as treason,
and worthy of death, so that they were hunted down and put to death in
the cruelest manner. Today the state has become god to a vast number of
citizens, including many church members who seek the approval of the world
and the security which the state promises. The time will come when even
some who profess to be Christian will look upon the faithful disciples
of Christ as radicals and enemies of society.
5). Evangelism is an integral part of the Christian way. It was
Christ who told the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations.
(Matthew 28:19-20) It is the clear teaching of Christ that all who are
not reconciled to God through Him are without hope. It is not possible
to be a Christian and still be silent concerning this truth. Once a person
realizes that the only way to have eternal life is through Christ, he is
compelled by a fervent compassion, as well as a sense of duty, to warn
those who are still unforgiven and thus in mortal danger of dying in that
condition. To refuse to do so is not only disobedience, but it indicates
that either one doesn't believe Christs' message, or he is shamefully unconcerned
with the fate of his fellow man.
The implications of this message are not welcome to the unbelievers
and consequently they are opposed to any evangelistic efforts. They say
that Christians should shut up about our faith and just keep it to ourselves.
Many Judeo-Christians churches have yielded to this pressure, and now "market"
the church as an activity and entertainment center with show-time" every
Sunday morning. Faith is presented as a means to improve one's image, raise
one's self-esteem, and help one reach a goal of worldly success, influence,
and happiness. Instead of calling for repentance and obedience as did Christ
and the apostles, the sinner is told to "invite Christ into your heart."
Churches are building huge assemblies, without bringing people to humble
obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In view of the hostility of the Christian faith and the effort
to reduce it to the level of the other world religions, our task is clear.
In praying for His disciples Christ said, "I pray not that thou shoddiest
take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil
one...Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth. As thou didst send
me into the world even so sent I them into the world." (John 17:15, 17-18)
To "sanctify" means to "set apart." We are to saturate our minds with the
truth, that we may be able to stand firmly and decisively on that which
God has revealed. We are not to be like the world around us, but to be
lights for that world. "That you may become blameless and harmless children
of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you are seen as lights in the world, holding for the word of
life." (Phil. 2:15-16)
It is the truth of the gospel, the good news revealed by Jesus
that changes hearts and minds, and through these, whole nations. The lies
of pagan religions can be displaced only by the truth found in the revealed
scripture. This doesn't mean that one has to become an erudite Bible scholar
with a solution to every puzzling verse of scripture. We don't understand
every verse in the Bible and we don't know anyone who does. We are still
learning, and at our age, We are sure there are not enough years left to
learn it all. But we do understand that Christ is the Son of God, in fact,
is God Himself, and that He died and rose again, that God made Him Lord
of us all, and that there is an appointed day in which God will judge the
world in righteousness by Christ "whereby he has given assurance to all
men in that he has raised him from the dead." (Acts 17:31)
We must stop relying on an ordained Judeo-Christian clergy to
get this message across. The truth does not depend on skilled oratory or
entertaining sermons. It can be told by anyone who has come to know it,
and once proclaimed, the gospel takes care of itself. Paul said it is "the
power of God unto salvation."But it has little power as long as it is restricted
to a thirty-minute display inside a church building once a week.
The promotion of "pluralism" and "multiculturism" gives believers
in Christ an opportunity to present a well defined contrast between the
Way of Christ and the ways of the world's religions.
Peter and John were thrown into jail for preaching the crucified
and risen Christ, and when they were released they were charged not to
speak any more in the name of Jesus. But when they met with their company
of believers and noted how the scripture had been fulfilled concerning
the opposition to their message (Psalm 2:1-2), note what they prayed for.
"And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant unto thy servants
to speak thy word with all boldness." (Acts 4:29) No fear: No anxiety.
Just the desire to make known the truth of the Christ.
Later, Peter was to write: "But sanctify in your hearts Chris
as Lord being ready always to give answer to every man that asks you a
reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:
having a good conscience; that, wherein you are spoken against, they may
be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ." (1 Peter
Paul's word to all who face opposition and persecution for their
faith is: "But, in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him that loved us." (Romans 8:37)
We must be in a position to respond to every act
of opposition by war with the neighbors of that country which dares to
oppose us; but if these neighbors should also venture to stand collectively
together against us, then we must offer resistance by a universal war...In
a word, to sum up our system of keeping the governments of the goyim in
Europe in check, we shall show our strength to one of them by terrorist
attempts and to all, if we allow the possibility of a general rising against
us, WE SHALL RESPOND WITH THE GUNS OF AMERICA OR CHINA OR JAPAN. (Protocol