06 Jul “Christian Persecution in the USA?”
Christian Persecution in the USA?
Yes, a different kind of persecution, but oh, so very real!
The California State Assembly has passed a resolution telling pastors to affirm homosexuality, in violation of their Biblical beliefs. They expect this bill to pass on July 3. Yes, this is in California, not Colorado. But, 18 other states are standing in line to enact the same bill! I have little doubt that Colorado will also attempt to pass this same kind of legislation.
Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California, posted a new church sign in early January. A portion of the sign read, “Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.” Shortly thereafter, Pastor Hoke was pressured into resigning the church. Some have offered to help the pastor financially, since he has lost his “job.” He refused, only requesting that he would be able to continue to preach.
Another new law in California, AB 2943, would make it illegal to do “reparative counseling.” This means it would be illegal to counsel people to return to Biblical standards of sexuality if they have strayed and are practicing a homosexual lifestyle.
How shall we respond to these challenges as a Christian community that holds to the truth that God’s Words are 100% true?
- We had better pray for pastors and leaders of churches. They are going to suffer financially, personally, and most likely experience physical damage in days to come.
- You need to affirm in prayer, “Holy Spirit, please help me to refuse ‘culture elasticity.’ I want to declare, Lord Jesus, that Your Word, the Bible, is the only standard of truth in the world today and I will adhere to it 100%.”
- Consider carefully, how we allow our children, perhaps even grandchildren and great children, to be brainwashed into thinking culture is more important than what God said in the Bible.
Let me affirm: We love all people. We have a common bond. We have the same Father. We all bleed red, in spite of skin color, or beliefs, or political persuasions, or lifestyles. The human race is fallen according to Genesis 3. Therefore, we must be salt and light in the midst of evil times.
Christian persecution will take place, and is taking place, on USA soil. It will get worse. As Joshua declared in Joshua 24:15b,let us also declare …
“… but as for me, and my house we will serve the Lord.”