There will never be peaceful coexistence between an increasingly corrupt society and a Gospel-proclaiming, holy church. Either society’s decline will be arrested, or Christians will be.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
– Paul (II Timothy 3:12)
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Too true. Unfortunately too many people do not understand that Christians do not need freedom to worship so much as freedom to live out their faith. It is already starting to happen with assaults on things Christian in the workplace, like a disciplinary hearing for having a palm cross in a works van, or a demotion for posting something supporting the law as it now stands on a social networking site. It has happened in the public place, with open air preachers being accused of using ;’hate speech’ and threatened with prosecution. We need to keep Paul’s words in our minds, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”, a transforming which occurs only as a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray that we have the strength in Him to overcome all that the world throws at us.
Hi, Fred. You probably know about Trevor Phillips, the head of the so-called “Equality and Human Rights Commission,” saying that the right to exercise your religion ends “at the door of the temple.”
Being a temple of the Holy Spirit, I’ll accept his words — my faith needs to go with me everywhere. But that’s not what he meant, obviously. He meant exactly what you are talking about — you can worship off behind closed doors. But of course, that won’t last, either. They are already wanting to tell us what to do in the churches, too.
Dale, who commented just above you, is one of those preachers who has been arrested for preaching the Gospel in the open air.
It’s no surprise. We’ve lived in a so-called “Christian country” for so long that we forgot what Jesus said about persecution. But it couldn’t last, and there is no such thing as a “Christian country.” https://mindrenewers.com/2012/09/08/get-another-job-a-christian-country/
I was a student when the same Trevor Philips was president of the NUS. I did not agree with his values then and from what I have heard reported of him, I am still looking forward to being surprised.
“I am still looking forward to being surprised.” 🙂
I may steal that line sometime, that’s hilarious. Hopefully, I’ll remember to credit you, but just in case, I’ll applaud you for it now!