Is the Church in America Prepared for Harassment and Persecution?

by | May 2, 2016 | Best of!, Church Leadership, Podcast | 2 comments

The Christian churches in Germany were intimidated by Hitler and they folded like a cheap suit when he pressured them to support his fascist regime.  There were some who resisted, but it was a small percentage of pastors who stood against the Nazi agenda.
Will the Christian Church in America cave as well as we see humanists and progressives apply more and more pressure in their liberal agenda of control and one-way tolerance?  Or – will churches and every day believers stand strong and remain faithful to God no matter the consequences?
Today, Mike and David discuss the American church model and whether or not it is important to be “relevant.” Can we change methods without watering down the message of God’s perfect word?

The church must seek to be biblical rather than relevant. We are not going to leave a mark upon our culture because we have studied its ways and adapted ourselves to it. We are relevant when we reject the world outright and are its polar opposite! This present darkness provides a great opportunity for the church to be the salt of the earth, but if we mix with the very impurities we are supposed to expose… we are as useless as our culture already believes us to be. -Paul Washer

What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:1-4

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 1 Peter 3:13-15
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