Too often we see things in the physical and don’t take account the spiritual. See this shocking revelation concerning the American Church. As an American Christian we can’t help but to feel sorry for persecuted Christians from around the world BUT the persecuted have lost everything in this world but have gained more than we. It is them who should feel sorry for us, the sleeping, lukewarm, self-absorbed church. Our churches are empty, broke and less effective than ever. We thrive on emotion vs. the power and Word of God. Christians in other parts of the world are willing to die for Christ but we can’t get out of bed to go to church. We think a bad day at work is persecution, or a flat tire is persecution. We have other more important things to do vs. gathering to worship our God. For the past 2,000 years we have seen the growth of the church and increased persecution across the world. There has been more persecution during the 20th century than in all of church history combined. Yet, America once a beacon of light for Christ has fallen asleep. Let it not be so.
What can we do?
Matthew 19:26 KJV But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Romans 11:25-26 ESV Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
Sermon given at One Way Christian Center, in Olustee, Oklahoma, 12 miles SW of Altus, Oklahoma by Pastor Bryan Walker.
- Romans 11:25 - 26
- Revelation 6:9 - 11
- Revelation 7:9 - 17