Todd NettletonTodd Nettleton is the Director of Media and Public Relations for The Voice of the Martyrs and host of VOM Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 60+ nations where they face persecution for wearing His name. During 17 years of service at VOM, Todd has traveled the world to interview hundreds of Christians who’ve endured persecution in more than 20 nations. He has been interviewed more than 2,250 times by various media outlets, including CNN, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsweek, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network. Todd and his wife, Charlotte, have two college-aged sons. In his spare time, Todd enjoys reading, writing, music, travel and sports, including serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league. In 2015 he ran his first half-marathon.
As Christians in America, we can easily lose correct, eternal perspective at times. The growing discrimination we face is nothing compared to what our Christian brothers and sisters around the world are facing. In some places, proclaiming faith in Jesus Christ will cost you your very life.
But even in the harshest of persecution, the gospel is spreading and perhaps God is preparing to use persecution to reach the comfortable American church. Scripture teaches Christians to seek first the kingdom of God and to deny ourselves, but we often hear about pleasing ourselves and pursuing happiness rather than holiness.
Today we are joined by Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs to see how the Holy Spirit is drawing men to the gospel in spite of horrendous persecution.
Isaiah 45:1-8 (God used king Cyrus)
Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: “May your [c]peace abound! 2 It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.
3 “How great are His signs
And how mighty are His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
And His dominion is from generation to generation.
4 “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and flourishing in my palace. 5 I saw a dream and it made me fearful; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. Daniel 4:1-5
“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; 9 but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. 11 When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:8-12