“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.” Hebrews 12:4
We live in a nation where we have been blessed with tremendous freedom, including the ability to openly proclaim the gospel of salvation to all men. But we are seeing an attack on religious freedom that will be a challenge to all of us as Christians. This morning we cover a few stories about the increasing challenges to our religious freedoms–but we also take a step back to keep things in proper perspective.
Last night I was blessed to see the movie The Insanity of God, documenting horrific persecution of Christians around the world. This morning we discuss the ongoing fight for our religious freedom, sprinkled with a dose of reality.
“Don’t you ever believe there’s the free church and the suffering church. There’s just the church!”
Here’s the trailer:
If we are so concerned about losing our religious freedoms in America because we want to share the gospel, why are we not sharing the gospel now while we have the freedom?
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. 2 Timothy 1:7-11
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5