On the topic of Christian persecution in the U S and world: it is as real as in the days leading up to the Protestant Reformation and perhaps for the same reasons. Those who worship man-made idols or themselves, or human "leaders" battle to stop the word of GOD from being told. JESUS spoke of it, warned of it in the parable of the seeds sown. I am including some quotes from articles sent to my inbox, to help spread this news, with attribution of where to read the entire article.
From http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-is-christianity-losing-in-america-97168/ I quote: "To think that Christianity is thriving in America simply ignores the obvious and overwhelming facts of our times."..."the church in America today has also drifted from its biblical mission and the result has been a church largely divorced from its kingdom purposes and therefore increasingly irrelevant to people living in the real world. At the heart of our present dilemma is our diminished understanding of the gospel, namely the gospel of the kingdom. In reforming the church, the Reformers taught that Jesus-being the Son of God-was born, crucified, and rose again, and because of these facts, your sins can be forgiven. This was and no doubt remains "good news."...'To Israel, the gospel writers announce boldly, "The time is fulfilled, Israel's king has come!" Coupled with the fulfillment of Abrahamic covenant, this announcement is extended to the whole world, including both Jew and gentile. God has become king of the world and he, through Christ's death and the establishment of his kingdom, is gathering a people for himself through whom he is bringing redemption to every aspect and corner of his creation. Jesus invites us to repent (be born again) and enter the kingdom so we may join him in setting life and the world right!... 'It is in Jesus's proclamation of the kingdom-the in-breaking reign of God-that the mission of Christ gains its full meaning. The crucifixion achieved victory over sin and death, making Jesus King; the resurrection is the result of his victory and the first fruit of the age to come, and the ascension declares, "He reigns!"... 'Jesus says, "the kingdom is within your grasp" (Luke 17:21), meaning we are confronted with a decision, a decision to believe, trust, and follow Jesus in his work and purpose. There is no easy belief as some would prefer-saving faith compels us to act, and the direction in which we are to act is clarified in Jesus's command to "seek first the kingdom" (Matt. 6:33 ESV)." Also, I would add that the book of Revelation in the King James Holy Bible as a whole explains fully that there is a heaven that is an actual place where JESUS ascended too, and is alive forevermore; and there is a hell that is an actual place of burning torment forever also described in Revelations. Sinners, who reject, denounce GOD/JESUS* in the flesh now glorified, repeatedly become "abomination" to GOD and are sent to hell by GOD on HIS Judgment Day as told in Revelations. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-is-christianity-losing-in-america-97168/...
Part of the moral decay into depravity in the U S has come about because of false doctrine and because there are enough sinners in the US who take the easy road instead of the high moral ground. I quote from another article sent to my inbox to help publicize: from http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/christian-exodus-from-boy-scouts-begins/ quote: "“God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas. So when the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its ban on openly gay youths on May 24, Reed said the church had no choice but to cut its charter with Troop 542. “It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/christian-exodus-from-boy-scouts-begins/....
Also on the topic of Christians exerting pressure on the known Christians in high places to be CHRISTIAN, I quote from another article sent to my inbox: from http://au.christiantoday.com/article/christians-in-uk-look-to-queen-to-intervene-over-gay-marriage/15515.htm w/ quotes: "Christians will be submitting a letter to the Queen on Sunday asking her to uphold the traditional definition of marriage.
Their appeal coincides with celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.
The letter reminds her of her coronation oath "to the utmost of my power, [to] maintain the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel".
I am a white, Christian, single woman who was once a sinner too until I prayed in humility for JESUS to redeem me from sin, and to write my name in his book of life [ read Revelations] and to be my Saviour, Redeemer, friend, guide, teacher while I live on this earth.
I believe it is more loving to tell someone who is at risk of eternal condemnation to the hell by THE ALMIGHTY GOD that they must repent if they want to go to heaven and to guide them to where they can find the scriptures about eternal life, and where each group [believers or unbelievers] spend eternity. It is not loving to see someone in gross sin such as killing their offspring, homosexuality, murders, blasphemy, denial of THE GOD, to ignore it, keep quiet to get along with them. It is better to cause friction in relationships than to stand idly by as people plummet into abomination and hell.
If you as reader do not know JESUS as your Saviour, then I ask you to remember that there is a set time and date according to Scripture when GOD would condemn you for rejecting and that time is known only to HIM. JESUS stands at the door of all human hearts, calling, seeking the lost, but you have to let him into your heart. HE doesn't kick in the door. [Read book of Matthew, KJV]
This blog is owned by & created and written by me Gloria Poole currently living in Missouri [but I own some land in the state of Georgia]. I am not ashamed of the gospel of THE LIVING LORD JESUS; nor am I apologetic in saying that abortion and homosexuality are grievous sins against GOD and that HE does not wink-wink at sin. There will be a JUDGEMENT DAY for all humans according to Revelations when each will individually give an account before GOD of their words and deeds on the earth; and GOD like the everlasting Judge of all, makes his decision and it is irreversible.
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