In recent years, the news has brought us reports of Christians around the world who are being beheaded and burned alive. Others have been imprisoned merely for preaching the Gospel or not being a Muslim. And make no mistake, just because it’s not in the headlines doesn’t mean it isn’t happening every day.
In times past, Christians have been burned at the stake, sawed in two, and crucified. They have been shot, fed to lions, and forced to choose between their faith and their freedom. Many were gassed along with the Jews for harboring their Jewish neighbors.
The Bible teaches that in the last days, evil, including every kind of persecution will continue to grow.
Even as we watch acts of terrorism on the evening news in Europe, the Middle East, and here at home, we often feel somewhat insulated. Most of us, probably, can’t imagine beheadings or people being burned alive here. But what if we were faced with the choice to stand up or betray Christ in the face of intense persecution?
And is there another kind of invasion going on? One that appears benign, but may be just as insidious? Continue reading