Having done all, stand. Are you ready to stand?

Christianity under attack

This morning there was an article on Oathkeepers FB page, that informs folks about the many locations in our nation to which the Obama administration plans to distribute “Syrian Refugees”.  Here in VA, it includes locations on North Parham Road in Richmond, and also in Falls Church, which already has the highest number of Muslims in America outside of Dearborn Michigan, and makes sense from the standpoint of the invaders, as it is right outside Washington D.C.  While our news carries images of this “Muslim Invasion” of Europe, the same is quietly going on here.  The more disturbing issue is that these are church charities that are facilitating it.

Churches that have swallowed the lie that Jesus was all about “social justice”.  It’s not that we are not supposed to have compassion and charity for our fellow-man.  We are.  But the mindless sheep are following wolves in shepherd’s clothing.  Shepherds that have believed a lie themselves.  It’s been established in recent years that FEMA has created an entire network of pastors all across the nation who have been recruited to help serve in subduing the people in the event of a national emergency/disaster scenario.  They will be expected to reassure the masses that the government has only their best interests at heart when they come around in tanks, with “officers” in uniform and with weapons, to enforce crowd control and peaceful and “orderly” evacuations and confiscation of weapons, and relocate folks to “temporary” camps until they can secure things and get everything sorted out and secure.

Do I really think this stuff is going to happen?  Yeah, sadly I actually do think it is a very realistic scenario. .We aren’t there quite yet, but then a sudden disaster has a way of moving things along at a brisk pace, so we could find ourselves there tomorrow or next week.  And we know that there is an entire array of possibilities lined up that could bring it on.  The thing is, as was asked of the Nazi takeover in times past, one wonders how Americans could have allowed these conditions to take shape?  How did it ever come to this?

That is a question which, no doubt, elicits no shortage of opinions.  But the real underlying and fundamental reason America has come to this, is that just like all great nations before her, America has succumbed to her pride and defiance against all strictures of morality and sovereign authority.  You see, whether we as a nation will acknowledge spiritual law or not, these remain law just as sure as the physical laws.  In fact spiritual law is more sure than physical law, because God can and has been known to suspend physical laws, but He never changes, revokes or suspends even momentarily, His spiritual laws. It remains a fact that Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people, (Proverbs 14:34).

It is a little ironic to me, hearing people speculate that now that those Planned Parenthood tapes have exposed the horrors of what is being done to pre-born babies in this nation, and now that the Supreme Court has “legalized” gay marriage, we are really in for it.  As if these things were a secret from God prior to the videos and prior to the Supreme Court “ruling”.

God exposes our sins before He addresses them, not for His sake, but “for the public record” you might say, as He tells us in Ephesians 5:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them…. (and)…. all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light (verses 6 and 13).

What is our purpose in this time as Christians?  Giving the gospel to the unbeliever, yes, always, but what else?  It is our job to stand, wearing the armor, and refusing to yield ground to the rebellious haters of God and God’s law.  The whole “mystery of the gospel” that Paul was chosen by God to reveal to the Gentiles, is that God had chosen to take out a “peculiar people” out of all the Gentile nations of the world, to live as a light among the nations, no longer walking as other Gentiles walked, “in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (Eph. 4:17-19).

I know a lot of people feel like “what can I do, just one person, when elected officials are no longer doing their job, when rogue judges are creating law out of thin air in direct defiance of our own Constitution, when lawlessness is overwhelming us as a flood?  When your letters and calls and protests fail to move your Congressman, when state’s rights and the express will of the people at state level are ignored and decisions ignored or overturned by a federal government with no legal basis whatsoever to override the powers rightfully belonging to the state, what is the individual believer to do about any of it?

It comes down to the Kim Davises and the Aaron and Melissa Kleins, to determining in your heart now, that by the grace of God you will stand your spiritual ground, when the lawlessness comes for you personally.

I wrote e-mails and made calls to Congress.  I showed up at massive protest rallies in D.C. and locally, which if you went to any of them yourself, you know went utterly ignored by our government and media either ignored, or if the turnout was significant, they went into mop-up mode doing all they could to downplay the turnout.

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source: Wikipedia Model of Artemis Temple, located in Istanbul, Turkey

The church at Ephesus had a problem.  Ephesus was the center for worship of the Greek Goddess Diana, also called Artemis. The temple to Diana could accommodate 25,000 people and took over a century to build. Diana was known as the fertility goddess. And the priests and priestesses sold silver idols of the goddess for worshippers to have in their own homes.  Silversmithing was a lucrative trade. There was also a school for the practice of dark arts of magic under one Tyrannus.  In Acts 19, when the Holy Spirit had been received and the gospel began taking hold among the Ephesians, the businesses that thrived due to the worship of the goddess and practice of sorcery, began to suffer as newly converted Christians burned their books of magic and renounced their idols.

In Revelation 2, God admonishes the church at Ephesus, to remember from whence they have fallen,  having left their first love, and to repent and do the first works.  Could that first works have been this renouncing of idols and occult practices?

And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Could it be that those things continued to creep back in?

In fact, could it be that centuries later, in our time, those things are still creeping back into the church?  Absolutely!  The mystical “centering prayer” and “listening into the silence” for a “personal word from the Lord” in an atmosphere of Biblical illiteracy has rendered the modern church every bit in danger of having that candlestick removed.  The very same churches that labored and fainted not, that hated the works of the Nicolaitanes, (that is, the subduing of the laity, such as in the Catholic church which denies the priesthood of the believer) these remain the issues of today.

God demands the same from us now as He did then.  Kim Davis’ story is our cautionary tale.

The sins of the early church are the same sins of the modern church.  Smyrna had those who “say that they are Jews, but are not, but are the synagogue of Satan”.  (Replacement Theology, anyone?). And the Lord warns them in Revelation 2: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. There is no consensus about this “ten days” but I have to wonder if this is the tribulation before The Tribulation, that brand of tribulation God promises will come to all of us at some time, by some means, to some degree or another, during our lifetime on this Earth.  Like what Kim Davis and Aaron and Melissa Klein and others are going through.  Will He find faith upon the Earth when He returns for His bride?

I think this is the question of our time. Our concern should not be in the form of anxiety over the developments we see shaping up; financial collapse, war in the Middle East, and even the Islamic invasion of Europe and America that are happening. Not that those are insignificant, they are very significant, yet part of a process we ought to know our world is undergoing in preparation for the coming fulfillment of prophecy.

But what about on our own personal level in our own sphere of operation and influence?  Are we submitting ourselves before the Lord that we might be prepared for the conditions that are taking shape? Everything we count on other than God is really an idol. Anything we put faith in other than God. The local assembly itself can be an idol that takes first place over God in our lives and hearts.  The stores of food and other emergency necessities.  “As long as I have _______, I’ll be okay”.  Whatever we put in that blank, other than God, is holding a place in our hearts and lives that we ought to examine right now.  Revelation starts with a “review” of the churches because Judgment begins at the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17).

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

In my inbox today was this news bulletin from Lamb & Lion Ministry, (from which the header image at top of this post also came).  I am glad that there are Christian Lawyers fighting the lawlessness via the established legal system, and thankful for Pastors that are standing, even though they are in real danger of being arrested for “hate crimes” when they preach about the sin of homosexuality.  I pray that God gives each of us holy boldness to stand when false accusations render us “guilty” of speaking the truth, and to keep standing. When we fail to stop an invasion at our borders, the fight will be fought on our own soil.  We have failed as Christians to occupy in righteousness, this land of freedom, and now the war will be on our own territory. In our homes and jobs and churches.  Because they won’t stop at the church doors they’ll come right inside, not as wolves in sheep’s clothing, but boldly undisguised. Like the Charleston church shooting, and like the churches threatened with fines for trying to feed the homeless.

Is Christianity Under Attack
In America?

Dr. David R. ReaganBy Dr. David R. Reagan
Founder & Director, Lamb & Lion Ministries
In America today, Christianity is clearly under attack. Why is this so? How did it come to be? After all, our ancestors came here seeking religious freedom and then proceeded to establish this nation on Christian principles for the glory of God. Where did the train get off the track?

In this week’s episode of Christ in Prophecy, I explored these and other related questions with one of the foremost defenders of Christian freedoms in America today. His name is Kelly Shackelford and he’s the founder and director of the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas. The Liberty Institute is the largest organization of lawyers in America that’s dedicated to the defense and advancement of Christian rights and freedoms.

When I was growing up in the church in the 1940s and the 1950s, an organization like the Liberty Institute, an organization that spends all of its time defending Christian freedoms, was unthinkable. Today, it is indispensable. I began our discussion by asking Kelly what happened. His response is below.

Kelly Shackelford

When a culture has begun to move away from God, there is less respect for religious freedom and less assumptions of the freedoms that many people back in our nation’s earlier days used to know that we had. All of those freedoms are being tested. There are groups even now that have formed whose sole purpose is to get rid of religion in America. Today we are having to fight for religious freedoms that we used to not have to fight for in our nation’s past. The very freedom this country was founded upon — religious freedom — is under attack.

The United States is in the midst of a culture war. It is a war that is for real, and it’s a war that has resulted in a cultural shift. We have proof that the war is occurring. The Liberty Institute does a survey every year of all the attacks on religious freedom that are going on around the country. The attacks are literally doubling from one year to the next. People can go to our website and download the “Undeniable Attacks on Religious Freedoms” survey free.

We supply the survey to Congress every year. What happened originally is we testified in the U.S. Senate a little over 10 years ago and a number of our clients testified about how religious freedom was under attack around the country. All the other side could say after the hearing was, “These are just isolated instances.” At the time Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator John Cornyn asked, “Is that true? We would like you to respond.” And so, we collected data on what was going on and the statistics were overwhelming even then. We have monitored the data every year since then and it’s proven that the attacks on religious freedoms are dramatically increasing, now exponentially.

For example, there was a five-year old girl named Gabriella Perez. She’s a little girl who was praying over her meal, as little children are taught to do. She was praying at school until she was stopped and told specifically, “It is not good to pray at school.” This an example demonstrating how young the spectrum can get.

On the other side of the spectrum, there were senior citizens who were actually told that their meals would be taken away from them because they were federally funded meals. Praying over their meals they were told violated the separation of Church and State. It’s totally untrue, but these are the kinds of attacks going on.

It’s the children being punished for demonstrating their faith in God. A lot of people heard about this case that made the national news. A little child was punished for saying, “God bless you” to someone who sneezed.

We are now getting a whole new category of cases where people are literally losing their jobs, and not even because of things they do at work. Employers are finding out at work where their employees go to church and what their beliefs are on marriage. When the belief is marriage is defined as being between just a man and a woman, they are being fired. People have a hard time believing that employers would discriminate in such a way, but we are filing a new suit almost every week. It’s against the law to engage in religious discrimination in the work place, and yet these persecutions are happening right now.

I think of churches 26 years ago when I started doing this kind of legal work for the first time. If you would have told me I was going to have to represent churches in the United States of America I would have said, “This isn’t the USSR! This is the United States. We don’t have to represent churches versus the government.”

We are now having to represent a new church every week. These churches just want to operate as a church as they have always done. All they want to do is feed the homeless. They want to do what churches do. But, for that, they are under attack.

We just filed on behalf of an African-American church that moved into a very difficult area outside of Houston. The general population didn’t want to enter into the neighborhood. People had no interest in redeeming that area, changing it, and bringing it back to life in Christ. Over the decades this church had tremendous success. In fact, they have been growing, adding more land, adding more facilities, and providing more activities for that community. But guess what happened? The city said to the church, “This area is getting nice now. It’s getting better. So, we are going to take over your property. We are going to kick you out of your church and use it for taxpayer property.” The Liberty Institute is defending in court this church that’s simply being a church.

Again, when I first started as a lawyer I didn’t used to think that this type of persecution of Christians would ever happen, but it is happening all over the country. Because of the growing persecution of Christians, I founded the Liberty Institute in 1997 for the sole purpose of providing a defense.

For another example, take one of our cases from this past year. It’s about a fifth grade boy whose favorite book he got for Christmas was the Bible. There is a free reading time at school and you bring your favorite book to read. But, his teacher told him, “You are not allowed to bring that book and read it during free reading time.” This is a poor family on the edge of Miami-Dade. They were not going to be able to hire a team of attorneys to defend their child’s religious freedoms. They don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring the school to court. So, the Liberty Institute wanted to make sure that those people had the best representation possible. We were going to win for them, and we did win for Giovanni Rubeo and his family in that case.

That case set a precedent for your children and my children and grandchildren. Our defense against the persecution of Christians sets a precedent that helps the whole country.

For those anti-Christian groups sniffing around looking for any evidence of Christianity to remove from the public sector, the Liberty Institute goes to those these groups are attacking and offer to represent them for free. We even had some supporters put a fund in place so that any cost assessed against these cases are covered. There really is no downside.

What is happening is that a lot of the cities, counties, and school districts are removing religious freedom and religious heritage for no reason, even though the law doesn’t say that they must. And so, one of the great things about the way we do what we do is it’s not that all of our attorneys run around the country and do everything. What we do is contact believers who went to law school all over the country and wish to stand for what is right. After 30 years experience, these are the best litigators at some of the best law firms in the country. They have done great work, but they haven’t gotten to defend a case for the Kingdom. We find these best-of-the-best and we ask if they would like to defend a case if we gave them everything they needed. They usually reply, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to take on something like that.”

The Liberty Institute has the best attorneys and connections to the best law firms all over the country. They’re donating their time. The teams we put together are really dream teams. Just think of the little five-year old girl that we represented who was told she couldn’t pray over her meal. Her family didn’t have money to hire attorneys, much less the most powerful legal teams you could ever imagine from these huge law firms.

It’s just really great to see the Body of Christ working to defend itself. These are people who are giving their talents for others in the Body of Christ. That’s exactly how it’s supposed to be!

For the full interview…