“Can you have truth without knowing why? Yes! Can you have knowledge? No!”; J.P. Moreland
Recently I have been reading how secularism is “attacking”Christians in the USA. How you are forced to conform to the dictates of an immoral legislature and even how your right to free speech should be monitored and punished if it does not conform with the immoral agenda. To this we can add, the supposed right of an individual not to be offended by others’ views. Here I bring some points that may help us now and in the near future persecution of the children of God.
I. The anti-Christian sentiment:
A- Immoral desires: The world does not want to look at morality in a traditional way. Like the Bible says; “they even invent new ways to sin”, societies of today want to convince the world that their aberrant and perverted ways are normal and should be accepted. The nature of man is sinful and natures’ desires, by enlarge, in human beings are immoral and against God.
B- No accountability for ones actions (societal schizophrenia) : The world in which we live hates to have to give an account for their undoing’s. Most of society wants to blame someone or something else for their behavior, ideas and troubles. Having an ultimate being that judges you is intolerable by most people, after all “they didn’t ask to be born”. Most people want to convince themselves they are the sum total of moral law, that outside themselves no one has the right to say they are wrong.
II. The religious pluralistic society:
A-Comparative Religion (“they all are the same”) Take all the mayor religions they all say they have the truth ; their adepts sincerely believe they are the “chosen ones” and they all want to convert you:
1-Islam wants you to convert: They want the whole world to be Muslim.
2-Christianity wants you to convert: They want you to have “eternal life”(communion with God).
3- Hinduism wants you to convert: They want you to not waste lives in the progress of soul.
4-Judaism wants you to convert: If you do the way for the Messiah to come is enhanced.
5- Buddhism wants you to convert: They want to free you from the bondage of creed.
Religious pluralism has rendered all religions the same thus invalidating their claims to the truth. Secularism has in fact delegated the religious idea as a private irrelevant pursuit. They in fact, want to do away with al traces of religious sentiment when dealing with secular life, government, business, and authority.
3. But are all religions the same? The adherents to this idea will say that no matter what the belief says, in its entirety and in the end, all preach the same thing. And this is when we as Christians have to say no; We do no believe the same, we in fact have the truth, and if we do, they (the rest of the world) doesn’t have it; what they do have is falsehood!
How do we support such a statement? Lets take a 6th person, whom the five adherents of the mayor religions will try to convince they have the truth! Can this be achieved?
1-Only if the religion makes logical sense. If its view of reality can be well established. If they can have the best argument, such as the “Case for Christ”, “The Case for the Resurrection” and what I called the case for logic; the why God must exist, why Christ is God and why the Resurrection (and redemption) is necessarily true.
If we as Christians can give the best argument for why our God is the true one, we can just leave it at that in a hostile world full of ignorance, they wont have a retort other than not wanting to believe, but we know that this is exactly what we face; most of humanity will reject Christ!
4- The right to choose a creed (religion and its view on things) against popular mores and secular legislatures. What are we to do when legislature tromps your religious freedom?
1-The self defense posture:
a) Non involvement in a secular life style (the right to be private).
i.You can practice your beliefs privately; examples:
1-Do not become an ordained minister or chaplain in order not to be forced to perform unbiblical marriages.
2- Do not become a service oriented business person, because sooner or later you will have to sell your product to benefit the ceremonies and lifestyles of persons that follow un-Christian practices.
3- Do not belong to an incorporated church (see: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tio-papo/important-definition/10204878397432069 )
1-Do not have an official “minister” or pastor.
4-Do not choose teaching as a career, for you will be forced to teach sinful tolerance; condoning same sex marriages as normal and acceptable, and teach the freedom towards sexual orientation.
III- The freedom of religion:
A-No one can actually forced you to not believe what you want (In my mind I am free).
The state will never force you to change your religion. But when in public, will persecute your right to your personal opinion or religious opinion while you conduct a secular public activity. They will do this according to the “law of the land” (their infernal legislatures that have changed our Constitution).
B. The need to be extremely general, globally acknowledged and philosophical trained in logic and argumentation: Be always prepared to give reasons that are logical and make sense philosophically for your views ;reasons that conform to the reality of the whole human race and not from a single minded agenda.
This will be effective in the pre-private church that is to come. We can’t really stop this onslaught of attacks. But be assured to know that this is a spiritual battle; the war of ideas. And by engaging in this battle with the proper weapons we can win souls to Christ in the midst or a hostile world that loves evil and darkness instead of godly pursuits and light.
IV- The catacomb church:
Eventually we will be forced to go underground, just like those brethren of ours in the beginning of our Christian era. Ours will be a life of private beliefs system much like those in the beginning. They suffered physical harm and death. We will face legal and livelihood attacks that will force us to not pursue a religious life in the public arena.
But like in those ancient times we will be spreading the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth to the ones open to it, those that Christ will call “my sheep” the ones that “hear Him” and respond. We have to realize that our savior already told us it is not the majority who will be saved, but a minority and to reach them we don’t have to be up-ground and making noise, we can indeed be publically witnessing while privately protecting ourselves from the onslaught persecution in the near future. This may mean that the public church as you know it today will be a thing of the past and instead of great numbers gathering at one location we may have to go back to meet behind closed doors and encrypt our language.
A one on one spiritual battle to those that God will bring to us to witness to, being fully prepared to do so. This means that our faith has to be well defined and it must compete in the intellectual arena better that the alternate falsehood of the world. We may indeed have to get closer to God and ask for, and be under, the guidance of spiritual discernment to recognize God’s sheep in need of spiritual help. Having this tool will protect us against the under covered evil doers who want to erase Christ from the face of the earth.
We have our work cut out for us and we as the organized church is ill prepared for the task. A recent poll found out that only 19% of all Christians who go to church regularly read their Bibles every day and some 18% never read it! But as The Bible seems to convey, we can take 50% of the membership of the church and know they wont make it with us in eternity.
The remnant will never be removed from earth, we as a minority still need to prepare ourselves for the task to come. We need to gather around us, brothers and sisters who are not worldly and who have a thirst for knowledge because they are the true free seekers, the true chosen church of Christ.
Pray every day, at least an hour. Fast whenever you can (make room in your life for the pursuit of spiritual training). Read your Bible every day, and study it with an interest for learning God’s message for the church. Learn how to understand God’s will on earth through good theological avenues and be engaged and interested in always answering the ones that need answers; and to those mockers, be ready to shut their ramblings with the truth,which you and I know is Christ!
“You shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you free”