In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)
The persecution of Christians is a topic not often broached in churches in today’s prosperous first world nations with laws on the books supporting human and civil rights, but in such a time as this when we are witnessing the erosion of many of those rights, the topic is being revisited to remind, encourage, embolden, strengthen, and give hope and peace to those with eyes to see and ears to hear–and all others who so choose.
One of the new resources is a guest feature written by Keith and Candace Malcomson of Limerick City Church in Limerick, Ireland focusing on how the reality of intense anti-Christian persecution in China over the past 70 years has empowered believers there to not only survive but also thrive in spite of it all. Other nations are cited as well.
Another resource is this link to the category on the blog called “Survival Tools” that includes commentaries and guest features on many aspects of spiritual and practical survival based on the lives and the literature of those who have experienced both ancient and modern persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.
And a third resource, below the intro to the Malcomson’s article, is a free, downloadable devotional on the verses of Psalm 91, aka the “Psalm for hard times”.
I encourage all of us to pray, prepare, and proceed with faith, hope, and trust in God’s provision. It won’t be easy, but then, we were made for such a time as this. –pbn
Why we have to prepare for persecution
by Keith and Candace Malcomson, May 2021
Many who once lived behind the old Iron Curtain but who now reside in ‘free’ western countries, have sounded an alarm. Are we listening? continue reading…