Christians In America?
How Did This Come To Be?
Ancient history, that's how. The more things
change, the more things stay the same. [Updated]
Over the last couple of
weeks, I have had a number of emails come down the wire, both forwards of
commentaries of national Christian leaders and letters from people of less
notoriety, yet greatly respected within mine own sphere of influence. All
have made allusion to a possibility of the Church in America
facing persecution in the future. One gentleman I recently talked to, a leader
of some reputation in the Christian community in my area and one with his
heart set for the ministry, made mention of the recent
legislation which has recently passed in the California Legislature and
signed by the Governorwith more legislation pending. The threat to
the continued free operation of the true Spirit-filled Church, of course, will be adversely
affected by this, as they will be forced to take a stand for Biblical truth,
or be bullied into silence. Yes, it would seem that some difficult challenges
are ahead for us.
Now, as foreboding visions
of ragtag bands of driven American Christians, fleeing before a dark tormentor
trouble the mind, come with me for a moment back to the Imperial Roman Empire
as we compare this ominous modern peril against the backdrop of ancient history.
I will be quoting a section from
Vandals, And The Fall Of The Roman Empire, a research manuscript
authored at the turn of the century by one Thomas Hodgkin, a British classical
historian [ISBN No:1853672424]. He appears to have been a man of some faith,
from what I can garner from his writing. In this particular section, he continues
with his commentary:
. . . The deification
of Julias and Augustus was the national expression of the feeling that the
greatness of Rome was the peculiar care of the Eternal Gods, and that the
spirits which had wrought conspicuously at this grand task during their earthly
career, must still survive in the society of the Immortals, to watch over
the work of their own hands. It was with this faithfor faith we must
surely call itin their hearts that the legions of Rome had marched
on from victory to victory. Their anticipations of reward or punishment in
a future life might be vague and varying, but at least they felt that the
Great City with which they had linked their fortunes was eternal, and the
confidence that she would survive all shocks of adverse fortune, and would
treasure the names of her defenders with undying reverence, gave strength,
doubtless, not only to a Decius or a Curtius, but also to many a simple Roman
legionary at the moment of facing death for her
[Note: I have found this
mirrors the way many American people, whether serving or retired military,
individuals in law enforcement, or regular Patriotic citizens, feel about,
and perceive, the American nation. America will always stand.
Will it? Im as hard-boiled the Patriot as anyone elsebut to a
point. He continues:]
The whole of this
fabric of national faith, with whatsoever in it was noble, and whatsoever
in it was puerile, had to fall before the Apostolic proclamation, To
us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him,
and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. If
there was any hint in the Christian Scriptures of one nation favoured above
all others, that nation was the Jewish, if any notion of a city chosen by
the Eternal to put His name there, that city was Jerusalem. But
the latest and prevailing utterance of the new religion was, All
nationalities are on the same level before God. He has made of one blood
all nations of men, to dwell on all the face of the earth. Your citizenship,
the true civitas, which is the highest condition that man can
attain to, is in heaven. This civitas is within reach of all
men, Barbarian, Scythian, bond or free, and makes brothers of us all.
[Note: Ah, the conflict.
And so we see that as Christians living in America, like the Christians living
within the Roman Empire, ultimately, our citizenship, and primary allegiance
is to Heaven and our Lord. The Founding Fathers of our nation walked in that
same faith and mindset. He continues:]
There was an incurable
opposition between teaching such as this, and the root-idea of the Roman
rulers of the State felt it, and were forced into persecution, almost against
their will. Gladly would they have consigned Christianity to the peaceful
Pantheon of the tolerated religions (religiones licitae), in
which already the worship of Astarte and Mithras, of Isis and the Dea Syria,
flourished happily, side by side. But they perceivedthe wisest Emperors
the most clearlythat this was a religion which would have all or nothing,
and they hunted it into the
catacombs to bar it from the
[ Note: In light of the
recent commentary concerning persecution being leveled against the Church
in America, its imperative to understand exactly why. The
social and political conflict that has been raging these past four decades,
and indeed, at a much more fevered pitch since the Clinton administration
ascended to power in the national capital, is a conflict between ideologies.
We have the, I believe Satanically engendered (hostile towards Biblical
Christianity), ideologies of Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, and Humanism,
clashing against the ideas of a Biblical worldview, Conservatism,
and Capitalismthe ideas this nation was founded on.
Chuck Baldwin recently
said: It is a calculated strategy of liberalism. First, they create
the environment from which lawlessness can proliferate. This is accomplished
by moving men away from their relationship and responsibility to God. This
breeds hedonism. Hedonism breeds anarchy. Anarchy breeds tyranny. As men
grow farther away from God they become more evil. Government, then, must
step in to protect society. In doing so, government becomes at once our
protector, our provider, and our master.
And so we see that, as
American society has thrown off the moral restraints of Gods law,
dependability on, and accountability to Him, people now turn to the Federal
government for absolutely everything they have need of; bleating like lost
sheep to their masters, "Why don't you do something?" about the social
and moral turmoils which have engulfed us. The state has
now become god, deified in many peoples hearts and minds, even
as Julias and Augustus were deified in ancient Rome. Thus, we can see the
impending, and even now, engaged conflict arising from these mirrored social
and political environments.
On that note, a lady named Linda Bowles recently said this:
"Two basic reasons underlie
the attempt to separate America from its spiritual roots. First, the liberal
goal of state socialism is incompatible with a citizenry who look to themselves
and to God, rather than the state, for the satisfaction of their needs. Socialism
requires that citizens do obeisance to the state as the Source from which
all blessings flow. The supreme State can have no other God before it. The
second reason for outlawing religion derives from the lobbying of those who
wish their sins declared virtues. They seek the validation of the law, in
the futile belief that the legal right to be wrong makes wrong
Although I may not agree with Congressman Ron Paul on many points, (as a Libertarian, his world view is devoid of the Gospel) his farewell speech to his followers when he left Congressional service in 2012 mirrored many of these same themes.
Yet, Hodgkin continues:]
failed: they enlisted pity, generosity, love of justice, all of the nobler
feelings of our nature, on the side of the votaries of the new religion,
and to these latter they gave a drill, a discipline, we must also in truth
add a bitterness of temper, which they had not possessed before. A time came
when the Christians found they were a majority in the Empire, a time when
the young Emperor Constantine, with his foot upon the ladder of fortune,
was half-convinced of the truth of Christianity, and wholly convinced of
the policy of embracing it. . . .
The persecutions failed.
The Satanically initiated attack against the early Church during this era
blew up right in the enemys face. Over the years, the Church became
a majority in the Roman empire. To be clear, I'm not insinuating that that
should be our primary focus and objective; my point is the outcome of this
persecution. Our motives should be that people come into a real and dynamic
relationship with the living God.
The thing is, the structure
of the American political and social landscape is a little different.
Christianity is not a new religion. In fact, even though we feel
to be a minority, with our current unfettered access to the accumulated knowledge
of Church history, along with our, howbeit momentary, freedom to assemble,
we as Christians still have a wide open door or opportunity to impact this
nation for the good of the Gospel. Remember the lesson of the loaves and
fishes. (Matthew 14:16-20)
True, we have been complacent.
True, we have been taking advantage of our freedoms. True, the Spirit-filled Church has
grown fat and lazy partaking of His rich blessings on this nation. But, people
are starting to perceive this threat coming and are waking
Thats why we
shouldnt fear a systematized, concerted offensive by Satan against
the Spirit-filled Church. Sometimes thats what it takes. Because it will only have
one result. Itll set the Church on fire! In fact, I am convinced, for
so many different reasons, that revival has already started to happen throughout
the American Church. Its something that we cannot perceive with the
naked eye; evidentiary proof not sought for in the secular print and broadcast
media or governmental forum. Its happening on the streets. Spurred
on by the ever increasing hostility against us. Just like it did in the Roman
In summation, John Adams,
Second President of the United States said, "It is the duty of the clergy
to accommodate their discourses to the times, to preach against such sins
as are most prevalent, and recommend such virtues as are most
Leadership! Pray that
God would open the spiritual eyes of more Christian leaders to seize the
initiativeto seize the dayand realize that, no, all is not lost,
but that today it is opportune time to boldly stand up, defy the fear that
would hobble us, and eloquently and powerfully proclaim the pure and surpassing
Truth of the Gospel to a nation in turmoil. Even against the edicts and threats
of the state.
A Satanically initiated
persecution against the Church in America?
I say: Lets rock!
. . .It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. . . ." Samuel Adams, Founding Father & American Patriot.
Behold, I am the
LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? (Jeremiah