“Prepare for persecution,” churches in America warns, Reverend Billy Graham.
In keeping with details, Reverend Billy Graham has issued a warning to churches in America saying “Prepare for persecution.” In a commentary penned down by the renowned preacher, was aired a warning to a persecution of Christians in America; who are unfamiliar to such persecution.
In his commentary he writes, the American church has been basically alien to persecution, writing that this “immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.
As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries. Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.”
Reverend Billy Graham is of the opinion that since Christians in America have so far not undergone persecution and anti-Christian violence like the Christians are facing in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea etc. He urged the Christians in America to stay firm in their faith and fortify themselves.
In his commentary Rev. Billy Graham noted “five ways to fortify yourself so that you will be able to stand in that day.” These five ways suggested by Rev. Billy Graham included a Christian being sure of his relationship to God, walking with God, a frequent reading of the Scripture, always praying and most importantly meditating on Christ our Lord.
“Today our nation ranks as the greatest power on the face of the Earth. But if we put our trust in armed might instead of Almighty God, the coming conflict could conceivably go against us. History and the Bible indicate that mechanical and material might are insufficient in times of great crisis.”
In his commentary he revealed that it has been quite some years that the United State is continually under criticism for marginalising its Christian citizens. The major criticism was directed at the controversial steps including expurgation of manger scenes and Ten Commandments displays on government property and an intrinsic expansion of secularism in the country’s media.
As a reaction to most recent of anti-Christian violence, where a gunman singled out Christian students and gunned them down in a college in Oregon, Reverend Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham said, “Persecution and targeting of Christians isn’t just in Iran or the Middle East, its right here in America.
The bold souls at Umpqua Community College who stood up to say they were followers of Jesus Christ were heinously gunned down with no mercy. Jesus said, ‘If they hate you, remember they hated me before they hated you,’ (John 15:18).”