Exorcising Prudence In An Evil World
Ronny H. Graham
Given 14-Mar-15; Sermon #1257s; 17 minutes
Ronny Graham, citing statistics from the non-profit organization Open Doors, asserts that persecution against Christians is rampant and dramatic, escalating in many parts of the world in which professing Christians suffer governmental harassment, torture, and death. In North Korea, owning a Bible is a capital offence, bringing death or a life sentence in a gruesome labor camp. Iraq and Nigeria are prime examples in which hostility and persecution against Christians seem to be tipping culture and society into extreme chaos. World Watch Monitor has warned that the persecution of Christians is a harbinger of discord in the world society. In the United States, Christian liberties are eroding in the wake of the destruction of constitutional liberties. Liberty Institute claims that governmental (largely federal) agencies are trying to push Christian expression out the door, with pompous federal judges condemning public prayer, the mention of God's name, actively meddling in the hiring and firing of rabbis and ministers, and actively editing high school valedictorians commencement speeches. While not as extreme as North Korea or Nigeria, persecution is here in America and the free world, with anarchy and chaos following closely behind. In this evil time, it is necessary to exercise prudence, caution, judgment, and common sense. We should not bring about needless persecution on ourselves or on the body of Christ because of our foolish texting, posting, tweeting, or e-mailing.It is high time to exercise prudence and to keep silent.
Amos 5:14 Beheading of 21 Busybody in other people's matters Christians Bringing persecution upon ourselves Burned alive Dark cloud following us around Ecclesiastes 3:7 Edifying of the body Ephesians 4: 11-12 Executions of Christians Evil time Federal judges I Peter 4:7-19 Global persecution of Christians Hillary Clinton ISIS Islamic extremist groups Kelly Shackleford Liberty Institute: Religious Freedom | Lindsay Graham Nigeria North Korea Open Doors USA: Christian Nonprofit, Helping Persecute Persecution Proverbs 8: 11-13 Scattering of the Church Social media outlets 322 Christians killed each month 214 churches destroyed each month World Watch List - Open Doors USA Syria Veterans Administration