The Bible is clear: ‚ÄúAll who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution‚ÄĚ (2 Tim. 3:12).
Vicious persecution against Christians worldwide has skyrocketed in the last few years. Just the other morning on television I saw a Christian pastor maligned by journalists because he dared to call people ‚Äúsinners.‚ÄĚ In other words, we are now targeted for stating even the most basic tenets of our faith including, ‚ÄúAll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God‚ÄĚ (Ro. 3:23).
God in His love has provided a Savior for sinners. But only those who acknowledge their condition can receive cleansing. As the apostle Paul said, ‚ÄúChrist Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief‚ÄĚ (1 Tim 1:15). Yet this greatest of all love stories‚ÄĒthe gospel itself‚ÄĒis being vehemently accosted here in America and worldwide.
The recent maelstrom of violence throughout the Middle East directly ...