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What Price Will American Christians Pay for Their Faith?

As liberty wanes, the price of Christian confession rises.

by
Walter Hudson

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August 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Samuel Lamb, a Chinese Christian pastor, spent over 20 years in prison for his faith.

Samuel Lamb, a Chinese Christian pastor, spent over 20 years in prison for his faith.

Samuel Lamb defied the Communist Chinese. A leader in the underground Christian community, Lamb passed away earlier this month in Guangzhou, where he ran a house church for decades. Voice of the Martyrs reports:

When the Communist Party took control of China in 1949 under Mao Zedong, Christians were forced underground or forced to submit to Party control. Those that refused were interrogated, arrested, tortured, imprisoned or even killed. Samuel Lamb became one of the best known of these persecuted church leaders.

Lamb first tasted prison in 1955, when he was sentenced to serve 18 months. He was imprisoned again in 1958, this time receiving a 20-year sentence. Part of his sentence was spent serving forced labor in coal mines, where working conditions were deplorable and many prisoners died. Lamb would later talk about how God preserved his life even in the midst of such dangerous work.

For most American Christians, Lamb’s experience lays so far outside our own that it can be hard to perceive as modern. Living as we do in a land of relative religious liberty, we understand persecution only as an intellectual concept. It lurks in the depths of church history, or haunts the horizon of a distant future glimpsed through biblical prophecy. The idea of facing persecution today, in present America, seems unthinkable at first consideration. After all, we’ve spent our whole lives driving past a church on every corner, swearing oaths on copies of the Bible, and covering our hearts while swooning over the Land of the Free.

Be that as it may, as the culture makes radical shifts in the 21st century, the price of Christian confession begins to rise. If certain coalitions have their way, adherence to the Christian faith will be regulated out of public existence. Oh, the church buildings may stand, and 501(c)3s operating in the name of Christ may remain. But biblical Christianity taught without compromise will be relegated to underground enclaves like those formed under the Communist Chinese.

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Can Secularism and Christianity co-exist? I'm beginning to think not. While Christianity can live with Secularism, apparently Secularism cannot live with Christianity. When publicly acting and professing one's Christian faith is treated as a hate crime whereas public lewdness and debauchery are treated as deserving special protection, are we not kidding ourselves. When Christian faith cannot be openly practiced by military chaplains or by those serving in the US Military are we not driving the culture to ridicule of Christianity and silence those who practice it? When murder of unborn, partially born or fully born children is state sanctioned and we are forced to pay taxes for it against our moral beliefs, while being threatened with fines and imprisonment if we protest, how can we say there is freedom of religion in America? I fear that America is going into darkness as it loses it's moral compass and abandons it's Christian faith. Time to be strong and resolute in the face of the tyranny and persecution that is to come and is indeed already here.

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“How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.”

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Young people like a cause. Within every boy beats the heart of a warrior. The lesbian enforcers will marginalize us even in the military.
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I suspect there are very few who call themselves Christian who will risk their comfortable lives to stand up for what their faith teaches, and I suspect that few churches in existence today will resist when pressured to change or face censure or legal sanction. Indeed, some are already following the trends of public opinion rather than the Bible.

All I can do is recall the letters in Revelation. Only two churches are found acceptable in the end while all the others are found wanting. That tells me that out of all the Christians in the world, your odds of being in the few aren't good. So, all we can do is pray and read our Bibles and look at what Christ said, and I see that marriage is always between a man and a woman.

God gave me lots of pain growing up both physical and emotional for a reason. Maybe what's coming is why. I had to develop strength of purpose and clarity and the ability to stand on my own conviction without being easily swayed.
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My prayers are with you because I have a young son, and I also fear for what his upbringing will be and the world I am raising him in.
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I've nothing to add, but pray for Gods' blessing you and your family.
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