The Coming Persecution Of Christians Part 3
by Paul McGuire
As I wrote in earlier articles, there is coming an onslaught of persecution against Christians specifically in Western nations like the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and many other nations that the church and its leadership are completely unprepared for., The level and intensity of persecution against true Bible believing Christians will be exceed the level of Christians in Communist China and most Christians in America and Europe do not yet comprehend what is coming.
According to a Washington Times report, Pastor David Jones and his wife were holding small Bible studies in their home in Bonita, California. ‚ Only about 15 people attended these Bible studies and they were doing this for five years. ‚ On Good Friday morning, a San Diego County Code Enforcement officer went to the Jones residence and began taking photographs. ‚ The officer rudely asked Mrs. Jones, “Did they sing at their meetings? ‚ Did they say amen and “praise the Lord”? ‚ When Mrs. Jones said, “Yes,” the officer declared that these were illegal religious gatherings which must stop immediately! ‚ The Joneses received a citation warning them to “cease/stop religious assembly on parcel or obtain a major use permit.” ‚ Getting a permit could cost tens of thousands of dollars, and failure to do so would result in fines starting at $100 and escalating to $1,000. Than the county official reportedly had warned, “it will get ugly.”
Due to the national outcry, the County of San Diego temporarily backed down. ‚ But, for Christians in America there is much more to come. ‚ Leaders in the Christian pro-family movement are warning about “Hate Crime Legislation” that has been called “The Pedophile Protection Act” which was passed by the House of Representatives and is waiting to be signed by President Obama. ‚ The bill protects 547 different kinds of sexual orientations and criminalizes Christianity. ‚ Europe and Canada have already passed similar legislation and it means that if pastors or Christians truly speak from the Bible they can be fined, arrested and imprisoned.
For many Evangelical Churches in America who have moved into the “Emerging Church” or “Seeker Friendly” model this will not present a problem, because they will become the State approved churches like the ones that exist in China and existed in Nazi Germany. ‚ These churches present no challenge to the State, or world system, because they are preaching the same humanistic message as the State with a few “Jesus words” thrown in for good measure.
What many Christians in America, Europe, Australia and other nations do not understand, because they no longer teach Bible prophecy, is that the world is shifting very quickly into a global government. ‚ The plans for this global government were laid out years ago by such groups as the Fabian Socialists in England. ‚ The Fabian Socialists consisted of British intellectuals like the science fiction writer H.G. Wells, the philosopher Bertrand Russell and others who believed all of mankind’s problems could be solved with the establishment of a world socialist government. ‚ The United Nations and the Council on Foreign Relations were created to achieve the goal of global government. ‚ When you read the actual writing’s of the men who planned and financed one world government, it is obvious that they intend to employ totalitarianism and police state measures to accomplish their goal. ‚ Since they believe that men and women are simply evolved animal’s they are actively implementing global social, economic and political policies in what t can only be described as “˜Social Darwinism.” ‚ Most contemporary Christian leaders are incapable of grasping the full implications of exactly what that means to Christians in the 21st Century, because their theology is not Biblically based. ‚ It is a non-Biblical theology concocted in hot-tubs at the Esalen Institute
In Nazi Germany, many of the Jews kept saying it can’t happen here and yet it happened. ‚ They were telling each other as they were in line at the Concentration Camps, that they were going to get a shower. ‚ History tells us that they were gassed to death. ‚ Christians are saying the exact same thing in the U.S. and Europe while a totalitarian state rises all around them. ‚ In 1946, Julian Huxley, the founder of UNESCO created a global plan to destroy Christianity, the family and the nation state and they have been actively doing that for years. ‚ Since their world socialist government excludes God and specifically Jesus Christ, it is antichrist in nature and we should not be surprised at the global frontal assault on both Christianity and Judaism.
This global government cannot tolerate any resistance to its dictums. ‚ In Germany today when speaking of German homeschoolers, the German government state they cannot tolerate they existence of “parallel societies” which means they cannot tolerate the teaching of Christianity whatsoever in their schools. ‚ But, these same edicts exist in the U.S., Great Britain and other nations using different words. ‚ The intolerance of true Christianity is immersed in the International Law of the United Nations, of which American Supreme Court Justices now look for legal precedent and it is written into things like UNESCO, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and will soon become the law of the land in the US. ‚ United Nations law is now extending its authority over independent nation states like Great Britain. ‚ In Britain, under the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child, local authorities may soon have the legal right of access to the home and the right to speak to the children of a family alone, in order to make certain that homeschooling families are teaching what the U.N. wants. ‚ Under the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child, the U.N. becomes the parent of the child. ‚ Parents no longer have the legal right to teach a particular religion or restrict any kind of sexual activity a child may choose to participate including watching pornography.
According to a Moriel article on June 16th entitled, “Video: Police Attempt To Silence Street Preacher” from the Christian Institute, “Police officers told an open-air preacher in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, it is a criminal offence to identify homosexuality as a “sin”. They said this to Andy Robertson, an evangelist with the Open Air Mission, even though he had never mentioned homosexuality in his preaching.” ‚ This is not just happening in Great Britain, it is happening across the U.S. with increasing frequency.
According to a WorldNetDaily article entitled, “U.S. military teaches ‘protesters’ are ‘low-level terrorists’ by Bob Unruh on July 1, 2009, the ALCU sent a letter to the Pentagon which included this statement; “”Peaceful protest is not terrorist activity, it is protected by the First Amendment and is one of the cornerstones of our democratic society,” the ACLU said. “The fact that the views espoused may be unpopular or may be critical of the government is hardly a reason to treat engaging in dissent as a suspect activity.”
The Department of Homeland Security is profiling people who “protest” peacefully as “low level terrorists.” ‚ This means that if you exercise your Constitutional rights such as “freedom of religion,” “freedom of speech,” freedom of assembly,” and “freedom of the press” you are classified as a low level terrorist. ‚ If Christians peacefully gather to demonstrate in support of Israel, conduct a pro-life march, protest Sacramento, California for attempting to legalize homosexual marriage after the vote of the people clearly defined marriage as an institution between a man and woman, gather as “Promise Keepers” in Washington D.C. or choose to pray in front of the Supreme Court, they are now classified as “low level terrorists” by the DHS. ‚ In fact, the street preacher I heard on Times Square telling the crowds to repent because the judgment of God was near, three weeks before the Twin Trade Towers collapsed would have been classified as a terrorist and possibly prosecuted under a Federal Hate Crime’s law because he told the people “that is only through Christ that you can be saved from your sins!”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a very peculiar document shortly after President Obama was elected. ‚ This document is called The report, titled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” dated April 7, states that “threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. ‚ Now the DHS definition of “right-wing extremism” is an odd grab-bag of groups. ‚ The report from DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines right-wing extremism in the U.S. as “divided into those groups, movements and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups) and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration
The report also classifies people who believe in “‘End times’ prophecies” as right-wing extremists and terrorists. Another government report mysteriously surfaced about a week earlier from the Missouri State Highway Patrol or the Department of Public Safety.
Both of these government reports identify Christians who are “pro-life,” pro-traditional marriage” and who believe in teaching or preaching Bible prophecy, such as the return of Jesus Christ as being dangerous “right-wing” extremists. ‚ What is ironic is that many of President Barack Obama’s “friends, such as the former members of the violent and anti-government as Weather Underground or the inflammatory Rev. Wright were not even on the list?
The Report said, “Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” the DHS report reads
- “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as abortion. ‚ ‚ But, here is where it gets very tricky. ‚ Strangely, weeks or a month after these reports were issued we have two high profile media stories of madman who fit the DHS profile of an extremist. ‚ The Huffington Post of June 10, 2009 summed it up very nicely with an article entitled,”” DHS Report Warned Against Anti-Semitic Violence
- In the article, the writer appeared to compliment the Department of Homeland Security for being so accurate in its warnings of “right-wing” extremists. ‚ It cited the “violent anti-Semitic activity that occurred at the Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. by a “white supremacist” James W. Von Brunn. ‚ The article in the Huffington Post said, “It’s been several months now since that DHS report was issued and, sadly, the study is proving increasingly prescient. In addition to the Von Brunn shootings, there has been the killing of abortion provider George Tiller, another type of ideologically-driven killing that Napolitano warned against.
“But, what the Huffington Post and the other media conveniently left out is that Von Brunn was more of a left-wing extremist than a “right-wing” extremist.” James von Brunn, the man who allegedly shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. was a militant believer in Darwinian evolution and hated Christians and the Bible. Facts that were ignored by a media eager to portray him as a “Christian right-wing extremist.” James Von Brunn was a socialist politically.
First of all it is clear that there exists in both the U.S., Europe and Islamic nations individuals and groups that are violent and anti-Semitic. ‚ The rise of the neo-Nazi movement in Europe and across the world is alarming and these groups exist in the U.S. ‚ No one in their right mind would defend the insane and immoral actions of Von Brunn or the man who shot George Tiller. ‚ But, here is where we enter the slippery slope of totalitarian law which will lead to the persecution of Bible believing Christians. ‚ First, the largest group of Evangelical Christian supporters of the Jews and Israel are Bible believing Christians who believe and teach “End Time Prophecy” and who are l “pro-life.” ‚ Yet, the UN laws and the DHS make no important distinction between the “right wing extremist” and the peaceful and loving Christians who believe in Bible prophecy, who are pro-life and who are the greatest supporters of Israel in the United States. ‚ According to the DHS they are all “terrorists” and “right wing extremists.” ‚ So the assumption has to be made that sooner or later all Christians will be treated as terrorists because that is what the law states
Secondly, the DHS Report is heavily one sided and that is on the side of the left. ‚ You can be a Weather Underground member, brag about blowing up buildings and killing police men and that is okay! ‚ The DHS has no problem with you and you can be best friends of the President of the United States. ‚ You can preach hatred and intolerance for over 20 years and if you are Rev. Jeremiah Wright (a friend of the President) that’s okay by the Department of Homeland Security. ‚ What we have here is a one ideological group in power essentially labeling anyone who disagrees with them as a dangerous extremist. ‚ Bible believing Christians are now profiled in the same category as terrorists.
Miss California was fired from her job because she dared to say that she believed marriage is between a man and a woman. ‚ She was publicly harassed and fired! ‚ All across America and Europe corporations and government agencies are giving their employee’s sensitivity training so that they do not commit a “hate crime” against anybody of any sexual orientation and that means not only homosexuals but transgender, pedophiles, people who are into S&M, necrophilia or of any other sexual orientation will now receive special legal status. ‚ That means that if a man in California simply perceives himself to be a woman, than he is legally allowed to enter the shower room or rest room with little girls present. ‚ If a mother got upset and slapped the man from looking at her young daughter, she would be arrested and prosecuted for a hate crime and he, under the law would have done nothing.
In addition, this persecution of Christians will coincide with persecution against Jews who are either Messianic or Orthodox or conservative in their faith. ‚ What are the forces that are going to be responsible for this persecution?
First and foremost, there is the spiritual dimension. ‚ As we get closer to the return of Jesus Christ persecution is going to increase against the true church. ‚ We are told, “All who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” ‚ As a world and world system grows farther and farther from God, wickedness and lawlessness will increase. ‚ Jesus Christ told us, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man” and “As it was in the days of Lot, so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man.” ‚ The characteristic of these days were a quantum increase in wickedness, violence and perversion on the earth. ‚ We are seeing that in our time.
Secondly, even the Bible believing church had difficulty grasping the concept of just how evil, evil is. ‚ Jesus Christ did not get crucified by the world system because the world system was good. ‚ The world system is and was in terrific rebellion against God. ‚ As people who call themselves believers in the Bible, we tend to diminish the reality of Satan’s existence and that we are in a world with a titanic spiritual struggle going on. ‚ A struggle which centers in on the souls of men and women. ‚ ‚ Although, Christians have suffered terrific persecution in Communist and Muslim countries, most Western nations have had relatively little persecution. ‚ All of that is about to change. ‚ As the world system prepares for the coming of Antichrist we see the spirit of antichrist moving aggressively in our world. ‚ There is an earthly and demonic organizational structure to the emerging one world economic system and one world government.
The European Union is a regional global government. ‚ Soon there will be a North American Union which will be a mirror of the EU and merger Canada, Mexico and the United States along with a new NAU Constitution minus “The Bill of Rights.” It is very important for ordinary Christians and specifically Christian leaders to understand that a global totalitarian state is now emerging before us. ‚ A new world currency is an essential step in this process. ‚ But, make no mistake about as Dr. Francis Schaeffer thundered thirty years ago, “As the Evangelical Church accommodates to the culture, totalitarianism either from the right or the left will rise to manage the chaos.” ‚ I believe that at some point this totalitarianism will become the “Fourth Beast” in Daniel Chapter 9. ‚ Israel is God’s prophetic time clock and the time of His return is almost at hand. ‚ But, until that time there is coming a firestorm of persecution against the church. ‚ Tragically, I have witnessed the “Evangelical Church” in my lifetime slide from accommodation to apostasy. ‚ The so-called prophets “prophesy out of their own spirit” as they did in Ezekiel’s time. ‚ Judgment is coming and judgment begins in the house of the Lord. ‚ I tremble as I write these words.
Paul McGuire is a conference speaker and the author of 16 books. ‚ He can be reached at http://www.paulmcguire.com