If I listed everything the church could say ten years ago that she can’t say today—you would be horrified. Without a miracle, your children and grandchildren will have to survive in a world that will totally ban their faith—even scarier, they’ll do it without you.
It is hard to convince many Christians that they are losing their freedom of speech and religion. They either don’t believe it is happening, or they chalk it off to politics. But the erosion of liberty is not only real…it is the greatest threat American Christians have ever faced.
The doctrines of our faith that offend are the Cross, the Blood of Jesus, hell, sexual purity, and marriage. They are already being omitted by preachers who feel the heat. They’ll tell you it’s to reach a bigger audience—trust me, it’s the heat.
What can we do to stop the church from being driven underground? No vessel of God can seriously entertain the idea that we should stop preaching these truths. That can’t be the answer. What then, can we do to reverse this pernicious loss of liberty?
The better question is what does God do when a nation tries to silence His church? The answer came to me suddenly. Hear me out, it is not what you think. It is way beyond petitions, or elections. The revelation I am about to relate to you, struck me with paralyzing clarity. I am amazed I never saw it before.
However, nothing I am about to say will help you—not one point I make will have its intended impact unless you have a heart for it. If you are still in denial about what is happening, I can’t help you—this message can’t help you. If you think I am dispensing alarmist extremism, then you are just another part of the threat.
But, if you want to hear God’s heart on this crisis—if you hunger for more than half-answers, then you have come to the right place. You can ask the Holy Spirit the most important question you could ever ask: What do You do when a nation tries to silence your church? Here it comes.
When the leaders of Jerusalem arrested Peter, they didn’t know what to charge him with or how to punish him. They knew they had to silence the church. There was no doubt about their intention. They were prepared to do anything to stop the Gospel. So what was stopping them? Answer that, and you get the exact marching orders we need today.
What was hindering them was the man who came with Peter and John. This is the crippled beggar at the gate beautiful. This was no ordinary miracle. He occupied the most visible and lucrative begging station in Jerusalem. Everyone knew him. Word of his miracle filled the city. A mad chorus of praise was rising over the eternal city.