Graham: US Church Should Brace for Persecution
best-known evangelist says the American church should prepare for
Billy Graham warns that the immunity to persecution that Christians
in our country have enjoyed over the last few centuries is unusual.
says there is no scriptural foundation for a belief that we can
forever escape being persecuted for Christ's sake. In fact, Christ
strongly warns his followers that becoming His disciple would not be
a popular decision.
Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane talks about why it is
unusual the American Church has not faced persecution. Click play to
how will we respond when Christians here at home are pressured to
list's five ways to fortify yourself so that you are able to stand
when that day comes.
Make sure of your relationship to God.Prepare
to meet God. Have you been to the cross where Christ shed His blood
for your sins? Have you had the past forgiven? Have you come by
faith, confessing that you are a sinner and receiving Christ as your
Walk with God in your daily life.If
you are walking with God now, when times of crisis come you will be
prepared to meet them head on. God has not promised to deliver us
from trouble, but he will walk with us through it.
yourself with the Word of God. Begin reading, studying and memorizing
Scripture as never before. The Bible says, "Stand therefore,
having your waist girded with truth" (Ephesians 6:14).
Christianity is to survive in a world filled with materialism, the
church must have a revival of prayer. As individuals, we must repent
of prayerlessness. The prayer meeting must become the vital
institution it was when evangelical Christianity was the mightiest
force in the world.
Meditate on Christ.We
must learn again to practice the presence of God. Christ must be
vitally real to us if we are to prove loyal to Him in the hours of