The days of having the freedom to practice true Biblical Christianity in Western countries, and particularly in America without real persecution, may be numbered. One way to assure that the freedom to practice and live one's faith will be taken away, is if Christians do not rise up NOW and speak the truth, and have the courage to stand up against the tide of political correctness.
We can expect to see a further move to marginalize Christianity and persecute true followers of Christ in the days ahead. The followers of Lucifer in their various guises march us relentlessly towards their despotic goals, and by and large the church does nothing to try to stop this. If you have been thinking that Russia may be a bastion of hope for Christianity in the world, or that Putin truly supports Christians, maybe you had better think again. A law was passed last week effectively making it illegal for Christians to evangelize in Russia! Shades of the old Soviet Union where there was no real religious freedom it would seem. But is that any real surprise, as we see the global march towards a Communistic, Socialistic Super State, with a small super capitalist elite at the head of it? The day where official “State-Run” churches are the only ones allowed in Russia seems not at all far off. Could America and the West go the same route as well?
The law, which will come into force on July 20, will prohibit evangelism anywhere outside a church or religious site – including private homes and online – and those in breach of it will be fined. Only named members of religious organisations will be able to share their faith, and even informal witnessing between individuals is forbidden. (Via www.christiantoday.com)
With tolerance and acceptance of Islam being demanded in the Western World, in spite of the fact that it is obvious that in Islamic countries where Sharia Law is practiced, there is no tolerance for other religions such as Christianity, how should Christians react?With Transgender bathrooms and compliance with the LBGT agenda being pushed on schools, businesses and even in some churches, what role should Christians play?
There appears to be a deliberate plot to undermine the traditional family unit, long held Christian values, and even legal Constitutions of countries such as the USA and others. This is being done in many ways, and Political Correctness seems to be one of the chief, and most cunning of tools that the puppet masters behind the scenes are using to further the agenda that is taking away the rights of people to freely practice their faith. Core Traditional Judeo-Christian values and beliefs are being systematically targeted for eradication, because they do not adhere to the agenda of the One World religious, and governmental system that the Luciferians behind the scenes are pushing us towards.
Is the True Church going to rise up against the tide of political correctness and stand on the solid Word of The Bible regardless of the cost, or will Christians in the pews and Pastors wimp out and bow down to the agendas of Islam, The LBGT community, Satanists and other ungodly agendas?Though most seem to refuse to take a stand at this time, not all Pastors and not all churches will bow to these agendas. One Pastor who speaks out clearly that we must all stand now in truth and in the fire and power of the Holy Spirit and resist compromises to our faith is Pastor Terry L. Bates.
1 Kings 18:21-24 - And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.; Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men; Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
Recently Pastor Bates has received some backlash for his holding to traditional values and refusing to compromise on Biblical teachings for the sake of political correctness. Several weeks ago 50-75 members of his congregation got up and walked out during a sermon. Why did they do that? Here is a quote fromTerry L. Bates as reported in an online article form Charisma Magazine that gives you the reason :
"I used Elijah as the example of a 'Fire Starter,' and our need to raise up a new generation of 'Fire Starters' who would not be afraid to confront false religions (like Islam) and corrupt culture," Bates tells Charisma News. "Anyone (comedians, LGBT community, media) can say anything negative about Christianity and there are no repercussions for their actions or their words. But as soon as a Christian preaches or speaks against the false religion of Islam or against the agenda of the LGBT community and the transgender movement and their demands for us to make accommodations for and accept their lifestyle and agenda—then we face persecution. We are called intolerant and told that we are not being politically correct.
So the question is how many churches, congregations and pastors will speak up now while they still have some rights to practice the Christian faith in a traditional Biblical sense, and how many will refuse to do so incase they offend people with the truth? How many ministers will risk losing members of their congregations and the money that they donate; or worse face law suits for refusing to violate their traditional biblical principles by holding to the truth? Listen to the followiing interview with Pastor Terry L. Bates on the A Minute To Midnite show, and then decide what position you will take at this time, as the Christian Church as a whole stands at a crossroads.
I received an email from Joanie Stahl shortly after she listened to the interview I did with Pastor Terry Bates on the A Minute To Midnite Show. Joanie is an important part of our team, and this email was sent to everyone in our core team. I want to share a section of that email here because I believe it sums things up the current state of the church perfectly. Here is a quote from the email:
Hey you guys,
I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the latest interview with Pastor Terry Bates.
This interview was important in light of the fact that one thing stands out above all else, and that is the knowledge that tons of people got up and walked out when he spoke the LGBT/muslim communities are welcome but not welcome to change the faith on which we stand.
In essence I find that this was a sign of a larger demographic of the entire American church at large. And if this was done in the mid-west, imagine if this was preached in mega-church areas. I know that in this area that I live in, that Pastor would be called into an emergency meeting come Monday morning by the church board and a unanimous vote would slam down on the table for his resignation. Or a thorough firing. And all based on money. Because everybody makes money who works for the church.
Plus the obvious is that the Church Age is over. We are just waiting for the Lord to come. Or an EMP attack or something that would fundamentally level Churchianity landscape. These people that were offended and stormed out represent a vast majority of so-called Believers. Because they are NOT Believers. They are counterfeit christians. Do not forget that verse that says, "In the latter times men will not put up with sound doctrine, but will gather unto themselves teachers having itching ears turning everyone from the faith." I may not have word for word said it exactly, as I am trying to remember that word from heart. But the message has never been clearer than now.
This is not a breakdown. This is the final twitching of a nearly dead Church corpse before it gives its last gasp. The reality is here and Pastor Bates called it out
056- Pastor Terry L. Bates - Great Power & No Bowing To Baal - The Fire Of Elijah
In Episode O56 of A Minute To Midnite Tony is joined by Pastor Terry L. Bates, an A.O.G pastor from Oklahoma City. A powerful message is presented here on how the Christian church needs to stand on the solid ground of scripture, and not be intimidated, cajoled or persuaded into watering down or changing the message found in the bible. "We welcome everyone to Faith regardless of your sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs. But we will not change the Gospel or modify our message in any way to accommodate any view or lifestyle that is contrary to the Word of God," Bates has said. The Pastor holds a position of preaching the truth in love-but at the same time preaching it without apology.Every Christian should hear the message presented in today's show. We stand at the threshold of both a great harvest of souls for the Kingdom Of God, and a great falling away into apostasy by many who profess faith in Christ. You must decide which side will you be on.