Let’s not fool ourselves. The greatest persecution against the church in America is coming from the gay movement and Islam. Indeed it has spread into other parts of the world. Let’s turn our eyes toward the church and consider the many casualties that are a sobering part of the history of this spiritual war that rages against men’s souls. Knowing that his time is short, there is no doubt that Satan has intensified his efforts to entice Christ’s followers to compromise with sin and the world.
More churches are jumping on the gay bandwagon, and it will soon shock you those who are yet to do so. Major denominations are now sponsoring gay pride parades, performing gay weddings, and receiving and ordaining gay clergy. Such churches are a coveted prize for Satan. Many who once served the Lord, but have since departed from the faith through the seduction of demonic doctrines are trophies of hell.
More churches will also travel on the false unity trail with the Roman Catholic Church and the whole ecumenical movement. They too have become a showcase prize for Satan and trophies of hell.
Statistics also tell us that more than 1,500 pastors per month are leaving the ministry, and some are coming out as atheists. British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins has a clergy project that is deceiving pastors into renouncing God and Christianity altogether. Former pastors turning atheist are like Demas, a once faithful disciple (Col. 4:14), but then lured by the world (2 Tim. 4:14), deserting their godly associations, have also become casualties of war and trophies of hell.
The teaching of false grace has infiltrated the church where the extremes of it are opening the door even wider for homosexuality and perversion to enter the church. Marriages will be further destroyed through this extreme teaching. More trophies of hell.
There will even be more persecution from within the church from other professing Christians who don’t appreciate true believers standing up for the unadulterated truth of God’s Word, making them uncomfortable in their sin. Unchecked sin in the church will continue to rise as the “love everyone—don’t judge” mantra continues to gain popularity, and the “do as you please” philosophy spreads like cankerworm.
All those who compromise are also to be considered the chief prize of Satan and potential trophies of hell. These modern day examples cause us to think of Adam and Eve, Cain, Esau, Samson, Solomon, many of Israel’s ancient kings, Judas and some of Paul’s companions who lost out with God. They remind us of the churches in Revelation who compromised, backslid, grew cold, and were disapproved and some disqualified by the Lord. More