(By Joseph Mattera) As the persecution of the Bible-believing church becomes more intense, there will be a greater manifestation of what I am referring to in this article as the “remnant church.” By “remnant church,” I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural opposition.  There is always a true remnant left during times of apostasy and persecution. Elijah the prophet found out that God always preserved a remnant, by His grace, that held true to the faith (read 1 Kings 19 and Rom. 11:2-5). By “remnant church,”

I am not merely referring to so-called “cultural warrior” churches who seem to always be battling for a cause (which can be part of it, although the gospel is always much bigger than one social cause). I am also not referring to so-called Christian churches that do idiotic things (like burning the Qur’an) or exhibit intentionally hostile (and un-Christ-like) behavior by so-called churches (like the Westboro Baptist Church). (I cringe even calling this group of hate-mongers a church.) I am, however, referring to those of plain and simple faith and obedience to the word of God, which is practiced by humble, people-loving, community-serving, compassionate churches who do not compromise the word of God. CONTINUE