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 Ministry founder: U.S. Christians 'absolutely not prepared' for persecution


[u][b]Ministry founder: U.S. Christians 'absolutely not prepared' for persecution[/b][/u]


The founder of Gospel for Asia says while persecution is increasing worldwide for Christians, he believes it will soon impact believers in America -- and K.P. Yohannan says they need to get ready for it.

Persecution against Christians is increasing worldwide, especially in countries such as India, where attacks on churches and Christians by Hindu extremists have increased dramatically. In fact, when missionaries graduate from Gospel for Asia (GFA) Bible colleges, they are told to expect persecution -- and perhaps even death -- for spreading the gospel.

According to GFA founder K.P. Yohannan, Christians in those countries expect such treatment and are prepared when the tough times come. But he believes Christians in America will soon be faced with persecution as well -- and he is fearful that many are not ready.

"The great falling-away from faith could be worst here in [America] because people are absolutely not prepared to face suffering or persecution -- because we cannot imagine a gospel with the cross and the suffering in it," says Yohannan. "Yet the Bible teaches very strong about it. So as the Word of God says: He who has ears, let him hear."

The ministry leader is convinced that prosperity has caused many Christians in America to focus on material possessions instead of surrendering all to Christ. The result, he says, is that American Christians have become "very naïve" in thinking that real persecution will never come their way.

"These are warning signs," he exclaims. "God is telling us [that] we need to prepare our lives. And preachers going around saying that revival is coming, and everything is okay, and all these things? I think that people are [being] set up for huge disaster and denying their faith when they face problems."

It is estimated that more than 16,000 Christians are martyred worldwide each year for their faith.


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http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/12/ministry_founder_us_christians.php

 2008/1/2 3:03









 Re: K.P. Yohannan - U.S. Christians 'absolutely not prepared' for persecuti

He certainly did set the trumpet to his mouth on this one.

Major truth and warning here.
Most won't even stand against the apostasy or false doctrines/teachers - so as to not make waves, nonetheless, stand for truth when it may mean losing all that they own.

It starts in the little things. If you'll stand alone for truth now and are willing to be tossed aside by the majority because of it, then God pours out even more Grace to stand alone during persecution.

We must love Truth more than anything or anyone.
We're to love God, Who is the Truth - before or more than even "brothers and sisters".
It's that love of His Truth that measures our love for God and not 'warm feelings inside'.

We'll be persecuted for Truth, and our jealousy for His Word above all other words is being tested - or has been all along.

Time to draw that line in the sand now - to be willing to be first ostracized for truth by the apostate church and with that, God will strengthen for what's coming.

To the degree that we love Truth [are not 'offfended' Mt.24:10] - to that degree we'll Stand.
The stronger we stand for Truth - the more of His Spirit He pours out. 1Pet4:14



Thank you for this urgent warning/plea.

 2008/1/2 7:33









 Re: Ministry founder: U.S. Christians 'absolutely not prepared' for persecution


- bump -

 2008/1/3 13:41









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Quote:
Major truth and warning here.


Most won't even stand against the apostasy or false doctrines/teachers - so as to not make waves, nonetheless, stand for truth when it may mean losing all that they own.

It starts in the little things. If you'll stand alone for truth now and are willing to be tossed aside by the majority because of it, then God pours out even more Grace to stand alone during persecution.

We must love Truth more than anything or anyone.
We're to love God, Who is the Truth - before or more than even "brothers and sisters".
It's that love of His Truth that measures our love for God and not 'warm feelings inside'.

We'll be persecuted for Truth, and our jealousy for His Word above all other words is being tested - or has been all along.

Time to draw that line in the sand now - to be willing to be first ostracized for truth by the apostate church and with that, God will strengthen for what's coming.

To the degree that we love Truth [are not 'offfended' Mt.24:10] - to that degree we'll Stand.
The stronger we stand for Truth - the more of His Spirit He pours out. 1Pet4:14




AMEN!!! and this is SOOOOO true.

Sad to say, those who do stand for truth are being accused of being the troublemakers, causing dissension.

We live in a time called "Culture Warriors". It's an art form.....used by the enemy to shut you down.

Love in Christ
Katy-Did

 2008/1/3 14:04









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HE_Reigns wrote:
He certainly did set the trumpet to his mouth on this one.

Major truth and warning here.
Most won't even stand against the apostasy or false doctrines/teachers - so as to not make waves, nonetheless, stand for truth when it may mean losing all that they own.

It starts in the little things. If you'll stand alone for truth now and are willing to be tossed aside by the majority because of it, then God pours out even more Grace to stand alone during persecution.

We must love Truth more than anything or anyone.
We're to love God, Who is the Truth - before or more than even "brothers and sisters".
It's that love of His Truth that measures our love for God and not 'warm feelings inside'.

We'll be persecuted for Truth, and our jealousy for His Word above all other words is being tested - or has been all along.

Time to draw that line in the sand now - to be willing to be first ostracized for truth by the apostate church and with that, God will strengthen for what's coming.

To the degree that we love Truth [are not 'offfended' Mt.24:10] - to that degree we'll Stand.
The stronger we stand for Truth - the more of His Spirit He pours out. 1Pet4:14



Thank you for this urgent warning/plea.







And come time, when the newly elected "couple" are sworn into their posts, Lisa's dream will be seen, with parties in the streets and hatred towards us.

For this year - just learn how to stretch meals. Stews, soups, etc.. Learn to make things stretch - even gas. Wisdom! It's a nice word and practice. Amen?

Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

He said, His little flock [b]Trust GOD[/b] - He fed the multitude with a few fishes and loaves andnot a sparrow falls..... :-)

Matthew 10



LORD Bless His Elect.

 2008/1/14 13:55









 Re: Ministry founder: U.S. Christians 'absolutely not prepared' for persecu

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches"

 2008/1/14 18:26
SimpleLiving
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Many Americans feel they're persecuted if their favorite television program is interrupted, even for important breaking news. It's downright being tortured if the electricity goes out altogether.

We've created "political correctness" to protect ourselves from being not only persecuted, but having our delicate, thin-skinned feelings hurt. "Don't say anything I don't like! How dare you? I'll sue you!" The sadder thing is, they'll win that lawsuit.

The true church must put on the full armor of God. Come out of complacency and prepare for battle! Soak in the Word and store it in your hearts! Know Him intimately so that during the most raging storm, you can hear His whisper! Put aside the things of this world and become who He says you are in His kingdom! The day and the hour has come when people will cry out for peace and there will be none! Seek Him while He may be found!


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 2008/1/15 9:16Profile
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SimpleLiving wrote:
...they're persecuted if their favorite television program is interrupted, even for important breaking news. It's downright being tortured if the electricity goes out altogether.



Yes brother, and also as brother Ravenhill [url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?lid=1699]is saying here[/url] (37min):

'[b]I know that you had tribulation this morning, the bacon was burned, some other tragedy happened. But did you think this morning, that somebody for Christ's sake is gonna lose his head?[/b]'

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SimpleLiving wrote:
We've created "political correctness" to protect ourselves from being not only persecuted, but having our delicate, thin-skinned feelings hurt. "Don't say anything I don't like! How dare you? I'll sue you!" The sadder thing is, they'll win that lawsuit.

Put aside the things of this world and become who He says you are in His kingdom! The day and the hour has come when people will cry out for peace and there will be none! Seek Him while He may be found!



Thank you brother.

 2008/1/15 9:33Profile









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SimpleLiving wrote:
...they're persecuted if their favorite television program is interrupted, even for important breaking news. It's downright being tortured if the electricity goes out altogether.






I see so many truths here on this thread. I would have ask the question to myself and others, up to this point, why hasn't Americans endured the sufferings and persecutions of other countries and if it projected to be coming now, why?
If Americans knew the answer to this, not a doubt in mind that it would definitely bring revival to a nation. 2nd Chron 7:14
moe_mac

 2008/1/15 10:40
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SimpleLiving wrote:
...they're persecuted if their favorite television program is interrupted, even for important breaking news. It's downright being tortured if the electricity goes out altogether.


Yes brother, and also as brother Ravenhill is saying here (37min):

'I know that you had tribulation this morning, the bacon was burned, some other tragedy happened. But did you think this morning, that somebody for Christ's sake is gonna lose his head?'



Be careful of needless and self serving exaggeration. Besides being untruthful, it hides a weakness of character that will eventually demoralize those around you in a real crisis. Leadership emboldens.

Blessings brethren,

MC


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Mike Compton

 2008/1/15 10:44Profile





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