Why Circumstances for Christians Will Get Worse

Posted on September 20, 2019

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By David Ettinger

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No Relief in Sight
Circumstances for Christians have been tough for almost 2,000 years. The world is hostile to God, Christ, and His people. There is nothing new about this. Animosity toward Christians has surfaced in various ways, ranging from simple sneers to bloody massacres. This is as true today as it was at the birth of the Church.

Though heinous acts of Christian persecution are occurring in Asia, Africa, and some parts of South America, a question arises if anti-Christian maltreatment in the West can be labeled as persecution. In other words, is fining an American baker thousands of dollars for refusing to bake a cake for a gay marriage ceremony the same as beheading a Christian for his faith?

No, but what is occurring in the West is the repression of Christianity, and this comes in the form of punishing believers for taking biblical stands; governmentally mandated laws which defy biblical values; and the eradication of all things Christian from the national consciousness.

Though many Western Christians pray for revival, I believe the time for revival has passed, that God is preparing to pour out His wrath upon a sinful world which has spurned His holy decrees with reckless and disdainful abandon. Therefore, circumstances for Christians will get worse.

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The Key Passage
I call your attention to 2 Corinthians 4:3-4: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

In this passage, Paul is defending himself against the charges of false teachers that the Gospel is ineffective, harsh, and difficult to comprehend – that it is being “veiled” from human comprehension. Paul argues that the Gospel message – that Christ died on the cross to atone for humanity’s sin – is perfectly understandable to all with a heart to listen. If it is veiled, it is veiled to those who are unwilling – and perhaps unable – to accept it.

First, these unbelievers deny the Gospel, and then Satan comes along and deepens their denial. This partnership of flat-out willful denial of the Gospel and Satan’s abetting of this denial has led to the complete darkening of the minds of unregenerate humanity.

What This Means
Apart from Satan, unbelievers may deny the Gospel, but would not necessarily be hostile toward it. However, when the poison of Satan is poured into unbelief, the human mindset is drastically altered. The average unbelieving man or woman is transformed from mere Gospel-shunner to full-fledged Christian-hater. They take offense at the claims of Christianity, referring to believers as “bigoted,” “hateful,” “ignorant,” and “despicable.”

This is because Satan – “the god of this age” ­– has blinded the minds of unbelievers.” He has blinded the minds of unbelievers to the truth of “the gospel that displays the glory of Christ.” You can testify all you want about the wonderful things Christ has done for the human race, but, once Satan enters the mix, the blind simply can’t understand.

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No Revival Coming
And this is one major reason why circumstances for Christians will get worse. There will be no national revival. Clear, concise, and loving sharing of the Gospel will not penetrate the mind that has been darkened by Satan. The Gospel is still light, but its light is often dimmed from the minds of those who have fallen prey to Satan’s intentions. They will continue to see sin as the norm and biblical virtue as the domain of fools. Therefore, anti-Christian activity, sentiment, and legislation will continue to increase.

However, there is good news. As the world descends further into darkness, God still saves individuals. I was a scoffer who came to faith at age 28. Though I did not accept the Gospel, it appears as if Satan had not yet “gotten” to me. There are millions of others who are in a similar position; i.e., their minds are still capable of receiving “the light of the gospel.”

So keep sharing the Gospel and fighting the fight. The West is beyond repair, but individuals – perhaps some you deeply love – are very much repairable. The Gospel is light, and God has appointed many to receive it!