Persecution Of Christians And False Teaching

When I was a kid, I only thought Christians in America would face persecution if the Russians took over the world. We used to hear scary things about Soviet Russia — only registered churches could exist, Bibles were almost non-existent, and Christians were less likely to get jobs in government or any other influential part of society.

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision the US winning the Cold War and then Christians coming under attack. Not that I’ve specifically heard of physical attacks, but certainly verbal attack is routine.

Actions based on false teaching that make Christianity odious

What’s just become clear to me is the role that false teaching plays in this process.

Today’s local paper, the Whittier Daily News, has an article, originating with the Associated Press, entitled “Perry’s presidential run casts new light on dominionism.” The story is all about how Presidential hopeful Rick Perry is tied to a group of “Pentecostals” who want to establish a Christian government because of “a God-given mandate to run the world.”

The term that journalists and scholars are using for this thinking is “dominionism.” I did a little research and learned that some in the media equate this “movement” to Islamic beliefs:

In many ways, Dominionism is more a political phenomenon than a theological one. It cuts across Christian denominations, from stern, austere sects to the signs-and-wonders culture of modern megachurches. Think of it like political Islamism, which shapes the activism of a number of antagonistic fundamentalist movements, from Sunni Wahabis in the Arab world to Shiite fundamentalists in Iran. (from “A Christian Plot for Domination?” by Michelle Goldberg)

More recently the Huffington Post published “5 Facts About Dominionism” by Daniel Burke, an article with a more balanced perspective. Even so, the article generated over 1600 comments, including ones like this:

The Religious Right do NOT want a state-spon­sored church, as they are sometimes accused of advocating­. But what they DO want is probably a lot worse.

What many want is for Biblical Law (primarily Leviticus) to be legislated into the US penal code. That means, for example, that anyone that doesn’t profess Evangelica­l Christiani­ty as his or her religion would be executed. The same punishment would apply to gays, working on the “sabbath,” adultery, disobedien­t children, gluttony, and many other offenses.

Don’t be fooled when they say they don’t want a state church, because that’s just a cover for what they really do want.

Or how about this:

Keep your god out of my Government­.

The First Amendment of the Constituti­on. I would defend it to the death.

[That would be the amendment that guarantees freedom of religion, if memory serves me correctly.]

The point is this. False teaching flying the flag of Christianity doesn’t turn society against the false teaching or the small niche from which it comes. It turns society against God and against “Evangelical Christianity.”

Can genuine persecution be far behind?

Published in: on October 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm  Comments (6)  
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