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“The War Against Christianity: is It Cultural or Spiritual?”
by Prophecy News Watch - Christine Pasciuti   
February 27th, 2014

Christianity is up against the fight of its life. The world is kicking Christian principles and beliefs to the curb, fast and furious. Momentum against the Christian faith is accelerating, fueled not just by intolerance alone, but by fervent hatred. In America and around the globe, new legal actions are being initiated almost daily that are slowly suffocating religious freedoms while the Christian community is largely silent. Why is that?

Perhaps the battle is as much spiritual as it is cultural, and many Christians have not properly equipped themselves for the spiritual side of warfare. There cannot be victory over one without victory over the other.

The following examples of anti-Christian agendas reveal just how pervasive the war against Christianity has become in the United States.

The Christian fish symbol many proudly display on their cars, representing the Greek letters that stand for Jesus Christ as God’s Son and Savior, is being mocked with a copy of a similar fish, only this one has evolved legs with feet, and contains the letters “DARWIN’, representing the scientific theory of Evolution.

Nativity scenes are being banned from public properties. Many schools are no longer displaying Christmas trees; one has even banned the colors green and red from its “Winter Party.” Department stores have instructed their employees not to say “Merry Christmas” to store customers.

Bumper stickers denouncing prayer, state in bold letters, “DON’T PRAY IN OUR SCHOOLS AND WE WON’T THINK IN YOUR CHURCHES!” Chaplains serving in government-run facilities are no longer permitted to pray in the name of Jesus.

Universities are forbidding Bible Studies to be held on their properties. People are being fined for holding Bible Studies in their own homes, in violation of local city zoning codes.

The Arizona Book Banning and Burning Board (ABBBB), a division of the Arizona Dept. of Education, has outlawed any teaching of, or reference to, the Bible in its schools.  The organization found both books of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) to be in violation of Arizona’s HB2281 (aka the Ethnic Studies Bill) by being "totally biased in favor of the Jews" and teaching the "superiority of the Jewish race."

Christians and Christian groups have been targeted by the military and the IRS as “religious extremists” and “domestic hate groups.”

Christian ministries involved in pro-life activities were IRS targets, with one group being demanded by the government to provide the content of its prayers. In Wyoming, a church was ordered by government officials to turn over its membership lists, and a North Carolina Baptist newspaper was audited, as was Billy Graham Ministries.

In a blazing letter to President Barack Obama, the Rev. Franklin Graham blasted the IRS for targeting the two non-profits he heads with an audit in 2012 after the organizations took out ads urging people to support biblical principles on marriage and when choosing political candidates.

New demands for Bibles to be removed from hotel rooms and banned from hospital rooms are being forcefully voiced, citing unconstitutionality.

Christian bakers, florists and photographers have been dragged into court by individual states for discrimination charges when they have declined to offer their services for same-sex weddings. On all accounts, the lower courts have ruled that gay rights supersede religious rights.

Some churches are considering changing their bylaws now, in preparation for eventually being sued because they will not conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies. Churches fear that it's only a matter of time before a lawsuit is initiated.  

Gregory S. Erwin, an attorney for the Louisiana Baptist Convention—an association of Southern Baptist churches and one of several groups advising churches to change their bylaws—said, "I thought marriage was always between one man and one woman, but the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said no…I think it's better to be prepared because the law is changing. America is changing."

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, conceded that Christians are losing the culture war and he fears that, unless Christians stand up and engage the political process, the day may come when religious liberty is extremely restricted.

Jeffress elaborated with this point: “A religious leader once said, ‘My successor will see the tax-exempt status removed from churches and his successor will go to jail.’”  Jeffress believes this scenario is probably on the horizon.

JeremiahProject.com offers this view on the anti-Christian movement: “What Christians are experiencing in the world today is not so much a ‘war on Christianity’ as it is rebellion against God, and thus a hatred toward anything that points to God or His Son Jesus... and by extension a hatred of Christ's followers.”

Rebellion against God and persecution against Christians is well documented in the Bible. Jesus told His followers, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. (John 15:18, NKJV)

The underlying spiritual warfare that is raging for the souls of mankind—witnessed in the world’s growing hatred for those who love and follow Jesus Christ—is vividly described by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, verses 10-20. This well-known Scripture calls for believers of all generations to stand their ground by putting on the whole armor of God, reminding them that this battle is His. And we already know who wins.

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