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“Escaping Persecution”
by Art Sadlier   
October 1st, 2008
Trials and tribulations are the constant experience of God’s people. We cannot expect to escape persecution. Jesus warned that if they hated Him they will hate His disciples. We, in our culture, have been an exception for many years now. We have escaped real persecution, there are signs that a change is coming.

The Purpose Driven Church and New Evangelicalism have desperately sought to be as much like the world as possible. Their philosophy is, “we must cause the world to like us, we do not want the world to condemn us or reject us”. Those who take this approach will never be persecuted by the world. However, this approach is foreign to the history of the Church.

The Voice of the Martyrs has estimated that since the death of Christ Jesus 2000 years ago 43,000,000 Christians have been martyred. Over 50% of these were in the last century alone. More than 200,000,000 Christians face persecution each day, 60% are children. Every day over 300 believers are killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. - Art Sadlier

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