Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
(Hebrews 12:1)
February 27, 2019
For the PPU
From the Foleys

The Five Zones of Persecution

The Bible does not portray persecution as a product of particular political systems the way we are prone to today. Such a portrayal leads us to think of persecuted Christians as beleaguered minorities peacefully minding their own business and beliefs, whispering worship songs and Bible verses under blankets while candlelight illumines their angelic faces; meanwhile, snarling secret police officers let the dogs out in hot pursuit. Such minorities need protection, pity, and money, we reason, and we tell our own governments so.

Instead, the Bible portrays persecution as a turf war where idols and their devotees, with violence rooted in well-reasoned fear of utter loss, defend their hard-won territory and assert their rights of soul control over those they've cowed into submission. Biblically, it is the Christians who are on the offensive; the idols and their subjects are the ones engaged in self-defense and always appealing to governments for protection. It is the demons who ask nervously, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” They then ring up the relevant government authorities and discuss how to subdue the Christian menace, like dispatching so many unwanted bed bugs.

Persecution, in other words, happens whenever and wherever the enemy panics. Where the enemy has things well in hand (in places like America and South Korea where the pursuit of wealth, beauty, and pleasure, the opiates of the people, have reduced our societies--and, often, us--to a mellow haze), he has no need to persecute...

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The first sermon on a series of teaching on the Ten Commandments, The Lord's Prayer, and the sacraments.
In this sermon, the Foleys show how the first commandment reveals to us that God is not a God who intersects our life at certain points, but is acting in each event of our life.

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Pastor Tim's Prayer Points
  • Praise – Last month we finished the translation and publication of an important Korean missionary book called Mission Methods in Manchuria by John Ross. In the coming months, we will translate and publish several Wurmbrand books.

  • Last year, our UT student Mrs. Choi was murdered. This year, we met the North Korean man who killed her when we went on a visitation to one of the prisons in South Korea. Through this, we were better able to connect with the police as well as learn a little more about Mrs. Choi’s story. Although Mrs. Choi’s death was very tragic, we were thankful to see how the Lord was already working on this man’s heart. He will be in prison for a long time, but we are hopeful that the Lord will use this broken man to share the gospel with other NK prisoners.

  • Please pray for our China Declaration campaign where we are asking pastors and church leaders from around the world to stand with the 439 courageous Chinese pastors who have signed the “Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith” written by Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church. Currently, Pastor Wang Yi remains imprisoned along with 13 other leaders of the church. Please sign this declaration at www.chinadeclaration.com and share with your friends and church leaders. We are praying for 43,900 pastors and church leaders to sign this in suffering solidarity with the pastors of China.
 
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