Are You Prepared for the Coming Persecution?

Are You Prepared for the Coming Persecution?“Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was murdered by the Nazis, wrote in his haunting book, The Cost of Discipleship, ‘When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die.’ How might many self-identified Christians respond to that bold and shocking statement? I think they might protest with words like these, ‘Why would Christ ask us to come and die? Doesn’t He know how busy we are? Doesn’t He know how important we are? We are doing vast and urgent things! Doesn’t He know that we are busy advocating for social justice, reproductive freedom, racial equality, gender equality, inclusion, diversity, tolerance and dialogue?’…

“As the persecution of Christians in the West, led by both secular and sectarian sources, becomes more comprehensive and aggressive, we must be shaken to our roots by Our Blessed Lord’s searing question: ‘When the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on Earth?’ ( Luke 18:8) ….

“Soon, perhaps very soon, the comfortable and costless form of Christian discipleship so long common to the West will end.” – Father Robert McTeigue, S.J.


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