Hostility. The secret to church growth.

I am part of the first generation in the UK that has probably never experienced war. The only hostility that really took place was in the Falkland Islands in the 1980’s, on the other side of the world literally. There have been no real threats to our national security after the early threats of nuclear war and Russian aggression quickly subsided. So how has this prolonged experience of peace been for us as western nations and as Christians?

The truth is, I believe, that we have become rather fat and lazy, lovers of pleasure and comfort. This has made us particularly vulnerable because the enemy of our souls is always on the prowl and does not take holidays. So we find ourselves in another time in history when we, as Christians, were looking the other way when our faith and lifestyle was being systematically attacked right in front of us. This has been in process since after the second world war but is growing at an alarming rate. So much so that we have become like rabbits looking into the advancing headlights of liberal theology and ungodly behaviour.

But it is not all bad news. We are so aware that the Bible is full of stories where God’s people seem to be on the edge of extinction BUT GOD steps in and rescues his children from the fowler’s snare, from the giants, and from mighty foes. In this blog I intend to join with others to stir up the body of Christ to engage in the present battles, of which there are many. In this we will experience victory in our own lives, our churches and or nations.

The places where we see the kingdom of God becoming stronger, Christians become more fearless, and the moral conditions of the culture improving, are those very places that are most hostile to Jesus. And that is where I would like to start in the next blog. With the unlikely country where salvations are becoming common place and the authorities cannot stop it. We can learn from them.

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