PMT 2017-035 by Larry E. Ball (author, Blessed Is He Who Reads)
Pastor Kevin DeYoung represents the standard view of the modern church with regard to the present and future expectation of Christian persecution (Four Thoughts on Persecution in America). However, I have been silent too long. It’s time to post a contra-view. Consider the following.
1. As Pastor DeYoung rightly suggests, the examples of “persecution” in the Bible refer to acts of violence toward Christians such as arrest, imprisonment, and even death. I would include a loss of employment and being ostracized by a particular community. Certainly, it can refer to pure hatred. Continue reading