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I had a whole post typed up here and then decided to delete it all. Rather than talk about my thoughts about this video, I’d like to read yours. It’s pretty obvious from the title of this article that I have some issues.
I think this is important to do this from time to time because so many of us were spoon-fed in our churches and we bought what our pastors said without questioning.
A big special thanks goes to the behind-the-scenes elf who volunteered to transcribe this video. It’s helpful to see the words and hear them. Thank you!* * *
Persecution or a Great Awakening, Transcribed from Video
By Paul Washer
The church in America is going to suffer so terribly. And we laugh now, but they will come after us and they will come after our children. They will close the net around us while we are playing soccer mom and soccer dad. While we are arguing over so many little things and mesmerized by so many trinkets. The net, even now is closing around you and your children and your grandchildren and it does not cause you to fear.
You will be isolated from society as has already happened. Anyone who tries to run for office who actually believes the Bible will be considered a lunatic until finally we are silenced. We will be called things that we’re not and persecuted not for being followers of Christ, but for being radical fundamentalists who do not know the true way of Christ, which of course is love and tolerance.
You’ll go down as the greatest bigots and haters of mankind in history. They’ve already come after your children, and for most of you, they have already gotten them. They got them through the public schools and indoctrination and in the university and indoctrination and then you wonder why your children come out not serving the Lord. It’s because you fed them right into the devil’s mouth. So little by little, the net is closing around and then it’s not little by little – look how fast things are going down hill in a matter of weeks, matter of weeks. But at the same time know this: persecution is always meant for evil, but God always means it for good. And is it not better to suffer in this life, to have an extra weight of glory in heaven?
You must settle this in your mind, this is the one thing I want to say over and over: do not believe, down through history you have a wrong idea of martyrdom and persecution, you think that these men were persecuted and martyred for their sincere faith in Jesus Christ, that was the real reason, but no one heard that publicly. They were martyred and they were persecuted as enemies of the state, as child molesters, as bigots, as narrow-minded stupid people who had fallen for a ruse and can contribute nothing to society.
Your suffering will not be noble. So your mind must be filled with Word of God when all people persecute you and turn on you. And when the spirit of God and common grace pulls back and you see even your children and grandchildren tossing in the lot that you should die, this is no game.
You want revival and awakening, but know this: for the most part, great awakenings only come preceding great national catastrophes of the persecution of the church. I believe God is bringing a great awakening but I believe that He is raising up young men who are strong in trust in the providence of God to be able to wade through the hell that is going to break loose on us, and it will be on us before we even recognize it, unless – unless in God’s providence He is not done, He is not done. And note, this is not silly talk. Apart from the great awakening, these things are going to come upon you, be ready to lose your homes, your cars, everything……………..
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