Persecution, Suffering

Countdown to Persecution in America

by Steve Ray on August 17, 2015

Two excellent articles (Part I and Part II and Part III). There is no doubt our society is rapidly moving away from it foundations and turning into an intolerant, secular society. When that happens Christians are the first to suffer.

Over the last few years I have been giving a talk entitled “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Non-Christian World.” It is a scary talk and shocks people into awareness of what is happening around us.

The first Christians lived in a pagan Greco-Roman world. They were a despised and persecuted subculture. They were beheaded, burned alive, fed to lions and every other cruel form of torture and killing.

Within 300 years these suffering Christians turned the world upside down for Jesus Christ. But now we see right before our eyes our once “Christian society” turning against us and rapidly sliding right back into hedonistic, godless paganism.

How do we prepare? What do we do? How should we raise our children?

“For decades, a growing number of the American elite—the people who manage the media and mold the culture, run our great colleges and corporations, and train our lawyers and judges—has been gripped by a growing anger, now becoming a raging envy, against any person, group, church, or institution committed to Christian moral teachings.  Like the (ancient] Romans, these people hear Christ’s truth as an accusation.  They even see Christ’s love on the cross as their condemnation. And strangely enough, they see Christian families not as witnesses for Christ but as witnesses against them. . . . The coalition of liberal secularists and homosexual activists—let’s call them “homosecularists” for short—have some very real goals that they know they can achieve only by driving Christians out of public life.” (Speechless:  Silencing the Christians, Rev. Donald Wildmon (a Methodist minister who founded the American Family Association).

You can learn more about my talk Swimming Upstream here (also entitled Proclaiming the Gospel – same talk). Or I can bring the talk to your parish or organization. You can read these two excellent articles here: Part 1, Part II, Part III.

 

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While flying home from Europe two days ago I was reading the USA Today newspaper. There was a section on the new policy of the Boy Scouts to allow openly gay leaders and employees. 

One of the comments (see to right) demonstrates two things I have been predicting for a long time. First, we Christians are becoming a despised subculture and our views will not be tolerated in the public square. As the comment below says, “Religious beliefs belong in your house of worship or your own home.”

Second, that the issue of homosexuality and the gay lifestyle will be the area where the ostracizing and persecution will start. We, as Christians, cannot be silent and acquiesce to this new “normal”. If we do, we betray Our Lord and our country.

Mainstream America is becoming tolerant of every devious behavior — from gay “marriage” to cutting up babies and selling their body parts. We cannot stand by and be silent. The world wants us to keep our religion in our churches, homes and between our ears but that is NOT what true Christianity is.

The secularists also have a religion. It is the religion of humanism and secularism. Their deviant behaviors are almost seen as secular sacraments: gay marriage, abortion, worship of nature and self, etc.

Get ready Catholics. We are quickly become the objects of ridicule, slander and persecution. Do you really love our Lord? He said if they hated him they will hate us. If they love us then we are not truly his disciples.

We have every right to exercise of religion and free speech in the town square — and I intend to at every opportunity. People may not like it but that is TOUGH! We better use our freedoms while we still have them; if we don’t we will lose them for sure.

Hang on to the truth, teach your kids it’s OK to be different, speak the truth and get ready for rough years ahead.

 

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CHRISTIAN MANIFESTO: We will not be silent; we will resist!

Oh boy! Here we go again. The battles are mounting and we Christians are becoming the despised sub-culture. 

This ruling is the second blast of a double-barreled shotgun, the first being legalized murder through abortion. With these two rulings which destroy the family and the high view of marriage, sexuality and human dignity we are watching the death of Western Civilization and sanity.

On the 28th of this month we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Irenaeus. During his time Christians were outlawed in Lyon France (Gaul at the time) and they were taken into the arena and tortured to death. It is not that close for us yet but I fear for my kids and grandkids.

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Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? The People of the Cross, thats’ who

April 25, 2015

The first reaction is to hate ISIS but the People of the Cross, the Christians of the Middle East have sent them a “Letter” in the form of a beautiful video.

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Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians

April 7, 2015

I have been telling my wife and kids and others — that the big persecution coming to Christians will be from the militant Gay Totalitarianism. I am not hateful of gays — to the contrary, I love them like everyone else.  Do I oppose the Gay Lifestyle? Yes. I also oppose other aberrant and perverted [...]

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“Religious Liberty Means More than You May Think,” Says Archbishop Chaput

March 20, 2015

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 18, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love. Religious liberty, he said, “means much more than the [...]

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Adopt a Christian in Mosul Iraq this Christmas – I Did, You Can Too!

December 25, 2014

Before you read the letter and appeal below for the Christians persecuted, crucified, slaughtered, and chased from their homes in Syria and Iraq by ISIS, I want to tell you my own story. A month ago we were in Istanbul and we heard a liturgy going on in the side chapel. We could tell it [...]

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Joint Statement by Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew (Peter and Andrew)

November 30, 2014

On Sunday Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew signed a joint declaration affirming their common commitment to full Christian unity as well as their support for suffering Christians in the Middle East. “We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians, who have professed the name of Jesus there for two thousand years,” the joint statement reads. [...]

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Bishop Conley’s Comments on our Cruise: “In the Footprints of St. Paul”

November 12, 2014

The ancient Christian writer and theologian Tertullian once asked the Church, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” He asked the question as Christianity spread from Israel into the Greek world; and as Greek intellectuals looked for deeper insight into the Christian mystery. Tertullian was asking whether pagan Greek culture—philosophy, poetry, the arts, history [...]

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Iraqi Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle East Christian Persecution

September 23, 2014

Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent.  Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of [...]

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Victims of Radical Islam – Graphic Images…

August 26, 2014

This is what happens to people who will not convert to Islam when the radicals come calling. ISIS (IS) is an example of what can happen when Islam is unfettered. I’ve heard it said, “The only good Muslim is a bad Muslim” meaning one who does not really follow the Koran completely. Luke 14:27 “Whoever [...]

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Adopt a Christian in Mosul – I just did!

August 9, 2014

Visit Asia News at http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Adopt-a-Christian-from-Mosul-to-respond-directly-to-Iraq’s-emergency-31845.html AsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis’s urgent appeal “to guarantee all necessary assistance – especially the most urgently needed aid – to the great multitude of people who have been driven [...]

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Patriarch of Iraq YELLS at the World; “Where are You?” His Words Here – Steve to discuss this topic today on Al Kresta Show

August 8, 2014

Steve will join the Al Kresta Show on Ave Maria Radio from 5:20 – 6:00 to discuss the slaughter of Christians in Iraq and the silence of the world. Iraq’s Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako: a Voice in the Desert Catholic Leader Appeals to Pope, Brother Bishops: ‘Speeches Are Good for Nothing’ ROME, August 08, 2014 [...]

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Christians Branded before Death or Exile: the Arabic letter for “n” – Nazarene

August 5, 2014

Branded: Nazarene (CNA Catholic News Association) Have you seen this symbol? This is the arabic letter “nun,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene.” In Mosul, Iraq, it has been painted on doors to identify the homes of Christians who are then brutally beaten and often executed. A militant Sunni organization known as the Islamic State [...]

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A Good Priest Friend in Deep Water Concerning Homosexuality after Teaching JPII’s “Theology of the Body”

March 31, 2014

  My good friend Fr. Kauth from Charlotte NC is embroiled in a huge fracas because of teaching JPII’s Theology of the Body in a Catholic High School. He is the chaplain at the high school. He invited a Dominican Sister to give a speech. She has a doctorate in theology. In the course of [...]

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Radical Muslim Rebels in Syria Torturing and Killing Christians – Graphic Pictures

November 13, 2013

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES: My Comments. This is just one of many instances of Christians being killed by the so-called “rebels” in Syria. I’ve read many accounts and have seen videos of whole villages of Christians being slaughtered. Isn’t it amazing that Pres. Obama is arming these Muslim rebels who end up killing the Christians. The [...]

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