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The brewing storm and the coming demise of Defcon.

Persecuted Not Persecuted

There’s something in the air. You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, but you can feel it. It’s not necessarily tangible but you can sense its impending approach.

It is persecution. And not just “they-laughed-at-me-because-I-go-to-church” persecution that we’ve all come to consider as persecution here in America, but an intense, relentless, horrifying persecution. A persecution of the likes of which we have never seen.

I’ve pondered posting the following thoughts earlier but I did not want to sound like an alarmist, a conspiracy theorist or jump to any conclusions. However, I just viewed the short video at the bottom of this post and realized that I am not the only one who can see the thunder clouds on the horizon. The video encouraged me to pen my thoughts on this matter to share with those who also hear the clapping of the distant thunder.

The tide is changing, the pendulum is swinging, and the winds are shifting. Although the American government, legal system, churches, and mindset of the masses have been changing for quite some time now, it seems like lately those changes have been increasing in speed.

Intolerance, antagonism, opposition, and hostility against Christians are growing not only from outside the Church, but even more so from within.

This coming persecution will not affect those merely professing Christianity (like the average Emergent or mega-church attendee for example). Instead this persecution will be waged against those who tenaciously hold to the exclusivity of the Gospel; that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

I once believed that the coming inevitable persecution would be against all who claim Jesus as their Savior, but I’ve come to realize that this is not true. Those who are merely professing Christians who just go to church need not fear. The persecution will be directed at those whose lives and doctrine actually reflect and bear the mark that God has called them out of this world because all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

We are warned of the great Falling Away from the Faith (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and that the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12) and that Christians will betray one another (Matthew 24:10). Those who are secreted within the true Shepherd’s flock that are currently among us but have never been of us (1 John 2:19) are the ones that will give us over to whatever persecuting body comes down the pike. It’s those who we once counted as brethren–those whose books we purchased, those whose sermons we listened to, and those sitting next to us in the pew–that will eventually deliver us up with a Judas kiss.

* We’ve seen many who claim the name of Christ—who fully believe they are bound for Heaven—fall under the charming spell of a political leader who is responsible for the bloodshed of countless children. These professing Christians cast their ballots for this king to rule over them and they justified it!

* We’re seeing laws being proposed to squelch any speech the government deems as “intolerant” or “hateful.”

* We’re seeing sinful lifestyles being given a protective status while anyone who disagrees is deemed an enemy and their right to free speech is being revoked.

* We’re seeing false teachers rise up from the floorboards like cockroaches at such an alarming rate that they’ve deluged our churches with their diseased false doctrines and have sickened the Body of Christ.

* We’re seeing those who’ve stood along side us (nodding their heads in agreement when we take on cults like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses), only to turn on us with a savage bloodlust when we hold their favorite “evangelical” leaders to the same Biblical standards and doctrinal integrity we hold the cults to.

* We’re seeing once respected men in the Faith begin holding hands with the enemy and push for a religious ecumenicalism that will eventually try to stamp out all those who believe Jesus meant what He said when He said He was the only way to the Father (John 14:6).

These and many other signs are coming together to create the perfect storm. When things begin heating up and moving forward, expect to see sites like DefCon taken down for violating some fairness or tolerance law. Expect to see pastors (who take a stand for the purity and exclusivity of the Gospel) removed from the pulpit and jailed as is already happening. And as things get worse, expect to lose your job, your home, your family, your friends, and even your very life as those who call themselves Christians pick up stones to kill you, thinking they’re doing God a service (John 16:2).

Those who have come to cherish the fellowship and encouragement of fellow believers on blogs such as this (because they’re outcasts at their local church), and those who rely on sound Biblical teaching from sermons on the internet (because their pastors are doing yet another “sermon” series on sex) will suffer as this once thriving venue dries up under hate crime laws.

It won’t be long before the true believers of Jesus Christ will be forced to go underground, not because of a lack of churches, but because of persecution and the fact that leaven has infected almost every church in America and those who resist will not be permitted to exist.

The blood of the martyr is the seed of the Church. It was in times of prosperity that Israel turned her back on God and it is with us as well. It wasn’t until Israel suffered greatly that they returned to their Creator. Whatever is soon to happen–no matter how terrifying it may be–we must remember that God has ordained it to accomplish His purposes.

History testifies this is going to take place, current trends indicate this is about to take place, and Scripture reveals this will take place.

We must be ready and prepared. We must do everything possible to make our families ready and prepared. We must remain steadfast and we must trust that God is sovereign in the storm as much as he is in the calm.

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It seems to me that persecution never hurts the Church and prosperity always does.

-Paul Washer

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See also: John MacArthur’s sermon A Nation Abandoned by God.

21 comments on “The brewing storm and the coming demise of Defcon.

  1. Excellent words, Pilgrim! I am convinced that all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ need to know AND be prepared for what must eventually come.

    Sadly many within evangelicalism have taught the “secret rapture” theory and have thus concluded that they do not have to prepare and have not taught the people to whom they are called to serve and minister to be prepared.

    The question I have long asked is, “If others are right and true Christians in America will not have to undergo any sort of persecution, then is there any harm being done in us warning them of what may happen??”

    By the way, we would have been one of the only societies that have descended to such depths and escaped from the persecution by the world of true believers! Hard to read Paul’s words to Timothy to stand fast in the faith and to read from Peter about persecution knowing that it is taking place throughout the modern world, AND SOMEHOW THINK WE HAVE AN ESCAPE CLAUSE!

    The last question I would ask is, “If what we see happening around is a sign of the times and clearly an impending judgment from God and that for Him to have a spotless Bride will require the use of persecution to weed out the tares from the wheat, to weed out false teachers like Osteen, Schuller, Hinn, and others, AND through all of this we FAIL TO WARN others —- WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE??”

    Thanks again. Looking for the glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ, but preparing for what may come in our lifetime before that Day,

    The Desert Pastor

  2. a quote from 8.13.2008 on DefCon

    One of the most surprising predictions was made several decades ago by one of my favorite pastors, J Vernon McGee. He predicted that true believers – even here in America – will eventually have to go “underground.” But he also added…

    The attacks against them will come from the denominational churches

    Prior quote source: The Coming Extremists

    Has anyone noticed that the denominational churches are getting rotten from the top down?

    Pilgrim thanks for speaking up, you confirmed what I already knew in my gut for couple years now. I haven’t dared speak of what you wrote because I don’t want to look like a whacko either.

    I think the “restrainer” from 2 Thess is coming off the throttle and we’re about to go flat out persecution on Christians, patriots, and observant Jews, and at the same time celebrating/elevating deviant behavior and attitudes.

    I’m trusting in the Lord. Here I Stand. I can do no other.
    His will be done.

  3. John 6:67-69 Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away? But Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

  4. Matthew 13:21

    “…yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.”

  5. Sad, but true, Pilgrim. I have been saying the same thing for years, only to be considered “extreme.”

  6. That’s the thing I have seen growing, persecution from the ‘Church’ itself.

    Do to a small number of options, I attended until recently a church that at least preached the Gospel. However, without trying to ‘bash’ the pastor, it was very Finneyesque, with heads bowed, hands raised, altar call, repeat this prayer, etc. The pastor is a KJVO advocate and fiery about it. While he rightly mentioned the heresy of folks like Osteen and Meyer, he would in the same breath declare those holding the Doctrines of Grace as heretics. It was also very law heavy and grace light. Also, they were definitely pro-premillenial mid-trib rapture adherents (though, I consider difference of eschatology a very minor difficulty, easily overcome in godly patience).

    I tried, for the sake of gathering with fellow believers, to keep quiet, be respectful, joyfully join in with what I perceived as correct and quietly abstain from what I perceived as incorrect. I did not argue or debate with anyone or disrupt. Over time it, watching the same people go up to be ‘saved’ week after week (doesn’t Christ truly save the truly saved?), hearing the vitriol against anyone who might just believe grace, salvation, AND faith are gifts from God became unbearable.

    Part of my family still attends. While they understand (but do not necessarily agree with) the reason I quit attending, the church body there is fairly convinced I am a deluded pharisee following a false, unfair God, who studies out of heretical versions of the translated Word (like the ESV) instead of God’s own chosen instrument of translational perfection, the KJV (which I also use, but not exclusively).

    The point of all of this being:

    I wasn’t made to feel an outcast or a threat by people who do not claim Christ, but by those who do claim Him as Lord.

    Over time, I have been, if you will, proselytizing my family to the Doctrines of grace, and have had a fair amount of success with some and at least have the others thinking.

    But when I think of the events happening around us, it isn’t much of a stretch to envision professed christians being the actual guard dogs against those who hold to the solas.

  7. Desert Pastor, I have often wondered what the church will do as the tribulation worsens and there is no Rapture. Will they think they are rejected and abandon hope?

    Brian I have been attacked by the KJO crowd. I always ask, is it Ok if I read it in the original KOINE? Maybe not.

    Pray for discernment that we can recognize who our allies are by the Power and Wisdom of the Holy Spirit, not attempting to separate wheat and chaff ourselves.

    Joe A., that was the sermon today, albeit out of Mark, I think our numbers will drop dramatically when what the pilgrim says comes to pass.

  8. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

    ‘Til He returns or calls me home,
    CD

  9. I could not agree more. The rise of Liberal Theology is helping to rot the Church from the inside. These new Liberal Pharisees are dictating what the politically correct expression of Christianity are going to be and that means denying Jesus as the exclusive Savior of mankind and the only Lord that ought to be obey. I try and interact with these Liberal “Christians” and I get called all sorts of names. We will need to band together and hopefully the internet will still be around but I suspect that we will be banned from it eventually.

  10. I recently had a dream (not that I think I’m Daniel…so take this with a grain of salt…it’s probably a feelings thing based on what I’m experiencing) where a pastor was talking about salvation. He said a lot of right things, but when I mentioned he was afraid of speaking of the blood and the cross, he got very angry with me. In my dream I remember thinking it was odd, it’s not just about using the words “blood” and “cross” like magic words, but that being afraid to speak the truth is wrong. The truth is, without the blood or the cross there is no offense. When no one can be offended, then no one can be conviced of their sin either.

    From the age of childhood I have thought what it would be like to be hiding…possibly running with my children or hiding out as an old woman. I remember some time in my late teen or early twenties thinking it would be awful to know the truth and to be begging people to understand, but to be very old and locked away where no one will hear. The current climate leads me to believe it’s possible I wouldn’t be locked up but might be dead…with an “assisted suicide.” Seeing the issues in the church is one thing, combine it with the way the world events are lining up, and that is a powerful testament to the possibility of persecution in our lifetime for people who were once very “safe.” I can see some in churches saying, “pity this is happening to Steve, but he was so unloving.” Others might even feel they are doing the right thing turning in a person who is intolerant. It’s harder to imagine the outright lies that will have to occur for church members to turn in true believers. Maybe there will be reports of molestation, reports of tax evasion…or the language will be against some state program. Don’t know how it will happen, exactly, but I could see it happen.

  11. Thank you, there is something brewing. I know a person that is a youth leader in their church-organizing conferences and lock ins. BUT! Thinks that there’s nothing wrong with hosting secular parties with the same youth group-supports homosexuals and so on.
    These are the people that will persecute true believers-those that know about Christ, but don’t know Him~

  12. Pilgrim,

    I must, sadly, agree completely with this post. It is indeed a reminder of what Christ asked the Pharisees in Matthew 16: 1-4–Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

    What is one of the biggest movements in counterfeit Christianity today? The Todd Bentley/Rick Joyner dog-and-pony show. And what are their followers seeking? A SIGN. And what kind of people did Jesus say look for signs of Christ’s coming? WICKED AND ADULTEROUS. These are the people that say, “Oh, if I could only see a sign, my faith would be so much stronger!” That’s not faith! If somebody’s faith needs a sign, then I dare say they have no faith at all! As the following Scriptures attest:

    Romans 8:24-25–For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
    John 20:29–Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

    All those who are looking for signs are not ready for Christ’s return. If they were, they would not be looking for signs–their faith would be in the unseen. Thus, they cannot discern the signs of the times, and as the Thessalonians were warned, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11).

    They will not believe the persecution when it comes, because they have been following the ones who walk hand-in-hand with the Bentley/Joyner circus: the prosperity crowd–the ones Brother Washer referred to as “God’s judgment”–so that when it does come, they will consider themselves “blessed by Gawd” to have escaped it. But why will they escape it? They will escape because their “pastors” will have chummed up to those in authority, and have lined the pockets of the powers-that-be with their ill-gotten gains, so these leaders will spare their “flocks” and speak well of them–not remembering what Christ said of “those who speak well of you.” Which is why the apostle Paul commanded Timothy to choose presbyters who were “not given to filthy lucre.”

    And the gospel of inclusiveness shall spread across the face of the earth. The cross shall be seen as the offense that it is. And Pope Warren shall reign and rule with Bono at his side.

  13. “Brian of the Hill People
    Part of my family still attends. While they understand (but do not necessarily agree with) the reason I quit attending, the church body there is fairly convinced I am a deluded pharisee following a false, unfair God, who studies out of heretical versions of the translated Word (like the ESV) instead of God’s own chosen instrument of translational perfection, the KJV (which I also use, but not exclusively).”

    The KJV only gets under my skin. I use it but I also like other translations. I know some of the KJV only crowd, they seem to have the mindset that they are right and everyone else is wrong

  14. I receive emails from AFA and it seems like there is a possibility that a hate crime’s law will probably be passing this weekend. Pilgrim, this isn’t so far-fetched as most would believe. It’s been coming for years and with the president we have in office now, it will probably be sooner than we think! Stand firm for the Lord and may God give us the strength to suffer for Him!

    Philippians 1:28-30, “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.”

  15. Do you think it would be okay to use my tithe money to buy a bigger house if I have to start my own house church?

    The building has always got to be bigger no matter how deep in debt it gets you, right??

    I am truly concerned about my 4 month old. It is frightening the things that he will have to face as he gets older. I hope and pray he will be able to stand for the truth and what is right.

  16. We are no different in this country than the nations of old that were judged by God.

    America will become a byword like Israel did in Deuteronomy 28:37,

    “And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the LORD will lead you away.”

    … and we think our power and wealth will save us…

    We will then be like Tyre in Ezekiel 27:36,

    ” ‘ The merchants among the nations hiss at you;
    you have come to a horrible end
    and will be no more.’ “

  17. I pray for Rev. Ted Pike and his National Prayer Network who is at http://www.TruthTellers.org trying to fight the hate crimes bills. It seems like a thankless job, but he persists.

    I am not sure how Christians will be able to go underground in this day, but pray God will provide a way when needed. I like to believe that we can turn things around, and gain Gods protection in at least some part of the world.

    The thing that disappoints me most is that true Christians have not banded together before now in a least one country or even a state. It is one thing to be willing to fight, and another to have something left to fight for.

  18. WOW! Just read this. What I’ve been saying???
    Hal read the word and look at what this government has been showing you with its peep show mantality corporate news media. Who can fight back against this evil. with anything other than the word and power of God. Don’t be disapointed, because in so doing your disapointed in God.
    Rev 13:4 and they worshipped the dragon, because he gave his authority unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? And who is able to war with him?

    Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, even them that dwell in the heaven.
    Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to him authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.
    Rev 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain.

    WE DO HAVE A PLACE, A STAND, A NATION, EVEN THE WORLD THAT COMES WITH HIM WHEN HE COMES AND IT IS SOON TO COME!
    Rev 17:13 These have one mind, and they give their power and authority unto the beast.
    Rev 17:14 These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful.

  19. I’ve read this post several times in the past six months and I keep coming back to it. My husband and I are in the market for a house right now, even as we know that Jesus will be coming soon. As a young married woman who prays for children of her own, I wonder what they will face. I echo Shane’s sentiments; I fear what these little children will face!

    But God is in control.

    Dee

  20. I don’t know God’s plan, but I believe that God would bless and protect a true Christian nation/state as He has done for the Godly in the Old Testament. Hopefully, the Lord will honor and protect those true Believers that are left, regardless of corrupt political leadership.

  21. What do you think about the RFID cards their working on giving everyone. Does anyone think it is the mark of the beast? The bible does say that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    I remember when they said that the chip was a conspiracy theory and it would never happen, guess what?
    And if it is the mark, that means we wont be going to wal mart anymore! How will we get around it if it is? I know what I can do being that I am single and have alot of out doors experience, But most Christians I know have Children and pretty much going to have to face some kind of a persecution. They even have machines ready that can be pointed at your car and see if you have insurance or not and theres that mark thing again.
    The way its headed now there wont even be any moneys to hold in your hand with all the new technology of banking systems not to mention the fact I think their trying to break our dollar money system so we’ll go into this international monetary system.
    This is no conspiracy theory now, its really happening now? I thought of leaving and going some where else but God keeps stopping me in my tracks. I’ve recked both knees and all most got my neck broken, not to mention the places I was going they’ve been blown up by volcano’s and earth quakes. I feel like Jonah!
    I keep hearing of people trying to stop the RFID cards and chips through laws and protest. And that’s not happening. And besides God said it will happen in his word. How can anyone thwart Gods word? Can’t be done.
    Now down to reality,We who are His are going to suffering persecution, Holding up His word of truth to a world for a testimony against them, those who hate the truth of our Lord. And there is going to be those of us who are going to need not only help but with each others needs, but more so in spiritual uplifting while facing our deaths together if need be. And that will be the norm more than not, in a world that is fallowing satans will. Stand firm in Christ I keep telling myself. It seems everyone around me are so into this evil form of religion of ecumenism. Some have even told me that its legalism to read and quote the bible and that the doctrine of God in His word hurts their brain, to much to think about. And it seems their just living their best life now while they can, not wasiting any time to gain all of the world that they can! Others are setting there in bliss of thinking that tribulation wont come to them and they’ll be raptured because their special. I pray that God wakes them, He’ll have to, they’ve stopped listing to me it seems. Pray.

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