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Christ In Youth presents, in association with The Voice of the Martyrs, “Love Costs Every Thing”.
Persecution is a reality for nearly two hundred million Christians around the world. Daily, they risk their lives simply because they believe in Jesus. They could surrender, or convert, or quit but the love of Jesus is worth the sacrifice. For many of them, this road leads to death.
Christ In Youth invites you on a journey around the world. From the jungles of Colombia to the war-torn streets of Baghdad, “Love Costs Every Thing” tells the real-life stories of Christians standing firm in the face of death.
Though persecution is severe, the faithful continue to rise. The church is advancing. God’s people are risking it all in the name of love. And it is worth it, because love costs every thing.
There is more to the Church than the slick marketing campaigns and extravagant buildings of the American sort. Worldwide, our brothers and sisters are suffering for righteousness sake, where whole families are being led like lambs to the slaughter. Jesus promised this to everyone who followed the way of the cross, and the persecuted church is living His words (Matthew 10:16, John 16:33).
This is one reason, of many, I reject the false doctrine of the “Prosperity Gospel” and “Positive Confessionism.” If your theology doesn’t work while your limbs are being lopped of by an angry machete-wielding mob or while your wife is being raped by corrupt government officials then…it…doesn’t…work. And it is patently and biblically untrue. There is only one thing that can happen to “sheep among wolves” and it ain’t pretty.
I’ll defer to the chained apostle, who was well acquainted with being jailed, stoned, whipped, beaten, shipwrecked, hungry, naked, and generally forsaken (2 Cor 11:22-29):
All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12
It is easy for me to write these things from my comfortable living room with a healthy family surrounding me (I thank God for those blessings); God give me the grace to live like a lamb in the face of persecution if called. Amen.