Love Costs Every Thing-Don’t Buy What The American Church Is Selling

For information on the Love Costs Every Thing Simulcast hosted by Francis Chan

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.

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

8 thoughts on “Love Costs Every Thing-Don’t Buy What The American Church Is Selling”

  1. The church was also given two swords to cut those transgressors down. Now please, whoever you are do not twist this, but those swords were made of steel and if I found someone raping my wife they would be leaving her precious presence in several pieces. Regardless. Amen.

  2. i agree my brother the godly will have persection.. Maybe a read of the Foxes Book of Martyrs would prove too much for todays easy gospel peddlers.

    Thanks for connecting on WordPress.

    1. Thank you for the connection sir! Indeed, The Foxe’s BoM would be an eye opener and heart pricker for the comfortable American Church. I wrote about one unnamed female saint in a blog post a couple months ago titled “A Widow Married To The Burning Stake” after reading the story in FBoM. Good stuff.

  3. I agree with you that the “prosperity gospel” is dangerous and incomplete. God does intend for His people to prosper, and He makes that clear throughout scripture. But prosperity comes from us working hard, being faithful, sowing into the Kingdom and living righteous lives.

    So much of the prosperity that we enjoy in America today is because of the faithfulness and righteousness of the people that came before us here. It’s certainly moving to learn about the persecuted church. I pray that God will honor their sacrifice and righteousness, and that one day their countries and their offspring can be blessed by the fruits of their righteousness as well.

    By the way, there are a lot of interesting thoughts about the Bible and prosperity at my blog,

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