The Underground Church Worldwide — How About in America?

Acts 8:1   And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Imagine that it is Saturday night and you are having a group of Christians to your house for a small, impromptu Bible study to study, eat, and hang out. During the course of the night there is a knock on your door. You get up from your recliner and open the door to six men armed with AK-47’s who barge into your house screaming “GET ON THE *$&# GROUND NOW!”

Still screaming and threatening the others in the group these men throw you to the ground, grab your wife by her hair and drag her into the living room and throw her to the floor with the rest of the group. Then they go through your house and drag your sleeping children to the living room. In front of your group they put your wife and children on their knees and shoot them in the face without ever asking you a question. The rest of you are severely beaten and abused before cuffed and hauled off to prison.

Are you awake yet? Maybe you think what a great piece of fiction, maybe you think this isn’t a reality, or maybe you think this is an exaggeration. Regardless of what you think, I am sorry to say in many countries this is actually a reality. In Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Egypt, China, and other countries around the world the cost of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ literally can cost you everything. Not to long ago an Iranian pastor was arrested and condemned to death for Apostasy.

This isn’t anything new. Ten of the original twelve apostles where martyred for the faith. The early church in Fox’s Book of Martyrs tell us story after story of those murdered for the faith.

It is estimated that there are 250,000 Christians murdered a year on behalf of the Faith. Paul was murdered for his faith. In Acts 8 we see Saul (Paul) who is persecuting the Church and murdered Stephen. It says that the church came under great persecution and they were scattered. The church scattered, they went underground, became secretive and conducted their mission under the guise of something else.

Many in America would have you believe that this isn’t even a possibility. I am here to tell you it is. I am not a doomsday guy. I am not predicting calamity in the United States, but more drawing awareness to what is happening worldwide.

However, it is important to realize that at one time in history Egypt was a Christian nation. Now look at the persecution of the Coptic Christians. At one time Romania was a Christian nation and now you have to have a license from the government to preach and there are laws against preaching openly in public. At one point the Bible and prayer were not only allowed in our public forums but also encouraged and accepted. The reality is that the influence of the church in America has been and continues to wane. Who knows what could happen in 30 years, 40 years, 100 years from now.

If today the world is ripped out from underneath your feet and everything were to drastically change are you ready to go underground? Are you prepared to live out your faith like those people in Iran, China, Somalia, Egypt and elsewhere?

It might be a worthwhile thought that as an American and a Christian to put yourself in the shoes of our brothers and sisters in those countries and consider their plight and how we can stand against the tide of our culture as it departs from the Gospel.

Image: courtesy of www.harappa.com/magic/11.html; author William Henry Jackson (1843–1942); public domain/copyright expired.

About the author: John Renken

A self proclaimed “scrapper” since childhood, John Renken grew up with a burning interest in physical challenges and a strong competitive spirit which has led him to develop quite an impressive reputation in the professional fighting community. Reaching the pinnacle of his career, Renken now has over 68 professional mixed martial arts and boxing matches under his belt and many first place titles spanning three different continents. A former Satanist, Renken’s life has taken many interesting twists and turns along the way to redemption. He now pastors a church called Freedom Church and writes about topics of interest in our country.

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  • Candace

    Powerful.

  • Light_V_Dark

    Dr. Run Disciples hate us as bad the Bolsheviks.

    Faux_Christian_POSSUMS, WILL NOT JUDGE EVIL. They actually excoriate US, for HATING IT.
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    “Do not be conformed to this world…. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” Romans 12:2, 9
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    “You love evil more than good…” Psalm 52:3
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    “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Isaiah 5:20
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    “…you have polluted the land with your harlotries and your wickedness
    Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter{spring} rain. 
    You have had a harlot’s forehead; You refuse to be ashamed.” Isaiah 3:2
    ======================
    “How long, O you sons of men,  will you turn my glory to shame? 
    How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood?” Psalm 4:2-3
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    ” ALL THOSE WHO HATE ME LOVE DEATH{emphasis}.”  Proverb 8:36

  • Light_V_Dark

    The Euro_Trash_Heathen, FEEL, that 0mamessiah IS JESUS¿!¡ How can He compete with THAT¿?
    http://www.crossroad.to/News/worship.htm

    On December 28, 2009 the Danish newspaper Politiken published an editorial “Obama Greater Than Jesus” proclaiming Obama ““the practical savior of our times.””
    ——-
    In her article, “I Will Follow Him’: Obama as My Personal Jesus,” Maggie Mertens, Associate editor of Smith College’s The Sophian, wrote, ““Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus…. I’ve officially been saved, and soon, whether they like it or not, the rest of the country will be too…. In the name of Obama, amen.”” ””[9-18-08]

  • Wes Walker

    Very strong. Thanks for this.
    One pastor I served with in India some years ago was among those slaughtered and displaced in the 2008 Orissa persecutions. People I studied God’s word with have since had to make that hard decision: renounce him, or face death.
    This is not so very far away from any of us…

    • dean29685

      True! Now this is the question Christian are you ready to die for you God or are you just a Sunday go to meeting type who will allow your religion to be marginalized or worse controlled by the media and state.

  • Light_V_Dark

    Did you know that because Dr. Billy Graham advocated Biblical-values, to us, when voting a couple weeks ago, that he was being SNEAKY AND INSIDIOUS**?
    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/October/Billy-Graham-Ad-Encourages-Voting-Biblical-Values/
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    Graham also urged voters to pray that America remains one nation under God.
    Political experts say a push to support biblical principles usually appeals to the Republican party. But it’s unlikely to sway voters who already have their minds made up.
    ———
    “I personally am a Christian and like to vote based on my spiritual beliefs and values, and I would tend to vote for a candidate that values that as well,” Romney supporter Tom Duzan said.
    ————
    **”You’re being very sneaky and insidious about endorsing a candidate without saying the actual words,” Emery Anderson, an Obama supporter, said.

  • Faye Vance

    A few months back in Arizona people were holding church in a man’s house and was arrested under the guise that it was unsafe to have that many people in one home. It was a fire hazzard and didn’t meet standard requirements. It’s coming. Be informed.

  • Diogenes

    Leading up to a general underground church in America may be an underground church within the existing church. So often our choices are to stay and rot in the pews, or leave and take our non-conforming influence with us. Either way, the status quo prevails, and the churches end up isolated and insulated from one another. I believe the Lord is TAKING back His church by inserting various ministries and tensions within – in a sense staging His own production right in the midst of our own, and is viewing our own church systems much like the walls that He simply walked right on through after His resurrection – just ignoring them. In the long run, I have concern for a “state church”, which must tow the government line, but in the short term I see the need to bring back the preeminence of Christ into churches that systemically shut Him out. “Church membership” does not make us more or less a part of the Body. There is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism. For those who are interested, you can go to http://www.reclaimyourchurch.org for more on this.

  • Diogenes

    Leading up to a general underground church in America may be an underground church within the existing church. So often our choices are to stay and rot in the pews, or leave and take our non-conforming influence with us. Either way, the status quo prevails, and the churches end up isolated and insulated from one another. I believe the Lord is TAKING back His church by inserting various ministries and tensions within – in a sense staging His own production right in the midst of our own, and is viewing our own church systems much like the walls that He simply walked right on through after His resurrection – just ignoring them. In the long run, I have concern for a “state church”, which must tow the government line, but in the short term I see the need to bring back the preeminence of Christ into churches that systemically shut Him out. “Church membership” does not make us more or less a part of the Body. There is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism. For those who are interested, you can go to http://www.reclaimyourchurch.org for more on this.

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