Article By: By J. Matt Barber
“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.” – John 15:20
The answer had to be yes. The Holy Spirit made it crystal clear. When Tristan Emmanuel, managing publisher & CFO of BarbWire Books, called me & said it was time for me to put pen to paper & write a book on the anti-Christian left’s demonic war on religious liberty (& all things godly & good), I immediately agreed. And so w/the tireless help of my project partner – author, researcher, editor & veteran intelligence expert Paul Hair – I have now released my new book, “Hating Jesus: The American Left’s War on Christianity.”
Why did I write the book? Bc it had to be written. God’s natural created order, His immutable, scientific & transcendent moral precepts, as well as the very lives & livelihoods of Christian Americans, are under vicious attack today at a level unprecedented in American history. I had to sound the alarm. And I had to lay out a clear defensive strategy as to how we Christians might preserve our American, indeed our Christian, way of life.
What a mess our world is in. What a mess America is in. What a mess the church is in. Depressed yet?
Isaiah 5:20 encapsulates, I believe, the cultural condition of much of the world, most of America & an alarmingly high percentage of those who belong, or at least claim to belong, to the body of Christ.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Calling evil good. That sums us up.
There are evil blasphemies beyond imagination being foisted upon the American people today by our own godless government in the name of “progress.” Things like presidential edicts that open up little girls’ showers to grown men; the sin-centric & oxymoronic notion of “gay marriage”; forced taxpayer funding of child sacrifice; & forced participation by Christ’s followers in all the above sins, under penalty of law, to name but a few.
Amid the final sprint to election 2016, the secular left’s utter disdain for both our Creator Christ & His faithful followers is fast approaching critical mass. Self-styled “progressives” – that is, America’s cultural Marxist agents of ruin – typically disguise their designs on despotism in the flowery & euphemistic language of “reproductive health,” “anti-discrimination,” “civil rights” & “multiculturalism.”
Just a few short decades ago a churchgoing man who publicly supported the right to life, backed laws protecting marriage & spoke freely of Christ’s love for fallen man would be universally recognized as a fine & upstanding citizen. He would be welcomed anywhere, including at the highest levels of power. But things have changed. In today’s America, the progressive left actively endeavors to destroy such a man. Modern American liberals start by vilifying Christians. They then begin scheming, quite often w/success, to get Christians terminated from employment & forever marked with a scarlet “C” to inhibit any future prospects for employment.
Next, they simultaneously attack their family & work to tear it apart, at once sending a warning shot over the bow of other Christians & pushing them to the fringes of society. The ultimate goal? Conform to their pagan demands or face incarceration.
American progressives have co-opted every elite institution: schools, government, the media, Hollywood & the arts – even, at an increasing rate, many conservative organizations. What’s worse is that progressivism has, like a deadly cancer, fully metastasized into what passes for the church in America. There is a great falling away afoot & apostasy is widespread. The secular left doesn’t merely have a disagreement w/Christianity. These are not people w/whom 1 may reason, compromise or even disagree. They are dedicated to evil. They demand nothing less than the abolition of the biblical worldview & the destruction of Christ’s followers right along w/it.
Now is the time to fight back. If you are someone, Christian or not, who refuses to see Christianity wiped out (like it ever could be) & your children indoctrinated into pure evil, then sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option.
In “Hating Jesus,” I 1st document how successful the American left has been in its War on Christianity & then conclude by providing both hope & a simple action plan on how the body of Christ can fight back against the enemies of God. We live in dire times. But, w/Christ, it’s never too late to turn the tide.
The American church has a problem. It’s 1 part fear, 1 part confusion & 1 part apathy. Pastors, priests & rabbis have long swallowed the false notion that all things religious & all things political are somehow mutually exclusive – that never the twain shall meet. Nonsense. They’re 1 in the same.
Leading up to Ronald Reagan’s landslide presidential victory in 1980, Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, captured the crux of the church’s apathy problem:
“I’m being accused of being controversial & political,” he said. “I’m not political. But moral issues that become political, I still fight. It isn’t my fault that they’ve made these moral issues political. But bc they have doesn’t stop the preachers of the Gospel from addressing them. …”
Nor does it stop those of us in the pews from standing right alongside them.
Indeed, it is not just w/in the church’s purview, but it is the church’s duty to insert itself into state matters relating to morality, public policy & culture at large. The push back has begun. Christian governors, lawmakers, business owners, lawyers, parents, judges, county clerks, organizations, universities, hospitals, adoption agencies & other individuals & groups have been given an ultimatum by the anti-Christian left:
“Keep your Christianity at church & away from our culture!”
To which we say, “Not on your life. Or our own.”
Will you join the fight?