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''But wasn't the persecution of Christians predicted in the Bible?''

"Jesus does tell us that those who follow him will be aggrieved. But it is a theological fallacy to conclude that believers are to be silent in the face of such suffering. The Christian faith also teaches that evil will quicken as we approach the end of history. That fact does not pardon us from our obligation to fight that evil."

Read more: Gary Bauer, On Faith, The Washington Post


Christian Fatalism
That's what Gary Bauer has put his finger on: Christian Fatalism.

I run into it all the time, and have to believe others here do, too. CF is a skewed take on the sovereignty of God (aided and abetted by the subconsciousness-permeating influences of the WSC). It lazily concludes that all that happens is directly reflective of God’s will and desire, despite the fact that Christ taught us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, clearly implying it (His will) is not done on earth as it is in heaven.

Prevalent as it is, CF is inconsistently adhered to (but then, we are accustomed to living with cognitive dissonance, aren't we?) For example, if we call out a pulpit for never preaching against abortion, our prophetic voice is somehow excluded from the list of all things God has sovereignly ordained. If, on the other hand, our child dies a horrific, painful, lingering death – well, God is sovereign; He giveth and taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

CF is when the church simply accepts the growth and spread of evil as “the will of God”, wrongly reasoning that since God is sovereign, it must somehow be His will. God is indeed sovereign, but our sovereign God commands us to actively “resist the Devil” (James 4:7); to “stand firm against the schemes of the Devil” (Eph 6:11); and to “overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21).

He also commands us to “weep with them that weep.”

Sadly, it seems that only when (for instance) the child of the believer in CF dies a horrific, painful, lingering death does CF get serious reconsideration.

Brethren, these things ought not to be.