Preparing for the coming persecution of
American Christians:
Forewarned and Forearmed.
Edited by David C. Treibs

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Dr. James Dobson's January 14 & 15, 1999 Focus on the Family broadcasts focused on the growing animosity that society is directing against Christians and conservatives. He warned that it could blossom into full-scale persecution.

Dr. Dobson excerpted several hate-filled inflammatory statements made by prominent people.

The first excerpt was from actor Alec Baldwin, who shouted the following during a Conan O'Brian (??) program:

The second excerpt was from attorney Alan Durchowitz(sp?):

According to the above quotes, Christians are worthy of death because of the influence we have on society. We are bigots, anti-environmental, radical, genuinely evil, racist, non-decent, crazy/mad, and radical. Apparently we are the cause of many ills and evils in our society. Not only are we "dogs--" the scum of society, we are "mad dogs--" creatures which are a threat to society and must be removed.

There's only 1 step between this sort of hate-filled rhetoric and actual deeds and laws perpetrated to silence and control such dangerous and destructive elements of society.

When Nero was Caesar in Rome, the city burned. To defuse the anger and blame that was focusing on him, he passed the blame to the Christians, saying they were responsible for the burning of Rome. All the long built-up anger and unhappiness exploded in a flurry of persecution, torture, and slaughter of Christians.

It takes very little astuteness to see the same thing happening in our culture and nation. We are crumbling at the foundation and splitting at the seams and rotten to the core. Everyone is angry about it, although everyone sees different causes, and therefore has a different solution.

The left/politically correct/environmentalist/socialist/liberal is focusing just about every evil as being caused by Christians or values derived from a Christian worldview. Our values have been represented variously as conservative, heterosexual, Puritan, protestant, Christian, etc., and now, our heritage is being vilified.

Will we witness a point of critical mass, when the right number of people accept the lies of the godless, and the full wrath that is building becomes focused on Christians and those values derived from Christianity? Will the ignition point be an economic downturn? A natural disaster? An artificially created panic leading to major economic problems, such as y2k? A few more school shootings?

Or will we see a gradual movement towards persecution? Perhaps a few violent anti-Christian groups will take it upon themselves to do away with us, while the government looks away (as is the current practice in Islamic countries)?

Whatever path it takes, the handwriting is on the wall: persecution is coming.

Dr. Dobson described as follows the continuum of hatred and intolerance that develops into persecution:

1. humor and ridicule,
Christians and conservatives are made fun of and mocked. In movies, they are stupid, fat, ignorant, etc.

2. vilification and demonization
They become the cause of everything unacceptable.

3. censorship and discrimination
As I used to hear in college, fascists don't have the right to free speech, and anything the left doesn't agree with is fascism, according to them.

4. persecution.
Early persecution includes jailing Christians who put their faith into practice, such as those fighting abortion and the homosexual agenda, and those who take the gospel where it is not welcomed. Initially, only those who challenge and defy the anti-Christian onslaught are targeted, and most Christians tend to blame those standing for righteousness, saying they brought it on themselves (Judges 15:11-13). But, eventually the scope of persecution broadens.

The below article bolsters Dobson's premise that we are in an all-out war with those who are diametrically opposed to everything that is right and good, and everything that this country was created to be. Pay particular attention to Clinton's remarks describing Christians (in as much as Christians do not tolerate homosexuality or other wickedness) as harmful and damaging to society, and how we must be punished and fought, our viewpoints assaulted, and our speech and influence of others prevented.

Taken from:
The Winds

(end of The Winds article)

As if being "fought", "punished", "assaulted", and squelched isn't enough, there runs throughout the country a thread of violently hateful sentiment, as expressed in the following. The page reveals the depths of irreconcilability to everything and everyone remotely related to Christianity. What if enough people like Mr. Rice ascend to positions of power? Note that some of the finest ministries (such as Campus Crusade for Christ, CWA, Coral Ridge Ministries, National Right to Life, Focus on the Family, etc) in the country are vilified in the most loathsome terms, and are lumped in with those whose philosophies truly are evil and despicable, such as the KKK and whatever Nazi organizations may be listed.

From a web site called
The Skeptic Tank maintained by Fredric L. Rice.

Hate groups operating in the United States

The logical step following vilification and hatred is persecution. More Christians have been murdered, raped, displaced, and tortured in this century than all the others, and we Americans can expect our share of it. We as a nation have turned our backs on God, and he will turn his back on us, let us go our own way, and he will let us reap the unmitigated destruction brought on by sin. We have sown to the flesh, we will reap corruption. We have sown to the wind, we will reap the whirlwind.

Unfortunately, many Christians have been lulled asleep by false promises of being raptured from all troubles, and have believed shallow teachers promising safety, wealth, health, and happiness for all Christians. In our lethargy we have allowed the evil and godless to control our culture, media, schools, government, and just about everything else. With the enemies of Christ controlling the organs of power and influence, it is only a matter of time before their guns are fully brought to bear on us. Those in Moslem and Communist countries are not escaping persecution. Those in the past have not escaped persecution. Neither will we, unless some dramatic changes take place, which presently are not happening.

We need to awaken the sleeping body of Christ, retake our culture, and prepare for the worst, should our efforts fail. (For more on the propriety and urgency of taking back our culture, see Randall Terry's article.) At the least, we need to defend the moral and spiritual health of our families from the destruction of the world, but we also need to provide for their physical security, or we are worse than infidels.

Consider the following letter from Voice of the Martyrs.

Would you be prepared to watch your wife and daughters, and perhaps even your sons and yourself, gang raped to the point of unconsciousness or death? Would you be able to defend those whose security God has put into your hands?

If the handwriting is on the wall, and crazed mobs of rapists and murders soon knock at your door, or even just one or two criminals, what should you do? As previously stated, we need to prepare for the worst, but what does that include? I would strongly suggest that every Christian, patriot, and decent person be armed sufficiently to hold off an angry mob, whether it be like the ones in Indonesia, or like the ones in the LA riots. I don't see this coming tomorrow, but it might be sooner than you think. And, with the growing threat of disarmament via gun control, you better be prepared ahead of time.

While each family needs to make informed decisions based on where you live, your finances, your physical strength, the local laws, and so on, I would like to make several suggestions. Purchase several firearms and ammunition based on your locale, etc. At least one should be a semi-automatic center fire rifle with at least half a dozen high capacity magazines, and enough ammo so that, after practicing and familiarizing yourself and your family with it, you will still have 1000 rounds to store.

For those who can afford it, I suggest you buy a .50 BMG rifle and as much ammo as you can afford. Don't wait on this one. These excellent firearms are next on the gun control hit list. Once they're gone, they are probably gone forever.

One of the most important caveats is: if your state and local laws allow it, don't buy from a dealer or from anyone who requires registration, a background check, a yellow sheet (Form 4473), or any identification. If the government doesn't know you have it, they can't take it away from you. Just be sure you don't break the law. You'll do no one any good if you are in prison.

If you are serious about purchasing firearms, but don't know where to start, may I suggest you read the Christian's Guide to Small Arms from the Gospel Plow web site:
While you are at the Gospel Plow, look around. It is an excellent web site.

Last, I commend you to the words of Christ. In John 16:33 he said: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." In John 17:15 he said: "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil."

God never promised us an easy life, nor a convenient escape from the world's troubles. In fact, he wants us to count the cost, because the cost of serving Christ is to lose everything. He also promised us tribulation, persecution, etc., and he said that we shouldn't be surprised when it happens.

While we are doing everything in our power to protect ourselves and our families, we better be prepared to suffer in spite of our preparations, because our resistance may fail, or only be partially successful. See Foxe's Book for many examples. Our faith is not in our weapons or our preparations, nor is our faith in God preserving us from harm. Our faith is that God is in control, that He will be with us no matter what happens, that He can use whatever we go through for His kingdom and His glory, and that in the end, we will reign victoriously with Christ over our enemies. For the present, while we prepare, we must remember what Jesus said: "not my will but thine be done."

The consolation for all this trouble is that he will be with us through it, and he will even go with us through the very valley of the shadow of death. We might prefer that God would rescue us from persecution, or failing that, that he would enable us to successfully defend ourselves from it. However, there are times when his strength is most visibly revealed through our weaknesses, when we endure the severest suffering while steadfastly loving our tormentors. Again, see the excerpts from Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

If suffering persecution is so glorious, does that lessen the urgency or the propriety of resisting persecution? No! We are not any less blessed and rewarded if we fight instead of being tortured, maimed, raped, and killed. Not only is the answer no, if we do not defend the innocent, the helpless, and those for whom we are responsible, God will bring his judgment upon us. He certainly will not reward us for disobeying his clear commands to defend those we are able to defend, and those who we are required to defend.

Onward then, soldiers of Christ, to battlefields spiritual and physical. Our Captain is mighty, and though it might not seem that way now, He is the victor; he is King of kings, and He is Lord or lords. As you join the great conflict of righteousness versus wickedness, recall some of His rallying cries, spoken through his servants in the past, that urge us to the present battlefront:

We are God's servants, his soldiers, his hands, his body, and even his battle horse (If you like Job 39, you'll also like Psalm 18, not quoted here):

Here's one final scripture to sum up persecution and resistance
(sometimes God's people came out on top, sometimes they didn't):


"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
- -- Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone's 1768
"Commentaries on the Laws of England."

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