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Growing Hatred Of Christians In America — An Evil Signpost On The Road To Armageddon

Mark Hitchcock

I want to talk about something that’s really shocked and saddened all of us: the mass murder that took place at the Christian school in Nashville just a few days ago.

Now, let me just say a couple of things up front, we don’t want to use this mass murderer to score cheap political points. We don’t want to try to score political points about gun control or lack of gun control or to demonize any one group of people. That’s not my intention. We also don’t want to take one horrific event and draw too many conclusions from it. We want to be careful about that. But having said that, I think this rampage against this religious school, a targeted attack against Christians, and the response to it that we’ve seen by the woke secular media is deeply troubling and unveils, I think, a growing hatred of Christians in America.

This armed assailant that committed this mass murder was someone who’s transgender, and this person had a clear vendetta against this school and its beliefs. This assailant had gone to the school as a child and evidently harbored some deep resentment about having gone there. Also, some are pointing to some recent Tennessee laws that have been passed banning transgender transitioning for children. So this could have provided further fuel for this transgender person committing these crimes.

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What we’re seeing today is an unleashing of satanic warfare against Christians because we stand in the way of Satan’s agenda, unlike any others. The battle lines are being drawn, and we’re seeing a real clash of kingdoms, the clash of Satan’s kingdom versus God’s kingdom, a clash between darkness and light, a clash between the culture of death and life, a culture of disorder versus peace, a culture of dysphoria versus divine order.

You know, Jesus told us that this would happen. Jesus, in John 15, said this to his followers:

John 15:18-20 KJV – “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

We see a ramping up of this hatred against the people of God, against believers. In America, really, up to now, what we’ve seen in the last few years, it’s mainly been what I call a kind of low-grade or soft persecution. It’s more of a mocking, maligning, and marginalizing of Christians. But we’re seeing that now being ramped up. The rhetoric is rising, and more and more Christians are in the crosshairs because we stand in the way of Satan’s agenda—moving from low-grade and soft persecution to a more physical persecution against believers.

A couple of examples of this, back in 2015, at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, someone came into that school and killed nine people, including one professor, and wounded seven others. This was a religious persecution. He came into an English class at this community college, asked people if they were Christians, and shot them if they answered in the affirmative.

In fact, the person came in and said, “Are you a Christian?” and if they were a Christian, he’d say, “stand up,” and the Christians would stand up. Then he would say, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re gonna go see God in about one second,” and he shot and killed them. Clearly, this is an example of persecution against believers.

Many of you remember the tragic shooting killing 26 people at a Southern Baptist Church in Texas. There were 26 worshipers ranging from age five to age 72 that were killed. So again, another targeted attack against believers.

Now, this Nashville attack that we saw a few days ago has really brought out all kinds of terrible responses. What happened is horrific enough, but some of the responses to this really show a growing hatred for Christians in America.

One article title says this: “Nashville Christian school shooting: Leftists mock prayer as community reels from tragedy.” Here’s what the article says:

After the tragic shooting at a Nashville Christian school, some activists and media figures shamed Republicans who encouraged people to pray for the community and families of the victims. Following the horrific incident, progressives went into a frenzy on social media after people called for ‘prayer.’

David Pakman, who’s a progressive talk show host, said this:

Very surprising that there would be a mass shooting at a Christian school, given that lack of prayer is often blamed for these horrible events. Is it possible they weren’t praying enough, or correctly, despite being a Christian school?

Now think about that. In the wake of three young children being murdered, to have this kind of callousness come out and say, Well, maybe these people didn’t pray enough, or their prayers didn’t work.

Another statement that was made by Mervyn Warren, who’s a film composer, wrote that “prayer doesn’t work at all” in light of this horrific event:

The people at that Christian school in Nashville prayed that their children would be safe. How did that work out? Your mother-in-law was healed by doctors and nurses who went to school for years. Not by prayer.

Not only are they mocking prayer in the light of this and really mocking believers, but they’re also making excuses for this mass murder.

The Daily Mail, in an article, cited transgender activists as calling this school a “right-wing radical religious school,” with their headline reading, “Trans activists slam ‘radical religious schools’ in response to Nashville mass shooting in which three 9-year-olds were killed.”

They’re basically saying this person really had no other way to be seen than to carry out this mass murder.

Another headline read, “‘Hate has consequences’: Trans support group blames GOP ‘anti-trans legislation’ for Tennessee school shooting, calls Audrey Hale’s death a ‘TRAGEDY’ and demands media call shooter ‘he/him'” They’re more concerned about the pronouns that are used for this mass murder and calling the death of this person a tragedy rather than the death of these three adults and these three innocent children.

Another part of this article says:

A radical transgender activist group has claimed that the Nashville school shooter was driven to murder six people by an ‘avalanche’ of anti-trans policies and sentiment, adding: ‘Hate has consequences’.

So basically, it’s excusing these mass murders by saying this person really had no other option in light of these things that are happening. What we see here is an unparalleled coldness, callousness, and depravity.

Jesus said one of the signs of the times in Matthew 24 would be that the hearts of many will grow cold. We see an evil coarsening of our culture that’s taking place, and this is just an evil signpost on the road to Armageddon.

All of this is going to culminate in the brutal, blasphemous regime of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is going to be the ultimate persecutor of Christians.

Revelation 7 speaks of a multitude of Christians that it says, “have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” They’re going to be martyred during the time of the tribulation. Today we see already what the book of 1st John calls “the spirit of Antichrist” that is being unleashed.

So you say, “what do we do in times like these?” Well, in spite of how it’s being mocked, we pray for these families. We bring them to the throne of grace and pray for comfort for them, pray that they’ll experience God’s peace that passes all understanding, and that they’ll have hope in light of this tragedy.

We also pray for our nation. The social fabric of our nation is unraveling. We need to pray for our country, that God will send a revival and repentance to our nation.

We also pray for our enemies. We pray for our enemies because we love them. They may consider us to be their enemies, but people who are confused in our culture today, who mock us and hate us, the Bible tells us we’re to pray for them. They’re not our enemies; Satan and his demonic host are our enemies. These are people who’ve been captured in satanic deception, we need to love them, and we need to pray for them.

Additionally, we need to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. The spirit of Antichrist is rising in our culture. 2nd Timothy 3, tells us that “in the last days perilous times shall come.” The word ‘perilous’ means ugly and can even carry the idea of savage. Savage times will come. There’s going to be a deepening depravity. It says that the people are going to be unloving, brutal, and they’re going to be haters of God. We’re seeing that now manifest in our culture as a sign of the times.

The Bible tells us that in the end, it will be like the days of Noah. In Genesis 6:5, we read that the thoughts of people’s hearts were only evil continually, and wickedness covered the earth.

What we see happening in our world today, sadly, is a proliferating sign of the times with all the callousness and brutality in our culture and the rising persecution of Christians. Tragically, I think this is going to be a trend and a trajectory that we’re going to see increase in the days ahead as we get nearer to the coming of Jesus Christ.

Satan hates believers and hates God, and he’s going to do everything he can to stand against us, stand against righteousness, and try to bring his agenda into place. The more we stand in the way of that, the more he’s going to unleash his attacks against us.

But we need to remember that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4) and that we can stand “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” in these times in which we find ourselves (Ephesians 6:10).

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