Satan uses a number of tactics and methods against the New Testament Church. Rulers, priests, merchants, mobs, and families are five of his basic tools.
As a student of modern persecution against the church, I find it interesting that rulers were not the main enemies of Jesus.
That dishonor goes to the Priests of the Old Covenant church! That’s not surprising considering Jesus was launching the New Covenant church, and the Priests did not want to lose any followers.
In North Korea, rulers lead the persecution and incorporate families to tattle on one another. In Muslim countries, many rulers verbally say they allow freedom of religion, and behind the scenes the rulers allow mobs of radicals to persecute Christians and other minorities.
Families also play a large role in persecuting believers in Muslim nations. In countries like Nigeria and Pakistan, the rulers have no laws against Christianity, but the Taliban in Pakistan and the Boko Haram in Nigeria slaughter Christians frequently.
Merchants and employers can “push” or “pressure” by refusing to sell goods and even food or refusing to hire you if you follow Jesus.
Families add pressure by tossing you out in the street and disowning you or threatening to kill you if you don’t drop your silly Christian beliefs.
In North America, persecution is slowly brewing, and we may still call it minor harassment. However, the winds of change are in the air.
What is the tool or tactic you think Satan would use against you or your family, or congregation? Have you pondered that question? Are you preparing for such a possibility?
Even now our society is promoting a number of values the Christian church would never have bought into 20 years ago- yet some followers are accepting these ideas now!
Social media is a powerful tool to mess up a mind and heart and mislead people.
Give it some serious thought. How would, no, how is Satan working against you right NOW?
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. He pastors Faith Church of Grove on East Highway 10.