Prophecy Sign: Increasing Christian persecution and marginalization
It's Christmas time again and what does that mean?? No Christmas carols sung in the public schools, no Christmas trees or manger scenes set up in public squares or city halls, no mention of Jesus or the real Christmas story in any animated TV Christmas special, (save for good ole Charlie Brown), and it's only getting worse year to year.
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13 NIV
US Entering Dangerous New Era in Religious Hostility
A school tells a student that he can't attend because God's the most important thing in his life. A public health official gets fired for sermons he gave in his off-hours as a lay pastor. A congregation is told they may not be able to locate downtown just because - and only because - they're a church. These are all real examples of cases in the past several months showing your religion can get you in real trouble in today's America.
For the last three years the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council has published Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America. The legal group says they're seeing cases of discrimination against those of faith rising rapidly. "The first time we did it, we collected about 600 cases," Jeff Mateer, general counsel of the Texas-based Liberty Institute, told CBN News. "We went from 600 to 1,200. And this year we're up to about 1,600. So, the threats are continuing to increase at a dramatic pace." Often these threats take place in school settings.
Rev. Franklin Graham: ‘The War on Christmas’ in America is ‘A War on Christ’
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said the last few decades in America have witnessed an increased hostility towards “the sacred nature of Christmas,” a stripping away of religious references in the public square that is “at its root and core” a “war on Christ and His Followers.” “The war on Christmas is a war on Christ,” said Rev. Graham, a “hatred” against a culture that celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh as a baby 2,000 years ago, and anticipates his second coming when, as a “conquering King,” He will “cast Satan and unbelievers into an eternal lake of fire.”