Pray for Persecution?
I n the United States, a great deal of what is considered the church is actually not made up of born again believers who have faith in Jesus. It is a cultural Christianity, very weak, with similarities to the Europe that Kierkegaard faced in his time. Much of Christian faith is more of a prosperity gospel or political liberalism, loosely tied if at all to the gospel of Christ dying for our sins, so we could turn from them in faith to Jesus, and be saved. The prosperity gospel is popular in people who still struggle with or who are sold out to an idol of the heart, greed. Despite Jesus and Paul both having times of provision and lack, such persons are told that if you have faith God will give you much all the time. This same prosperity gospel is a problem in Africa today, as in the US. The political liberalism that changes a church's doctrine away from the gospel is most common in numbers of adherents within United Methodist churches and liberal Baptists (Baptist General Con