5 Truths About Christian Courage in Negative World
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Owning the truth of biblical Christianity in Negative World requires courage. It’s not easy. Peter cowered under the pressure of being associated with Jesus when the opposition rose.
5 Truths About Christian Courage in Negative World:
1. People come to faith when Christians embrace the truth despite unpopularity. The gospel spreads during persecution. But only as believers remain faithful to hold the line. We can have reformation in our world again today if Christians would own the truth.
2. Willingness to stand for the truth empowers other Christians to stand firm. Christians are drawn to those they believe are laboring to stay faithful. This is why people are flocking to churches that are actively equipping their folks to hold the line.
3. Failure to remain in the truth weakens the church and leads to apostasy. Churches that don’t stand firm will die. Many are fading into irrelevance each day. We must actively equip ourselves and others to remain in the truth. We must train ourselves for godliness.
4. Courage to walk in the truth requires dying to public approval. Christians are called racists, homophobes, transphobes, misogynists, and more. The key is: do everything in your power to NEVER be any of those things, but content in what God’s standard says if called them.
5. Jesus gives grace to repentant cowards. You may fail to show courage. You could bow to the opposition or deny Christ like Peter did. There’s grace for those who confess and repent. And there’s help who depend on Him for courage.
Erik is the Pastor of The Journey Church in Lebanon. He also founded Knowing Jesus Ministries, an organization which exists to proclaim timeless truth for everyday life. He is married to Katrina, and has three children: Kaleb (who went to be with the Lord), Kaleigh Grace, and Kyra Piper.
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