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Back in December of last year, Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely following his comments on the Biblical stance he took on homosexuality. The network decided to reinstate him later because of the support he received and the correspondence the network received. Many stood up for the Duck Commander’s Patriarch because many felt his first amendment rights and freedom of religion were being violated.
Most recently, HGTV has decided to halt production of, “Flip if Forward,” which was to star twins, David and Jason Benham, following reports that surfaced about their ties to anti-gay and against choice extremists, including their father, evangelical pastor, Flip Benham.
There’s a growing hostility towards Christianity and the biblical standards Christians uphold. But is it really towards Christians or is it geared more towards God. According to the words of Jesus, we are hated because of him.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 13:13 (KJV)
The last part of that verse evokes a sense that there will be some perseverance required on the part of believers, possibly persecution? I believe that’s exactly what Jesus is saying. And while there have been some cases of persecution in our nation, we have not yet experienced what some have and are in other countries, even now. Some in Egypt have been killed and crucified for their faith.
While we like feel good movies like, “God’s Not Dead,” or “Heaven is for Real,” and other such movies, “Persecuted,” to be released in theaters on July 18th, will remind us that persecution is a reality and exhort us to stand strong in their faith.
The movie “depicts evangelist John Luther as the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform. When a Senator frames Luther for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. An evangelist turned fugitive, Luther’s mission brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America.” http://www.persecutedmovie.com/about
The movie trailer can be viewed at: http://www.persecutedmovie.com/trailer
Many are talking about the implications this movie has on the first amendment right ot free speech and politics.
“I love political thrillers. This movie could do well.” Larry King
“A timely thriller. Bringing the battle of free speech to light.” Fox News
We don’t know how much persecution we will go through before the coming of the Lord, but if he delays his coming, we need to stand firm and strong in the faith, even in the face of persecution or threat of death.

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