A Cosmic Showdown

They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. Luke 21:12

We are hearing of incredible breakthroughs around the world. And then heart wrenching setbacks. We heard about the great revival in Korea 100 years ago. So powerful was that move of God that the capital city was called “the second Jerusalem.” And then Japanese rule came. Soon, pagan beliefs were introduced into the Korean culture. Finally, ancient sun worship was imposed – full blown paganism. Pagan shrines were then set up on church property. Unthinkable. Pagan ceremonies were inaugurated in public schools to capture the next generation. Some Christians resisted. A few refused to bow at the Shinto shrines.

And then on September 11, 1938, the last resisting Protestant church instructed its members to bow at Shinto shrines as a cultural concession. WWII followed and when it ended, North Korea was in darkness. It remains the most hardened atheist state on the planet.

  • God – all over the earth we find ourselves in a cosmic showdown, a modern contest of the gods. Help us to remain faithful. Show up. Reveal yourself as alive. Give us wisdom. Our lack of resolve may close whole nations to the gospel – even our own. Our bold obedience may open doors that can never be closed. The stakes are high. Here, in our own back yard, we are being asked to bend and bow to cultural concessions loaded with moral and spiritual implications. We never expected these choices here in North America. Make us a worthy example to a watching world. Let us learn from the lessons of the past. Send a global revival. Inflame whole nations.

Rev. P. Douglas Small, Project Pray, Awakening America

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