Category Archives: persecution

2 THESSALONIANS 1:7 AND “RELIEF”

PMW 2020-025 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

A reader contacted me with this question:

“Why do you think 2 Thessalonians 1:7 is referring to the final return while denying the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ? That is, if 2 Thessalonians 1:7 is not the AD 70 coming but the final return, then didn’t Paul believe the final return could happen in his day since he wrote to the believers in his day, ‘and to grant relief to you.’ Just wondering how you deal with that?” Continue reading

MUSLIMS MOVED BY COPTIC RESPONSE

PMW 2017-057 by Jason Casper (Christianity Today)

[Gentry note: Postmillennialists do not believe Christ’s kingdom comes by “swords’ loud clashing” (cp. John 18:36). The example of these Coptic Christians shows us a powerful tool in evangelism: a steady, Christian witness.]

Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response.

“The Copts of Egypt … are made of … steel!” he finally uttered.

Moments earlier, Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Mark’s Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city. Continue reading

DEYOUNG, PERSECUTION, POSTMILLENNIALISM

PMT 2017-035 by Larry E. Ball (author, Blessed Is He Who Reads)

Pastor Kevin DeYoung represents the standard view of the modern church with regard to the present and future expectation of Christian persecution (Four Thoughts on Persecution in America). However, I have been silent too long. It’s time to post a contra-view. Consider the following.

1. As Pastor DeYoung rightly suggests, the examples of “persecution” in the Bible refer to acts of violence toward Christians such as arrest, imprisonment, and even death. I would include a loss of employment and being ostracized by a particular community. Certainly, it can refer to pure hatred. Continue reading