The Travails and Ultimate Triumph of the Church
Open Doors, a ministry serving persecuted Christians worldwide, says, “Each month, 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 forms of violence are committed against Christians (such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests and forced marriages).” As the world groans in turmoil and pains, with palpable fear enveloping the entire globe, the most troubled people, under severe attacks from the evil world are the Christians and the Jews. The Pew Research Center says over 75 percent of the world’s population live in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many are Christians). The Church faces many challenges today which include:
- Unprecedented attacks from without and within
- Radical Islamic terrorism spreading fear
- A deterioration of morality and Judeo-Christian values
- A lack of dependence on the absolute truth of God’s Word.
Fear is a by-product of the storms of persecution, betrayals, and difficulties facing believers worldwide. The author of Sheltered Through the Storm: The Travails and Ultimate Triumph of the Church, seeks to combat that fear with faith. “A fear-stricken church cannot help a scared world. We will never convince the world there is peace at the cross if we continue to exhibit the same fears as those who make no profession of Christianity.”
In the face of radical Islamic terrorism, persecution, and the deterioration of morality and Judeo-Christian values, Michael Jolayemi says the church must be courageous in reaching out to help a frightened world. “The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only effective weapon against terrorism and social injustice.” He challenges the church to live holy in a perverted world that seeks to destroy its godly heritage. Above all, the message of Sheltered Through the Storm is for the Church to return to its total dependence on the basic truths of the Word of God, and trust in the eventual triumph of good over evil.