persecution of Christians

When times of trouble come upon you and you're facing spiritual red lines, you should already have plans in place on how to deal with it. This week, we speak to two gentlemen who are facing these red lines. First up is Artur Pawlowski (streetchurch.ca), the pastor in Calgary, Alberta who defied the authorities during a Passover service this year, telling them to leave, and calling them Nazis. Later, he and his brother were arrested. He describes his current situation including his arrest and goes on to compare it to the tactics of the communist authorities he witnessed growing up in Poland.

Next we visit with a man who has been battling religious persecution for nearly a decade. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, is joined by one his lawyers, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. They recount the various legal cases Jack has endured and where they are now. Jack also describes his spiritual journey, including his decision to make plans early on as to how to handle the very situation in which he finds himself. These men created spiritual muscle memory in order to endure the hard times.

Finally this week, we welcome someone from across the Pond to analyze America's exceptionalism and the pros and cons that come with it. Joining us from France is Howard Burton (ideas-on-film.com), Founder and Creator of Ideas on Film. He compares and contrasts the perceptions of America from people abroad with those who live here. Few Americans think about their own country's exceptionalism and some even think we're far from outstanding. It's important to know your strengths and weaknesses and do so in truth.

Most people have heard of the nearly decade-long battle waged against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. He is back in court again and he's joining us today to give us an update. With him is a member of his legal team, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. Warner describes the history of the court cases and why they were brought. Jack recounts his spiritual journey as well as making the decision to be prepared for the battle long before it came.

A pastor in Calgary, Alberta defied the authorities during a Passover service this year, telling them to leave, and calling them Nazis. Later, he and his brother were arrested. That pastor, Artur Pawlowski (streetchurch.ca) joins us today. He is the Founder of Street Church Ministries in Calgary. He recaps his arrest and compares it to the tactics of the communist authorities he witnessed growing up in Poland. He came to Canada to escape totalitarianism and he fears that we are seeing it blossom here in the West now. Judaism and Christianity are being singled out while other religions are left alone. There is a spiritual battle taking place but a lot of churches don't seem willing to go to battle. They will need to if they are to survive.

John on KYMS: Pastor X Is Here!

Broadcast Running Time: 30:40

John is back with Lee Lancaster at the KYMS studios here in the Inland Northwest – and he brought someone with him. A special guest has finally arrived in the U.S. – that’s right, Pastor X is here and we finally learn his real name! He relates first-hand accounts of the troubles Christians go through in Pakistan and the incredible, inspiring journey that he and his family experienced that culminated in their arrival in the United States last week. John goes on to list several examples of Christian persecution from around the world and asks for prayer for all of them. You can join our Praying for Persecuted Christians Facebook group for more information and stories from around the world.

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is upon us.  On today's podcast, John looks at how the Church is faring today amidst the Marxist fundamental transformation of society in the West.  First there was the decoupling from Christian thought and now there is an attempted replacement in the form of socialist utopianism.  John recalls his quest to cover the persecuted church over the years and the roadblocks he faced from those inside the Christian church who didn't think anyone wanted to hear about it or that it would affect attendance.  Whether we acknowledge it or not, persecution of the church is coming in the West and in certain aspects has already arrived.  We must stand with Christ – through the good times and the bad.