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What Christians Today Would Survive Persecution?

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    Martyrdom, by Ignatius' time, already appealed to believers intent on doing great things for Christ. The early Christians venerated martyrs, the dates of whose executions grew into a calendar of saints, and wearing a martyrs halo is still extremely popular. But martyrs' halos do no come in the mail.

    A great amount of persecution faced by Christians today results not from what they believe, but from what they own, and from where they come. Missionaries in poor countries lose their possessions, and sometimes their lives, because people associate them with foreign wealth. Other "martyrs" lose their lives in political conflict. But does have having our vehicles and cameras stolen, our children kidnapped, or being killed for political "correctness," assure that we have "witnessed for Jesus"?

    Real martyrs for Christ do not wear halos. They only carry crosses. Most people, even Christians, quickly discredit and forget these martyrs. Real martyrs suffer persecution, not like "great heros of the faith." but like eccentrics and fools. Ordinary people usually consider them fanatics. Does this disappoint or alarm you? Do not worry. Reading this book about Russia's "underground" believers will assure you that if you are a typical Western Christian you will never face persecution. You will never have to be a real martyr for Christ.

    Only if you are not typical -- if you choose to be a "weed that floats upstream" -- you may want to know the secret by which Russian Christianity survived through a thousand years of suffering.

    Updated: April 30, 2002

    Contents

    1. Speaking Without a Tongue
    2. Snow, Fire, and Gold
    3. Old Russia--Its Heart and Soul
    4. Not With Observation
    5. Christ Victorious
    6. With Him
    7. The Antichrist
    8. Nonconformity
    9. Nemtsy
    10. Bread and Salt
    11. Mysteries and Miracles
    12. Salt and Light
    13. An Explosion
    14. Ivan
    15. Christ in Camouflage
    16. The Kingdom Within
    17. A Rainbow
    18. The Lion and The Bear
    19. Red Sky at Sundown
    20. Risen and Forever Alive
    21. The Pilgrim's Way
    22. Survival


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