“As the church continues to be muzzled and restricted, it is tempting for us Christians to huddle inside buildings and lament over our newfound struggles. It would be easy to continue sitting in our comfortable pews surrounded by like-minded believers and fellowship in solitude – afraid of the ramifications of the world outside.”
This is exactly what the church has been doing for 50+ years in America, which is why we don’t have as big a voice as we once did… not because of some manufactured persecution we claim to suffer from today. Having to coexist with people with whom we disagree is NOT persecution. Maybe if we weren’t huddled in our churches clinging to our fear-based, futurist, “it’s all going to hell in a handbasket” theology, we would have more of an impact in our communities. And I don’t mean the kind of impact that a guy in a suit and tie screaming from a bullhorn makes. I’m talking being the hands, feet and love of Jesus to the world… not a finger-wagging judgmental doomsayer.
So your way of telling Christians not to be finger-wagging judgmental doomsayers is to go around being a finger-wagging judgmental naysayer? Also, how are people supposed to share the love of Christ with the world if they can’t even share the love of Christ with one another?
The way I see it, God meets people where they are at, and doesn’t give people more than they can handle. So what you call “manufactured persecution”, another person who is new to the faith or not strong in their walk with God might call that same thing “the scariest thing that has ever tested my resolve.”
Having to coexist with people who disagree with us is the definition of persecution that most people in the world use today. That’s why people at colleges want “safe spaces” and stuff like that. It's why so many Muslims can't stand the idea that Israel exists, because it means they have to coexist with Jews. A person who is brand new to Jesus may still think that way, and they might be too weak and fragile to handle confrontation with somebody who disagrees with them.
You might be a national heavyweight champion, and you can handle all kinds of stuff. But not everybody is at your level in their relationship with Christ. You might have started at 0 and worked your way up to 100. Other people might have started at -99 and are just now working their way up to 0 and out of the negative numbers.
 November 24, 2015 at 6:01pm
I must say it’s rather heartwarming to see so many calling out this alarmist charlatan for who he is. He’s predicted WWIII in a 100 different scenarios, 100 different flashpoints and 100 different participants. He told you all to get out of the market when the Dow was at 6000-7000, and those who complied missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime return of biblical proportions. Ebola was a dud… the shemitah was a dud… the endless calls for The Great Depression 2.0 were duds… the Saudi man he touted as the “money guy” in the Boston Marathon bombing turned out to be 100% sham… and I could go on and on. He’s bilked enough ratings and money thru sponsors… it’s time to turn Glenn off and let him drift away into irrelevance.
November 23, 2015 at 3:54pm
the-flea… i’m actually not a “single believer” of this… 1800-1900 years of church history believed it overwhelmingly…
“The prophecy of divers events (Matt. 24), especially referring to the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter ruin of the Jewish church and nation, which were not hastening on, and were completed about forty years after…”
“It is to me a wonder how any man can refer of the foregoing discourse to the destruction of Jerusalem, and part to the end of the world, or any other distant event, when it is said so positively here in the conclusion, All these things shall be fulfilled in this generation.”
“(Matthew 24) was punctually fulfilled; for after the temple was burned, Titus the Roman general, ordered the very foundations of it to be dug up; after which the ground on which it stood was ploughed by Turnus Rufus… this generation of men living shall not pass till all these things be done – The expression implies that a great part of that generation would be passed away, but not the whole. Just so it was; for the city and temple were destroyed thirty-nine or forty years later.”
November 23, 2015 at 3:48pm
I’m assuming you are waiting for a new temple to be built in Jerusalem as a sign of the great tribulation… considering all of the genealogical records were destroyed in 70AD, who pray tell will be able to verify with 100% certainty that they are of the tribe of Levi and take on the priesthood. You do realize that is a requirement of the temple system.
 November 23, 2015 at 3:41pm
Revelation 17:10: They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
“Five have fallen…” (Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius)
“…one is…” (Nero)
“…the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while” (Galba… who ruled for a mere 6 months as Emperor of Rome).
The general understanding is that this couldn’t be, as John wrote Revelation while he was exiled to Patmos during Dominius’ rule… however he was also in Patmos during Nero’s rule. The earliest copy of the NT we have begins Revelation with a quote that says it was during the time he was exiled by Nero.
And this is only one example that perfectly lays over the timeline of Revelation. Like I said… historical context means everything when interpreting this stuff.
November 23, 2015 at 3:38pm
Scook… actually the bible is pretty clear… but not on any of the things you listed.
 November 23, 2015 at 3:34pm
Nero, the emperor of Rome from 54AD-68AD, was referred to as a beast… he persecuted Christians, used them as human torches in his courtyard, kicked his pregnant wife to death, killed his mother personally, and required all who wanted to buy, sell or trade in the Agora to worship an idol of him at the gate and receive an ash mark on the right hand or forehead. If you didn’t have the mark, you weren’t allowed to trade. Either that was the mark of the beast in Revelation… or… you know… I guess it could be a computer chip. Historical context is key when interpreting the bible.
 November 23, 2015 at 3:26pm
As I said… 1800+ years of church history, the majority of the church held to my beliefs… not the “new” futurist view.
““There was a sufficient interval for the full proclamation of the gospel by the apostles and evangelists of the early Christian chuch, and for the gathering of those who recognized the crucified Christ as the true Messiah. Then came the awful end which the Saviour foresaw and foretold, and the prospect of which wrung from His lips and heart the sorrowful lament that followed His prophecy of the doom awaiting His guilty capital. The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything the world has ever witnessed, either before or since.”
 November 23, 2015 at 3:25pm
And you want to know where the Christians were? Josephus, the Jewish historian, didn’t record a single Christian being killed in that final siege, and it was because they had heeded the warning Jesus gave them 40 years prior in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. They fled the city and were spared.
It all happened just as Jesus said it would “within a generation”… almost exactly 40 years from the day he said those words.
 November 23, 2015 at 3:24pm
Wow… you cherry pick 1 item in my long list of evils (many I didn’t even mention), and start building your case on that by calling me a lib. Weak and lame.
Jesus spends the entirety of Matthew 23 laying the hammer down on the Pharisees and telling them that their religious system and great temple would soon be utterly destroyed. In Matthew 24, the disciples were asking about how and when that would happen, because they simply couldn’t believe something like that could happen. They wouldn’t have suddenly wanted to know about the end of the world. They were asking for signs of His coming judgment. His “coming” is the same “coming” used in OT scripture about the advent of God’s judgment. He even made the statement about the eagles surrounding the carcass. Well, towards the end of the final siege of Jerusalem, you could have called them a carcass. People were starving and resorting to cannibalism, up to 1000 people were crucified around the gates of Jerusalem daily, and all in all, over 1 million Jews were killed in a very short period of time. So, yes, Jesus’ analogy of a carcass was fitting. And, you want to know what the insignia of the Roman Empire was?… the eagle. And that was just a fulfillment of one single line of His prophecy.
November 23, 2015 at 2:04pm
“Not once in Revelation does it say things get better.”
That’s because the majority of Revelation has already been fulfilled. 1800+ years of the church understood that, until Darby came up with his futurist view (dispensationalism)… and then Scofield came along and put that eschatological view in his study bible which became the gold standard in every seminary in America. The mark of the beast, the falling away, the persecution of Christians, the great tribulation etc. all occurred in the years up to and including 70AD when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. It’s too much to get into here.
And as far as America is concerned… let’s just look back 200 years ago… we had slavery, mass killings or displacement of Native Americans, legal abortion of 1 in 5 of all pregnancies (higher per capita than any time in our history), legal wife beating, age of consent of 9 years old in many states, Chinese brought in as forced labor, women and blacks unable to vote, etc. etc. etc. Please tell me how things are worse now?
 November 23, 2015 at 1:02pm
Wow… a fellow Christian who actually looks throughout history and comes to the conclusion that maybe we do NOT live in the darkest days in history. Amen! We need to stop the 50+ year-old practice of telling our congregations that nonsense, because it is absolutely not true. We have problems in this world, but there has never been a better time to be alive… Christ’s kingdom is advancing… it’s just that we’ve been in pause mode here in the US because of our futurist, “everything’s going to hell in a hand basket”, “it’s only going to get worse” theology that has been the gold standard in churches here for almost a century.
Then you have been living in a hole
Yes, hitler, war, crusades all that happened – yet Christians and America itself was vastly different and so was he world
Planned Parent Hood wasn’t slaughtering and selling baby parts long long ago in history
LGBT wasn’t so prominent long long ago
Atheist and PC BS wasn’t this extreme long long ago
A Godless society is wanted and accepted now on this earth and evil is being seen as good just as the bible says
The youth and sexual desire is worse than its every been, kids rejecting their parents authority
The bible is very specific that there would be a great falling away and that times would get worse and worse
Not once in revelation does it say things get better
You need to reject your personal feelings and opinions for biblical facts and the facts of what’s actually happening
Your view is no different than the apostle trying to stop Christ from his death
Hope for a better tomorrow and everyone singing and holding hands does not stop Gods plan or the path we are on
You lack discernment and have rejected the word of God for your own bias
But...the end is near.
[-3] November 23, 2015 at 9:51am
And, in a country where they’d be persecuted for saying any one of those things, they’d likely be sitting in a jail cell today. Thankfully, they don’t live in a country like that… so let’s stop pretending we do, stop crying wolf about red cups and a war on Christmas and Christians, etc. and worry about other things.
November 16, 2015 at 8:10am
Two buzzwords that The Blaze often uses are “chilling” and “scathing”… in most cases, the stories getting those adjectives are neither chilling or scathing.
November 16, 2015 at 8:09am
What a childish comment.
November 16, 2015 at 8:08am
Um, nope… you’ve been had by one of millions of BS social media scares.
I find it quite hilarious that you guys are only proving Cranston to have the most civilized, grown up outlook.
[-2] October 28, 2015 at 8:20am
You guys freaking kill me… there is zero justification for this officer’s actions… nada. If this was a black officer doing this to a white teenage girl, you guys would be yelling that it got no media play due to bias, no matter how much airtime the video got. This will do nothing more than further her disrespect and distrust of officers… and the cycle will continue. Murica!
She never had ANY respect for the cop. She did not follow orders!! She Hit the cop FIRST. ALL IS JUSTIFIED THEN. one law for all people no matter of your skin color.
Wrong. If the alternate situation as you describe had occurred, I would have the same reaction. At this point I'm not concerned about changing her opinion of officers. If she was instructed to leave the classroom and refused then forceful removal is one of the probable consequences.
Respecting lawful authority has no color. Only a foolish leftist would make that foolish statement. More whites have been killed by cops of every color-yet there is no #whitelivesmatter, nor should there be.
"If this was a black officer doing this to a white teenage girl, you guys would be yelling that it got no media play due to bias,"
I don't see how that's a true assessment at all. Point to ONE instance of this happening. Just one.
Idiots make things about race. This has nothing to do with race.
She doesn't even respect herself, much less anyone else. Including the teacher and the students who came to class to learn. Respect is earned my friend and the big difference here is if my child acted like that, they would get PUNISHED. Not this one, she is hailed a freakin' hero...stupid enablers.
This had nothing to do with race. This cop would have done that to a white kid, too. Heck, he probably has done it to white kids too but no one gave a damn. This was poor training, poor decisions (all the way around), and a bully cop who lost his cool. That's all.
RNM We ( white) are NOT the ones who are always screaming RACIST !!!!!!!!!!!!
White, black, green, red,...color is irrelevant. If you don't listen or obey a police officer, you deserve to be squashed like a cockroach. Racist.
Bs. There isn't. Students like her should be tazed. He should t have thrown her across the room but the take down was justified. This would not have to happen if she didn't have an idiotic mother telling her to fight the power. It's one thing to fight the power if you're fighting for some kind of justice, but to fight it just because you're lazy disruptive or just being a bitch is totally different. She'll be a victim her whole short life.
October 27, 2015 at 12:31am
Blah blah blah… do your own research… blah blah blah… just make sure you vote for whom I say you should vote.
Wait a minute… Glenn is saying an Obama 3rd term is merely an “even if” scenario… since when does he NOT waste his time on such a juicy conspiracy? I’m shocked.