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28 November 19

Those who love this world and align with this world are enemies to Christ. Being praised by the world is a sign you are not doing things well.

In most times, either the people of Christ are persecuted, or the nations of Christ are under attack.

“Four out of 5 people persecuted for their faith are Christians and some 245 million Christians around the globe suffer extreme persecution,” Orbán noted, along with scores of vandalized churches and numerous deaths.

“And yet Europe remains silent again and again!” he said. “European politicians seem paralyzed and unable to do anything, insisting that it is all a matter of generic ‘human rights.’”

“But Christian persecution is not just a humanitarian issue,” Orbán insisted. “It is not just violence against individual persons or groups but an organized attack on an entire culture, including here in Europe.”

This attack takes many forms, some overt and some more subtle, he said, which includes “population exchange through mass migration, stigmatization, mockery, and the muzzle of political correctness.”

So why do we align with the people of the lie? Pride, passions and greed. We covet not merely the material, but physical and psychological comfort.

But we never grow by being comfortable

James 4:1-10

4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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