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Christian Persecution In America

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Scripture: Romans 13:1-14Romans 13:1-7
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Joel Webbon and Glenn Sunshine take the time to define the criteria for both genuine persecution and civil tyranny.

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Enduring Criticism & Betrayal

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Scripture: Numbers 16Psalm 42
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Whether on the run from King Saul or his son Absalom, David has been effectively cut off the land of Israel, and most significantly, the Tabernacle. Therefore, the psalmist is deprived of the praise of God, the people of God, and the presence of God. He is consumed by a desperate, and even violent, thirst for the pleasure and privilege …

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How Does God Build People Up?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:11-16
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

It is true that God uses suffering to build up his people. However, if we come to believe that suffering is God’s only tool for sanctification, we will have a poor view of our Heavenly Father.

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Responding To Injustice

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Scripture: Psalm 37
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Psalm 37:6 provides  a wonderful promise: “[God] will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” In other words, those who act with integrity will eventually be vindicated, in this life or the next. Their righteousness will be revealed before both God and men. Therefore, we must diligently obey as we wait upon the Lord. …

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The Key Differences Between Christianity & Islam

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4Malachi 3:6
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, False Doctrine, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel Webbon and Hasti Gomes, who was born into a Muslim family in Iran, discuss the primary differences between Christianity and Islam. They also address the question of whether or not Islam promotes violence.

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Experiencing Persecution

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Have you ever experienced persecution for following Jesus? There is really only one way to avoid persecution as a Christian. Watch this episode to find out!

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The Biblical Criteria For Genuine Persecution

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Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-8Romans 13:1-14
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Loving the Saints, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel Webbon and Pastor James Coates attempt to define what actually constitutes genuine persecution from the Bible.

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Was Pastor James Coates Actually Persecuted?

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Scripture: Daniel 3Daniel 6Romans 13:1-14
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Several pastors have deliberately chosen to defy government regulations for their church gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision has incurred various penalties from the state, including even imprisonment for Pastor James Coates. Is this a legitimate example of persecution? Or is this merely the consequence for unjustified rebellion?

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Why Do People Die?

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Scripture: Genesis 5:1-32
Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Death is not our friend. Death is an enemy of Christ. It represents the just judgement of God for sin, and serves as a reminder that each of us should posses an urgency to be made right with God.

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Is Pastor James Coates Actually Being Persecuted?

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Topics: Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Discipleship, Love, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

ISN’T PASTOR JAMES COATES IN VIOLATION OF ROMANS 13? When it comes to the Christian’s duty to submit to the civil authorities, it is vital that we rightly interpret the whole of Scripture. Firstly, it is crucial to recognize that Romans 13 (the biblical text that is so often cited for why churches should comply with the current government regulations) …