How long do you think it will be before the Bible is banned in America? Or will it ever be?
Banned, Burned, and Banished
In the course of human history, the Bible has been banned, burned, banished, and forbidden; but this hasn’t stopped the Word of God from going out into the world. In one remote part of the world in Africa, there was so much opposition to the Bible that the Muslims went from house to house trying to find a copy of the Bible. If they found it, they would not only burn it but sometimes the person with whom it was found. But to those who hold to the precious Word of God, they don’t care. They have such a hunger and thirst for the Word of God that they are willing to risk their lives for possessing a Bible. What one group decided to do was take the Bible apart and then each one of them would memorize a book of the Bible that they had been given. For example, one man memorized the entire Gospel of Matthew while another memorized all of the Book of Romans. In this way, they would always have the Bible in their hearts; and you can’t ban or remove what’s been hidden in a person’s heart. When they all came together, even with no Bible, they would recite from memory certain books of the Bible so that they could all hear the entire Word of God, at least the New Testament. Today the Bible is illegal to own in some nations, but they can never eliminate the Word of God that’s been ingrained into a person’s mind. In fact, they could destroy the body but not the soul; and in a similar fashion, God’s Word is indestructible.
When it comes time to preaching the Gospel in Canada, there are some Bible verses this nation now considers hate speech; and a pastor can be jailed and fined for preaching it. However, this is nothing compared to how other nations are persecuting preachers of the Word. In one case an American evangelist said he was arrested and interrogated about his Christian faith after he was caught on a London sidewalk preaching that homosexuality is a sin, even though the Bible states that it is. Then there was a Swedish pastor who preached a sermon on the biblical prohibitions against homosexual behavior and was waiting to see if the Supreme Court of Sweden would send him to jail for six months for doing so. The pastor was charged with violating a Swedish hate speech law that protects homosexuals from “intimidation” and “agitation.” And sometimes there doesn’t even have to be a target audience for preaching, as retired Pastor James McConnell found out. He was still waiting to see if his next sermon would be given from a prison pulpit or not. What was his crime? On May 18, 2014, the 79-year-old pastor was speaking at the church he founded in Belfast, Ireland, and simply preached a sermon on 1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Then pastor McConnell reacted to a pregnant Muslim woman who was converted to Christianity, received 80 lashes, and had a death sentence hanging over her head. The pastor was warned about the potential of being arrested for telling the truth that Islam is satanic and is a “doctrine spawned in hell.”
Anti-Preaching Canadian Laws
The Canadian government apparently has an ax to grind against biblical preaching. Preaching only about the love of God is okay. However, if a preacher mentions specific sins and those who do these sins are in danger of God’s judgment, then it is considered hate speech; and the consequences are not just a slap on the wrist. For example, Father Alphonse de Valk, who is Canada’s leading pro-life voice among Catholic clergy, has said that the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal has forbidden evangelical pastor Stephen Boisson from expressing his moral opposition to homosexuality. Boisson was told to apologize to the “human rights” advocate who filed the complaint, and then they threatened him with a $5,000 fine for the “pain and suffering” he caused the man. We could expect this from the tribunals in Stalin’s Soviet Union or in Mao’s China, but in Canada? Even so, the courts ordered Boisson to provide the complainant with a written apology for his letter to the editor; but Ezra Levant, a Jewish-Canadian author and lawyer, said, “This is like a Third World jail-house confession, where accused criminals are forced to sign false statements of guilt. ” Levant said, “We don’t even ‘order’ murderers to apologize to their victims’ families because we know that a forced apology is meaningless to them, but not so if their purpose is to degrade Christian pastors and more importantly, the Word of God.
America’s Future and the Bible
The day may be coming when mentioning specific sins in the Bible will be seen as a hate crime in America. It is very close right now, so that might be the next step to banning the Bible altogether in the U.S. When this will happen, we just don’t know; but there are things in the air that say it may be coming. Already, parts of the Bible have been and are still being removed from the public square because some are “offended by it,” so things like the Ten Commandments have been removed, even in very conservative states, such as Oklahoma and Alabama. What is even more tragic is that some ministers, like in the Episcopalian Church, have actually ordained homosexual ministers, which is contrary to biblical doctrine (Romans 1:18-10, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The Apostle Paul warned of such a day when he wrote that “the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Corinthians 4:3). Will the Bible ever be banned in America? Perhaps the preaching of it will be someday, and not just from behind the pulpits, but street witnessing evangelism may be. It’s growing more and more difficult to be able to preach the Word of God anywhere because the Word of God afflicts those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
According to a December 2001 decision by a Saskatchewan court of appeals, the Bible is now considered hate literature in Canada if it is quoted verbatim and in context, specifically if it’s used to condemn homosexuality. Sadly, there is a double-standard for the Koran as it’s not been labeled as having hate speech, even though it contains verses that demand the death of all who reject Allah and fail to be assimilated into the Islamic faith.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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