Hello Reader Friends and New Subscribers! David Telbat here. Welcome to “Betrayer or Confessor,” my final Part VII in this series, “If Christianity were Illegal.” (Click here to read previous Part 6.)
There may have seemed to be a bit of gloom and doom in this Special Forces Christians series of posts. Why? I’ve been on the front lines long enough to see spiritual warfare realistically. It is true that America is still a nation of amazing freedoms, but so much is in the process of changing. Freedom has led to complacency. We must make a decision now to step up more.
Betrayers of the faith—the Lapsed
In the Third Century, a major debate in the Church was about how to properly restore the “lapsed” into communion. The lapsed were believers who broke under persecution by the “state.” Some of these men, women, and children renounced their Savior. Others turned in banned copies of Scripture or disclosed meeting places of other Christians. How was the Church to welcome back these betrayers of the faith—the lapsed?
Confessors of Christ
Also during the Third Century, there were men, women, and children who were known as the “Confessors.” These were Christians who endured imprisonment, threats, and torture, but they did not recant their faith. In the face of these threats, they sang hymns and quoted Scripture.
The Confessors confessed their hope in Jesus Christ and the resurrection. So full can we be of the Spirit and the Word that it flows freely when asked about the hope that is in us.
Betrayer or Confessor? You? Me? Yes, it’s time for us to be counted amongst the Confessors and not be caught with the Lapsed. As Christianity continues to splinter and grow dim, those who maintain will stand out ever more boldly.
You will be accused. You will be found out. But you will stand. Why? Because you have been in training. Your armor is a little banged up perhaps, but you’re equipped, nonetheless. God, we are soldiers for You!
If Christianity were illegal in America right now, how would you stand? How would I? Would it be any differently than we live today? Food for thought . . .
See you in the field!
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COMING UP: We have a treat for you on MONDAY with David Telbat’s interview with Luigi Putelli! Really! And join us next WEDNESDAY for a Father’s Day post, “Story Inspiration from Dad.” David also has a Father’s Day short story, “A Father’s Heart.” See you then!