“…I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” –Jesus (Matthew 16:18)
Many American Christians have bought into a doom and gloom view of the future, one that sees a rise of evil and a mysterious anti-Christ figure and that the Church is not victorious in time and eternity because of the work of Jesus Christ. I am not one of those Christians. Jesus was clear that the gates, a defense, of Hades (or Hell) would not prevail against His Church. Rather, He spoke of His kingdom expanding and filling the earth, and referenced back to the Book of Daniel concerning that fulfillment. Author Matt Barber has recently published a book titled Hating Jesus: The American Left’s War on Christianity, in which he exposes the useless attempts of modern American Marxists to wipe out the Christian Church, and he also points to the source of the strength of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to a press release, “Barber documents how American leftists have co-opted every elite institution: schools, government, the media, Hollywood and the arts, many conservative organizations, and even much of what passes for the Church in America. With growing power, the progressive movement wages its relentless War on Christianity—and they are winning. The ultimate goal? Conform to their pagan demands, or face financial ruin or even incarceration.”
Several well-known authors and have commented on Barber’s assessment of the war we are in not only in the culture, but for the souls of men.
“In Hating Jesus: The American Left’s War on Christianity, Matt Barber delivers a masterful blow-by-blow investigation of how the Left sucker-punched people of faith,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes said.
David Limbaugh, attorney, best-selling author and brother of talk radio megastar Rush Limbaugh, said: “In his ‘must read’ book, Hating Jesus, my friend Matt Barber persuasively argues that anti-Christian facets of the organized Left have placed the Christian faithful squarely in their crosshairs. Accordingly, Matt … provides a realistic and effective action plan [to fight back].”
Barber wrote the book with his colleague Paul Hair, creator at Liberty Island, a webzine featuring authors of novels and short stories. His books, Mortal Gods: Ignition and Winning through Losing, are available at Amazon.com.
While the Church has always been and always will be attacked by the world, our victory is sure because of the fact that King Jesus is upon the throne and subduing all His enemies until the time of the end. Our main weapons in this warfare are the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and prayer (Eph. 6:10-17). Truth is our greatest weapon in tearing down strongholds in the minds of men and taking every thought captive for Christ. Yes, this includes areas of money, government, law, family, education and even entertainment. These things must be brought under the Kingship of Jesus Christ.
In the words of those who stood against tyranny in the American Revolution, we must return to the banner of “No King but King Jesus!”
Perhaps God may see fit to use Hating Jesus to open the eyes of those who still remain asleep and point them towards their duty to occupy and take ground back for the Kingdom that our fathers have given up.