“The church will stand at the grave of the BBC.” –Lord North

Substitute any manmade institution or government you can think of in place of BBC and the statement loses not an ounce of truth. Lord North, a founder and director of the BBC, made the statement back in the mid-60’s in response to a suggestion that the BBC should discontinue religious programming because the people were no longer interested in religion and the church was obsolete.

Alistair Begg mentioned it when he wrote for The Gospel Coalition this past week, and included this:

“Christians are increasingly going to be seen as different, and not in a good way. We are increasingly going to have to choose between obedience and comfort. The next decades will not bring apathy to the gospel, but antagonism. And that’s OK. After all, that has been the reality for most of God’s people through most of history.” [Excellent read. Alistair Begg: ‘Welcome to Exile. It’s Going to Be OK.’ (

My Men’s Bible Study leader, a first-rate Bible scholar, said it in fewer words: “The days ahead are darker for believers.”

The Apostle Paul can speak with more authority on the subject that anyone else but Christ. He had to deal with a corrupt monolithic government often in cahoots with a large segment of the population working against him. 5 times he received 40 lashes less one, 3 times he was beaten with rods, once he was stoned, 6 years he spent in prison. He suffered shipwreck, starvation, deprivation, and despair. Yet he told the Corinthians, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Beyond all comparison—let that soak in. When he spoke and wrote God spoke and wrote and his voice still echoes through the ages. When his allotted days were up he got a quick trip to glory, compared to Christ—he died by the executioner’s axe.

Tell me again about your persecution, Christian friend.

“…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Jesus in Matt. 16:18b).

See you in church.

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