Pastor Carl Gallups warns believers are being put in bull’s-eye!
“American Christians need to prepare for persecution,” Carl Gallups told WND TV. The former law enforcement professional and pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church argued Christians are increasing being “targeted” for both political harassment and outright violence.
And he’s written a new book, “Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution And Times of Trouble,” designed to prepare believers for the dark times ahead.
Gallups cited several disturbing trends he believes will prove a threat to American Christians.
“We’ve got a huge Islamic influx and we’ve got radical agendas including the radical abortion movement. That movement has just been exposed in videos and they’re angry. We’ve also got the radical homosexual movement and now the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.”
Gallups argues political and cultural opposition to Christianity is likely to intensify in coming years. He warns individual believers may find their businesses targeted for destruction by politically motivated activists, especially homosexual rights protesters.
“They have a practice of targeting,” Gallups said. “They’re ready to roll and they’ve already said that Supreme Court ruling is just the foundation of what we want to do. That’s not the end of it, it’s not like, ‘oh, now we can get married, we’re happy.’ Oh no. That was the platform for them to launch off of in order to bring the whole culture down.”
However, political persecution may be the least of Christians’ concerns. Gallups believes Christians are being specifically targeted for violence, citing this month’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
According to witnesses, the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, asked victims if they were Christian. If they responded in the affirmative, the murderer taunted, “You are going to see God in just about one second.” He then shot them in the head.
Gallups complained the anti-Christian motive of the attack was largely ignored by what he sees as a liberal media eager to shift the blame to guns. He argued if the victims had been adherents to a different faith, it would have been a much bigger story and the motivation would have been more widely discussed.
“You know what it would have been,” Gallups charged. “And I know what it would have been and our viewers know. The hypocrisy of this seems to know no boundaries. And of course we know what the Left is going to say, of course we know the hypocrisies that will come forward, it’s on display right now before the eyes of the world.”
Indeed, Gallups believes the Obama administration consciously ignored the way Christians were targeted.
“There’s not really a concern by the current administration for the victims, the deepest concern is for the agenda,” Gallups argued. And the Obama administration’s agenda, Gallups intoned, was to attack the Second Amendment Rights of law abiding citizens.
“It was politicized out of Obama’s mouth within two hours,” Gallups stated. “They were even saying, ‘of course we’re going to politicize this.” President Obama, given his office, should be more of a uniter and a father figure. Instead he came and constantly talked about himself.”
The situation is especially dire, Gallups argues, because of an increasing terrorist threat against churches and Christians in particular.
“We have an ISIS presence in all fifty states according to the FBI,” Gallups warned. Thus, Christians are right to fear “direct persecution, or, in some cases, death.”
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