Top of the morning to you! This past week, I received this e-mail solicitation from John MacArthur. Or was it Chuck Swindoll or Al Mohler?
Oh, alright. Same verse just a little bit worse. The solicitation was from my Tridentine (Latin) Mass Roman Catholic friends who published Joe Sobran until he died. They're holding a conference on the coming persecution, which I'm very much in favor of conferences examining. For many years I've been saying to Christian parents that we need to be raising our children to suffer for their faith. Not to be rich and well-educated and successful, but to suffer for their faith.
So when I scanned down the ad and hit the venue, I laughed and forwarded it to my family. Reminds me of Wheaton a decade and a half after its storied Auca Indian martyrs burnished the image of Wheaton as a conservative Christian college. At the time I was going to Wheaton Christian Grammar School with all my Van der this and Van der that classmates from the CRC church just down the block. All of a sudden, a magnificent building began rising from the ground in the large lot next door to the school...
It was Wheaton's newest thing with a huge recreational basement with ping-pong and pool tables, lots of snack machines, huge open spaces to hang out. Upstairs was a very large entryway and lobby with light pouring in from huge windows... Everything was state of the luxury. Every two rooms shared a full and private bathroom between them. And yes, the dorm was coed. So very progressive at the time.
Dad suggested Wheaton post this Bible verse over the dorm's front doors: "...endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" - 2Timothy 2:3.
Monterey? Oh yes, I can do Monterey! You betcha! What a setting to prepare for persecution.
By the way, Clearnote Publishing is bringing out a new edition of Herbert Workman's Persecution in the Early Church. It's foundational for any man committed to living in a discerning way in this present wicked world. When it comes out, you must get it and read it. It's required reading in Clearnote Pastors College.