“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by the nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9).

“Tribulation” comes from a word indicating tremendous pressure. For the followers of Christ, it is the pressure to remain quiet or, worse still, to compromise the historical and grammatical understanding of the biblical text for the sake of cultural accommodation. To stand firmly upon a faith rooted in historic biblical teaching, one runs the risk of being called “a hater” or intolerant. Yet, how much must I hate someone to withhold the truth of Christ? Should they not have the same opportunity to know the redeeming mercies of God, as did I?

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