The name of Jesus is without a doubt the most controversial name in human history.
The US Supreme Court, which seems to be the moral compass of a secular, mostly anti-Christian country, will now look at the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway/Stephens.
The court will decide whether it is constitutional for someone to open a public meeting with a prayer addressed to the God of the Bible, and whether this constitutes the endorsement of Christianity by government.
A couple in Greece, NY, have made it a 5-year fight to stop public prayers, especially in the name of Jesus. Even though the town has brought in non-Christian clergy to perform opening prayers, the plaintiffs are still upset that non believers have to hear the name of Jesus mentioned at the start of a city-council meeting when a Christian prays.
They hate God and therefore they hate Jesus. They cannot bear to hear to hear the name of Jesus uttered in their presence. They are rabidly fighting in this spiritual conflict on the side of darkness.
As Gospel-believing Christians we are not surprised nor shocked at this development. In fact there is a good possibility that the Supreme Court will give in and ban the prayer in the name of Jesus at public meetings throughout the US.
Jesus foretold us about these things. He said:
“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Mark 13:13
He also told us about “bringing you before kings and governors for my names’ sake” Luke 21:12
But no matter how hard the anti-Christian sentiment becomes, the Bible tells us that there will come a point when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…” Phil 2:10
In the mean time, when you mention the name of Jesus in a public declaration be aware that you are engaging in spiritual warfare. Assume the entire spiritual armor found in Ephesians 6, and be prepared for controversy and attacks.
You are not alone in this. The Holy Spirit is with you to deliver you to victory.
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