Members of the left-wing anarchist group, Antifa, vandalized a church in San Diego, California the night before worship leader, Sean Feucht was scheduled to hold a New Year’s Eve service, CBN reports.
The outside walls of City View Church and its offices were spray-painted with several messages and threats against Christians and Sean including:
- “Christofacist not welcome;”
- “Sean Breeds Hate;”
- “Queers bash back;”
- “No Safe Space for Bigots;”
- “Anti-fascist resistance will not falter;” and
- “separate church and state.”
Feucht added the police were called and treated it as a hate crime.
City View Church, pastored by Troy Singleterry, is a multi-ethnic church that holds services in English and Spanish as well as services for the Swahili, Samoan and Ethiopian communities in their city.
Sean made an interesting comment on Instagram in response to the attack which was obviously intended to intimidate the church. He noted that the church flourishes best under persecution.
“The enemy making the age-old mistake.” Sean posted on Instagram. “Persecuting the Church won’t stop the gospel, it’ll spark a wildfire.”
Many believe that two of the fastest-growing churches in the world are located in two countries where Christians are under attack by the government, Iran and Communist China.
Fortunately, City View was not intimidated, and the service continued as scheduled.
But we see a pattern emerging similar to what happened to the early church where there was an attempt to bully the Christians and stop them from preaching the Gospel.
The Apostles Peter and John were seized by the Temple guard and thrown in jail overnight shortly after healing a man at the temple who was lame from birth.
The next day, they were dragged before the Sanhedrin and ordered to stop preaching Christ and then released.
The two apostles returned to the believers to explain what had happened, which turned into an impromptu prayer meeting.
Oddly, they did not ask God to stop the persecution or to change the government, but rather prayed for boldness and asked the Holy Spirit to move in power in the midst of the persecution:
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30 ESV)
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