Christians today are living in an increasingly anti-Christian society. Therefore, Christians are finding it increasingly necessary to be counter-cultural in order to live faithfully to the Gospel.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. As pilgrims, Christians will face persecution. This article shows that this persecution comes first of all because it is God’s will. Persecution can also be a comfort to God's child, since Christians are persecuted for Christ's sake. Christians can be assured of God's protection throughout persecution.
The church does not have to be ashamed of being different from this world, because Christians are pilgrims in this world with their citizenship in heaven. The church is set apart from the world, and must worship God through preaching, sacraments, and prayer.
How can Christians make a livelihood in the world without conforming to the world? This article explains what Christ meant when he said that we are not of this world: we are called to a new life, to flee worldliness, and remember that we belong to the everlasting kingdom of God, and therefore our busyness should always be done in the light of the world to come.
Romans 12:2 warns against conforming to the world. This article explains that there are two ways in which Christians can conform to the world: by imitating the world and by being passive.
This article explains how the world is defined in the Bible. The article points to the world's created order but also its godless order. It also explains the role of the church and Christians in the world.
What should the relationship between the church and politics look like? This question is rooted in a bigger struggle; namely, the struggle of the church to relate to society in general. Sometimes politics is used by church members to try influence society. The author looks at church history to better understand how the church should relate to society. He focusses his discussion on freedom of religion and the difficulty in establishing a moral consensus.
How can a Christian survive a culture that is hostile to God? it is through remembering the reality of sin, the last days, the Lord's Day, fellowship, and Christ that Christians can resist this worldly culture.
The growing toleration for wickedness in the world and the intolerance of Christian truth signals looming persecution for Christians. This article shares some ways in which parents can prepare children for persecution.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. Being a pilgrim is a result of being a follower of Christ. Like Christ, Christians must learn to face suffering (Peter 2:21). This article shows how Christians can follow in Christ's footsteps by submitting to suffering without being vengeful.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. What makes them pilgrims? They are pilgrims because they are aware of the end. They know that this world will come to an end in order to fulfill God’s purpose for His church. The awareness of this end shapes the way Christians live their lives in this world as they journey toward the eternal city.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. How can Christians travel on this journey? Pilgrims depend on the preached word of God as their food, as is stated in 1 Peter 2:2. Looking at the analogy of milk, the author discusses the characteristics of this preaching.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Why is this so? This article names God’s election as the cause of this. By electing individuals, God has prepared heaven for them. Therefore, the daily life of a Christian is filled with hope and an eager desire to be home.
What does it mean to have a pilgrim lifestyle as a Christian?
The life of the apostolic church testifies to the reality that the church may flourish even (and sometimes especially) in a context of persecution.