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When it comes to persecution, Andrew Brunson can speak from personal experience.
So when the North Carolina native who spent two years in Turkish prison makes predictions about the future, his words are worth listening to — even if the picture he draws isn’t pleasant at all.
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In an address Monday to the Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, the pastor who was freed by Turkey in October 2018, after heavy pressure from President Donald Trump, had a message for his colleagues.
Hard times are ahead, and now is the time to prepare.
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“I don’t think that we’re prepared for what is coming,” Brunson said, according to Fox News.
“Especially the next generation, I fear that many of us are complacent and we’re unaware, and this means that the people in our churches are going to be blindsided by what comes.
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“You are the ones as pastors and leaders of churches who have the task of preparing the next generation.”
Brunson’s two decades of ministry in Turkey, a country that’s grown increasingly Islamic over that same time period, sets him apart from most American clergy.
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But he told his audience — including many past and future missionaries — that they shouldn’t think they’re immune to persecution.
Do you think Christian persecution is coming to the US?
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“Many of you are going to have the opportunity to stand in that line of suffering and you have to prepare yourself for that,” Brunson said.
Brunson was arrested by Turkish authorities after a 2016...
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