Christ came to establish a kingdom on the earth that is just as real as any other kingdom. This kingdom overcomes evil with good, and unrighteousness with righteousness. Though it is certain that this kingdom will take over the earth, it will only happen through the action and prayer of the church.
Moreover, the current kingdoms will not willingly yield their power to another. Thus, every Christian engaged in God's work can expect opposition, hatred, suffering, and loss–even to the point of martyrdom. Indeed, to refuse this cross is to deny Christ.
Is your Christianity cowardly, or are you engaged in the real warfare for souls and righteousness?
This message was adapted from Catherine Booth's sermon, “Popular Christianity: Its Cowardly Service vs. the Real Warfare.“