The vast majority of evangelical pastors think persecution is coming their way.
Last month, the National Association of Evangelicals conducted a survey of Church leaders “about their experience with persecution and their projections for the future.” And a high percentage expect persecution of Christians to increase.
Only 32 percent said they’ve been persecuted themselves (which isn’t really a low number), but 76 percent think they will be persecuted “in the coming years.”
In a little more detail, of the 32 percent who say they already experience persecution, 92 percent think it will continue. And of the majority, 68 percent think persecution is coming.
NAE’s survey used the the English Oxford Living Dictionary’s definition of “persecution,” which is “hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.”
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury