In 2008, I went to Russia to preach the gospel to several small congregations of Christians in local assemblies, and in Home Churches. The Christians in Russian region are to be commended for their faithfulness to the local church, and for their commitment to Jesus Christ despite harsh conditions and open opposition to the gospel.
Because of my personal visit to Russia, I have been able to continually receive inside information about the common people, and what is really going on. The following letter comes from a godly pastor in Russia.
(I have redacted names and locations of God’s people in the Russian region out of an abundance of caution.)
Mon, June 14, 2021 at 5:07 AM
“The LORD reigneth! He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, [wherewith] he hath girded himself: the world also is established, that it cannot be moved. O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”
Brethren, mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
In the great love and kindness of God, we, in our prayers, always recall you, and church of the Lord at you! We give thanks to the Almighty for your faithfulness to Christ! We ask God to fill your hearts with love to Jesus! Yes, the Holy Ghost will visit all of you, and will give you a lot of grace, along with all the other saints, to perform the will of the Almighty!
By the mercy of God, we continue to preach Jesus Christ’s glory, distributing the Gospel of a grace across Russia.
Our channel on YouTube, continues to work. Already more than 4,000 subscribers. Considering that our church has only 60 people, the Lord expands our ministry through online. Praise to God!
We also continue to preach in villages. Since April now, we visit a family in ______ settlement. There live _______ and ______. To them happens there comes the sister of ______ her name ______. They listen to the Gospel.
In this settlement we three times tried to begin church, but every time failed. We pray, and we ask the Lord’s manuals that perhaps this cause to God, bless there to begin church. Yes, it will be as God wants!
Russian Orthodoxy penetrates into ______ more and more, and closes the people’s ears and eyes to God’s Truth. Alas … Russian Orthodoxy is dead; it is a demonic religion. People who become Russian Orthodox Christians, do not read the Bible, and they worship patrons and statues, burn candles the Saint, and at the same time absolutely ignore God’s precepts, and live in their sins! Satan has so many caught in a network of dead religion!
Russia Orthodoxy is generally found in the West, in Moscow, Rostov and St. Petersburg. In ______ orthodoxy is not leading. There are a lot of descendants of exiled and denounced; ______ always was as prison. Living conditions here difficult.
This year, May, was abnormally cold and rainy. Weather forecasters reported that such May was not in the ______ region within 165 years. And June at us nowadays, cool.
At night, in houses, we include electrical heaters so that by the morning we do not freeze.
Today on June 14, and only by this day, apple-trees and pears ceased to blossom, and the lilac just, only begins to blossom, very cold.
This year we will have no summer; in two weeks the sun will turn for the winter, and we, just soon after the last winter, are not warmed. Nevertheless, we offer praise to God for everything; wherefore the Lord does everything for His glory!!!
I do not know how at it is with you, but for us people in Russia, we have begun to understand and see that coronavirus is a big falsification of people who works for a Satan.
Very many people who hurried to receive a vaccine are already crippled, and some already died! They have blood clots in their stomach, liver, heart, lungs, and brain!
Authorities about it are silent!
But people transfer each other information on death, and warned others so that they did not prick to themselves this toxic agent.
There is a real misinformation war!
The authorities in Russia killed all medicine, and now free of charge offer all a vaccine, and day and night impose people to bend to their will.
In these difficult conditions, we continue to proclaim the Gospels of a grace of Christ! Brothers __________ and __________ actively work at the North with evangelism.
The town ______ church and town ______ church are said hello to you hot Siberian!
Also, brothers and sisters say hello to you and pray for you from churches: ______, ______, ______, ______, ______, ______, ______, ______ and ______.
In my family, we every time pray for all of you in the evening and we bless you with a name of Christ Redeemer!
We give thanks to you for prayers and support of our ministry!
Yes, the Lord abundance of a sovereign grace of Christ will visit you!
With prayers for you, I am Brother _____________, and the church of the city of ______!
As there is confusion, an overbearing government, and fear in Russia, so it is here in America. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the 19th century British politician Lord Acton.
America, once “The Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave” is fast becoming a fearful and enslaved Socialist nation as the current President of the United States, and many members of Congress, march in lock step with Marxist ideology, while imposing Maoist methods on the culture. Free speech, freedom of thought, the right to assemble, freedom of religion, and the right to control one’s own health, is under assault by oppressive godless government leaders with its hate inducing critical race theories.
Christians will survive this counter cultural revolution in America, just as Christians have survived, and thrived, under other oppressive governments throughout history. In the end, the Roman Empire, the Nazi regime, the Russian Communist, the Italian Fascists, and the godless, baby killing, homosexual, race baiting Democratic Party will fall before the Kingdom of God. They always have, they always will. This is the promise of Jesus who said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18).
From a divine perspective of human history, “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15). Let God’s people say, “Amen.”
Church of Jesus Christ, live without fear. Protect your health. Pray for those who assault the Church, and be assured, it shall always emerge as the triumphant Church.