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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

05:36 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Brothers and sisters. What's the last time that you were overseas? December, in December, where did you go at that time? Middle East, in the Middle East. Are you allowed to say where you went? I probably shouldn't. You probably shouldn't. Yeah. Middle East. Is that like Kansas? No, the Middle East, Eric. Not the Midwest. Well, if people want to find you, obviously, they can go to persecution, dot com. And I just want to encourage people. Folks for your own faith, really, to strengthen your faith, go to persecution dot com. I hope you'll see the movie Sabina. I hope you'll get a copy of vorm brand tortured for Christ, the complete story, the voice of the martyrs, because it will, it will build your faith. We'll be back for a final segment with Todd, nettleton, who heads up voice of the martyrs radio across the country will be right back. Let's welcome back, we're talking to Todd nettleton, a voice of the martyrs voice of the martyrs, founded by the hero Richard von Braun and his wife, Sabina, just amazing people, and very clever in how they wanted to share the gospel. I actually believe that I think one of the two times I met him, it must have been in the mid 90s or early 90s, and he was speaking at the Yale law school. I don't know how that happened. And it was some kind of a poster for whatever it was. It was kind of his clever way of getting people to come. And then he shared the gospel and people said, wasn't that lying? Maybe. He was somebody that really understood God calls us to kind of a wild faith. And you know, that's real. Richard would take the members of his youth group to the zoo and stand beside the Lion cage to talk about Daniel and the lions den and to talk about what it meant to be persecuted. He also trained his youth when you're carrying across a border, you're carrying bibles across the border in the snow, walk backwards, and that way when the guards come and see the footprints, they'll go the wrong direction and they won't know which way you win. Richard saw a million Russian soldiers invading his country as God's answer to his prayer. He had prayed, God sent me to Russia as a missionary. God never sent him to Russia as a missionary. So when a million Russian soldiers invaded Romania, he said, well, this is great. I don't have to go there to be a missionary. They literally would go to the train station and welcome the invading soldiers with the gospel of John printed in Russian. Welcome to our country. I have some gift for you printed in your own language. Please take this. And so yeah, when you talk about bold and creative and unafraid, Richard and Sabine are really exemplify that style. Well, I mean, what they exemplify is be wise as serpents. I think a lot of Christians get that wrong, they think, be wise as doves know, be innocent as doves, be wise as serpents. What does that mean? It means be subtle and clever for God's purposes. And when you talk about walking backwards in the snow, when you talk about greeting Russians with the gospel of John I have a gift for you, that's so beautiful and so amazing. And because look, let's be clear, Richard von Braun was a genius. He was not just some average guy. He was just incredibly brilliant. But he lived out his faith and all of his genius and all of his courage. It combined into a life that you wouldn't make it up. And so now, so it is his story ends up being a story is in the book. And you said the best way for them to get it is they can get it for free. There will be a phone number on the screen, I believe, also persecution dot com, just connect with voice the martyrs, say you've heard this on Eric my taxes say you saw it on TBN and you'd like a free copy of that worm brand. But if you get a copy of the book and don't read it, shame on you. That's the only catch, folks. If you get a book, make sure you read it and lend it to somebody. My goodness. Well, where do you go from here? We've just got less than a minute left. What happens Todd nettleton after New York? Back home, back to work at our office in Oklahoma. And the amazing privilege of sharing these stories and hopefully inspiring the faith of American Christians. And you're on the radio every week and how can people find that? Radio net. You can find a station close to you. There's links to all the podcasts. Again, VO M radio dot net. There's also a link on persecution dot com to find VLM radio. Okay, VO M radio dot net because it's be great every week people can hear these stories. You can get a copy of when faith is forbidden 40 days in the front lines with persecuted Christians when faith is forbidden by Todd nettleton or obviously they can go to persecution, dot com, Todd, just a joy.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:14 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Through. And you know, you mentioned people imprisoned in China, folks. Are you doing business with a company that does business with China? And they don't care about the human rights or are you giving your money to some sneaker company or to the NBA or whatever it is that they don't care that they're making money and yeah, all kinds of people are being horribly persecuted. But you know what? We're not going to get into that. How can you not get into that? We have in America tremendous power, the power of our purse, where we spend our money who we do business with. And we need to partner with people who understand that if somebody is suffering for his faith, you can't sit by, you can't say, well, what am I supposed to do? There's many things you can do. You think about the spiritual family relationship, okay? I have two brothers. If one of them was in prison and being beaten on every day, you wouldn't have to remind me to care. You wouldn't have to remind me to call my congressman or call my senator and say, my brother is imprisoned he's being beaten on every day. Our brothers and sisters are in prison. They are being beaten on every day. We shouldn't need that much. It shouldn't take that much effort for us to pay attention to it. It's unbelievable. And I do understand I sympathize with people that this is sometimes just too painful to face. But folks just take that step with God and face it with God and let him lead you because I really do believe that as the remnant church wakes up as we ally ourselves with our brothers and sisters who are suffering, we're going to see world revival. I believe that that's where this is going, that when things get really bad, the lord wakes his church up, that there's something happening right now. As you see cultural Marxism come into the United States, people are waking up. They're turning to God in a way that they wouldn't if everything were great. And God uses the things of persecution. I think about the fastest growing church in the world right now is in the Islamic Republic of Iran. And we're now 40 years down the line from their revolution. And I've had Iranian Christians tell me, I had told Khomeini is actually the greatest Christian missionary in the history of Iran because he showed the face of Islam and the Iranian people have now seen that for decades and they say, we don't want Islam. We're not interested. So the gospel is finding fertile soil and it is because of the Islamic revolution. It's because of what they see in their government. Yeah, it's amazing how the enemy always overplays his hand and we're seeing it obviously in this country. And you see it around the world. And I think we forget how many people out there in places like Iran, they're just like us. They see things and they say, I don't want that. That's horrible. What's that? Well, that's interesting. We need to get out there. We need to be willing to share our faith, get books in the hands of these people. And I know that that's what you all at voice of the martyrs do. We do. We do deliver help to persecute Christians help to frontline workers who are sharing the gospel in these environments and them like we're doing right now. We tell the stories to American Christians so that we can be in fellowship with our persecuted.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:31 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"O 5 7 or Mike pillow dot com. You just got Eric. When you look over your shoulder thoughts I'm talking Todd nettleton with voice of the martyrs, you can find them at persecution dot com. Persecution dot com. And I was saying earlier, I always think to myself, the Jews in the boxcar is going to the death camps, the African slaves, surely they were hoping that some of those Christians out there would get political, would do something, and I feel like there are people around the world today looking to us and saying, well, you get political. We don't mean to make an idol of politics, but will you take action or will you let somebody call you a name and then you just be like, okay, I'll just shut up. I'll just preach my little gospel. What gospel do you have if you can't stand up for those who are suffering and stand against injustice? So it leads me to the question Todd nettleton, the book is called when faith is forbidden 40 days on the front lines with persecuted Christians. What can we do today? People who are listening to us. The first thing that persecuted Christians ask us to do is to pray for them. And it's the easiest thing, but it's the hardest thing. And the really challenging and convicting thing to me is their prayer request is not pray that we won't be persecuted anymore. It is pray that will be faithful in spite of persecution. Pray that will stand up well under persecution. And, you know, one of the things you mentioned earlier, the fact that sometimes they might feel forgotten, one of the things that I pray and I encourage other Christians to pray as lord supernaturally let them know I'm praying for them. Right now, let them know that somebody is remembering them. Somebody is praying for them. And you know, I had the chance to interview grace your Burnham, who, along with her husband Martin, was held hostage in the Philippines. And she mentioned that during their months more than a year in captivity, at different times along the way, she would look at Martin or Martin would look at her and they would say somebody is praying for us right now. And so once I heard that, I thought, man, that is a great prayer. Lord, let them know that somebody is praying for them right now. That's the first thing we can do. And then I always encourage people the second thing is then educate yourself so that you can pray more effectively so that it's not God bless persecuted Christians, not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's God bless pastor Wang Yi, who is serving 9 years in a Chinese prison right now for leading an unregistered church. God bless pasture highly naivety in Eritrea who has been imprisoned more than 17 years. Because he led a church in Eritrea. So number one prey, number two educate yourself so you can pray more effectively. And then number three is, whatever God asks you to do, whatever he lays on your heart to do, say yes. And maybe that is sponsoring bibles to be delivered. Maybe it's writing letters to some of these Christians who are in prison. Maybe it's getting on an airplane and going to one of these places. But God will open doors and say, this is what I want you to do now. And then it's up to us to be obedient to that call. There is so much we can do. The question is, I mean, the point is just do something. Don't do nothing. And I think obviously the reason you wrote the book when faith is forbidden 40 days on the front lines with persecuted Christians is to give us a road map to acquaint us with these different people and what they're going through..

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

04:26 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Jesus. Right now, while we're having this conversation. So you've written a book called when faith is forbidden 40 days on the front lines with persecuted Christians. So what is when faith is forbidden? Well, for the last 24 years, I have traveled the world to sit down and interview persecuted Christians and hear their stories. And often when I get back from a trip, I share the stories with my family with people at my church and they say, I would really like to go on a trip with you. This is my invitation. Come along with me. Let's go for 40 days. Let's hear the stories of 40 persecuted Christians. And I believe on day 41, your faith is going to look different than it did when we started that journey. Well, look, this is an opportunity. And I really mean this, that if we and the American church don't wake up, I've written a book coming out this fall called letter to the American church. If we don't wake up, if we continue to sleepwalk to slumber, God's a judge, he judges us. He cursed the fig tree, he demands of us that we actually be the people of God and live like the people of God, as though we believe all the stuff that we say we believe. He defeated death on the cross. So you really believe that? Are you going to live like he defeated death on the cross? Richard von Braun, and so many others, they actually lived that way. And the lord wants us to live that way. It's why he put us on this planet. And so in a book like this, when faith is forbidden, you're introducing us to these people, but it blesses us. Our faith gets changed. We become serious about our faith. It does bless us. And this book, because I'm a comfortable American Christian myself. I'm not a persecuted Christian. This book really is written with that audience in mind. Like, how do we take this in our comfortable American life in our comfortable American churches? What do I learn from someone who's been in prison? What do I learn from a pastor who has just been shot by Islamic radicals 8 days literally 8 days before I met him? He had been shot three times. What do I learn from somebody like that? What lessons can I draw out of their life? That's what I've tried to capture in this book. I think part of it too is that when you draw close to folks like this, you can't help but draw closer to God because you basically realize he really has defeated death, he commands us to fear not. And he says, I will give you everything necessary to fear not. But I'm not going to force it on you, but I want you to have it. And so it really does take a step of faith in a sense for us to step toward these stories and to acquaint ourselves with this, because some of you will be like, well, it's too unpleasant. I don't want to be bothered with it. And it's like, no, you don't understand. It will bless you. It will make you stronger. Hebrews talks about persecuted Christians of whom the world was not worthy. Literally, they are too good for this world, and yet we get to hear their stories. We get to meet them. We get to learn from them. So I think, you know, God has an amazing love for our persecutor brothers and sisters. We are called to remember those in prison as if we were imprisoned with them. So certainly we want to know their stories. We want to know their names. We want to see their faces. We want to pray for them. That's a part of our call, even if we're not persecuted ourselves. Well, again, it's a privilege that we get to live in a country like this where we're free, but the lord has given us these freedoms and has blessed us as he's blessed us. So that we can use those things for his purposes. And I really do think that there are people around the world wondering if there's anybody in America care about me sitting in this cell for my faith in Jesus, which I could recant tomorrow, but I don't. I wonder if they're living their faith seriously. I mean, I always think about this when I think about, you know, I wrote a book amazing grace about William wilberforce. I think did the African slaves ever meet a Christian and wonder that these Christians, what they talk about, I wonder if they would ever help me. Would they ever put their faith on the line, they say they believe their God defeated death so they're not afraid of death. Are they afraid of what are they afraid of like losing points at the country club or something like that? And that's kind of how I feel today. How many of us are afraid? Well, I don't want to be called a racist or I don't want to be called to this. If I say the wrong thing, somebody will throw a term at me that's going to scare.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

02:10 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"With Todd nettleton. He is with voice of the martyrs. Actually, he's the host of voice of the martyrs radio on a thousand plus stations, you were just mentioning before, I want to get to your book when faith is forbidden. But you were just mentioning that when Richard finally gets out of prison, the communists, I mean, so wicked that he had been tortured, he'd had tuberculosis. So you said when you get out of prison, they told him, you know, your body is so broken that maybe you've got a year left. Yeah. There's so many amazing things about this story. The going rate for a political prisoner at that time was $1500 to the Romanian government. The price for Richard was $10,000. So he was considered a high value target. And like you say, will the doctors examined him? He'd had TB. He'd been tortured again and again and again. They said pastor Rembrandt, you know, you probably only have a year left. God allowed him 30 more years and he traveled the entire world, telling the story of his own torture, his own persecution, but then also, hey, there are still pastors behind the iron curtain. There are still pastors in those prisons. And really, the voice of the martyrs was founded when Christians like you and I, we hear that, and we say, okay, well, how do we help them? That's really how the voice of the martyrs was founded was to be a way to help you. And so let's be clear. There are people all around this world right now, imprisoned, suffering, persecuted, tortured for their faith, killed for their faith, we need to know that. We need to stop pretending like Christianity is my pathetic little church in the suburbs. Folks, we don't deserve to live in a country where we get to drive in our SUV to our church, whatever there are people around the world suffering. That's the church. And we get to be a part of that church in our suburban churches, wherever we are, we get to be part of that church, but we need to know that the lord calls us who have freedom and who have resources to do what we can. Obviously, to pray, for those around the world that are suffering horrors because of their faith in.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:51 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"I'm sitting here in the studio with Todd nettleton. He is with voice of the martyrs. Actually, he's the host of voice of the martyrs radio on a thousand plus stations, you were just mentioning before, I want to get to your book when faith is forbidden. But you were just mentioning that when Richard finally gets out of prison, the communists, I mean, so wicked that he had been tortured, he'd had tuberculosis. So you said when you get out of prison, they told him, you know, your body is so broken that maybe you've got a year left. Yeah. There's so many amazing things about this story. The going rate for a political prisoner at that time was $1500 to the Romanian government. The price for Richard was $10,000. So he was considered a high value target. And like you say, will the doctors examined him? He'd had TB. He'd been tortured again and again and again. They said pastor Rembrandt, you know, you probably only have a year left. God allowed him 30 more years and he traveled the entire world, telling the story of his own torture, his own persecution, but then also, hey, there are still pastors behind the iron curtain. There are still pastors in those prisons. And really, the voice of the martyrs was founded when Christians like you and I, we hear that, and we say, okay, well, how do we help them? That's really how the voice of the martyrs was founded was to be a way to help you. And so let's be clear. There are people all around this world right now, imprisoned, suffering, persecuted, tortured for their faith, killed for their faith, we need to know that. We need to stop pretending like Christianity is my pathetic little church in the suburbs. Folks, we don't deserve to live in a country where we get to drive in our SUV to our church, whatever there are people around the world suffering. That's the

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The Torture and Imprisonment (and Love) of Richard Wurmbrand

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:51 min | 3 months ago

The Torture and Imprisonment (and Love) of Richard Wurmbrand

"I'm sitting here in the studio with Todd nettleton. He is with voice of the martyrs. Actually, he's the host of voice of the martyrs radio on a thousand plus stations, you were just mentioning before, I want to get to your book when faith is forbidden. But you were just mentioning that when Richard finally gets out of prison, the communists, I mean, so wicked that he had been tortured, he'd had tuberculosis. So you said when you get out of prison, they told him, you know, your body is so broken that maybe you've got a year left. Yeah. There's so many amazing things about this story. The going rate for a political prisoner at that time was $1500 to the Romanian government. The price for Richard was $10,000. So he was considered a high value target. And like you say, will the doctors examined him? He'd had TB. He'd been tortured again and again and again. They said pastor Rembrandt, you know, you probably only have a year left. God allowed him 30 more years and he traveled the entire world, telling the story of his own torture, his own persecution, but then also, hey, there are still pastors behind the iron curtain. There are still pastors in those prisons. And really, the voice of the martyrs was founded when Christians like you and I, we hear that, and we say, okay, well, how do we help them? That's really how the voice of the martyrs was founded was to be a way to help you. And so let's be clear. There are people all around this world right now, imprisoned, suffering, persecuted, tortured for their faith, killed for their faith, we need to know that. We need to stop pretending like Christianity is my pathetic little church in the suburbs. Folks, we don't deserve to live in a country where we get to drive in our SUV to our church, whatever there are people around the world suffering. That's the

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

02:31 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

10:23 min | 3 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Am so excited if you've heard me over the years a couple of times you've heard me talk about Richard Warren Braun and his wife Sabine. These were living heroes. I had the great honor in the mid 90s of meeting them, the story of Richard Verne brund is just unlike anything I had ever heard incredibly moving. He wrote a book called tortured for Christ, and I'm sitting here with the head of the ministry that he started one of the people with the ministry Todd nettleton here from Oklahoma to share about a film that's coming out, Todd, welcome. Thank you. It's great to be with you. Listen, voice of the martyrs, for ever since I've been a believer. I have just been thrilled to know the existence of voice of the martyrs, and when I heard the story of Richard Werner and got to meet him, I couldn't even believe it. I said, this is a living hero who experienced the most wicked persecution imaginable, the communists who are inveterate atheists. They hate God, they hate the people of God. He lived through that and had to love of Jesus in his heart even for those who tortured him. It is unbelievable and there's a book. There's a movie, tell us what is out right now. Well, as you say, he's an amazing hero of the faith. And one of the things I think is so remarkable is Richard managed to keep separate the sin and the sinner. He would often say, you know, I hate communism, but I love communists because Jesus died for them. We need to talk to them about Christ. And so all through 14 years in prison, three years in solitary confinement, tortured again and again and again, he managed to keep that love even for the people who were persecuting him. And so this book, the film, really we want to tell this story to a new generation who maybe isn't familiar with Richard and Sabine ore brand. Frankly, may not be familiar with communism. Right. We want them to know these stories of, like you say, heroes of the faith. Well, people need to know the evilness of evil. When you see a story of what they went through and now Jesus shines through that, you get a new level of faith. It is just a new level of faith. When you understand how God shines in the midst of this darkness, I mean, there are stories unbelievable. So there's a book called warm Braun, tortured for Christ, the complete story, put out by voice of the martyrs. How do people get this book? There will be a number on the screen. You can call that number and get a copy for free. We will send it to people who want it for free. You mentioned tortured for Christ. You know, torture for Christ inspired thousands, even millions of people. This is the first time in one book that you get Richard side of the story and Sabina side of the story all together in one book because when Richard went to prison, Sabina was left alone. And honestly, there were people who came and said, you know, I was in prison with Richard I saw him die. There was a man who came to her house and said, I helped bury your husband. He's dead. And Sabina never felt that release from the lord. She never felt like, no, I don't think that's right. She held on hope and held on for him, he ultimately would spend 14 years in prison. She was arrested and spent three years in prison. Like I said, this book is the first time in one book. You get sort of the whole scope of the story. Well, again, it's an unbelievable story. And I think as times get dark in our own culture, it's God's way of awakening us to the evilness of evil and to the power of God. Because when everything's sort of okay, we all can sleep walk through life. We become lukewarm and the lord will spit us out of his mouth. He does not want us ever to be lukewarm and stories like this, they are so inspiring. That's the whole thing is that they inspire you. They don't depress you. They inspire you. And I think for some of us who are watching, that's something we have to be reminded of. It's like, why would I want to read a story about a guy who got tortured? Why would I want to read a story about three years in solitary confinement, it's exactly like you say, because as you read the story, you see God's faithfulness. You see what faith looks like. And like I say, Richard came out of prison with joy on his face. He was excited about what got it done. And he never forgot the people who are still in prison. And he founded the voice of the martyrs. Today, we're now 50 plus years later. Still serving Christians in prison for their faith around the world. That was the ministry that Richard found it, and it was actually kind of planted in his heart in a solitary confinement cell as he was suffering himself. Now, so there's a movie out that's going to be on TBN. There is a movie Sabina that tells kind of Sabina side of the story. It really tells the early part of their story. Right. We talk about tortured for Christ and their punishment by the communist, Sabina tells the story of when the Nazis were in control of Romania and Richard and Sabina were doing gospel work. Of course, the Nazis didn't like that either, so they were persecuted first by the Nazis, and then ultimately by the communists. And there are actually two films that tell the full breadth of that story. Well, it's an amazing thing. It's so funny sometimes that the Nazis were the enemies of the Soviet Bolsheviks. But both of them hated God and hated the people of God. You think of the irony, you know? People give you this false choice. Like, well, what about this or what about this? And you think they're both evil. And the idea that they were both persecuted, I remember Richard von Braun telling the story, I think he told at a Times Square church when I was attending in the mid 90s about being persecuted by the Nazis, and then being persecuted by the communists. And I thought to myself, wow, is there anybody who appreciates living in the United States of America, where we talk about God, where we can, where we can worship God, it's sort of it gives you clarity in a way of what we're dealing with. It does. And both Richard and Sabina were born into Jewish family. So they had come to Christ out of a Jewish background. Sabina's entire family was killed in the death camps. And yet, and the films had been actually tells the story. And it says at the beginning, not based on a true story. It is a true story. They actually, after the communists took over, there were still some Nazi remnants that were in Romania and were endangered because the communists were hunting for every last Nazi. Richard and Sabina, again, Sabine's entire family perished in the death camps, Richard and Sabina helped hide those Nazi soldiers from the communists who were hunting them. And at times they would also welcome communists into their homes. They actually had fellow church members who warned them. Listen, if the communists that you're hosting in the Nazis that you're hiding ever see each other, you're going to be in all kinds of trouble. You got to make sure you keep them separate. But their attitude was Christ has brought these people to us. The mission field has come to our home. We have to reach out. We have to respond. We have to be ready to love and share the gospel. In spite of the risks, in spite of what they've done to our families, they just really personified Christ love even for their enemies. I mean, I know this is true. I heard Richard von Braun talk about this and it's just nothing less than astonishing the depth of faith. The way Jesus shone through their lives, it is astonishing, folks. But it's real. It's real. And they lived it, and the lord allows these things to happen for his purposes. And so how many people have been blessed by this story, people who are suffering right now in China in other places around the world to know that this story ends so happily, so beautifully. And I think I really do think it's a wake-up call to the American church Todd because I really do think many people in American church. We've had it so good. We don't have any idea of what evil is. We don't have any idea what governmental persecution is. And we just kind of think, oh, everything's fine. Well, the devil is no different than he was in the worst times in history. And he will use whatever he can, including prosperity, to lull us into sleep, so we take our eyes off the ball. We don't do the right thing. And we slip in the same direction that these countries slipped into that allow these things to happen. So it's an important reminder, I'm glad the film is going to be on TBN. What website can people go to to find any of these things? Persecution dot com is the main voice of the martyrs website, persecution dot com, all the information there. There's links to the books, links to more about the warm brands, but that sort of start persecution dot com. Persecution dot com. Well, that's easy to remember. Persecution dot com. And the book is this book available just through you guys. It is available. Actually, it's available everywhere, but through this special offer in cooperation with TV. And it's free. We want people to have it. We want them to be inspired by this story. And as you say, we see a culture turning against God here in the United States. Yeah. If persecution is coming to us as American Christians, what do we need to do? I would suggest we need to study the Bible. There's a lot about persecution in there. And we need to know the stories of our brothers and sisters who've already gone through persecution and come out victorious come out joyful on the other side and this is one outstanding example of that. I mean, there's just no denying it that when you familiarize yourself with the stories of those who've gone before you, these heroes of the faith, it feeds your faith. I mean, how many people come up to me constantly telling me thank you for your book. I've written 14 books, but it's always bahnhof or why, because his life can help but inspire you. You read it and you just say, I want that. I want to live like that. That is a real life. That's what God put me on this planet for whatever comes. We're going to.

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Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton on the Story of Richard Wurmbrand

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:56 min | 3 months ago

Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton on the Story of Richard Wurmbrand

"The story of Richard Verne brund is just unlike anything I had ever heard incredibly moving. He wrote a book called tortured for Christ, and I'm sitting here with the head of the ministry that he started one of the people with the ministry Todd nettleton here from Oklahoma to share about a film that's coming out, Todd, welcome. Thank you. It's great to be with you. Listen, voice of the martyrs, for ever since I've been a believer. I have just been thrilled to know the existence of voice of the martyrs, and when I heard the story of Richard Werner and got to meet him, I couldn't even believe it. I said, this is a living hero who experienced the most wicked persecution imaginable, the communists who are inveterate atheists. They hate God, they hate the people of God. He lived through that and had to love of Jesus in his heart even for those who tortured him. It is unbelievable and there's a book. There's a movie, tell us what is out right now. Well, as you say, he's an amazing hero of the faith. And one of the things I think is so remarkable is Richard managed to keep separate the sin and the sinner. He would often say, you know, I hate communism, but I love communists because Jesus died for them. We need to talk to them about Christ. And so all through 14 years in prison, three years in solitary confinement, tortured again and again and again, he managed to keep that love even for the people who were persecuting him. And so this book, the film, really we want to tell this story to a new generation who maybe isn't familiar with Richard and Sabine ore brand. Frankly, may not be familiar with communism. Right. We want them to know these stories of, like you say, heroes of the faith. Well, people need to know the evilness of evil.

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Sean Feucht and Eric Discuss the Need for Pastors to Show Courage

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:42 min | 3 months ago

Sean Feucht and Eric Discuss the Need for Pastors to Show Courage

"My next book is called letter to the American church. And it basically says a lot of what you've been saying that the churches have been silent pastors whose job it is to speak up, they have allowed they've asked others or I should say they've been so silent that people outside the church are speaking up. It's kind of a wild moment. And we need to get pastors to be brave and to speak up. Yeah, I mean, it's really unbelievable. I mean, you know, in addition to going to Orlando, we're going to be on the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. And you know, I think the roe V wade, we had the pandemic. We had the wild riots in the summer of 2020. And we had pastors across America shaming people into putting a black square on their Instagram and, you know, they were the justice fighters, but yet here we are on the precipice of overturning a 50 year death decree, the greatest injustice in the history of our generation and yet there's so much silence from pulpits across America. Every pastor in America should be preaching, just like I did yesterday here in South Carolina, should be preaching on the importance of us taking a stand against roe V wade that God is actually answering the prayer. So he's been pranked for years. And yet so many people are silent. We even have pastors apologizing for the fact that the Supreme Court is going to correct the wrong that was done in 1973. And make it unconstitutional to, you know, for this a law, this roe V

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Sean Feucht Is Heading to Orlando to Protest Disney

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:03 min | 3 months ago

Sean Feucht Is Heading to Orlando to Protest Disney

"Folks we're back with John foy, and here's the here's the issue, Sean, travels so much that he's doing this interview from the airport. Any particular airport Sean in case somebody wants to, you know, harm you too late. I'm in Charleston, South Carolina on my way to Orlando, Florida to defund Disney. That's what we're doing today, Eric. Okay, so I want to say it again. You are on your way to Orlando. Tonight. You are going to be at the gates of what is it that it's the Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando. You're going to be there. Rumors. Yes. I'm going to be there. Yeah. And folks, if you can get there, first of all, let's be honest, it's fun. To be with Sean foy to be in an environment where everybody knows, you know, what's what? And is willing to stand against it. There's something really empowering and wonderful about that. So if people want to find you tonight, they know you're going to be in

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:49 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"We've come to the lightning round of ask me taxes and go. Go. How do you feel about the metaverse? I'm against it. Next, what are your goals for 2022? What are my goals? To have a mainstream national TV talk show. To have the bonoff or film produced and in the can, I think that's going to happen. And to I guess to visit the dentist every 6 months, that's those are the three. Okay, that's good. Thoughts on Kanye's distract, released a few days back. Let me just say, I love Kanye so much. I want to meet him and get to know him. I love that guy. His faith is real. And so my thoughts are, I don't know. Okay. Have you ever had any doubts about your faith, no, I've had struggles. I've had questions, but when I came to faith around my 25th birthday, it's just so real that when people said you have debts, my faith is really an intellectual faith. It's a visceral. When you meet Jesus actually meet him, you may have a million questions, but fundamental doubts on whether he's real by the grace of God, no. Get ready to play favorites. Who had a greater impact on their culture, wilberforce, or Bonn hoffa? That's easy, bonhoff, had like no impact on his culture. That's the problem, because the German people didn't listen to him. Wilberforce had a tremendous actually most of my will before his book is about all the other stuff that he had, the effect on the culture, not just the slave trade. So that's kind of an easy one. The answer is wilberforce. How was your dad's health? PS, you are the best podcast truth with a little bit of sassy comedy. Sassy. It's like I'm wearing a sassy hairstyle. What does that sassy? Thank you. My dad, he's doing much, much better. I can not tell you how kind that is for you to ask that, but thank you. Favorite meal, usually the next one. There's an untucked shirt under that suit jacket, isn't it? Yeah, I disapprove of that hole in tucked shirt thing. But it's not like a moral issue. But I'm not, I'm not an untucked kind of guy. And this ties in Eric, where do you get your fine menswear? That's a weird question. Where do you get your fine menswear? Off of the Internet. Many different places. I don't know. I feel like I need to write about this. I think I need to write about this. Are you writing 7 more women impatiently waiting? Absolutely love all your books. You know what? I've written most of 7 more women and we had Xander van was going to publish it, but they decided not to, which is strange, but that's their right as a publishing house. So it is not currently slated to be published. I don't know why Xander van made that decision. But I was we were doing it. And so I don't know when it will come out. It will come out. I care very deeply about that series, 7 months, 7 women, 7 more men and 7 more women. But the answer is I don't know. Do you believe in a literal 7 day creation? You know, I get this question all the time. Do I believe in a literal 7 day creation? And that's the most ridiculous thing. Everybody knows God did it in 6 days. So the very idea that somebody who calls himself a Christian would not know that, is outrageous. Outrageous, I tell you, Alvin, can you believe that we even get questions like that? I don't know..

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

04:31 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Yeah. And so I remember vividly and that's why I wrote fish out of water. Because I wanted to recount those memories of what it is like to be a decent person trying to figure things out, wondering whether anyone really could figure things out and sort of living your life. And most of us live our lives in a distracted way because it's the route of least pain. I don't want to think about the meaninglessness of the universe or whatever it is. So I just try to lead my life and we follow the pleasure trail, right? Whatever gives me some kind of good feeling, some kind of positive thing. We tend to do that. We're distracted away from the horror that I don't know why I'm on the planet. I don't know if there is a God. I don't know whether you can know whether there is a God. So obviously once God made himself clear to me, once he revealed himself to me, I said, I want to let other people know this because I know that there are tons of people like me who are just really wondering if you could even know. So it was fun being on Tucker Carlson because now some people know that he has an hour long show. It's on Fox nation. You need a subscription. I'm not subscribed to Fox nation. But he played clips of it during the week leading up to Christmas. But the whole show, I've never watched the whole show, but my memory of the conversation with him over that hour, it was very wide ranging as I sometimes can be. If you let me. And I was hoping and had prayed with Suzanne that there'd be somebody listening out there who might benefit from what I had to say. So to hear from this woman Sally that it was that conversation that I had with Tucker that led her on this path, I just want to say, folks, that's why I do whatever it is that I do, and it gives me such joy when I read this last night I thought what a huge huge encouragement to me just to keep going. Yeah, and Eric, I know you probably weren't thinking of this, but you can get both of those books oddly enough if you go to shop metaxas dot com. They're bundled together. Oddly enough, it's crazy. Well, I actually was not it didn't even occur to me to go there. And I think her to me because I don't want to I don't want to pollute this conversation. You've already polluted it. You know, well, look, shop metaxas dot com. People can get like Eric taxes show mugs and whatever, but yes, you're right. Those books are available. They're both autographed. Yes. So you can get them other places obviously. But if you want both of those books to be autographed, that's it is a great price. But really, honestly, I just want my audience to know how much it means to me that someone stumble upon this conversation and what I had to say let them in this direction. And I'll say why, because it's why we're on the planet, folks. And if you don't yet know that, I want to help you figure that out. Because it changes everything. Once you know that God is real, it's not a philosophy. It's not a fantasy. There is nothing more central to our existence. It is the center of why we're here and it helps us make sense of everything else. So this email from Sally to my website Eric metaxas to come completely blessed me and I said, I'm going to share it today and now I've shared it. You can go to Eric metaxas dot com yourself. Thank you. And you're confused. Hey folks,.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

05:07 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Will be blessed. Thank you Todd Middleton. You're welcome. Thanks for having me. I want to do the same thing. Folks, Eric metaxas here, somebody just handed me a piece of paper with insane information on it. But I know it's true because the other day I literally got a phone call from Mike lindell telling me Eric, you got to check out and he then he tells me about this towel special, right? And he says, you've got to tell your audience, okay, so here's the special. 39.99 if you use the code Eric, normally $109 and 99 cents. We're talking about the towels that work. We've talked about this before. It's a technology where the towel is actually do the job of being absorbent and you know that whole thing. So they're amazing towels, but you can get a set of 6 towels for 39 99. You have to use the code Eric, go to my pillow dot com, click on the new radio listener specials and what you can call 809 7 8 three O 5 7 809 7 8 three O 5 7, use the code Eric. Hey Alban. Aaron. Listen, we had a segment here. Where we could talk about anything. And I thought, let's make this one of those special a reader writes, a listener writes, a viewer writes, because we get emails from people. I read every single email. I want to make this clear folks. Up up to this point in my career, I'm able to still read every email that you write. I'm grateful for them. We can not answer most of them, Albin answers, some of them, but really we're very busy as you would guess, but we're delighted to get them and to read them. But I thought, you know, once in a while, I get one that's so encouraging. That I thought I want to read it on the air and maybe comment on it. A woman named Sally wrote to me, I got this yesterday. And the message subject is a new faith confirmed. She says in this concerns my book is atheism dead ultimately, but it says as one who sat on the fence of whether God was real, I watched your interview with Tucker Carlson and immediately bought is atheism dead and a fish out of water. Obviously, those are my two books. A fish out of water is my memoir of how I came to face that came out about a year ago. She writes what you said and how you spoke of the Bible and this is she's referring to the Tucker Carlson program. What you said and how you spoke of the Bible grabbed my heart and soul. After all of this, together with much prayer, I know capital K and OW. God is real. And I thank you so much for leading me in the right direction for me to fully accept and believe in God. I feel he is with me all the time and I thank him for all his blessings, may God bless you. Wow. I just want to say that, you know, when I get when I got that email, I thought, this is literally why I do everything that I do. Nothing could touch me more than the idea that some random person is watching Tucker Carlson and that what I said on that show led that person to God. You know, it's interesting, Albin. How much money do we get for every person that accepts God? Yeah, exactly. Oh gosh. So clearly, ladies and gentlemen, the reason I say this is because I want people to understand that this is why we do what we do. And we don't always talk about God, but I know what it is to not know God. I know what it is to not know whether it's possible to know God. I remember and I write about this in fish out of water. I remember, you know, being exactly the same person I am today, at least roughly speaking the same person close to it. And remember thinking logically, you know, there are people who claim to know God and it seems to me that maybe they're nuts or maybe they're just not very logical because we don't know if God exists, but even if God does exist, the idea that I could know God and have relationship with him, that seemed to me beyond the pale, logically speaking. And that's exactly where I was..

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:14 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"I guess how can we know more about what is happening? You mentioned a prayer guide. I would encourage people go to our website persecution dot com. We have just issued the brand new 2022 global prayer guide and it really it's a tool to help you pray. It lists out the countries where Christians are persecuted and then gives you some basic information. Hey, who are the persecutors? What motivates them? How hard is it to get a Bible in that country? What is it like to be a follower of Christ in that country so that you can kind of go beyond God bless persecuted Christians and really start to pray specifically for specific needs in specific places? And the guy that's free. This is a part of voice of the martyrs ministry to American Christians. We want you to have a copy. We want it to set beside your Bible. We want it to set on your devotional table or on your kitchen table where you can pray for persecuted Christians with your kids every morning. We want this to become a part of your prayer life, and this is just a free tool to help you do that. Well, it's important that we're aware. And as I mentioned earlier, this is coming here. In other words, if you that's what it takes to wake people up, let me say, hey, folks, this is coming here. These things are increasingly happening in the west. We know that in places like Australia and Canada, we're seeing tremendous persecution, at least by the standards of the west, nothing by the standards of the rest of the world. On this program, not long ago, I had passed Mike for getting his name. And he's a friend in Santa Jose. McClure, sorry, Mike McClure, talking about how California the state of California is cracking down in a way that's just chilling. It's absolutely chilling. Cracking down on churches. We need to be aware. And I think by being aware of what's going on around the world, it helps us prepare ourselves, steal ourselves for what is happening here. The books by Richard von Braun, if people want to find them, can they find them also at voice of the martyrs? Absolutely. Persecution dot com. You mentioned the book tortured for Christ. That's another one. We will send people for free. We certainly want people to know those worm brand story and be inspired by their faithfulness. I think we've just got about a minute left. So final comments, Todd. You know, the Bible says when one part of the body suffers, we're all supposed to feel that pain. If we are disconnected from our brothers and sisters in hostile and restricted nations, we can't live up to that scripture. We can't feel their pain when they suffer. So I'm just encourage those who are listening, those who are watching connect with your persecuted brothers and sisters connect with the body of Christ around the world pray for them, lift them up, encourage them and understand we are one body. I just love hearing from you, Todd and knowing what voice of the martyrs is doing. I just want to encourage everybody folks. Go to persecution dot com. Check it out. You.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:15 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Back. We're talking to Tod nettleton voice of the martyrs. And we're talking about China and the Olympics. I want to ask you again, Todd, you know, there's so many I know there are many Christians in China, but they're underground. It's the underground church. And many people are being enticed to make this devil's bargain that'd be part of the official church. Now the official church to say sanctioned church means, in a sense, you can be a Christian as long as you're not an actual Christian. We'll let you go into that building and do your little thing, but don't ever don't ever question the power of the state. So it's really a devil's bargain. And yet there are many scores of millions of actual Christians in China, but they're in what's called house churches. Can you talk a little bit about what that is? Yeah, we typically talk about the registered church and the unregistered church. And so like you say, the registered church agrees to come under the control of the communist government. One of the basic principles of communism is there is no God. But if you worship him, you have to do it in our way and our churches like you say are approved buildings with our approved leaders. Then we talk about the unregistered church. And they are Christians who say the head of the church is not the Communist Party, the head of the church is not Xi Jinping. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. That's who I'm going to follow. And those are the ones who are singled out for the worst persecution, but something that has happened in recent years is even within the register church. There have been incidences of persecution. There have been church buildings destroyed. There have been pastors who have been forced out of their pastorate because they got a little too biblical, a little too following Jesus instead of following the Communist Party. And so, you know, the story we used to hear ten or 15 years ago was if all the house churches would just register there would be no persecution. Everything would be fine. But the lie of that has come out in the last couple of years because even within the registered churches, pastors are being pressured, churches are being pressured. One of the other basic things of the registered church is no children. Nobody under 21 is supposed to be there in the service. So you think about parents who want to raise up their children to follow Christ. They want to bring them to worship and to Bible study. That it can not happen in a registered church legally. And that is one of the dividing lines between the registered and unregistered churches. It's just an extraordinary thing. I think the problem in the United States really is that we've been so blessed here that we're naive about evil. Satanic evil, cruelty. What Christians endured at the hands of the Romans in the first couple of centuries of the faith, even reading about it is painful. And we know today similar things are happening around the world and we are responsible for that. There are things we can do about that. We can at least pray. We always hear Christians say, well, we can at least, of course, we can pray. But there are other things we can do. And.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

02:08 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Back. We're talking to Tod nettleton voice of the martyrs. And we're talking about China and the Olympics. I want to ask you again, Todd, you know, there's so many I know there are many Christians in China, but they're underground. It's the underground church. And many people are being enticed to make this devil's bargain that'd be part of the official church. Now the official church to say sanctioned church means, in a sense, you can be a Christian as long as you're not an actual Christian. We'll let you go into that building and do your little thing, but don't ever don't ever question the power of the state. So it's really a devil's bargain. And yet there are many scores of millions of actual Christians in China, but they're in what's called house churches. Can you talk a little bit about what that is? Yeah, we typically talk about the registered church and the unregistered church. And so like you say, the registered church agrees to come under the control of the communist government. One of the basic principles of communism is there is no God. But if you worship him, you have to do it in our way and our churches like you say are approved buildings with our approved leaders. Then we talk about the unregistered church. And they are Christians who say the head of the church is not the Communist Party, the head of the church is not Xi Jinping. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. That's who I'm going to follow. And those are the ones who are singled out for the worst persecution, but something that has happened in recent years is even within the register church. There have been incidences of persecution. There have been church buildings destroyed. There have been pastors who have been forced out of their pastorate because they got a little too biblical, a little too following Jesus instead of following the Communist Party. And so, you know, the story we used to hear ten or 15 years ago was if all the house churches would just register there would be no persecution. Everything would be fine. But the lie of that has come out in the last couple of years because even within the registered churches, pastors are being pressured, churches are being

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Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton Describes Religious Persecution in China

The Eric Metaxas Show

02:08 min | 7 months ago

Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton Describes Religious Persecution in China

"Back. We're talking to Tod nettleton voice of the martyrs. And we're talking about China and the Olympics. I want to ask you again, Todd, you know, there's so many I know there are many Christians in China, but they're underground. It's the underground church. And many people are being enticed to make this devil's bargain that'd be part of the official church. Now the official church to say sanctioned church means, in a sense, you can be a Christian as long as you're not an actual Christian. We'll let you go into that building and do your little thing, but don't ever don't ever question the power of the state. So it's really a devil's bargain. And yet there are many scores of millions of actual Christians in China, but they're in what's called house churches. Can you talk a little bit about what that is? Yeah, we typically talk about the registered church and the unregistered church. And so like you say, the registered church agrees to come under the control of the communist government. One of the basic principles of communism is there is no God. But if you worship him, you have to do it in our way and our churches like you say are approved buildings with our approved leaders. Then we talk about the unregistered church. And they are Christians who say the head of the church is not the Communist Party, the head of the church is not Xi Jinping. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. That's who I'm going to follow. And those are the ones who are singled out for the worst persecution, but something that has happened in recent years is even within the register church. There have been incidences of persecution. There have been church buildings destroyed. There have been pastors who have been forced out of their pastorate because they got a little too biblical, a little too following Jesus instead of following the Communist Party. And so, you know, the story we used to hear ten or 15 years ago was if all the house churches would just register there would be no persecution. Everything would be fine. But the lie of that has come out in the last couple of years because even within the registered churches, pastors are being pressured, churches are being

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:46 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Pray for China, 2022 dot com. I can help but think of the 1936 Olympics which were in Berlin when Hitler was the Chancellor and president, it's an extraordinary thing. We have to be clear that nations went, they sent their athletes to Berlin while Germany was a Nazi power. And there were sides there were people on both sides of an issue that people said, how can we possibly do that and other people said, no, it's good. But of course, actually, there's a third group. People who have been duped by the propaganda propaganda is a fancy word for lies. Of the national socialists in 1936 and the communists in China today because they want to use this event to tell the world a different story to lie about the reality of communism and I think Hitler Hitler sort of got away with it in a sense. I think a lot of people, you can't help but be moved by the images and the beauty. They sell it in a certain way. That's a very difficult thing, isn't it for us who are watching it not to think, well, things aren't so bad over there. It is a difficult thing. And the Chinese government, I went to China a few months before the Beijing Olympics in 2008. And you could see them beautifying the city of Beijing. You could see them planting flowers, all the stuff. And one of the pastors we met on that trip as the Olympics got closer about a week or so before the Olympics, he was detained, and he was detained throughout the Olympic Games and then he was released a few weeks afterwards. And the whole idea was we're just going to make sure that he doesn't cause any trouble we're going to make sure nobody can find him and interview him and I wonder that was 2008. What's going to happen now in the next couple of weeks as we lead up to these games? Who's going to be arrested? Who's going to be detained? That's and hidden from public view so that is so that the world doesn't see what they don't want us to see. That is the question. When we come back, I want to talk more about that with you, folks. We're talking to Todd nettleton with voice of the martyrs. You can find them at persecution dot com. Don't go away. It's the makes me think of you love lost such a cause give me in case you haven't been paying attention. The Biden administration has caused a financial crisis and they have no clue how to fix it. Oil prices have skyrocketed and when oil prices go up the cost of transportation and shipping spikes leading the prices of goods to rise. And when we're already seeing record inflation that's the last thing we need, our economy is in trouble and you need to take steps to protect yourself. If all your money is tied up in stocks, bonds and traditional markets, you are vulnerable. Gold is one of the best ways to protect your retirement. No matter what happens, you own your gold, it is real, it is physical. It's always been valuable since the dawn of time, legacy precious metals is the company I trust for investing in gold. They can help you roll your retirement account into a gold backed IRA where you still own the physical gold. They can also ship gold and precious metals safely and securely to your house called legacy at 8 6 6 5 two 8 1903 or visit them online at legacy, p.m. investments dot com. Folks welcome.

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

03:09 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Said you have a book when faith is forbidden. Can they find that at voice of the martyrs as well? They can find it. I'll hold up a copyright here, so people can see it. But it is available from the voice of the Mars. And in fact, there's a way if you make a donation to the OM, you can have a free copy of the book. So when faith is forbidden. And you said that it is stories of people suffering around the world. It is 40 of the most inspiring stories that I've heard from persecuted Christians in my travels. It's really the premise of the book is, hey, you come with me. Let's take a 40 day journey and let's go sit down and hear the stories of our persecutor brothers and sisters. Let's be inspired by their faithfulness and their faith. And let's see if maybe there's some lessons we can learn from them. And from the way they live for Christ in their restricted nation in their restricted situation, that maybe we can bring back to our free nation and put into practice. Well, I hope you will check it out. The book is when faith is forbidden. I just want to say to people, if you want to strengthen your faith, if you want to live more genuinely and who doesn't, a book like this makes that possible. There's no getting around it. When you encounter the lives of people living sacrificially, it affects you. There's just no way around it. It's why I've written biographies. When you read about people's lives in that way as a human being, you can not help but be affected by it. I want to go back to the issue of China. The Olympics is happening in Beijing shortly. I have said over and over and over that I think probably we need to take a stand that we ought not to go there because of how they are persecuting Uyghur Muslims, Christians and others. Anybody is familiar with Marxist communism, knows there's a demonic element to it. You can not be that cruel to your fellow man. Unless you have turned away from God and people who believe in God are the greatest threat to communist power. And we know that that is happening today in China. So what do you say about the issue of the Olympics? Well, we are really encouraging people to use the Olympics as a reminder to pray every day for our Christian brothers and sisters in China. In fact, we've just launched a campaign pray for China 2022 dot com is the website where inviting you come and register join your voice that you're going to pray for Christians in China every day during the Olympics. So we will see China will probably see some amazing shots of the Great Wall, some amazing shots of downtown Beijing, let's use those as a reminder to pray for Christians in China because as you said, they are under constant oppression. They're under constant surveillance. There are multiple pastors currently imprisoned in China. So let's use the Olympics as a reminder and as an excuse to pray for our brothers and sisters. Again, that website pray for China 2022 dot com..

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'How Could I Go Back to the Lie Now That I've Experienced the Truth?'

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:07 min | 7 months ago

'How Could I Go Back to the Lie Now That I've Experienced the Truth?'

"Folks welcome back. I'm talking to Todd nettleton he is with voice of the martyrs. You can find them at persecution dot com. I hope you go there persecution dot com really valuable resources. Todd you were just saying something. Let's just go back to what you were saying because it was important. Well, one of the young men that we met on this visit to the Middle East, his own family had tried to kill him because he left Islam and came to Jesus Christ. And I asked him the question, I said, have you ever had second thoughts? You know, this walking with Jesus has cost you so much. It's been so painful for you. Have you ever had second thoughts? And his response was, how could I go back to the lie now that I've experienced the truth? So no, I haven't had second thoughts. I've experienced life with Jesus. How could I ever go back to the old way? I've always felt that hearing about the persecuted church around the world is a blessing for American Christians because we need to know that this is real, and this is happening right

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"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

06:06 min | 7 months ago

"todd nettleton" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show

"Well, so what is your role your title at voice of the martyrs Todd just so I get that right? My biggest role really is the host of voice of the martyrs radio. We have a weekly radio program where we share the stories of persecuted Christians and I get to host that. I last year I also wrote a book called when faith is forbidden, telling 40 of the most powerful stories of persecuted Christians that I've heard in my 20 plus years working here. So if you want to boil it down really my role as storyteller, helping to tell the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters and the stories of God's faith in this in hospital and restricted nation. And before we get into anything else, if people want to find voice of the martyrs, where do they do that? How do they do that? Persecution dot com. It is a very easy website to remember persecution dot com. Persecution dot com. Well, so you recently were on a trip in the Middle East. You visited with a lot of people being persecuted today for their faith and that it's a funny thing. It's bad to get knocked off of YouTube as I was for saying what you say. But that hardly rises to the level of the kind of persecution we're talking about. So tell us what are the nations you visited and what did you see? Well, let's just say the Middle East. I think it's probably safer for me safer for the people that we met with. But we were able to interview Christians from multiple countries in that part of the world. And as you mentioned, the price that they pay, several of the people we met, the first line of persecution in an Islamic context is often your own family members. And so we met a young man whose own family tried to kill him. One of his brothers actually hit him over the head with an iron. They split his head open, but he didn't die. And today they've kind of given up on killing him physically, but they act as if he's dead. He said, if he walks into a room, they will not acknowledge him. They will not look at him. They will not talk to him. As long as it sounds a lot like my last my last yell reunion, I just wanted to put that in there. You know, I have to joke because this is so serious. But it's one thing and a number of us have lost friends and it hurts. But to have one's own family, basically, and you hear about this. Just treat you like you're dead. You don't exist. You're not my son, you're not my daughter. That is the price that people pay for coming to faith in Jesus Christ in a lot of these countries and a lot of these cultures and the Middle East, of course, is that the top of that list, that Muslim culture thinks conversion to Christianity is it's worse than death. They do think that. And they do think you're not a part of our family if you're a Christian. We're a Muslim family. If you're going to be a Christian, then there's no place for you within our family. And so that's where that pressure comes from. But the other thing we heard and we heard a story after story of people coming to faith in Christ and making that decision, one of the ladies we met was from Iran. And she came to faith in Christ just two years ago. And in that two years, she has planted more than 30 house churches because she is so on fire. She's so excited about what Christ has done for her that she just tells everyone she meets. And one of the questions I asked her in the course of our conversation, I said, are you worried about persecution? You live in Iran. You live in a place where Christians are arrested and put in prison. Are you worried about that? And the thing she said, she said, you know, I really don't think about that. She is so busy telling people about Christ. She's so busy spreading the gospel and strengthening the church that she's really not spending a lot of time thinking about what if I get arrested? What if I go to prison? She just has the faith that if that day comes, God will sustain our God will get her through those times. You hear these things over and over. And it really makes you wonder how many people in America who say they're Christians are actually Christians because they rarely talk about it. It almost seems irrelevant to them. And then here you hear about people who are risking their lives and risking everything and they can't stop talking about it. I think a lot of American Christians may be thinking, oh, those people are just fanatics. You know, one of the questions that I asked her at the end of our time and I was actually embarrassed afterwards that I asked the question because I said, what would you say to Christians who aren't sharing their faith? Who aren't telling people about Christ? And she just kind of looked at me like, is it possible to be a Christian and not tell people about Jesus is why would you have Christ in your life and not want to tell everyone you know? And I just thought, okay, I'm sorry that I asked that question. But her attitude was, if you have experienced Jesus, how could you possibly keep silent about it? Well, I think that's the point. I think a lot of people who maybe identify as Christians or theologically, they think of themselves as Christians, they have not met the living lord. They have not had the experience somehow of knowing Jesus personally, and it's a different thing. It's a kind of an intellectual faith. They could be a shallow intellectual faith. There could be a deep intellectual faith, but it's still an intellectual faith. And folks like this for whatever reason, probably because of the circumstances in which they find themselves, it has to be real, or it isn't anything. It absolutely has to be real. And the young man whose family turned against him, at one point in our conversation, I asked him, I said, have you ever had second thoughts? You know, this has cost you so much. Have you ever had second thoughts? And he said, how could I go back to the lie after I've experienced the truth? I want to like you say I want to go, how could you go backwards? I.

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Todd Nettleton Tells Us About Voice of the Martyrs

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:49 min | 7 months ago

Todd Nettleton Tells Us About Voice of the Martyrs

"Now we get to speak to Todd, nettleton with voice of the martyrs today. Todd, welcome. Thank you very much. It's good to be with you. Good to be with you. I had the privilege, I think I told you the last time you run of meeting Richard von brond and Sabina von brand, I guess this would have been in the mid or early 90s. The mid 90s, I think. If you don't mind, tell my audience who are unfamiliar with the voice of the martyrs, what it is and who Richard Rembrandt was a little bit. While Richard orn brand and his wife Sabina were both persecuted Christians in communist Romania, Richard would spend 14 years in prison, Sabina three years herself, including many months in a labor camp helping to build the Danube canal and they were in prison for being Christians for being a part of the underground church there, and Richard and Sabine were actually ransomed out of Romania at that time, the communist government was selling prisoners. They were selling prisoners for a ransom and so Richard and Sabina were ransomed out that they came to the west and began to talk about their experiences in prison, but also more importantly to talk about the pastors and the Christians who were still in those communist prisons. And that's really how the voice of the martyrs was founded. It was founded in response because Christians like you and me would say we would hear about those in prison after say, hey, how can we help them? What can we do for them? That's how the voice of the martyrs was founded was to really be a bridge between the church here in the U.S., the church in the free world and the church in hostile and restricted nations and we're now 50 plus years down the road. That's still what we're doing today. Helping Christians who are persecuted in more than 70 countries around

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