Five Steps to Silence Christians

Shortly before the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, Wallace Henley warned American churches that hold to a strict and conservative interpretation of the Bible's teaching about gender and marriage, that they may soon find themselves "Romanized".

Henley named five steps by which voices are silenced in a culture:

1) Marginalization
2) Caricaturization
3) Vilification
4) Criminalization
5) Elimination

The Supreme Court has taken us to the criminalization stage with recent decisions curtailing religious liberty and free speech. Conservative Christians are now regarded by the liberal establishment as the “lawless” Americans. The biblical church must learn to live as the first century Christians did in Rome.