LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A U.S. missionary to Turkey who had been imprisoned in the country for two years after being falsely accused of using “Christianization” to overthrow the government says that he sees American culture becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity. He believes that there is a movement to silence and shame Christians who don’t keep their faith within the four walls of the church.
“I think it’s coming to the U.S. There will be persecution,” Andrew Brunson said during an interview at the Western Conservative Summit, held at Colorado Christian University on Friday.
After being held in prison for two years in isolation, and then returning to the United States, Brunson said that — in some aspects — it was like returning to a “different country.”
“I’m really astounded at the speed with which I think the U.S. is imploding,” he stated. “There are any number of issues where it seems that it’s no longer enough for a person of faith to get along with, or to serve, or to treat well someone they disagree with.”
“I think that [within] the political business, media, celebrity class, and also academia, it seems that there’s much more of a demand that people of faith approve of, that they validate, that they celebrate things that they actually disagree with,” Brunson lamented.
He sees the matter mostly playing out in society with activist groups.
“Activists are demanding that businesses and schools punish those who don’t agree with them. I think it’s
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