Here is a list of The Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians.
(This link courtesy of Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed.)
By gathering in groups, believers become more visible targets to hostile governments and other forces. And the larger the group, the larger the bulls-eye that is painted on believers’ backs.
If spiritual leaders were to teach believers to seek the kingdom of God instead of teaching them to attend church, then these believers would face less overall hostility. Granted, they will not be completely free of persecution, because “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). However, there is at least glory in suffering persecution for the living God. There is no meaningful glory in suffering for a human social gathering.
God is everywhere. It’s time we started acting like it.