He did not promise that they would not prevail where you live.
They may indeed prevail in these USA, or in Europe.
One way in which they can prevail is for Christians to disappear. I don’t mean from persecution and death, for, as Tertullian wrote, the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church. Christians will disappear through drifting into secular apathy or through not having children. Then the groups that hate the remnant will actively wipe them out.
I recall a text I once read of a Friday harangue by an Imam (or whatever he was). He was talking about taking over Europe. The thrust of the message was, “If we could not win by the long sword, we will win with the short sword! Take their women!”
I find it interesting that at the same time that radical murderous Islam is rising up, so is the homosexualist movement, both with astonishing speed. In an age when the Church’s leaders have become feckless, barely expressing even mealy-mouthed pabulum, radical Islamists and homosexualists are willing to die for what they promote. These strange bedfellows (who would and will eventually kill each other) are working to bring down Western culture.
People stand by, distracted by their material comfort and their little screens.
Damian Thompson of The Spectator has a dire piece.
2067: the end of British Christianity
Projections aren’t predictions. But there’s no denying that churches are in deep trouble
It’s often said that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing the scale of the disaster now facing Christianity in this country. Every ten years the census spells out the situation in detail: between 2001 and 2011 the number of Christians born in Britain fell by 5.3 million — about 10,000 a week. If that rate of decline continues, the mission of St Augustine to the English, together with that of the Irish saints to the Scots, will come to an end in 2067.
That is the year in which the Christians who have inherited the faith of their British ancestors will become statistically invisible. Parish churches everywhere will have been adapted for secular use, demolished or abandoned.
Our cathedral buildings will survive, but they won’t be true cathedrals because they will have no bishops. The Church of England is declining faster than other denominations; if it carries on shrinking at the rate suggested by the latest British Social Attitudes survey, Anglicanism will disappear from Britain in 2033. One day the last native-born Christian will die and that will be that.
There is a military adage that, if you are not winning you are losing.
We are not winning.
I am not talking just about numbers of the living who profess the Faith. I am talking about the winning of souls for heaven. That’s the win: a soul that goes to heaven.
Persecution can produce martyrs and a flourishing of Faith. But if the apathy and erosion of Catholic Christian identity goes on long enough… then persecution will produce only corpses.