Michael Avramovich observes that “In the ancient Roman world, Christians were referred to as ‘hostis humani generis’ (enemies of the human race). This was a legal term of art and signified that Christians were undeserving of any legal protection.”
He sees this mindset returning. He then quotes from Wallace Henley, who says that “prophetic voices” tend to be silenced in the following sequence: “marginalization, caricaturization, vilification, criminalization, elimination.” Right now, he says, we are at “vilification,” and that we need to get ready to be the Church of 1st century Rome.
From Wallace Henley, Dear Christians: Prepare to be treated like 1st century Christians in Rome: