The vast majority of Christians in the early Church would have been willing to die for their faith. Persecution was a product of their time and culture which naturally weeded out the faux believers. It’s interesting to note that in many developing countries today — China and Middle-Eastern countries, for example — experience much of the same persecution as the early Church. In western countries, especially in America, not so much — at least not yet.
A recent study published by Lifeway exposes the fake Christianity that we see so much of in America and western countries today. This study shows that up to 66 percent of those who profess to be Christians actually spend most of their time having “nothing to do with God.”
39 percent say they hardly ever speak of spiritual things while 62 percent say that most people don’t even know that they are Christians.
Bottom line, most people who claim to be Christians are not really Christians. If they were, they would not be ashamed of the gospel — it would be a natural outpouring of their lives.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”Romans 1:16-17