I heard this story about Christians in the Soviet Union when being Christian was outlawed, and proclaiming Christ as Lord warranted execution. Some Christians were secretly meeting when Russian soldiers entered with guns. They gave the Christians one chance. They said if they would denounce Christ as Lord they could leave. The people were scared, terrified, and most did what was requested - fled the worship space. A few stayed and prepared to die. The Russian soldiers looked at them and put down their guns. They said let us worship. We only want to worship with real Christians. They then began to worship. Those Russians congregants had the courage, and lived the faith.
-- Rev. Michelle