Our struggle against the “powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil” is far from over. Easter settled the war’s victor, but it did not stop the battle. It continues after Easter.
The dominant theme of the teachings of Jesus was about His kingdom: the Kingdom of God. He showed us the kingdom by His stories and by His life.
The church growth models of today experience little if any persecution. The plans do not even factor in such a thing as spiritual warfare.