The background of the letter to the Hebrews is uniquely relevant to believers of all time periods in Christian history - including our own. The letter to the Hebrews makes it clear that some followers of Christ with a Jewish heritage were contemplating reverting to their previous faith in order to avoid the growing persecution of Christians. The letter is a strong warning against doing so and a call to faithfulness. The parallels to our time are obvious. In order not to be seen as bigoted or offensive, followers of Jesus are compromising the gospel and the Christian mandate to holiness. The present day church needs to be warned, challenged and encouraged to be faithful to Jesus and to trust him with our personal wellbeing. The letter to the ancient Hebrew Christians is a letter for our time.