“Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
look at persecution as a blessing? There probably isn’t a Christian alive today
forward to a future filled with persecutionwith
much excitement. Ours is the
Heaven and we will be
persecuted before we leave this earth. Jesus’ Church has been persecuted from
the outset. Ifwe
are truly His followers then we had better get use to the idea of persecution,and
soon. Yes, even in America.
Have you noticed that
the news media will put the name “Christian” on anything they perceive to be
something they can use to condemn the Church? A Christian Evangelist who took
young girls across state lines to engage in sex has, in the media’s
view, been news worthy for weeks now. A Christian drifter on the
beach in California was recently linked to killing two
couples. The actual headlines themselves are quite telling they show just how
much distain the secular news media has for all Christians. We’re hated and
persecuted as the followers of Jesus Christ and condemned right along with the
sex perverts, and murderers.
American media, being
mostly secular, hasn’t a clue as to what it means to be a Christian.
If believers are
guilty by association then,yes,I’m
guilty. But my guilt lies in being a devout follower of my Lord Jesus Christ,
not with deviants who erroneously claim a kinship in His name. For example, I
and many of my brethren claim no association with the man occupying the Oval
Office. Although he claims to be a Christian, the lack of fruit in his life
would move him closer to claiming a kinship with the aforementionedmiscreants
than with Christians. There’s no one who can legitimately claim a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ and yet wholeheartedly stands against Him. That’s
a notion wrought with failure. Christians don’t persecute Christians.
If there is any way
to persecute the Church or to put an unfavorable look on us, the secular media
will find it, even if they have to print half truths and misleading facts. Hollywood is behind much of the persecution of
the Church. They assign top paid actors and directors to produce films that
denigrate Christianity. They’re like wild dogssearching
out a blood scent from ten miles away. They are relentless in their pursuit to
bring down the Christian Church, and that means each individual Christian is in
the line of fire. If there is any doubt in your mind as to the accusation I just
back and take a good look at Sarah Palin’s life over the past year or so.
Whether or not you agree with her politics you must admit she’s endured far
above her share of persecution. And it’s her biblical stance on the issues that
the media can’t tolerate.
The news media and
their satanic efforts of digging out corruption in the Christian community will
never succeed at bringing down the Church. These folks will stop at nothing in
their attempts to smash the Church and destroy it for good. And they laugh at
Jesus’ followers as they proceed with their persecution of His Church. But
Christians can take heart in Jesus words,
“...and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”
believers here in the states live fairly comfortable lives, many of our brethren
in foreign countries are suffering tremendous persecution including,at
all because they are known to follow Jesus Christ, period.
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before
you.” Matthew 5:12.
Sounds like dome and gloom,Ron.
Mark my words,people;
what we once took for granted is disappearing. There’s a new dog in town.
It’s not that difficult
to see the persecution coming our way. Many of my brethren have blinders on when
it comes to viewing the US and the rest of the world falling into perfect step
with one another. Much of the rest of the world has been building up to a
confrontation with Christians for years as nations execute our brethren, destroy
our places of worship, and eliminate any and all references to the Bible.
Christians understand fully who it is these people really hate. Just His name
seems to invoke hatred.
As we get farther and
farther into the current administration’s four year stint,we’re
beginning to see many signs that point to more and more animosity towards
as I stated before, this coming from a president claiming to be Christian.
I suppose if the news media can believe a man who takes
young girls across state lines for the sole purpose of having sex with them is a
Christian, they can believe our president is one, too. Looking at all the gross,
blatant, evil denigration made against Biblical truths these days we become more
suspicious of our government and their agenda with each passing day.
The American culture is
changing exactly as promised by you know who, just like the majority of voters
wanted to see happen. Along with those changes came new restrictions aimed at
the followers of Jesus Christ. Those of us who take the word of God literally
will soon find new un-Constitutional restrictions imposed upon us which are
designed to stop us from speaking Biblical truth. If we choose to stand on God’s
infallible word we will find Christian persecution at every turn. Then again,many
will just bury their heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. That won’t
do them any good,though,unless
they are prepared to renounce Christ. If not, they, along with the rest of the
Church, will soon come to understand that persecution is most certainly upon us.
“Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;”
2 Corinthians 4:9. Paul lived a life
of almost continual trials after his conversion. He endured horrible
much more than you or I will ever have occasion to experience in our lifetime,
but then again who knows? The way in which the persecution can come upon the
Church can be almost stealth-like at first. For example, the pulpits of our
churches are to be silent when it comes to endorsing or speaking out against
those running for political office;any
Church found not following these guidelines can and will lose their tax exempt
status. How would the IRS find out about this dastardly deed? Someone in the
congregation would most certainly need to be a snitch. So, for the most part,the
Church has caved in on that front. After awhile,though,that
persecution won’t be enough. Soonorders
will emerge from a hostile government telling us to stop using that hate-filled
book, the Holy Bible, when we assemble or,again,we’ll
lose that most revered and favored tax exempt status and much more. In a
socialist society there’s no room for “people of the Book”. Paul knew that only
his faith in Jesus’ power and victory could see him through his trials. The mind
set demonstrated by Paul is necessary in every believer’s life today.
Believers must keep
this very important fact in mind we aren’t suffering because of some evil deed
we performed. We followers of Jesus Christ we’ll be judged for taking His name
and rightly so. We should never feel ashamed if we suffer for Christ’s sake and
in His name. “Yet if any man suffer as a
Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For
the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first
begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:16, 17.
The world sees Jesus
not as their savior,but
as an antiquated intolerant, religious carpenter, or a myth. They see His
precepts as beingway
too exclusive. They blaspheme Him daily in their ignorance and their pride. They
use His name as profanity. They see His followers as foolish, non-participants
of their ideal normal society. When the world recognizes us as Jesus’ followers,rejoice
for that’s exactly how we should want to be known.
Depressing as this
world may seem at times, we must remember that God triumphs in the end, which
means we also win. As believers, our lives are in God’s
hands and there is nothing to fear from this old sinful world, even though so
many shun the truth and live the lie that currently permeates the world. I’m
sure there are horror stories out there of all forms of Christian persecution of
which I’ve not even scratched the surface in this commentary. But through our
sufferings and persecutions we will see God accomplish great things.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and
persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my
sake.” Matthew 5:11.
The more we are persecuted the more we can revel in our afflictions and bask in
God’s glorious love.
living 58 years in the U.S. of A,and
those years living as a worldly, ignorant, self-seeking, follower of Satan,it’s
extremely refreshing now that Jesus rules and reigns in my life,to
know I’m now on the winning team. During my early years as a believer I hadn’t
really noticed the Church being persecuted. That’s because I was ignorant of the
scriptures and didn’t recognize it. Persecution has always been around knocking
at the door of the Church. Anytime we believers are forced to comply with laws
or regulations which are contrary to the word of God, whether in America or any other nation it’s
called Christian persecution.
For example, as
American citizens we live in a country that murders millions of unborn babies
and has done so for years. As believers we know this evil iscontrary
to the word of God, and yet, the Church has been unsuccessful at eliminating
this scourge on society. As a matter of fact, with this current administration
in place, abortion has now exploded with a new vigor. This current usurper of
the Oval Office has made it his goal to eliminate all unwanted babies. Even
those who escape the abortionist and live, he demands they be left to die on the
garbage heaps. Your president,
America, using your tax dollars to
abort those innocent little ones God loves so dearly.
All laws which Congress
passed or intends to pass in the futureand
which run contrary to the Bible, of which Christian are forced to adhere to or
suffer dire consequeses, are Christian persecutions.
Whether forced on us singularly, or collectively as Christ’s Church,
it’s still persecution. What’s more,Jesus
told us persecution and hatred, were coming. It would be extremely arrogant of
believers to think He excluded those of us living in America from this
of Christ’s Church is here and it’s only going to get worse.
You may ask, “Whatmust
we do to head off this persecution?” First of all, when Jesus says something is
going to occur we would do well to heed what He says. As His followerswe
will be forced to endure persecution, He says so. I don’t know how much
persecution or how severe it will be, and as far as
heading it off, there will be a future event that will cause all Christian
persecution to cease, at least temporarily. That event will be the Rapture of
the Church. Those who are left behind and come to a believing faith during the
tribulation will endure much worse persecution.
As I’ve mentioned
before, the Church in American, as well as worldwide, has already been hit with
tons of persecution. Still, in many countries the Church flourishes. Why is
that? Because God says His word shall not return void. Christian evangelism is
still prominent in many third world countries. In America though,many
evangelist have turned emergent and no longer preach Jesus Christ and Him
crucified. If it’s not God’s word, then it’s not God’s will. Anything else is
What believers need
is to get back into a routine of wearing out our knees. Humble ourselves before
God in fervent prayer. Take it to Him every day. The hour is late and God waits
His children. Sometimes I wonder how the world would react if believers just
started humbling themselves out in the open. Not just mouthing silent prayers
but verbally spoken prayers before God and all of His creation. I mean bowing
our heads in prayer at a moment’s notice, in the middle of a shopping mall, in
an airport, or in a crowed elevator. Some might poke fun, we might even be
all would see God’s power revealed.
We see many
individuals in public with purple hair and other characteristics that we find
weird. We see men holding hands with men, and they all defy people to mock them.
Why are Christians the ones who seem to be ashamed of our beliefs? Why can’t we
be as blatant and obvious about our love for Jesus Christ?
Standing up for Jesus
in all situations will bring persecution,that’s
just the facts of life. But it doesn’t need to be a frightening experience.
Actually it should bring an abundance of joy to our hearts. Our Christian
brethren would be comforted and emboldened by witnessing other believer’s
steadfastness. The Holy Spirit is sealed within every believer
“...in whom also after that ye believed, ye
were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
and He is thoroughly capable of handling any and all situations.
If we trust God to
supply us with compassion and love as we witness to our neighborsshouldn’t
we also trust Him to embolden us in the hour when it becomes necessary to
address our persecutors? “...that ye should
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”
and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count
them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
God bless you all,
All scripture is from the KJV