Thursday, October 26, 2017

Enduring Religious Persecution For The Cause Of Christ

  • Discussion:
          -Our Lord Jesus Christ emphatically told us to anticipate rejection for our religious beliefs. This is so because our morals and values stand in contradiction to the morals and values of this world:
              "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you were not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word I said to you, A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the one who sent me." (John 15:18-21)

              If we were not of God, then the people of this world would accept and love us. This is not the case, however. Daily, several thousand Christians across the globe have been agonized by ruthless persecution simply because of their aspiration to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. 

              For centuries, faithful adherents of Christianity have been mocked, jeered, beaten, starved, imprisoned, tortured, and even murdered for their involvement in spreading the gospel. Even today, those who profess the name of Jesus Christ are persecuted by their governments for their religious beliefs. As a matter of fact, our society has expressed much disapproval of biblical standards. 

              The Christian religion has been condemned by the powers of evil since it first blossomed by completion of Christ's physical resurrection from the grave. Jesus Christ is the light which the darkness cannot comprehend. His ways are not the ways of the world. He was beaten, ridiculed, and crucified for our transgressions. 

              For these reasons, we as His earthly representatives should not expect to obtain a better reputation in our ministry of proclaiming the message of salvation to the lost. In order to endure persecution, we must understand that our suffering in this life is only temporary and that we will spend eternity with God in heaven.

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