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The Coming Persecution

Something is in the air so to speak when people are allowed to breathe the word ‘Christian’ with all things that are wrong with this world.  This is what is happening today.  The Charlottesville, Virginia event is the latest where this has occurred.  Media interviews with experts  sympathetic to Muslims and other minority peoples in the USA put the name of  ‘Christian’ and ‘White Supremacist’ together in their analysis of this tragic event.  The name of ‘Christian’ is being linked with KKK actions and fascist and Neo-Nazi ideologies associated with the rally that took place in Charlottesville.

Why aren’t our Christian leaders speaking out and complaining about this more publicly?  Christians are not being defended in these matters.  Our leaders are very quiet (hoping for the best maybe).  I’m glad that the Apostle Paul didn’t stay silent when Christians were being persecuted.   He was doing a lot to encourage believers and fight the forces who were being oppressive and tyrannical toward them.  He was writing letters and having them sent from church to church to be read.  He was travelling about visiting the churches, praying for them, and informing and helping Christians to stand in those difficult times.  He was debating with those who opposed Christianity.  He was often in the thick of the fight getting beaten up, whipped, and battered about by authorities.  He was slandered and ridiculed by wicked people inside and outside of churches.

Our leaders in North America are apparently doing nothing about the persecution Christians may be facing today.  This is something to consider and take seriously.  Why aren’t they doing something, anything and why not?  Persecution will increase and it does not go away when it is not confronted appropriately and quickly.   We need leaders to speak up for us.  If our current leaders are too afraid or they see nothing wrong with whats happening then we need to look elsewhere for proper Christian leadership.   We need to leave these churches.   They have become something other than the churches of God.  This is more and more evident as time goes by and current events take place.

 


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The Sufferings of Christ

The Bible declares that the believer will partake of the sufferings of Christ.  That this is in their best interests. That the believer will partake of the glory when they have also suffered like their predecessor Jesus.  Jesus has gone before us, we are to follow him.  Job declares that he knew of God, he had heard of him previously, but when Job suffered he stated he then saw God, gained understanding, and abhorred himself for his complaint against God.

Job suffered when he stood alone in his faith.  His friends contradicted him, his wife encouraged him to curse God.  Job experienced the loss of his family, his children, his friends, his possessions, his standing and respect in the community.  He stayed faithful to God, and afterward was richly rewarded by God in this life, and I am confident, in the life to come.  In the kingdom of God.  How could Job be happy with what God gave him after he had experienced such devastating losses?  God makes it possible.  Our further understanding makes it possible.  God’s work in us makes it possible.  The Bible says that with God nothing is impossible.

The New Testament says that we need to arm ourselves with this knowledge of the believer suffering.  It is happening in the world today and believers in the western nations don’t understand it.  Arm yourselves with this mind, the Bible says.  Christ suffered, and so you can expect that you will suffer as well.  Are you greater than your teacher, the Bible says?

Do we suffer in a vacuum away from God?  No, God is with us.  He makes it possible.  He provides.  It is not easy, but the suffering will end.  Paul states that if it is God’s will that you suffer for a period of time endure it like a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  These are teachings that are lost to the western church doctrines in our day.  It should open our eyes as to who is a true leader of God’s people in our day and times.