America needs more true pastors and followers of Christ who are not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ, and will defend it in the face of persecution; and all those who claim to be Christian need to publically take a stand with this pastor for the name of Jesus. We are living in an unprecendented perilous time that will only get worse and that can only be compared to the early Christian church where the persecution was rampant.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
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?The history of the early Christians, and the church of Jesus Christ is not one of a seeker friendly, feel good about yourself, name it and claim it, humanistic, entertaining,pre-tribulation escapism rapture theories, Christ denying God haters. Under the Roman rule, Christians died horrible deaths with torture, burnings at the stake, beheadings and so on. I have read that it was said that the countryside was lit up due to the Christians that were being burned at the stake. And the early church of Jesus Christ did not quit proclaming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ because God’s glory was upon them, even unto their death, as Christianity spread throughout the ancient world.
The Apostle Paul gives us an excellent example in one of many illustrations in His Christian ministry of the persecution endured by Christians in his letter to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 4:11-13
Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;
And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.I read more and more about Christians in America complaining that they are losing more and more of the freedoms given to us under the American Constitution. The problem with this way of thinking is that when you have given your life to Christ, your freedom is in Him and His Word, and not the American Constitution, and Jesus said you will be persecuted and hated for His name sake.
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