Friday, July 09, 2010

Pastor Fired For Refusing To Remove Name Of Jesus In Prayer

Unfortunately, we are seeing alot of this lately.  Here's another case of where a Bible believing Christian pastor in North Carolina was fired because he refused to remove the name of Jesus in his  prayer before the State House of Representatives.  You can read about it here.

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.

Persecution is a trade mark with the true people of God. If you have a right relationship with our Saviour, you will be persecuted by the “religious” people of the world, pagans, and God haters. The Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-18 that if you are persecuted for the name of Jesus, the glory of God rests upon you.
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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  1. Anonymous8:47 PM

    Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

    Matthew 10:32

    Good for this pastor for sticking with his convictions!

    To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

    Deuteronomy 32:35


  2. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Stand firm and proclaim the name of Jesus! Don't back down, even if threatened with the fiery furnace!


  3. Anonymous9:44 PM

    Fellow Brother and Sister in Christ. It's great to see this Pastor stand firm and not back down. But things will get much worse than this and we all have to be prepared. Our faith will be tested there is no question of it. Look what Obama has done already. He has told the people of the USA that it is no longer a Christian Nation. How shocking is that. What's more that is only his opinion so you do not have to believe it. He also wants to ban the national day of Pray. You can see very clearly where the USA is heading. Obama is only a man but we have our Lord that is in control. Amen

  4. Great and inspiring thoughts everyone. Amen to all of them.