Persecution is not a test and it is not a trial. Persecution is an attack against us solely based on the fact that we are Christians. A definition of persecution is hostility and ill-treatment, because of religious beliefs. Persecution is from Satan…the angel of light. Those persecuting Christians are demon possessed or oppressed and want to stay in their sin. It is the liberal platform and its supporters that protest the things of God. They ridicule Christians, call them names…deplorable, ignorant rubes, etc…and arrest them for defending or teaching the Bible in places where they are offended by the Word.
In recent history a liberal president used the power of the federal government to persecute the Tea Party, conservative political organizations, and Christians. In American government, there is the separation of powers. There are three equal branches of government…executive, legislative, and judicial. They were so created so that there would not be an abuse of power. When a government official uses the powers of the government to attack their ‘domestic enemies’, it is called ‘soft tyranny’. It is a ‘soft’ form of dictatorship. This president had those who spoke out against him audited by the IRS and businesses owned by conservatives and Christians targeted by federal agencies like the EPA. History is recently rife with examples:
– In 2011, federal agents raided Gibson Guitar Corporation in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. They seized several pallets of wood, electronic files, and guitars. Gibson was accused of using wood obtained illegally to make guitars…a charge later dropped. Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, was a supporter of conservative causes.
– The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association came out and said that the liberal supported IRS was “targeting and attempting to intimidate us.” Franklin Graham, president of the BGEA said, “while these audits not only wasted tax payer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices.”
– Liberals have censored sermons from pastors…in Houston for example
– Public officials have been fired because of mentioning scripture
– Bakers, florists, and wedding photographers have been hit with massive fines simply for wanting to practice their Christian faith
– A Kentucky clerk of the court was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to gay couples
– A Canadian man faced two years in prison for passing out “Jesus Saves” pamphlets at a gay pride parade
Most recently a new term appeared in our American terminology…Deep State. It is another example of liberal persecution. Employees of the Justice Department and FBI targeted a conservative presidential candidate by falsifying information to attempt to stop and then bring down his presidency. A special counsel was appointed to investigate the falsified evidence. The special counsel then targeted the president and his associates, investigating all aspects of their lives. Not a single liberal was targeted. The answer is simple…if you are not a Christian or don’t support Christian principles you will not be persecuted.
Another question that I have run across is: Why do liberals attack and persecute Christians, but not Muslims? Could it be that they have the same goal in common? That goal being the elimination of Jesus from society. If Mohammed was really a God, the liberals would attack the Muslim religion and they do not. Is this possibly confirmation that the Muslim religion is demonic? The Bible says, “Remember the word that I said to you,’A servant 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 Him who sent Me.” [John 15:20-21].
The Bible tells us that there is hope. Jesus knew we would be persecuted. The Bible says that if we are persecuted for our faith, we will be blessed and that means that we have special favor from God.
“Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.” [Luke 6:22].
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:10-12].
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.'” [1 Peter 3:14-16].
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” [Matthew 5:11-12].
When we are persecuted for our Christian faith, know the Kingdom of God is inside of us. Look at it as a badge of honor, knowing that we stand with God against evil. When we stand for God the angel of light has no chance. When the Church does not take that stand against evil it opens the door for the angel of light to do his evil to our families, our communities, our churches, our nation, and the world. Decide now to take that stand!
Back in July of 2019 I made a decision to take a detour from “The Hypocrisy of Politics in the Church” to take a journey to see why so many churches are struggling in combat with the ‘angel of light’. I hope I have opened at least a few avenues of understanding why this fight can’t be done on the sidelines or just occupying a pew seat. What I have presented does not apply to all Churches. Many are taking a stand against evil in all its forms. Unfortunately there are others who are trying to as peacefully as possible accommodate evil. It is up to each of us to determine which is which and make our own decisions about which church to support and which to walk away from. Next week we will resume looking into the hypocrisy of politics in the church. From my study thus far I have found that the Bible is laced with political advice, instruction, and guidance. An effective church for God’s kingdom cannot ignore it.
– Bob Munsey
“God has given us His Word to help us know and follow Him.” Pastor Marvin Williams