“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!”
~ 1 Peter 4:12-16
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.”
~ John 15:18-20
“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:12
The world system with all of its growing megaphones pumped out by the glut of social media – not to mention Hollywood and cable networks – has presented two falsehoods effectively and eloquently. They are:
If you love someone, you must accept everything they practice and believe.
If you believe that a certain lifestyle is immoral, this means you hate the individuals who practice those lifestyles.
These are clear falsehoods, and Jesus of Nazareth – this world’s true Lord – would have been indicted, condemned, and sentenced for violating both if He were still here in the flesh.[Continue Reading…]