Yea, and all
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
In our previous article we
noted that Christians are working directly with and for the
United Nations. The goal for the many is to ensure that
Christians internationally are guaranteed the protection of
the rights of believers to worship and share the message of
Jesus Christ without fear of persecution or discrimination,
alongside that same goal of religious rights for all other
Perhaps to some this a valid
Biblical undertaking. The actions and associations of
many promoting these rights should make each consider
carefully, whether God promised that Christians would have
religious or political freedom, and whether it is Biblical to
deem that Christians will not face persecution through that
political or religious law.
One must consider if the
"freedom" desired by the many is the freedom that we
as Christians are to expect and in fact 'have a right
to," in order to serve Jesus Christ.
When Jim Nicholls and others
endorsed the Church of Scientology, it was because of their
legal battles. Nicholls stated,
"There are many
Bible-believing Evangelicals and others in the established
Christian community who have not yet accepted the Church of
Scientology. Nevertheless, they should thank the Lord for
them, because the Scientologists have fought a lot of
battles that have helped protect and safeguard freedom for
Because of these efforts,
Scientology is continuing to gain more and more
acceptability among leaders in the religious community, and
the Church has won most of its battles..."
That Scientologists have
fought for anything other than safeguarding their own freedom
could be long debated. The runoff of their legal battles has
indeed allowed the floodgates of cults, and every manner of
belief contrary to the Word of God to be accepted and
endorsed. However, that very 'freedom' allows for evil
to be called good.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto
them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The implication of Pastor
Nicholls' statements are that Christians are indebted to their
actions, because now we won't face persecution and
Christianity will be just as fashionable and as acceptable as
Scientology, Witchcraft, Satanism, Hinduism, Buddhism and so
Since the tragedies of
September 11, many recording artists have assailed their
public with cries of 'freedom.' The battle cry of
freedom of democracy which allows for all to be endorsed is
the freedom viewed as worth protecting and even dying for.
However, a quick media
perusal shows less than the desired religious equality and
tolerance in the United States, and which is really no
different world wide. For example:
Nov. 15, 2001 8:48 a.m. EST
"...the New York City public school
system, has quietly sanctioned prayer in schools - but only
of you're a Muslim who wants to worship during Ramadan.
NYC OKs Prayer in School - for Muslims
In a talk radio exclusive, New York's WABC Radio has been
airing reports for weeks on the school system's special
program for Muslims. Late Wednesday, Schools Chancellor
Harold Levy finally confirmed that the religious double
standard indeed exists.
"Christian parents would probably love to have a
place where their children could pray during school
hours," WABC newsman George Weber said Thursday.
"They don't ... but the Muslim kids are getting their
very own prayer room in New York City public schools."
"The New York City public school system is going to
accommodate Muslim students, allowing them space for
prayer" during the five-week Muslim holy season of
Ramadan, reported Weber's partner, Babita Hariani.
"In a statement, though, Chancellor Levy adds the
prayer 'cannot interfere with classes or infringe on other
students,'" she explained.
That's not exactly what the chancellor's office told the
New York Post, which reported Thursday that Levy spokeswoman
Margie Feinberg told them Muslim students will be allowed to
cut classes in order to pray and then reschedule them
Many Christians are afraid
to speak publicly about their beliefs for fear of being tagged
as intolerant towards others. We need to speak regardless of
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever
shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my
Father which is in heaven.
A prime example of denial
took place in the National Cathedral, with Billy Graham and
then when President Bush chose to eliminate Scripture, having
quoted Romans 8: 39 Nor height, nor
depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, --and eliminated-- which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord. That is denying Christ before men.
Another more recent example
took place December 10th. "....A month after the
terrorist attacks, Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist
Billy Graham, said the God of Islam is different than the God
of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith and that Islam is
"a very evil and wicked religion." He later recanted
the remark...." [Crusading
for a Christian nation; By Dahleen
Glanton, Tribune national
correspondent, Published December 10,
2001, Chicago Tribune >chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0112100207dec10.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed]
is the truth? The denial before men or the statement before
men? If we as Beleivers deny the Biblical truth of anything
before men, are we not denying Jesus Christ?
Is this the
tolerance and religious freedom being fought for legally and
now as a symbol of democracy, by "Christians" and
non-Christians alike? Where one's beliefs are only tolerable
or acceptable if one states that all other religions are
equally tolerable, acceptable or right before God?
desired democratic freedom has the expectation that Scriptural
truth and obedience to Jesus Christ be set aside in favor of
'diversity,' 'tolerance' and 'unity' of beliefs.
1 Peter 3:14 But and if
ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be
not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But
sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always
to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of
the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
'freedom' desired under the theology of democracy does not
allow for Biblical truth to be stated without some form of
repercussion, legal or otherwise. And this is what is being
esteemed and supported by nation after nation. It is what the
United Nations has written into their documents that have been
ratified by nations worldwide.
Perhaps the democracy and
freedom advocated by many nations can be summed up by an email
circulated as being written by an Arizona youth.
The message came under the header of THE LORD'S
Since the Pledge of
Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most
public schools anymore because the word "God" is
mentioned....a kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School
I sit me down in school
praying is against the rule
this great nation under God
mention of Him very odd.
Scripture now the class recites,
violates the Bill of Rights.
anytime my head I bow
a Federal matter now.
hair can be purple, orange or green,
no offense; it's a freedom scene.
is specific, the law is precise.
spoken aloud are a serious vice.
praying in a public hall
offend someone with no faith at all.
silence alone we must meditate,
name is prohibited by the state.
allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
quote the Good Book makes me liable.
elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
"inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
taught that such "judgments" do not belong.
can get our condoms and birth controls,
witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
Ten Commandments are not allowed,
of God must reach this crowd.
scary here I must confess,
chaos reigns the school's a mess.
Lord, this silent plea I make:
I be shot; My soul please take!
And the question remains.
Did God promise that those who love Jesus Christ would be
accepted, tolerated or approved of? Will any laws change what
God said will be?
12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them
that kill the body, and after that have no more that they
can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear
him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into
hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not
terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the
end is not by and by.
people have become terrified, gripped by fear due to the
attacks of September 11, as well as the fear of biological
attacks such as anthrax. Many have become rooted to that fear,
afraid to continue in what was their routine. Not that most
have turned their fear over to Jesus Christ, who promises
peace, but rather, have turned to self-help, peer groups to
help them deal with these overwhelming and paralyzing fears.
Others are taking prescription drugs to counter this
overwhelming anxiety and fear, which is being labeled as a
Halloween and Thanksgiving, many were the public messages
urging people to not allow the 'terrorists to win.' Many
political figures urged parents to encourage their children to
partake of the paganism of Halloween, to show that everything
was alright. Things are not alright. Things will
continue to get worse.
United State's response to the terrorist attacks of September
11 have included The Office of Homeland Security, headed by
Tom Ridge, and
also the design of a model states health
emergency act that is being considered in almost all US
states. It would allow for forced vaccinations,
quarantine of complete cities, the federal take-over of health
facilities, monitoring of prescriptions and all health
records, etc. The National Guard has been utilized
BY October 26, the US passed
into law it's anti-terrorist campaign which, "expands
federal agencies' authority to conduct surveillance and
wiretapping operations and secret searches against terrorist
suspects while reducing judicial oversight....Other
controversial measures include giving the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) director authority to identify priority targets
for intelligence surveillance within the United States, a
function from which the CIA previously was barred, and
broadening the definition of ''domestic terrorism'' in a way
that could subject people engaged in political protest to
wiretapping and even criminal prosecution..." [Bill>http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1026-04.htm]
other countries have likewise implemented anti-terrorist
Question. Wasn't terrorism, bombing,
murder and so on illegal before 9-11?
On November 28, the House of Commons passed the
Government of Canada's
Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-36). >http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2001/doc_27787.html>
It include such articles
which "ensure that Canadian values of respect and
fairness are preserved through stronger laws against hate
crimes and propaganda..." Like the US, the bill would
allow police to bug telephones and monitor e-mail and would
even allow police to make "preventative" arrests. It
also included the "ratifying two UN anti-terrorism
conventions, the International Convention for the
Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International
Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, as
well as the Safety of United Nations and Associated
According to the Department
of Justice, the Law allows for "making it easier to use
electronic surveillance against terrorist groups...
These necessary measures
target people and activities that pose a threat to the
security and well being of Canadians. This is a struggle
against terrorism, and not against any one community, group
or faith. Diversity is one of Canada's greatest strengths,
and the Government of Canada is taking steps to protect it.
Measures will be included in the bill to address the root
causes of hatred and to ensure Canadian values of equality,
tolerance and fairness are affirmed in the wake of the
September 11 attacks. These include:..amending the Criminal
Code to eliminate online hate propaganda and create a
new offence of mischief against places of religious worship
or religious property; and....amending the Canadian Human
Rights Act to clarify that the prohibition against
spreading repeated hate messages by telephonic
communications includes all telecommunications technologies.
Oct 15 >http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2001/doc_27785.html]
Final Call website analysis
of the Law states, "..Critics maintain the complex
legislation would suspend several civil liberties, including
protection against self-incrimination and arrest without
charges. They fear it would give the government too much
power—not only to strip legal protection from anyone
suspected of terrorism, but to define who terrorists are in
the first place.
On one hand, critics say
this power is so sweeping that anti-globalization protesters
and Native activists could be labeled as
"terrorists."....It allows for suspects to be
brought before a judge in secret for interrogation....The
bill defines acts of terrorism as those threatening Canadian
lives or property, that instill fear in society, damage the
economy, or that are targeted against political institutions
and the general welfare of the country. Justice Minister
McLellan says it has three main objectives: suppress
existing terrorist groups, provide police with new
investigative tools, and toughen prison sentences for
terrorists....the new measures would grant police wide
powers of arrest without warrants; impose long consecutive
sentences for terrorist crimes; and make it easier for
police to obtain warrants for wiretaps, which they could
maintain for as long as three years.
It also would allow for
the assets of alleged terrorists and their supporters to be
frozen or seized; increase the power of Canadian
intelligence agencies to intercept electronic communications
from abroad; and expand the government’s powers to keep
New categories of crimes
would be created to counter espionage and also to deter
vandalism of religious property and other hate crimes.
anti-terrorism law called repressive> http://www.finalcall.com/international/canada10-30-2001.htm]
the US and Canada, 'sunset
clauses' were rejected in the Anti-Terrorist Laws. [http://www.butterworths.com.au/legalwords/html/001561.htm] Some of
the concerns in Canada revolved around the concept of
detention and forced confessions. A CBC documentary revealed
that coercion can bring about confessions of crimes from those
who have not committed a crime. The example was shown of a
young prostitute who was worn down to the extent that she
admitted to stabbing a man and then, after confessing how she
did it, said, "Can we go now." There was no such
In 1998 the
US passed The
International Religious Freedom Act (S-1868), which was
formerly the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act (HR
"A Bill to Provide For The Office Of Religious
Persecution Monitoring and to Provide for the Imposition of
Sanctions against Countries Engaged in patterns of Religious
Persecution and for Other Purposes."
It is based on and
in support of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Appendix
B on the official US State Department site states that it
is an enforcement of the, "International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights and The Declaration on the
Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination
Based on Religion or Belief."
On October 2, 1998...The
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Senate passage of the International
Religious Freedom Act (S.1868). The Act, cosponsored by
Don Nickles (R-OK) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT),
creates a framework to promote religious freedom
internationally and provides a menu of options for US action
against nations that persecute worshippers. [ADL>http://www.adl.org/presrele/mise_00/3246_00.html]
"The International Religious Freedom Act is a necessary
step to ensure that religious persecution will not be
tolerated in our conduct of foreign policy. S. 1868 seeks to
promote religious freedom by establishing an
Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Liberty, a Special Advisor
within the White House on Religious Persecution, and a
bipartisan Commission on International Religious Liberty"
On October 27, 1998, a Press
release showed that Bill Clinton had signed the Act into Law,
stating, "...This Act is not directed against any one
country or religious faith. Indeed, this Act will serve to
promote the religious freedom of people of all backgrounds,
whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, or
any other faith. I intend to nominate Dr. Robert Seiple, the
Special Representative of the Secretary of State for
International Religious Freedom, for the position of
Ambassador at Large created under the Act. It is my
understanding that he will act as an ex-officio officer of the
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an
organization that is advisory in nature and does not have the
authority to make specific findings concerning violations of
International Religious Freedom Act >www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/irf/irf_rpt/1999/index.html
> created the
federal commission to monitor religion chaired by former World
Vision President, Robert
Seiple [http://www.usis.uz/news/000522.htm], as presidentially- appointed Ambassador at Large
on International Religious Freedom and Special Adviser to the
President on Religious Persecution. Robert Seiple was
confirmed in May, 1999 as the State Department's first
Ambassador-At -Large for International Religious Freedom. This
position was created through passage by the U.S. Congress of
the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. In
determining violations, the commission will rely on the United
Nations' covenants and recognize the authority of the
International Criminal Court. Seiple also founded the
Institute for Global Engagement, a strategic think tank within
the organization for global advocacy. [Ambassador
Seiple See: World
Vision: A UN Global Vision; World Vision:
for Global Engagement & Eastern College ; Hon.
Trent Lott ; Senator
For Joseph Lieberman See also:
Prophets & The International Fellowship of Christians and
For More on Religious Freedom See: CNP's
Coalition for Religious Freedom: CNP
Joint Projects >Dr.
Timothy LaHaye, Dr.
Jerry Falwell, James
D. James Kennedy, Robert
Donald Wildmon, Connaught
(Connie) Marshner, Ben
Initiative Charter >
signed on June 26, 2000, officially
launched the United Religions Initiative. San Francisco's
Episcopal Bishop William E. Swing founded URI in 1995,
to bring together people of different religions and traditions
to "stop killing in the name of God" and start
learning to live together." [URI
Charter signing Summit took place three months after the UN's Earth
Charter was signed, and June 26 is the anniversary of the
signing of the constitution for the United Nations. [http://www.earthcharter.org/draft/charter.htm]
URI has held at least 5 Global summit conferences, with
the June 2000 conference marking the birth of a truly global
The URI Charter was signed at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, by delegates to the Global
Summit Conference from 44 countries and 39 religions, in an
"elegant multi-faith ceremony," followed by a week
of "work deepening commitment to ending religious
violence." Faiths represented
at the Global Summit included Hindu, Zoroastrian, Christian,
Jewish, Muslim, Hoa Hao, Buddhist, Taoist, Wiccan, Cao Dai,
Baha’ I, Sikh, and Indigenous Peoples.
The leadership of the URI
hope to "create cultures of peace, justice and healing
for the Earth and all living beings'. The URI Charter
states that the organization's purpose is "to promote
enduring, daily interfaith cooperation" and to "end
religiously motivated violence."
whole emphasis of URI is “spiritual,” it is spiritual by
use of legal enforcement. That is, although politics are based
in spiritual belief or unbelief, what is acceptable and right
according to God's Word is legally allowed or disallowed
politically. For example, according to the Preamble to the
Charter, the URI initiated a Worldwide Movement “...to
support freedom of religion and spiritual expression, and the
rights of all individuals and peoples as set
forth in international law.”
does not view itself as a religion, but, "According
to our first Principle,
"We are a bridge-building organization, not a
religion." In March 2001 URI became a NGO associated with
the United Nations." http://www.uri.org/charter/ppp.htm
Biblically, if one views all religious beliefs as acceptable
before God, and hence, all paths lead to God, that goes
against such Scriptures as:
14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and
the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If
ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and
from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath
not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that
ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with
darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or
what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And
what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye
are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will
dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch
not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another
Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another
spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,
which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus
Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
achievements of the ecumenical United Religions Initiative
movement have been::
of its founding principles says, http://www.uri.org/ppp/index.htm
seek and offer cooperation
with other interfaith efforts.". As an
example of this principle in action, at the URI's 1998
global summit, a group of young people offered the vision of
a global interfaith, intercultural youth service corps which
would be a cooperative project supported by several
interfaith organizations. At the URI's 1999 global summit
this group presented plans for the development of the Interfaith
Youth Corps - IFYC
, sponsored jointly by the
for the Parliament of the World's Religions >http://www.cpwr.org/, the
Center of New York >http://www.interfaithcenter.org/home.htm, and the URI. This project
will be offered as a gift to the world at the Parliament of
the World's Religions meeting in December
1999 in Cape Town >http://www.cpwr.org/iii/parliament1999sa/index.html, South Africa.
United Nations is not only headquartered in the United States,
but, is one of many Interfaith, ecumenical, global
organizations all committed to the same unity of spiritual and
political thought. One of the ecumenical symposiums for
the United Religions Initiative states:
19 November 2000, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris Unity
in Diversity - Ethical and Spiritual Visions for the World
organizations which initiated the symposium are the European
Buddhist Union and the United Religions Initiative in
Europe. Both organizations are partners of the United
Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace (2000).
The theme of
the event was Unity in Diversity Ethical and Spiritual
Visions for the World. The event explored, from an
ethical and spiritual perspective, how Unity in Diversity
contributes to a Culture of Peace. A particular focus was
the contribution of interreligious organizations, religious
communities and spirituality. The coming Decade for a
Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the
World (2001-2010) provides a context for an outlook for our
shared future. [URI:
In a press release
September 13, 2001, in response to the US terrorist attacks,
URI stated, "....We, members of the United Religions
Initiative’s Interim Global Council, express our deep sorrow
and grief at the acts of terrorism against the United States
and all humanity on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. As people of
diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous
traditions throughout the world, we unite in mourning...we
give thanks for our existing interreligious relationships
dedicated to peace, justice and healing. We – Buddhists,
Bahai’s, Christians, Hindus, Indigenous peoples, Jews,
Muslims, Sikhs, Taoists, and many other faiths – declare our
intention to grieve together and to support all others who
The Ecumenical thought,
promotion and acceptance is becoming more pronounced as shown
in the Ecumenical News. For example:
Christian churches send
good wishes to Muslims at Ramadan
Amsterdam (ENI). As the
observance of Ramadan begins in many parts of the Islamic
world this week, world and national ecumenical bodies are
sending greetings to the Muslim faithful. The Council of
Churches in the Netherlands has prepared a short text of
seasonal greetings that Christians can offer Muslim friends
and neighbours to acknowledge the holy month-long period of
Trauma of New York
attacks 'profound and disturbing', WCC group hears
York, 21 November (ENI )--New York City clergy say the
recent visit of an ecumenical delegation to show solidarity
with US churches in the wake of the 11 September terrorist
attacks proved to be an important and necessary moment in
their struggle to offer pastoral care. "It was
therapeutic," said the Rev Elias Villis, priest at the
Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior in Rye,
New York City suburb. Villis was one of more than a dozen
clergy who met the ecumenical delegation of the World
Council of Churches on 8 November at the national
headquarters of the Episcopal (Anglican) Church. In an
interview with ENI, Villis - who ministered to
fire-fighters, police and other emergency
in the days immediately following the attack at the
"Ground Zero" site of the fallen twin towers of
the World Trade Center - said it was something of a new
experience for US churches and clergy to be receiving such
pastoral attention from fellow clergy elsewhere in the
world. [658 words, ENI-01-0385]
As far as the International
implications of the cry for freedom, the war against
terrorism, and all the initiatives that have been enacted to
further the goals of ushering in the anti-Christ, a November
16, 2001 story reveals that the religious freedom declared to
be a universal right, is not applicable to Christians, who
have a Biblical mandate to share Jesus Christ.
Afghan diplomat outlines
plans for government even as events unfold
Geneva (ENI). The Afghan
official representative to the United Nations in Geneva has
said that Christian as well as other aid organisations could
have a role to play in a new Afghanistan - as long as they
don't promote Christianity. Afghan diplomat Humayun Tandar
told ENI that Christian and other humanitarian agencies
could help a post-war Afghanistan to rebuild community
schools and health clinics. But "proselytism creates
tension", warned Tandar, a representative of the
government of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani,
who is still recognised by the United Nations. [915 words,
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Christians that are told
they can be involved in something as long as they don't share
Jesus Christ, need to consider carefully their Biblical
response. If helping means not being allowed to share Jesus
Christ, what exactly is being accomplished? Are we bound to
listen to men or are we bound to obey God? Did
God promise that those who love Jesus Christ would be
accepted, tolerated or approved of? Will any laws change what
God said will be?
God said very clearly,
Yea, and all
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
Those who are not living
'godly in Christ Jesus, will not face persecution.
We are warned and commanded in Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when
all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to
the false prophets. 27 But I say unto you which hear, Love
your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them
that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
treatment, hatred and other similar occurrences are to be
expected for those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not
an option. It cannot be legally dismissed. It cannot be
overridden by saying we have a right to believe without
persecution or hatred. That simply goes against what God has
said, and is a deception.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved,
think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is
to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto
13 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.
14 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
If we remain silent because
of fear of persecution or because someone said it wouldn't be
welcomed or liked, what Biblical truth are we obeying? For
further treatment of the expectation of persecution, see Persecution
Free Christianity. Christianity is unique. Jesus Christ is
the only way to the Father. We are commanded to share the
truth of Jesus Christ knowing it and we, will be rejected
because of Christ in us.
John 7:7 The world
cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of
it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 15:18 If the world
hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you
out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is
not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my
name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not
had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other
man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen
and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be
fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me
without a cause.
Romans 5:1 Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given
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