Persecution of the Church

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    The Church is not a religion or an Institution as some might believe. The Church is the body of Jesus Christ throughout the world. Persecution of Christians is on the rise. Soon Matthew 24 will be at our own doorstep.

    Brother Dumitru Duduman chose extreme torture by the Communist police instead of giving information that would have led to the suffering of his Christian brethren. How does one prepare for that level of persecution?

    There is only one way. You must be sold out to Jesus Christ. As Christians we must live a life of complete obedience to Jesus Christ. Repentance, holiness, prayer, fasting, reading the Word of God and hiding it in our hearts is not an option. There can be no compromise with the world. To be holy is to be separated. If you are a true Christian Pastor or Evangelist, your name is the one that will be left out of every important discussion pertaining to world religion. The worldly and religious both hate true Christianity because it exposes them for what they are. Hypocrites.

    When the news media advertises a man as the most famous evangelist in America and prints not one word of criticism about him, you can be sure that man does not represent Jesus Christ. He is a counterfeit.

    When the world comes to a stand still over a religious figure whose speeches are political and whose doctrine cannot be found in the King James Bible you can be sure that man does not represent Jesus Christ. He comes in his own name.

    When a televangelist is repeatedly making the top of the New York Times best sellers list, it is a sign the world loves him. Jesus said the world would hate you. Why are some men loved by the world? They are of the world and the world loves its own.

    These are the Words of Jesus Christ:

    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 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. 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.
    John 15:18-20

    The persecuted church does not have the popularity of the false church. The world may not recognize them but hell knows their name. These are the laborers in the vineyard. The laborers are few. When Christianity becomes criminalized in America and Christians are taken away, will anyone even notice?

    William Gurnall wrote,

    Who among us has not learned that it takes another spirit than the world can give to follow Christ fully? Let this exhort you, Christian, to petition God for the holy determination and bravery you must have to follow Christ. Without it, you cannot be what you profess. The fearful are those who march for hell (Revelation 21:8), the valiant are they who take heaven by force (Matthew 11:12). Cowards never won heaven. Do not claim that you are begotten of God and have His royal blood running through your veins unless you can prove your lineage by this heroic spirit: to dare to be holy in spite of men and devils.


    Many profess Christ but few are Christians. Persecution of the church will separate the wheat from the chaff.
     
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    The Pentecostal path is but one and at times counterproductive to the spread of the Gospel.
     
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    Actually there are no 'missing Gospels'; the Gnostics weren't christian, in any case, as they deny the most basic christian theological tenet, that Christ was actually a flesh and blood man. You do not need to be a believer to see that's not a part of christian theology, but merely sophistry hiding behind Christianity. There really were only four Gospels, and there was no grand conspiracy to misrepresent the 'real Jesus', and no 'secret knowledge' that has been deliberately hidden by later churches.

    A couple of links to get started with, for those who aren't familiar with the topic:

    Myths about the Lost Books of the New Testament

    An interview with Darrell Bock, whose book The Missing Gospels is the best intro and discussion on that issue.

    http://www.jashow.org/PDF-Articles/MGLC Missing Gospel Bock Transcript.pdf
     
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    Citing verses out of the context of the books they're found in is an intellectually dishonest practice, even if done with honest intentions.
     
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    Picaro, your side does it too.
     
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    I'm an atheist, Jake, so what 'side' would that be in your mind?
     
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    The anti-Godists are intellectually dishonest as the theists, and you know it.
     
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    "I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is."

    - L. Ron Hubbard
     
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    The Orthodox Jews do not recognize the son of God, they believe Jesus was a man, but not the son of God.

    Also you may want to update your religious database to include this:
    Gnostics Christians - A Different Way To Be Christian

    Then again to deny other gospels into the realm of Christianity shows proves without a doubt that the current bible is not complete or correct. The gospel of Judas removes a key component in the other stories presented in the bible.

    And that is what the bible is, a book of stories or "gospels". To leave any out leaves the story incomplete.

    There has been a flurry of discussion in recent years over the “Lost Tomb of Jesus”, an intriguing documentary that attempts to refute Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension.

    Even Christian scholars themselves say that the Bible is corrupted. a good example is former evangelical Christian Bart Ehrman. He wrote many books on why Christianity is corrupt and the Bible is corrupt (this man is now an agnostic.)

    History would prove to you that Jesus and his apostles did not believe that he was divine or the son of God. For the ancient Jews, being called the Son of God or the Daughter of God means a Pious Servant who always worshipped God.

    But then again atheism is a religion no matter how they will deny it is and shows why atheists do not understand anything outside their own religion.
     

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