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November 7, 2010

Persecution in India: Francis’ Response from Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

Persecution

August 23, 2008

It seems to me that persecution never hurts the Church and prosperity always does.

April 12, 2008

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie Ten Boom

Here I stand. I can do no other…

March 8, 2008

“Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen!”

February 19, 2008

The closer you get to God, the lonelier you will be.

Who’s best life now?

February 13, 2008

Bestlife“Pastor” Joel Osteen preaches a candy coated “gospel” that turns Jesus into your personal genie and life coach. So, from time to time, we’re going to ask “Pastor Osteen” …what about those Christians who are suffering persecution and death because of their belief in the Biblical gospel. Should we assume that these people are suffering persecution needlessly since Osteen believes they should be able to experience their ‘best lives now’?

Today we are featuring Pastor Zaur Balaev.Prisoner_181_image

Location: Azerbaijan
Arrested: May 2007

On May 20, 2007, Pastor Zaur Balaev was arrested for “conducting an illegal religious meeting” in his home village in Aliabad, Azerbaijan. In August, he was sentenced to two years in prison under Article 315, Part 1, for allegedly violently resisting the police during a raid. The authorities first claimed that Pastor Balaev released a dog on police, but have since claimed he attacked five policemen and damaged a car door. During the trial, some witnesses reported that police had pressured them into testifying against Pastor Balaev.

We thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for men like Pastor Zaur Balaev for their bravery and willingness to forego their ‘best lives now’ so that they can share the true Biblical gospel in countries where being a Christian guarantees persecution, suffering and even martyrdom.

From www.alittleleaven.com

January 12, 2008

To say “We told you Hell was real!” will be no consolation for the faithful Christian. The stakes are too high for such shallow trifles.

Scripture

November 19, 2007

Romans 8:18 – For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 Philippians 1:29  - For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake

 Acts 5:41 – And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

 Matthew 5:44 – But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Matthew 5:11-12 – Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 Matthew 16:24 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 Matthew 10:21 – And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.

 Matthew 10:25 – It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [shall they call] them of his household?

 John 16:2 – They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

 2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 I Peter 4:12-14 – 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.

 Romans 8:16-18 –  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

2 Timothy 1:8 – Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

And really, how can anybody say that Christianity is the good life? That you will have a better life?  John Piper had an excellent sermon on this, but I don’t have time to get into that…