IT’S NOT IF, BUT WHEN…
In Matthew 10:23, Jesus reminds us that this pattern will characterize the behavior of the world toward his Church throughout history until he comes again:
So when they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, because I tell all of you with certainty that you will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Notice, if you would please, that Jesus the Messiah said “When..” He didn’t say “If…”
In simple terms, the Lord Jesus reminded us that his Elect will experience persecution. We are like ambassadors who have been called to represent a benevolent and righteous king to the citizens of a rebellious land, but whose presence in that hostile territory is unwelcome by the citizens and by the government of that territory.
Is it possible that you’re either one of these folk, or that you know someone who is being persecuted due to what they believe? For example, maybe… Maybe…
- Some petty municipal bureaucrat doesn’t want you to use your own home for a Bible Study.
- A public school teacher wants your 7th grade daughter to kill herself because she loves God.
- You’re in the armed services and somebody won’t let you pray in Jesus’ name.
Or perhaps worse…?
In What to Expect when You Go to Court, Dr. William Welty examines a case study in politically motivated state persecution of Christians. It’s the only transcript of a legal trial that you’ll find in the Bible.
Dr. Welty’s insightful examination of the Apostle Paul’s trial before Felix recorded in Acts 24 reveals how a conniving attorney put Paul on trial for his life.
By the time you’ve finished reading What to Expect when You Go to Court, you’ll know what you can do to prepare for possible rough days ahead…