Category Archives: STAND UP FOR JESUS

PERSECUTION? 100417

Jesus and the Woman taken in Adultery1 Thessalonians 2:14 says, “14 You too brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches in Judea, because you suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed our Lord Jesus and the prophets, and have driven us out. . . . 1 Thess 3:2, “We sent Timothy to encourage you in these afflictions; . . . 4 in fact we told you in advance that you (we) would suffer persecution.”

We haven’t had much persecution against Christians here in the good ole U.S.A. in the past 250 years; but in the last few decades, there has been a steady stream of attack from some adherents of other religions.  Sometimes they claim responsibility, other times the circumstances speak for themselves.  In a few instances in recent years, people, right here in America have been required to recant their Christian beliefs at the point of a gun or be killed.  Some have stayed the course, stood fast for Jesus, and gone on to glory.

In all my nearly 70 years, I have never been required to make such a decision.  The worst I’ve had is for someone to tell me that I was stupid to believe in Jesus.  But I expect that if we’re real Christians we American Christians will “suffer real affliction for Jesus” in the coming days, as Christians the world over are already suffering.  Continue reading

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BOWING DOWN TO OTHER GODS.111615

forno a legna con il fuoco accesoIn the third chapter of Daniel is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.

You know the story: Nebuchadnezzar, the king, built this 90 foot high monument, like the Washington Monument, and he sent out a decree that when the music played, everyone had to bow down and worship it.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were ‘junior’ officials in the kingdom, Jews, and there were other officials who didn’t like them. They told the king that SMA didn’t bow down when they heard they music.  The king was hot.  He called them in and told them what he’d heard, and then he said, [When you hear the music], “if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” then (this is the best line in the whole story)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” NKJV

Let’s see, in modern terms, they said, “We don’t have to worry about what you say.  Our God, Whom we serve, is ABLE to deliver us, and He WILL deliver us; BUT EVEN IF HE DOESN’T we still won’t bow down.”  Hallelujah!

The question is: how are we going to act?  Continue reading