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TOPIC: How to Be Faithful in Persecution

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April 5, 2019 8:00 pm

TOPIC: How to Be Faithful in Persecution

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In the course of 250 years of American history, Christianity has gone from being revered and the informing worldview of our constitution and culture to being cast aside from public life.

This devolution is occurring so rapidly now that Christians are openly persecuted for holding to orthodox biblical beliefs, particularly on the issue of marriage and morality. For instance, to reject the lie that homosexuality and transgenderism are as unchangeable and amoral as skin color is to be considered an evil racist, deserving of complete and utter expungement.

There are myriad examples of this, from Christian wedding service providers who are sued and fined, to Christian-owned businesses (like Chick-fil-A) who are denied building stores for their biblical views, to just regular Christians who must keep silent about their beliefs or else...

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Faithful and persecution that is a topic we discussed today. Right here on the Christian worldview radio program with the mission is to serve in the biblical worldview of Christians and to share the good news that all people can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. I did we host the program and our website is the Christian worldview.or, thank you for joining us today as we talk about faith.

All in persecution.

Here are some excerpts from Pastor Bodie Baucom's message at the shepherd's conference and also discussed some current events related to this topic now in the course of 250 years of American history.

Christianity has gone from being revered in the informing worldview of our Constitution and culture to being cast aside now from at least public life.

This devolution is occurring so rapidly.

Now that Christians are openly persecuted for holding to Orthodox biblical beliefs, particularly on the issue of marriage and morality. For instance, to reject the lie that homosexuality and transgender is Amar as unchangeable and and as a moral, as with a skin color is to be considered an evil racist deserving of complete and utter expungement from mainstream society. Now there are myriad examples of this from Christian wedding service providers who are sued and find and lose their businesses to Christian owned businesses like say Chick-fil-A who are denied building stores in certain places because of their biblical views to just regular Christians who feel like you have to keep silent about their beliefs or else another word. Persecution is a is a strong term that the dictionary defines it as to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment to annoy or trouble persistently but I think it's an accurate way to describe what is happening to Christians in our country were freedom of religion stands atop our first principles is not being held as a first principle anymore. Granted persecution of Christians in America is not even comparable to the physical torture, imprisonment and death suffered by Christian brothers and sisters worldwide, but we are getting there. I think where non-politically approved beliefs are considered hate crimes and deserving of jail time. So today in the Christian worldview were going to discuss how to be faithful in persecution. In light of a sermon that pastor Bodie Baucom, delivered at the shepherd's conference last month before we get to some the soundbites I just picked one recent example of what I'm referring to. I talk about persecution or maybe a lesser term is marginalization like you can't play. If you have these beliefs. There is a story on a website believe is the Federalist Society website at Yale Law school, and the title of the column as I thought I could be a Christian and a constitutionalist at Yale Law school, I was wrong in this column was written by a man name Aaron have a land I he's a student Yale law school.

He graduated from the US Naval Academy and the University of Cambridge, and he served in the Marine Corps is a member of the schools Federalist Society chapter the federal society at Yale. According the website is committed to encouraging open and honest debate on the fundamental legal issues of our day. We bring preeminent jurists, academics and practitioners to campus to expositor conservative and libertarian ideas that are often underrepresented at Yale Law school okay so here here's this column there there several paragraphs here, but I think it's important to just to get a sense of this, and again, this isn't the unique case that the whole program is built on that this is just an example that came up recently. There are many, many examples like this change the circumstances a little bit, and there are many, many examples of this. So he says this in his column is a third-year law student at Yale Law school. He said my friends and I sent out a schoolwide email announcement about a guest speaker event for the upcoming week, a lawyer from alliance defending freedom ADF the Christian legal group that has won numerous First Amendment cases at the Supreme Court would be discussing the masterpiece cake shop versus Colorado civil rights commission your member that case with Jack Phillips the cake shop owner and two homosexuals came in and want to have a cake bake for their so-called homosexual wedding and Jack Phillips refused to do that. He didn't want to provide his services or participate in a in a ceremony event that would that would violate his his Christian beliefs and he ended up. I think losing the case at first but then was overturned by the Supreme Court. They found that the Colorado civil rights commission was actually targeting him for his religious belief. You can read more about that online anyway given that ADF alliance defending freedom has been smeared as a hate group by who the Southern poverty Law Center will get more into them today were to hear about them. We expected some controversy but what we got was over the top. Even by Yale standards the first condemnation was from outlaws. The law school's LGBT Q group. It always comes from there. It always comes down the homosexual transgender issue almost always they attacked the federal society for inviting ADF to campus and called for a boycott of the event. Over the next 24 hours.

Almost every student group jumped onto the bandwagon and join the boycott, the boycotting is one thing that people are free to have their own opinions and not participate or service your business.

That's one thing I would call that necessarily persecution per se, but listen to this. How the higher education graduate school so forth.

Listen to how everything is based on identity group today. He goes on to say, the emails that we received during the boycott were veritable alphabet soup of identity groups including the Asian Pacific American Law students Association of Black Law students Association, the South Asian law students Association, the Latina X law students Association, the Muslim law students Association, the Middle Eastern and North African law students Association and the Jew Jewish law students Association mean does law really does infant is on interpreting the law really depend on what the color of your skin is what your ethnicity is that from this from the Native American law students Association they said ADF employees. The login alliance defending freedom were not welcome on their quote ancestral lands. The Yale law women. The Yale law student alliance for reproductive Justice and the women of color collective joined in. Add to the American Constitution Society, the Yale law Democrats in the first generation professionals. So basically every group has this note no diversity of thought, no openness to having someone with with different beliefs than theirs was a universal call to boycott this particular event.

In addition to the boycott. Some students that people who supported ADF position should no longer be admitted to the law school. In other words, if you support ADF because they they defended Jack Phillips in the master piece cake shop. If you support ADF position. You should no longer be able to attend law school at Yale. One student email the list of the federal society board members, which is publicly available so students would know whom to court."

Thank in other words, write critical emails to them for this event.

The event took place two days later, around 30 people attended 30 people the boycott or's decorated the front door with rainbow posters, but mostly stuck to protests and support groups in other rooms.

The one disruption appeared occurred near the end of the event when three students walked in rifled through empty pizza boxes and left with a couple leftovers on their way out. One of the protected protesters blew us a kiss and gave us the middle finger nice folks, the amount of vitriol in cyber bowling that came their way. But a couple of my classmates to tears in the lead up to this event summed and feel safe on campus. Those of us in our third year of study continued to count down the days to graduation.

I came to Yale law school feeling optimistic and grateful for this opportunity. I knew that I would be in the intellectual minority, but I hoped that I could reasonably disagree with and learn from my peers. A lot of smart people come to the school. I thought to myself, although we held different political beliefs of beliefs, we probably shared a common passion for the rule of law. I was wrong and now I am deeply disappointed pointed. Then he goes on to talk about the, the Brett Cavanaugh hearing number from last summer when Brett Cavanaugh was was being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

And what a complete spectacle that was when they brought up this woman Christine blasÚ Ford and with no verification of anything the accusations he's making as Cavanaugh we believe her, but they were just going crazy.

Apparently in the yield campuses as members of the first-year calf class were routinely bullied by their peers. In one case a student search to the linked in profile of a conservative classmate saw the conservator had a connection to ADF and share that information with the entire class.

Others then demanded a list of all law students who had connections to ADF numbers if you're connected in any way with anyone who believes any organization who believes that marriage is as the Bible says it is to be between one man and one woman, or that you can't change your gender, you're just considered a racist yet to understand from their perspective. They see that as being like against black people or get someone with of an ethnic minority is the same in their mind gate is the new black. Because remember that you understand how they think with their worldview comes from not see any difference at all. I must get to the next article because there's there's more on this so that was the event in a couple months later, look how the boycott in the pressure in the criticism.

Now it turns into outright persecution and you not can be able to come to a yield loss to know this is from April 1 by the same writer Aaron have a land he says Yale law school, Yanks stipends from students who work for Christian firms. Yale has found a roundabout way to blacklist legal and nonprofit organizations like ADF that don't adhere to Yale's understanding of gender identity. So now is not good enough at Yale to just you protest the students jumping on board to criticize these Federalist Society students who want to bring a speaker from ADF now you knocking to be able to work for one is organization in the 10 late Yale law school, we see the incremental persecution increase year to see rewrite several weeks ago I wrote about the challenges of being a Christian and a conservative at Yale law school a few days ago. The law school decided to double down and prove my point. After the Yale federal society or inviting attorney from ADF, a prominent Christian legal group to speak about the master piece cake shop case conservative students face backlash outlaws. The law school's LGBT Q group demanded that Yale law school quote clarify its admissions policies for students who support ADF's positions. Larry gulped as a litmus test usually come to Yale.

What if you believe what we do about marriage.

Additionally, outlaws insisted that students who work for religious or conservative public interest organizations such as ADF during the summers should not receive financial support from the law school I mean you talk about no get not being murdered and thrown in jail, but this is the incremental approach to that and he goes on to talk more about this from coming up against a break will perhaps three more afterwards and get to the V the message by voting block among faithfulness in the midst of persecution, listing the Christian worldview today as we talk about faith and persecution much more coming up stating that had disease have been delinquent all my that's Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, we ought to never become indifferent to the slaughter of the innocents taking place in our country. This is why we are offering a DVD series entitled life is best that will equip you to stand for life and against this injustice in his two DVDs that are 13 episodes that address all the facets of abortion from the worldview battle to what you can do for a limited time you can order the life is best DVD series for a donation of any amount to the Christian worldview. Normal retail is $49 plus shipping.

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The next one is coming up on Friday, May 10 at 7 PM central time at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, and I would love to have you come to this. The Christian review speaker Sears.

These are one night events that feature a compelling speaker to present a message on a a cutting edge topic, followed by a Q&A so Curtis will speak to a message on socialism that that the topic is how socialism is impacting the country in the church and is and answer questions like how it's being how socialism being manifested in the country in the evangelical church wise become so popular who's driving it wise and antithetical to God's intent how Christians should respond to you speak for probably 45, 50 minutes on that there would have a 30 minute Q&A to follow. And that's going to be at.

These are meant to be brief events provide me a strong in person biblical review content for attendees and in a shorter format as opposed doing more all day conference or something. Were also going to stream it live on Facebook. For those of you who are listening, not in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area she'll be able to watch live online at the Christian review Facebook site. Again, that's Friday, May 10 this year 2019, seven to 8:30 PM central time and that the University of Northwestern St. Paul in the Nazareth.

Nazareth great renown holes 315 people.

There is no registration there is no cost. Seating is available on a first-come basis. We had phone call last night; from a long distance wondering what if he doesn't get in. We will talk to the school and see if they have some backup plans year in case it gets full.

We don't mean 315 is a lot so I don't know if organum fill it out, but hopefully so, but I wouldn't worry too much about that Apple will have another alternative if it does, does fill up. So why would love to have you come to that event on Friday, May 10 we have another one.

By the way schedule later in the year but will announce that in the coming weeks asking to be around the time of the Christian review golf and dinner event in mid-September session Monday, September 16 this year in the Christian review speaker series event is going to be the night before on Sunday night, September 15. Okay today the program were talking about how to be faithful in persecution. In the first segment we read the just just one example of this. This example could be repeated over and over and over again elsewhere, just a recent example at Yale Law school students there basically invited the ADF. The alliance for defending freedom on campus to take the good talk. They do these kind of symposiums these events from time to time. It was just boycotted and criticized, and you roundly just just basically castigated by all these different identity groups at Yale Law school and on and on campus. The follow-up to that was just getting into within the last segment was the point that that wasn't enough just to boycott it didn't come in and give your meant middle finger to the group as you as you come in and put rainbow posters on the door that wasn't enough, now we must punish you for holding to a bull biblical beliefs about marriage, about morality and so forth.

Is says he goes on to write Aaron Haviland. He says on March 25, one month after the controversy. This is a very long ago made a couple weeks ago Yale law school announced via email that it was extending its nondiscrimination policy to summer public interest fellowships postgraduate public interest fellowships in loan forgiveness for public interest careers.

The school will no longer provide financial support for students and graduates who work at organizations that discriminate on the basis of cortical what issues going to be.

Of course, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, unquote. I wonder if the geniuses at Yale ever think that they are discriminating against people who hold different views and they do, they never seem to think about that. These are really smart people actually but somehow they don't have the self-awareness to think. Boy I'm discriminate gating against people who hold different views than I do.

But the reason they think that's okay there you have the thought is because again to be in their mind to be against same-sex "marriage to be against someone quote unquote changing their gender is to be like a slaveholder that that's that's one and the same in their mind they have swallowed that lie straight from Satan goes on to say Yale base this decision on a unanimous reckoning recommendation from the Scott, the school of public interest.

Committee. The committee explained the logic of our broader recommendation is that Yale law school does not and should not support discrimination against its own students, not the Christian students of the conservative students that that the homosexual students are those who support that worldview from us the obviously the law school cannot prohibit a student from working for an employer who discriminates but that is not a reason why Yale law school should bear any obligation to fund that work particularly if the organization does not give equal important employment opportunity to all of our students unquote.

The law school also thank the LGBT Q group outlaws for raising this issue. So when it comes to a a battle between religious freedom, freedom of thought and sexual rights, homosexual rights, particularly it seems in our society.

Now homosexual rights went out most all of the time. I won't really express the article there both linked@herwebsitethechristianreview.org. I would really encourage you to do so in this particular case, Aaron Haviland, the Catholic student and he considered himself to be a Christian. He's a constitutionalist that's not exactly the point of what his actual doctrinal beliefs are with regards to Catholic Catholicism versus evangelicalism the man holds to the belief that marriage is to be between one man and one woman, and he holds the belief that you cannot change your gender now that outlawed basically and you won't receive support.

That's what leaving the road deals going down. If you work for an organization like ADF well, you're not gonna be able to get support from us to a financial support from the school because you work for an organization. According quote discriminates okay that is a that's a four persecution. So when we were at the shepherd's conference last month. The theme of the conference this year was faithfulness in one of the reasons it was that was the theme is that it was it was honoring Pastor John MacArthur's he he's been at the church for 50 years. This is 50 years, 50th year of being a pastor at Grace Community Church. So every message there had to do with something regarding being faithful you faithful worth about voting bottoms messes faithful in persecution. There's another one of faithfulness and evangelism. Faithfulness in the church so every everything had to do with you having only be faithful over the long term with regard to certain topics in the and in the coming weeks were gonna go over more of these messages, but for the purpose of the day were talking about this this creeping persecution is going on in this country regarding Christians are people hold to biblical notions of of marriage, morality. This message devoted Baucom gave at the shepherd's conference was very apt. Now Bodie is the Dean of the seminary at African Christian University in I think that's in them McKim or what what country that's in Africa but anyway he's over in Africa. He was a section American. He was formally the pastor of preaching at Grace family Baptist Church in spring Texas is also the author of numerous books and journals in an magazine article, so he gave a message that day and faithfulness in the midst of persecution from second Timothy chapter 1. This is where Paul is going to be martyred himself coming up so he he's been persecuted.

He's in jail in Rome and he knows the end is near for him. So now he's writing this letter start of his last words to Timothy who is a younger believer in the faith and is telling Timothy what he must do to carry on how to be faithful in the midst of persecution. So in second Timothy one. He writes the starting in verse eight he says therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me his prisoner. But join me with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and in morale immortality to light through the gospel, for which I Paul was appointed a preacher and an apostle and the teacher he says.

For this reason because I been a preacher of the gospel. I also suffer these things have been persecuted, but I am not ashamed. Is this well-known verse for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he, God is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day and he goes on to talk more to encourage Timothy to be faithful in the midst of persecution that will invariably come to the believer who walks with a strong fidelity to God and his word that he before getting the first soundbite.

He says this he says when it comes to persecution were not talking him to go through some the notes year. He's not talking about conditioning yourself for persecution or prepare preparing before hand yelp. He said faithfulness in persecution comes upon us when we don't expect it, and I was thinking about that, with regards to Jack Phillips, the owner of that cake shop and in Colorado.

He was just going about his business. He is a you look online is a small little storefront in Colorado and going about his business. Baking cakes are people you having any weddings and so forth, and other significant events and all of a sudden one day in comes this homosexual couple and says we like you have bigger cake for our wedding and all of a sudden Jack Phillips is the thinking is all mine do I want to use my artistic skills do I want to participate in a ceremony in the event that I believe to be sinful that God would not honor you chose not to. And then the persecution began when returned from this break will get into more of Bodie Baucom's message, including several soundbites about Howdy faithful in the midst of persecution on David Wheaton listening to Christian review of her back. After this environmental scaremongering is the favored tactic of the left to gain massive government control. After all, if you can convince people that we are imperiling our very existence by human caused climate change. There is no tax law or reordering of society that goes too far.

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There's going to be.

There's always there's always a a coercion a a punishing of those with dissenting views nursing and all cross society today. Of course the left thinks all your crazy talk. You can still go to church and is still lots of Christians in this country and blah blah blah.

But if you dig below the surface just a little bit and keep your eyes open some the new stores coming out almost weekly in this country are more you'll know that there is a creeping persecution towards those who hold the biblical convictions and stands and sort of going over message that Bodie Baucom gave at the shepherd's conference 2019 about being faithful in the midst of persecution and he talked about that it's it's you can't really condition yourself for persecution. It's hard to prepare before and because often times a comes only we don't expect it. And so then he goes into this first soundbite and talks about persecution and how it's different than actual suffering. Here's Bodie Baucom to argue you hear the story of martyrs and you say to yourself I don't know if you do save yourself if you if you hear the story of martyrs of the story of men and women who've been burned at the stake and have done so faithfully in been torn apart by lions and and did so bravely and you stick your chest out and say yeah yeah that's who I would be you probably wouldn't because that's product and pride doesn't endure persecution.

There's a difference between persecution, suffering, make no mistake about it, persecution is a form of social everybody suffers like it's socially, it's just the product of the full we suffer and die. Persecution is different than just plain no suffering or just plain old persecution is the suffering that we endure at the hands of our adversaries specifically because of his hatred of our Lord and Master and Savior Jesus Christ and what that means is, while suffering is something that is inevitable, and every man will suffer it's not so with persecution. Persecution can be avoided. All you have to do is compromise so persecution is suffering with choice suffering with an option at suffering that you don't have to go through if you just stop which if you just stop believing or at least just say you've stopped believing it if you just stop doing that way and go this way. If you just stop pressing on this particular point if you just start raising this particular issue. Bodie Baucom everyone from the shepherd's conference. He said that so well this trip.

Persecution is suffering with a choice.

You don't have to continue being persecuted just go along with the new ethic of our day that two men can be married to women can be married. People can change their gender, especially in those two issues just go along with those you probably won't have very much problem.

Let's keep her mouth shut. Keep her head down, go forward as compromise as compromise for the believer. That's not optional, is that God be found true, though every man be found a liar that's with the people at Yale are the a law school there liars there believing a lie.

They may not know it. The message of the cross is foolishness to them.

The pagans are acting like pagans again the blind to spiritual truth and so that's what it does with a do this are very willing to discriminate against people hold Christian beliefs are not willing to discriminate against those who have homosexual beliefs.

Basically what it what it comes down to.

So he saying here in this in this first soundbite that don't be out there saying when hear the story of a martyr that you II can I can do this, you know, being a martyr being persecution being persecuted is a draining, exhausting, breaking process. It's very very difficult. We should be saying Lord sustained me through this and that's what he gets into next.

Then he goes into the fact that Paul exhorts Timothy that you must preserve and proclaim the truth of the gospel above all else, you must endure the suffering that will inevitably result from preserving and proclaiming the truth of the gospel.

He says share with me in my suffering. Join Christ in his sufferings as the suffering of Christ on the cross that we find our peace with him. He suffered on our behalf. Okay, but Christ also suffered for me when his body, the church suffered through this the centuries. Okay then he gets into this next soundbite talking about the difference in perspective when were facing a persecution. How should we pray, what should we ask God for. Here's Bodie Baucom again from shepherd's conference so we share in suffering for the gospel. How by proper conditionally and girding up our loan loans no known by power, God, this is so counterintuitive because the letter that I want to write to Timothy is a letter based on this reality, the power of God is what you need to get you away from persecution.

God persecution is coming my way. Sure your power and deliver me from will share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, not God's saving you from persecution and suffering God's sustaining you soon rule persecution and suffering difference right there.

Bodie Baucom says that we need to be sustained. Pray for God to sustain you through the inevitable persecution and suffering that comes very different perspective because if our master Christ suffered. Why should we expect not to suffer especially in our fallen world.

We really shouldn't be surprised about like the example he gave from Yale three. This is what nonbelievers do, they they may be geniuses in the very smart people. Okay, very smart people in a in a worldly sense, but they have no spiritual wisdom inside of them. So this is what they do not be too surprised you can be upset about it. We can be. Can we know it's unjust, and so forth.

But probably shouldn't be too surprised about when the world treats believers in a bad way, and as I mentioned leftists those in the left will call you crazy for saying that Christianity is under attack in America your your fear free to worship as you please. Churches are everywhere. This is a this is crazy talk.

What you're saying about persecution in this country and the First Amendment says Congress shall make no law is the First Amendment first freedoms Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, that that is the beginning of the first of the First Amendment. The first line and it goes on to talk about free freedom of speech, the press, the right to assemble, and to petition the government of the first freedoms. The freedom of religion is the first one and that's the one that's being most attacked in this country and shortly thereafter the spirit, freedom of speech, but the First Amendment is not about a freedom just to worship is not just about being able to go to church on Sunday and worship. It's it's about not establishing a state religion. Yes, but is not about restricting the exercise of religion. There's a big difference between religion and worship. Worship is and what you do when you go to church. Religion is how you live your life. All seven days a week okay is nothing in that First Amendment about not being able to express or practice your faith in the public square.

But we all know that if you are a born-again biblical outspoken Christian, you have a very difficult time being nominated to any post. We hear this in the questioning now and the judiciary committees and government. Now, if you hold to a biblical view of marriage or morality, you're just just openly you're not qualified for that job anymore, and again you won't be persecuted if you go to a some weak church on Sunday. Never open your mouth during the week and go along with a theological liberalism, or that you won't you if you want not be persecuted this discount to go down that route. That's a route that doesn't end in a way that is pleasing to God Marin story this week about the Pope.

Apparently he was over in Morocco.

The story from the BBC says and they said, assuming the translation is correct years with the Pope said the Pope, Pope Francis told members of the small Catholic community in Morocco, which is a profamily Muslim country, that the role of community members in the country is not to try to make their neighbors convert to Christianity, but to live in brotherhood with other religions, escorting the BBC so that's a way to not get persecuted, to just just try to live and in peace and and don't say anything about like Christ is the only way your brain bring a biblical principles is live just focus mold the mostly on I just being have good relations with people around you at the same time.

What I'm not saying that you should go out looking to be persecuted and lots of times when Christians were persecuted in the New Testament see them fleeing persecution to go to seek freedom yet that's there is nothing wrong with that. It always shouldn't seek it. We shouldn't try to instigate it. But as we go about living our Christian lives.

There are circumstances that invariably come up. They have come up in my life. On several occasions where there is a cost for situations come up again like Bodie said the unexpected.

It is come up and we are faced with the choice to either just stay silent or go along with the worldly way or to take a stand for Christ. There's there's wisdom that needs to be exercised when we stand up and speak up for God's word were not trying to be martyrs. In other words, like vector, like the that the Isis folks who think that they martyr themselves. They get 70 virgins order. They believe in heaven they go to heaven for sure for Margaret. We don't believe that not looking for martyrdom looking to be faithful to Christ. That means being also faithful in persecution.

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If you're a follower of Christ, and he was persecuted, was one of his followers.

You're probably going to be as well. Matthew 510 Christ also again talking about persecution sermon on the Mount. Blessed are those who been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven that not to have avoided persecution but who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness that is NestlÚ mean martyrdom. Persecution comes in many forms.

He goes on in verse 10.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. So don't be shocked at the world that they call you crazy for thinking Christianity is under attack. They don't see any persecution here. They don't have the mind of Christ. They have no problem discriminating against Christian beliefs and if you want to get out from under that just compromise number two you will find persecution wherever you go, but point number three is God gives you the power to sustain you through persecution, even up to the point.

Through the point of death. So I close the program today by giving the final prayer of Bodie Baucom at the shepherd's conference. We kind of summarizes we should be thinking and living on persecution God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, God spoke the world into existence. God who sustains it by the power of his mind God and father of our Lord and Savior, master Redeemer, and soon coming King, Jesus Christ, God, we bow before you as a humble and grateful people recognizing the task to which we have been called, is far too great for us and technology are desperate need of your power to sustain this great disfavor to be faithful to the task, even if that faithfulness which is the persecution grant. Not that we might be equal to the task, but that Christ in us would be glorified as we face if we ask this month for ourselves.

We ask this because we love the God of the gospel because we love the gospel of God went by your grace, that we might live. It more than life itself. What a beautiful way and biblical way of of having a biblical perspective when it comes to persecution and how to be faithful in it by the all the messages from the shepherd's conference this year are on their website shepherd's conference.or you can hear this one all the rest of the Morgan be covering several of them and in the coming weeks because many of them are very good just before the program concludes today.

Again, just a reminder if you didn't tuning last week when we announced they were holding a Christian worldview speaker series of event coming up on Friday, May 10, 2019 7 PM central time. Seven to 8:30 PM central time at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. If you can't come alive. You can also watch live on Facebook will be streaming it there. You're not from the Twin Cities area and can't make it over the topics going to be how socialism is impacting the country in the church is the highly relevant topic, especially in light of what's going on politically and also was going on within the evangelical church in our country. The speakers can be Curtis Bowers.

You know him as the producer of the award-winning agenda films. There is no registration there is no cost for the event. Seating is available on a first-come basis. There's a max occupancy of 315 people there should be plenty of room and if there's not, will try to figure out something with the University to create a little more real and is going to be on a just a free will offering to come to the event to help support the costs and so forth of holding this Christian worldview speaker series of event. Find out more on our website@thechristianwereyou.org know we do live in a changing and challenging America were holding to biblical beliefs will get you persecuted. But be encouraged Christian there's one thing you can always trust in encounter on and that is this that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, and he will sustain you through any persecution you might face until next weekend. Everyone think biblically and live accordingly. We hope today's broadcast turned your heart toward God's word and his son to order a CD copy of today's program or sign up for our free weekly email or to find out how you can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ go to our website the Christian world.org or call us toll-free at one AAA 646-2233. The Christian worldview is a weekly one-hour radio program that is furnished by the overcoming foundation is supported by listeners and sponsors request one of our current resources with your donation of any amount go to the Christian world.org or call us toll-free at one AAA 8646 2233.2 a set Box 01, Excelsior, MN 55331 Box 401, Excelsior, MN 55331. Thanks for listening to the Christian world. Until next time think biblically and live according


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