One of my faithful viewers was kind enough to point out that I had better be ready for some heavy persecution for my stance against the wolves that devour their sheep for personal gain. She also stated that I was taking after Paul because I was “causing an uproar”! So, I decided to examine what Paul faced to see what I had in store for me for standing up for the Gospel and exposing the wolves. Remember the words of Jesus to Ananias during the time He called Paul to become an Apostle? Acts 9:15-16 says;
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Before you get your knickers in a twist, I’m not comparing myself to Paul. Jesus didn’t come to me in a vision nor did He choose me to be an Apostle. I can honestly say that Jesus speaks to me daily through His Word which is the same word that He speaks to all of us if we only care enough to listen. Let’s look at some of the persecution that Paul faced from 2Corintians 11:24-28;
Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
Look at just some of what Paul went through for boldly preaching the truth. Did you notice who were the ones doing the persecuting? If you say unbelievers, you hit the jackpot! Paul faced his greatest persecutions not from within the Body of Christ but from the outside. Jews and Gentiles were unbelievers. False brothers were unbelievers. Paul was constantly in danger from unbelievers because he stood up for the truth. I can’t even relate to any of this because my life isn’t in physical danger because I make a similar stand. The most grief I catch is from a couple of self proclaimed ministers who are nothing more then unsaved internet trolls and a few irate sheeple defending their fleecing’s. Compared to Paul, my life is a day at the beach!
Paul faced all of the above and much much more yet never once backed away from telling the truth. To him that was part of the deal. He welcomed persecution and even rejoiced in it. When walking away would’ve been the easiest thing to do, he stood firm in the fact that Christ would never leave nor forsake him. Paul kept right on boldly standing for Christ! What an example for all of us to follow!
There have been so many times when I was going to shut this blog down and just teach tennis. I mean, who needs to get attacked by a couple of theological lightweights masquerading as ministers and some happily shorn sheeple? I have an easy life compared to Paul. It would be easy to just walk away and not use my knowledge of the truth to warn folks that wolves are in our midst. Then I think of meeting Paul in heaven and hearing him say “You quit because of THAT?” which fires me up to keep plugging away and boldly proclaiming the truth about these blind guides and servants of Satan!
Bring on the persecution and attacks! I’m ready! Just be prepared to back up what you say because I WILL take you to task!