“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12.
The People’s New Testament Commentary says, “…and all indeed that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. In that age persecution was inseparable from a devoted Christian life. The same has been true, to a certain extent, in all ages. If the church was less worldly it would be more persecuted”.
THE SOLITARY WAY
Alas! How few may know the grace it takes
To tread the solitary way. Alone!
Ah, yes, alone! No other human heart
Can understand the nameless sorrows there–
The nights in weeping spent, and yet, when dawns
The day, to greet the world with radiant smile,
And scatter sunshine while you whisper low
To your poor heart, “Canst bear a little more?”
Alone! Poor heart, and dost thou question, Why?
Dost think it strange that thou must walk this way?
Ah, no! Thou dost but follow in His steps
Who went before, and of the people there
Was none with Him! Alone? Yet not alone–
Hath not thy blessed Lord and Master said,
“My presence shall go with thee”? Ah, my soul,
No longer, then a solitary way!
December 24, 1913 G. W. SEIBERT.
Are you being persecuted as a Christian? Don’t lose heart! Jesus was also persecuted. We should not be surprised at this. The Bible speaks about persecution. If you are devoted to Christ, suffering will come. But there is great heavenly reward! And, you can have joy in the midst, like the Apostle Paul. Rejoice always, pray and give thanks to God in all circumstances. It will keep your heart focused on Him and His goodness and Truth.
“God’s will is that we SUFFER as Jesus suffered that we might be increasingly conformed into the image of Christ. If we never go through trials and tribulation, then we’ll never grow. A faith must be tested. The Apostle Paul was broke financially. Paul wasn’t lazy. Paul wasn’t uneducated. Paul followed Christ too closely and was persecuted for it. If you want to follow Jesus Christ, I mean really follow Him, then you will have no choice but to pick up a cross and be crucified with Him. The Bible warns us in 2nd Timothy 3:12 that those who live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER. There is no way around it. If you claim to follow Jesus Christ, and are not suffering, then you are not living godly. Godly living in Christ Jesus means preaching the Gospel to lost sinners, departing from sin and making a difference for Christ in this world. The unsaved world hates Jesus, hates the Bible, and hates those believers who exemplify the Lord in their life.” – David J. Stewart
“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” — Matthew 10:38-39
Being 100% devoted to God will result in true life.
Persecution from Christians
Taken from http://www.agsconsulting.com/htdbv5/r5394.htm
Sometimes, more often than not, persecution comes from other people who say they are Christians. They may say they are Christians, but if they were Christians, why would they be persecuting other Christians for preaching the Gospel or living for Christ or obeying His Word? This is sad, and the perhaps most heart-breaking. Remember to love and pray for these people, for God has a great plan for people and we should pray, not hate.
“So persecution comes from a certain class called by Jesus the world. But the class that Jesus called the world are those who had a form of godliness, but did not have the power thereof. Christianity has its counterfeits, as has money. So the Apostle speaks of a class who would take the name of the Lord upon them and misuse that name. And there are people in the world today who do not know the difference between the genuine and the counterfeit–between Truth and error–and who do not want to know, and who keep out of the way of being told. They somehow know that there would come a certain measure of condemnation to themselves if they recognized the real facts and did not act in accordance with them.
They are not all bad people by any means. There are very many good people among the tares; but there is no real wheat among the tares–no real nutriment. But these tares pose as the Church of Christ; the tare systems pose as Christianity. And from this class usually come the persecutions. They try to crowd out the wheat, or to choke it and make it unfruitful. It was so in our Lord’s day. Those to whom the Lord referred as persecutors were not the Gentile world of His day, but the worldly ones of the Jews–those who were not fully consecrated to the Lord, but who thought they were”.
And so those who live godly in Christ Jesus have their persecutions, not so much from the worldly class as from professing Christians. There is a class in Churchianity today that has a great deal of pride and self-satisfaction. They are upholding a large institution. If anything seems to be inimical to that institution, they are wrathful and wish to persecute. Some say respecting those who proclaim Present Truth and who live saintly lives as followers of Jesus Christ: If we let these people alone and let them teach these things, all that we have been upholding for centuries will crumble. Did not Luther hand down Truth to us? Did not Calvin give the Church Truth? Have we not the teachings of Wesley? No, no; we will not have these “new doctrines”!
But we see that these people are persecuting the Truth and its representatives because of misunderstanding. We should have a great deal of sympathy and not feel specially angry with them. This does not mean that we should be glad of persecution–no persecution “for the present seemeth joyous, but grievous.” (Heb. 12:11.) But if we know that we are suffering for righteousness’ sake, then we know the Spirit of God rests upon us. It is those who know that they suffer for Christ’s sake, and who take it gladly because it is the will of God, that may rejoice, because the persecution is working out in them blessed effects. Let us then
“Be still beneath His tender care,
For He will make the tempest cease;
And bring from out the anguish here,
The afterward of peace.”
The Narrow and Wide Gates
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Oscar J. Whatmore
Oscar is a writer with many years of experience in speaking and teaching in Christian churches as well as on various other platforms. Oscar is the co-author of a few published works including Narrow is the Way, Have you REALLY Found It?, a small book published in 2016. Oscar also designed the cover layout for a few books. He is also co-author of a soon-to-be-released book entitled The Hidden Path (2019). With his writing and knowledge, Oscar has helped a multitude of individuals understand the “ins-and-outs”, the psychology and the tactics of certain harmful institutions including – but not limited to – the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation). He has been gifted by God with an erudite understanding of the mind-control tactics of various cleverly disguised cultic institutions.
Prior to becoming a writer, Oscar was a professional musician (an advanced drummer) and professional drum teacher for about two decades. He has since retired from his career as a professional musician and now lives in England with his beautiful wife. He is a happy and blessed father of nine amazing children.
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J. Cameron Carlson
J.C. is a writer and counter-cult activist. Passionate about journalism, researching and theology, her aim is to share the true Gospel of salvation by grace through faith and the message of Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 2). She also exposes the errors of the Sozo cult from Bethel Church in Redding, California, the Calvary Chapel deception and more. She is a wife, mother and dog-mom. She loves to hike and lives in Henderson, Nevada; U.S.A.
Anne D’Aubigny, BCCLC, BCMFC
Hello! Thanks for visiting this site! I am the founder of Dynamite Publishing, a researcher and a writer with a Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. I am a Board Certified Christian Life Coach with IBCC (International Board of Christian Care, an affiliate of AACC, the American Association of Christian Counselors) as well as a Board Certified Marriage and Family Coach with the IBCC. I earned a “Marriage and Family Specialist” designation and am certified by the IBCC Board Chairman and Director. I am a member in good standing with the AACC and a charter member of the ICCA (International Christian Coaching Association) as well as an ordained Christian minister.
My specialty is freely serving the community as an “NAR Cult Exiting Coach” in my private coaching practice. I also specialize in writing on the topics of Christian apologetics, counter-cult polemics and spiritual abuse (clergy abuse). I writes for God’s glory alone in an effort to:
- Remind others of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and freedom (as opposed to bondage) in Christ
- Encourage those who are gifted with spiritual discernment
- Further empower Christian men and women to speak truth, no matter the cost
- Comfort and inform the oppressed, disenfranchised and abused
- Bring cult awareness and counter-cult education to the church and the public
I am a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and became a follower of Christ in 2005. I love my family!
- A book on healing from spiritual abuse (this book has been in process since January 2018 and is not published yet)
- A book called The Hidden Path (2019); Contributor/Co-Writer (In process, will be published early 2019, Lord willing)
- “The Christian Post” Blogs Author (2012-present)
- Founder and Author of “Sozo Research” (2011-2018)
- Founder and Author of “Zion Apologetics” (2012-2018)
- Founder and Author of “Joyful Victory” online publication (2012-2018)
- Author of Reigning Grace book and e-book (2012; Sold out; Discontinued)
- Co-Author/Editor, Co-Designer and Co-Producer of There’s Only One Sure Thing; A booklet edition for The Pocket Testament League (2010; One edition; Sold out)
- Independent Journalist for “The Examiner” News; Christian Living Section (Denver, Colorado; 2009 – 2016)
- Talbot School of Theology @ Biola University; graduated 2018; University Graduate Certificate in Christian Apologetics (UGCertCA)
- Walden University, Graduate Program in Social Psychology (I studied here, but I chose not to complete the degree.)
- Light University (American Association of Christian Counselors); graduated 2017; University Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Coaching (UACertMFC)
- JTS Seminary (Florida) (I took a class on the spiritual gifts and callings of God.)
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); graduated 2003; Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (management)
Thanks for reading! This page was written by Anne. Please note that each individual author’s views do not necessarily reflect the other authors’ views. All the individuals above write for God’s glory.