Renounce Jesus or die!!! This has been the last words many Christians heard before they died. Without age barrier, skin colour or gender differences every persecuted christian from the history of christian persecution has been put in the position of having to choose between Jesus and sudden death.
Persecution did not begin with Muslim’s fists on the Christian’s throat. Infact there were times in history when Christians and Muslims live in peace and even had things in common, no discrimination or persecution. As a matter of fact most of the Muslim ideologies at the early times of their existence were derived from early Christians, including symbols and amulets. Actually the founder of the christian believe Jesus Christ our lord and saviour was persecuted and through out the history of persecution no human suffered the kind of persecution Jesus Christ suffered in the hands of his brothers the Jews. After Jesus died another era of persecution was usher in as written in the book of Acts of the Apostles through to Revelations. The apostles suffered persecution from both the Jews who were working hard to eradicate the then spreading gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Romans who were protecting the interests of the Jews. All the apostles of Jesus suffered the persecution as much as christian this days suffer. Then, it was not in the hands of the Muslims or ISIS.
This continued till the time of the emperor Nero of Rome who made himself a public enemy of the church and did everything within his power to stop the spread of the gospel through out the world, only he couldn’t. His effort scattered the growing church abroad to India, Syria, Pakistan turkey and other neighbouring countries within the middle east and headed for Africa through Ethiopia.
There is something to note as we suffer persecutions, the words of Jesus to his disciples
John 15:18-27 King James Version (KJV)18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Emphasis on verse 18 and 19. The persecution we face is not man’s invention, it is prophetic, in order to usher in series of events including the end-time. Some of the major proof that persecution is a product of prophecy are
During the persecution of the early christian church, the church registered a a massive growth numerically, no wonder they were not able to destroy the church. No religion can survive through such age long persecution and still exist. The church grew in the days of Paul amidst heavy persecution and we see similar pattern today in various countries of the world. With all the public executions of christian, people are still turning out in their number to accept and declare that Jesus is Lord and saviour of the world without the fear of death or persecution.
The enemy of the church is faceless as Christians are being persecuted not only because of their believes but for being Christians. Christians are not only persecuted by Isis today or Boko haram but by the communist Government of nations where Christianity is seen as a minority and in most cases for no reason. Research has shown that in countries like Asia where today Christians are killed, they are lots of other small and big religions living in peace and harmony while the Christians are being chased for being christian.
When you look at this events, one begins to see how special being a christian really is.
Harmless but Abused
Loving but Hated
Gentle but Brutalized
Meek but trampled upon
Humble but Oppressed
As much as we expect to be persecuted from every front as Christians,we raise a voice against christian killings and urge the government of countries where Christians are being persecuted to protect the rights of their christian citizens.
Gospel Artiste and Worship leader