Pray for the persecuted church today!
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ (John 15:18-25)
China seeks to tear down the Christian church. Evidence: church building demolished by the Chinese government, CNN article.
The world may tear down our buildings but God is building a spiritual house–the temple of the living God–in the hearts of His people. The church is His people. No building permit is needed. States unleash the wreckers, but no bulldozer can stop the church. There is no authority on earth or under heaven which can delay the construction schedule of God’s house. Jesus promises He will build His church and even the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!
So many Christian suffer so much for Christ. May we never forget them!
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)