“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ~ Matthew 10:22 (NIV)
“…Remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Acts 14:22 (NIV)
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.” ~ Philippians 1:29 (NIV)
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the fiery troubles that are coming in order to test you. Don’t feel as though something strange is happening to you, but be happy as you share Christ’s sufferings. Then you will also be full of joy when he appears again in his glory.” ~1 Peter 4:12-13 (GM)
Christians are called to suffer and be happy.
This is a strange combination of experiences that the born-again Christian is asked to expect, endure and rejoice in. The call to suffer totally contradicts the feel good, emotionally charged, spiritually exuberant prosperity preaching of today’s contemporary churches and preachers. Another way to look at it is that many of today’s churches and preachers are contradicting the original message of Christ and His Apostles.
Isn’t this interesting?
Instead of being encouraged to endure suffering and hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, many are being encouraged to seek self-fulfillment, wealth and prosperity and avoid the suffering of Christ at all cost—to enter heaven on a flowery bed of ease. But this is not what the Scriptures are telling us.
Now who are you going to follow, the positive message of feel-good preaching or the Truth of God’s Holy Word?
Who is right, God or the world?
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