The man who is conformed to this world, who takes part in its politics, who shares its pleasures, who acts according to its principles, even though he bears the name of Christ, will not be ostracized, persecuted or hated by the world. The woman who is conformed to this world, who follows its fashions, who enjoys its company, who fights for its causes, will not be shunned by it. The world loves its own.
But those who walk in separation from the world, who follow a rejected Christ, will know something of what it means to enter into ‚Äúthe fellowship of His sufferings,‚ÄĚ (Philippians 3:10). God has said, ‚Äúyea and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.‚ÄĚ (2 Timothy 3:10). But let such a one remember and be cheered by the words of our Savior, ‚ÄúBlessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men revile you, and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.‚ÄĚ (Matthew 5:10, 12).
Great Sermon! This sermon was so encouraging to me, thank you so much.
I've been under the mistaken notion that people naturally gravitate toward the truth, but this is not so. The more in line your words are with what the Bible teaches, the more the world will despise you and mock you.
I truly believe our time is getting very short, and the days ahead are getting more and more perilous. Be sure to be ready, have your spiritual armour on, do not be afraid to speak out the truth, to throw out the life-preserver to people who do not know they are lost and dying, but be ready for them to attack you for trying to help them, to curse and ridicule you, for telling them their true condition of spiritual decay for following teachings that are so wishy-washy, they hardly resemble the ain and suffering we are taught will follow those who believe and follow Jesus. They will accuse you of being unloving and divisive.
I felt so alone, and thought "maybe they are right, I'm doing this all wrong" and then heard this message, and realized that it wasn't how the truth was presented that was wrong, it was that no one wants to hear it.
Thank you, Pastor Poss, your message helped me understand the nature of spiritual warfare better. I am better armed for the coming trials ahead...