Jay Christian Huynh
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution.” (II Timothy 3:12).
Christian persecution, as predicted in the Bible, is quite rampant
today. An example of the Christian persecution happening right now
would be the quick rise of ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and
Levant, also known simply as IS, or the Islamic State. Since the
Islamic State’s rise, Christians in their captured territory have been
tortured and killed by IS militants, which include many public
beheadings and executions of the Christians. IS threatened to attack
many countries with France and Russia being recent subjects of its
attacks. Many IS militants believe that they are doing the service of
their god, by waging a war of jihad and persecution. This sort of
persecution was predicted in the Bible, as seen in the following
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:
and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name''s sake.” (Matthew 24:9).
“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that
whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (John
The persecution of Christians, though very apparent in the Middle
East, does not stop there. With 80% of all religious discrimination
acts aimed against Christians (International Society for Human Rights
2012 report), it is apparent that Christians are also persecuted
worldwide for their beliefs. Christians are persecuted by either their
neighbors or government in more than 60 countries around the world
(U.S Department of State).
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God''s elect? It is God that
justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who
also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love
of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we
are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:33-39).
With some of the events that have occurred in America, such as the
legalization of gay marriage, a sudden rise of resentment towards
Christians have grown. Such cases include Christian bakeries that were
sued or threatened because of their refusal to serve gay couples along
with military chaplains who have been put under investigation or fired
due to giving Bible based advice and holding Christian beliefs. The
growing resentment towards Christians have caused many to hate
Christians, calling them names along the lines of “homophobic” and
“bigoted” for their beliefs. Despite their treatment, many of these
Christians still hold strong to their beliefs.
“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the
spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil
spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.” (I Peter 4:14).
“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. 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. ” (John 15:19-20).
As Christians, we should not be discouraged from our beliefs because
of the persecution, but instead we should be glad that we have kept
our faith. While the persecution that Christians face around the world
is terrible, God will reward them for their love and faith in Him and
in His word.
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” (I
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'' sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile
you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12).
The time for Christ to come is nearing, and so we need to keep our
faith strong in God and His word. Near the end times, rampant
persecution of Christians will greatly intensify, but, as Christians,
we should not fear for our own lives when keeping our faith. While the
enemies of Christ may kill our bodies, they cannot kill our souls. Our
souls are protected by God, so we do not need to be afraid if the
enemy kills us.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body
in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).
“The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy
soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from
this time forth, and even for evermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8).
We do not know the day or the hour, so all we can do is to prepare for
the Lord’s arrival. By reading and obeying the word of God, avoiding
evil, and keeping faith in the face of persecution, we can be ready
for the end of days. Our concerns should be not if we will be
persecuted, but whether or not we have salvation in God.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come
on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye
therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son
of man.” (Luke 21:33-36).
Jay Christian Huynh