Here are some very profound questions from some Chinese pastors to those of us in Western countries. May the Holy Spirit stir our hearts with their words. I'm being convicted yet again while I reading this, again...
What would the church be like without persecution?
Another pastor said:
What would you say to the church in the west?
Another pastor answered this way...
Ed, these statements are so humbling. if the whole of America could only see what we are being blessed with at the moment and know that it could be gone in a moment. Everything is taken for granted here and because of this there is too much consumption of everything. Food, pleasure, idle time, seeking our own good. It is very sad to see America from the Lord's point of view. I see it as a large, gluttonous, greedy, greasy, prideful, lustful man sitting on it's behind- while others are starving, laboring, suffering, and dying. (I actually saw this in a dream once).[b]Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Ezekiel 16:49 [/b]Is this not America?Someone in another thread asked if gluttony was actually a sin in the bible. YES!!!!!!!I am so glad to see your heart "at His feet".May you and your wife be blessed what ever the Lord leads you to do.In Him, Chanin
Praise God for sharing this message. Persecution is one of those things promised by Jesus, and obedient, Spirit-led, uncompromising Christians will face persecution, great or small. I pray God will strengthen and encourage all believers who are killed, ex-communicated from family, beaten, terrorized, or persecuted for their obedience to Jesus. Those precious Christians are no better or worse than those in other parts of the world, and God promises their labor is not in vain, even if their reward is in heaven and not in this life. I pray that God will keep all those He started a good work in, in Jesus' name, amen.