Wednesday, February 22, 2017

If They Persecute Me (LS49)

          'Last Sermon of Jesus'

John 15:20 "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 keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me."
    As true disciples of Jesus, we must obey and teach His words only. Anyone who disregard His teachings is deemed unfit to be His disciples.
   Those who twist and corrupt the word of God are committing blasphemy. The audacity to distort the truth has relegated the word of Christ as inferior in contrast to the superior wise words of men. These renegades have made themselves, wiser and better than the Creator.

Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."
    The covetous religious leaders who mocked the Lord’s teachings were admonished by Him. Likewise, prosperity preachers and covetous pastors will discredit and condemn Bible believing Christians who refused to believe and  serve unrighteous Mammon.

John 11:47-48 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation."
    The spiritual leaders feared that had our Lord Jesus been made the King of Israel, the Romans would annihilate Israel. They feared men more than God. Similarly, depraved Christian leaders will fear men in authority who are rich and powerful, instead of God.

Mark 5:10 For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, "What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?" So they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"
    The religious leaders crucified our Lord Jesus out of envy.
Depraved pastors and leaders will destroy godly Christians and their ministries by spinning false testimonies and malicious reports concerning them.

Act 5:27b-29 And the high priest asked them, saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!" But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men."
    The religious leaders forbid any teaching in the name of Jesus. Hence, depraved pastors and leaders will prohibit the teaching of the truth in an attempt to cover up their watered down and heretic sermons.

Luke 17:1 Then He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
Brethren, please ensure that we have not wrongly persecuted or judged any Bible believing brethren.