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September 30, 2014

Speak Out: Perilous times for believers of Jesus

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 6:47 pm | Updated: 6:50 pm, Mon Jun 30, 2014.

We live in a world as Christians that we are hated. In other countries, Christians are killed or maimed for their belief in Jesus. It is happening more and more in our own country and now in our own city, like when the preacher and his brother were arrested last month in Oxford.

Jesus did say in the last days that perilous times will come and we will be hated by the ones who don’t believe in God. For some reason, many Christians have become a fan of Jesus and not a follower of Him. We are sitting in our churches and asking, “God, what will you do for me? Just bless me, bless me.” The question we need to ask ourselves is what can I do for you, Jesus?

It takes strength and courage to step out of our comfort zone and be a follower of Jesus Christ. The main reason we don’t is because we are afraid of what other people will think of us. The very last words Jesus spoke to his followers is found in Matthew 28:19-20, the great commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

In the Bible, Peter and the apostles were preaching and they were told by the authorities to stop preaching, but in Acts 5:29, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said we ought to obey God rather than men.” The only way we can disobey the civil laws of our land is when God himself tells us to do something, that will honor him, and if we are arrested then God gives us this promise.

We all need to ask ourselves, are we willing to be persecuted for our belief? Let us be strong and courageous in these last days and take a stand for Jesus. Jesus loves you.

Gloria Woosley


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  • Ang the artist posted at 9:30 am on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Ang the artist Posts: 1

    Christians are not being persecuted here in this country on the contrary the religious right have in the past and are still forcing their religions rules upon all of us. As a free country we all have the right to dismiss religion or follow any of the religions we choose, yet some feel only one is valid and force lawmakers to adhere to those standards, rendering this country far less free than the founding fathers intended according to their writings on their beliefs.
    As to the issue of what Jesus said on subjects few of the religious freedoms that organised christians fight for have any bearing on what is written in those words in red, instead are based upon fearful humans who want to control others or punish them.

  • FloydTheBarber posted at 8:45 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    FloydTheBarber Posts: 30

    Gloria, you are teaching false doctrine. First and most importantly is that women are commanded to be silent about religion and are forbidden to speaking a house of worship. Paul of Tarsus wrote to the Thessalonians of that very fact!

    Your brutish insistence on trying to preach the Word, shows that you are not right with The Lord and care not for what he says in his Word. Let women remain silent while the men carry out the great commission , less you anger Jesus and he damns your eternal soul!


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