As late as the eve of the American Revolution, Leo Pfeffer writes, “Baptist preachers in Virginia were whipped, arrested, fined, and imprisoned on bread and water for preaching a theology deviating from that of established Anglicanism.” (1)
Jesus stood before the Sanhedrin and was condemned to die because He aligned Himself with the prophecy of Daniel from where the title “Son of Man” first comes. To claim that title the authorities would see him crucified.
Today we are seeing the persecution of Christians growing on a daily basis. Whether it is Isis or any person who hates Jesus, the result is the same – persecution. In my forty-two plus years of ministry I have never seen this kind of persecution grow like it is now.
Remember, Jesus warned us this would happen. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please gives us love and courage to face whatever the future may bring. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.
(1) Boston: Beacon Press, 1975