World will hate you because of me

Interesting. I was googling on silent christian and this article came out in the search. It was an unintentional search result as I was looking for results like “can a Christian be non social (not anti-social), quiet, introvert, etc” as I am pretty much to myself. Yet the following article came out.

Lest anybody thinks Christianity is a free religion, even from the bible that dates back to even before Christ was born, followers of God almighty had been constantly persecuted and killed. So you think our religion is  a walk in the park? Think again.

Excerpts from the article:

Damare Garang, a seven year old slave boy in Sudan, was “crucified” on a board and left for dead by his Islamic owner for sneaking away to attend a church service. As they walked to their Christian High School in Indonesia, Noviana Malewa and her teenage classmates were attacked by Islamic jihadists with machetes, who decapitated three of the girls leaving their heads on the steps of a church. Only Noviana survived, bearing a scar across her face and neck as a gruesome reminder of the attack. Jesus forewarned, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19?). Since the time of Christ, Christians have been persecuted for their faith. Go to the article and have a good read.

I wonder if I deny Christ so that I may live another day for him is a wise move. But these verses had been fighting with me.

  1. Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
  2. 2 Timothy 2:12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
  3. 1 Samuel 15:22 … Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…

Can we? Will we? God Help us.

The world will hate you.


~ by ymsim on 2009/12/25.

5 Responses to “World will hate you because of me”

  1. Luke 9:24
    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

    Mark 8:35
    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

  2. He was allegedly told he would not be killed if he abandoned Christianity and “embrace Islam.” However, “My son bravely refused to recant Christianity and clung to Christ,” said the man’s father, Gulzar Masih, his voice trembling.

    After his son refused to recite the Islamic conversion creed, three Muslims known locally sprayed bullets at his chest, killing him instantly, Masih explained.



    Dear Reader,

    The Christians of the 1st through the 5th centuries devoted much more time to reading of Scriptures in their churches than we do today. If you have the time, read what early church leaders Justin the Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian had to say about the public reading of God’s word.

    The Holy Spirit works through the Scriptures to convict people of their sin, of their guilt, of their need to repent, and of the certainty of judgment. To the war-monger, the greedy, the thief, the liar, and the glutton, to the sexually immoral, and to the unfaithful church leader God’s word is not a gold mine to be explored, but is instead a deadly minefield to be carefully navigated. There are Bible verses you will never hear uttered in most churches, especially those where Jesus and Paul speak about divorce and adultery.
    Even well-intentioned pastors have a difficult time transmitting the Gospel to their audiences because the seminaries they graduate from do not fully understand the importance of reading the Scriptures to those attending services. Sermons can last for half an hour, while the Bible readings usually take up no more than one to five minutes of a weekend church service. This tradition is unbalanced, unscriptural, and harmful to the Body of Christ.
    I recommend that during your churches’ worship services the Bible be read aloud to the people (A portion of time separate from the sermon and its Biblical references); reading through the New Testament once a year and reading through the Old Testament about once every eight years. This proposal is reasonable, is in harmony with the Gospel, and if put into practice would do much to effectively fight apostasy and to build up faith, holiness, and unity in the Body of Christ. -Share this idea with fellow church members and present it to your church leaders; Expect opposition.

    “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words.., and blessed are those who hear…” -Revelation 1:3 NIV

    “ comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ…” -because- “…the gospel…is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” -In fact- “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth…” -we are- “born again…through the living and enduring word of God.” -Romans10:17 and 1:16, James 1:18, 1st Peter1:23 NIV

    “I command you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the brothers and sisters.” 1st Thessalonians 5:27 NLT

    “(Jesus) went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.”
    Luke 4:16 NIV

    “Joshua read all the words…Just as it was written in the Book…There was not a word…that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly..”
    Joshua 8:34 NIV

    “..go to the house of the Lord…and read to the people from the scroll the words of the Lord.” Jeremiah 36:6 NIV

    “After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in… (other churches).”
    Colossians 4:16 NIV

    “Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.” 1st Timothy 4:13 NLT

    “(I) chose to give you birth through the word of truth..,” so “fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…” and “keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you will live pure and blameless lives until (I) return_.” “Serve one another in love…”, “For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many…”, “for in Christ Jesus…” “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
    James1:18 NIV, Deuteronomy11:18 NIV, Philippians1:1, 10 NLT, Galatians 5:13 NIV,
    Mark 10:45 NIV, Galatians 5:16 NIV

    The Scriptures are more than reference books for lengthy sermons and sparsely attended midweek and pre-service Bible studies. They are collectively the word of God passed onto us by His holy prophets and apostles, and through them spiritual birth in Christ is facilitated. People who attend church services need and deserve to hear more of them. The fact that professing Christians are divided into hundreds of hostile competing factions and their lifestyles and divorce rates are not much better than those of nonbelievers is strong evidence that too many of us are not familiar enough with God’s requirements for holy living. Until Jesus returns, a lot more reading of Scripture during church services is what is needed to combat sin, error, and division in the Body of Christ
    The invention of the printing press and the abundance of Bibles does not alter nor nullify God’s commands concerning the public reading of Scripture. God calls for his word to be read aloud in the churches because faith comes from hearing it, and because the Holy Spirit is present in a special way when God’s people are gathered together.

    Most people do not study the Scriptures as much as they should. It is the responsibility of church leaders to read all of God’s words, from the Book of Geneses through the Book Revelation, in the hearing of church members and visitors, while also continuing to preach, and to teach,- and to encourage people to read and to study the Bible on their own.
    If you agree with this message, put it into practice in your church and share it with other Christians. “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:17 NLT -There is no place in Heaven for cowards.
    If you cannot find a church in your area which is seriously devoted to the public reading of Scripture, do not be discouraged. Many 1st Century church services were conducted in people’s homes. A church is not a stone or wooden structure, but is a community of Christians. Use the Internet and newspaper ads get a Bible study/reading group started in your community. I did this for over twenty years with a small group of Christian friends.
    Why waste your precious time and hard-earned money supporting church leaders who are not dedicated to the public reading of Scripture? Supporting shepherds who feed only themselves makes about as much sense as patronizing a restaurant every weekend where the waiter and the cook are in the habit of consuming most of your meal before it gets to your table. I personally would refuse to pay for the leftovers. I would save them for my faithful dog, Spike. He loves to chew on the bones. I do not!
    your servant,
    Jorge M. Lahiff de Rogel

    174 Judson Avenue
    San Francisco, California 94112
    The United States of America

  5. in our Bible Presbyterian Church we do read God’s word in church. It is a joy to read the bible and allow the word to move, convict and mould ones life. God’s word will never be in vain.

    I’m surprised that there are churches who does not read God’s word, the bible.

    Isaiah 55:11
    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

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