Do Not Grow Weary Of Doing Good
"Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Most of us living in the westernized world have no idea what it is like to live in persecution for our faith in Christ, yet. My experience has been mild persecution of the skeptic, agnostic, and at times the professing-nominal Christian claiming that they do not agree with me. That used to frustrate me, but I learned that as long as I stick with the Bible and know the character and nature of God, then it is not me that they disagree with, it is God. That is minimal, personal persecution. I have never, however, been threatened with my life or thrown into prison for my obedience to God. Although, I was, for a time, threatened with the future of my children for pointing out truth at their heretical “Christian” academic institution.
That was not the case with the first century disciples who were all eventually tortured and martyred (with the exception of John, who lived through the torture and exile that he was subjected to). Christians who live under socialistic and totalitarian dictatorships know all too well what it is to be persecuted for their faith. For years, Christians who live in China have been praying for the Church in America. They have sensed the darkness hovering and noticed how the ministry leadership has long been compromising the power of the Gospel. This compromise has led to a weak church and confusion about the character and nature of God.
It has allowed for heresy to enter into the message and the church has become more like the world around it instead of making a difference in the surrounding culture. Disappointingly, the ministers who operate in freedom cower and cave-in at the slightest hint of pressure from the secular realm around it. The vast majority of ministry leaders deliberately ignore difficult topics that effect their congregants’ daily lives and the decisions that they must make. Because of the Church’s deafening silence on difficult topics, secular ideologies fill that void and the people are drawn further from Christ. The Church is intended to stand out like a beacon of light on a hill. It was never intended to blend into the world around it. There has been compromise after compromise in the Westernized church. Ministry leaders have led the people astray just like the religious leaders that we read about in 1 & 2 Kings and the Chronicles.
It is a rare thing to find bold leaders of the faith who know where to draw the line when it comes to what God calls us to do verses what mankind demands of us. Listen to my interview with one of the few true Christian leaders of our time, Pastor Artur Pawloski.