The persecution of the Christian Church does not work. It’s been proven through the generations, that the more you beat Christians, the more Christians there are. There’s a very logical reason for this.
It’s like a man who was brought before the judge for social disobedience. When he refused to mend his ways, he was sentenced to 30 lashes. When the lashing was completed he was sent with his bloody back to sit in a jail cell until he healed.
Two months went by. He was called again before the magistrate. “Did you love the lashes?” The prisoner was asked. The reply was matter of fact, there was no defiance in the man’s tone. “No sir, I did not love the lashes.”
“That’s a good reply.” Said the magistrate. “Are you willing then to return to society and never repeat your wicked behavior?”
“Sir, with all due respect, I did nothing wrong. I was speaking the words of the Living God in public. Many took offense at the words and the disturbance came up. I was arrested as a social dissident. But I did nothing wrong.”
“Then you will receive 30 more lashes and spend time in jail to heal. Perhaps then you will change your mind.” The judge’s sentence was firm.
“Your honor, I must confess. I did not love the first lashing. I will not love the second. And I will refuse to capitulate with a society that is so corrupt, and hold so highly such unjust laws.”
My friends you cannot stamp out Christianity by violence. But you have obviously learned your lesson. You could not make us join your corrupt society. So you have sent your corrupt society in among the family of God.
These have feigned allegiance to the Christ, long enough for the family of God to love them. Then with heartbreaking stories they appealed for inclusion. Willingly denying the call for holiness.
Now the family of God in Christ is bewildered. They have loved you are corrupt people. They do not desire to send them back outside.
You are succeeding in corrupting the church where beatings offered no profit. But I will tell you this. Christ Jesus is busily planting his crop outside your corrupted churches.
You thought you had finally succeeded in what beatings could not accomplish. The church had become located in a prominent and conspicuous place. But the Lord has anticipated and responded to your wicked behavior.
Christianity is on the rise! You failed once by violence. You will certainly fail by corruption. No matter what you do, you will never stamp out the Church of Christ Jesus!
By His Grace