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Why does the Church get opposed, persecuted, and martyred?


This world is ruled by Satan (2 Cor 4:4, Jn 12:31), and His ideologies are carried out by humans under His influence. The Church experiences opposition because God's Kingdom, and Satan's world are in opposition. Evil men will not leave the Church alone because our preaching is a threat to their selfish ambitions. The true Church can expect to be persecuted more by the religious, than any other sector of the world, because the religious stand to loose more by what Jesus Christ is doing. The religious persecute the true church for three reasons: ignorance, jealousy, and guilt.


Ignorance, because they don't understand what Spirit filled people are doing, and they lack enough humility to simply learn from us. Therefore, they criticize what they don't understand. Their arrogance assumes that if they haven't had the same experience that we're having, it must not be valid. They would rather change their doctrine than change their heart. They are blinded by ignorance because they lack humility.

"Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well."
(Matt 23:26)


Jealousy because they're proud of the lamp they carry, until a true believer shows up with a lamp that's full of oil - a lamp that's actually burning and giving off light (Matt 25:1-13). Naturally, this makes their lamp look foolish. It exposes their lamp for what it is, a symbol with no substance. However, they would prefer to eliminate their embarrassment by eliminating you, than acquire oil for their own lamp. And, to admit that their lamp isn't actually accomplishing anything, would require humility that they do not have. They have titles, but the Church has authority. They have theology, but the Church has power. They have wealth, but the Church has intimacy. They are enslaved to jealousy because they lack love.

"For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy."
(Matt 23:26)


Guilt, because Spiritual ministry will always bring conviction upon fleshly religion. These two are in opposition to each other because one relies upon and glorifies the works of man, but the other, the works of God. Religion offers comfort but the Spirit demands the cross. Religion allows one to read the Bible without obedience, go to church without holiness, and confess a creed without sacrifice. The abundant fruit of the true Church, naturally makes the fruitless church uncomfortable, and forces them to recognize the shame of their compromising excuses. However, most would rather silence a prophet's voice, than cast their crowns at Christ's feet, and repent. They carry guilt because they lack holiness.

"Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said? Jesus replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots."
(Matt 23:26)

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