10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Matthew 5:10 (NLT)
We have come to the end of the Beatitude. Here is some news. There are persecutions on Christians who choose to obey God. The moment we choose to believe what the Bible says and obey God, we will automatically become the enemies of Satan. We will face persecutions from certain parties like the theologians. In today’s culture, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is labeled as “Prosperity Gospel” and Christians who believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ are accused with many things. In this blog alone, you can read about the slanders made against me. Some of my persecutors had even decided for me that I do not believe in Jesus. Why would Satan send them to slander me? Obviously the truth I wrote in this blog is dangerous to him.
Welcome to the real world. There is no such thing as a comfortable Christianity. The moment you have decided to obey God, you have caused an earthquake (or should I say hellquake) in the pit of hell where Satan lives. You are no longer unnoticed by Satan. Theologians will be after you and accuse you of many things. You will be labeled as being deluded by the “Prosperity Gospel”.
Why would Satan go through so much trouble to discourage us from taking our faith seriously? The answer is he does not want us to be the light and salt of the world. Satan does not want us to get saved. The moment we are saved, it is too late for him to do anything. His next step is to prevent us from attracting more souls to be saved.
If all Christians are to take their faith seriously, then all of us will be healthy, wealthy and successful in every area of our lives. Our lives will be like beacons of light shining in the darkness and will attract other non-believers to Jesus. This is why Satan wants all Christians to be poor, sick, discouraged and fail in every area of their lives. Satan wants us to look bad, so that others will not be attracted to Jesus. Think about this. Will you be interested to know more about this guy called Jesus if those associated to him will always become poor, sick and fail? So, this is why Satan wants Christians to be poor, sick and become failures.
He has several ways to achieve this and they can be categorized into the following:
1. Using demons to whisper discouraging thoughts in our minds in order to prevent us from achieving greater heights in our lives.
2. Using theologians to persecute us for believing that our God is a good God who will bless us into great health, wealth and successes in every area of our lives.
The second way is where the term “Prosperity Gospel” comes in. However, as I have written before, just because Satan and his gang (demons and theologians) are doing their best to discourage us, it does not mean they must be successful. Our God is greater than them all. God will not only bless us to overcome their persecution, he has even promised us the ownership of the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words, we are not tenants in heaven. We are shareholders there. Isn’t that wonderful?
So, if you are facing persecution from the theologians now, fear not. God has promised to reward us greatly. I have allowed free access for anyone to comment anything in this blog. Some theologians abused it to post slanders on me but I still keep their slanderous post. Do you know why? I see those slanders as the affirmation that I have become a serious threat to Satan. We can use their persecution to our advantage if we know how.
Here is an example. How do I know whether a certain church or a certain preacher preaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? If I ask them I am sure they will only say yes. I use the theologians’ responses to their ministries. My question is, “Has this church/ preacher been accused of preaching the Prosperity Gospel?” If the answer is “no” then I will conclude that this church/ preacher has not been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the truthful and uncompromising manner. Based on what I have observed, anyone who preaches the uncompromising the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always accused by the theologians as preaching the “Prosperity Gospel”.
The subsequent verses have even elaborated the persecutions we have received.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT)
Do not be distressed by the persecution you received from the theologians. Jesus has predicted that and he promised great rewards for us in heavens. It has been a tradition for those who obey God to face persecutions on earth. As for me, I see the persecutions from the theologians as an indication that I am on the right track with God. This means I am on the path of great prosperity both on earth and heaven.