for Christ's Sake
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Tim. 3:12.
As Christ was hated without cause, so will His people be hated because they
are obedient to the commandments of God. If He who was pure, holy, and undefiled,
who did good and only good in our world, was treated as a base criminal and
condemned to death, His disciples must expect but similar treatment, however
faultless may be their life and blameless their character.
laws manufactured by satanic agencies under a plea of goodness and restriction
of evil, will be exalted, while God's holy commandments are despised and trampled
underfoot. And all who prove their loyalty by obedience to the law of Jehovah
must be prepared to be arrested, to be brought before councils that have not
for their standard the high and holy law of God.
live during the last days of this earth's history will know what it means
to be persecuted for the truth's sake. In the courts injustice will prevail.
The judges will refuse to listen to the reasons of those who are loyal to
the commandments of God, because they know that arguments in favor of the
fourth commandment are unanswerable. They will say, "We have a law, and
by our law he ought to die." God's law is nothing to them. "Our
law" with them is supreme. Those who respect this human law will be favored,
but those who will not bow to the idol sabbath will have no favors shown them.
there is no noticeable difference between evergreens and other trees; but
when the blasts of winter come, the evergreens remain unchanged, while other
trees are stripped of their foliage. So the falsehearted professor may not
now be distinguished from the real Christian, but the time is just upon us
when the difference will be apparent. Let opposition arise, let bigotry and
intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the halfhearted
and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will
stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, than in days