SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Scripture: Acts 7:54-60
After experiencing years of personal persecution, I believe the church makes some dangerously false assumptions about the last days. We assume that the end-time church is going to be like the beginning church. It is not! All of the prophets promised a double anointing to wind up the age. That signals the end-time church is going to be significantly different from the beginning church. Even the book of Revelation makes it clear that the end-time church is going to be quite different from the founding church. The early church stressed “turn-the-other-cheek”. The first church was so evangelistic that they laid their life down as a witness and a testimony to the saving ability of the living Christ. We assume that the end-time church is going to be exactly like that. What if that is not an accurate assumption? What if our eschatology is based on tradition and our faith is misplaced? What if the end-time church must represent Jesus the Judge? If that is true, then we are contributing to a generation of martyrs who should be victors in Kingdom advancement long before they are martyrs. Will the greatest source of persecution be the world or those who turn apostate in their beliefs?