Christians Require Endurance
Millions of Christians give up, tire out and reject the faith and hope the Bible presents because they lack endurance. “A very bold and sweeping statement!” Why have I drawn this this conclusion?
Open your Bible to Jesus words to the crowds at Matthew 7: “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it;14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.”
History demonstrates Christians have not had a easy existence. The first century they were martyred, second century persecuted, by the third century the leaders found ways to dilute Jesus message to become acceptable to the state.
For example: encouraging religious leaders in the congregations and church to get the laity to pay them a salary; how about becoming involved with politics; encouraging tolerance of celebrations and integrating these false practices into the congregation – Christmas, Easter, Saints days, birthday celebrations, accepting the Trinity, Hell fire and the immortal soul.
The Christians stopped running the race. They no longer understood the things that Jesus had explained were important and what everyone of us were invited to do.
Individual Christians stopped being Christians because they had no reason to endure! They had established their acceptable society where they could impose their personal standards on humanity. This is a disgrace.
By 1830 the ordinary person had access to exactly what Jesus required Christians to do. These New Christians highlighted the critical requirements to bear the name – Christian; these included:
Exposing the false doctrines of the:
- immortal soul,
- Hell is the grave not a place of torment – the only torment we have is that we will die because we separated ourselves from truth
- the trinity
Additionally they identified the need to:
- Use God’s name as revealed in scripture
- Assign Jesus his rightful place as the only means for salvation
- Preach about the kingdom of God
- Teach honest hearted ones the blessing from God’s Word the bible
Persecution from so-called Christian Church Leaders, Governments and the wider community. That has confirmed to those of the Christian Congregation that they are blessed and rewarded by God. Not some of the points that enables us to draw confidence and understand the reward now.
Hebrews 12: 1 So, then, because we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also throw off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 Corinthians 6: 4 but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers, by the endurance of much, by tribulations, by times of need, by difficulties,5 by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by hard work, by sleepless nights, by times without food;6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by holy spirit, by love free from hypocrisy,7 by truthful speech, by God’s power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left
James 1: 2 – 4 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials,3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance.4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.
Our endurance is evidence of our Christianity.
There is real value in Endurance however, to endure we have to make a stand that indicates we are different. Jesus said those who follow him would be hated by the world. By the people. Today it comes in the form of being branded a a religious bigot. Last week a so-called tolerant individual commented that all those who don’t accept same sex relationships, alternate gender assignment and practices that society accepts should be locked up as religious bigots.
Because Christians don’t involve themselves in politics either voting or joining the army – for example in Russia are seen and branded as Terrorists. A report in the UK published in 2019 stated that Religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses offered a form of passive resistance.
Leave a comment if you think this is extreme but if you are not feeling pressured to fit into the mould of society then are you a Christian.