Christian persecution is defined as any hostility, experienced from the world, be of one identification with Jesus Christ. That can cause hostile feelings, attitudes, word or actions.
But what does the Bible mean by the word “persecution?” In Matthew 5:19-12 Jesus says in the Beatitudes that persecution is a blessing Not one that many of us ever desire..
Jesus also defines the word for us in Luke 6:22 using four verbs. He says, “Blessed are you when man hate you when they insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.” Not that it is Jesus in you who is the reason for and the target of persecution.
In Romans 8:17, the Apostle Paul tells us “Now if we are chili, then we are heirs of God a d co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in His suffering (hatred, exclusion. insults, and rejection) we become heirs who will share in His glory. The four verbs above can be experienced in varying degrees of intensity.
Unfortunately, many Christians today operate under the assumption that persecution is a part of the Church’s past. The truth is that there are members of the body of Christ who currently face severe persecution and restrictions because of their faith of Jesus. Every day of every year, and on every continent, men and women face persecution because of their beliefs.
Examples Of Persecution Christians Face Today:
- Physical and verbal abuse
- Destruction of property