The Rights of a Christian

Rethinking Scripture

I am writing this post with the realization that there will be those who will be totally offended.  Others will read and begin to contemplate what has been written.
In the United States 2016 is an presidential election year.  Things have been totally out of character compared to any other year in history.
One candidate, Donald J. Trump proposed an idea to ban people of the Muslim faith from entering the country.
I have heard and read all manner of things for this election.  The one issue that has struck me is the issue that of the rights of a Christian. I began thinking about this, and started to explore exactly if there is any scriptural foundation to support a Christian’s rights.  So far, I have found none.
Reader, do your history lessons over again and look at how Christians came to be, how they were accepted and treated.
The christian church started the day of Pentecost.  The disciples were in this upper room, chamber, not because they were electing a board, but were huddled together in fear thinking they might be next to be put to deathlike Christ Jesus. All those that day were of the Jewish faith, until they decided to follow Christ.  In the sermon on the mount Christ gave them instructions part of them are:

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.1
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

In this last 116 years Christians in North America have been fed several total deceptions.

  1. The Pre – Trib Rapture
  2. The Prosperity Gospel
  3. Faith Healers

If I was writing this 30 years ago I would of thought that I myself was under some delusion.
I have come to the realization that Christians and Evangelicals of North America have not been tested and will not escape persecution.  I was raised to believe, and up to about   7 years ago believed the so called ‘Rapture’ would happen before events mentioned in Bible prophecy. I have studied the scriptures and began again to look at history and found that the early Christians were persecuted, beheaded like the Apostle Paul, crucified upside down like Peter.  The apostle John was sent to an island that was used for convicts, the Isle of Patmos.
Rome did not allow for people to openly be of the Christian faith until Emperor Constantine had a revelation. Four hundred years after the death of Christ the emperor declared Christianity the state religion.
Let me make this statement and ask, are you greater than those first disciples and apostles that you should not have to go through any major trials. This could mean you might have to decide to stand for Christ and lose your life, or deny Christ and go on living.
The only right a Christian has is this, Christ is your saviour and you have the right to be forgiven of your sins.
I am going to keep on posting more thoughts on this idea about the rights of a Christian.

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