Thursday, May 19, 2011

Not All Christian Persecution Is Blessed

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comments on Matthew 5:10, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:10 ESV).

"It does not say, 'Blessed are those who are persecuted because they are objectionable.'  It does not say, 'Blessed are those who are having a hard time in their Christian life because they are being difficult.'  It does not say, 'Blessed are those who are being persecuted as Christians because they are seriously lacking in wisdom and are really foolish and unwise in what they regard as being their testimony.'  ... It is for righteousness' sake."

--Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

1 comment:

Jerry said...

I can testify, as living proof, how easily we can fall into the trap of martyrdom, not realizing a simple truth, "Even a Christian should be persecuted for wickedness".
Rachel and I rented a movie not long ago, "Agora" not knowing anything about it. It isn't a movie I would recommend, but we both had the same feelings about the movie, "even an atheist can be a martyr, when a Christian isn't a Christian".