Churches Looking More Like the World: Do Pastors Fear Persecution?

Absolute Truth from the Word of God


(John 10:11-13)   Words of our Lord Jesus

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.”

The early church

Just as the Lord hand picked His Apostles, so does He call men whom He has chosen to shepherd His flock. This is the way which God protects His own. He wishes no “hireling” to be in a position of authority over His little ones.

The first century church met in secret; small gatherings as to not call attention to themselves. They knew that the evil one was seeking to destroy and scatter them. And when these gatherings…

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