Being arrested for preaching the Good News of Jesus.

Scripture:
This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.- Philemon 1:1

Observation:
Paul wrote a very short letter to his friend Philemon about a former slave of his named Onesimus. In the opening of this letter, Paul noted that he wrote it from prison.He said he was imprisoned for preaching the Good News of Jesus. Then he went on to speak to his friend about the once slave turned friend and brother in Christ.

Application:
America has known over 200 years of peace and freedom to worship as we see fit. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Our current regime has drawn the line in proverbial sand in favor of Islam and almost every other religion save Christianity. The onslaught has begun. We are not seeing a mass herding or execution of disciples of Jesus, but the day approaches quickly when such faith will land a believer in jail. Why? Because the Truth offends people who don’t follow him. The darkness of men’s hearts swells up in pride and wants to shut down the Truth of Jesus because they like the darkness where they can hide and practice their evil.

What I write here may offend some, but the Truth is the truth. There is only one absolute or Truth in the universe. He is Jesus the Anointed One of Jehovah God, the Creator and Master of the universe. Jesus was clear that He is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. There is no other name under heaven given among mankind by which we must be saved. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus, whereas the wage for refusing him is eternal death experienced in an eternal body that will suffer the flames of hell that never go out and the flesh-eating subterranean worms that never die. There will be crying and gnashing of teeth in hatred of God there because of man’s wrongs.

I will one day be arrested for preaching this truth because it offends people and that it will be labeled hate speech. The Truth is that I don’t care. So long as there is breath in my body, I will boldly declare bodily that JESUS is the Truth and the answer to all of mankind’s plights and ills. The simple way to experiencing life in him is to truly believe that God raised him from the dead by the Holy Spirit of God and confess publicly, as I do here, that “Jesus is Lord.” There is no other way to be saved from your sins, hell, and eternal death. You cannot earn it or buy it. That is the way of religion and the teachings of mankind, which gives credit to mankind rather than glory to God. God is God who will not share his glory with anyone! He loves all of humanity enough to become one of us to live life as human and die as human to pay the price for all of our wrongs and evils. BUT not all of humanity will accept him as their God, Lord, and Savior! Will you accept him? Will you receive his gift of life eternal with him? Will you submit yourself to the will and ways of God the Almighty?

Prayer:
Father, thank you for loving the world enough to give your only Son as payment for our wrongs. We can do nothing to earn or merit our eternity with you. It is a gift of yours by faith through your grace to humanity, so that no one can boast and say they earned their way into eternity with you. Thank you for being sovereign and mighty and  loving and caring and giving and faithful! You are everything I need or want! I love you! Your will be done, not mine. I boldly declare you before men and am not ashamed of your Good News! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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