They mock us about our beliefs and will do what they can to destroy our faith in God. Having spent a decade in retail it is painfully obvious how Satan works. If you have a Christian and ten non-Christians at a job, guess who will most often be asked to work on Sunday? Yes, you guessed it.
With persecution, we need to be very aware of the presence of Satan (1 Peter 5:8). If we realize that he is behind the persecutions, I think think we can psychologically handle it better. We will realize that our persecutors do not know they are being used as puppets to advance Satan’s agenda.
However, the saddest form of persecution comes from our own brethren. I’ve heard people in brotherhood schools mock the truth with gusto. I’ve read brethren on discussion groups ridicule and torment those who follow God’s Word.They become furious at the very suggestion that we restrict ourselves to God’s simple Word.
They viciously attack sound brethren, ripping them to shreds before the entire world. They even mock the very words of God by elevating the culture and the ways of man above the inspired Writ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They find God far less frightening than their friends who stand outside of Christ.
There is really nothing more nauseating than so-called “brethren” declaring war on God’s people. Their persecution is more chilling and painful than anything people in world can do. Let us pray for them and avoid their viciousness, so we will not lose our focus on joy and evangelism.