“Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted” (Lutjens)

Sunday sermon (Matthew 5:10)

Pastor Ron Lutjens, Senior Pastor, Old Orchard Church

What does it mean to be “persecuted for His name’s sake”? If we’re not being persecuted, should we worry? If we are being persecuted, is it for the right reasons?

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  1. Mike Brandenstein said,

    July 11, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

    Great question. Some might say that they are being persecuted for His name’s sake when they arrested for breaking a law that would apply to any person protesting in an inappropriate manner. In other words, prosecution does not always equal persecution.

    Persecution for His name’s sake is when one is inflicted with trouble due to the hatred of Christ and His message, alone. I don’t believe that hatred of obnoxious personality, methods, or pious prejudice is ever a cause of persecution for His name even though these might incite serious repercussions.

    If a U.S. envoy visited a foreign country and was beaten by a mob due to his disrespectful actions toward the people of that country, could he claim persecution in the name of the U.S.?

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