Preaching the gospel. Teaching God’s Word. Sharing your faith. Uttering God’s Commandments. Speaking Truth. Standing for Truth. Defending Truth. Telling someone what the bible says. These are all part of being a faithful witness. Our witness is our testimony to these things.
For a while, these things were being called, ‘unlovng’, and ‘intolerant’. Now they are being called, ‘hateful’ and may soon be called, ‘illegal’. Are you ready for this?
New laws are being created in Congress and in the Judicial branch which seek to take away the Constitutional freedoms we have, thus far, to speak freely.
It is not just freedom of speech that may be legislated against, but thoughts, beliefs and feelings, in order to ‘prevent a hate crime that has not happened’.
H.R. 1592 has passed the House and is going to the Senate. Even if this is possibly vetoed, it could come up again in the next administration and be made law in a very short time. If this, or other laws like it, are ever passed, will you be quiet? Will you stop speaking the truth of the gospel and speaking God’s Word?
Pastor Hua Hui Qi in China is under house arrest. He is allowed to live at his home and to go out for short periods, but he is watched constantly by the police. His previous house was destroyed by government officials. The government bulldozed the building that his church met in because he refused to register his church with the government sanctioned and controlled church(Three Self Patriotic Movement). If he registered his church, he would not be allowed to teach certain books of the bible, certain doctrines, such as the second coming of Christ, the resurrection and heaven, and he would not be allowed to teach about evangelism and the Great Commission or have Sunday school for the children. They built another building, and the government bulldozed that one too. Now his church is out on the street, reaching out with the gospel. They meet quietly in homes for worship. From Voice of the Martyrs magazine:
Brother Hui could make his troubles with the police go away quite easily. All he has to do is conform and register his church work with the government, coming under the authority of the Religious Affairs Bureau. But he will not bow to the Communist Party. He would rather take a stand and see Christ transform the lives of his fellow countrymen.
“The Three Self church will not allow people to praise Jesus”, he told VOM workers.
“The Great Commission says we are to preach to all nations, so their teaching contradicts the Bible. If you join the Three Self church, they will control you and control your church activities. You will not have…free worship time or free service.”
Being left alone by the police is not worth compromising his beliefs, Hua says.
“It is better to follow God than government.
Every Christian knows that.”
VOM magazine, May 2005.
This pastor is only under house arrest, but there are thousands of pastors, evangelists, bible teachers and ordinary believers in jails around the world because they did not obey the government, but obeyed God, and continued to be a witness and testify to the truth of God’s Word, even when the government said this was illegal. Are we ready for this?
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ. Gal.1:10.
And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20.
But Peter and the apostles said, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.