Are you willing to be persecuted for being a Christian?


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Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times In the early centuries of its existence, Christianity was often persecuted, a persecution that began with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Despite this, Christianity grew to where, three centuries after it began changing lives and saving souls, the Roman emperor Constantine decided to use it to solidify his control of the Roman empire and arrest its decline. Even though it became the state religion of the Roman empire and, in the centuries that followed, the state religion of the kingdoms that arose after the fall of Rome, Christians would still experience persecution, sometimes at the hands of kings who claimed to be Christian but were anything but. This experience was in many ways similar to what happened to the prophets and other faithful of ancient Israel and Judea who found themselves persecuted by kings who’d turned their backs on the God of Abraham to serve the false gods of other nations. Today, Christians are increasingly experiencing persecution around the world at the hands of Islamic fanatics in the Middle East and, increasingly, in Europe, and even in America where anti-Christian forces are seeking to suppress Christianity and destroy its influence on society. As this persecution continues and intensifies, each Christian must ask themselves whether or not they will be Christian enough to be persecuted or will they not be in order to save their own hides. Well, which is it, are you a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ willing to follow Him in the face of persecution or are you just a follower of the biggest bully who allows the enemies of Christ to intimidate you into denying your Lord and Savior and aiding and abetting in the persecution of those who refuse to do so? What type of Christian are you?


Thursday, Nov. 5

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC-Union gazebo. Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church. Please pray for our military, our police, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

If you can’t get there, please take some time for special prayer during the day. All are welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 7

9 a.m.-Noon: Antioch AME Church hosts a health fair. The health fair will address subjects such as diabetes, hypertension, the Affordable Care Act, and much more. Persons who attend will be able to sign up for health insurance. Those attending are asked to donate a can of food and a used coat. The donated items will be turned over to the Clothe Thy Neighbor Ministry. For more information contact Rev. Sylvia Roberts at 803-201-6447.

11 a.m.: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its annual Chicken Salad/Chicken Stew sale. Dine-in and take-out orders will be available.

4 p.m.: The Pacolet River Baptist Association holds its Second Annual Fellowship Banquet. The banquet will be at the Pacolet River Baptist Center on Lovers Lane. The fun and fellowship will include a Christian comedian, DJ, a game for couples, and dinner.

Please come out and enjoy an fun filled evening. If anyone needs tickets please contact the Rev. Geoffrey Stephens, Pastor of the Red Hill Baptist Church, or any church member. Donation $10 for adults and children 12 and under free.

Rev Geoffrey Stephens, Banquet Chairperson

Sunday, Nov. 8

2:30 p.m.: McBeth Baptist Church Missionary Ministry invites you to come worship and fellowship with us on our Family/Friends Day Program. Our theme for the occasion is “A Willing Church, A Waiting World.”

Our guest Preacher/Speakers will be Minister Jackie Peake-Thompson (One Purpose of Spartanburg) and Shiloh Baptist Church, Pauline, and Pastor Adrian Kollock, Popular Spring AME Church, Laurens.

We pray that we will have a blessed time in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2:30 p.m.: Monarch Baptist Church will hold Family & Friends Day. The guest speaker will be Rev. Tillotson of Bethel Baptist Church.

Sunday, Nov. 15

2 p.m.: Woodson Chapel Baptist holds their Annual Men’s Day Program. Deacon Ruben McKissick, a member of Woodson Chapel, will be the speaker. The public is invited. If you cannot attend we solicit your prayers that this program will be a success. R.E. Collins, Pastor.

3 p.m.: Saint Paul Baptist Church holds Family and Friends Day. The speaker will be Rev. James Patton, Pastor of White Plains Baptist Church in Cherokee County, alongwithin his congregation. Rev. Dr. A.L. Brackett, Pastor.

Saturday, Nov. 21

6 p.m.: Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Jonesville will celebrate its annual Harvest Fellowship program with special guest Pastor Sharome Gentry of The Worship Center in Roebuck, along with his congregation. The Rev. Edward Pressley is pastor. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Teresa Nash at (864) 426-6227 or (864) 674-6974.

Sunday, Nov. 22

2:30 p.m.: The Youth Ministry of New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church will have their “Get Crunk for Christ” Praise Celebration at the Jonesville Municipal Complex Auditorium (formerly Old Jonesville High School), 131 N Main Street, Jonesville.

Sunday, Dec. 6

3 p.m.: McBeth Baptist Church invites everyone to Hanging of the Greens sponsored by the church’s youth ministry. This is McBeth Baptist Church’s second Hanging of the Greens, which is a service for the first Sunday in Advent. It is based on the English tradition of decorating the home with wreaths, garlands, a Christmas tree and evergreens for Advent and Christmas. In a church setting, it readies the sanctuary (and church members) for the season. It prepares us for the advent, the coming of the Christ Child. Please come expecting to receive a blessing for the Lord and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

In the early centuries of its existence, Christianity was often persecuted, a persecution that began with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Despite this, Christianity grew to where, three centuries after it began changing lives and saving souls, the Roman emperor Constantine decided to use it to solidify his control of the Roman empire and arrest its decline. Even though it became the state religion of the Roman empire and, in the centuries that followed, the state religion of the kingdoms that arose after the fall of Rome, Christians would still experience persecution, sometimes at the hands of kings who claimed to be Christian but were anything but. This experience was in many ways similar to what happened to the prophets and other faithful of ancient Israel and Judea who found themselves persecuted by kings who’d turned their backs on the God of Abraham to serve the false gods of other nations. Today, Christians are increasingly experiencing persecution around the world at the hands of Islamic fanatics in the Middle East and, increasingly, in Europe, and even in America where anti-Christian forces are seeking to suppress Christianity and destroy its influence on society. As this persecution continues and intensifies, each Christian must ask themselves whether or not they will be Christian enough to be persecuted or will they not be in order to save their own hides. Well, which is it, are you a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ willing to follow Him in the face of persecution or are you just a follower of the biggest bully who allows the enemies of Christ to intimidate you into denying your Lord and Savior and aiding and abetting in the persecution of those who refuse to do so? What type of Christian are you?

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0001.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times

In the early centuries of its existence, Christianity was often persecuted, a persecution that began with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Despite this, Christianity grew to where, three centuries after it began changing lives and saving souls, the Roman emperor Constantine decided to use it to solidify his control of the Roman empire and arrest its decline. Even though it became the state religion of the Roman empire and, in the centuries that followed, the state religion of the kingdoms that arose after the fall of Rome, Christians would still experience persecution, sometimes at the hands of kings who claimed to be Christian but were anything but. This experience was in many ways similar to what happened to the prophets and other faithful of ancient Israel and Judea who found themselves persecuted by kings who’d turned their backs on the God of Abraham to serve the false gods of other nations. Today, Christians are increasingly experiencing persecution around the world at the hands of Islamic fanatics in the Middle East and, increasingly, in Europe, and even in America where anti-Christian forces are seeking to suppress Christianity and destroy its influence on society. As this persecution continues and intensifies, each Christian must ask themselves whether or not they will be Christian enough to be persecuted or will they not be in order to save their own hides. Well, which is it, are you a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ willing to follow Him in the face of persecution or are you just a follower of the biggest bully who allows the enemies of Christ to intimidate you into denying your Lord and Savior and aiding and abetting in the persecution of those who refuse to do so? What type of Christian are you?

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