Psalms 94:3-7 ESV
“O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?
They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.
They crush your people, O Lord,
and afflict your heritage.
They kill the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive’.”
The past several writings the Lord has given me have been on the subject of persecution of the saints of God. The writings are posted in full on my blogs and on Christian Forums, but I also posted sections of them on Twitter and on Facebook. On Facebook I have been challenged to give evidence of such persecutions (of “hate,” based off John 15:18-21), so here goes:
Persecutions (As best as I can remember from my personal experience)
1982: Pastor and elders denying me ministry opportunities based on judging me by themselves, determining my motives based on their own, later admitting that they were threatened by me because of my walk with the Lord and because of the wisdom with which I spoke. They later admitted that they were wrong.
1984: Pastor and elders denying me ministry opportunities because of one of my children, age 3, who was diagnosed with ADHD, was not acceptable to them, although their own children, who were teens, behaved much worse.
1986: Lady in Sunday School Class telling me they did not want to hear what I had to say because I was “not one of them.” If I was “one of them,” then they would listen to me, she said. (Very closed community)
1989: Pastor and elders changing requirements for specific ministry so as to exclude me and my husband, then realizing the new rules excluded some people they didn’t want to exclude, so they modified the rules to include them but still exclude us. Very small church, so this was very obvious.
1991: Support group leader changing rules in group specifically targeted against me because I had tried to help a friend. Then pastor attacked me and accused me of being autocratic in trying to help my friend, which was a lie. The man never met me before, so he didn’t know me. He had no idea where I was or who I was or what I was going through. And he didn’t care, either. Tears were streaming down my face. He had no compassion.
2002: Pastoral staff rejected logo for college ministry, which depicted Galatians 2:20 about us being crucified with Christ, saying that it did not represent their church. They asked us to change the logo, we did, and we complied with them, but later we were asked to leave and to go someplace else where we would be a better fit, for pastoral staff had rejected us.
2003: Partnered our college ministry with another church. They provided facilities and we provided the students and the ministry. Went well for a while, then pastor wanted to replace our praise band with another band. I took his suggestion to our ministry team. We went and talked with pastor. He did the non-denial denial saying he would not do that. I asked what he meant if he would not do that. More non-denial denials. Next I am being called to a meeting of the elders, but I must say I lied about the pastor as a prerequisite to the meeting. I could not lie, so I was put on church discipline.
2004: Partnered with a church denomination to do church planting, for many in our college ministry were interested in making this their church. Denomination had conference for pastors and church planters. Rick and I invited to attend and to speak on behalf of our ministry. Rick hurt back. Could not attend. I went. I spoke. Many pastors thanked me for what I shared but they acknowledged it would not be accepted by the higher ups. It wasn’t. I was told I was wrong in what I said although those telling me that admitted they had not actually listened to me. So, I resigned my position.
2004: The Lord called me to my present ministry of writing out what he teaches me from his word each day and sharing it on the internet, though I didn’t go full-time with this until mid-2006. Mid-2006 is also when we closed the doors to our college ministry after 7.5 years. This was the last time my husband and I were involved in ministry together.
Prior to 2016: On Facebook I taught what the Scriptures teach about Israel. I was attacked fiercely even by close friends and family. Two people thought I should be put to death for what I taught. One wanted me hung and burned at a stake. Others defriended me. Also, I questioned some current events and was yelled at and defriended for questioning the official narratives.
2013: On Facebook I was questioning the teaching of a particular Christian author, for he was teaching what was false, and he was leading people astray. A man came to my house and yelled and screamed at me and told me I was wrong because I was in the minority and that I needed to be with the majority, for he said the majority is right.
2013: I was in a ladies’ Bible study group. I was told that whatever is said there stays there (don’t ever believe that). Things going on in the church not right, sinful behaviors not in check, false teaching going on, women in Bible study expressing concerns. I shared some biblical counsel to the ladies. One of the ladies told the pastor who then banned me from the church premises.
2004 to 2013: A few times I questioned (respectfully and in an approved medium) teaching of a pastor of a church where we were visiting. We were in the process of considering if this was to be our church. One told me that he was to be God’s voice to me and that I was to be silent and just sit and listen to him. Another told me basically that he had a way he was going. Both suggested I go someplace else where I would be a “better fit.”
2004 to present: Writing on the internet, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, I face opposition to the gospel message. Sometimes I am accused of teaching a false gospel by those who are believing in the cheap grace gospel. Sometimes they accuse me of teaching what is false when I teach on the subject of Israel, although it is all backed up with Scripture. Some attack my character and falsely accuse me of motives and intentions that are not mine. Yet, I get a lot of encouragement, too, which I didn’t always have.
I face other types of persecution besides what is mentioned here, but I am not going to go into detail about every aspect of my life. And I am not going to go into further detail on any of these mentioned to try to answer more questions. I was asked by two people who do not profess to be Christians to give examples of me being “hated” (ref: John 15:18-21) for the sake of my walk of faith in Jesus Christ, and that is why I shared these.
Here I Am, Lord
By Daniel L. Schutte
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them –
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night
I will go, Lord
If You lead me
I will hold Your people in my heart
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Scriptures on persecution (hate): Matt 5:10-12, 44; Matt 10:16-25; Matt 23:34; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 6:22; Lu 11:49; Lu 21:12-19; Jn 15:18-21; Jn 17:14; Acts 7:52; Acts 22:4; Acts 26:11; Rom 5:3-5; Rom 12:14; 1 Co 4:12; 1 Co 15:9; 2 Co 4:9; 2 Co 1:3-11; 2 Co 4:17; Gal 1:13, 23; Gal 4:29; Gal 5:11; Gal 6:12; 2 Tim 3:12; Jas 1:2-4; 1 Pet 1:6-7; 1 Pet 4:12-17; Heb 12:3-12; Php 3:7-11; 1 Thess 3:1-5; Rev 3:19; Rev 12:17; Rev 14:12