“Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?”
– Isaac Watts
In late February, Dr. Dan Ferrell preached in the Missions Conference at Indian Baptist Church in Smithville, OK. He earnestly warned believers about the coming storm of persecution against Baptists in America, and what we must do to prepare now. The following is from his sermon, “Beds of Ease, or Bloody Seas?”
10 Ways To Prepare for Persecution Now
- We must determine to live in obedience to the Great Commission (Public and personal evangelism, missions giving, etc.).
- We must maintain our explicit faith in God so that we can stand when persecution comes.
- Look for revivals to break out.
- Accept persecution. Acts 4:22, 1 Thessalonians 3:3-4.
- Learn to shift your emphasis to people and off of materialism (nice buildings etc.).
- We need to pray for boldness, not necessarily deliverance. Acts 4:27-31
- We must stockpile Bibles and gospel tracts before the door is closed.
- We must be patient and rejoice in the Lord. Matthew 5:10-12, Romans 12:17.
- We must endeavor to keep a positive spirit and not get bitter. Matthew 5:44 “…pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…”
- Step up your prayer life and start having family devotions. Joshua 24:15 “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Brother Ferrell also reminded us that Native Americans have suffered at the hands of the government before. Even in the darkest of times on the Trail of Tears, Indian believers displayed such strong, unwavering faith in Christ that even some of the enemy soldiers were converted because of their testimony.
Listen to the whole series of sermons at TheBaptistArrow.com/Audio.