In Acts 5:34-42 we have the account of some of the Apostles of Christ being persecuted and flogged by the Jewish court authorities. We find at the end of the verses that the Apostles rejoiced that they were “counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name.”
What do you do with that? Seriously.
Beat them so they will shut up. They love it.
Jesus instituted his church and formed it in such a way that it would survive and thrive in any environment in the world. Persecute it and it rejoices. Beat them up and they multiply. Squash them and they spread.
Jesus must have foreseen the brutality that would come from the Roman Empire when he formed this plague.
Let me illustrate: The Roman Empire is a man, standing over a spore. Looking down on it he squashes it with his foot, and it turns to a puddle of slime. As he is standing there rejoicing in his “victory,” the slime begins to bubble and move, crawling up his leg. The slime then infects him traveling deeper into his blood stream. It takes over the heart, organs, and brain. Rapidly, it overtakes his entire being, now controlling his brain function and entire body and soul to do the will of the slime…
This is what the Roman Empire tried to do to the Church and this is what the Church in turn, did to the Roman Empire-in about 300 years time. This is more than an institution, more than an organization, it is a living, breathing organism. Glad I’m a part of it and not fighting against it…
Here are the Verses:
34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.
36 “For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.
37 “After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed.
38 “And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;
39 “but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.”
40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten [them], they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus [as] the Christ.