Today’s Bile Teachings and the song is part 3-3 on persecution and today’s is about “INJUSTICE”.  – By Norman Watson

 

“INJUSTICE” against the true followers of Jesus has been going on for hundreds of years.  In Matthew 26:59 we read how the enemies of Jesus were going after Him “The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death,” and when Jesus was arrested Mark 14:56-59 says “For many were giving false testimony against him, and the testimonies did not agree. Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, stating, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.’” Yet their testimony did not agree even on this.” Jesus experienced  “INJUSTICE” and fulfilled what Isaiah 53:7 said “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.”

 

 

“INJUSTICE” is a weapon of Satan, he used it against Jesus and is using it against the true followers of Jesus. “INJUSTICE” has different forms and the main form that it has is a “lie”. Psalm 35:20 says “For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive fraudulent schemes against those who live peacefully in the land”, and Proverbs 6:19 “a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.” Proverbs 13:5 “The righteous hate lying, but the wicked bring disgust and shame.”

 

 

“INJUSTICE” has a leader, 1 John 5:10 “The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his Son.” and 1 John 2:4 “The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and yet doesn’t keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” and  John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”

 

 

 
You Love the World (And You’re Avoiding Me – Keith Green

 

 
I want you here with me
But you’ve been keeping other company
You can’t sit still, it’s plain to see
You love the world and you’re avoiding me
You love the world and you’re avoiding me

My word sits there upon your desk
But you love your books and magazines the best
You prefer the light of your TV
You love the world, and you’re avoiding me
You love the world and you’re avoiding me

You used to pray, you were so brave
Now you can’t keep even one appointment we’ve made
Oh I gave my blood, to save you life
Tell me, tell me is it right?
Will you leave me here along again tonight?

Well I love you, still more and more
But you’re fighting everything I’m working for
You’re acting like my enemy
You love the world and you’re avoiding me
You love the world and you’re avoiding me

These other loves, they’re hurting you
If you end up losing me, then what will you do?
Oh, I gave my blood, to save your life
Tell me, tell me is it right?
Will you leave me here alone again tonight?

THE PROCESS OF PERSECUTION-3: INJUSTICE
Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks.
 

 

In his humiliation he [Jesus] was deprived of justice. Acts 8:33a

 

Christians experiencing persecution are following in the footsteps of their master, Jesus. In Acts chapter eight, Philip revealed to the Ethiopian eunuch that the passage from Isaiah 53 he was reading referred to Jesus who indeed was deprived of justice. Today in the Western world, we would describe His trial before crucifixion as occurring in a “kangaroo court!”

 

If disinformation about any group, including Christians, is disseminated long enough, no one will help when that group or person is discriminated against. Discrimination relegates Christians to second-class citizenship with inferior legal, social, political and economic status. Once discrimination takes place, no one will intervene when the mistreatment comes.

 

Examples of such injustice against Christians abound around the world: ID cards in a country where Christianity is an unacceptable entry in the religion column; daughters abducted because they are Christians; expulsion from the community just because they are evangelicals.

 

Christians in Pakistan are a small minority among a large Muslim majority and often face such discrimination. The problem is compounded by the fact that many Christians are illiterate and poor. One Christian teacher at a center training Christian women recently said, “We do face discrimination because we live in the midst of people who don’t want us to move forward; people who keep trying to push us down so that we will always be in slavery.”

 

But there is one repeated scene of injustice against Christians that occurs in Pakistan which brings me to tears which involves young Christian girls. As a father of two daughters and having six granddaughters, I shudder every time I read news reports that describe Christian family injustice in this land. The stories usually work out this way:

 

Muslim women must marry Muslim men but Muslim men are allowed to marry any woman they wish with the proviso that any children must be raised as Muslim. Consequently in Pakistan there are Muslim men who often desire some of the very beautiful young Christian girls in the community but realize there is no way their Christian families will agree to marriage. So these men resort to abduction.

 

The Christian father’s only option is to go to court where the judge—usually a Muslim—hears the case and pronounces to the Christian father, “Your daughter voluntarily converted to Islam and voluntarily married this Muslim man so you are to have no more contact with her. One of the most recent cases involved two young Christian sisters aged thirteen and ten. In this case, the judge allowed the ten-year-old to return home to her family but not the thirteen-year-old.

 

Safwan, a secret believer in Algeria, found a Christian pamphlet between the paperwork given him at work and started reading it. Upon discovering him reading the pamphlet, his boss reported him to the police. Later that night the police visited him and searched his entire home. They found Christian CD’s, several Christian movies and a New Testament. “It was clear to them that I had become a Christian.

 

My boss fired me.”

 

 

RESPONSE: Today I will work toward justice for everyone in my own country and around the world.

 

PRAYER: Lord, be with those experiencing discrimination today because they love and serve You.